Thursday, March 31, 2011
I've been checking out Google's +1 button today, as time permits. I can definitely see the potential for it. Compared to the FB "Like" button, which goes into a closed network that only benefits members, +1 has the potential to benefit your social circle and the public at large.
For now, the feature is experimental, so only a small number of users are able to view and use it. For the moment, you can like all day and not get a recommendation from any of your friends. As with any new service that relies on others to adopt, it's no fun until everybody is on it.
I hate using buzzwords, yet +1 is a dynamic way of curating content. Once more people get on it, the results will have much better context, relying less on SEO than peer recommendations.
I can't help but wonder what benefit there would be in becoming a "super seeker"? Until people add +1 buttons to their websites, searches are all there is to the service.
I'll give it a fair shake. I like the concept.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
As it turns out, there is no easy way to import all my posts. The tools I found are outdated, or just didn't work.
But, Dewitt Clinton had a great idea to use Blogger as a micro blog. This goes to feedburner, which then tweets your title with a link.
Upshot? An accessible archive of tweets. Plus, the Android app for Blogger records your location.
I'm curious if the location info transfers through RSS to Twitter and Google Buzz? Will find out shortly.
It's easy to postpone necessary things like exercise, sleep, eating right. Get ahead now so you can fall apart later.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Recently, I've been posting to and exploring Orkut, a social network created by Google. Orkut is popular in other countries; but, it never really caught on in the United States. Facebook has eclipsed Orkut with their huge rise in popularity.
I find Orkut fascinating because of how easy the service makes it so you can choose who can see your posts. While the process of sorting your friends into groups is roughly the same as on Facebook, Orkut makes the process LOOK easier. I recognize the group feature of Orkut within Google Buzz, except that Buzz has a tighter integration with your contacts. Orkut almost seems to live outside of Google.
Some major disadvantages I find, besides not having anybody I know on Orkut, is the lack of ways to add stuff to your Scrapbook. A Scrapbook is the equivalent of the Facebook Wall. Except for Youtube and Blogger, people aren't bending over backwards to add an Orkut button to their content. It also appears that businesses aren't even bothering to set up profiles in Orkut.
That last one can be a benefit. I haven't found an Orkut equivalent of a Facebook Page. That alone cuts back on the amount of stuff that shows up on your Scrapbook.
Another difference that just came to mind is that Orkut does not have a messaging separate from the Scrapbook. If you want to send a private message, you can send a private message through the Scrapbook, like on Buzz.
Orkut does provide a chat feature, which basically borrows Google Talk. This is good in that it lets you connect with others who aren't on Orkut through text, voice, or video chat.
When it comes down to it, a lot of what makes Orkut distinct is mirrored through Google Buzz, the difference being that Buzz has wider adoption in the U.S. In addition, Google Buzz has a much better mobile interface than Orkut. The mobile version of Orkut only allows you to post on others' Scrapbooks; except for photos, posting on your own Scrapbook requires a circuitous process.
I'm not really expecting disaffected Facebook users to start flocking over to Orkut anytime soon. It's a totally different vibe. For now, I'll keep poking around Orkut as time permits.
- Orkut Borrows the 'Like' feature of Facebook (labnol.org)
- Four reasons why Facebook might be overvalued (arturadib.blogspot.com)
- Facebook Extends Lead Over Orkut In India (webpronews.com)
I'm not saying that South Texas Democrats intentionally go out and seek to perpetrate fraud; I do mean that the South Texas political machines hold them captives. For this reason, they must come out and wholeheartedly oppose any legislation that seeks to limit election fraud. Those who profit from fraud wholly expect them to do so, or else.
It's amusing that one of the arguments made is that Republicans, who have been pushing for some form of voter ID for years, have not presented a single case of voter impersonation in passing their bill. Who in their right mind would admit that they organized in or participated in voter fraud? It's a gravy train for both the organizer and the hired voter. Testifying that you are involved in voter fraud would result in making you instantly unhireable by the many campaigns that are forced to use politiqueras to turn out the vote.
Just like there are several of our South Texas elected officials who are conservative at heart, but run as Democrats because that's how the game is played; most of them are privately opposed to fraud. But, they are afraid to come out and rail against voter fraud because it's how the game is played. Saying you are against it is saying you aren't playing the game, giving your opponent all the advantage to leverage the cheaters against you.
