Tag Archives: social media

Dave Winer: Less Facebook is OK

Dave Winer: Less Facebook is OK Dave is my blogging spirit animal. I like blogging, and I like sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, and Medium. Of those platforms, I get the most return from Facebook. But blogging AND sharing … Continue reading

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Kathy Sierra says she lost nothing by quitting social media after receiving numerous death threats

Kathy Sierra says she lost nothing by quitting social media after receiving numerous death threats Sierra was the target of a flood of graphic death threats over her blog about web design. Yes, that’s right — web design. Benjamen Walker’s … Continue reading

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Preserving the history of technology

In the future, communities might choose, like the Amish, to remain static at past technology levels — the year 2000, say, or 1950 — as a living record of people’s relationship with technology and how it changes over time. Benjamen … Continue reading

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Ulysses vs. Scrivener

In a brief Reddit discussion, users of both writing apps ding Ulysses for relying on Markdown for formatting, while Scrivener uses rich text. That surprises me. I find Markdown quite natural, which goes a long way to explaining why I … Continue reading

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My blogging/social media must be pretty interesting to folks who don’t know Minnie is our dog and think she’s my wife or something.

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My blogging experiment: How I think about what and where to post

I’ve been blogging at my own self-hosted WordPress blog for a few months. Before that, I did it on Google+, and before that various other platforms. I simultaneously post to Facebook, Tumblr, Medium, Twitter, and Google+. Here’s how I think … Continue reading

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I’m trying to figure out what Google is doing with its new “Spaces” product

Says here that Spaces is designed for “small group sharing.” Aren’t there already a million tools for small group sharing? Wasn’t Google+ supposed to be all about private sharing? Isn’t email great for small group sharing?

Looks like Google is flailing with this one.

Also, I’m increasingly getting disenchanted with Google+. Google seems to be focusing on Collections and Communities for Google+, neither of which are particularly interesting to me. And Google’s continued refusal to open up a write API for Google+ runs counter to how I use social media.

I’ll continue to use Google+ as long as interesting conversation happens there, but I’m seeing a significant reduction in that recently. And it’s getting inconvenient for me to post to Google+. So if I disappear from Google+, you’ll know why.

For the long term, you can find me on mitchwagner.com. Or on Facebook – Facebook seems to be eating the Internet. I’m also on Tumblr, Medium, and Twitter, but all of those platforms seem precarious.

With regard to Spaces: It seems like this is another in a long line of Google social products that are doomed to either disappoint (Google+) or fail (Reader, Orkut, Buzz, Wave). Continue reading

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“I’m calling it: Social networking is over”

People are using messaging apps for updates from friends and family about their lives – in other words, people use those apps for “social networking,” says Mike Elgan on Computerworld. The former social networks are now social media, overwhelmed by professional media organizations sharing their content.

Another nail in the coffin for social networking: “the general world of online distractions, including YouTube videos, games, articles, podcasts and more.” Continue reading

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Tweetbot for iOS now has a built-in tool for making tweetstorms

Just in time for me: I’m going to a conference next week where I’ll want to do some livetweeting, so I’m looking forward to trying this out.

But where’s Mac support? Continue reading

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My blogging experiment: The history (which some of you already know about) and a status report

In late February I decided I wanted to control the posts I make to social media. For several years before then, I posted to Google+, and used a service called Friends+Me to copy, or syndicate, those posts to Facebook Tumblr, and Twitter.

https://www.facebook.com/mitch.wagner
https://friendsplus.me
https://plus.google.com/+MitchWagner/posts
http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com
https://twitter.com/mitchwagner

This Google+-first strategy worked out well in a few ways. It was fun for me – and that’s the primary reason I do this, for fun, although I do get some professional benefits. I accreted a modest but decent-sized community. I got in some great conversations. I got in touch with old friends and stayed in touch with them, and made a few new friends.

But I was unsatisfied in that I didn’t control my posts. If Google+, Facebook, or those other guys disappeared or changed their business model to exclude me, I’d be screwed. Also, I couldn’t control the layout of posts. I couldn’t insert a simple link, or image, or video. And it was hard to find old posts when I wanted to refer back to something I’d written about in the past. Annoying.

I decided to go back to blogging, something I’d done sporadically before the social media era. I’d made a return to blogging once before in 2014, but went back to the Google+/Friends+Me method after a couple of months because I noticed all the conversations were happening on Google+, Facebook, and so on, so I figured there was no point in doing it on a blog.

This time, I had a reason to do it on the blog: Because it gave me control over my work. I hoped people would come to the blog to read and comment, but I’d be fine if the conversations continued on social media. Indeed, I’d be fine if the number of conversations reduced, because I was starting to get Internet-famous enough to attract rude strangers to my posts.

It’s been more than two months of the experiment. How’s it going so far?

