Moving away from Flickr, and moving to MobileMe and Facebook

I know it has been forever since I have posted much here. And of course with it being the beginning of the year, I would love to make a resolution to post here more – but that would just be stupid. There are a lot of things that are on my mind that I would like to share, so hopefully I can make more time to share more here.

But I did want to make a post about how I am moving away from Flickr. There is nothing wrong with Flickr (other than its owned by yahoo), but I no longer feel like paying for a Pro membership, and want to try using MobileMe and Facebook more.

In the years that I have had a Flickr account, I really don’t use the social aspect of it. I love knowing how many views my photos are getting, and having streams of photos from others, but I really don’t spend much time on the site. After moving to MobileMe for mail, contacts, and more – I decided to start using the gallery feature as well too.

And for the social aspect of my photos – many of the people that would comment on my photos don’t have a Flickr account, and I usually connect with them on Facebook anyways.

My plan for now is this: Everything is going to be posted to MobileMe. If I think it would be useful to be posted on Facebook as well – then I will.

You can find my MobileMe gallery at http://gallery.me.com/jmlumpkin .

You can find my Facebook photos at http://www.facebook.com/jmlumpkin?sk=photos.

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Social Media Stress

I’ve had this post ready to go in various iterations over the last year or so, never really ready to post it, and continuously changing it. This is mostly due to the ongoing changes I’ve seen in social media – and more specifically how they relate to me. But a trend I have started seeing become more ‘popular’ made me decide to finally post about this – the cool thing is to actually leave social networking!

A lot of the various social media blogs (and even those that aren’t, because anything talking about this topic is link bait and easy ad revenue) have started writing numerous posts on how to delete your accounts, how relaxing it can be to not want to check Twitter obsessively. But I bet you – over half of those users ended up coming back to various social media sites, probably because they couldn’t actually kick the habit. But if you have gotten this far – I really feel like you are looking at this all wrong.

One (almost laughable) issue I have personally seen is various friends of mine on Facebook actually complaining about information overload, and trimming their friends, somewhat making them seem some elitist because ‘they have too many friendships or to popular’. And these aren’t people ‘into social media’ – they are the ‘OMG I can play with my virtual farm and ‘like’ Adam Lambert on here!’ type of users. I mostly find this funny – because those people really are doing nothing more than trying to inflate their ego, probably because they have nothing better to do. Doing this – trimming your connections on a social network, or heck, even in real life – is normal, and one thing that makes these sites dynamic and interesting to me. No one is telling you who you have to be friends with. But ‘bragging’ about it really is just being egotistical.

Which gets me back to my point – if you are having to think about this (or having to ‘brag’ about it) – you honestly are doing it wrong. We should be embracing the connectivity to other people, not annoying ourselves that we probably wouldn’t relate to outside of social media.

TechCrunch (who I really can’t stand) actually posted a great post about this today, saying “If you have social media fatigue, you’re doing it wrong“. I have felt this way for a while (not fatigued, but the gist of the actual post – it shouldn’t matter). If im tired of listening to someone complain or talk themselves up continuously, its pretty easy to rid my life of it. I shouldn’t be reading my twitter feed and keep on saying ‘man, this person is annoying’. I shouldn’t care about their feelings – for two reasons: 1) Theres a pretty huge chance they don’t care about mine, and 2) if they really get upset because someone stopped following them, they honestly need to get a life.

I have had very similar experiences to what is mentioned in this post – just general communication that either helped me or someone I know:

  • Impromptu meetings to get to know someone new (be it at a concert, outing, etc). If I am at something with others, we probably share similar interests
  • Met new clients to do some side work for, helping both me and them
  • Answering a programing, computer, local area, or automobile related question someone I follow has
  • Learned a new method (be it in programing, photography, or anything) that someone I followed shared a link to.
  • Met awesome people who I may not have met otherwise

I know writing this post is actually almost calling myself out on the topic I actually am speaking on – and I’m not trying to do that. I could easily tell you how I cut about 1/3 of the people I follow on twitter and started removing some people from Facebook. But this cleanup isn’t even social media related – I have been deleting tons of music and photos I have built up over the years – to make things easier. I removed about half of my RSS feeds (which I will write about soon) to stop wasting my time reading the same old thing. We generate so much media today that it’s nearly impossible to comprehend it all, and most of it I am sure is not needed.

