The time Blogger went down

In my mind, two of the best (free) blogging platforms are WordPress and Blogger. I’ve tried both, and while Blogger is definitely more user friendly (at least in my opinion), I went with WordPress for this blog so I could experiment a bit more and try to expand my technological horizons (does that make sense?)- WordPress makes you work for your results (i.e. in my experience, creating a blogroll is more difficult in WordPress but once you know what you’re doing, you’re good to go).  And I know that I still have a ton to learn about WordPress in general – baby steps.

sidebar: like how to respond to comments that people leave – I’ve completely drawn a blank on it for some reason today.

At any rate, Blogger had a big redesign recently and apparently that temporarily disabled their site. It was all over Twitter and the Blogger website – fortunately Blogger is on Twitter so they were able to keep everyone updated. However I can only imagine the havoc it caused so many people who are soley devoted to Blogger. Are your posts all lost? How do you back up posts? Will it still schedule your posts that you set before the crash? Ay yi yi!

But, as with all things technical – glitches happen – and most typically, they are resolved, in a timely manner – in Bloggers case, about 24ish hours.

Hoping that all of you who use Blogger are up and running again! And safely backed up your files!

How do you deal with glitches in technology? Changing platforms? Re-evaluating your use of a certain platform?

For me – I try to stick with what I started unless forced to make a change (i.e. in the case of Bloglines – I switched to Google Reader), which after a bit of time I got comfortable with.

I try to asses the pros and cons of each platform – in blog-land, and libraryland, I felt WordPress would be better for me and I’d learn a lot more. Sometimes its good to put yourself out on a limb and force yourself to work on something that is not so user friendly. So far, so good!

As for Twitter – there are a gazillion platforms: tweetdeck, hootsuite, seesmic, twitter.com, social oomph. The list goes on and on and on. What do you do then? Hey, why not give’em a whirl, read the ‘about’ section, watch a demo, see what works best for your needs. I prefer Tweetdeck and Hootsuite although they are rather similar. Social Oomph is cool but a bit overwhelming for me at least at this stage of the game.But I have not lost all hope in it and intend to get back to it and really look into their offerings.

Thoughts?

Is social media too personal?

So in the world of social media, some people have multiple facebook and twitter accounts – one for professional use, one for personal use. Makes complete sense to keep the two separate – the whole “don’t mix work and pleasure” thing.

That leads me to wonder though – how personal is too personal on Twitter or Facebook specifically?

For example, I started following some baby related companies on my  Twitter account and I occasionally tweet about baby related things  – is that wrong? unprofessional?

To me, I see it as an outlet for learning, expanding my network, a way to help others in the knowledge that I gain. A little give and take you know.

So it doesn’t seem wrong to me – but I do see that there is a fine line – which leads me to wonder about how fine that line in the sand is drawn and how quickly it can vanish with one wave of water.

When it comes to work, what you divulge about your own job, about yourself as a librarian, as a Mom, as a human being, says a lot. And with social media being on such a huge and constantly growing boom lately, it just seems that more and more is being put out there.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it an issue for you?

I always say “If I couldn’t say it to my mother’s face, or I’d be embarrassed if it ended up on the front page of the newspaper, it shouldn’t be said … by me at least”.