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Marty's "Living life in chapters" A self development blog: 10/21/07 - 10/28/07

Marty's "Living life in chapters" A self development blog

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Social Networking - What the providers want.

Having picked up on a few links about the current situation many of us have experienced, I found out a few facts mentioned about both platforms.

In a press release by Mr Yang, it seems Yahoo's original intention for Y360 was to build a user base that made use of recommending links to other pages. I guess this mean't the blog roll. Not so much a blogging platform, but more a sharing of links that was intended to work like and its counterparts. I think its called social bookmarking or something.

When I raised an issue of security at Multiply, the reply I saw posted referred to the fact that the Multiply platform mission was more of a place for folk to link up with family and so called "real" acquaintances. That's the reason set at Multiply defaults to real names people sign up with. They didn't expect people to link up with unknown cyber friends in the way many folk do on other social networking platforms.

It's kind of ironic really that I have far more friends that I know offline at Facebook than I do anywhere else. I guess that's because they have the lions share of the market at the moment. I retain a presence there for that reason alone. I don't care for the functionality of the place really. OK, so playing the widget games is fun for a while, but it's not what I'm really in to.

I guess the point is, we the users have missed the point. Or maybe we call the shots by deciding what we want out of the product. It must be frustrating for the guys that champion these products to see that we, the users, rather spoil their mission statement.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Domestic Power

I've got one of those "No callers please" stickers by my front door to warn doorstep sellers away. I guess that today, I'd forgotten about it when my missus asked to go talk to the guy with the clipboard on my doorstep.
I got duped into changing supplier for electric about 3 years ago to EDF energy (the French company that brought out our local supplier, SEEBOARD. I wasn't even with Seeboard at the time, but fell for some line about it being a generic change over of owners of the hardware. The guy today, from N POWER tried the same sort of trick.
"We need to upgrade your key meter to the new red one that will reduce your charges" was the line. When he also started asking me about the date I pay for my gas, I smelled a rat. The guy was going for the"Bullshit baffles brains" approach and he was certainly baffling me to the point where I almost fell for it.

I'm not adverse to changing suppliers to save money on domestic bills, but I prefer to do this at my own pace and in a time that suits me when I feel comfortable and focused on the task in hand. These door to door salesmen are taught to ignore any "no callers" signs. I know, I've been there and done that. I wonder how many other folk out there fell for it. I wished I'd remembered what was on the front door and told the guy to get lost. As it was, I said I'd think about it in my own time. I suspect he realized he was wasting his time and then left. Mind you, just coz the guy was dressed in a red boiler suit and carrying a clipboard, doesn't prove he was genuine. It has me wondering if this is a scam.


I had a touch of man flu in the last couple of days, so I've come to work tonight and stepped out of my comfort zone. I cooked up a mega hot curry with the assistance of my pal Dave. Cooking is something I really have no confidence in at all, but I want to change that. Chicken, home grown chilli peppers from my garden, garlic, onion, tomato chunks and various curry powders from Dave's magic box mixed did the trick. Superb!

Are you hungry now folks? LOL


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

early changes

I've heard from a couple of people that their 360 blog content is begininng to disappear. Is this happening to many others? Are Yahoo already starting their transition? Is this a cynical attempt by them to stop folk transferring their blogs to other platforms?
OK, OK. Those of you that know me know well that I love conspiracy theories. It may just be yet more gremlins in their system. I'm glad I backed mine up!