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I have been rationalising my online activities - Helen's journal and online home
In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
I have been rationalising my online activities
Recently I have been giving some thought to where and what I post and which social media I read. Basically, I have been trying to rationalise what I do to maximise interest and minimise time wasting. I have therefore:

* Deleted my Twitter account. Apologies to those for whom Twitter is a source of interesting information and conversation, but it just doesn't work for me. :(

* Decided to stick with Flickr, despite the recent "improved" look. I have weeded out a few groups that I joined merely in order to post the odd photo, but it is the place that works best for me for photo-sharing. I know some people have migrated to ipernity, but I'm staying where my friends are. I have, however, decided not to pay for "Pro" any more. After installing Adblock in Chrome, the adverts disappear (I have another free account that I could test this on), so I'd be paying just for the privilege of being able to replace a photo. It is a useful thing to be able to do, but it's not worth $24.95.

* Realised that I'm using Facebook more and more, though only for family and a couple of groups (Creative Crochet Crew and an OU student group). I'm going to maintain my policy of keeping two separate accounts so I can read the family one daily and the General Internet Friends one whenever I have enough time. Yes, I know you're only supposed to have one Facebook page for everything, but that doesn't work for me. I have created a page for my crocheting and I've added the link in case any of you would like to "Like" it. But please don't feel you have to if you don't want to. And yes, I know Facebook is the Spawn of the Evil One, but if the people I want to keep in touch with are there, then I'll be there too.

* Finally discovered a purpose for my Google+ account. The people I'm reading at the moment tend to be photographers (or writers), but as I said above, I'm not leaving Flickr and cross-posting to G+ leads to a small thumbnail rather than a larger image. Posting in two places was tedious and confusing, so I've given that up as a bad idea. However, I have started a crochet blog on Blogger, so posting to G+ to say that a new post is up works rather well. There are also a couple of language learning communities I've joined, including one frequented by some local Welsh learners.

* Started a Blogger blog where I'll be writing about crochet. I want it to be more public than my LJ and I suspect that most of what I write there won't be terribly interesting for my LJ friends. But if you want to read it, it can be found here.

* Decided I'm not paying for Dreamwidth again. I'd stop using it altogether if it were up to me. I've never clicked with the site, but I have a few people who read me over there and there are a few people who I read who don't cross-post. I will, however, revert to a free account when the paid one expires.

And obviously I'm staying here on LJ. Even though it's quieter than it used to be, I still regard LJ as my online home where I can witter on about whatever I want and you can read my witterings or just scroll past, as the mood takes you. :)

Current Mood: thoughtful reflective

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kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: June 28th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
So many online places to be!

And I'm of course particularly happy to read that last paragraph. :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 29th, 2013 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)
The internet is so huge these days, compared to when I first got online in the mid-90s. The sites I listed are just the ones I use -- or at least have dabbled in -- I haven't even contemplated joining Tumblr or Pinterest or Reddit or any of the myriad of other trendy places where the younger people hang out. :)
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: June 28th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
The new flickr format is starting to grow on me, even though it's still a bit harder than I'd like to share photos to lj.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 29th, 2013 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm getting used to the new Flickr and I've found various little workarounds to avoid the huge stream of photos on black if I want to. I spend most of my time there in the various groups and that view hasn't changed noticeably.

There is still the "Share this via..." option, which I set up to include LJ, otherwise I just grab the HTML code if I want to include more than one image and post using Semagic.

I haven't dared try the new Flickr on the netbook yet, or even on the old laptop. It's very likely that I can no longer use Flickr while away on holiday due to old browser issues and slow connection on the mobile broadband dongle. :(
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: June 29th, 2013 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I usually just grab the HTML, but I usually find I've uploaded the photos to my photostream in a different order from the way I want them to appear in my lj posts. This means there's usually more hunting around than I'd like to find the next photo I want. I suppose I could just re-order the photos in flickr first, and then just work through them one by one, but that would require more forward thinking than I'm usually capable of after a long day at work.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 29th, 2013 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it is a bit tedious to have to alter the upload date in Flickr.

I have found that looking at your own photostream in "Edit" view makes moving between photos much easier because it's the old familiar view with large thumbnails set out in grid fashion on the old white background. You can just scan the page, click on the photo you want, grab the HTML then use the Back button to take you back to the page of photos. Rinse and repeat as often as required.
sartorias From: sartorias Date: June 28th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good! I'd hate to lose you, too, but I cannot stand Facebook or Twitter or tumblr.

I need to poke around a bitmore with Google plus, but where is the time?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 29th, 2013 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I find that Facebook is fine for people who you genuinely know well. It's useless for making new friends, or at least that's what I've found. A lot of people complain that Facebook is trivial, but if you accept that trivia is what it does best, then it does have its uses.

