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Month: May 2012

10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 3.4 —

Get ready…WordPress 3.4 is just around the corner. Find out what is in store.

10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 3.4 —

You won’t find anything too shiny and new from the outside in this release. However, it’s good to see some of the more ignored areas of WordPress getting some attention, and performance enhancements are always welcome. For those of us who create custom WordPress themes, a lot of the new stuff is exciting, such as being able to put custom templates in sub-directories. This will help themes be more organized.


Social Media Hell

If you can’t tell, I’ve been personally getting fed up with social media lately. My cancellation of my Facebook account yesterday was a big deal for someone who actually tells people all the time about the need to do social media for marketing their businesses. This is personal though.

A lot of it has to do with this sort of thing:

That said, every social media site still sucks hard. I’m not talking about users making asses of themselves, but instead about how every site tries too hard to be more than a one-trick pony, offering stuff you don’t want. I guess they are trying to increase shareholder value or some such nonsense rather than serve their audience. Skype was trying to branch out with their ‘mood’ feature – who thought that crap was a good idea? And now Pinterest is copying that same bad idea? Facebook Social Cam? Or LinkedIn communities, which seem to be a cesspool of bad information and people “positioning themselves” for employment. Corporate Twitter spambots are bad but they’re not the worst – not by a long shot. It’s the garbage from the social media companies who feel they must inform me that my “contacts are not very active”, or remind me that I have not responded to so-and-so’s request, or promote some new ‘feature’ they have just created which will likely interfere with what they actually do well. Who decided that social media must have nagware built in?


Goodbye, Facebook

On the eve of Facebook’s IPO, I decided to have my account deleted and remove myself from it. So far, I feel wonderful.  I’ve been toying with this idea for a long time, and I finally decided to do it.

I chose to do this for several reasons:

  • Privacy. With the Facebook tracking that permeates our lives, I got too fed up. I really don’t want them knowing everything about me, as I’m not sure that I can trust them with all that data.
  • Arguments. I couldn’t stop myself from getting into arguments with people over politics and religion. It was pointless, and I spent way too much time doing it.
  • Now I’m cool. I quite Facebook before it was cool to quit Facebook. Neener.

Besides, if anyone cares about me, they can seek me out here. So, to all my friends and family who find this (you know who you are), gimme a shout in the comments.