I am always on a quest — apparently a fruitless one — to consolidate my online life. These days, there are just too darn many options for everything. I have had particular difficulty in figuring out what to do with those stories I come across that I don’t plan to write about but that I don’t want to lose track of. I used Delicious for a long time, then shifted to Pinboard — but then there’s also Twitter, though just for links and the briefest of comments. I also have a tumblelog, which I grew disenchanted with a while back because of Tumblr’s introduction of the bug — um, “feature” they call Tumblarity. But now I’m thinking that the tumblelog might be the way to go, largely because Tumblr makes it easy to post quotations as well as links. So for quotes, images, movies, and other stuff that doesn’t quite fit here at Text Patterns, check out More Than 95 Theses. Gracias.

(P.S. Again in the spirit of consolidation, I may close down the Text Patterns Twitter feed in favor of the tumblelog. If anyone has strong feelings about that, let me know.)

Text Patterns

December 20, 2009


  1. Yes indeed! I believe this is a perfect illustration of the dangers of cloud computing. As marketing campaigns lure users to ever-new social sites, communication hubs, and web apps in the name of consolidated data and ubiquitous access, the result, ironically, is a universe of fragmented personal data.

  2. I know what you mean. I was very active on tumblr and then just became utterly turned off by the opague and strange tumblarity. don't use it at all anymore. Never could get a straight answer about how it worked and why it was there in the first place.

  3. Keep the Twitter! I and many others use it to keep track of your and many others' writings and readings. In my humble estimation, the slight trouble of posting a little blurb every so often is very well compensated in the convenience to your followers. (And if you don't want to do that, I believe there are ways to have Tumblr automatically push links to your Twitter feed)

  4. Anon2, I'm trying having Tumblr send the links to Twitter. We'll see how that works.

    One thing a lot of people struggle with now — content producers more than content receivers — is figuring out the relationship between Twitter and RSS. Whereas two years ago we kept up with someone by subscribing to their RSS feed, now many of us prefer to keep up via a Twitter feed. I suspect blogging platforms will increasingly integrate the two.

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