Social Networking

Social Networks, such as Facebook and Livejournal, are attractive for the way that they can bring like-minded people together. But they also separate people, if you are not on the same network.

For a long time I was determinedly posting things I find interesting to my own personal blog. This was cross-posted to LiveJournal, as I had a lot of friends there; but any comment was/is imported back into my main blog. Hence a complete discussion could always be viewed on the blog itself.

In the last few months, I have been persuaded onto Facebook – this was because of friends who were on FB and not on LJ. However, I very soon found a lot of people I already talked to on LJ also on FB.

To be honest, I find FB a far more useful experience that LJ, and one might almost say I have been seduced by it a little; to the extent that I’ve found myself posting things on FB as the primary, rather than my blog; and I hadn’t actually checked LJ for a long time.

Out of curiousity, for those of you on multiple networks – what makes you decide where you are going to post something? Or is it simply whatever network is flavour of the month?

For my part, I am now beginning to evolve something that works for me. Stuff that is about me, and may be interesting even in a few weeks or months time, will be posted to my blog, and cross-posted/shared as appropriate. Silly stuff that is of this moment – including sharing news items and videos – will probably simply be posted to FB.

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  1. I’m still trying to develop a strategy for this, but here’s what I’m trying right now.

    * Short form thoughts and link shares largely occur on Facebook.

    * Longer form thoughts occur on my primary blog, which is wordpress. Blog posts are crossposted to LJ and Dreamwidth, and linked to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Google+.

    * Once a week, I plan to go through and collect the five most interesting link shares from Facebook and post them as a digest blog post. (I’ve done this once so far.)

    Comments occur where they occur. I don’t see a satisfying way to get the comments all in once place, alas. I do have a plugin to allow users to authenticate for commenting from a variety of other platforms, to encourage them to do so, but i don’t have a good way to import said comments left on other services back to the Primary blog.

    I’m also making an effort to post daily to Instagram, which crossposts to Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. This is more about encouraging me to take photos than anything else.

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