Well, I’m back. Despite my previous frustration, doing online research sure beats cleaning houses. So — here I go again.
In addition to Gmail, I’ve just created a Yahoo! Mail account and a Hotmail account today. I don’t know if I’ll need two more email addresses, but I thought I should reserve them just in case my Gmail account becomes clogged by spammers.
I also created a 51cats MySpace page. I don’t know much about how to use MySpace yet. Getting up to speed is going to take a while, and when using a modem connection to the Internet, their pages load soooooo sloooooowly.
Looks like I get to have a blog on my MySpace page. I’ve been aware of the term blogging for years — such an odd sounding word. Since I’ve never blogged before, I decided to look it up. A blog is a journal or diary where entries are read in reverse. I’m not sure how it would work exactly, but maybe I could convert our 51 Cats story into a MySpace blog. At least it would finally be available online.
O.K. Perhaps I’m taking on a bit much all at once. I just discovered something called a FaceBook Public Profile Page and decided to create one for 51 Cats. But after I did that, FaceBook also required that I create a personal profile page for myself. I don’t really want my own Facebook page. I had one recently, but I didn’t like it. I’m really not that good at casual online socialization.
Well, I just learned about SMS. Since I’ve never owned a cell phone, how am I supposed to get a Facebook username for 51 Cats? Apparently Facebook will only send out confirmation codes through SMS now, instead of email. Can I have the confirmation sent to the cell phone of someone I know instead?
I just created a 51 Cats Twitter page. I find Twitter to be much simpler compared to MySpace and FaceBook. I’d heard people mention Twitter in the past, but I never really knew what it was. I also never expected to have an account there.
So — 51 cats is now on the big three (Facebook, Twitter and MySpace). At least I think they’re the big three, according to what I’ve been reading. I really don’t know what I’m doing.
OK — Looks like Twitter is more complicated than I first thought. While learning about tweeting, retweeting, following and lists, I discovered that, just like FaceBook and MySpace, there are tons of web applications that can be installed on a Twitter page. I think I shall avoid them for now. If anyone reading this has in mind any Facebook, MySpace or Twitter plugins that you believe we should install, let me know. I read that there are over 250,000 for Twitter alone. That’s just too many for me to spend the time on right now.
Turns out, all this stuff is not so easy for me to learn. I’m finding many new and unfamiliar concepts that I don’t clearly understand such as blog linking, tagging and status, just to name a few. Much of what I’m reading discuss these concepts as if I should already know what they are and how to use them. This is not a good way for me to learn.
For example, it took me over an hour just to determine that “Facebook Discussions” and “Facebook Discussion Boards” were in fact the very same thing. I kept trying to add a “Facebook Discussion Board” to my public profile so that I could see how it compares to an Internet forum, yet the entire time I already had a “Facebook Discussions” tab on my page. I really thought they were different (like a simple single-topic page versus a multi-topic forum).
It seems that unless all the rules are clearly defined for me, I will likely have great difficulty locking on to a new concept.
Today, I created a 51 Cats blog site on WordPress.com. It ranked number one according to toptenreviews.com It also appears WordPress is as complicated to learn as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. I just keep getting in deeper and deeper.
On the bright side though, WordPress.com allows me to create my own web pages. Looks like I finally found a home for our 51 Cats story, including the downloadable version, and there are no ads in sight. — Boo Yeah!
Maybe I don’t need a Facebook, or MySpace page after all.
I just learned about a very simple concept called Twitter hashtags, but once again I did it the hard way. A little while ago I found something (a hashtag) on twitter and didn’t know what it was. I googled it as usual and somehow ended up reading an article about how the popularity of something similar (another hashtag) has affected Twitter. I read the entire article, and not once did it mention what these things were called, or how to use them — too basic I guess. I felt like a child standing in a room full of grownups having an adult conversation.
Learning by stumbling around in the dark this way isn’t working very well for me. I’m a read-the-manual kind of guy. I am thankful though that, once I learn the proper term for something, I can look it up on Wikipedia. I rely on them a lot.