My comments and posts have been scattered across the social-media universe. Today, I made a big decision to bring all that to my personal website. Here. That means you’ll now see, in all likelihood, several posts a day. If you’re subscribed to the website through the WordPress/Jetpack system, you’ll get emails. If that’s too much for you, you can hit the unsubscribe link in any of the emails. Continue reading

Writers who say they don’t have time to share their links out on the Internet, among social media (i.e., more than just Facebook), are often wasting their time, or not using it wisely, because few if any read what they write when they fail to follow through. Like it or not, a writer must be a marketer. Or, if you prefer, an evangelist. He must get out there where the people are. And he must get his writings out there as well. The more people read what he writes, the more his time dedicated to writing is well spent. And, nowadays, everybody is a writer, so this applies to you, too.

open-source-social-media[See my present connections here.] Federation. Decentralization. Privacy. Ownership. Open-source social media has sought its niche in one or more of these concepts. I’ve dabbled, followed, had a small impact in some of these projects, but I’ve never installed any of them. (Not counting WordPress, BoltWire, and various wikis.)

My perspective is that of user experience. A developer would take quite a different tack to discuss technical issues. I’m sure I use only a bit of the potential in these projects. I mention them below in the order that I remember joining. Continue reading

NOTE: The creators of Friendica used their experience to develop a still greater tool, RedMatrix. And the latest evolution, from all that experience, is Hubzilla. My spot is here.

Friendica is a social networking system that allows you to connect with people just about anywhere on the Internet. It’s free, it’s open, and it’s as private as you want to make it. How to get started using Friendica? Continue reading

Just reached the number of 2,100 friends on Facebook. Now watch Google+ (my profile: http://is.gd/randal) overtake FB and all that effort go to waste. Well, maybe not.

• Speaking of social media, tell me what, if anything, this verse has to say about it. (So maybe Facebook is in the Bible?) “The shrewd person conceals knowledge, but foolish people publicize folly” (Psa 12:23 NET). Continue reading