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So, what's the buzz about the buzz? My thoughts...

Oh, a new tool toy social network stream, from google too... not one to get my hopes up with the let down after the hype of wave.

Let's see what all this buzz is about, why are people buzzing about it?

Being touted as the facebook beater, even by google, if their adword ads are anything to go by... some say it's like twitter with more to it, and slightly less than facebook without the app crap, has some attributes harking back to friendfeed.

Sounds good... so far.

Plenty has been written about it too, from various angles, geeks and photographers, social network die-hards and the average user.

Some bad stuff was spreading about privacy issues... facebook did the same crap but, with facebook... did they gain a bigger "public" user-base for bet, just as google did, tried, intentionally or not.

They ain't daft, neither of them... gotta give them that, sly maybe.

So, having looked at it and have a little play with it, but not really in depth as such, I can see good potential there, also though I felt it is getting some unwarranted hype... hype just ruins stuff in some ways, we could say the fact google kept it quiet till it went out means they learnt some lessons with wave, avoiding it was probably a good idea, the irony, buzz released without buzz, which gained overnight buzz.

The fact it's in gmail is a good thing, as been said elsewhere a few things need sorting out, no doubt they will be looked at too considering that google are listening to users.

After all they cleared a little of the sharing mess with the google reader contacts etc at the start.

One thing is I'd like see google allow us to cloak our email addresses on our profile pages with our chosen name as seen in buzz... that would be nice, I think these google profiles will become an important and decent central hub for us all who use googles products, it also mirrors facebooks use of real names should we choose them, the current choice of numbers or email is not good, we didn't have the choice to use anything other than our email at the time if I remember right, number or email.

With the cloaking of email address on the profiles we would feel better, and it makes sense considering all these contacts could be stored in gmail, cloaked, it would be good to have list in there and have email permissions, non permission choices with list, or only those you choose ever get to see your email address, and vice versa. The rest, cloaked.

Give us the control to make it the best central place we could have, as it's a great semi private place, gmail, I say semi as it is private really but feels like you have people in is used more than anything too so it makes sense to have buzz in gmail.

It makes sense to make gmail the central for everything google, mind you being able to connect with real offline friends via gmail and such is going to be a better thing for me, just getting them on gmail if they aren't yet, I could describe buzz to those friends as facebook without walls and crap, in fact that's another point, buzz does look similar to lite.facebook, which I already wrote about what they should have done to make that the twitter rival.

I'd like to stop filling up the sent folder with buzz though, please sort that out Google.

Also I'd like to see them allow better use with picassa, it seems like they want us to fill it all up fast so we start paying for storage... who wants to pay for duplicated pics across albums?
If you try to add one picture from an album direct to buzz it won't, it allows you to upload the whole album?!

Odd, we already have them there... sheesh.

Emailing a picture as an attachment directly to buzz works better but then I have to download the pic again from picassa, attach, then delete the pic again... no need for that really.

Then it adds another folder! Why?

Although picassa works nice on our profiles, and looks ok in buzz, the pics being what as they are.

Nice to be able to directly import our blogs too, can't help think what blogger have now got up their sleeves... I'm sure Rick will be spilling ideas...oh wait - one good idea right there! (Rick will find this, meta data!  I better keep an eye on you!)

That gets me more excited... I can see several subdomain ideas coming up with blogger on them!

We are the master of our domain, we should utilise it better, I should too.

Buzz... oh yeah, for being any sort of twitter rival, in a sense I think it can, but I also think it's limited... as I have a shade under 100 followers I am not getting a big respoense yet, I follow less then that as well and even then I don't know how others can follow 1000's... it is alot less screen-space than twitter yet twitter gets bad if you follow so many.

Of course, numbers, they matter in many ways.

Having followers is different of course, and though it's better to have more, still there is a limit to what we can deal with.

It reminds me more of friendfeed in the sense of those who have most followers and activity seem to dominate the stream, still something they are working out, actively, so no doubt there will be ways of lessening the noise, with list or filters, make it simple.

Twitter doesn't quite have that issue, it's a different issue altogether. at least on that people who are drowned with followers can live in the @replies tab.
I am seriously having to sort out echoes of duplicate tweets, etc.. I think I will be keeping twitter off buzz for now, having only imported Greader shares and my blog(s) post into buzz. Twitter itself I will sort out over the next week or two...

If you are on twitter and want to follow me on buzz, I'd be happy to hear that... and hope it either adds to what we already do, or enriches one side or other, twitter, buzz.

I think facebook, twitter friendfeed have all different uses, aims, communities, so I don't think buzz will be much different, once they start building up.

So far I like it, but it could be more, then again, there is something else, it can be a time suck, just like any of the others, or a tool to utilise, or simply another social space for community building, that is it adds to what you do if that's what you do. (IE a photographer building a fan base)

So, the question is finding out how you will use it, where does it fit into what you do, rather than just get stuck in and play, waste time, get distracted.

For me, I am yet to realise how I will use it but I do think as a blogger user it looks like a good addition to our armoury, something we can utilise with blogger and such.

There lies something important, that is, it's OUR space that really matters, our blogs, sites, forums, etc, whatever it is you "own" and that is where the bulk of the efforts should go, if not then at least the direction your efforts should lead to it, that is these tools should be helping in getting them from these places to your space, if not it's just a case of spent time... a toy!

I think it's to early to say what buzz means for me, what I will utilise it for and how.

Is it worth looking into?

Yes, I think so, at least if only to see how you can use it to benefit you, if possible, if not, drop it.

You should sort out and format your google profile page, set the privacy settings you want, add your links and sites, blogs to it, use it as a profile.
Then in buzz set up your "connected sites" and add the ones you want, see how it fares.

Also, maybe follow me on there!

How do you find it?

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If you have to even ask...

.... wtf am I doing??

Then you gotta start to change things

Yeah I ask myself that at times! .

A few lies here and there from others start to make me question things, well yeah I have "moaned" (in their perception) about friendfeed, facebook twitter etc over the weeks and I am not the only one to do so, the thing these liars miss is they prove the point by doing the very thing I supposedly "moaned" and "attacking"

Listen up you that lie about me, spread crap, I have never "attacked" anyone on these sites.. show me where I have... take your own advice and back ya shit up.. ie, man up or shut it.

Let me get this straight once and for all.

The ONE and ONLY reason I have written complaint post on here is because I CARE about it, I USE the places. I contribute, so want the experience to be as good as possible.. who doesn't??

If I never cared, I wouldn't say anything about it, I'd let you get on with it and say jack shit!
I care... so if I feel a point should be made which may improve the overall experience for everyone, I will make it... and I don't expect to be attacked for it.


YOU that attacked me and told lies are hypocrites, by attacking me and others in the very threads started about the post made complaining about it, not only mine, others too. THAT makes YOU the stupid one.

I like these sites but doesn't mean I can't also state my opinions on them on my own blog... be they good or bad, if you are looking for 100% positive fluff, look elsewhere, life simply isn't like that.

I can't believe the idiots and they are in the minority, and yes they are a bit of a different "mob" to the worse places, but they are still idiots. I'd rather not bother with them, but when they attack you personally with lies... you gotta say something.

If any other these post, threads whatever improve the place isn't that a good thing?

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Facebook, grow up a bit, you need to ...

It seems to me facebook are starting to change their ways a little, though not enough for my liking simply because of the way they continue to treat their users, the most important aspect of the whole business.

Treating your users like children is NOT the way to go.

There are now far more of the older generation on there, I would say 90% of the friends I have on facebook are 25 to 45 (my own age group), 5% under 25, 5% over 45 ... just recently it's been shown that the older generation (over 55) on facebook is also increasing, are they going to treat them like kids too?

Then again that's no surprise whan facebook was started by a college student for college students, ie little more than kids themselves.

