Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Questions


The white gloves of the last post are now safely back in the drawer and the curtains are open. While I wait for some more voile to arrive for the binding, I've been making the patch to go on the corner of the quilt - there are flowers appliqued in two opposite corners, framing the message (or they will, once the message has been stitched).

I was sad to find a couple of days ago that Bloglines is closing at the end of this month (for those that don't use it, it's a feed reader - a place where you can find the new posts of all the blogs that you've subscribed to). I have over 1600 blog posts to read stacked up in Bloglines...so although it pains me to think of what goodies I might be missing out on, I've found it liberating to make a fresh start with Google Reader. Importing all my subscriptions from Bloglines took less than 2 minutes and I'm enjoying the 'next' button that I've installed on my desktop that actually allows me to read the posts at the actual site of the blog, rather than through the reader, which removes all the personalisation of the blog header and sidebars.


What I found really interesting about the closure of Bloglines was one of their reasons for closing - that being that they feel people tend to receive update notifications in a more social way now, such as Twitter and Facebook, rather than an automated notifier. I only signed up to Twitter a few months ago, and can appreciate the benefit of its instantaneousness and its ability to open up a wider, ongoing conversation (although I worry about the possibility of being sucked in and living more of life online than offline and so don't allow myself to spend very much time on there). But I can't immediately see the reasons for being on Facebook too...can someone who knows explain?


Tell me - how do you use Facebook as a blog reader or a blogger? Do you go there just for updates or if it's conversation then how does that work differently from commenting on a blog? What's the benefit of it for the blogger and/or the blog reader?

So many questions, so much to be confused by...

Florence x

PS. I think I've mentioned before Mr Teacake's disapproval of Twitter...I saw a fantastic t-shirt in French Connection which reminded me of him. The text across the chest read: 'This is the man. He does not tweet. He does not twitter'. I asked him if he would like me to buy him one. He said no as apparently the first line implies supremacy. I love that he actually thinks these things through (although now wonder what his thoughts are around the t-shirt that he owns which is covered in stars and the faded words 'big dippers'...)

22 comments:

  1. Oh Florence ...you do make me laugh! I just signed up to FB so that I can monitor my daughter's use of it, but other than that I can't see any use for it. Blogging ticks all my boxes! I think I must be turning into an old fogey! If I am at least I'm in good company! Lots of love, Amanda xxx

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  2. Hahaha to Mr T's objection to the t-shirt - quite excellent! He's not alone in the anti-Twitter movement. I've never been tempted to "tweet" but I am on Facebook, although I don't do anything blog-related on there. I use it to share links (often things like Amnesty International campaign actions), nose at other people's photos, and play online board games with my grandfather who lives in the US and is not very communicative. Boyfriend doesn't even do Facebook, which means I usually know more about his friends than he does.

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  3. I'm on Facebook, but only very rarely - I use it to keep in touch with old work colleagues and friends who have moved away, but that's about all. I like blogging, and besides, most of my Facebook friends (there are not many of them ;-) are not bloggers.


    I have never seen the point of Twitter.

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  4. I will most definitely have to get that shirt for my husband. He's kind of antisocial-networking. I use twitter and facebook, but have not crossed the threshold of using facebook for blogging. I'm intrigued, now, and interested to hear how everyone else does it.

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  5. I'm on Facebook but I don't really use it for much. When I update my blog I put the link on my FB page, but that's about it. In Blogger I see when the blogs I've subscribed to update so I visit them that way.

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  6. Love your blog. I love your ideas and helpful hints. Just wonderful, and I've been sewing for ages.
    It's so much easier to find hints and ideas now!
    So thank you for all of those, I have used a few.
    I have to say I don't find any use for twitter either, and I'm seriously thinking about pulling out of Face.book, since I don't get anything out of it, and really don't have any interest in it either.
    I like my google reader, though!

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  7. I love coming over to read your blog, such wonderful hints and tips.
    I just cant get my head round twitter at all and have only 3 people I follow as I have no idea how to find anyone on there. On the other hand I find FB brilliant for tips, hints, keeping in touch with family and friends, sharing photos, oh and a bit of game playing. I guess its horses for courses.

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  8. As a user of Google Reader, Bloglines, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and my own blog (all simultaneously), let me see if I can explain how I use them differently.

    GReader I find to be far superior to Bloglines. I love the next button, and a whole ton of other features. But I didn't want my "next" button to get all filled up with my Flickr feeds and Craigslist searches (which are all RSS feeds), so I created the Bloglines account.

    When Bloglines announced its demise, I had to come up with a solution. It wasn't hard, but I can't imagine anyone caring but me, so I won't go into it.

    My blog is... well, my blog. I use Twitter as a mini-blog - all those little random thoughts that I want to tell someone but they aren't worthy of a full blog post. It gets them out of my head. Also, I follow some news channels (BBC, NYTimes, local paper) on Twitter, so I get my news that way instead of having to check their websites every day.

    I use Tumblr for very specific blogging, namely educational, and keep in touch with that field through it.

    And I use FB to keep in touch with college, high school, and current friends, as well as extended family.

