Posted 1015 days ago
It never, ever, fails.
No sooner than some new social media slash social network slash circle jerk comes along and it is being proclaimed as the big, awesome, incredible, replacement for your blog.
I realize we are all pretty well lazy and always looking for easier ways to do things; and of course maintaining a blog with intelligent thought out discussions is such a horrendous chore than anything that makes expressing ourselves in a coherent manner easier is of course, the next great thing.
The fact is that things like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Posterous, and now Google+ are really cool services and for the vast majority of people they are indeed the perfect outlet for limited forms of creativity and make sharing things drop dead simple.
None of them however is a replacement for blogs no matter how much the social media digerati might want you to believe otherwise.
Posted 2422 days ago
Yesterday in my podcast I talked about the fact that this whole thing with lifestreams as being pushed forward by the likes of Steve Rubel and a few others could have a dark side to it that people are ignoring.
Now as much as Mr. Rubel might like to think he has come up with something new the fact is that as pointed out by Brian Solis this really isn’t that new. The only thing new about it is the ease in which you can now do what both he and Emily Chang experimented with back in 2006 and early 2007 because of things like Twitter, Pownce and Tumblr.
The idea that you can with the use of RSS feeds from disparate sources tie all your various online information and writings into one unified stream can seem to be a very enticing thing to do; albeit a self-absorbing and self-assuming of one’s own importance in my opinion.
At first this idea of lifestreams might seem to be nothing more than ego puffery and a legitimate way to keep track of what you are doing around the web but what happens when some-one other than you creates your lifestream. After all who else could care enough to know what you are doing all over the web.
At one time that might have been a good question because of all the work that would be required to pull all the varied data together and then siphon it through to a manageable and readable format. That has changed with lifestreams and already companies are jumping on the idea or varieties of it. As Freddie at Freddie.Dot.See.Eh posted just this morning there is a company called RapLeaf that allows you to search for online reputations for any email address. On top of that they also have a commercial product called TrustFuse that allows marketers to created email mailing lists based on interests.
Then you have services like Spock
Posted 2611 days ago
I just got this passed to me in IRC from papa; or as tumblr says in their FAQ:
What’s a tumblelog?
Our pride and joy. And something we’re really excited about.
To make a simple analogy: If blogs are journals, tumblelogs are scrapbooks.
You can also look at tumblelogs as slightly more structured blogs that make it easier, faster, and more fun to post and share stuff you find or create.
Looks to be rather interesting. Not something that I would use myself but tumblr could be the perfect vehicle for those that don’t want the learning curve of running a blog.
[Hat tip to papa