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And Now, GIFs.

So first Twitter, and now Facebook it seems, have added a quick button to search for and add .gif moving images to your comments, replies, and posts. Because what the world needed, apparently, was more GIFs.

On the one hand, this is a good add – I have tried sharing GIFs a few different ways prior to this, and something generally always went wrong. It was clunky, trying to save the file to your phone, or download it, or copy in the link, or whatever else. I didn’t do it enough to get good at it – instead collecting a phone full of memes.

Now I feel late to the party as everyone else is skilling up their GIF-fu. So tell me your tips and tricks for laying down the best GIFs! And drop in some of your favorites if, ya know, you can.

The Pesky “Save” Feature on Facebook

I have, at various times, turned to different ways of scrolling through and experiencing the Internet. At one time, it was opening all my webcomics to read in different tabs from my bookmarks. Going to forums. Facebook feed, WordPress Reader, Tumblr feed, Twitter feed, Instagram feed…

I’m currently back on the Facebook feed, and have added a number of sites and things that I might otherwise go to some other way (like news sites). Sure, you suffer under Facebook’s display algorithms, but by-and-large I get a pretty decent experience. And I use things like AllSides and Twitter Moments to make sure I’m not missing something.

However, there’s a feature of Facebook that I’ve used… yeah, way too much. Since I’m generally scrolling on my phone, while doing something else, filling a few minutes, whatever – when I get to something that I want to read but that seems too long, I click the “save post” button. Similarly, when I find an image, story, or meme that I want to consider sharing here on Comparative Geeks in some way, but that I’m not sharing immediately, I save the post.

I have over 1,500 saved posts at this point.

So in an effort to clear up some tiny bit of this now unmanageable backlog, here’s a few things from the saved archives… Happy Throwback Thursday!


Cool Art!

Click Bait/News I thought might be good for blog posts…

Potentially, at some point, I’ll still at least read these articles…


Hopefully you’ve smiled or read something here that was new to you… Maybe I’ll do this again sometime! But for now, hey! Slightly fewer saved items on Facebook!

Twitter Moments

As part of the overall social media move to try to provide more balanced news, to further capture the current trending stuff going on, and to just generally avoid a repeat of where things got to last year (fake news), there have been some changes. I feel like Facebook keeps a lot of their changes hidden until you suddenly realize you haven’t seen something for ages or slowly notice that things are very different (and then you find there’s some new setting for that).

Twitter, however, has amped up their whole focus around hashtags by providing “Moments,” curated sets of tweets around a trending topic. Some recently have focused around E3, for instance, and others around breaking news and the seemingly steady stream of tragedies and attacks lately. However, oh man, the realm of American Politics is like the news story that just keeps on giving.

Like with AllSides which I mentioned recently, Twitter is trying to present discussion on both sides of the political spectrum for their Moments, although they are constrained by a few elements. One is that there has to be a tweet for them to include, so you might get bias just from the fact of who is tweeting about what. Another is that they seem to mainly share tweets from verified accounts, although not only from the biggest names. (Side note… how to become verified for Comparative Geeks… Hmmmm…)

Still, getting to see input on developing stories from a variety of people is really interesting. There’s video included oftentimes, and links of course, so you can head out from the limited realm of the tweet to something more substantial. They also do a nice job of adding in some sarcastic or comedian tweets, so they are rounding out some of the things that make Twitter a unique platform.

I feel like this is probably Twitter’s best move in a while, and will likely breathe some new life into the business. But what do you think? Have you read Twitter Moments? I’d love to know your opinions in the comments below!

Feeds You Should Follow: Museum of Science Fiction

I’ve recently found a fantastic feed for science fiction news and articles and I thought I would share. I’m not sure if they’ve just really stepped up their game, or if I’ve passed some threshold of interacting with their posts so that I now see them more regularly… whatever it is, I’m liking what I’m seeing.

What’s funny is the articles shared I’m interested in and I save them on Facebook, but I’m just finding more and other interesting articles from them to save and just creating a backlog… so much good content!

It’s the Museum of Science Fiction, out of Washington D.C.: Museum of Science Fiction Facebook.

They’re not necessarily creating all the content themselves; just doing a good job of curating articles from around the Internet. Definitely worth a follow! Here are a few recent posts:

Enjoy the addition of some good science fiction discussion in your news feed! What other articles would you recommend?

 

Quality versus Quantity online

A few weeks back I brought up Watch Mojo. I recommended checking it out, but I also pointed out that (when I really went to their YouTube channel and looked at all their videos), there’s some problematic lists and elements of the channel in general. Maybe the most problematic thing being Ms. Mojo, but anyway… that’s not my point here.

Here, I want to talk about how there is a big divide between quantity and quality when it comes to Internet entertainment.

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