Monday, June 18, 2007

Dia Del Maestro Networking Site Fortnight: addendum

So, you think you've got it. You can post pictures, video, links, the works.

And then comes the day when you want to post an innocent little mp3 and though your Livejournal has been hovering on the edge of being able to do this for the last two years, it's clearly still not encouraging the practice, and though your various bucketing sites will handle any amount of video, audio is not within their remit. No, madam -- unless you're prepared to site through the nonsensical rigmarole of pretending to be a band, if you want to post audio, on your own hosting service be it.

Fortunately for everyone, I managed to find PodBean before I had to resort to registering myspace/djcleanskiesandthebabygoslings. It seems to work; it also seems to have no (free) competitors. It's not especially social, though; I can join groups or hit up channels, but I can't make contacts. It's a bit more like Blogger in that aspect -- more a publication channel than a social networking tool.

Fortunately it integrates quite nicely with your other blogs, providing them with a neat little embedded audio player:

... which could do with a little finessing (a link to the blog entry it's from, perhaps?) but as long as it's working, I'm happy.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Just to catch up on what stuck and what didn't

sniff the air
Originally uploaded by Jeremy Dennis
I'm still on Facebook, but I've not gone looking for my colleagues. Bebo has gone down about as well as Myspace, i.e. I'll have one but I'm unlikely to do anything much with it. just feels kind of pointless -- I'm using Tumblr when I just want to bookmark something -- Tumblr is also getting everything too embarassing for my Livejournal (ouch) but I worry that it's depleting the Livejournal. Something called Virb is too Beta to use yet, sorry, and Dandelife is great! But alas I DO NOT HAVE THE TIME (and never will). Yahoo 360 is never going to get used as it's essentially the same as my Livejournal except with a different set of bugs, plus ads and branding. YUK. LastFM is a big drag to use on my antique Macbook, but I'm persevering, for now. I've not gone back to Jaiku, because I can't take posting by text seriously. For the same reason, I'm still chirping away to Twitter. Freecycle and Flickr will be seeing more of me, the various Second Life types places won't.

For work, the two community sites identified as the most flexible, reliable and popular among the target age group (13-19) were Bebo and Myspace.

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