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A Comment about Soundcloud

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I really like Soundcloud. But I’ve noticed that the same number of people who aren’t following me is about the same number of people who don’t have any tracks. To be fair, there are a few people who follow me who don’t have tracks, but I know these people personally. They are friends, or I have talked with them by email or through the SC messaging function. So I know they are legit.

But people with 0 tracks are suspect. And, although you don’t necessarily need to have a profile photo, accounts without profile photos say to me that they might be scammers that don’t care about being part of the community, only getting followers. Finally, if your handle doesn’t match your personal information, like, for instance, if your handle is John-John, but your personal information says your name is Carol, and the profile photo you do have is of a carburetor, that’s suspicious. Zero tracks but 1307 followers? That’s suspicious too. And BTW, a picture of your ba-donk-a-donk isn’t going to keep you in my follower list.

Just like anything that involves people, there are perpetrators.

I have a high degree of respect for people who create and share what they create. The thing is, creating a track is work. Soundcloud is a workplace. And as in any workplace, you don’t want to be dragging the deadweight of people who don’t take what they do to heart. I know there are probably people who like my interviews and follow me but don’t have any tracks. I want to apologize to you folks if I unfollow you. There is just no way for me to know who listens and who doesn’t since most people who listen don’t comment, and Soundcloud only gives aggregate numbers, not specifics. If you do listen, let me know. And give me the chance to see what you love to do too.

Unfollowing people, the advisors say, is always risky for the reasons I’ve just explained. You could lose good followers in an effort to do housekeeping. If that’s true, guess I’m about to find out how many.

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August 28, 2013 at 23:28


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I knew somebody who used to always say, “I’m so pleased” whenever they were, uh, pleased. It’s one of those things you hear somebody say sometimes that you think is kinda cool, so you modify it and adopt it. I have worked out the relationship between my social network platforms that I use. For months, years actually, they’ve been garbaged together like a ball of string in a box. Intentionally mixed the metaphors because they’ve been about as organized as a ball of string in a box and about as fresh and useful as garbage. Now, I know which one does what. I know how they’re connected and how they share. I know which ones connect directly and which ones need apps to connect. I know what I need to post from each to make them connect. Best though, I’ve stopped them from interacting in a bad way, i.e., nothing going here and everything and I mean everything, going there. I think this setup will make connecting and sharing and broadcasting interviews and stories about the business of interviewing much better. Pleased.

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February 8, 2013 at 03:44

Work in the Trenches

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This post is sort of the equivalent of cleaning as I go. I’m working on my Conversus Facebook account right now. I’m trying to clean it up and make it more functional. So, I’ve removed the Twitter app from Facebook because every tweet fills it up with posts that make it less and less navigable. Like all of the Follow Friday tweets, for instance. And I’m deleting all of the duplicate Twitter posts and leaving all of the Soundcloud and Vox Pop updates, since there is usually only one update from each of those only when there is new content. I’ve been using BufferApp and Circular for months and there are probably dozens of duplicate posts that like straws have accumulated on the back of my Conversus account. They have got to go. Thing is too, that I have accounts linked to each other, so a post on one is also posted by another, so there is another source of needless duplication. Just went to Twitter and revoked access to those other services that are automatically retweeting my tweets from within their domains, like Soundcloud and Vox Pop. For example, it also looks like my LinkedIn account is connected to FB too, and FB get Twitter feeds, so LinkedIn reposts Twitter posts to FB as well. I need a block diagram so I can see what is going on and get better control over this mess. I’ve been thinking about adding a Tumblr account, and I need to be able to manage how these sites share with each other a little better. Trying to stop this at their source and at their destination.  I mean, it’s OK if this post gets shared to Twitter.  It’s a pain in the ass if this post gets shared with Twitter, which then shares it with Linkedin, Soundcloud and Facebook , which then reshares it back to Twitter.   I’m generating content in each of these mediums specific to these mediums and I don’t want to have the social media equivalent of somebody rambling in the corner.

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February 5, 2013 at 14:54

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