The growth of facebok has been pretty explosive yet they have not changed their mentality with it, well the owner is what 24, 25 ... say's alot really about why they need to "grow up" as a whole.

I have now seen dozens of people delete their accounts out of frustration and YES I debated on doing it myself, it's something I will do if things don't improve for the users, no-one likes to be treated like a kid and facebook is NOT the be all and end all!

It's no secret (wrote about it on here) I've had issues with them like tens of thousands of others and all because of stupid rules and lack of clarification on them.

You want limits and rules to be respected, spell them out clearly!

It's a two way street so you have to do YOUR part too facebook, that means respecting the users.

You also have to be fair on how you implement it, I can promise you this, there was a 16 or 17 year old girl in the national papers not that long ago who admitted spending ALL her waking hours on facebook with her 5000 friends, I bet she has NEVER been blocked, and yet she must have used faceboook WAY more than I have!

As a user I have the right to express an opinion on this and I only want, just like everyone else, a better experience on facebook, not have to walk on eggshells.

The stupid limits, once you have been blocked (usually without warning) and then unblocked, you should never be blocked again UNLESS the users, IE your friends, COMPLAIN about you.

Do you think facebook, that you know me better than my OWN friends?
No I thought not!
Not ONE complaint to facebook from my friends, and yet they have blocked me twice!

What part of being "social" do you not understand facebook?

I'll spell it out, the MORE social the users are, the better!

It's no secret facebook are losing money, THAT is the problem you should be dealing with, not pissing the users off, let the users do the job of "policing" their own experience and the friends they have, they are NOT stupid!

If some friend spams the crap out my profile with some porn or other crap, or starts insulting me or friends and getting abusive it's, "remove from friends" and BYE BYE ... pretty simple.
I don't need YOU doing that for me.

YOU get on with what you screwed up with from the start, monetising the damn place!

Tip, ads don't work FULL stop! (Beer icon over there)

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Taking the social out of social media sites

Facebook, twitter, friendfeed, etc all social sites like these rely on you the user to be social, without the users they are nothing, so I find it a bit crazy that they limit how social you can be.

Twitter has an API limit which I have only hit twice in all the time I have used it and it usually only stops you for that hour. Although the first time it was more like two hours before I could tweet again. People can use other platforms like tweetdeck to avoid this limit, I don't use other platforms, prefer to use the twitter site itself. Twitter should stick to the hour if they say it's an hour.

Friendfeed may not have this "blocking" type of stupidity on their users, they want you using it as much as possible, although I have to say I am starting to see a fair bit of ignorance there nowadays, some people there will slate me for saying it but I couldn't careless, I am not going to tell you anything but how I see it. Someone can post one word there and get tons of response, others get no response. I feel less likely to be social there if I am ignored.

It's now just somewhere for me to find interesting stuff. I loved it at first, but I am not the only one who is getting turned off by the way people tend to ignore things, Scoble could post one word and get tons of comments, it IS a Scoble fan club.

Facebook, well they have some pathetic rules on their limits and are so vague with them too, having hit a limit last night, I know silly me, being social with my friends... sheesh how dare I be like that!

It was commenting on statuses that I hit, the very social part of the whole damn site is commenting with friends. The limit warning popped up saying it could be hours or days before it stops. How pathetic, and they treat their users terrible. They take liberties because they have so many users they feel you are IRRELEVANT and a pain.

There is no way to deal with the limit, they will not even check before blocking you, it's a case of like it or lump it.
Even groups on facebook have been created to complain about how the users get treated.

Listen up faceache... without those users your site is NOTHING!

Why bother creating a social site and limit how social your users can be?
Dumb move, must be run by dumb people with no idea. After all we know facebook is making no money, they NEED us, should everyone dump facebook they would be in the shit then.

I think all of these social sites should start to consider the fact people will get annoyed at being treated like crap, that includes the users too!

Take the social out of them and they are just dead, empty spaces, user generated sites rely on users so don't piss them off!

Another great reason to stick to building your own blog, site, business. In a year or two other sites will pop up and take users away from these places.

What are your thoughts?


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Less is more

Just a quick post with a request for others to consider reading this blog in a different way, using the RSS feed either by email or the orange feed icon on the top right corner of the blog.

If you already subscribe this way this won't matter much ;o)
Some people have wondered what RSS or feeds are, I figure the best way to learn is to jump right in and try it out.

If you have a google account you already have a google reader, signing into your google account in one tab, then with this blog open in another tab, click the orange icon, on the next page, choose to add to your google reader. It should automatically open your reader with this blogs feed content what you are reading now. ;o)

Another good reason I ask you to subscribe is I aim to declutter this blog over the next few weeks and get back to simple which means you won't miss anything by way of content, in fact i think the feed is formatted better than the blog itself, you only miss seeing the sidebars which will have less in them anyway.

The aim for me is just improve the quality of the post contents from here onward.

While I would like more of you to subscribe to the feed it would also be great if those of you who are able to, would consider sharing the post too, wherever you like to share them, twitter, friendfeed facebook etc.

Thanks. :o)

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Twitter is the new troll magnet

Any idiot can join and it looks like they do just that, with all the publicity it has had online and offline it now seems to be attracting the spammers, porn phone spammers and trolls, racist, ignorance and narrow minded arseholes like pigs to shit!

They don't all last long most of the time thankfully, but do the best they can to get the attention they want, need, crave, while they can.

The trolls of old used to do the same things on forums etc, after being banned they would rejoin under another username, even create a few accounts to start an argument from both sides, usually they get caught out and banned but what a waste of time for everyone involved.

Now they are on twitter, doing the same things and yet still to stupid to do it for more than ten mins, pretty much how long it takes to get flamed and blocked. While it's not hard to spot these dickheads, it's not always obvious from the start as they usually start off seemingly ok, at least two tweets worth, then they simply can't help themselves, they insult someone and get a reaction.

Starting to use the block far more on twitter than I have before as there really are some idiots on that site. If you meet one, don't answer them, just block them. If possible report them too.

We don't need these idiots anywhere and the power is in your hands to block them, so use that power and BLOCK them.
These are the sort you wouldn't invite to a party you were holding, so don't let them into your social space either.

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Social sites and me... as a blogger?

You may have noticed as a few others have, that I have changed a couple of things here on the blog, one was removing the one or two widgets that slowed the loading of the whole blog down, seems to have worked. Kudos for those at friendfeed for helping me with opinions and tips.

Another is to add my email address to the left sidebar, which a few had noticed and emailed was some spammer but that's ok, it's the main reason the email is not a direct link to open your email program, at least that spammer wasn't a harvester. It's the fastest way to contact me but spam me and you get deleted.

Glad to see some readers liked the last post, one emailed me and asked... What does all this social stuff mean for a blogger?

Good question, given that some thought, after all singing and dancing multimedia social sites are where the Internet is heading, some go as far to say it's turning into one giant chat room, in a way that's true, we are all getting connected better in real time.

Blogs were in fact the start of this social media change way back when, long before any of these sites like facebook etc, they were something different to the old static websites, sale pages, etc.

For me, the reason I will continue blogging is because I OWN this and the content, you can't ban me writing here and I enjoy blogging anyway. :o)

There are people who only use sites they have no control over, they write way more than they think all in comments and snippets etc, sharing pictures, even as far to say the only online album they have is stuck on facebook.

It's a fair point to say, "well I don't write stuff" like you or other bloggers, only little comments etc so does it matter?

I'll bet if you look at the conversations you have with others, they centre around topics, niches, etc...adding them bits of conversation together you would have a blog post or two. ;o)

I now look at blogs as a means of also being able expand on things from elsewhere.

After all...

What if you lost that facebook account? Or any other account you have?

