Farewell To Some Old Friends

If you’ve arrived at this blog post expecting to find a post on UrlyBits, Geek Is Awesome or Unfollowing Jesus, then I’m sorry to say that those sites have been discontinued.

Well actually I’m not sorry because all good things must come to an end. Building and maintaining these sites have been an amazing provider of entertainment, education and personal growth for me, but now it’s time to take things to the next level.

With my consulting business growing, wanting to spend time with my family, the birth of Malcolm and another baby on the way, now is the time to reassess priorities and jump on some new opportunities.

Every end is a new beginning and this one is no different. Scrw Media is being re-branded and we will soon roll out a new site that has an emphasis on the new direction we are taking (more on that when the site rolls out), and we also have plans to roll out one or two new sites as well.

Thank you to everybody who has been a fan of the sites over the past 6 years or more. Between our podcasts, blogs, future sites and new services, we hope to continue entertaining, informing and helping you for a very long time to come.

Killing Off My Public Facebook Page

Currently there’s about 130 of you guys following the Facebook page “PaulOFlahertyOnline” and many of you who are following that page are also friends with me on my personal Facebook profile.

The advent of the “subscribe” button on Facebook has made the public page obsolete and frankly just a pain to update, as everything that ends up there is already being posted publicly on my personal page (so if you’re subscribed you can see it), and… let’s be honest, I don’t update that page a lot but I do pump a lot of good shares through my personal Facebook.

So, here’s the deal, in a week or so I’m going to kill off the PaulOFlahertyOnline page and simply stop posting to it, but, in order to stay up to date and still get all of the content I find around the web, you can just pop along to my personal profile and hit the subscribe button.

I’ll even add a button here (this may not show up in an RSS reader so you’ll have to click through to the post) so you can subscribe easily.

I’m Not Shouting Any More

Shouting OnlineBack in March I stopped following over 700 people on Twitter as it was a far too time consuming process to keep up with everybody and I wanted to actually see a connection between myself and the people I was actively following.

That’s worked out really well. Almost two months have passed since I made the cull and Twitter has once again become a valuable service to me.

Once again, I have a connection with the people I follow. Important tweets aren’t getting lost in the blizzard of updates and once again, I feel like I am part of the community of people I actually follow.

Last night I started cull number two, except this time it was on Facebook.

As I’ve followed more and more people the value of Facebook has declined for me. The message has gotten lost. In the mass of updates I’ve lost touch with my friends, family and the people I want to follow.

I joined Facebook in order to be connected to people and instead it has turned into little more than a publishing megaphone. First it was Twitter updates on Facebook, then RSS feeds, then Google Reader shares. Lots of information, lots of noise but very little conversation.

I spent a couple of hours last night removing nearly 400 people that I was following on Facebook. I removed them for various reasons, but mostly because I’d never actually met them and we don’t engage in conversation.

In other words I removed people that I was shouting my message at, while they were shouting their message at me. As we all know, it’s very hard to hear anything when everybody is shouting.

In wake of the recent privacy issues with Facebook, I also spent some time locking down my profile. Most of my information is now only available to friends, even in light of the fact that Facebook should be offering “simpler” privacy controls soon.

As a content publisher, blogger and podcaster, making my profile private causes some new issues for me.

A larger number of people I was “friends” with on Facebook had added me because it was an easy way to get updates about activities on this site, such as posts and podcasts.

I don’t want to cut everyone off from easy access to those updates so have started a Facebook Page for this blog and you can see the new “Like” box in the sidebar.

The page will have all the latest posts as they publish as well as the ability to listen to the latest podcasts without having to come here and search for them.

It should also create a better balance for everyone as folks can now get all of the updates for this site, without having to listen to the minute details of my life, how often I want coffee or how badly I got pwned in COD:MW2 last night. You can follow me on Twitter if you want those updates.

In return, I’ll be able to get back to talking to people instead of drowning them out with noise.