Social networking is dead.

Paul W. Frields stickster at
Wed Mar 9 12:19:48 UTC 2011

On Tue, Mar 01, 2011 at 02:30:21PM -0700, Robyn Bergeron wrote:
> On 03/01/2011 02:22 PM, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> > OK, not really, but I got your attention.
> Yes, you did ;)
> > But our social networking feeds are kinda dead.  More specifically,
> > our @fedora output.  They're silent, like a ninja
> > only without nunchucks or throwing stars.
> >
> > In large part this is thanks to HootSuite's closing up their entire
> > value prop to paid customers only, leaving free accounts like ours
> > dangling in the wind.  What's that?  Putting some of our eggs in a
> > non-free basket didn't work out?  Well, it's a risk we took with eyes
> > open, at least.  It was the least ineffective of a lot of suboptimal
> > alternatives, and at least for a while it was working well.
> >
> > The sad fallout is that our feeds are quiet, and we
> > should endeavor to fix that.
> >
> > I did have an idea about this, but it won't help us in the short term:
> > to manage access to our feed through Insight via a
> > well-supported Drupal module.  There are a couple to choose from, and
> > the great thing is all the group access would happen automagically
> > thanks to our existing FAS integration.
> >
> > But... that doesn't help us *right now*.
> >
> > AFAICT, there are no free services that facilitate team sharing of
> > duties.  There are several aggregators out there,
> > and several multiplexers, but none for collaboration.  Rather than
> > wait for one to emerge, we should get the access into the right
> > people's hands now, and look for a better solution immediately after
> > that (up to and including the idea above).
> >
> > The fastest way to fix the problem, I believe, is to simply send out
> > the password to the account, via GPG-encrypted email, to
> > each of the people listed in our FAS group.  Is that acceptable?
> >
> >
> I think that's perfectly acceptable.
> The question is: What do we have as a plan going forward as far as what 
> we want to start saying there?  Or, at this point, is anything 
> acceptable, so long as we're seeing something happening?

I've sent the password on to all the people on the HS list for whom I
had reliable email and GPG keys (Maria, Jared, Robyn, Jonathan).  If
anyone else wants access, you're welcome to become part of the team
and work with those folks.

Robyn, there is a microblogging SOP already written on the wiki:

I would recommend that anyone who wants to help should read the entire
page, since it includes information on microblogging target audience,
suggested items, things to be avoided, and even some examples of
content.  The feed should be a constantly positive stream of
information -- not ignoring issues, but striving to present factual
information in a helpful and positive manner.

Questions about the plan going forward?  Well, you guys were at the
same Marketing FAD I was at... what do *YOU* want to do?

Paul W. Frields                      
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