I know what that feels like after losing over 5000 post on a forum with ONE click from someone else with a gripe.

But aren't blogs old hat, if they were at the start of all this?

I could just as easy ask...Are books old hat?

In my opinion, no, I don't think blogs will ever go anywhere, much like books, it's mainly the content you read not the platform it comes in. Not everyone is going to write a book, the same as not everyone will have a successful blog, but everyone CAN have a blog and try it!

There are really only two types of blog...niche topic blogs and generic blogs.

They are still evolving overall although I gotta say some of the blogs I did like that are popular are getting boring, they have changed so much from what they started out as. Problogger for one example, I remember that starting out, now it's completely lost my readership, repetitive stuff, I don't blame Darren, it's the nature of the game.

There are other bloggers writing the same things they wrote about two years ago, even on another blog...nothing new under the sun. That right there is a problem with "niche" blogs. I feel generic blogs will stand a better chance for the average person to do.

There are blogs out there you would never think of as blogs.

They both have their benefits and shortcomings, it really depends on the aim of the blog and the readers you want to target.

It's why I recently asked my readers on here what I should blog about more. I took it on board but the readership stats tell me different things. ;o)

Now though the whole ball game has changed with social sites which gives bloggers a benefit in more ways than people give credit for and also gives you a better chance of actually succeeding with it, should you try blogging.

Blogging and getting readers and keeping it going comes down to alot of different things and looking back you HAD to promote your blog and and it was hard work when starting out, seeing 3 readers on one day, 1 the next just deflates you and does make you think, "why do I bother?".

You had to go to forums and such, it was always subtle, couldn't step on toes etc, had to create a good post, hoping others would even notice your sig link.You commented on similar blogs hoping some would visit your link, you hoped someone would blog about your blog, etc. You write an article or two to stick in the article directories with your link box, hoping others would use your content AND link box and then hope traffic came...whenever, IF ever, it was work.

You had to try and understand and apply whatever SEO knowledge you had to please the SEngine's because that is the main source of hands free traffic.You watch the traffic stats and were always waiting for something to happen, over time it is demoralising.....SE traffic was and in some cases still is king. Getting it then was hard work and way above the average blogger.

Now though, you can leverage social sites to get readers almost immediately, instant eyeballs. That is the difference. And there is no easier way to kickstart a new blogs traffic than using a social site. I would say to ANYONE staring a blog, that is your first port of call for traffic kickstarting.

Now the SE traffic cannot ignore the social influence, it's all linked so it has to help overall. With social sites all it takes is ONE influential person to "like" your post and maybe comment on it, or share it, for it to spread massively and in many cases overload your servers bringing your blog down...

(not with a blogspot blog, should you want to try blogging, google host it)

Should that one person like you post, you get tons of traffic, how can google or msn or yahoo ignore that? They can't.

Social traffic feeds SE's and vice versa.

For me the social sites are a huge benefit not only because I interact in them and I do love that aspect, or the fact I get readers from them, but in the quality of readership I am now getting. The readers stay on my blog longer now than ever before and I don't think it's due to just these few long post I have done.

I feel it's because social sites have changed peoples attention span in a few different ways.
The old way was boring, looking at static sites etc, your attention was fixed for the time you were on there, like reading a forum post or a sales page, or similar.

Now with the more real time sharing process it is morphing our attention process into RSS style attention process, we tend to scan more, we tend to have no fixed expectation of what we will see, choose to read, look at etc.

Therefore more diverse topics catch our eye. Generic things. ;o)

We "snack" on various different things throughout our socialising experience.

The more we socialise the more we socialise with the people, rather than what they do, write, share. It's human nature.

Proof of that is two people can post the same thing at the same time and get vastly different results. Because of them not their actions.
Therefor it stands to reason we start to read people's stuff whatever they write, rather than reading it for the topic itself.

We are diverse, not stuck into one "topic" of thought, or being.

So for me I know what I will be blogging about and will continue to use social sites as they are full of diverse people with a broad range of interest, rather than one theme/topic.

Quality of traffic is more important then just traffic count alone.
The social sites give you a different type of traffic than anywhere else.
Should you want to start blogging then utilise social sites.

The old days you had to go everywhere you need to go to promote your blog, now you can ping ONE place and get your post out to lots of places.

Your post can be expanded on in these social sites too, a conversation grows around it.

What do social sites mean for you as a blogger?

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The state of my social life!

Having been ill, I have not posted for over a week, not easy trying to write something worth posting when you have the flu, not something I am too pleased about although just to look at it positively I got busy in other ways to take my mind off the sickness including trying something new, namely tumblr, which is a neat little blogging style platform anyone could use, which I will post about another time. ;o)

The main thing these last ten days being stuck indoors missing out on the nice weather (I did grab a few quick pics though) is that with the added lack of sleep, it gave me plenty of time being "social" online. Nothing new to me being social but I got the chance to look at things on a deeper level in several ways, with stats on traffic, the quality of that traffic and the general feel of being social on these sites, the community feel etc. I found a few surprises for myself and learnt a few things I would never have had otherwise.

Facebook for me has always been to connect to the people I genuinely know offline, old friends and people who live near me etc, as it is with most people, after all it's what the original intention was with facebook. There has been some cracking pictures popping up of us in our schooldays and surprisingly from old school friends I never expected to hear from again. This is the beauty of facebook for me, it's memory lane and I get the impression from my friend there it's like that for them too.

So facebook I am still in two minds about, I won't stop using it as I love the fact I can socialise with old friends living elsewhere and local people I see anyway offline. I don't use it like some use it for business or other, using it the way they use other sites by which I mean connecting to anyone and everyone, as happens with myspace and having more followers regardless of what they are like is seen as being "better" than having fewer.

That could change with the friends list function now added as I could create a new list for the friends I know online from other social sites and see how that plays out. I am always one to try, test things for myself and see what happens. The one thing people have to get away from is taking what others say as being "gospel" or "the right way" and test things for themselves.

It's the "marketers" I never really wanted to add to my facebook list as I know what will happen as it does elsewhere...they game it and non stop promote whatever they are promoting at that time. In one sense they ruin it. I had enough of that in the forums thanks. :o)

The recent (stolen?!) changes to facebook have made it far more interactive although it can still be improved in some ways, which it probably will over time. One missing thing is the real time updating which would stop us having to click "home" to refresh the page...even then the one problem is everything is buried way down the page which means people will miss things added to that item, over time it gets worse.

For example I post a link, two or three people comment on it within minutes and it's getting soon dies down and gets buried and weeks later I comment on it again, then the notifications show up on only those two or three that commented on it originally, they will be the ONLY ones to see it, everyone else misses it as they will should any of those two or three comment on it again. A flaw there.

One other thing is when some app has been used by a friend, ie a "quiz" they will often do another one while on the app page, I then decide to "hide" the "quiz" when their post shows in my stream, great, except they did another and that shows and I have to hide each one, then someone else does a quiz and it happens again, it really should have been "hide all quiz's" rather than just that one.

Overall I feel I am still testing facebook out for what else I can do with it other than connect to real friends but also feel these changes were a huge step in the right direction. The fact that facebook has doubled it's user base in less than a year from 100 million to 200 million is astonishing. Just beware of what you post there, assume the world IS watching...with tagging on pictures etc you can easily have something seen by someone you would rather not see it.

Twitter, although still so simple it's now so frustrating and so... dying! Before you twitter fans bash me hear me out...I have been using it since march 2007, so a fair while and long enough to have seen the changes, of how it's used and also the people who use it, without stereotyping anyone to insult or otherwise, it has changed whether we like it or not just due to those who use it.

Not so long ago it was such a diverse range of tweets going through the stream sharing great stuff and with a great community feel to it...but with the recent worm issues I am loathe to check out any link on there now. The lack of security on there means it will be a target for spammers and idiots.

