Do you write or contribute to a blog about your local area? Do you read an excellent local website? We want to hear from you. At the end of this post is a list of some of the brilliant local sites we already follow to help keep our virtual eyes and ears open Londonwide but there are swathes of the capital missing from our radar. Who’s got Camden, Canary Wharf or Croydon covered? What about out west?
Head over to Londonist to read more
He replied that he’d read my Swan Song to Social Media.
OK, it’s not hard to baffle me, but I was, completely.
I wrote back again, asking him where he’d seen this ‘Swan Song’.
“It’s in your Google Buzz, or it’s someone pretending to be you”.
Had my Google account been hacked? I don’t go into Google Buzz very often – I’m still firmly in the Twitter and Friendfeed camp. Still I went to my own Buzz, to see what I could find out.
OK, there it was in black and white. I know I didn’t write it. OK, I have arguments with my wife from time to time (who doesn’t), but I wasn’t carrying on some web affair or whatever. Life’s busy and complicated enough as it is, and anyway, I am a terrible liar. Heck, I even look guilty, when I haven’t done something!
The header told me that it came from a blog on which I guest write. I went over to said blog. Perhaps someone had falsified my name there somehow. Then again, it’s a blogger blog, and so would need my Google log-in.
Then I found it.
On the sidebar of this other blog, is a widget that pulls in the posts of the guest writers. That’s fairly common, and gives the guest writers at least another chance that a visitor will click on the links and go to their blog too.
In this widget I found the article that had been attributed to me.
Another guest writer had written his ‘Swan Song to Social Media’ and Google Buzz was feeding not only the blog contents to my Google Buzz, but the articles in the widget feed too, and attributing them to me.
So, OK Google, lets get our act together here. It’s kind of amusing in a way, but it could have had serious consequences, if it were a rant about something that I had opposing views on, and people that follow me had read, and taken offense to.
Moreover, if my wife had read it first, she might have wanted to know what the heck I was up to!
Anyway, I’d like to thank those of you that took the time and trouble to write or tweet and inquire about my well-being, and offer help or condolences. It’s kinda nice to know that I would actually be missed by a few folks if I did quit.
However, it’s ain’t likely folks. I won’t go without kicking and screaming. I’ve been online now, in one place or another for a quarter of a century next year, so it’s pretty much a way of life for me now.
Oh, finally, does that make me feel old? Nope, old is not in my vocabulary, and anyway, I’m still only just getting started.
There are many ways to blog these days.
Directly at the blog dashboard is probably the most obvious and common.
Then there are third-party writers such as Windows Live Writer.
One can blog by email.
One can use a service like Posterous which will forward your posts to other blogs for you.
The latest way I’m using is the WordPress app for the Blackberry, which allows ypou to write your blog directly from your phone.
This is what I am using right now to write this, on my Blackberry, in bed at around 2.30am.
Which is why it has the title it does.