The Social Network(s)

I’ve created an account with almost every social media outlet I can think of, with the obvious exception of Facebook, in what seems to be a never-ending quest for friends. I’ve played around with a few of them, trying to find the ones that suited me the most.

I’ve had quite a love/hate relationship with Tumblr, as many of my earlier posts will show. I still love how easy it is to use, but a few things about it bother me… first, there’s no genuine interaction. Someone can like and reblog a post without any interaction at all with you, the poster. Someone reblogs it from them, someone reblogs it from them, and your content is now a few generations away from you without so much as a word being spoken. Lots of tumblogs are also notorious for stripping away any credentials attached to content and posting it as their own. I don’t much like that.

I’ve also dipped my toe into the water that is Google+ (thanks to an invite from Mr. David Spira) and haven’t really been impressed so far. Google+ is… well, I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s pretty much nothing. It’s a thing that I don’t know what to do with. It’s polished and very Google-looking, and there are all these circles, and… yeah, it’s pretty stupid. I mean, if that’s what’s supposed to take the place of Facebook when it inevitably dies a slow, painful death, then I’m pretty happy with the fact that I don’t feel like I’m missing much.

I briefly considered going with Blogger or Blogspot or whatever in the hell they call it (it seems to change based on where you read it) but ultimately decided to go with WordPress. Back in the day — can I say that without it being ironic? — Blogger/spot was the place to start a blog if you didn’t want to self-host. It’s still a remarkable open platform that gives you far more freedom than WordPress does, but the backend is painful to me. I prefer the WordPress way of setting things up. No code is really allowed, but none is really required, either. Still, many bloggers have been successful with it, so it must be doing something right.

Posterous also makes the list, but barely. I don’t know of a single blog that actually uses Posterous as a platform. Their main claim to fame is the fact that you can publish to Posterous and it will turn around and post everywhere else… Blogger, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, WordPress, Twitter, etc… pretty much any social media outlet you can think of. The problem with that is that while you’re getting your stuff out to a wider audience, it becomes harder to interact with and know that audience. You’d have to check multiple blogs multiple times a day to keep up with it, and to me that defeats the purpose of having Posterous auto-post to all of those various sites. I’d rather blog in one place and have that be home.

I decided earlier today that I would be abandoning all of these various endeavors and focusing solely on WordPress and Twitter. I think that with those two platforms I can do pretty much anything I have in mind to do as far as blogging and networking.

What services to you use to put yourself out there? What do you like or dislike about the ones you use? Tell me why I’m completely right about everything I’ve said or why I have no clue what I’m talking about!

An Empty Library

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, a photo by rtik13 on Flickr.

Hipstamatic Photograph

Benches (Some of the Nicest People I Know)

Benches outside

 

There are some benches outside of where I work that don’t seem to serve any purpose. By and large, no one even knows they’re there. I’ve never seen anyone sitting on them, despite the fact they’re in a somewhat shady spot behind the building. I was roaming around this morning looking for interesting and/or unusual things to shoot (as I am wont to do from time to time) and decided that even though these benches aren’t particularly spectacular, I wanted to document them; patiently waiting for when anyone that happens to walk by might be tired and need to rest a moment. Something about that struck me as being very kind and generous of them. Taken with my iPhone using Hipstamatic.

Prison… or School?

Took this photograph with my iPhone using Instagram.

I was doing some work in an IT closet that’s just off of a major street. It’s fenced in due to the public nature of the closet. I happened to notice these school buses going by, and had to grab the shot. I played with the original image in Instagram to give it that dreary, somewhat apocalyptic look I’m so fond of. 🙂

Hallway to Hell (With Apologies to AC/DC)

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Hallway, a photo by rtik13 on Flickr.

Yet another cool example of what you can do with Instagram. I really like this one.