I must be one of the few people still using Google Plus. There are a few peeps there that are not on FB or LJ/DW; I also follow a few communities (mostly on classical guitar, science-fiction, pop science… I’m predictable like that. One feed I read is that of NASA. It is nearly always interesting but I have to refrain from reading the comments. Why does NASA seem to get more than the usual share of crackpots, conspiracy theorists and just plain loonies? One interface detail I definitely don’t like about G+ is the way it shows a comment at a time, then the next one, in succession. This draws your eyes in and makes it difficult, at least for me, to avoid looking at the wacko comments by said crackpots, conspiracy theorists and loonies. There still are people around that believe that ‘all of it’ (space exploration, modern science, etc) is a hoax made up by the System to keep them subjugated. No idea how that is supposed to work but TBH I can’t be all that bothered to find out how a mind like that works.

Amongst several interesting feeds I follow there, one that stands out is Open Culture (they also have a web site here -just in case :)
A few days ago I posted link to a youtube video of me playing a Leo Brouwer piece at a recital in January. I posted it in about 10 social media/etc sites. Have got 18 views. This is a little less than two views per site. Vagaries of the internet..
flaviomatani: (computery)
( Nov. 4th, 2015 09:34 am)
Yet another Facebook killer:

http://www.tsu.co

Looks ok, it's quite busy at the moment and has several interesting angles (some of which in their Wikipedia page). Do they have a chance? Erm... probably not. So many have come and gone. The main problem with Facebook is not features, it seems to me, but momentum and, most of all, reach. If you can persuade my sister in Venezuela, my cousins and old aunties in Italy, my friends in the four corners of the globe to switch away from Facebook I'll then believe you have a FB killer. In the meantime, it's just a little fun to play with.

In any event, I'm there at http://www.tsu.co/flaviomatani -you can set up an account starting on that link.
flaviomatani: (lowflyingowls)
( Feb. 19th, 2013 09:51 pm)
Even quieter than usual here. May have to rethink about keeping this DW account. A bit like my Diaspora account, my Identi.ca account and even my App.net account -all of which would be promising if the people I know actually were in those networks... but they're not, they're in Facebook and Twitter and (still a sprinkle of them) in livejournal.

At least none of those accounts (apart from App.net) costs money to keep...
flaviomatani: (Default)
( Oct. 8th, 2012 12:24 pm)
A very soggy Monday morning, with the counterpoint between my normal (ok, I call it normal) life of getting up early, saying happy birthday to a couple of people on Facebook, sipping coffee and setting out for lessons, while getting ripples of the Venezuelan election results with Chávez having won in what seems from here to be a credible way. And a Venezuelan friend berating me publicly on Facebook for not expressing any opinions at such a crucial historic moment and stripping me of my Venezuelan nationality, which I didn't know she was entitled to do, because of this.

I'm too far away, though, four thousand miles and twenty five years away. I do care and can see how important all that is but my immediate reality is very different. And distance affords me the luxury of being able to be impartial re the Venezuelan situation, which would not be possible were I living there -and I do value that luxury.

In the meantime, sipping coffee at the Lit Café on my way back from a lesson. Raining buckets outside. Life goes on.
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