Larry Hosken: New: Tag: social-networks

Book Report: Livesaving Lessons

This book by swordfisherwoman Linda Greenlaw is different—it's about adopting a teenager. This feels like higher stakes than life-or-death actions out on the water: Greenlaw and her daughter have a chance to mess up the daughter's long-term happiness. And since the daughter was getting away from an abusive situation, happiness was not something to take for granted. Interesting bits about small-town-everybody-knows-everybody life on a small island (and how it turns out everybody doesn't know everybody that well); responding to messages from a boarding school, making decisions about a far-away situation; seining herring.

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LJ People: Do Not Be Alarmed

On LiveJournal, I have a new account, lahoskensf. And I'm going to friend you and you and you and you…

Why a new account, you ask? My lahosken.san-francisco.ca.us account was OpenID-based, backed by Google using an oooold method, uh-oh. Google's going to stop supporting that in a few weeks. I tried setting up the new method, but either I messed it up or one of Google/LJ don't support delegating using the new method or or or or well something's not working.)

I'm hoping that the new account will work better than the old one. At some point, the old one stopped being able to post comments on friends-locked LJ posts. And since reading friends-locked LJ posts is pretty much the only reason I have an LJ account, that rankled.

(Meanwhile, the http://lahosken.livejournal.com/ syndication of my blog is still chugging along. But that's not my user account. That's just some automated syndication thingie. I can't use that to read friends-locked posts and/or comment on them. If only.)

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The friendfeed social networking site is going away. My best experience on a public social network was a few months on friendfeed. But that was years ago, before they got acquired by Facebook and folks lost interest.

One thing that was nice about friendfeed is that you could "export" your activity as a feed. Since friendfeed could "import" your blog posts, tweets, and more stuff, it provided a handy feed of all your activity. I used that feed on my website to show what I was up to. But that's going away.

So, the right-hand margin of my blog page will no longer show that feed. Which is probably OK, seeing as how for some years, the only stuff getting imported into my friendfeed feed was my blog posts anyhow. And my home page will just show recent blog posts instead of recent friendfeed items. Which is probably OK, seeing as how for some years, that's been the same thing anyhow.

Yay, an excuse to do some coding.

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Book Report: Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails

How the electric telegraph affected the course of the USA's Civil War. Historically, generals had a lot of leeway: whoever was in command out in the field made decisions out in the field. You wouldn't wait for word from HQ: getting a message there and back would take days. The telegraph changed that—but folks had to figure out how the telegraph changed that. Generals were expected to report back to HQ by telegraph. Lincoln would look at those reports—though they weren't addressed to him, send out questions, send out orders. Some generals resented this; some generals were used to sending false reports back home. But with the telegraph aiding cross-checking, those lies got caught early. Telegraphy's impersonal-ity meant that conversations could flare up into flame wars; folks had to work extra hard to stay civil in the Civil War.

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Do Not Be Alarmed

I'm trying out a new way of syndicating my blog posts to Twitter and Facebook. Maybe everything will go smoothly. Or maybe I'm about to start spewing FB updates and tweets like an absurdly literate firehose. Either way, please do not be alarmed. It's just the internet.

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I'm lahosken on ello.co

I joined that social network ello.co. https://ello.co/lahosken, that's me. If you're on there and we know each other, we should "follow" each other. Or whatever it's called on this thing.

If you follow tech news, you might be thinking "I kinda remember hearing about ello". For a week, it was in the news as a new social network that, in various journalists' opinion, would destroy Facebook. The next week, it was in the news as a social network that would, unforgivably, not kill Facebook. From that kerfuffle, I learned more about tech journalism than I did about ello.

If you're not on ello.co and don't follow tech news, and wonder what it's like, uhm. So far, it kinda reminds me of tumblr. Which might mean it's an easy way to have a pretty image blog or might mean that I shouldn't prejudice you with "after poking at this for 15 minutes, it kinda reminds me of…" remarks. ello has an "About" page. Let me know if you'd like an invite.

(Are you surprised that I brought up tumblr? In theory, I'm also on tumblr. I posted things there when it was easy to syndicate a blog to tumblr. But when that went away, I pretty much stopped getting tumblr "engagement" and stopped bothering to logging in. That was a few years ago. I still follow a bunch of tumblr blogs via feed. Hey, if you're on tumblr and we know each other, we should follow each other… and if there are a bunch of you, maybe I'll start logging in again… but I'm pretty sure there aren't a bunch of you, because I would have known by now. Anyhow.)

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Book Report: Things a Little Bird Told Me It's an autobiography by Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, co-founder of Jelly. At the start, it talks about crazy risks he took. Some of which, in hindsight, still seem pretty risky… Some of ...

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Book Report: The Reputation Society I'm not game control for every game out there. E.g., I'm not on Game Control for this game; I was just passing along word of its existence after I saw it mentioned on a flyer. But I can see why you m...

