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Social Platforms

I spent the morning looking at, and registering on various other social platforms.  I did it firstly to secure my name.  Secondly to create other blogging and communication options.  You can for instance link your wordpress account to tumblr so that when you blog on the one, it automatically goes to the other.  However, this might not be wise because search engines do not like duplicates.  I am still investigating.



Tumblr is a blogging platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog. Users can follow other users, or choose to make their tumblelog private. The service emphasizes ease of use.  A tumblelog (or tlog) is a variation of a blog that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging. Common post formats found on tumblelogs include links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video. Unlike blogs, tumblelogs are frequently used to share the author’s creations, discoveries, or experiences while providing little or no commentary. Some platforms geared towards tumblelogging, such as tumblr, facilitate quick and easy posting of single items, such as audio files, single images and embedded videos, by providing streamlined functionality.



Posterous is a simple blogging platform started in May 2008, funded by Y Combinator. It boasts integrated and automatic posting to other social media tools such as Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook, a built-in Google Analytics package, and custom themes .



Goodreads is a privately run “social cataloging” website started in December 2006 by Otis Chandler, a software engineer and entrepreneur.[2] The website permits individuals to sign up and register books to create their library catalogs and reading lists. It also allows users to create their own groups of book suggestions and discussions.

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 120 million members and growing rapidly. LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.  It is mainly a business network platform.

We all know and have Facebook.  This social networking website launched in February 2004 that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc., with more than 500 million active users in July 2010.

Twitter is a website which offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read other users’ messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user’s profile page.



Google+ launched as an opposition to Facebook and says this about themselves:  “Google+ makes connecting on the web more like connecting in the real world. Share your thoughts, links and photos with the right circles. Use easy, spontaneous video chat to strike up conversations with as many as nine people at once. Get everyone on the same page with fast, simple group chat. We’re very excited about the new approach to sharing we’ve created through Google+, but this is really just the beginning.”

Pinterest is a virtual pinpboard that lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

And then Amazon of course, everyone should have an account with Amazon.

Finally I also wanted to register a domain name.  After looking at various options, I chose register.com.  For only $5, I secured a domain name for a year.


So, now I will have to get to work on all of the above.  Will keep you posted!




As for shopping …

shop or hang , that is the question

I am not a happy-shopper.  Whether it is popping down to my local shop for bread, or going to the mall.  I am a sucker for stationery and drug stores, but even those conjure up very little enthusiasm.

This bookworm does not enjoy book stores or libraries.  One reason is that I get overwhelmed by the variety.  The other is that I am forever in a hurry.  The pressure of choosing quickly makes for an unpleasant experience.

On the upside, I cannot imagine any husband being unhappy about a wife who avoids the shops.  But kids mind because they are always sent to get odds and sods.  Never a whole list though because that sets off ‘the complaining’.  The way I see it, they are out-and-about anyway so what is the problem.

Shopping online is a lot more fun.  It is relaxed and there is no pressure.  Nor are there crowds and loud music.  My dream is for the day when we have avatars to our exact measurements that can fit virtual clothes for us.  Maybe I have some phobia but I really don’t care.

I used to order my monthly groceries online but in South Africa there are only a couple of shops that offer such facilities.  After two years of bad service, wrong items delivered and a general ‘could not care’ attitude, I gave it up and started buying in-store again.  How sad is that?  All they have to do is look at the list, pack the items and deliver it, but clearly it is too difficult.

An example of bad service delivery:  I ordered books locally one Friday and the Sunday after I arranged for the replacement of my Kindle through Amazon (internationally).  By the following Thursday, my Kindle had arrived whereas my local order took another three weeks.  It is therefore no surprise that I love my Kindle.

Neither do we have too many options for other online shopping.  So I order from US stores.  Alternatively I wait until friends or family come out and ask nicely if I can rent space in their suitcases.

I hope I will see the day that I will be able to buy absolutely everything online so that I never have to set foot in any store again.