Quite well, actually.

I still get in a lot of good conversations on social media and I have the blog, mitchwagner.com, as a hub. In addition to the pleasure of posting and conversations, I can fiddle around with WordPress, and its plugins and themes and stuff, which I like. Continue reading

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The joys and occasional awkwardness of unfollowing people on social media

I am aware of one person I admire, and with whom I’ve occasionally corresponded over email, who unfollowed me on Twitter a couple of years ago. This happened soon after I made a comment in an email conversation that could have been construed as bigoted.

I also noticed a few months ago that someone who I once considered a real-life friend had unfollowed me on Twitter, after I made a comment that could be construed as disrespectful to his profession.

In both of those cases, it could just be that they found they weren’t enjoying all the posts I make about 20th Century kitsch and technical computer networking news.

And of course the real question is why should I, as a grownup man with a wife and a dog, care about all this high school bullshit? And it’s not like I’m up nights worrying about it and sobbing into my pillow. It just occasionally pops up in my head. Why did those guys unfollow me?

Ironically, in real life social situations, when the conversation turns to social media, I often tell people yes I am very active on social media and it’s ok if they don’t follow me. And I mean it. I know my tastes are idiosyncratic and not for everyone. If you enjoy my posts, great, I’m delighted to have you in my little club of lunatics. If not, that’s fine too and we can still be friends.
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The day Google shut down Google Reader is “the day the Internet died, and what we are experiencing now is purgatory.”

At least that’s what Silvia Killingsworth says on The Awl.

I disagree. [Inoreader][inoreader] is way better than Google Reader ever was. Lately, I’m finding myself using Inoreader more and social media less.

Inoreader is a pay service. If you want something free, [Feedly][feedly] is very nice.

RSS was never hugely popular, and with the alternatives popping up in the aftermath of Reader’s demise, I wouldn’t be surprised to find that it’s more popular now than it was when Google Reader was around.

[feedly]: https://feedly.com/
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Twitter sings the blues

Can Twitter prosper as a 300 million user service?

Will investors allow it to, or will they tear it apart to try to recapture their value from it?

In retrospect, it seems clear that Twitter went public years too early. Continue reading

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Twitter replaces two board members, and one of the new people actually uses Twitter

So that’s a step in the right direction.

It’s also a step in the direction of more diversity, replacing two white dudes with a white dude and white woman. Continue reading

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Why Facebook And Mark Zuckerberg Went All In On Live Video

> … what’s hot now in social are raw, unfiltered windows into the lives of others.

Wasn’t this a trend around 2000? People mounted webcams in the corners of their houses and we got to watch them eat, poop, and have sex all day. Anybody remember JenniCam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Ringley

I expect the Mitch Stares Slack-Jawed at Screens for 10 Hours a Day channel to be a MEGA-HIT.

Soon to be followed by a spinoff: Jesus, How Old Are You And You Still Haven’t Learned To Chew With Your Mouth Closed? Continue reading

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Did Nintendo Fire an Employee to Appease a Gamergate Mob?

Yes, this is a real thing that actually happened. Continue reading

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The super-rich flaunt their wealth on social media, making them easy targets for financial investigators and fraudsters

The super-rich often say they’re broke when courts rule against them for big financial claims, but then their posts to Instagram and other social media give them away. They’ll post pictures of themselves with yachts and private jets. Continue reading

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I’m blogging again. Blogging is cool.

I’ve been blogging on social media for years. Recently I’ve been using Google+ first, and then automatically distributing those links to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. But I’ve increasingly become dissatisfied with that arrangement. Those platforms are owned by other people – Google, Facebook, … Continue reading

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Reddit Bans One of Most Popular Users for Vote Manipulation

Unidan, aka biologist Ben Eisenkop, maintained five side accounts, which he used to upvote his own submissions and comments and downvote the opposition. Unidan was almost universally loved on the site. Having participated in at least three AMAs, featured in multiple … Continue reading

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Mike Elgan: The Last Social Blogging Guide You Will Ever Need

Mike Elgan shares essential advice. Mike and I have a fundamental disagreement on how to use blogging and social media. He blogs on a third-party platform he does not control, Google+. I did this myself until recently, but in April … Continue reading

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Twitter looks to get value from drive-bys

There’s a confusing mismatch between headline and content on this story. But if I’m reading it right, Twitter is looking to figure out how to get value from the legions of people who see Twitter without logging in. “[E]ven if … Continue reading

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With New Filters, SocialRank Makes It Easier To Understand Who’s Following You On Twitter

I’ll take a look at this. Be nice if it was available for other social media too.

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Facebook is getting privacy religion

I’m skeptical.

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If Twitter sucks, it’s because you suck at it

It’s all your fault

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Is blogging a form of social media?

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