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I dropped my phone, fumbled it while carrying a vegi-sushi burrito from the @we2sushi food cart and tweeting a photo. I make fun of hipsters a lot, but I grant them some respect: their habits require...

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Human flesh search engine comes to San Francisco. I am impressed; it helps when the target posts to Facebook. ...

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Closed my LinkedIn Account Happy Labor Day. Last week, one of my ex-coworkers pointed out that I hadn't gotten around to updating my LinkedIn profile to reflect my new job. And I thought "Why would I update my profile on that ...

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Milestone: 21 Million Hits It's the site's 21 millionth hit! (As usual, this isn't as impressive a number as you might think at first: these "hits" include, e.g., one for each graphic on each page loaded, visits from search-en...

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Joined goodreads I joined goodreads, yet another site that recommends books to read based upon books that you liked. It's been around for a while, but I didn't join. Amazon.com's recommendations were fine! But then A...

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If you're in Google Plus and want to encircle me, I am lahosken [at] gmail [dot] com. Not much stuff of mine will show up there any time soon; I couldn't find a way to import my blog posts there yet...

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I created an about.me profile. I'd heard about about.me, wondered what the fuss was about, so I tried it. Now I've tried it and... I still wonder what the fuss was about. So now I have yet another p...

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Fake BBC Book Meme I got tagged on Facebook to fill in the fake "BBC Book Meme". (It's a real meme, just not really from the BBC.) The key... x: I read it; x+: I read it and loved it; * I plan to read it; =8 tied for ...

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San Francisco Restaurant Recommendations This morning, instead of doing what I meant to do, I bumped into Google Hotpot and rated a bunch of places (mostly restaurants in San Francisco). It's a "social" service, so in theory I can share re...

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Book Report: Gimme Something Better This book was interesting, a lot more interesting than I expected. After all, I'm not a punk. I didn't grow up a punk. So why would I read—brace yourself—an oral history of the SF bay ar...

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Kindle Thoughts I tweeted Reviewed an early-draft novel via Kindle. It worked well for that. Search was handy. Highlighted lines of interest. Over on Facebook, my cousin Sierra asked some questions about that. And ...

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Book Report: Design for Community It's Derek Powazek's 2002 book about making web sites that work well for communities. There were examples of things that worked well, things that didn't. A lot of this material is stuff you get to ...

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Link: How to stop leaking private info each time a FB friend takes a personality quiz A while back, I started looking at FB app coding, and was thusly creeped out. When someone writes a Facebook app, e.g., one of those What sandwich condiment are you?!? quizzes, they can tell that app...

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Rerun, sort of: 25 random things meme [A few months back, I posted a note on Facebook. It went a little something like this.] How it is supposed to work....but don't feel obligated: once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a ...

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Misapplying Google Friend Connect I put a couple of "Google Friend Connect" gadgets on the site. These are little web gadgets that allow you to register your interest in the site and to leave comments on a wall. (That's "wall" in th...

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Link: Ghost Patrol Forums, Sort of Meat Machine (well, the Bay Area team by that name) set up a "Ghost Capturing" part of their Ghost Patrol application: a social network for ghosts (and ghost sympathizers. I joined, but have encount...

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David Hill on Hypotheses and Blurting David Hill replied to yesterday's blog post on hypotheses in puzzle-solving. He replied on Facebook, so you probably didn't see it. I'll post his reply here. I have a couple of reasons for wanting...

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Site Update: Contact, more XFN than you can stand I've been marking my internet territory. That is to say, I've been federating my identity. That is to say, I added more rel="me" links to the Larry Hosken contact page. Do you remember my ramble a...

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Site Update: I'm on Twitter. (Are you?) I signed up for Twitter. Yes, you can now get updates about my status much more often than you want to. You can see my Twitter status if you visit this blog's front page; if you resourcefully follo...

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Puzzlehunts are Everywhere: Save the Burninators In case you're wondering why my Facebook Status says "Save the Burninators", I just finished an IM conversation with Ian Tullis. He says that most of the Burninators headed into San Francisco this m...

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Site Update: Contact, Links I updated the site's Contact and Links pages. A few months back, Gavin Bell gave a talk at work. He mentioned in passing how various folks are using hCard to say "this web page is about a perso...

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Quechup: Do NOT trust them with your address book Quechup is a new spam site disguised as a social network. When you join up, they ask for your address book. Then they send invite emails to every address in your address book. If you receive a Quech...

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Site Update: Fixed a Photo A little script runs over this website's visit logs each night, generating a pretty report. I think I wrote the original back in 1999. I rewrote it last night. Python instead of Perl now. Sorted ...

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Link: Web Entrepeneurs in Full Color Video Can a two-person start-up tell Google how to grow a great user-centered web service? Yes, yes they can. Chuck and Gaurav, the brains behind BillMonk, the social money network web site thingy, came to...

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