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23 August 2011 @ 10:00 pm
social networked out  

Apropos of pretty much nothing, I gotta say that having joined G+ and all, my reaction is not “wean other social networks off & just use G+” so much as it is “I’m pretty sick of social networks & am not wildly inclined to use any of them anymore.”

I’m finding that to be a rock and a hard place, though, professionally speaking. Between G+, Twitter & FB I’ve got somewhere in the region of 2500 followers (a fair percentage of whom, I’m sure, are repeat offenders, but many of whom are not), and I don’t want to lose the tenuous contact I’ve got with them. Sadly I can’t afford to bribe them to read the blog regularly, so…what’s a girl to do? *wibble*

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on August 23rd, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
I've been running a low-level experiment this month on all my various social media, trying to find a way to use the strengths of each without giving them 1/2 my waking hours. If G+ would get on the stick about letting us stream better, life would simplify....

Dan/Дмитрийicedrake on August 23rd, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
I find it a bit amusing to see posts about people getting fed up with social networks on... well, another social network. LJ counts :)

That said, as far as I'm concerned, G+ has one thing going for it: It's a very immature product.

Yes, that's it. Given the number of things they've already screwed up, I'm holding out for massive improvements, but other than that one hope... Ugh. The "endless scroll" approach it copies from Facebook, when coupled with the unpredictable reshuffling of posts in the stream, makes catching up on missed posts an exercise in frustration. And that's without even touching on the whole #nymwars issue.
Megabitchmegabitch on August 23rd, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'm going to stop posting and using g+ until and unless Google remove their cranium from their anus regarding the whole "real/common names" crap. Too many of my friends, people I have known for over a decade and a half, people who have been using the same name online for as long as they have been online (for as long as there has been an "online" in many cases), too many of them have had their g+ profile suspended or deleted because their name doesn't match what Google demand and when they object, they get stonewalled - this is if Google actually tell them beforehand that they are going to be suspended, of course, that's not always the case. When they are rejecting people's legal names, the names on their passports/driving licences, as well as their "noms de 'net" they have crossed the boundaries of acceptable behaviour.

I registered with my legal name. My legal name is only my legal name because, two years ago, I finally saw a solicitor and created the Deed Poll to legally change my first name to the one I picked out of the blue almost 20 years ago to use as my username when I got my first ISP account. Since then, every friend I have has used that name for me. The only people that use my birth name are my family. I _think_ Google would accept my name. But that probably won't ever be an issue because my name looks acceptably WASPish for the idiots in charge over there.

I don't know if you'll get caught by the "must have a single first name" rule, initials aren't allowed - you will probably be able to claim the common name usage as it is your pen name and you can provide a shelf of proof, though some writers, artists and journalists have been refused and told that it is their "brand" and not their name.

I'll stop now - if you're interested (assuming you haven't seen it all blowing up), there's a lot out there about this.
T. Revst_rev on August 23rd, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
The best solution for you would probably be to syndicate outward from your main blog and have some kind of system to aggregate comments back in, but that kind of thing contradicts FBG+'s business model. FB in particular is designed like a roach motel.

I don't have anything useful to say, I guess, except that they get away with this kind of predatory design because people let them.
kitmizkit on August 24th, 2011 07:45 am (UTC)
If I had any idea how to do something that would aggregate comments back in I would be on that like a thing that was on it!
Cymru Llewescymrullewes on August 24th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Several of my friends have talked about syncing G+ and FaceBook. I know that Jim C. Hines seems to have figured out how to push his blog updates to G+.
Jim C. Hinesjimhines on August 25th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
Jim does it manually, I'm afraid. I haven't found a way to automate the process.
Michellesilkblade on August 24th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
I have the SGPlus extension installed on my browser which will post to G+, FB, and Twitter.


I think that link will work.

I did not actually import photos though it seems to want you to.
annathepiper on August 24th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
Dara said this to your comment on Facebook, but I'll add here--yeah, I've got a bit of social network fatigue myself. It's difficult to keep track of them all, especially when I've got the same folks friended across multiple networks AND a set of different folks in different places as well AND you have to remember to either check their pages or have an app for them and AUGH.

Yeah, it makes me want to just punt back to my blog. *^_^*;;
rfrancis on August 24th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
I'm rapidly reaching the stage where G+ can just suck it. I don't think there's much more for me to say about that than I already have.

I like Twitter for what Twitter is good for: posting one-liners. I like one-liners, so this works out okay. I probably try harder to be amusing on Twitter than I do elsewhere -- elsewhere I try to be interesting, which is something else entirely.

Facebook, as I have always said, is for local SCA friends and local church members and my family, and if my old-school online buddies are there, that's fine, but it's not why I stay there, because I can find you guys less irritating places.

I am slowly falling for Livejournal again, if it'll just stay up. It's pretty horrible to use but nobody's trying to tell me how to use it and I can edit what I want and write as long as I care to and all that good stuff. And it has threaded comments. And user icons. And if I really feel like I need to involve Facebook and/or Twitter, well lo and behold, there are repost buttons right there.

But yeah, LJ isn't really the place to amass readers/listeners/whatever any more. I think it's probably still Twitter. I need to remember to tick the tickybox for reposting to Twitter, I guess.

Just as long as you stay somewhere I can find you, I am content.
rfrancis on August 24th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
I forgot to mention Diaspora. So I will: Nobody is on Diaspora.
Janne: trek stilltheprettiestjanne on August 24th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
Wait for the dust to settle, and crosspost madly until then? I should be sad to see people give up on the nets entirely, though I understand the fatigue. (Not posting a lot lately, myself...)