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14 August 2008 @ 10:41 pm
Another day, Another post  
Yeah, riveting subject, I know. Sorry about that. I'll try to work on it.
I'm still not sure how much I want to post publicly vs friends locked. On the one hand, I'm starting to think I should say, only talk about my family and such in friends locked posts. On the other hand, I'm putting pictures of us all up on flickr, which is about as public as I get... I guess I'll have to think about it some more...

I'm on twitter and identi.ca, you should be able to guess my id, and I post on those a bit more often than I do here, which isn't saying much. I kind of like the microblogging idea, and I'm hoping identica takes off. I like the fact that it's open source, and federated. Seems like a good way to fix some of the problems with twitter. But one thing that really bugs me about both are @replies.

A little background. Microblogging is like writing a blog post limited to 140 character. Ostensibly you're to answer the question "What are you doing?", or "What's up?". You can subscribe to other people, and get their updates on the web, IM, or your phone via SMS. If you want to respond to someone elses post, you can link back to  them with @username in your post. That's all well and good, and has turned microblogging into internet enabled water cooler conversation. Which is great, don't get me wrong. The problem is, not everyone subscribed to you is subscribed to everyone you're subscribed to. So, when you send a post, "@paul, I know, don't you hate it when that happens", you and Paul know what you're talking about, but anyone subscribed to you and not Paul has no idea!

Anyway, I know 140 characters isn't much, but a little context goes a long way...

Ok, that's it for tonight. Hey, 2 days, 2 posts. Let's see how long this lasts...
Doug Orleansdougo on August 15th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Facebook Wall conversations are like that too, and it's also annoying. But at least there you can click on "Wall-to-Wall" to see both sides (or does that only work if both participants are your friends?)
Ziggyts52 on August 15th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure. So far I've managed to avoid facebook...