Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Google+

Hi,

Recently, I've been trying out the new social network, Google+. Whilst I have not been able to fully see how much potential this platform has due to the small number of people I actually know using it and my apparent lack of interesting things to 'stream', I have got some preliminary thoughts.

It could be great.

The interface is clean and sleek. Whether this is because of it being new, I don't know; but I like it. The circles idea is fantastic. I can section the people who's stream I follow into these circles and then limit what each can see. So, if my family ever join I can be safe in the knowledge that the discussions I have with my school friends won't be overheard (not that there's anything to be embarrassed about).

To share media is a really straightforward process. Find the media, click the relevant link in the 'stream' box do the relevant steps.

The only thing that's odd is getting use to the new terminology. Rather than follow someone (twitter) you circle them. You don't tweet or post, you stream. You don't like or retweet, you +1 or share.

Once I've used it more, I will post more here, but in the mean time you can join G+ and circle me here:

Matt Bird on G+

Thanks

Matt B

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Crinklebottom Short–Result

Hi,

The results of the CSFS Short Story Contest came in a couple of days ago and I am a little disappointed to announce The Crinklebottom Short didn’t place in the top 3. The winners were really good pieces and perhaps my story was a little ‘out-there’ for the judges taste. I knew full well when I wrote the piece that there was a very high chance of the judges not being the target audience. I did however get awarded an ‘awardicon’ from the group leader, which to me is nearly as good as winning.

Thanks
Matt B

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Crinklebottom Short

Hi,

The Crinklebottom Short is complete. The judging for the CSFS Short Story Contest isn't over yet, so I have no idea how I've done. I'm against 7 or 8 other stories, but I think mine is the most unique (that's what I had in mind when writing it). There are 2 places for you to read it.

You can read it here: The Crinklebottom Short on WDC

Thanks
Matt B

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