I use all these technologies – Social Media, RSS, Blogs, etc – to learn and share. Outside of that – social media gives us the benefit of meeting new people and even connecting differently to people we know. But if it’s getting you down – you really need to first decide what you planned on getting out of it – before removing yourself completely and blaming others for it.

Remember – when you are consuming media (be it articles, blogs, or even less than 140 character blurbs on Twitter) – you are the one that put yourself in that place.

25 Random Things

In the last week or two, there has been a meme on Facebook that has been going around – 25 random things about you. A friend tags you in theirs, and then you are supposed to respond with 25 random things about you. It seems just like old school chain mail and spam (and someone at Time magazine thought it was worthwhile enough to write an article bashing it…I figure shes just upset she didn’t get tagged). I planned to just blow it off, and not respond.

Then I saw some of my friends write a few that I really expected them not to post. Therefore, I then also did mine, and posted it to Facebook this afternoon. I figured in the same way, it would actually make a decent blog post.

  1. I got to marry my high school sweetheart, and been together almost 10 years (wow we are old!). Married almost 3 years ago, and it was the best day of my life so far.
  2. Debs and I own a home almost a mile from where we both grew up.
  3. My dad actually knew Debs before me, he coached her sisters softball team. I knew debs mom before her, I used to work with her. We laugh at how many opportunities we had to meet years before we met
  4. Ive lived in Richmond, VA my entire life, sometimes I regret not leaving, but usually Im happier that I stuck around.
  5. While i spend my days as a Windows programmer, I never really used a PC until I graduated HS (2001).
  6. Ive been a Mac person since 1995 – you know, before it was cool. I remember quite a few people laughing at me too for using a Mac, and now they all own one!
  7. I have a bad bad bad addiction to caffeine. It doesnt mess with me unless I don’t have some. It doesn’t wake me up or keep me up, but if I dont have at least half a pot in the morning, i will have a migraine that lasts at least a day.
  8. I can honestly say that I really love my job.
  9. I find it really cool to work with the Police almost every day, and get the opportunity to work on a lot of the projects I get to work on. And its also pretty cool to tell people that I can’t fully say what im really working on!
  10. While I can easily design websites, integrate with various API’s, setup (and write) servers, and pick up new programing languages very quickly, I have no CLUE how to use Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, or Word. I always have to call the wife to figure out how to do calculations in excel or format something in word.
  11. I thought years of watching ‘This Old House’ and other home improvement shows would make me the next Bob Villa. Owning a home has proved me otherwise.
  12. I am a Eagle Scout, and ended up getting 2 Palms (almost 3). I really miss camping.
  13. I have no short term memory whatsoever. I have to write stupid simple notes for just about everything.
  14. I have always been a ‘morning person’. I enjoy getting up early and getting everything done before the day really gets going.
  15. I suffer from Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Through the power of friends and loved ones, Ive managed to control all of this very well, without medication. OCD is the only one that continuously bothers me daily, but doesn’t really distract from living life.
  16. I didn’t really like high school, but loved college.
  17. I was the first one in a few generations in my family to graduate from College.
  18. If it wasn’t for being a geek, I would probably try to be a mechanic or want to work as an audio engineer.
  19. I am a Freemason. I don’t go as much as I should though.
  20. I have a broken vertebrae and a metal ankle. The vertebrae hurts like hell almost all of the time, but not serious enough to risk surgery. My ankle had to rebuilt after a mishap with flipflops, snow, a christmas tree, and my little brother. Ive also managed to give myself 2nd degree burns from sunburn.
  21. I plan on eventually going back to school, to either get an MBA or Masters in Info Systems.
  22. Sometimes find it crazy that the first thing I do every morning when getting up is check my emails, tweets, and other messages before even getting out of bed.
  23. I work way to much. With so much going on and to do, I end up feeling that my downtime is wasted. But luckily, I really enjoy a lot of the extra work I do.
  24. While its still a couple of years off, and I want to get life more straight and settled before doing so, I secretly can’t wait to be a dad.
  25. I spent way to much time on this.