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Reader.google.com is the best RSS reader out there. I never stopped using it, so I never stopped getting any blog updates! App.net and tent.is are two up and coming Twitter-like platforms. The key difference with these is that they are subscription based: you pay to use them. Why is this important? Because they are not advertising platforms harvesting eyeballs to resell in bulk. They intend to make their money off of the platforms themselves. It's the difference between paying for your phone service — which we are all comfortable doing — or having to listen to an advert before you can place a call. You have mentioned "maybe this is a call for me to do something different." Maybe. But realize your written words are still helpful for many people. So I'd suggest you don't stop writing, but maybe stop looking at the stats.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2012 on An Age-old Pattern Repeats at DaddyRoBlog
I've started using DuckDuckGo.com for searches, as they explicitly do not "bubble" or track users (http://dontbubble.us/). It's tough, I understand that these services are not free to run. So, on the one hand, trading my "eyeballs" or "consumer likelihood" is reasonable, right? On the other hand, it's just plain creepy. One of the best things I've learned in the recent past is "if you aren't paying for something, you are not the customer." Most websites run this way: they harvest data from us to sell advertising. The better they can process our data, the more efficient they are at producing consumers, the higher rate they can demand. Is it good? Bad? It depends. The point is to be aware of how the system works. If your comfortable with Facebook creating a profile of you based almost entirely on observation, and then showing you targeted ads … all so you can keep in touch with friends and family in probably the most efficient way in history, then it's not entirely bad, is it?
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2012 on Extraction Engines That Mine... You at DaddyRoBlog