I am trying to simplify my little internet world. So many social sites, blogs, follow or un-follow? Join or not? It hit my pea little multiple sclerosis swiss cheese brain when I accidentally deleted some folks from one of my G+ circles. I did not wish to hurt anyone’s feelings and then it dawned on me if I could not remember who the heck they were I was over estimating my nuisance value. I love to follow many people on twitter/google/blogs because I learn from them and get exposed to ideas I might not otherwise consider. Social networks also provide – well a connection to others I would not otherwise have. But I will no longer follow people just to be following them because someone else I follow does or in return their following me. I hope to follow only folks on social networks that I enjoy and they in return at least acknowledge me.
So far the only thing I have removed is my facebook account. Seriously, too much noise. What I define as noise is anything that is not relevant to me. I do not care what someones score was in a game or who found what out about someone – please click here and let us see all your data . … . This is probably why I never embraced FB in the first place. And, while I realize all social sites data mine FB IMHO is the worst.
Selfish – probably.
Setting up who I wish to follow or who wishes to follow me in G+ is kind of humorous. There are some techies and photographers I am following but the techies are quick not to follow me LOL duh I am not a tech blogger or writer. But I think many folks sign up for the google plus and become intimidated real fast. It is not set up like many other social platforms while it is really a simple idea – make circles with your friends in them – it also has draw backs as any new platform will – growing pains? It seems to be more geared toward quality follows than collecting high follower stats. Quality V quantity . … not a social contest?
One thing is sure for me – there are a lot of arrogant folks trying to sway the direction G+ takes. I am still hoping that there will be room for nobodies in the judgement of the “techie social sphere” to form some awesome circles.
I am trying to do away with my old news reader and use google reader as it is more integrated with my cell phone contacts and the Chrome browser. The problem I have is how to go about doing this without having to manually add everyone to the google reader from my other program. Export and Import just create double feeds and when I delete one sometimes it removes both. Unfollowing people I still wish to follow. I must be missing something as this should not be this confusing to do.
The other big deal is how do I tie all this stuff together? The trend is headed toward a less transparent web identities. I have always kept this blog away from my real world given name and used my nickname. keeping the two “identities’ separate is getting harder and harder. Do I care that you know who I am in real life – not really. Do I wish to keep some of the things I have written on the blog out of my families eyes – you bet!
I just finished re-reading some of Jean M Auel’s Earth’s Children series. I love her books! While reading the authors acknowledgement s in Shelters of Stone I was reminded of a time when I was active, meeting folks, apart of, etc. First off some of the folks she mentions I had the honor of meeting. Most especially bringing back memories of my favorite Anthropology professor David Abrams (deceased) – a teacher who sent my mind dreaming and yet at the same time was demanding of his students and the reason I did meet or heard these people speak. Cave Art still rocks David!
The in my face: it saddens me that I probably never will get to visit the caves whose art awes me.
Ok that is it for now.