2012-06-07 05:58 pm (UTC)
FA is proof that if a community grows up around your site, you can have the worst user interface, code, and stability around and people will still hang around. (For that matter, the same's kinda true of Facebook.)
Consider yourself followed! I enjoy Twitter, but I still enjoy LiveJournal as well. They both have their place and purpose.
BTW, I think your Twitter user picture is the first time I've seen a photo of you! Great pic, too. :)
G+ started off fine as a social network. I was an early joiner when you had to be invited. But the Google did something so boneheaded it defies logic. They took their system that was succeeding and decided they'd change from a social network to an IDENTITY network.
Had they just let G+ alone and let it grow into a social network instead of banning people with "funny names" ( there ARE people with RL names like Robin Hood you know) then they'd be far more useful. But they staked the future of their business upon whether or not some teen intern giggles at a name or not. So, F them and G+ -- I already cancelled it back when you could do so without destroying all your Google accounts if you did so.
I am gravely disappointed in Google as you can guess.
2012-06-07 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they were trying to create trust by limiting anonymous trolling, but they did it in a really boneheaded and counter-productive way. I'm a little sympathetic in that they basically just copied Facebook's policy on such things, but they really should have been smarter.
Agreed. They really shot themselves in the foot with that whole episode, both in policy itself and PR handling.
I've stayed with it because they never flagged my name and there are a few non-furs on there where it's my only contact point. But I won't pretend I'm enthusiastic about what they've done with it. I expect my G+ use will trail off.
I personally would have a MUTE button so that any troll pesters you, you can press the MUTE button and then you never see whatever they write anyplace. It's one of the few things Linden Labs has done correctly. And though anyone can create disposable accounts and get around it temporarily, you are extra on your guard against day old or even week old accounts.
2012-06-07 08:23 pm (UTC)
You've reinvented the killfile. ;)
I find that doesn't work so well in forums, though, unless you can also get everyone you know to ignore the troll. Otherwise you just keep seeing the replies to the trolling. One thing that's nice about LJ is you can just outright ban someone from posting on your journal.
2012-06-07 05:57 pm (UTC)
The way I saw it put once is on Twitter you don't try to read every message -- you just sample the stream now and then. ;)
Very true and definitely the approach I'm taking. With LJ, I do try to read everything because generally it's more substantive. (An overly broad generalization there, perhaps.) But with Twitter I feel no obligations. :)
Even though LJ has died off I still like using this more than FA anymore, mostly when I want to talk about stuff I don't want to post anywhere else. I tweet just a few times a day and @ people on there if they say something interesting. I do have FB but that is mostly for work and relatives, no furry stuff on there.
I really don't use G+ anymore. I don't know why I even still have the app on my phone. Really turned into no point in having it. Added you on my twitter account though!
LJ easily remains my favorite. ^_^ Not just for their lack of aspirations of global information knowledge and surveillance (hi there, Google, Facebook!), but simply that it remains a superb plaform to converse on, with no arbitrary limitations on links anywhere, a wealth of icons available, selectable per message, highly configurable options regarding notifications, per-entry privacy selection for any arbitrary group of friends, and probably more I've barely considered.
I do tweet, though it's quite secondary to here in signficance; if you know me here, you're not missing much if you don't follow me there.
G+ I abandoned any interest in, as soon as the company's leaders elevated themselves to the position of knowing how everyone should be correctly known. NO. I'm not ceding my identity to Google, Facebook, or any similar pretender. That concept of governmentally issued identities, one per person, has been obsolete for a while, and lacks cause for resurrection, beyond easier monetization and agency identification.
LI I do have, but I'm not sure why, as it's been of zero utility professionally. I may keep it around, but it doesn't have much justification.
FA I gave up on a while back, tired of the photography policies that strictly forbade SL photography, but remained entirely fine with shots of your feet, guns, cars, or knives. Permitted, they were proud to note, as these were simply hallmarks of fur *affinity* - an image didn't have to be, per se, relevant to furrydom, but indicative of the inclusiveness of the site's participants' interests. Unless they involved SL, of course. =:) Why would I bother posting my wildlife photography there, given the negative discrimination? On Flickr, I don't have to be concerned about image size (1280px, even now? When most MLP comics on DA run multiple times that?), let alone the humbling standards of 500px.
DA.. I'm there technically, but I wouldn't really count myself as a participant. Not a bad place, just not really somewhere that pulls me in.
SoFurry I quite like - it's my top choice for furry artwork and stories. I have my grumbles there, too, including yet another "anything goes" photo policy, but I wind up enjoying being there, rather than vaguely uncomfortable with contact with FA.
And, of course, there's SL, home of any options you might want in your genome. ^_^ (Just, tragically, not retroactively.. for now) Not that I'm tremendously less nervous there than elsewhere, but I can enjoy being who I am. ^_^
Pretty much the same sentiment and approach toward LJ and Twitter.
I think I have a SoFurry account but haven't used it. Still not particularly interested in SL; not needing the realtime experience so much.
Flickr is probably one I should check out. Forgot about it.