November 7, 2011

Social Network Junkie

social-networkingI’m a social network junkie! I had no idea I was even addicted until I read a fellow bloggers post about why they decided to switch from Blogger to WordPress and consequently Self-Hosted their blog. They went from just blogging about things indiscriminately to a highly focused blog on one topic. After they focused their blog they noticed that their subscribers increased and so did the visitors. They then looked to turn their ranting from a free platform of expression into a money making venture. They weighed their options, switched from the Blogger platform to the WordPress platform and self-hosted their site.

What does all of that have to do with me? Well lots. I was once using blogger and I also switched to wordpress. In my opinion it was a better platform with more bells and whistles. When I performed google searches to find blogs that matched my interest the best ones all seemed to be using the wordpress platform. Beyond that though what really got me to switch besides the content were the themes. I am a sucker for themes.

What also struck me about the blog I was reading was that they had a website grade and a blog grade. Whoa, a blog grade! I have to get one of those I thought. I wanted to see how my blog stacked up against the rest. She consequently had scores of 99% and 96% respectfully. I hunkered down, eased my trepidation and let the test proceed. I scored miserably. A website grade of 73% and as far as the blog goes 24%. I also received a Klout score of 10%. I am not influencing anyone it seems.

It was during this process I noticed that my real life is thoroughly connected to my online life. I am currently using or subscribed to thirteen (13) social websites. Yes, I said thirteen (13). I have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare, Linkedin, WordPress, tumblr, Simplenote, Evernote, Polldaddy, Meetup and Model Mayhem. These aren’t taking into account the different email accounts I have or the sites I do not use anymore but haven’t deleted like MySpace. After realizing just how many sites I traverse in a day I decided to standardize across all of them. I just spent the better part of an hour synchronizing my passwords and user names across them. I am still using different email addresses for most. Some social sites love to send spam emails.

My social footprint varies across each of these mediums. The amount I use them is directly related to the ease of use of their respective iPhone App. The majority of my social interaction is via my lovely iPhone 4. I am even participating in NanoWriMo 2011 via my iPhone. I have to write a minimum of 1,667 words a day and I do most of it via simplenote on the iPhone.


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