Tag Archive | Social network

Me Blogz failz and a Comiseration

Android-friendly Social Networking app Seesmic has downgraded my experience of Facebook. Badly. Unfortunately, my otherwise wondrous phone has almost run out of disk-space, so the official app (with IMO necessary updates) is well out of the question…

As FB now quite loudly states: all the content in your “News Feed” is (unwisely) separated into “Earlier” and “Recent”; fortunately I still see recent first… (Why is it FB suddenly dissolves any sort-by or filter options from the Feed? Why is “Earlier” a mash-up of the last 24 hours, including it’s sub-group “Top Stories Since Your Last Visit”, without any transparent schema to the sort of the list that appears?! Why?! Descending date-order has not only been FB’s staple for years, but since I started using Mobile it makes a lot of sense to have the stuff you haven’t read near the top of the screen? Angry face.)

Perhaps if Seesmic were to make the distinction between these two types and let me choose a viewing mode, all would be well. To keep the advertisers happy: perhaps the five most-recent, with a “show more” link; then the rest of the splurge coming from the content we “Like”.

Since Seesmic (the company) is making very loud noises about expanding into other areas than Social Networking, perhaps there’s a high chance a post to their forum getting answered by a company rep’…

Perhaps these two thought could even stretch over to FB-desktop?!…

I only moan at this as I got really hacked off trying to navigate between ad’s and posts when FB first got ridiculously popular (in the UK), just previous to app’s becoming the why-I-use-FB. A good while after that, FB decides they’re going to motivate their users to order their entire Friends List into sub-lists: it was actually quite useful to choose which groups of people you wanted to see the updates from, and security / sharing issues became much easier to navigate. I still cringe when I see articles about teachers or office-workers leaving themselves wide-open to criticism by posting an inappropriate update or photo. So easy to solve!

Even Mobile FB seems to get this right: shame it eats my phone’s battery like a kid with cola-bottles…

Anyway.

Seesmic for Android is rightfully placed as the got-to app for FB and Twitter shenanigans, specially for low-memory phones (anyone with a better alternative please comment me a link!). It’s unfortunate that fairly simple problems (lack of actually receiving Tweeted replies, for one!) hold it well back, certainly on my handset.

A lateral shift, therefore: is SquareSpace any good? (This is what Google says.) It being a paid-for service puts it into the same park as ExpressionEngine; but from reading brief comments it seems to be aimed at people who don’t need the more techie aspects of a modern CMS (like EE).

From the above page, you probably won’t notice a link to “LlewBlog“,  written by none other than Rob “Kryten” Llewellyn and hosted on SS.

http://llewblog.squarespace.com/journal/2011/7/17/hey-im-almost-a-member-of-the-chipping-norton-set.html is himself discussing the recent Murdoch / Media-take-over / widespread corruption stuffins. Corporate takeover is a regular emphasis in his (blog-based) writing!

Speaking of takeovers: I missed the recent come-one-and-all meeting regarding the Twickenham Station redev’ (I am a resident so I try to pay attention). Fortunately the council’s contractor didn’t seem to count on local residents being “shocked” at the multi-storey part of the plans. Oh well!

More Facebook Shenanigans

If you have a Page in Facebook (you may have noticed I do!) there has been more than a ripple of movement recently about some of the more old-school community-based features.

Login to your Page, and (if you haven’t closed it already) you should see a grey box near the top-most edge of the screen. This states that on October 31st FB will be turning off the Reviews and Discussions app’s in Pages, to let the good people of FB “focus” on Comments and Posts. Read More…

Social Networking Gripes

And Why Phone Designers Should Occasionally Be Shot

Since my last Post, a couple more issues have turned up; including HTC‘s use of the local storage on my Wildfire S, Peep’s need to have (apparently) 40MB of that space free in order to run, and why the fuNk can’t I delete the News and Stocks app’s?!

It’s sad that the only reason my phone is full of rubbish is because the screen-lock turned off in my pocket and pulled a lot of stuff I never wanted from Facebook, but one can’t help feeling a little angry that just because my device doesn’t really have enough disk-space (I’m pretty sue it turned up half-full) I should be penalised for using features as I see fit. Even if I did do it by accident (cue: angry face)… Read More…

WordPress.com and Facebook Pages

No, this isn’t another post about the complexities (moral, user-orientated or otherwise) or Social Media; no, this won’t sway you into making another decision about which Social Network to use; no, I’m not trying to sell you something…

I have more than one blog with WordPress. I am an Administrator for two client’s blogs, also running WordPress.

I see there’s now a handful of options that any WP user (sorry: author) can use to spread the word. Specifically, their words. I’m not quite sure why the word “Sharing” and the word “Publicize” is used interchangeably, but there you go. No doubt the Happiness Engineers are proud that Marketing’s probably given their 1st line support people another headache. Read More…