Saturday, January 26, 2013

Widgets, and thoughts about privacy and identity...

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by social media these days. (Aren't we all?)

So, I'm making a few changes to the blog. I've added widgets to the sidebar with Twitter and Goodreads feeds, so when you stop by to check in you'll have something fresh to see, even if I haven't posted in a while.

I thought about adding a facebook toy as well, but I'm really not liking facebook at all these days (it's getting to be all broadcast, with little real interaction) and I'm maybe even going to wean myself away from it. In my ideal world, social media would consist of twitter and blogs and not much else.

I'm also toying with the idea of moving from to a name-based domain. Back when I first started this blog, anonymity was important to me -- my daughter was just a kid who still had college applications and job interviews ahead of her, and no online presence of her own. In those days, I worried that people googling on her name might instead find the deranged rantings of her crazed mother, and could hold that against her.

But that was a long time ago. Emmie's all growed up, with a post-bacc job that has insurance and everything! Her online profile is much higher than my own (she's surely got a higher klout score than I do, if, in fact, people still use klout -- do they?). And we live in an age where we no longer really have any reasonable expectation of privacy, anyway (if you're clinging to any sort of illusion of privacy, you're not really paying attention). So, perhaps it's time to not only give in to, but maybe even embrace identity branding? What do you think?

Anyway, that's what I'm contemplating this chilly Saturday morning while the sun struggles to make its first appearance in a while. How about you?


Keera Ann Fox said...

Funny, I've been thinking about weeding and maybe even deactivating an account or two. I can't keep up, all the notices are mostly stuff to trash, not reply to, and I have more offline stuff I want to engage in. I'm happy you're keeping the blog. We're a couple of hold-outs, aren't we. :-)

Divers and Sundry said...

i try to keep up with memphis/tn/ and other blogs of interest when i find them and will enjoy yours no matter what name you choose to write as.

i can't keep up with twitter -it all goes by too fast for me. not much happens on my fb page.

for some reason the blog concept appeals to me more than other outlets, but i don't care whether or not the blog authors are using "real" names to post.

tut-tut said...

I get FB, but not Twitter, esp. when most of those big name writers and journalists have someone composing/posting their tweets for them. My FB is mostly family and people whom I've met through blogging, so it is a different, more immediate way to stay connected. And there is the ultimate time waster on there: Scrabble. But I'm trying to get back to blogging and esp. reading blogs.

tut-tut said...

btw, I wonder if we've crossed paths and of course not realized it.

alice said...

Keera, always will be, I hope!! Thanks to the wonders of the rss feed, it doesn't matter how much or how little a blogger posts, I can still follow them (or be followed)!

Divers, pleased to meet you! I'll look forward to learning more on your blog!

Tut, between our love of farmers markets and food, I'm pretty sure we must have crossed paths at some point (perhaps at Crabtree or at the Main Street Market?). And omg! You play scrabble?!? That's the only fb app I use. Girl, look me up some time -- I'm on fb at