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My Favourite Social Media Sites

I guess I should start by stating what the phrase “social media” means. According to Wikipedia:

Social Media is the democratization of information, transforming people from content readers into content publishers. It is the shift from a broadcast mechanism to a many-to-many model, rooted in conversations between authors, people, and peers.

I couldn’t have phrased it better, so I’m sticking to that definition. The part I agree most in the definition is the many-to-many bit. It’s the main idea behind social media and that’s what making it awesome!

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HTNet Changes: Moving Ahead

If you’re a regular visitor of HTNet, you’ll see that I’m now using a different theme. This is a theme I’ve started a few weeks ago, but I’ve only managed to properly develop it over the weekend. Please tell me what you think about it, and if you find anything broken or out of place do let me know as well. I primarily tested the layout using Firefox, and took a quick browse every now and then using IE. No other browsers were harmed in the process 😉

Anyway, the theme is only one part of the changes I’m making with HTNet. Another thing I’m changing about it is the way I categorise my posts. Right now I try to keep my posts related to categories I had created beforehand. The good thing about this is that I’m forcing myself to stick to a few key topics. The bad thing about it is that I’m forcing myself to stick to a few key topics. 😛

There were more than a few occassions where I badly wanted to write about something but found that I never posted about similar topics before and thus, don’t have the proper category to post it under. Yeah, I can create categories on the fly with WordPress, but the issue is that I didn’t think I’d write more posts that can be categorised there.

Now, I’m putting my foot down and decided to hell with a fixed set of post categories. I’ve changed the URL for my categories to be prefixed by /tag/, I think it’s about time I started taking them as tags more seriously. Being tags, I should be able to use them more liberally instead of still thinking of them as categorised boundaries to my writing. Since listing potentially hundreds of tags in the sidebar might grow from an minor aesthetic issue to a major irritant, I’m taking out the Categories sidebar item and list all my tags in a dedicated page.

Due to this change, I’m also taking putting into retirement a plugin I’ve used since a long time ago; Bunny’s Technorati Tags. The reasons for this are as follows:

  • I will be managing my own tags anyway, so it makes more sense to link them internally
  • Technorati will index links with the rel='tag' attribute anyway, regardless of where the link points to… at least I think it does
  • I don’t get much traffic from Technorati in the first place 😛

Hopefully the changes are part of a package that will make HTNet more semantic, navigable and interactive… at least that’s the plan 🙂