The recent celebrity twitter craze due to the mass media coverage twitter has had, (priceless coverage too, triggered by celebs no less!) had quite an effect both good and bad in my view. It's great when you think how it's connected the celebs to their fans in a way there has never been before, and as often as the celebs chooses to be connected, whenever and wherever they are.

The bad side of that is the fact there is now so much "celeb stalking" going on which has lead to some people ignoring almost every other tweet on twitter, I have unfollowed people due to every single tweet they make being to a celeb...not what they did when I first followed them so there is no need to follow them anymore and it is getting worse with even more celebs getting on twitter.

Like I say it's great they are on there but they will for the most part due to sheer numbers never see your tweet buried among the thousands, so if you are a celeb follower, don't forget to connect to others you follow else you end up losing more followers. With twitter it seems everyone say's it's a numbers game, so I am sure you don't want to lose your followers. ;o)

For me, I am happy to follow most on twitter giving anyone a chance to be in my stream but if you tweet crap, spam, etc I will unfollow you as I don't care for that really, whether you follow me or not, don't assume I have to follow you just because you follow me as I decide that. Yes I do follow a few celebs on there too, just those who DO interact and use it well.

I am getting away from posting on the twitter website itself as I see the damn fail whale (over capacity) page more than not! Another problem due to it's sudden rise in popularity. Along with the all to often small problems twitter seems to have like the missing tweets etc. I don't feel I am using my time well ON twitter, I feel it's better spent elsewhere where I can also post to twitter with ease. (tumblr as mentioned at the start allows this)

Twitter for me is on it's way out due to it's limited use and functionality. It needs more than it has to be really useful and beneficial. Only time will tell us if this changes in a way it matters, I see they are adding search etc but it's still so little.

I am a little dissapointed to see the problems they have had over the last week or so but then I think they could have even dealt with them problems better than they did, the worm was never even noticed by twitter for a while, if it was they never mentioned it for about 12 hours, it was those ON twitter who spread the message that it was infecting twitter users. THAT to me is lame.

I am using twitter less and less now due to it all, although I will still use it because I have made some friends on there, I will just use the actual twtter website itself less and less as other places allow me to do that and gain so much more at the same time.

Friendfeed on the other hand looks to be the real gem of the three here in many ways, for me that is, no idea what would it would be for you...but from my time there it seems to be the one that the others want to be. The place is simply head and shoulders above twitter and facebook are almost stalking friendfeed as a lab! (which should say alot)

Facebooks recent changes were taken (stolen?!) from friendfeed as I have mentioned in an earlier post, written around the time of the facebook changes themselves. Friendfeed has recently rolled out a new look in beta which I have to say I much prefer to the old style and smartly they did it after facebook made their (stolen?!) changes. ;o)

The biggest benefit to me is the fact it is more interactive with more commenting going on than it seemed before and it's the commenting that matters to me, as that is the interaction going on. It's easy to sit there and just "like" everything to build up your likes count...quite another thing to be commenting on everything.

There IS a tendency for some of the known names to shout out when possible how much they have "liked" things, as if that makes them some sort of "better user" than others, this is now leading to others "liking" everything just to get their own count up, sadly...while it also in a way does have some form of bookmarking and searching benefit I feel it has alot less merit than the amount of comments made.

It's comments and post that show you are interacting there and being social, not likes alone. Don't get me wrong the community there is superb, way better than the feel on twitter, facebook is different for me just due to them being the community I live with offline.

Friendfeed users share some great stuff and I often see things first there rather than anywhere else due to the sheer range of different style feeds that it allows to come in, even if it originates from twitter I will more likely see the tweet in friendfeed.

It is almost becoming my RSS reader in one sense, although I still use google reader to read feeds, I tend to scan more nowadays with so much crap posted it gets harder to filter out the good stuff, whereas on friendfeed the good stuff I often read in my RSS reader is already shared and liked by others who may also subscribe to the same RSS feeds as I can filter them on friendfeed easier using the search with set criteria of number of likes or comments.

Another great thing is the ease in which you find other interesting people to subscribe to, as they make comments and like on other peoples things I would never see otherwise I can check how they interact on here and make a quick choice.

Because of this this your experience on friendfeed is better quality than it is on say twitter, as on twitter you have to follow someone to get a feel of how they tweet and then every so often "clean up" your following list to trim the people you don't rate worthy enough to follow. You are constantly following and unfollowing to refine your twitter experience while still trying to gain followers overall.

Twitter IS a popularity contest in that sense. You want more followers, just as I do of course because it does matter in the sense of reach.

On Friendfeed it doesn't.

Quality over quantity for everyone on friendfeed. Less is more as they say. I subscribe to more people on frienfeed than people subscribe to me and that's great as I get the stream I want. I am not fussed if they don't subscribe to me, if I want them to subscribe to me I need to be worthy of being subscribed to, but it's not that important as it doesn't take away from your experience of friendfeeds great community or the great things you will see shared and posted.

Friendfeed is still in beta and knowing how the team of just 11 people who run it have interacted with us there regarding the feedback etc I won't be surprised to see things improve before they roll it out of beta...a lesson the twitter owners could have done with taking notice of.

The friendfeed team consist of a few ex google workers who while there worked on the Google mail or gmail as it's known so I feel we are not seeing the best of it just yet. If things carry on the way they are going it's going to be a good ride.

For me friendfeed is really turning out to be a great little place that has so much usefulness as well as some great users who make the place what it really is, a great community.

How about you and your social activity?

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Twitter, text messaging for grown ups?

Look at twitter like the "grown up text message service with a twist" and it soon makes sense.

Twitter is a funny thing, so simple and so effective due to it's simplicity, yet it is baffling for most of us at the beginning, including me!

I wouldn't be surprised if most people's first "tweet" was a "hello, anyone there?" then sitting back and waiting...waiting...then tweet again "I don't get this, wtf IS going on?!!"  ;o)

It's ok to admit it lol, I did that! 

It took a few hours and I started to think... "Am I wasting my damn time here or what?" 
Well, talking to myself weren't I?!!  ;o)    (not healthy most of the time!)

I clicked the what was the called "public timeline", now called "everyone" and I couldn't see MY tweet anywhere, the stream was moving so fast too! (it's WORSE now, don't bother).

What started me "getting it" was once I started to follow someone, them following me and seeing "how" it worked ... at basic level mind. That is the way to get to grips with it.

So we do that... ;o) 

Got your twitter account, now go to my twitter profile and click the "follow" button so now MY tweets will show in your stream.

Now type into your box @robsellen "OI, here I am" :o) which will show up on my @robsellen tab on the right side, yours will be @whatevernameyoupickedbutmakeitshorterthanthiscosyouonlyget140!! I.E ... you can't type much else!

Now I will, when I can (soon as i see it), reply to your tweet by typing @whateveryoupicked yeah you know... and my tweet will show on your @whatever tab.

Your home tab stream is ALL tweets of the people you follow. Follow these people too... 

@mabb @funkonline (local to me) @miege (ex-local and new to it too), @linnetwoods watch how she uses it... ;o) catch her in eves my time. @stephenfry ... do I need to say much there?

DM's known as direct messages, these you can get from those YOU follow, they have to follow you for you to be able to DM them... I know, stupid, the wrong way round in a sense.

Favourites are the tweets you bookmark, do this by hovering the mouse over the bottom right of each tweet and clicking the star that shows.

The arrow under it THAT is the "reply to" link.. try it after someone tweets you, its just a short cut to do what I told you to do in the start here...type in @robsellen, just means it's easy to reply quickly.
On the bottom of  each tweet is a "in reply to" link, showing you what that tweet was in reply to. :o)  Keep clicking it and you go back through the conversation.

