So the only ones allowed to photo blog in SU are people who WORK for SU? That's fair.
So the only ones allowed to photo blog in SU are people who WORK for SU? That's fair.
Darn it Trippy, you made me come back here to SU and thumb something up. You!
I'm glad to see you again. There was even a group (when SU still had groups) with people wondering what the hell happened to you. And now we find that you forgot the password to your old account was "pointybrahat"?
Tell me a story about bigfoot on Six Million Dollar Man, Mr. T, and Sho-Nuff. Together. (It's too bad you're too old for me.)
A lot of people seem to be deleting their accounts. Perhaps leaving the account open with where you set up shop would be better? Having an empty account left in protest might show how many people are leaving.
Here are some places I know people are going after the 10/24 switchover to no photos/blogs/themes/groups/HTML on SU. Just black text on white background.
Diaspora - I'm there! Diaspora is still in its infancy, in "Alpha" version. It has a lot of promise. People are hopping around meeting each other like we once used to do here. Photoblogging and linking to videos/photos is a little tricky. If you have an account there, let me know! I might change my handle over there, so I won't post that here yet. The people building it seem to be listening to the community's input, so what it looks like in a few months might change. You can blog and post pictures/videos/links, and people will comment on them, and conversations get started. It's nice.
Tumblr - I know a bunch of folks who are already there. How does Tumblr work? Serinadruid set up this post in Tumblr so if you like it or reblog it, other SU expats can find each other: http://serina.tumblr.com/post/10470733357/if-we-reblog-this-and-check-back-on-the-notes. That's such a great idea! And here is a S-Tumblr directory: http://s-tumblr-directory.tumblr.com/
Delicious - It's much better for tagging and finding sites again than SU. You add your own tags so you know where to find them again. You can look for multiple tags, so it's much easier than SU. You can see who else commented or added other sites using the tags you have chosen. And you can hide your tags from others if you like.
Google+ - I've already dipped my foot in Google+, but I don't like it there so much. It's slick, easy to use, nice and easy. But they have a real name policy. So everything you post can be attached to your real name. I don't like the idea of a site tracking my on-line activity and searches and attaching it all to my real name. They are trying to be an "Identity Service". Look up "Nymwars" for a slew of articles on the topic. (It reminds me when I had family behind the iron curtain, and we were followed and listened to. People withered when they rightfully worried that everything they did or said could be permanently attached to their name. G+ doesn't seem to care that some people only go by one name, want their work and private life segregated, have stalkers, live in under an oppressive government where protesters are threatened. A company that doesn't even consider that will not keep me using their products. I'm even migrating my email service over that.)
Facebook - I never warmed up to the idea of Facebook. The only people who seem to want to get in touch with me from my past are the people who I want to leave there. (Although I have a couple of ex-boyfriends who have contacted me after over a decade, and that was nice.) It does seem like a good way to keep in touch with what's going on in everyone's lives, sort of like a social news service. I don't like posting that kind of information though... I enjoy my small events, but I don't want to announce them. I prefer one on one conversations for that. But I've seen people who use it and love it for keeping track of everyone. That's all right, just not for me. There are a bunch of Stumblers who have accounts there, but I'm not sure how you would find one another. [update] I was just told that there is a "SU Friends" group on Facebook, so if you have an account, that is the way to find people there again.
Posterous - Has anyone tried Posterous who can explain a bit what it's like?
Reddit - I have one recommendation for Reddit, which is a social a social bookmarking site where you can add sites into groups/categories (called Reddits) . "Sites can be voted up or down, etc. Also, Reddit is well known for the epic threads in the comments pages."
What about various blog sites (non-Google please)? I don't say much, so I don't know that a blog would be fitting. But if you have a good experience, let me know. Any other sites that people recommend?
Let me know how to get in touch with you again!
[update after seeing what the SU change looks like] Wow. Ew.
Say it sister!
Yup, I'll go to Delicious for my tagging needs. Content came from all the great bloggers, not the marketing-driven, anonymous Stumble button. Off to find another community where the quality of the content is provided by like-minded people...
Awesome! A directory of former Stumblers now on Tumblr.
Expressionite's review of Categorian: "If you blogged on SU and want to keep blogging the same way, this is the best solution! More like the original SU when blogging and community were encouraged. The site is improving and upgrading, so many features which weren't available before, now are. There are tools to drag to your browser navigation bar which are very helpfful. Foresthippy and Joost have some links for making the process easier. Also soon to come is a transfer feature to bring an existing SU blog over."
What a lovely post. Yes, I am upset about the changes to SU and will probably leave because I am so visually oriented. But these verbal-style SU members are wonderful; they write thoughtfully and well. I wish I had seen them earlier. I would add FarmerMaggot to the list of people to keep your eye on if you stay.
Maybe there will be enough people left here who will make interesting commentary. It will be a very different place for sure.
If you join Tumblr, you can like or reblog this post there, and you can see others who have left SU and converted to Tumblr accounts.
He's some brain science-y guy. I think. He made me write this through hypnosis. Or just asking. 93.
Hahaha! "StumbleUpon has announced that as of October 24, 2011, the ability to blog and add text reviews -- part of the service since its origin -- will be removed in an attempt to appeal to a less literate class of users."
Why would they pay attention to an outside petition? They can already see your numbers if you comment on a GS thread announcing the changes, discussing the removal of HTML/photo blog support, or discussing getting rid of groups. (If you click on my review date, you will see the links.)
That's where they will actually see the numbers and read about our dissatisfaction. And still do nothing about it.
Here's another method of exporting your blog. Thank you Foresthippy!
A last few hurrahs. (Thank you Salvaricade62.)
It's true. Here's the announcement on SU's Get Satisfaction page. This is all happening October 24, 2011.:
Joost5 just posted how to export all your data here.
Thank you Joost. Too bad it's necessary.
Here's a way to export all of your data out of SU before 10/24/11 when all photoblogging capabilities will no longer be supported.
Here's the scoop.
Please sign the petition for Google to allow anonymity. I know many people want to get away from the "identity service" Google is "offering". But the reach of Google is far-reaching, and the standards it is setting will be followed by other corporations.
Google needs to know that anonymity is imperative for activists (and potential activists) worldwide. Abuse survivors need protection from their abusers. Our identity should not be available to potential stalkers (including employees within Google). There are many other groups of people who want to have anonymity. Including people who just don't want to share it for whatever reason.
Corporations should not be able to demand our identity to use a product, only that our behavior meets their terms of service. Please add your signature to voice your objection to this policy.
I don't care if your four year old is dressed for Toddlers and Tiaras, no one has the right to leer at her (okay the judges make that confusing but work with me here). I do not care if your eight year old is wearing wildly inappropriate clothing, adult men do not have the right to ogle her. I do not care if your 13 year old looks "grown up" and might be mistaken for the ripe old age of 16. She is a child and should not be touched. "Skanky little girls" (and how I detest all that implies) deserve defending with the same vigor as a nun or an asexual old woman.
Our daughters need to hear over and over again that they are worth protecting. They don't need to wear a burka to walk the streets comfortably and when they're treated poorly and someone says, "What was she wearing?" our daughters need to be strong enough to look that person in the eye and say, "It doesn't matter and it never will."