Baseline Scenario Catches Up to Last Year’s Technology

I finally bothered to figure out how to push new posts (well, links to new posts) into the status messages of our Facebook page. This means that if you are or become a fan of that page, links to new posts will magically appear on your Facebook home page (which they keep redesigning–does anyone besides me find it annoying when Web 2.0 companies keep changing their user interfaces around and forcing you to figure out how they work every couple months?).

I’m doing it this way: Blog -> RSS -> Twitterfeed -> Twitter -> Selective Tweets Facebook application -> Facebook page. So if you follow the Twitter feed you won’t miss anything that’s on Facebook.

Alternatively, if you use Facebook and want to stay within Facebook, you can go to our Facebook page and click on the RSS/Blog tab to read full posts.

As for me, I stopped using Facebook many months ago.

By James Kwak

16 thoughts on “Baseline Scenario Catches Up to Last Year’s Technology

  1. There’s an easier way to do it, well, perhaps several. 1. Use Tweetdeck to publish to twitter and Facebook simultaneously. 2. If you’re logged-into facebook when you publish a post in the same browser, Facebook will ask if you want to publish to your wall (at least with typepad). I think there’s probably a few other ways to do it, but I haven’t tried them (yet).

  2. Yeah, I don’t want to install new software on my different computers just to use Twitter.

    But in case I ever change my mind, does TweetDeck allow me to publish new tweets to a fan page, or just to my personal status? I *don’t* want them going to my personal status (like with the Twitter Facebook app), because I don’t want to spam my friends–only those people who have expressly indicated interest in the blog.

  3. Facebook must represent some sort of apex of the celebrity culture, where celebrity has become democratized. Facebook is a hopelessly noisy communications channel where the trivial is celebrated, where even you too can think yourself a star, where we all sit and breathlessly wait to hear whether or not the milk in your cereal was a little too warm this morning.

  4. Kudos to you too, (and to your own web site).

    For those who want to donate to the Haiti Relief Fund through their PayPal account, here is another link: http://www.richarddawkinsfoundation.org/ – accepting currency in US, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, and JPY. (Had about $4k stolen from my Chase card last summer, so I use one of my PayPal accounts for online transactions.)

  5. It’s all incredibly fascinating to me. I think partly due to my own peccadilloes. Maybe I’m antisocial or something. I mean it wasn’t that long ago “Myspace” was supposed to be the answer to mankind’s probs, wasn’t it??? Now it’s “Facebook”, twitter. I honestly don’t think HALF the people who use twitter know why they’re doing it, other then the fact that if others are doing it, that means I must be doing it.

    It’s like cable TV. You’re paying for stuff you could have gotten free (the advertisers WOULD HAVE paid for every dime of programming) for the last 2 decades, but if you don’t pay that monthly payment to the cable company for “bundles” (90% you never watch), well, you’re just not an American. Doesn’t it get ridiculous after awhile??? What are we going to do next, attach a sensor to our sphincters to alert people when we take a dump??

    Here’s a clue, try to be nice to the people on the elevator, and when you mow your lawn and the neighbor waves, try smiling and waving back. It could be a revolutionary experience for some of you.

  6. That’s a good question. The Economist http://www.twitter.com/theeconomist and http://www.facebook.com/friends/?ref=tn#/TheEconomist?ref=nf post simultaneously as far as I can tell, so there’s gotta be a way to do it.

    Unfortunately, if my own horrible experience with Facebook customer service is any indication, figuring out how many be a Sisyphean effort.

    Like you, I’m very hesitant to install new software, but of every program I’ve used, in my entire lifetime, Tweetdeck has been one of the best, and now that I think about it, it may be the best, least-troublesome, most convenient, well-designed, effective program I have ever used. Hrm, interesting tangent, but I digress…

  7. Ha, interesting, but technically, no its just what happens when you open up your platform to 3rd-party developers, who routinely, and historically, when given the chance, have shown a solid ability to better-utilize the platform/data/etc than the parent company/original creator. Just like Aps for blackberry/iphone, or even aps for your mac/linux/windows PC.

  8. @ Tad_K: Amusing post. I boggles my mind that some people are so attached (addicted?) to social-web-networking. Who has time for it?

    In addition, there are SO many derivatives – @Anal_yst mentioned “tweetdeck,” but that is just one. There is also “gist.com,” which allows a user to follow people and companies via news feeds, twitter, facebook, linked in, etc.

    Eventually, there will be another application to bring together Tweedeck and Gist, etc. AND who wants to spend their life keeping up with the application innovations?

    I’m pretty repelled by the whole proliferation of social-web-apps, and their derivatives. But maybe that’s because I’m drawn to “simplicity,” “elegant design,” “flexible order,” general tidiness, and “deep associations.” ;-)

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