Mar 19, 2013
I am so tired of social media, I can't begin to tell you.
Wait: is a blog considered social media? I don't even know.
The last few days I've been reading panicked accounts of the imminent demise of Google Reader. I'm not even sure what Google Reader IS, though I think it has something to do with the Google Friend Connect box on the right side of this blog.
Is that what they're doing away with? So when you clicked that box, my updates appeared in your Google Reader? Is that the same as an RSS feed?
I use my blog roll to follow other blogs, which is easy if you have a blog. If you don't I guess you use Google Reader. Or used Google Reader, or one of those other countless ways one follows blogs. (Another way is simply to save a blog in your bookmarks, but then you aren't alerted to updates.)
Then there's Facebook -- I always update my blog on Facebook, though I've completely neglected my personal Facebook page. I appreciate Facebook because it allows me to communicate with followers who don't use Google Reader, or just prefer getting blog updates on FB. And it allows readers to contact me directly (Most of the time I respond right away.).
Apart from the blog, I find Facebook annoying. It was fun when I first joined and was able to reconnect with half my elementary school class. Now, nearly four years later, I don't recognize many of the people I've friended. I liked how, in years gone by, someone you once knew could become part of your past -- a memory. Now you never lose contact with them.
Then there's Twitter. I think you need a smart phone to do that and my phone is not smart and I never really mastered texting. I long for the days when you picked up the phone (which was wired to your wall) and said, "Operator, give me Kingsbridge-9-6205." Maybe I'm just old, but I am tired of all the changes: the constant software updates and hardware updates and social media updates. It's not that I can't figure them out, I'm just not interested in investing the time only to have them change later on.
I do enjoy Pinterest however.
I recently added a little bar under my blog posts that allows readers to like it on Facebook, tweet it, pin it, everything but iron it. I think it looks cluttered but one must keep up!
So should I worry about Google Reader with regard to this blog? I assume that if people want to come here they'll find a way, right?
There is too much to keep track of.
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