I also like the Facebook crochet group which the moderators rule with a rod of iron. That might sound draconian, but it means that it's a lovely group where people post inspiring projects, links to patterns and help one another out with any yarn or crochet related queries. Drama of any kind is not allowed.

I've given Twitter several tries, but even people who I enjoy reading elsewhere come over as opinionated and shouty on Twitter. It also works best as a more or less synchronous medium and I have never been able to work in one window and do online chat in another.
lilairen From: lilairen Date: June 29th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use Facebook almost exclusively to post Dialogue Exchanges With My Children for the edification and amusement of friends and relatives. That's what it's for, as far as I'm concerned.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 30th, 2013 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Exactly! My adult offspring do the same, so I get to share the cute things my grandkids have been doing and saying. :)
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: June 29th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel the same way about LJ. I can't stand Facebook (for a bunch of reasons) and won't even join, and Twitter's just as pointless, imo. I like actual conversations.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 29th, 2013 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I have some friends who use Twitter in the same way they used to use IRC chat, but I have never been able to work in one window and do online chat in another. Unless you do get a back and forth chat going with a few close friends, it just comes over as shouting your opinions at the world, which I can't see the point of at all.
seaivy From: seaivy Date: June 29th, 2013 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
feodora From: feodora Date: June 29th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had similar thoughts recently.
I am using LJ since 2001 (I think) and I am happy with it and I think I will keep a paid account.

Using flickr I started much later. Here I have the paid account too. I am not very happy with the new "features" but I still think I will stay with flickr. But I am not sure about the paid options. The only thing why I used to have the PRO account was , that I want to have sets to sort my photos. The huge space is not a criteria for me. Now I got told, that the free account will have unlimited sets as well and the only MINUS are adverts. So maybe I will not reestablish a paid account when this time is over next year.
What will You do....payed or not?

Facebook ist for people I really know, execpt 2-3 I now everyone personally and those other I know online for many many years. Here I use my real name
I started it because my sisters kids started and its an easy way to stay in contact with them (in the 20th)

I have a flick account

Edited at 2013-06-29 07:45 pm (UTC)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 30th, 2013 09:05 am (UTC) (Link)
My Flickr account expires next week, which is why I was trying to compare options to see whether it was worth paying for another year or not. I knew I had to make a decision quickly.

I have worked out that the only extra feature you would get if you pay for Pro is the ability to replace a photo. I have done that occasionally and it's useful to be able to do a small improvement and re-upload the photo without losing any comments, but it's not worth paying $24.99 just for that. I can just upload a second copy instead.

As you say, sets were another important feature that I was happy to pay for, but they appear to be available on the free account now, along with the ability to have more than 200 photos visible. As I never upload full resolution images (I back up to an external hard drive which lives under my desk), 1 Terabyte is more than I will ever need.

As I've discovered that Adblock hides the adverts, I'll just use the free option from now on.
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: June 30th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I love this post! I have been thinking so much lately about all my social media and how I often feel buried with it. I hope you do not mind if I do a similar list. I feel the same way about DW, no paid account there as I only want to afford one paid account and that is LJ.
I took Twitter off my cell phone and hardly ever even check it but I do love Pinterest and have that on my cell, such a great online bulliten board.
You are so inspiring, thank you for that and I am so glad you are staying on LJ. :-)

Edited at 2013-06-30 01:15 am (UTC)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 30th, 2013 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd be very interested to read your own summary of what works for you and what doesn't. We all have slightly different needs, so it's defintely not a case of one size fits all. For example I know people who adore Twitter and won't go near Facebook, whereas for me, despite its flaws, Facebook is useful and Twitter does me no good whatsoever.

I wrote the post as much to get things straight in my own mind as anything. I was staring to feel that I was floundering and that I'd set up accounts in places that I wasn't using, so I wanted to think things through and rationalise everything.

I do like to pay to support things that I find useful, which is why I'm still paying for LJ and why, when I started using it, I felt I ought to pay for DW. But now I'm heading into retirement, I have to budget more carefully and I'm not prepared to pay for things I hardly use. I back up LJ to my own computer, so I don't use DW for that purpose, so I'll stop paying once this year's subs run out.

Despite the people who moan about how the Russians have ruined LJ, I'm just pleased that it managed to keep going. Things do change. If they didn't, I'd still be accessing Usenet and BBS via dial up using a command line in DOS and saving discussions as text files to floppy disc in order to read offline to keep the phone bill down! :)
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: July 6th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
And I still have not gotten around to doing this...
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: July 6th, 2013 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I finally did it, thanks again!
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