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Look, I’m a beautiful swan!

tweet140 swan
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invites to Pownce

I have 27 more invites to Pownce, if anyone is STILL lacking an invite, let me know through the comments, ok?

I’m still pretty much a twitter kind of person, but sometimes twitter acts up. Like today, people’s posts aren’t showing up for an hour and a half… which makes it pretty useless to try to reply to anybody…

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After some wrestling, I’ve decided to remove my twitter updates from the sidebar of the blog. If you would still like to see them, you’ll have to find me on twitter or facebook.

my profilactic mashup

In case you ever wanted to know EVERYTHING I’m doing online, here is the place to do that:

And that’s profilactic as in “Profile”, not that other thing.

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my new twitter look

my new twitter look

because i like to share

I’ve put a Google Reader Shared Items widget on the sidebar now, you might notice it looks a little different than before. That’s because I’m using Google’s javascript version, rather than just a straight RSS feed. It looks a little bit nicer now.

I spend a lot of time in Google Reader, and when something interests me I click on ‘Share’ and voila, you can see it here. So now you can see what I see. Hope it adds value to your visit.

But what if you read my blog with an RSS reader? You don’t usually see my sidebar, so you might not even know that I have new stuff there. Well, never fear, if you want, you can subscribe to my Google Shared Items too! Here’s a link to my shared items page. Enjoy!

not quite perfect

I really like the tools that Alex King has created for WordPress. Twitter Tools lets you show your Twitter posts in the sidebar and to post to Twitter from your blog. Share This puts a nice little popup beneath each post to allow your users to share the link on social network sites (like Facebook), or to email this article if you’re still old school (just kidding)!

One thing that’s still not working (due to changes on Twitter’s part) is the daily digest of tweets to the blog. It was previously working, but, as you have probably noticed, there haven’t been any digests lately. So I thought I’d take the moment to ask if you, as a reader of my blog, like the daily digest of tweets, or not? Is it annoying? Or useful?

I liked the feature because it was a way of saving the posts made on Twitter somewhere, functioning like a backup of sorts. But perhaps it added to the ‘noise’ on the blog, rather than contribute useful content?

Your thoughts, Spock. I must have them.

why blogfriends?

this is why:


Do I know David Marriott? No. But I went to his blog because it looked interesting to me. Based on my interests and friends of friends’ blogs, this came up. If you want people to discover and read your blog, this is one great way to do it, and reach a more targeted audience.

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why my videos will be on vimeo

So almost as quick as I started a YouTube account, I’m abandoning it. Well, not exactly, but I’m not going to be posting a lot of recent videos there. You see, I’m concerned about privacy, and about my children. Now, it may seem that personal blogging and privacy are pretty much at odds with each other, but when it comes to my kids, I feel that I should be more cautious than I have been. So I’ve been thinking of a privacy ‘best-practice’, if you will, regarding images and videos of my kids online. How should I manage my kids’ online presence?

Some Thoughts:

1. Random strangers shouldn’t be able to easily find my kids’ images or videos.

This means that you won’t be seeing videos here on the blog. Sorry. I get enough random hits from all over the world that I need to change how I use this space. If I put videos on YouTube, they are essentially open. I know there’s a privacy feature, but it’s limited to 25 friends, which doesn’t work for me. Vimeo lets me specify exactly who I want seeing what video. As their tagline goes: “Because everyone shouldn’t see everything.”

My spaces for safely adding random strangers are twitter, pownce, and virb.

2. If we know each other, you should be able to access images and videos without major hurdles.

For this reason, I’m going to put the current 5 videos on Facebook, and the rest on Vimeo. I’m pretty much only adding people that I know on Facebook, or that I’ve started some kind of meaningful conversation with. And I’ll be letting them know about Vimeo too. Thankfully, it’s dead easy and super fast to sign up on Vimeo, so it shouldn’t be too much of a hurdle. Facebook for the current 5, Vimeo for the complete archives.

I’m also transitioning my children’s pictures onto Facebook as well, and will keep my kids’ Flickr site family and friends only. This way everything’s a little more protected.

3. My kids’ videos shouldn’t show up next to NSFW or inappropriate content. A “G” rating all around would be appropriate.

Another strike against YouTube. I can’t control what shows up around my kids videos when you view them on the page.

4. What’s done is done.

I’m not going to go back and remove all the pictures that I’ve previously posted here, as I think that would seriously compromise the blog. But as time marches inexorably onward, and as the kids are at an age where they are changing month by month, I’ll be ok with those old pictures being on here.

I hope I’m not being paranoid. I would like to think that honesty and openness are still commodities that are traded here. And I would like to believe that there are more good people than bad people in this world. But I just need to be a little more careful, for my own peace of mind.

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my arbiter

I’m finding lately, as I ride the social network wave, I don’t know what’s good and what’s not. I mean, there’s a million different things out there to try, and what’s worthwhile and what’s not is often hard to pin down. And it’s not like the web is static either, something that really stank one day could roll out rev 2 the next day and suddenly be the next big thing.

I recently signed up with Profilactic, and if you can get over the name, it’s really a useful site. All your online identities in one place, on one page, an uber-status update, if you will. I found that it even helped me remember what my usernames on these different sites were (it’s amazing what two kids will do to your ability to remember things). More accurately, I didn’t have to remember, I could just click on it in Profilactic and I would be taken there.

As I set up my different sites, I looked at the list of available sites and wondered to myself, “Hmm. These look interesting, I wonder what this site is for?” There are too many for me to try. And I’m sure there are many more. But if we don’t want to join things that are going to go the way of ICQ, Asian Avenue, or eWorld then we had better choose wisely.

I’m content not to sign up for anything more. Just knowing that what I am signed up for is on the list makes me feel better. If it’s cool enough to be on Profilactic, then it’s cool enough for me. Even if I don’t sign up just yet.

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