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The de-cursing

There are times when I curse like nobody's business. Some people know how to swear correctly while it's just doesn't work for other people. I can definitely do it.

When it comes to written stuff however, cursing is a different story. When speaking you can add in your own flavor when you throw out a curse or two. On a blog it comes across as being a whiner if you do it too much because there is no voice heard.

I searched my own blog to see how many times I've cursed in written form. I used all the biggies. The F word, S word and so on. Let's just say the search results that came back went on for several pages. 🙂

On read of some of the stuff I wrote, there were several instances where I cursed just for the sake of doing so; that's the completely wrong reason to do it. Cursing in written form should be treated like a fine wine where it's only used on special occasions.

For the posts where I was throwing out swears for basically no reason, I did some quick simple edits and replaced them with other words. For example, I changed "b*****d" to "complained".

I didn't completely de-curse my blog mind you, because some stuff just deserved to stay as-is.

Yes, you'll still see a curse or two in the bloggos I write here, but just not as often. 🙂

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5 reasons why disseminating everywhere is a bad idea

Disseminating everywhere is where you sign up for every single possible popular (or even non-popular) social network you can find, then have everything you write is blasted out to all those networks.

There are several immediate issues when doing this.

1. Every social network has a different TOS and privacy policy.

On some networks you own all your content while on others you don't. On some networks everything posted to the system is a-okay while on others there are restrictions and could cause you to lose your account there. On some networks the post frequency limit is unlimited while on others it's purposely throttled.

You get the idea.

This is why I think sites like aren't such a great idea. Sure, they'll disseminate all your stuff, but there are so many unanswered questions as to what's "ok" and "not ok" concerning content that it's just plain ridiculous. Have you read all the privacy policies/TOSes for all the social networks you use to know what's good or bad to post? Probably not. And who would?

2. Deleting anything is a nightmare.

Let's say you posted something that you feel should be deleted. Doesn't matter what it is. Maybe you said a swear word and got some flak for that so you want it gone.

When you're disseminating everywhere, you're looking at a good 20 minutes just to delete that one post you made. Login to one site, delete, logout. Login to network #2, repeat. Login to network #3, repeat.

While it's oh-so easy to post everywhere, it's ridiculously difficult to delete something.

3. It's way too easy to lose control over your own stuff.

If you sign up for one service, that's easy to control.

Sign up for two, still easy.

Three? It's a little bit of a pain in the butt to maintain, but manageable.

Five? You'll completely forget about at least two that you use.

More than five? You might as well be in the "post and forget it" department, because you'll forget all the places you're posting to.

When you start going hardcore with all the social stuff, you'll simply forget what you have out there and moreover where it is. There will be sites you're disseminating to that you won't login to for many months. Then one day you say to yourself, "Maybe I should login to X network and see what's going on there", and discover the entire interface has changed because you haven't been logged in there in forever, so you have to relearn the whole thing all over again. At the end of it all you'll probably just outright delete the account instead of manually removing all your posts.

Talk about a colossal waste of time.

4. Social networks are purposely designed to be islands unto themselves.

This I find a bit funny and somewhat ironic.

The entire point of a social network is to share stuff, right? Right.

With social networks however, they are purposely designed to be one-way streets. Oh sure, you can have everything post to the network, but not pull data from it. And in the instances where you can pull data from it, you don't get "full functionality" unless you're actually logged into the social network it came from.

Why do they do this? The answer is simple: Advertising revenue. If you're logged into the network, they can show more ads to you. If not, they can't.

This island-unto-itself mentality of social networks is just plain annoying to deal with. If you want to share, with want being the keyword, you should be able to do it without any fuss at all. But there's a lot of fuss involved when you try to do things outside of those islands.

5. Share too much and people consider you an attention harlot, spammer, or both.

Ah, yes, the old question of "how much is too much". Well, there's no official set of guidelines when it comes to the amount of content you should share in a given day, but you can always spot when somebody is posting too much and/or trying to go 100% slimy-car-salesman on you.

You know when someone is posting too much. You can also spot when someone is doing nothing but trying to SELL SELL SELL and being completely disingenuous.

When it comes to disseminating your content, people will be able to spot immediately if you're posting to a specific system just for eyeballs and not actual social interaction; it sticks out like a sore thumb.

The best advice here is simple. Don't be a post-harlot and don't spam. You know how to spot both, so don't do it. If you do, people will call you on it and you'll lose readership, plain and simple.

Publish private YouTube videos without being private

One feature in YouTube is the ability to publish a video as unlisted. This is actually really neat because you can post videos and share them with anyone without having it publicly listed.

Prior to the unlisted option, the only way you could share a video without it being publicly listed was to have it set to private, but that only allowed you to share it with up to 25 people. The unlisted option allows unlimited sharing. This is great for those that like YouTube, want to share out videos but also want to completely avoid the YouTube trolls. Unlisted videos do just that.

Bear in mind that while the video is unlisted, anyone that gets the video link can still view it. You can consider the unlisted option "semi-private".

How to make an unlisted video:

1. Upload a video to YouTube.

2. During the upload process, set it to private.

3. After uploading, to go "My Videos", and click the Edit button:


4. Under Broadcasting and Sharing Options, you'll see the Unlisted option there.


Is your unlisted option grayed out?

If you have a YouTube account that has any copyright strikes against it, the unlisted option will not be available for any of your videos. Maybe this will change in the future, but for now that's the way it is.

In the end, the video is shareable, but not listed. For most people, this is a good definition of "private" for a video posted to the YouTube site.

Is there a different video site that has the unlisted video option?

DailyMotion has it the last I knew. However, you might want to get a newer webcam for use with that site, as for whatever reason videos rendered with newer cams seem to work better there (and on YouTube) than those made with older cams.

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