So why did I call it texting for grown ups with a twist?

Well it's 140 characters, text sized on most phones and this was the original intention of use from the main idea. The twist is you use it on the web, add pictures, links, and you can do all that with your phone if inclined to do so. ;o)

Grown up though? The majority are 30 and over, so there is none of this txt tpe stff, u know. ;o)

Over 30... hhmmmm... explains why we get baffled at the start! ;o)

Look at it like that and see how it goes, have a play about with it. Don't forget to tweet to me!

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Not all friends are equal

Given the diversity and sheer size of the Internet this blog is one of millions, like a pebble on the beach, buried among the numbers lucky to be seen at all, a battle every blogger has to deal with over time and knowing what work goes into getting readers we appreciate every reader we have. Yeah, I appreciate you being here, all everyone of you.

My 5 years blogging!

In the 5 years I have been blogging things have changed alot, for the better and worse in some cases, at the start it was a different ball game marketing your blog and getting readers was never a sure thing, the build it and they will come myth* is just that, a myth!

*That was the downfall of the first "dot com bubble burst" with big companies paying stupid amounts for a flashy website that got NO visits!

Everything has moved on so much, grown up if you like and it was in a way what I was waiting for, see when I started blogging hardly anyone locally was online or if they were I had no idea how to reach them, so most of my readers were from places where I did market my blog which at the time were forums and reading and commenting on other similar blogs of friends who are now all doing well too.

While I was getting traffic, readers from them they weren't who I wanted to connect with in reality. Don't get me wrong, I liked being connected to them and have made some great friends from these forums, friends I value and respect and listen to. They were in the same boat as me, like minded people trying to navigate the same path, learning from each other.

I wanted to also be connected to people I really knew. They never hung out in these forums for sure.

Forums were like the first wave of social media, very web 1.0 as were blogs when they started, being in their purest form, clean uncluttered and all about the content. Forums were limited in a way that modern social sites aren't, very linear too. They weren't used like an "outpost" in the way the modern social ones are, by this I mean social sites like twitter, friendfeed, blogcatalog, etc.

By outpost what is meant, for an example, I write this post, publish it, then the RSS feed from this blog updates this post to the social sites automatically, I don't have to go to them and share.

(Hope that makes sense) :o/  

Glazed eyes as usual.

An important thing to consider no matter whatever anyone says every forum has an "old boys club mentality" thriving in the backround, IM forums are the worse for it and I am glad to have stopped going to some of them. The one thing I can say is if you stop going to the forums you will lose traffic to your blog, but some who are genuine will come back and do.

Incestuous places!

Which is why you lose traffic, you ended up relying on it and that's a bad thing.

For those who still use them forums, learn what you need from them and implement it elsewhere, where it matters, where it gets you results.

Ask any blogger what it was like to talk offline to people about it back then and they will all tell you their friends eyes glazed over, it still happens at times but less often now. That is down to more people being online and becoming familiar with terms like blogging via web 2.0 social media, like facebook etc. 

Then the ball game changed and the goalpost moved into view for me in a bigger better way, what I had waited for had happened. Locals got online and in a centralised way on facebook where it became easy to connect with them. I have previously said the reason facebook is a real success is due to everyone having to use real names. (Try finding an old friend on myspace!)

I found my voice.

The last 5 years have now lead to this point in time where I can see the reality of what I wanted back then but couldn't get, local conections online and locals reading this blog. Part of what I love about the Internet is I am not deaf on here, per se, so way back then in the forums people understood why I liked being online and having a "voice" aka as a blog and what I write elsewhere.

Now the locals can hear me and I them, online better than offline! :o)

I knew I would lose traffic ages ago after the forums and welcomed the change as it was needed in order for me to go in the right direction for me and my plans. The truth is I haven't changed what I do that much, just improved it over time and learnt things from my own experience as well as what I can learn from others, I now just do all that with a better audience. ;o) 

The connections going on in the backround via facebook inbox, email etc, are interesting mainly due to people wanting to learn more about the very things I already know of and have learnt over the years.

Now together we act on what the core of social media is all about and based on, meaningful relationships, being connected to people you really know, not strangers who just "added" you as a friend in order to build up some following, via fake friends.

That is why I won't add just anyone as a friend on facebook, I have twitter and other social sites for that, used as an outpost and to connect with like minded people rather than "real friends."

Facebook for me, is for the real friends I know and it is there you can't fake crap because they know you all too well. Not that I fake anything anywhere, nothing to hide here. :o)

It's not a popularity contest.

Being a blogger it would be daft to not have a presence on the social sites, some more so than others, with the publicity twitter is getting everyone and their dog will be using it before long, just use it a way that works for you rather than how others tell you how to use it, don't be a twit.

I use twitter, but more of an outpost now than before, although you will see me on there being interactive as without being there how can you have meaningful connections? And I get a fair amount of readers from twitter so it does pay to be using it for me and there are some great users on twitter, funny, educational, interesting and more. 

It's sadly losing some appeal overall for me as the more it goes mainstream the less social it seems to become, it's turned into some "followfest" sadly, also another thing to be aware of on twitter is the amount of crap links that get shared at times, spammers and general idiots posting things willy nilly on there, be careful what you click at all times.

I will follow you on twitter if you are worth following, or follow me and don't take the piss.

I won't click everything you share or reply to every single tweet although I do try and reply to every person who connects with me. There are some ignorant people on there, there are others who just follow way too many people and could never answer everything.

There is a reason facebook limits your friends list to 5000, be serious, can you really have that many "friends?"

How are you using social media sites? 

What do you see as a "friend" online?

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Social experts are as fake as they get!

How hard can it be?

Be social, interact, connect with "like minded" people, share good stuff, be part of it rather than use it.

These so  called self styled experts are so fake it's unbelievable. They BORE me!!

It's like the second wave of "Im gurus" spouting nothing but common sense and charging people for it, just to make money online for the sake of it.

"Wanna but my shit ebook on how to get 1000's followers on twitter"

Great... that's 20 bucks please, you open the ebook, it says... follow 1000's  and most of them follow you back!

Be interactive and get involved within the conversation. Share good things and RT (retweet) good things others share.

Well DUH!!!

Excuse me while I laugh! 
Most don't even follow their own advice! 

Look at some of these "experts" way of doing things and read their blogs etc and they are just boring most of the time...same old same old.

That includes some of these so called bigger names.

Stop wasting money lining these idiots pockets and just do it the ONE way you should, what works BEST for you. If you must spend money, stick it in the beer on the right of this blog and ask for my view on it. lol ... could save 19 bucks at least!

That is the only way you will ever get anywhere with things, get stuck in and LEARN what's best for you, same with anything you learn in life, your experience is always different to everyone else.

Your way IS the right way... for you.

The biggest thing is to just be YOU.

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Facebook makes quick changes

Following on from the last post it seems only 24 hours later they add new changes as explained here.
Looking at the home page you will see that there is now "+create" link, this is what I meant about creating own list on last post like in friendfeed.

No idea if there are limit to how many list you can create, but clicking on the link a box will pop up looking like the one shown here, create a name for your list and then choose who to add to it ... like what?

You could have a family list, a workmate list, a niche list (common passion, ie music fans) , old school friend list, college friend list... and so on. 

This enables you to mange things better as you gain more friends etc while also allowing you to now actively add people you wouldn't have otherwise added.

Also, I mentioned in the last post about the annoyance of the hide function being the wrong way, instead of hiding apps it hid people, you will notice the button on the top right of each "post" made instead of the normal X. 

A better set up this way, not to point out Peter below or anything, but instead of hiding Peter, I could if I wanted to, hide the app.

Some better improvements and also they have acted on it fast.
Look out for more because I doubt they have stopped adding to it yet.

