Specifically tweeting birds.. a twitter, you could say.
I’ve had a gmail since the invite days, but in the past few years as google has consolidated some of its domains, I’ve had several different people think my e-mail is theirs. There’s a guy in South Africa, a guy in the UK, and a few others I have yet to identify. Remember folks, count your Ls and make sure if you are using a county code(.co.za) use that and NOT .com!
Anyways, due to this I’ve occasionally been signed up for things against my will. Most of these I’ve just canceled the subscription if it was a mailing list, or just removed my e-mail if not. A couple times I’ve had to reset the password first to get in.
This sort of thing though left me with a Facebook account, and more recently a Twitter account. The Facebook one I threw a few pics up on and a statement to whomever tried to open it that I’m not that guy and to stop trying to sign up things with my e-mail. I’m not overly fond of Facebook’s data collection practices, so I’ve got little interest in making use of it, other than making sure that I don’t get spammed from it. The twitter though I’ve been thinking about actually using.
The first thing though, is what would I use it for? While this time I didn’t feel like totally abandoning it, I was torn on how to use it. One thing that seemed obvious is mirroring my posts here to it(and which you should see as this is the first post since activating the integration). That led to the thought of using it like a short version of this blog. In other words, use it when I want to just shout something out to the wilds of the internet, or have something I feel like sharing in general but not specifically with anyone.
Which brought to mind another quandry – what about mature topics and such? My galleries all require membership in whatever site they’re on to see the adult content. Unfortunately, Twitter is all-or-nothing on protecting your tweets. Either every tweet is protected, or none of them.
While finding that out, I read a little something on the philosophy why: Facebook is for the friends you have already, while Twitter is for people who could be friends but may not already be yet. Regardless of if you agree or not, that does seem to be the thought process behind not having a granular system for protecting tweets.
The solution I’d seen to this was most folks have an AD or After Dark account which is for the fun adult stuff, while their main account is strictly for SFW content. After a bit of thought, I’ve gone ahead to do the same. It unfortunately doesn’t let me use the same exact e-mail, but using the googlemail version goes to the same place and prevents someone else from signing up with my info again by accident
Now I ran into another issue – I can’t sign into both at once in the same browser, so I wouldn’t be able to just track it all in Chrome like I had been thinking. I hadn’t used workspace 3 in a while of my 4 workspaces(1 is main, 2 is what I use for work-related stuff, and 4 is e-mail), so at first I thought of using that with a Firefox browser on one monitor and Chrome on the other. I started to set that up then realized this seemed kind of silly and there might already be some separate program for the PC to use. Looking into that, I tracked down Tweetdeck and got it set up to see both at once in a single Chrome window.
Funnily enough, I recognized the interface from a co-worker who must have been running it – I’d seen it several times before but never knew what it was.
With that out of the way, the last thing was who to follow. I’ve never been big on social networking, and I mostly keep my work and online lives separate, as most folks here wouldn’t get the whole furry/otherkin thing. While I’m still toying with this, at the moment I’m looking at following twitters of (mostly toku) fansub groups to catch new releases without having to check their blog semi-frequently, maybe a few furry artists, and I’m not sure beyond that. I’ll just have to wait and see what the future brings.
In other news, delayed art post is still delayed. I’m waiting on the final piece back from an artist, and so far it looks like by the time that’ll happen I might actually have 3 things to post! Wait… no, 2 things still, but mention of a third possibly.
Unsubbed from WoW again until the patch, since I’ve got my cloak on my kitty. Once we get to patch day for 6.0.2, I’ll resub, but right now I got nothing to do there and I don’t need to spend money to not play it. I’ve not been back in Diablo 3 either recently, or Shadowrun Returns. The start of Dragonfall isn’t grabbing me as much as Dead Man’s Switch did – either that or it’s the change in characters.
Also spent a bit more money than I planned to this month thanks to the TFCC(Transformers Collector’s Club). When I saw the TFSS(Transformers Subscription Service) set for this year, I’d thought they were neat, but I didn’t like the idea of using repaints for MTMTE Chromedome or Rewind, and Thrustinator was a cute idea but not one I wanted to spend on. Well, once Chromedome started arriving and I saw some non-stock pics, it struck me just how well the Prime Wheeljack mold worked for him with that color layout. There was plenty of personality there and it looked like a valid modern update for him – not to mention that if he was a candidate for TFCC it meant Hasbro had no near-future plans for him, so I ended up giving in and ordering him.
Having received it, I can say it lived up to the pictures. I still don’t care for the TFSS Rewind though, so I got a G1 Rewind so CD-RW would be complete. I couldn’t leave this version of Chromedome alone, especially since he just got Rewind back in the comics. Between him, Nightbeat, and the Legends figures, it seems I’ve got a small Lost Light detachment now sitting on my work desk.
Speaking of which, I’m still torn on what toy to use to represent MTMTE Rodimus. The Cloud Rodimus is too big and expensive for my taste. Animated Rodimus looks like it might be a nice match, but I’d have to get one off eBay. Energon Rodimus doesn’t look a lot like his MTMTE counterpart, but I do already own him, and it would let me leave my Classics Rodimus with the ’86 Movie crew.
I also need a Ratchet for the Lost Light display, but looking through the possibilities I don’t see any that looks close to his counterpart, apart from the meh-ish Universe mold. Same reason I’m tempted to get a second Cyclonus, but I don’t know if I want to spend the money just so I can have one in the ’86 movie crew and in the Lost Light crew. I’ve also eyed RTS Perceptor, though I have yet to pick him up. Most of the other big names, I already have, though I’m not sure what to do about Magnus.
I think I’ll leave it at that for now. Until next time!