Launch Preparation

Continuation of the posting of early ‘blogs’ from the vinceunlimited website

It’s now September and in line with thoughts that my site should be updated and added to every couple of months I’m thinking about uploading the next batch of pages.

My output is not prolific as I have to balance the work/pleasure/website proportioning sensibly.  I sometimes work on the site during my daily return commute (I sleep on the way in!) but this time is often hi-jacked by a game of Spider Solitaire – it helps me unwind.

I’m ready to launch version 2.02 (this blog was launched in this version) and am thinking about the next update.  The next version may be the first to contain images, although as the whole site is hand-coded in HTML I need to establish how to control image size, quality, positioning and word-wrapping first.  I could use a proprietary application but that would be cheating.

Another thing I need to do is get the site advertised.  Already I have registered the site’s credentials with Google and Yahoo but searches for ‘vinceunlimited’ are producing unreliable results.  Google manages to find my Opinions page and as a secondary thing my Versions page but falls short of listing the actual homepage.  Perhaps my Opinions page is where readers start?

Yahoo searches actually yield diddly-squat.  I cannot understand why a search engine cannot find a name that is actually part of the domain URL.

I do know that search engines use as one factor the number of external links but my site is too eclectic to be linked from one set of other sources.  I’ll have to start requesting links for specific pages from some sites.  So, if you run a site, like my content and can think of where to link your site please don’t hesitate to add that link.  Let me know about it and I’ll return the compliment.

Meanwhile I better get back to devising content.  Or Solitaire.

Author: Vince Poynter
From the Blog section of the vinceunlimited.co.uk website dated 20 Apr 2018
First Published: Version 2.02 on 6 Sep 2005

The Social Medium

I don’t like what you post on FaceBook.  Or the way that Twitter is used.  I’m annoyed why photo sharing sites are ignored and think that most LinkedIn comments are preposterous.  But don’t worry, all is fine.

I suspect you feel the same about my use of social media.  And probably the way your other contacts do all this as well.  It’s because there are no rules here so we make up our own.

The reason that I dislike all this is that you don’t use these social networks as they should be used.  Which is to say that you don’t use them in the way that I interpret they should be used.  I’ll give you an example.

I don’t use FaceBook to store and distribute my digital photograph collections.  For a start I would think it presumptuous to assume you’d like to see them all and I do like to keep some of my life to myself.  Plus if I wanted to share shed-loads of pretty pictures I’d use a proper photo-sharing site, like Flickr.  It’s the way it was first devised and shall always remain so.

Some selective photos of mine are published on FB which may be of interest to the few friends and family I save this site for.  And every one of them is in focus I might add.

Ephemeral photos that I take are much more suited to the casual nature of Tweeting so you only get to see these if you follow me there.

Which brings me neatly onto the issue of followers and contacts.  And a specific question.  Why do you have so many?  Yes, on the face of it it seems flattering that so many others want to be in your gang but there is a limit to these things and too many lessen the impact.  It is a privilege to be considered a friend but not if everyone is.  And I think it impossible to follow the posts of more than fifty or so active others, across all sites.  So how do you manage your seventy, seven hundred or several thousand?

So this is how you should use Social Media.

At present FaceBook is the worst of the lot.  It has become a dumping ground for everything that is good or bad in social media and tries to emulate and steal the ideas from every other format.  It wants your posts, your pictures, your locations, your timeline, your soul.  By all means use this as a one stop shop if you know no better but as you are are reading this I guess you do know better so don’t!

If FB must be used, use it only for close friends and family.  Restrict posts to interesting things about what you are getting up to.  If you need to arrange a meeting use the phone or text.

Only share photo collections on photo-sharing sites such as Flickr.  And group them by activity, event or date.  With all miscellaneous content clearly labelled so.  And just delete the duplications and the ones with your damn thumb in the corner.

Don’t however treat Instagram as a photo sharing site.  Use this to create interesting, vivid content not as a place to dump every photo of parties, pies and peers.

Respect your Twitter stream by properly following just a handful of people who genuinely interest you, whether they be friends, famous or followable.

Your friends and relations do like to see where you are and what you are doing there so use a site designed for this purpose such as FourSquare.  Or If you are watching something try sharing with GetGlue.

Keep LinkedIn professional.  Only post relevant notes about your career and work related issues.  And no avatar photos of you on a beach or the piste, unless that is your workplace.

If you can’t think of anything amusing, pertinent or interesting to say post nothing.  And when a thought enters your mind carefully choose the appropriate medium.

Only selectively requote or link to other peoples content.  Stop constantly referencing other people’s stuff.  If I had an interest in their diatribe I’d find it myself.  Save the plagiarism for satirists.

Ignore Google + because that upsets geeks, was far too late for the party and Google should stick to searching.

Only please don’t do any of the above.  Because you are you not me.