How do you feel about these additions?

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Why facebook was right to ignore the moaning

Seems to be a lot of moaning on facebook about the recent changes with the home page, not for the first time either as I remember the same people moaning at the last change, which they are now saying the last set up was great ... they got used to it didn't they?!

Which was always going to be the case anyway, they knew it and those who use other social sites also knew it, facebook changed things for good reason, they run a business to make money online!

Businesses are meant to make money and where else but the data they collect are they going to be able to get money?
Ads from that data maybe? 
Pretty targeted ads too? 

Someone mentions laptops on my profile and this shows!

Part of business is to improve am I right?

Well they tried to do that by looking at buying twitter, which if you use twitter can understand the reasons, facebook failed as Ev (@ev on twitter) refused to sell, so whats the next best thing?

Nick "proven to be good ideas" and implement them into facebook itself maybe?

Not only from twitter.

When you look at my profile on twitter you see that below on the right hand side. A link to my blog, a short bio and my twitter stats, like how many followers I have and how many I follow, and the amount of "updates" which are the actual 140 character "tweets" themselves.

Ignoring the favourites tab for now, as that is just those tweets you want to save, rather than share, bit like your own tweetb'mark, a handy tool to keep in mind though while tweeting.

When I look at it, once logged in, I see the same as shown which now also shows a little box that swaps with others when you refresh the page, which you need to do to update the stream, it swaps with other little neat things you use with twitter, like twitter search etc.

This is something I can see added to facebook sometime, a search using tags or keywords which will pull up what you want to see related to that but from friends rather than facebook wide, even the tags on pictures, comments, likes etc...

On the bottom of that is the home and replies tabs, that is all there is to twitter, so it is good and bad in a way, the home stream is like a hose of tweets if you follow alot of people, and the reply stream are just the tweets aimed at you, in other words they start with @robsellen in my case. Great if you tweet a question and get alot of replies.

While twitter is great it has some serious limits to what you can do with it and I think they will add more to it.

But on friendfeed which is in so many ways very different to twitter they already have some great features which twitter should adopt as well as facebook, which if you look at it facebook already have started to do.

Looking at my friendfeed page I see this on the left which shows the lists I have which all show in their own streams, as you can see I have one for twitter which pulls all tweets to friendfeed so I never really have to go to twitter. Better though is the fact you can use twitter and then come to freindfeed and see others in friendfeed expanding the conversation around a tweet you made.

These list you can create are endless, you can do whatever you want, even follow people who don't use friendfeed! By that lets say I know your twitter user name but don't follow you on twitter, I can add the RSS from your twitter page (that is below the box on the right) and add to my friendfeed, so I will see your tweets without you even knowing. :o)

As you can see you have "rooms" too, all in their own streams which if you had a "niche market" could utilise well by creating a room solely for that market.

Um ...

What'cha think?

Think they will start adding something like that to facebook? 

Maybe it will show on the sidebar as seen below on your own home'll  have to keep an eye on that. ;o)

I'd not be surprised to see it though.

Less apps, more feeds!!!  :o)


They missed a trick with removing the "live" feed from the last set up and I have no doubt it will pop back up on here before long.

On that friendfeed page of mine there are icons which show you what RSS feeds I have used in freindfeed, as seen below, often on my facebook page you will see something I posted on twitter, that's then gone to friendfeed, then to facebook, and I only had to post a tweet on twitter!

Something facebook are already adding as you see below...

Just simply add whatever RSS feed you want to add to it and it will do the work for you.

Utilising RSS feeds this way means you can share you things so much easier without having to even go to facebook!

Some other features "nicked" from friendfeed are the "likes" which is a significant thing that many are not grasping fully, look at that with the possible search function in mind... 

What do I mean? Lets say for instance you are somewhere looking at something to buy, for instance you want a laptop, you are not sure what you want, you log into facebook and type in "laptop" in the search on facebook and it pulls up all the results for "laptop", (friendwide or facebook wide, whatever they use) and you notice some search results are "liked" by a huge amount of people, many of them your friends... would it sway your choice?

Another feature from friendfeed in a sense is the new "highlights", which on friendfeed is known as "best of the day" as you can see on the top right of on a profile page both on friendfeed and facebook.

Getting something liked alot, or commented on alot, will get your item showing on the highlights part of all your friends home page, depending on their friends, if similar then yes you will get to the top of it.. 

Something that could be abused a bit, but hey let's see how it goes. ;o)

Another thing from friendfeed which they got completely wrong was the ability to "hide" things, on friendfeed you hide whatever it is, for example tweets from twitter, so you will see less of them from everyone, on facebook they screwed up by making it hide everything from that person instead of the app itself, like the damn quiz app that's taken over my own stream at times! 

You can "unhide" the person on the bottom of the page as seen below...

I read on facebooks own blog that this will be changed to hide apps rather than people.

A good move in reality.

So, while I can see why people moan, they don't like change is the bottom line, you can see they are doing it to benefit you but benefit them more, which is why they are right to ignore the moaning, it's a business thing.

The changes are better and needed to make facebook more interactive for the users, and they make it better for them to monetise it.

People go so far as to insult the creator of faceook on the facebook blog...idiots!

I have a few things I dislike about facebook, one is the "walled garden mentality" they have.

If you click a link the website opens in an iframe which to me is a joke, a bad ignorant move.

If I want to go out of facebook and look at a site I should just be able to do that, I know I can click the x in the top of the iframe and it will go to the page, but there are thousands who don't know that.

Overall I think facebook made some good improvements and they will still improve it over time.

Quit ya moaning, if you don't like it, go create your own social site! :o)

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Half a million dollars of the truth

It's been a busy week for me sorting things out but something hit my inbox from an online friend who I feel tells it like it is more than most do and this is the real deal!

It underlines that the real magic pill for those seeking success with attempts to make money online is that what you see above!

Simply put nothing else happens until you start using that button above, nothing gets done without it.
It is the action button!

Download and read this for yourself, grasp it fully and you see it ALL boils down to this.

The half a million truth! < (Pdf, right lick and save as.) The "big names" tried to stop them sharing this, and you can see just why. The bottom line is that this information is so obvious and yet so powerful if you did it right it could make a massive difference and yet it is in some ways already happening...but not capitalised on the way it could have been, simply because those who do it don't see the "big picture." I am amazed at this information and just how right it is, so it's saying something when my friend is happy they spent half a million finding it out then sharing it free! Why do that? Because it matters, it's going to change things, and the sharing of this is in itself the truth in action!

Read it, see what it means to you and how it really levels the playing field out for everyone and share your thoughts in the comments below. :o)

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Is Twitter is sitting on it's hands?

Is twitter stagnating?

Are they sitting on their hands?

Are others improving the usability of twitter while at the same time taking people away from the actual twitter site itself?

Tweetdeck and other clients are those I talk about?
While I have not used these myself as they are desktop clients which I would rather not use, I have seen that many people use them for twitter and they recommend it to others.

I prefer to use friendfeed myself, although not a desktop client but a website I feel it delivers so much more than twitter alone, or the clients who improve twitter.

Friendfeed has the ability to add so much more than just the twitter feed, but even with just the twitter the conversation is kept so much neater which is easier to follow too.

Friendfeed is the conversation catcher, also a conversation expander simply due to friendfeed users being able to add to anything said elsewhere, like on twitter for example.

Those who only use twitter are actually missing on on extended conversation around what they started elsewhere.

On twitter I would have to look for each reply in the "replies" tab to this tweet to make sense of it. :o)

Looking at my friendfeed real time stream you wonder why twitter has yet to have their service auto-update like that!

