Recode, describing Facebook’s new emergency check-in feature:
Safety Check works by sending users a push notification asking them if they are safe whenever a natural disaster strikes the area they list as their current location. User’s can then see a list of their Facebook friends in the area, and see which users have checked-in as safe, and which have not.
What constitutes as a disaster is determined with local authorities. There’s no cross-reference of data at this, but that can’t be far off.
Medium’s open for all, just sign in with your Twitter account and you can use Ev William’s latest publishing platform. It’s good, very good in fact, and focused on content rather than anything else. Content first, as it is and were. I want to like Medium, and I do on many levels.
But Medium’s a bad idea for you. It’s a locked canister for your content, a window to the web that might just as well be gone in a year. I don’t doubt that, should Medium go south, there’ll be export options, and the open source community will make sure that you can import your content to other platforms, but all your links will be dead, even if your content isn’t.
That’s not all. When you put your words on Medium, when you move your blog to Google+ or Facebook, then you’re effectively building their brands respectively, limiting and sidelining yourself. Tumblr, Blogger and WordPress.com have all solved this problem. You can connect your own domain to these services, and thus should you wish (or be forced) to move your content elsewhere you’ll be able to move it all.
With Medium, not so much, not at its present state.
Don’t ever rely solely on a service where you can’t move your content, and keep your domain and links, to another platform. In other words, putting your well-thought words of wisdom on Medium, Google+ or Facebook is a bad idea.
Unless you don’t give a shit about what you do, and what you publish online, of course. Then by all means, go for it. And by all means use Medium, it’s the best alternative out there, of the bad ones that is.
I was pointed to Per Håkanssons post about his social media diet by Mikael Pawlo, and I found it interesting. Per is quitting a bunch of services, such as Instagram, Google+ and Linkedin, to focus on more important matters. This quote pretty much sums up why he’s taking this somewhat drastic approach:
I miss the days when you could go out and eat with a bunch of friends and focus on the conversation and not the latest pings, notifications and checkins on your mobile device.
I see this a lot, people who feel that social media is interfering with their conversations and relationships in the physical world. But here’s the thing: Quitting social media won’t change this.
I had to take down the Stream page, which featured posts from across various social networks, because the WP-Lifestream plugin started to act up. Again. That one can never stay working for more than a couple of weeks, it seems. Will look into it later, for now just follow me on Twitter and fan me on Facebook, will you?
Facebook (fan me!) will most definitely give Disqus and others a run for their money when they launch their hosted commenting service. I’ve got clients asking me about Facebook’s solution already. Question is, do we really want comments to be Facebook users only? Not due anytime soon it seems.
I used to love Delicious, I really did. It was the bookmarking tool, one of many, that made sense to me back in the day. But things change, or in the case of Delicious, they don’t and that was the problem. Today’s Delicious isn’t far from the service I used on a daily basis years ago. And now it is shutting down, as widely reported.
Maybe that’s the reason why I’ve added a mere handful of bookmarks to my account this year, and not even once looked anything up. I used to do that you know, but no more.
Why? Well, there just isn’t any need for bookmarks in that sense anymore, search is that good.
There might have been a place for Delicious in today’s social web. After all, it could be a bookmark/link discovery engine and I’d like to think that could’ve complemented Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader in some way. That is, if Yahoo and Delicious had been on the ball earlier in the game.
That ship have sailed. So long Delicious, and thanks for the early years at least. You used to matter, there’s always that.
This isn’t exactly new, but it surfaced again with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitting everything was true and that he was young and stupid once upon a time. Younger rather, the guy’s just 26 years old, so that part of the whole story is a bit moot. Then again, everyone’s getting old and experienced really quick these days.
Facebook have opened up its Like functionality, allowing you to Like posts all over the web and hence automatically post your Likings to your Facebook account. Adding this to your WordPress blog is really easy, this code snippet is all you need:
Put that in your WordPress theme template wherever your want the Like functionality to be shown. This is usually single.php or index.php, depending on theme and setup. It will add an iframe with the Like button, being 400 pixels wide and 40 pixels high. You can hack that yourself with the width and height parameters at the end of the code.
Of course you could hunt down a plugin as well, there are a few, but I can’t vouch for anyone as I haven’t tried them out myself. If you have a recommendation, do speak up in the comments below.