view from west seattle

too nice to be stuck inside. moving the office here for rest of today.


It's a Twit-Out! When Twitter Goes Down, Where Do You Go?

I go to Friendfeed. Apparently, so do a lot of other people. It's cool to see the conversation light up over at Friendfeed when Twitter goes down. I've seen this happen a couple times now. I find it a fascinating to see it unfold. Don't get me wrong, I'm a HUGE Twitter fan, but the outages are getting old, especially with the rapidly growing ecosystem of third party Twitter sites.

To send a message to Twitter, that we are sick of the downtime, some are suggesting a Twit-Out! A day where you boycot Twitter and move the conversation to Friendfeed (and possibly other socnets?). Thanks to Shay for starting this meme, and Bwana, Susan, and everyone else on Friendfeed who got the conversation going!

At this point, it's not entirely clear where we are "taking the conversation", but I think the idea is to boycott Twitter next Wednesday (May 21, 2008) and continue the converation over at Friendfeed. What do you think? I'm game. Not that I really think it will have much affect on Twitter uptime, but I'll be keeping an eye on the conversation to see where it goes.

I'm finding that there are somereally interesting conversations happening on Friendfeed these days and a Twit-Out! might be a great way to see how many people on Twitter will move their conversations to Friendfeed. I think there will definitely be some resistance to this idea by the Twitterati faithful.

It's unfortnate that we don't yet have DataPortability for syncing friends across socnets, because I have a lot more friends on Twitter than I do on Friendfeed. Either way, I'll be following the conversation unfold.

Sun Pirate.

My 3 yr old niece Leah made this for me.

Disqus or Intense Debate? Anyone care to comment?

I'm just getting back into the habit of posting here, so please bare with me as I dust off the cobwebs. I'm trying to figure out if I should give Disqus a shot for richer comments than what Blogger natively offers, but some are complaining that it doesn't support comments syncing with your blog and that it's an all or nothing kind of thing. Some have suggested using Intense Debate, which I have not yet taken for a test drive.

For me that's not as important, as I don't get much traffic and I have no problem "starting over." I know that I should migrate my blog to WordPress and host it myself, but I'm lazy and don't have the time to set it all up. That's why I came back to Blogger after not having posted for a year or so.

This will be my first post where Disqus comments are enabled (if I've done everything right). Will see how it works for now and then maybe try Intense Debate later. Will also keep watching Friendfeed and Summize to see what others are saying.


Testing Disqus comment integration

Just testing to see if the new template I just uploaded to Blogger works for Disqus comments.