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12 March 2010 @ 12:46 pm
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I've been avoiding the twitter thing for a long time. My main reason for avoiding it was that i didn't have a way of doing updates when i wasn't at my computer, and when i was at my computer i might as well just make an LJ post. Of course some people might view it as a downside that i spam their friends list with lots of posts. (And a lot of _those_ people might very well have removed me from their regular reading filter =)

On the other hand, i actually wish other people would post short bits to LJ more often just to give me stuff to read and reply to :) (Keep up the good fight sithjawa! ;) I kind of suspect that twitter may be responsible for the decline in those kinds of posts.

On the third hand (hey, where'd that come from?) a lot of my friends do twitter posts, and there would be a certain advantage to keeping track of what they have to say without depending on them rebroadcasting those thoughts in another medium.

Now however i actually have a smartphone, so i could theoretically make use of twitter. However now there's also buzz. Of course with the Nexus One it's not that hard to make LJ posts directly from my phone. There may even be an app for that :)

So poll time! :)

Poll #1537338 TwitterBuzzJournal

What should i use to make shorter posts?

LJ
3(33.3%)
Twitter
1(11.1%)
Buzz
0(0.0%)
Keep it to yourself!
0(0.0%)

How should i handle privacy issues?

Make a pseudo-anonymous Twitter and post the nick here
2(33.3%)
...and assocaite it with your LJ (via one of the many tools for posting Twitter to LJ)
0(0.0%)
Make a public Twitter
1(16.7%)
...and associate it with your public Buzz
0(0.0%)
Make a second pseudo-anonymous Google account and use it with Buzz
0(0.0%)
...and associate it with your LJ (are there tools for that yet?)
0(0.0%)
Just use your public Buzz without associating it with LJ
0(0.0%)
Make a pseudo-anonymous Twitter, but only use it to keep track of people, not for posting.
2(33.3%)

Actually, let's narrow it down a little, should i use/create

One private option for making short posts
1(20.0%)
One public option for marking short posts
4(80.0%)
Two options, one for public posts and one for private posts
0(0.0%)

Bonus question: Which are your favorite name ideas for the next Final Fantasy game?

Drizzle
0(0.0%)
Mist
0(0.0%)
Haze
0(0.0%)
Hurricane
0(0.0%)
Typhoon
0(0.0%)
Frost
0(0.0%)
Hoarfrost (it would make coming up with nicknames so much fun!)
0(0.0%)
Humid
0(0.0%)
Cumulo Nimbus
0(0.0%)
Storm
0(0.0%)
Thunder
0(0.0%)
Wind
0(0.0%)
Sleet
1(12.5%)
Dark of Night
0(0.0%)
50% Chance of Precipitation
3(37.5%)

I'm sure i missed a lot of potential names, go ahead and list your favorites



(In this circumstance "pseudo-anonymous " and "private" are used in the same sense that this LJ is private and not obviously linked to my real life identity.)

Edit: *headdesk* When coming up with the names i went ".... Mist, Fog, wait, can't use Mist, 'Mist' has already been used before, even if it wasn't as a character name." And then i went and deleted "Fog" instead of "Mist" =P Oh well, no way to fix it now.
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academicerrificmerchimerch on March 12th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
Is facebook too annoying for consideration? I use FB for my short, innocuous, and public postings.
DonAithnendonaithnen on March 12th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Eh, i don't really like Facebook. Couldn't tell you exactly why though.
Kirin: Skuld-computerkirinn on March 12th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Join the cult.

Twitter is great for throw-away comments. More interesting/permanent stuff can still go in LJ even if it's short.

I don't much care about the public/private nature of your twitter, since I arrogantly assume you'll friend me. ;)

(Also, I'm pretty sure "showers" *was* a name in something I played/watched/read, but I can't remember what.)
DonAithnendonaithnen on March 12th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
Well i'd definitely friend you if it was associated with my LJ. I might or might not if it was associated with my public persona. Of course if it was associated with my public persona you could probably just see it in Buzz.
Kirin: Skuld-computerkirinn on March 13th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
I don't actually do Buzz at the moment, so I'd miss those unless they were mirrored somewhere. I meant if you did non-public Twitter.
Steuardsteuard on March 13th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
It probably says something deep about my incomplete grasp of current social networking that I don't fully understand your poll. (Either that, or it just means that I haven't thought about your particular range of online identities.) Is the implication here that you would prefer that your friendship with kirinn remain secret from some people?

In any case, I've resolved to never use Buzz, though I might possibly reconsider that if I saw either a reasonably compelling apology out of Mountain View or a clear statement that the privacy violation that I thought they committed in my case didn't actually happen (even though it seemed like it had).
DonAithnen: Eye on youdonaithnen on March 16th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
The issue is that Kirinn's Twitter and LJ accounts are pretty closely tied.

I'm aware that my identity security is far from perfect (in fact there's one rather glaring hole at the moment which i'm hoping will be fixed pretty soon =P) but if i have a Twitter linked directly to my public persona via Buzz, then linking it directly to Kirinn's Twitter which is directly linked to his LJ which is directly linked to my LJ seems to me to be making things a little too easy.

If my Twitter is linked directly to my LJ instead of to my Buzz, then that's not a problem. Likewise if his Twitter was tied to Buzz rather than LJ i'd want to link to him if i had a Buzz-Twitter but not if i had an LJ-Twitter.

This is probably me being overly (and inefficiently) paranoid, but... *shrugs*
Laura Parkinson: Vincentstormfeather on March 12th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
I... just kinda answered something for the privacy stuff. I really have no idea what you want to do with that. :p
Ambermaggiedacatt on March 12th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Twitter doesn't have to be public.
DonAithnendonaithnen on March 12th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
If you mean the ability to make the actual twitters you make private that's kind of orthogonal to whether or not i would want the twitter account associated with my public persona or my LJ persona.
Ambermaggiedacatt on March 13th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
I don't know how to answer that question, though. :) I don't know what you want.
DonAithnen: OmgPonies!donaithnen on March 13th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
It's just a poll, you shouldn't worry about what i want! Just go ahead and have your way with me! ...er, so to speak :)
cwendy41cwendy41 on March 13th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Twitter is all public or all private. So either the entire world can see all of your tweets, or only people on your list (your followers) can see all of them. There is no way to "lock" certain posts to your followers can read it while making some public to everybody.
Coraacoraa on March 13th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
I have both Buzz and Twitter public. Right now, I use TweetDeck to both post tweets and read them from other people; I also have Facebook docked into it. I use TweetDeck to post to both Twitter and Facebook, which allows me to cross-tweet things that I want to go to both, or pick just one. Right now, Buzz just picks up my tweets and reposts them, and I don't post directly to Buzz, but if/when TweetDeck starts supporting Buzz directly, I'll unhook Twitter from Buzz and post to Buzz directly from TweetDeck.

I don't ship my tweets to LJ in any form.