A short time ago, I shared an article for publication–which appeared in TCEA’s TechEdge magazine–entitled Social Media Tools: Gathering the Loose Threads. Apparently, Tim Holt hasn’t read it! (sigh). In a simple way, if you use Google Reader, you can subscribe to everything Miguel Guhlin shares online…and that’s by design!

In a blog entry recently, Tim Holt (Intended Consequences) shares that he’s been rethinking the whole blogging thing….

So I have been rethinking the whole blogging thing. How many people are reading them? How many people are writing them? How many people are becoming new readers? Unfortunately, with my little iWeb program, I don’t have any idea how many people actually read this blog or listen to my podcasts.  I know, for instance, that I am not nearly as popular as say, Will Richardson, but I also know that there are a lot of you guys out there that do read it.  I don’t have Google analytics., I don’t have time.

Before moving on to the main points of this blog entry, Tim (and Apple iWeb bloggers), I encourage you to read about these iWeb tools and tips:

These should slay the complaint that you can’t do certain things in iWeb…but don’t get me wrong. I’d rather use Google’s Blogger, WordPress.com (although there are limits), Edublogs.org (pay for it), or something else besides iWeb. I know…remember that I used Thingamablog–view the old version of Around the Corner with 7000+ blog entries–that works in much the same way.

TRACKING THE FLOW OF IDEAS

Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.

-Henri F Amiel



In his post, Tim uses me as an example–incorrectly–that suggests I run around and post my information to multiple social networking sites (e.g. Plurk, Twitter, Facebook, My Blog, etc.).  If I did that, I wouldn’t have time for anything else! I suspect (ok, I know) others think I spend massive amounts of time managing my networks.

Tim writes the following:

Even more difficult to track is  posts. For instance, I track a bunch of people, Miguel Guhlin, Will Richardson, David Warlick and a few more.  So here is what happens:

Say Miguel posts something on Twitter.  I have to be on Twitter when he posts or close to when he posts, or I have to purposely track his Tweets. He may or may not Tweet something that he posts on his blog. But maybe he posts something on Facebook. Or MySpace. Or his Blog.

All of these have to be tracked. Every single one of them. And there simply is no program or site that I know of that tracks every single place that Miguel, or Will, or David or anyone posts to.

In actuality, Tim could just subscribe to my FriendFeed RSS feed and get ALL my content sharing across various networks via his RSS reader. To better understand the flow of ideas and information, here’s a crude diagram:


(click image to enlarge)

My flowchart design skills with Gliffy and Skitch are far from perfect, so…my apologies. But this is basically how stuff works in MY “social dissemination network.”
Another approach I did not share is that I also post information from GoogleReader…when I find something I would like to blog about or share with others, I simply star and share that item…


Source: Tools of the Trade from Durff

…the RSS feed for my GoogleReader Shares is also fed into Friendfeed, which in turn shares it via Twitter, and pulled by Facebook via this Twitter Facebook App.
As you can see, Friendfeed is at the heart of my network and makes it possible me to write a blog entry and have it disseminated via the social networking tools I use.

which, if you click on the feed, you see this:

If share something (such as a question on how to use some aspect of Moodle) via Plurk (which isn’t blocked at work, while Twitter is), Plurk is setup to post to Twitter…which is then picked up by Facebook. I manage to keep my tweets from showing up with the annoying Plurk posting by adding an exclamation point and TW at the end (“!TW” without quotes) to every Plurk. Folks who see it on Facebook haven’t a clue my wall update was actually a tweet that was plurked.

And, all this elaborateness saves me from trying to post to multiple networks at once. I just post my content once…while it does give the appearance I’m posting tons of content to various networks, I’m actually just posting to one at any given time.
So...how does YOUR social dissemination network*, work?
*Yes, I made that up. Proof:


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