Surplus social media

24 03 2012

As an intrepid explorer of social media, I find I am increasingly coming across a number of new social media options. And quite frankly, I’m not sure of their value and I’m not sure if I physically have the time to deal with them. So let me know your opinion.

I’ll start by declaring my social media preferences: I am addicted to Facebook, I love LinkedIn, I am quite active on Twitter (but largely promoting my blogs – true confession). I am somewhat present in Pinterest and Foursquare (although frankly Pinterest’s “ownership” of content makes nervous). I dip into Youtube from time to time but generally I don’t actually have the time to sit through a 3 minute video. True story. And I am obsessed with blogging. If you can count it, it is a competition. Sad but true.

1. Klout. I confess I lost faith in Klout when it nominated me as an expert on London. Why? I have no idea since I have not knowingly written anything about London online (it is too long since I have been there) and only a couple of my English friends live in London. How did Klout decide this was my area of expertise (as opposed to, for instance, the country I live in)?

2. Branchedout. This Facebook app bills itself as the network boasting the most job connections on Facebook. Hmm. Possibly because there isn’t any competition.

3. Aboutme. Point? Niche? I just don’t get it.

4. Peerindex. Seems like a copycat Klout.

Fundamentally these all don’t seem to add any value to my life, they take time and they request and collate my personal and online information into yet another source that I need to manage. Maybe I’d be better off being streamlined – sleek and aerodynamic and dump all the excess baggage.

Of course I could just be grumpy.

Thoughts?





Food for thought: Mindfire

27 11 2011

I recently bought a Kindle and rapidly realised I needed to have a WiFi modem in order to be able to download books onto it. OOPPPSSS!!!! I don’t have one. I have a plug-in modem so I can keep tight control over who is accessing the internet when and why. Welcome to Stalag 13. (If you don’t understand that reference…..well you missed a great TV program!)

Since the Kindle has a cord that plugs into the computer, I am not sure why this is – possibly user-error. If anyone knows the answer, please leave instructions in the comments section of this blog. Thanks. Meanwhile if you see me sitting on the neighbour’s front porch with my Ipad, I am hijacking their Wifi connection.

Meanwhile, I happen to have Kindle-reader on my Ipad so I have been indulging my love of reading by purchasing some cheap Kindle books. I think it has made me more adventurous in my book-purchasing because if I buy a book that turns out to be a dud – well it was only a few dollars instead of $30, and I can always download another so I am not without reading material. (For those without Ipads, I believe you can get Kindle-reader for computer as well. Not quite the same as curling up in bed with your Ipad…sorry, good book, but an option to consider.)

I happened across one which was recommended by WordPress (the blog host).

Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds

This book, based on a blog by Scott Berkun, is really interesting. Set out in short chapters, it retains the joy of the blog – a complete thought or idea contained in a short amount of words. A thing of beauty really. (He justifies the brevity of the chapters in Chapter 6: There are two kinds of people: Complexifiers and Simplifiers. The chapter is short because he is a simplifier.)

As well as appealing to my short attention span and brief amount of reading time available, it also contains a lot of really interesting ideas.
– How to be a free thinker.
– How to detect bullshit.
– Dr Suess and Wicked Constraints.
– Why Smart people defend bad ideas.
– The cult of Busy
– Why the world is a mess.
– How to make a difference.
and loads more.

The great thing about this book is it builds on little kernels of ideas that might occurred to you but builds them into proper fully-formed logical thoughts. And it makes you think more. Chewing gum for the mind.

So if you are looking for something that is well written, easy to read, and thought provoking, maybe this is your book. It may make you thik about your assumptions.

And in my dreams, I write a blog like this. Please stay with me while I get there!

If you liked this post you might also like Read-a-holic.





Spam

16 09 2011

I have to say the quality of the spam comments I am getting has declined markedly.

At first they said amazingly flattering (and obviously true!) things about me and my blog. I was indispensible. Every post was relevant, full of thought-rivetting ideas. They were amazed at how my every utterance fulfilled their every need.

But disillusion seems to have set in. I still get the occasional (grammatically incorrect) vow to bookmark the blog and read it regularly. But more often it is either a derogatory comment on my SEO links (or lack thereof), or sometimes – and this is sheer laziness – just a web link.

So my appeal for spammers out there – put some effort into it. If you really want me to leave your comments up on the blog you are going to have to work for it. You are going to have to rekindle the original love-relationship we had, your infatuation needs to be clear on the page. Sweet-talk me.

And then maybe we’ll talk.