    It is possible to link your blog up to FB so that each post comes up in your friends' streams, but you cannot use it as a blog reader unless THEY set it up that way. I have a hard time seeing how Twitter and FB actually replace Bloglines. GReader killed it, really.

    That's how I see the differences. Does that make sense?

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  9. I don't use FB or Twitter as I find it takes me long enough with all the other things I have to do and prefer blogging anyway. Blogging always reminds me of reading magazine articles which really appeal to you. I wish I could work out how to move my Blogline list to GR as quickly as you did though Florence. I seem to have hit a techie block (which is poor considering I set up and run my own website!!) x

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  10. I've just moved from bloglines to google reader too and was pleased with my non techie self for working out how to do it, in somewhat more than 2 minutes I must confess. I've not found the next button yet so will have a look for that as it sounds handy. Can't fit FB or twitter into my life, I barely have time to read all the amamzing blogs I subscribe to!

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  11. I am mourning the loss of bloglines already and have imported my feeds into google reader but am not yet using it. I'm on facebook but rarely use it and I don't tweet. I feel like I spend enough time reading blogs already that I really don't want to be sucked into anything else...

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  12. I am afraid to join Twitter for the very reason that I know I'll get addicted, and I already spend too much time online. I like to use Facebook, but am only just starting to discover the advantages of linking my blog posts on there.
    And I still read my favourite blogs the old-fashioned way (LOL) - without a reader.
    I like the sound of that t-shirt.

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  13. My life is now spent trawling through my bookmarks on bloglines, to see if I should favourite them.

    Hmm, I am on facebook, just to keep in touch with people that I don't get to see and chat to otherwise / find out what old school friends are up to / when someone has had their baby etc. I'm not one for constantly updating my status or anything, though. I feel that I now know more about some acquaintances than I ever would have prior, though.

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  14. I'm not on Facebook, but I was also a Bloglines user and have migrated to Google Reader, just slightly grumpily because I'd just got used to Bloglines!

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  15. I never knew about the next button in Google Reader. It is awesome. Thanks!

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  16. I have to say that whilst i have a FB account I very rarely visit. I truly dislike it if I am honest. Far too intrusive.
    I do however love to tweet. Maybees far too much but I always post a blog update on there. BTW my hubby does not get the whole twitter thing either and somewhat dissaproves. He was forced to get involved a bit when his band, like most, aquired a myspace page. Still might buy him that t-shirt though.

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  17. See You're on my google reader and I go to your blog to see your updates so I can see your piccies as well. I tweet a bit and sometimes someone puts up a link that is interesting or pretty etc. But most of the time the tweets are things like "I'm up", "I want a cup of tea" or "I'm off to bed" I can probably live without that! I also have a facebook page for my sewing but honestly I can't see the point of it. I'm on facebook for family sharing too but I must say I hardly ever look at it. Like you, I don't want to live my life on line - I've got too much sewing to do!

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  18. Have to say firstly that I can't stand Facebook. I hate the fact that people just generate info generally rather than to their friends, family etc. In fact I think it's rather ego driven and grandiose. A blog is for general consumption but people use Facebook to update their families in a very distancing way I feel. I Hate it. I make people send me emails - love emails! I Literally lasted 2 minutes on face book before closing down my account. I have big privacy concerns with Face Book. Twitter, I could get into but I know I would get carried away so I don't use it. I don't have a reader - I check the blogs I read several times a day most days to see if they have updated. I even use the links on some blogs to check out others - so I will keep going back to the 'mother' blog so to speak. I don't know why I do it that way to be honest, although I don't like to be anyone's statistics - if you come back regularly to a blog you are counted every time aren't you I think. But I am the same visitor. I don't really like to be a 'follower' as such even though I have a handful of favourite blogs which I like very much and return very frequently. A reader would perhaps take the mystery away for me. I like to go see for myself!

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  19. Hi Florence! I have followed your Blog for many many months now (having only just discovered the world of Blogging sometime around last Christmas - where have I been?). I am something of a social-networking phobe myself and only dipped my toe into the world of Facebook a few months ago! I don't use it for Blogging purposes (yet) but know others who do. I think I will always prefer reading Blogs to browsing Facebook though - Blogs give you such a lovely insight into peoples lives and creative thought processes that I just don't think you get via FB/Twitter. I love seeing how people choose to adorn and present their Blogs almost as much as I enjoy reading them. And yours is by far one of my favourites! Thank you. Kat

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  20. I just signed out of Facebook because I couldn't find what the use of it is. I do use Google Reader, but I didn't know about that 'next' button. Where can I find that?

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  21. Errr, I only found blogland last October and all the other social networking sites just go over my head. I would rather be a legend in my own lunchtime, if only I had the time, haha! A great blog by the way, I have been enjoying it for quite a while and you have revived my interest in dressmaking. Rather rude of me not to say hello before.
    Jak x

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  22. Oh hurrah, you lovelies - thank you so, so much for all the helpful explainations and for giving me the overwhelming feeling that I really don't need to worry about having a facebook page for blogging purposes - this comes as such a relief.

    Ima - you can find the next button in Google Reader Settings, then click on the Goodies tab. Scroll down a little and you'll find it there.

    Florence x

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Florence x