Ok. So here’s a little experiment. I’ve noticed (perhaps you have too) that everyone seems even busier than they did a couple of years ago, and furthermore, that facebook, twitter, and other such social networking sites have fragmented and otherwise mopped up some of the conversation that used to take place a lot on blogs. You might say that there’s nothing wrong with that since the conversations are still happening somewhere, but the problem with that is the fact that if parts of the conversation disappears behind the horizon of people’s facebook accounts (so that only their friends can see it) it takes away from a lot of what I think is the best spirit of an open blog – (1) anyone can join in, (2) the conversation is there on the web to be searched for and used as a resource later, and so on and so forth. Besides, in my opinion there’s a lot of fun chatter on facebook, etc, but it is mostly the exchange of (sometimes playful) short remarks about a status update or a picture of something. Conversations can be more than that, but I’ve found little of that there. (Of course, as we know, conversation can rapidly deteriorate on blogs as well, for a variety of reasons. As you know I’ve tried to steer clear of the shouty stuff here for that reason.)
Anyway, I’m not expecting a huge change as a result of this, but in an effort to try to connect thoughts expressed here to conversations inside facebook, I’m trying out facebook connect. This is a further step – recall that I set up the blog on facebook’s networked blogs, which some of you joined (yay!) – and the point of this is to get more of a flow between comments here and comments there. I find this a bit painful since the aesthetics of my little blog’s design that I’ve stuck to for almost three years have been messed up a bit by the plugin I’m using, but I’ll grit my teeth on this for a bit. So, right now what I’ve got implemented is a “share” option at the end of each post (I might kill that… it already annoys me how it looks) and a “community” part of the sidebar. If you log in there using facebook (it is secure, don’t worry), you’ll eventually be embedding Asymptotia in your personal facebook universe. When you try to share you will get the same operations you see in facebook: your friends show up and you can select them and so forth. When you make a comment in the comments, assuming the little box there is ticked, it will mention that comment in your news feed so that your friends can see your thoughts and musings and perhaps come along and comment too. Or they can comment on your comment on the usual way inside facebook. And so on and so forth.
Try it out! Let me know what you think. This is not connected to whether you follow using networked blogs, so if you want to, go ahead and join that if you have not already.
Anyway, let’s see how much fun we can have with this, at least.
Oh, and yes. While I see limited point to twitter, and don’t expect to be using it myself (I get enough status update kicks in facebook), I did set up a feed of recent posts to asymptotia on twitter in case you want to follow and get shouts from there.
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