You'll see the press releases come out stating how the Voter ID bill disenfranchises the elderly and the ignorant. It's all rote form to placate the political machines that got them elected. Secretly, they are happy Voter ID passed because it takes a monkey off their backs. Our part of the state is usually one of the last to catch up on trends; in this case, honest elections are a trend that have been actively kept away from the region.
So what can the Democrats do to help the "disenfranchised"? I would suggest finding them and paying for their voter IDs. If the party does not organize fund raisers to help voters acquire voter identification before the next elections, you'll know it was all straw man arguments. Wait and see.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
What Sprint did to Nextel network coverage, they worsened through their customer service.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Social Media Clubhouse is geared up to start with the coverage of SXSWi. That means I should get as much information about what is happening in Austin for today's livestream.
Then, of course, there is the mini-conference at the capitol. We need to prepare with snacks and drinks.
I expect we will also have some kind of South Texas meetup somewhere.
Lots of action this weekend. I expect to have a good time. So, I guess I'll get started.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I was sleepy before departing McAllen. Not sure what's keeping me up.
Since I'm awake anyway, I'm thinking about what I'm doing. I'm an easy going guy. Ask anybody, they'll tell you I rarely get my feathers ruffled.
Years ago, somebody told me I'm a type A personality. I thought, "bullshit". I'm not very competitive, don't have a natural sense of urgency, and don't feel compelled to boss people around.
Looking back at the time since then, I look at where I am now and what I have taken on. Wow, maybe I am type A-ish.
I think my skepticism came from the fact that I enjoy what I do. It's strange that I'm awake, anticipating the coming days. I have projects awaiting.
It's self inflicted, mind you. I could just get a job and blend in; but, I can't seem to do it. Oh, well. Let's see where this road goes.
In the meantime, I need to wait for sleep to sneak up on me so I don't drag all weekend. More self-infliction. Ha!
Monday, March 07, 2011
announced for SXSW. So far I am seeing apps for iOS, not for Android.
I know the iPhone has a die-hard fan base; but come on. Android
Being left out in the cold like this by developers only means one
thing; when your app comes to Android, it better be able to get me a
beer from the fridge. Otherwise, I have no use for it.
It is understandable, to some degree. Nobody wants yet another login, app, social network.
I thought perhaps SXSW would be the test that would make or break Beluga. But, Facebook bought them out, which is a kiss of death.
It's not just Facebook; Google buys companies and assimilates them. Facebook simply lays acquisitions to pasture.
I would have loved to put Beluga to the test; but there is no point now.
When it comes down to it, I realize that Google Buzz pretty much does the same thing as what made Beluga interesting to me: private group messaging and location awareness.
As it turns out, groupme.com just added location and photo sharing too. So, there are alternatives.
Each platform has its advantages and disadvantages. Twitter is simple, easy, and viewable by the world.
Facebook has a bigger "potential" audience, not all 500 million users follow me. Small detail.
My blog is running Wordpress. It's OK; but, I'm becoming more and more mobile, which can be a hindrance.
I would like to rely on Posterous to fill the mobile gap; BUT, how the hech are they making money. I got burned by Utterli going under and taking my content with them. I'd rather trust a company that I know is making money.
Going back to Twitter, though they're not making money, tweets are ethereal anyway.
Video is another problem. Youtube has the big audience; but I can't livestream. There is also the issue of posting videos less than 10 minutes. Yes, they've raised the time limit; but other services have not updated their scripts to match.
When it comes to audio, I like Blogtalkradio; but, there is the scheduling issue. Cinchcast is good to avoid scheduling problems; but, you can't upload audio or take callers.
In short, there are a lot of different mediums I enjoy using. The problem is that I have to jump from service to service to accomplish the things that I want to accomplish at that time.
Then this leads to another problem; if I have the time to sit at a computer to put together all the bits and pieces of content into one single outlet, then I would not have bothered using any of the other services. I could have just produced things a bit better and uploaded them to my blog.
Consequently, my stuff is scattered everywhere. Theoretically, they reach out to different audiences; but, they're all me. I try to automate and link as many accounts as I can to make distribution easier; but, it can quickly become a mess.
I'm almost tempted to move out of Wordpress; but, there are all those old links. Maybe I ought to just rip off the bandage.
In the end, my presence on the web is a mess.