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vivdunstan ([personal profile] vivdunstan) wrote2017-05-02 09:23 am
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Reflecting on pros and cons of various social networks for academics

In a discussion on Facebook just now I was prompted to revisit my old blog post about this. It may be interesting reading for contacts here. Basically I thought Twitter was the most useful social networking tool for me as an academic. very poor, and I've since left that site, very concerned about their moves (albeit understandable) to monetise freely-given research with often dubious copyright status.

The blog post linked to above is a few years old now, and doesn't mention Dreamwidth at all, or even Livejournal. I'm still figuring out how to fit Dreamwidth into my various bloggings. I have my personal academic blog, as well as my genealogy one, and others. I'm thinking of resurrecting my mini book review posts, and starting them afresh here. It would be nice to record my thoughts on what I'm reading in a little more detail than my scores on Goodreads, and here is as good a place as any. I should be able to manage capsule reviews, from time to time. Fingers crossed!
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[personal profile] sir_guinglain 2017-05-02 09:30 pm (UTC)(link) is trying to persuade me to take up their offer of a personal homepage, which is really a relaunched profile page with some ideas from Facebook, or so it seems to me at first glance.
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[personal profile] sir_guinglain 2017-05-02 10:16 pm (UTC)(link)
I already have my own website on Wordpress, but it is hideously underdeveloped. I have not uploaded anything to for some time as I'd read they were farming data in a fashion which wasn't benefiting users.
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[personal profile] sir_guinglain 2017-05-02 10:47 pm (UTC)(link)
If I could get rid of that date, I would... the article was last updated this year.
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[personal profile] sir_guinglain 2017-05-02 10:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I've had a glance at the theme guidelines and I think I'll need to undo a few things before going forward with this!
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[personal profile] sir_guinglain 2017-05-02 11:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm using Twenty Twelve, and have now created a new static front page. I'd thought that fixing a blog post to the front (as I'd done) was the most I could do, but no - many thanks. This opens doors.
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[personal profile] sir_guinglain 2017-05-02 11:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Except it still isn't working properly - I thought I'd created a static front page and I haven't...

ETA: I have!
Edited 2017-05-02 23:09 (UTC)
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[personal profile] sir_guinglain 2017-05-02 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Good idea!