Yes. I've been notably absent for a while.
This blog has been a tech blog since its inception. I've tried to share some of my insight into the rapidly changing face of social media. I hope I've done just that. When you succeed, I do. It's as simple as that: everyone is connected. And we're connected like never before.
But what I'm doing lately doesn't concern journalistic writing so much as fictional writing. I'm working on pushing the world that I've spent over a decade working on, the future history of the Earth's Moon, to some kind of story format. I've been able to lose a lot to the mundanity that brought down some of my earlier stories, opting for a thriller framework which is much more engaging.
That being said, some interesting habits have developed for my social media endeavors.
Firstly, there were a lot of client services available, and still are. These services are mashables, and can bring all of your streams to coherency by using filters and lists. They allowed you to do things like post pictures, or added an extra layer of content not usually available with the service.
The problem for these clients is that the services continue to improve. You don't need Twitpic to post images to Twitter. Just post them. Filtering? All of the services have the ability to filter and list now. And the filters and lists are actually pretty good.
This negates the need for them. I find that I rarely use my mashable, Hoot Suite any longer. This is great news for users, as anything that can simplify the flow of information is good for them.
So, while I decry the passing of such clients, I am heartened to know that competition between the big three services will continue to improve our experiences.
And that makes me glad.