As much as I want it to be, the title you see above is not my own. It comes from Chris Shiflett, a wholly interesting person, whose blog I have been following ever since he spoke of Svbtle and Obtvse last year, which I found because of an article Daniel Howells wrote which I have no idea how I found, but I remember thinking it was worth my while.
Ideas of March
In any case, things like these are what define blogs: in essence, peepholes into people’s minds. This made me want to re-visit an article Chris Shiflett had written almost exactly three years ago, where he spoke of a “blog revival” that was needed as a result of many conversations (for good or bad) moving from blogs to Twitter.
Dustin Curtis wrote about something similar happening on his own blog as a result of Twitter. While I tweet too, I have thankfully not been drawn away entirely from my blog (for some of the reasons I will mention below). The ‘idea’, for lack of a better word, is to write a post called the “Ideas of March”, list why you like blogs, pledge to blog more and use the hashtag #IdeasofMarch elsewhere on the web.
Why do I like blogs?
There are many reasons why I like blogs. First of all, I would not be blogging if I did not like to do it. But here are some deeper thoughts:
- A blog is your house on the internet. You may be on Twitter, Google+, Facebook or wherever else, but none of those websites are truly ‘yours’.
Twitter is here to stay. Many spoke of how Google+ may be a threat to Twitter–or words to that effect–but my own belief is that Twitter is something along entirely different lines and Google+ has nothing to do with it. With this in mind, I can safely state that Twitter is the only other social network I am active in, besides Google+, and if you have not tasted the network much or, like thousands of others, have created an account you probably do not even remember, I strongly suggest you go back start becoming active.
This list I have built up is of ten of those who have added value to my Twitter stream and to yours too if you will start following them. While this can serve as a starting point to people who are new to Twitter, it is also a checklist for the others to make sure they are not missing out on some great stuff by not following these awesome people.
Needless to say, I follow all of them. But let us not spend too much time on chatter; head over to the list ((If you cannot see the images above, the list includes these people: Marsha Collier, Alexis Madrigal, Jeff Elder, Ed Yong, Maria Popova, Phil Plait, Michael Merced, Tilly Blyth, Robert Reibold and Andrew Cohen.))below (which is in no particular order.)
Before you jump in, click here to start following me on Twitter if you like!
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Like everyone dedicated enough to technology to have multiple accounts on websites across the internet (and I refer to the years when the convenient Login with Facebook button was not around) I am an economical user of both Facebook and Twitter—and more recently, Google+, but let me not go into that right now.
Facebook was created to promote ease in linking with your friends and acquaintances and, as it later turned out, bosses and never-before-seen people. But I need hardly say that here considering there are people who make far greateruse of Facebook than I do—including my mother. For one, I do not put up photographs on Facebook; and, frankly, the only reason I am on Facebook—apart from to promote my website—is because, in society nowadays, to whose expectations you have to tiresomely bend, if you are not on Facebook you are unanymously considered technologically backward and outdated.
That said, I use Twitter more extensively. You will find the Twitter application adorning the home screen on my phone, and you will not find the Facebook application at all. That was just to give you a comparison. But many wonder why I am so. The point is simple: Facebook is an obligation, and Twitter meets my needs.
What Facebook is for
Before you decide to skip this section, you might want to hold back and read through it. I am not going to give you a detailed picture of Zuckerberg’s magnum opus; instead, I am going to state my perspective of it and why it is of no use to me. Continue reading
CNBC’s blog, flopping out, gave me the ‘think before you tweet.’ Given that Twitter is fast becoming the ultimate source of information exchange online, it is not surprising if you find yourself one day following President Obama or Gaddafi or the guy in the corner of your street… or even me! The important thing to know in such times is that as tweeters we have certain unspoken of, yet unanimously accepted, set of rules–or rather ethics–to keep up to. But how many of us actually do that? Below I have listed few that I could think of and you are most welcome to add to them as you please.
- Tweets are read by others so if you don’t want even one of them to know what you think of an international political crisis, there is no point in sharing it with the others.
- Nobody wants to know what you dined on so please do not take the trouble of tweeting that you are at such a restaurant, eating such a dish and paying so much for it.
- Tweet what other will benefit from and not the fact that a coin has two faces. How many of them do not actually know that? I doubt they would find themselves on Twitter even accidentally.
- Tweeting is not letter writing so do not say thank you through tweets. Or hello or good-bye or any such courtesy for that matter, unless it is so important that it will surge your tweeting community ahead in some manner.