Battle Of The Cross-Post Flame Wars: Google+ vs. Facebook

I know some people hate people who cross post to different social networks, and I’ve seen threats to un-follow people who do, but whatever, that’s how I roll.  Today, I posted the same thing to Facebook and Google+:

I’m no constitutional scholar or supreme court justice. But Article 1 Section 8 of the constitution says that congress has the power to provide for the general welfare of its citizens. To me, the individual health insurance mandate seems to fall under that clause.

Facebook post:

http://www.facebook.com/henry.koren/posts/10100413231352884

Google plus post:

https://plus.google.com/114211481371943139895/posts/9qGDWepRZsf

This forked into two separate but heated discussions… Continue reading Battle Of The Cross-Post Flame Wars: Google+ vs. Facebook

Why Twitter is Not Good At Updating Facebook – Facebook Discriminates Against Apps

Lets examine a typical Twitter post as imported by FB’s Twitter app:

It Just Looks Awful

The update riddled with twitter lingo like RT (retweet), @mentions, and #hashtags.   Twitter lingo confuses Facebook-only users, and the twitter components that should be turned into links, aren’t.  This is a violation of the Twitter Display Guidelines but you probably won’t see Twitter revoking Facebook’s API key because it’s such an enormous source of referring traffic. Continue reading Why Twitter is Not Good At Updating Facebook – Facebook Discriminates Against Apps

Beware Of Video Players On Untrusted Sites You’ve Clicked Through To From Facebook

I’ve seen the link “Yeahh!! It happens on Live Television!!!” liked by four of my facebook friends today.  I think it’s worth warning people not to click inside of web pages pages on an untrusted site that thas a video player within it.

Here is the example of an offending video post:

Characteristics: usually something tantalizing and sexual.  This one has been particularly bad. Apparently everybody loves a good nip slip, from fundamentalist Christians, to moms, to technology experts.

Once you click to go to the link, the damage hasn’t yet been done.  Usually there will be a video player with a big play button on it.  Clicking on the button usually won’t work, at least at first.
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A Desirable Use Case: Postless Blogs For Retainable Microblogging

The problem is that Twitter doesn’t retain more than 2500 of your last tweets. This that old information un-indexable by search engines, un-searchable by Twitter’s own search engine, and essentially irretrievable unless somebody retained a link or has archived the tweet. In the case where you might want to say something that is more persistent, a new method is necessary.

The second problem is that Blogs such as WordPress have post pages that usually contain some sort of information about the site being referenced. Posting a Blog that is simply a link to another site is pretty bland without some sort of summary or excerpt from the hyperlink being pointed to. I really don’t want to make my reader load that extra page, or force them to read some lame summary when I’m just trying to share a link I already summarized in the title. Continue reading A Desirable Use Case: Postless Blogs For Retainable Microblogging