Friendfeed has a great way for you to "bookmark" things using comments and the "like" function which twitter has in a crude way called "favourites" which are starred tweets yet I never use it and know of few others who do either and those who use friendfeed would rather "like" it on friendfeed than star it on twitter.

It is also so easy to share things of interest on friendfeed and not miss it like on twitter.

You can create list for different people even create one for people who don't yet use friendfeed which is what they call the "imaginary friends."

Let's say you know someone on twitter and their username is @randomusername... you go and add this username to your friendfeed "imginary friends" list and it will import that persons tweets into your list so you can follow them without them even knowing, yet you can do this with their blog feed, twitter feed, any feed that you know the RSS or username of.

There is so much I have yet to learn to make the most of with friendfeed but I am enjoying it alot as I feel it's a great central place to do your social activities.

If you have yet to try it, go join up and gve it a go. Don't forget to add me by subscribing.

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Friendfeed , the worthy RSS centre

Friendfeed is really growing on me since joining a month or so ago after seeing it mentioned on twitter, the twitter conversation was centred around "missed" conversation around tweets, ie where the tweets were fed by RSS into other platforms like friendfeed and facebook, the discussion around them I noticed was being missed by the tweeters.

The tweets were getting hardly any repsonse themselves on twitter yet the same tweet showing in facebook by said tweeter had lots of comments which were being missed by said tweeter.

That useful conversation was missed completely for however long until the said tweeter logged into facebook. That's when and how I heard of friendfeed, on twitter, while discussing facebook!

Friendfeed is now like an RSS Artist row!

I haven't posted here yet about friendfeed mainly because I waned to least use it for a while first to understand it and give a fair opinion of the experience.

I can't see myself NOT using it now to be blunt. :o)

Thomas made a great post where he shared "10 reasons to use friendfeed" on his blog, which utilises friendfeed itself pretty well as you see. Nice to see the benefits of friendfeed through a photographers perspective.

It was this post that made me realise it was like an artist central.

It's not just twitters, bloggers, writers etc using friendfeed, there are a few members who only use friendfeed...which surprised me, nice surprise mind. :o)

At first for maybe a hour or so I seemed a little confused, lost with it but was made welcome and given some good tips, as soon as I "got it" I was hooked in a sense that twitter couldn't do, I like twitter but was at a complete loss upon joining it way back when.

The recent function of adding twitter followers etc to friendfeed makes it a great central RSS to use and I can see people using twitter itself less and friendfeed more due to the extra use and benefit it gives you.

The simple fact of being able to keep track of the conversations started in twitter better in friendfeed is worth thinking still use twitter just less and better.

Friendfeed is so much better overall and because it utilises so many RSS feeds it's rich with interesting things I simply wouldn't have seen elsewhere.

Amazing pictures and lots of interesting blogs, smart savvy people and diverse conversation that happens faster than anywhere else.

So much!

Louis shares some useful tips on utilising the "like" function in friendfeed, it almost functions like your own friendfeed bookmark.
Louis has a few good friendfeed tips on his blog which are worth checking out too.

Friendfeed is really worth trying out if you haven't yet tried it and is so adaptable with so many features you can tailor it to suit you perfectly...something I am still honing myself. :o)

It is the ultimate "outpost" for your outposts.

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Social media sucks....

Friendfeed sucks...

Twitter sucks...

Facebook sucks...

Forums suck...

One way or another it all sucks.

Either it sucks your time away or if you get lucky it sucks bandwidth from your site, blog.

Often it does both and yet how do you value that time used on being social?
More so when nothing comes of it?

It's all very well spending hours being social but if you are in the position of having to earn online it's not helping spending it on sites like these unless there is some marketing behind it...which is part of the issue with social media not really being a "fit" with marketing...not obvious marketing anyway.

It's been a common thing lately, this monetising issue in friendfeed, twitter etc but I mean with us as individuals.

Is it actually helping you or your work, business.

I could see a big benefit for a freelancer using social media in many ways, sharing their work etc would possibly lead to more work and could be a good move to make.

But for the majority of us?
Either it's a fun thing or just a useful place to get interesting links etc.

So how are you using social media and how is that working for you?

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"Time to reflect, then plan ahead"

Not long till 2008 passes us by and 2009 kicks in, the years are going fast the space between pondering the last year and looking forward to the next are getting closer, so it seems!

Time waits for no man!
Where better to contemplate the last year and consider the next year than here?

As the sun sets on 2008 do you feel you achieved the goals, resolutions you set out this time last year?

If you did, great, if not, maybe consider the size of the goals and time you set to achieve them, it's one reason resolutions don't work well, 9 times out of 10 they are spontaneous and set just because "people set them."

"Gonna give up smoking, Jan 1st" is quite common, but how hard is that to achieve?
Most likely you cave in on Jan second, then you have failed....that's it, you don't bother after that.

Better to say...

"I will give up by the end of Jan" then plan to do that, set it out so you can cut down in stages over that month, this way even if you don't quite make it, you may have gone a long way to it, like cutting down a by 3/4 of what you were smoking.

This way you are much more likely to carry on trying, not think you failed.
Well you certainly won't think, "ah well, almost did it" then start smoking more will you?

If you have to make a resolution, at least make it realistic. :o)

Goals are a bit different I think, at least any goal you set out can be good, no matter how small, if it's progressive in some way to moving you forward it's good.

If you set out a main goal, aim high, this will make you more motivated to try, and if you don't make the stars, at least you hit the clouds.

But plan for the clouds...have step goals which lead you in the right direction, each small goal reached is motivation and proof of progress.

It's been a topsy turvy year for myself, but there are lessons in everything for us to take away.

I have to say it wasn't a great year for me in some ways, but in looking back it's cleared alot of the "fog" in my mind in the plans I had set out in 2008, and in turn has made 2009 a much clearer path for me.

The most important thing of all is your health and family.

THAT was my biggest lesson of 2008!

Without's doesn't matter what happens, you can win the lotto, have all the money in world, realise all the dreams you can make, anything you could want would be worthless!

For me the main goals for 2009 are to strengthen my own family links, bonds, as they are the number one priority and the other to better my health, if there is one thing I have learnt, sitting in front a PC too much ain't good for ya! :o/

I have set one goal to take more photos, one a day at least because it really is a good way of getting out and about and staying fit and with so much to capture out there it will be fun!

There are other goals I have set myself, one is to go full time online asap! :o)

I can see 2009 being the year everything changes a bit online with the rise of social sites etc.

It has levelled the playing field alot more than it was just a few years ago.

What lessons can you take from 2008?
Have you set goals for 2009?

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"Why are you even USING twitter?"

I ask because because the twits on twitter I wrote about a few post ago had a few comments and obviously I wasn't the only one thinking this way, is that a good or bad thing?

Then a commenter said on the last post below and I quote,

"Oh, by the way - my Twitter grade is a lousy 37, and I'm proud of that. If you're above a 90, you're spending too much time online, becoming a hamster on a wheel.

PROVE to me it improved your bottom line measurably, I might rethink that - but I need proof. Not a grade from a bot."

The bot was twitter grader which tweeters know about. ;o)
I replied and quote below,

"As for your twitter grade.

Look at it this way, your comment made me think..
"Is ALL you think of the bottom line being in monetary terms?"

Well look at this blog here, revamped with help of twitters, is that not helping my bottom line in one way or another?

Without twitter I wouldn't have got it right.

With twitter it's about the QUALITY of those you follow and interact with, rather than what time you spend there.
Relationship building IS what builds your bottom line. ;o)

Use twitter as a way of connecting to the right people for your business and see what it does to your business? ;o)

I think you miss out by NOT using it. :O)

Regardless, it's whatever you feel best for you and your business and I won't say it WILL help as I have no idea if it will.
I think it depends alot on your relationship with those on there more than anything.

