I’m not completely embarrassed to admit this, even though I know I just lost some major points!
I really haven’t given it a fair shot, despite being mesmerized with their commercials every time they come on … and my love of all things Google else-wise.
Just goes to show how much my life has changed over the years. Two years ago I would have been all over it. Have I evolved away from the ‘New Media” socialite that I once was? Lost my passion for digital communities? Is there nothing about that I don’t already get from my Twitter-Facebook usage? Maybe it’s really not all it’s hyped to be!?
I went on a little blog surfing adventure last night in search of some fun new feeds for my Google Reader. I was shocked that out of the umpteen blogs I discovered and wanted to keep tabs on only ONE had a proper RSS Button for me to easily subscribe.
Is RSS a Dead method of Syndication for our Web Content?
When I first discovered Blogging and Podcasting years ago the first essential rule of content creation was syndication. So it blows me away that this seems to be an element which has been lost.
So, I asked Twitter and while the responses were not overwhelming the few that I received gave me a bit of insight. Am I right in assuming that the common bloggers of today are less ambitious about gaining readership than those launching 3-5 years ago?
Maybe we should look at the platforms in use? Are facilitators like Blogger, WordPress, and Tumblr at fault for not educating users of the benefits of using syndication? Do they make it so easy to start a blog that the fundamentals are totally lost!?
What does this mean for the future?
Are we to assume that our readers are savvy enough to know that most RSS readers allow you to simply enter the URL of a blog to subscribe? or that if readers really want to keep up with our postings they will check back every so often to see what’s up? What about all the benefit of using services like FeedBurner with their “SmartFeed” and “FeedFlare”… not to mention analytics?
Do today’s bloggers even care about Syndication?
With Twitter and the likes making it so easy to “share” content with your friends/followers could this be the new choice of syndication? Do bloggers now rely on tweeted links and Re-Tweets to get content read and gain new readers?
Maybe I’m making a mountain out of a mole-hill here, but I encourage any bloggers to leave a comment on the following three questions:
1. Does your blog offer an In-Your-Face method to subscribe to the blog’s feed?
2. How do YOU, the blogger get your content out to the world?
3. How do your readers consume your content?
I still consider myself “new to the area” despite my 10+ years of residency. The thing is that even though I have been living here for years I haven’t had much social outlet or friends to familiarize me with all there is to do and see, so when it comes to dating I am kind of at a loss for suggestions on places to go and things to do.
To add to my frustration no guys within a 20 mile radius are interested in dating me, which poses more of a challenge when setting plans to meet a guy for coffee/drinks or even a casual lunch/dinner. I often wish I lived in a city where there are more options in a centralized area.
It stresses me out a little when faced with picking the spot, because most of the time the guy is coming from 30+ miles away and I feel inclined to make the location as easy as possible for him to find.
Since I am a huge Google fan-girl I recently decided to try something different. I Googled “Fun” from my phone’s google Maps app and discovered a few interesting results! From there I was able to navigate to a local spot of interest, which I had heard of many times but never really had an opportunity to visit. It just so happened I was a mere 7 miles away! Another great thing about Google Maps is that there were reviews and details of the locations built in so I could quickly get information on hours of operation, admission fees, etc.
So I will close with two things:
1. I want to know how you typically plan your dates… do you have a standard “go-to” spot or do you make different plans based on the person you are meeting up with?
2. I challenge you to Google your way through your next date! It turned out to be a really great day and I think we both had a nice time. I will definitely do it again!
While I am still quite new to the “Dating” scene, I’ve spent the past few months communicating with potential Dates through online dating. One thing I have noticed is that not everyone is at the same level when it comes to communication. There are plenty of us who are comfortable socializing via chat and email, but there are also many who despite their participation on the sites, just aren’t as savvy in those areas of communication.
I’ve met a great deal of guys (briefly) who want to move right to voice communication and request my phone number in the 1st 3 message exchanges. Now, that might be fine for some, but I guess I am a little weary about giving out my actual phone number out. You really never know what the other party’s calling habits are and I’m limited to the times when I actually want to sit on the phone and chat with someone. My Digital ADD doesn’t help much either LOL.
So you can imagine how happy I was when Google Voice was released! I didn’t pay much attention at first, despite getting two early invites. Then as I saw it pop-up more and more in my Blogosphere I dug one of the invites out of my Gmail trash and signed up!
Let me just say that this application has already proved itself extremely useful in my dating life. I selected a local number which is linked to my account, then I forwarded the calls to my Cell. If you are on a Blackberry (like me) or Android you can even get an App for your phone! Sorry iPhone, no such luck although I did hear if you are jail broken you can still get the app, but it’s no longer available on the Mobile Apps Page
The biggest benefits I’ve found are the controls – you have the ability to limit when calls are forwarded to your phone. I restrict calls from forwarding during my work day. Whenever someone calls and leaves me a voice mail I receive a transcript via SMS so I know right away if I missed anyone worth calling back.
When calls are forwarded, If the caller is in my address book it will display the caller’s information to me, but when I answer I am still given the choice to accept or deny the call! How great is that? Oh and there is a really great Gadget you can install on your iGoogle homepage too! It displays recent calls and allows you to send SMS from right within the page!
Did I mention you can Block callers? No more crazy (read: Horny) callers in the middle of the night! That’s certainly not all this awesome application has to offer though. Currently it’s “Invitation Only“, but I highly recommend requesting an invitation – it will make your dating life so much better!!