That grader bot is a good example of social proof in action. ;o) regardless of whether we see it as worthless or not.

It's tapping into it the right way ;o) "

My short blunt answer to this is...

Twitter is NOT THERE to make YOU money.
It's a TOOL for CONNECTING, nothing more nothing less.

The web is NOT THERE to make YOU money, its a TOOL too.

You can USE them to generate something of value to swap with money, but how you do that is the key ;o)

So the real question is WHY are you using twitter?

As I said above I got this blog revamped with help of a few tweeters on twitter (thanks guys) and have made some good "friends" on there, i say friends as in online friends, nevertheless nice and helpful , fun, interesting people.

I get to find links to blogs and sites of interest from twitter, get news on twitter at times faster than I could otherwise.

I find that twitter is something pretty amazing in that where else can you get an INSTANT response to a problem just by "tweeting" about it?

I have now over 560 followers and I follow over 650 people, therefor there is ALWAYS someone on there to respond and there is always someone there I can respond to, help, advise, whatever.

Where else can you do that?
Where else can you have a "live personal feed" like that?

What I mean by that is it's a LIVE feed, you get the tweet as soon as the other person wrote it, and vice versa, if using devices like a phone they can ANYWHERE!

Imagine you have 5000 followers, think you could get a response to a problem anytime?
Think there is someone who has that knowledge you are seeking on whatever it is? :O)

I do, I bet on it too.

So I use twitter as it should be used.

So what are YOU using twitter for?

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"Twits on twitter"

There are a few.... ;o)

They obviously don't know it themselves, else they wouldn't carry on being twits!
Maybe they will soon ;o)

Twitter, a great idea which I don't think is going to die out anytime soon with devices capabilities so you can use your phone with it etc will most likely help it grow massively as more people hear about it, try it and like it.

Why use twitter?

For the same reason we build relationships, be connected, to share, to talk, to help, to teach, to laugh, to support and to be there for.

If you doubt that, you don't grasp it as you should.

People who use twitter often get "news" online fast, like the current IKE issue, people posting updates on twitter were doing so in REAL time.

There is a lady who is in LABOUR, giving birth, keeping everyone updated on REAL time. Best of luck there to you too. ;o)

It's like a mini RRS feed of someones going on's as it happens. :o)

Where else do you see that? See the potential with that?

Yet so many who should know better get it wrong.

Here is the dilemma with the twits, they see it as ONLY a marketing tool, inevitably be to be abused like other things that go the same way.

Marketing IS a part of life, we all do it, but not all the correct way, or in the most beneficial way.

Unintentional marketing is usually the best marketing.

Hard to do when all you intend is to market and IMO end up spamming the place with links in almost every "tweat" (each 140 character response made) you make.
If that is YOU, you don't "get it at all" are a twit!

Don't get me wrong there are some marketers who do use it well.

Tweaters on the other hand, "get it" ;o)

It's a connection tool first, they follow who they like, while others who like them follow them. :o)

One good advantage with twitter is you can add the RSS feed to a blog, website, lens which means freshly updated content each time you tweat.

Your biggest advantage on twitter is to be YOURSELF.

Just as it is in life.

If twitter is ONE part of your social networking efforts, be careful not to ruin it with a dirty great footprint which could be counter productive, as Lynn terry elaborated on too.

It's not all bad though as Lynn shared with us a good port on doing it successfully.

I point you to them as it means I need not explain it myself, and also I am doing what we should be doing.

Sharing good content which will help others, and freely.

I am not taking away from my own success doing this, as others would have you believe when they say, "you may LOSE readers, as they may prefer the blogs you share over yours".

Well, if that is the case, it means I need to DO better with my content rather than STOP sharing great content of others... does it not?

But hang on, I AM sharing content here, but improving it by linking to great content elsewhere because I feel MY readers deserve it. ;o)

That IS the essence of the web after all.

Lynn will be pleased lol...don't take Lynn's or my word for it, read the what those who use twitter say.

Who better to read than those who say what makes you "get it", than those who say it ON twitter.

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"Facebook sucks..."

A little to much information out of us for my liking, did you see the terms of service? No...

You allow them to gather info about you from "anywhere" online...blogs, forums whatever.
That is another reason why facebook has such targeted ads.

They ain't daft are they. ;o)

The applications are created by just about anyone who can, they are allows to pull info from your profile to work but I'll bet they get a wealth of info and use from it. Just a worry about WHO these people are.

I also worry about the fact these people are smart enough to put "bot" tracking or otherwise onto you.
I am sure something from an app effected me.

I like using facebook, but with the "big brother" aspect, and the fact it is so accessible to anyone including bosses, potential bosses etc you do have to be at least a little aware of what you share etc.

But then facebooks whole success boils down to ONE thing...

That is it uses "real names" unlike myspace etc where you use what you like.
The fact it's using your real name is the reason why so many "real" friends can find you, and you can find them.

I have been amazed at how many people I can trace on there, old school friends and even old work friends.

Even those who names I they are on other friends list, often known by nicknames, the faces soon tell me. ;o)

Facebook has definitely made the world a bit of a smaller place.

If used well you could maximise facebook for a variety of reasons.

Marketers exploit things. Often badly. I can see why people shun them in many ways.
The key is to make it less like marketing. Subtle will work.

A marketer will market what they can to make money...that is the sole purpose for them, money.
It shows.


An artist? A photographer? An author?

Whatever you are you will have to market in some sense.

An artist marketing their passion is alot different to a marketer flogging pictures. ;o)

The Internet gives you a pretty level playing field.

Facebook and other social sites can only help you reach out better.

The biggest winners are facebook themselves.
Smart buggers hit the bullseye!

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"Lots of changes"

Lots of changes...some unexpected ones too.

Having had a chance to look about online at the "old haunts" I have seen a fair few changes, some for the better, some for the worse and some just unexpected.

Mind you, it is to be expected really considering what it is like online, the time element alone is strange.

Like dog years!

Sad to see the end of a few forums which I used often.
Seems the social networking side of it has exploded and also in some way I feel had a knock on effect on the forums.

That's how it looks to me, could be wrong, I often am. ;o)

Social networking sites like facebook have been a great asset on the whole, finding friends from a long time ago has been a revelation really...happy days.

Good to see the blogs I read still going well, with some good nuggets for me to catch up on. ;o)

As for my blogging, I am still going but will consider revamping the site, maybe have a main page... and this blog on a subpage, IE, but I am not sure yet.

That would enable me to use the domain better. ;o)

It's all in the pipeline and I will go for it as I feel this blog is and should be my main priority online.

Most say, and I agree you should have some form of focus for your blogging, but I am not sure I can do that, or if I do what the main focus would be.

I like to write about most things so I should, which is after all what blogging is about.

Is it the blog or the person behind it that matters?
To who? You, me?

Any thoughts?

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"Online at last"

Thankfully I have a connection now so I will blogging again yet right now I have no idea what to write about?! ;o)

I sure have missed out one of the better years to be online with the explosion of "social networking"... doh!

Typical of moi that is.

At least I am online. :o)

I can get back into the groove and catch up in time.

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Isolation not ignorance.

Some of you have been using facebook etc to contact me...I am not ignoring them, it's the library using limited filters and IE 6 stopping me using them.

Nice to see old friends on the social sites...even ex girlfriends from um...15 years or more ago! ;o)
Shows how the net really has made the world a smaller place, never thought I would hear again from some of the people I have.

Been a great thing to see how people have changed and where the path they chose lead them to.
Still trying to get back online at home so I am looking forward to really catching up with some people when I am.

Have I missed anything of note on here?

Not sure, been focused on getting other areas of life sorted out and set me up for the right start in 2008... I mean 2007 shot by!

I am looking forward to 2008 for a few reasons. :o)

So how are you all?

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