FaceBook Vs Twitter Vs Google+ Vs My Space Vs Plurk Vs …….. Saturday, Aug 13 2011 

Since the launch of Google Plus I have been hearing is it the FaceBook Killer or is it the Twitter Killer. For the last few years I have been hearing My Space is dead.  Not sure that I agree with any of these.

I will list the Social Media sites I use regularly and what I use them for.

FaceBook:

Finding old school friends, old work friends and seeing what they have been up too and keeping up with them. Seeing what current friends are up too. Keeping up with some of my social media friends who have retreated to being FaceBook only for various reasons. Keeping up a FaceBook page for the Clearwater Beach Ratepayers Association. Playing social cooperative games with the friends listed above. Having my own page so old and current friends can find me. It’s a place where I can quickly post some of the things going on in my life. The persons home page does allow for a lot of information on them if you have friended them. In many cases if I am not already a friend I can not tell if this is the person I knew back in High School or not. If I am not 95% or more sure that it is the person I know, I do not send a request. It’s about 30% games which counts as social, 50% keeping up with friends, 15% getting/sharing news, and 5% Birthday reminders. Using it lots over the course of a day.

Twitter:

I follow some of my other social media friends on Twitter but for the most part it is 80 % getting or sharing Tech news or talking about the Tech news/issues, 15% getting or sharing non-tech news,  and 5% real social interatcion with “friends”. I am following 802 and have 285 followers as I write this in mid August 2011. I can not really follow my Twitter stream, I look in at snapshots of it from time to time and respond, post, retweet… from time to time. Very diffcult to have a real 1 to 1 converstion or to have a group exchange on twitter. The persons “home” page does not allow for much information on them. Post a lot over the course of a day. Use Flipboard to read my stream more than I use any twitter client or the site. Not seeing Pics in the tweets is not so good. The 140 limit can be a pain at times.

Google Plus:

I follow some of my other social media friends on G+  but for the most part it is 70% getting news or sharing news or talking about the news/issues and 30% real social interatcion with “friends”. The personal page has more info on it, but at this time I am not trying to figure out if I went to school with you. Just got the games tab today, other than Angry Birds none of the games grab me. I play Angry Birds on all my Apple devices so do not see me playing AB on G+  other than to  see how well it plays. Comments staying with the original post is a good idea, it allows for some conversation. Need the ability to collapse the comments some how to clean up the stream. Looking forward to seeing what Google does with G+. Check in a number of times durning the course of a day. The ability to see photos as part of the post is great. Not sure what the upper limit on a post size is. Real Name vs Handle/Other Name is an issue that Google needs to address. I like to use TJCS63 as it is unique, google it. If you Google Terry Sanderson, if I am doing well I might make the 2nd page result. Many Tech reporters/pundits use nickname/handle to make finding them easier.

My Space:

Following a some music acts (groups and/or singers) and festivals. I check in once every couple of weeks. I am hopping for a revamp of this site and some new user. Still where I can find more information on less main stream acts. Still there are a lot of users on the site. Is it viable, do not know as I do not have the finance numbers, but I am guessing it is in trouble.

Plurk:

This is my goto social media site. The site is can look a little weird, but that is part of the charm. I love the time line set up I can go back to the start of my Plurking. I love the way you can see the post, and the number of responses to a post but you do not see the responses to a pose unless you open the post. Posts you have not read are easy to find. You can have thumbnail photo in your post that can clicked on to increase the size. For me it’s about 85% social interaction and 15% getting and sharing news. The personal “home” page does not have much info but I am not looking to connect to old school friends here. Every friend on Plurk I was met via Social Media (mostly on Plurk), and have gone on to meet some of the In Real Life as weird as that sounds. I hope to meet many more Plurkers over time as I travel and they travel. I have Plurk friends on around the world, missing only Antarctica and South America. I leave my Plurk timeline up and running in a browser tab at home as long as my computer is on. I got more real local information on the Arab Spring from Plurk than any other source. A friend was in one of the counties and was keeping us up to date , and relaying information for other countries too.  I have meet a lot of interesting people on Plurk. Over the last year a number of friends have left Plurk to focus more on FaceBook or Twitter or G+. I understand why have moved and do my best to keep in touch with them. For me the interaction on Plurk is something that I enjoy. I hope Plurk keeps going and more join it.

LinkedIn:

I use it mostly to keep up with former coworkers and or customers/suppliers. I check in once a week, unless I get a direct message. Some do not show much information on their “home” page so it is hard to tell if it is there “Bob Smith” I worked dealt with at company “X” 20 years ago. Again if I am not 95% or better sure that it is the person I knew I do not try to link.

identi.ca:

A Canadian based open source project. I use it 95% getting/sharing news 5% social. It use to be where the Plurkers went when Plurk was down. I am in and out with this site. I Post do a quick check to see what has been posted in the last little bit and leave.

Soup.Io

I use it more an aggregation site than a social site but, my page is set up to pull from a number of my social sites. I use it to follow someone who use to be on Plurk but moved to Soup.Io and Twitter. She posts some amazing images some are NSFW.

Flickr:

It’s a photo site you say… yes but it is also social too. I am guilty of not posting as much as I should. But I love looking at my friends work. My friends range from some one I worked with 15 years ago to Plurk friends (Don W., Rantz/Charles and Allan S. are 3  who I met via Plurk who Photo’s rock) to those who saw one of my photo’s on the Flickr stream and like them to those who’s photo’s I saw and loved. I also follow a number of Pro Photographers too. I need to spend more time on my Photography.

foursquare:

I play around on foursquare, you can find me there as TJCS63

WordPress:

Your are and  reading it…. I stopped bloging for a while for a number of reasons. I have decided that I still need a long form way to express myself. So I am back on WordPress.

There are links to most of my social sites above, not sure how well they will all work.

Right now G+ has the focus of the those who are on the Bleeding Edge Of Tech, so it is growing quickly. It growing quicker that any other social site before for a number of reasons, one of them is we know what a social site is now and like using them.

Is G+ going to kill FaceBook or Twitter? Maybe, but right now it kind of sit’s between them for my use cases. To me it is an other tool to connect to friends with and to learn thing via and to share things via.  It is posable  that all three can be viable businesses. I hope so as the each currently scratch a different itch for me.

The end result may be FaceBook is the home for Non Tech’s, G+ for Tech’s, Twitter for firing you thoughts out to the world. It will be interesting to see how this plays out of the next few months/years….

I try out most new social sites if for no other reason than to grab my handle TJCS63 and/or Terry Sanderson. This is so if I like the site I can be me on it or if the site takes off later I can come back and  still have one of my handles.

Then one down side to being on this many sites it that there are a number of friends who are also on many of these sites and I worry about over loading them some times. Do they really want to see the more or less the same post  from me on 4 or 5 sites? Sorry but while there is some over lap there is not that much.

A Look Back At 2009 Sunday, Jan 10 2010 

2009 was not a good year for me due to My Fathers death on October 5 2009. I am working on a post for his passing but it is not easy post to write.

Up to that point it had been a good year.

I did not accomplish many of my plans for 2009, oh well there is always 2010!

Made 2 day trip to Quebec City , one in April and one in September, Love Old Quebec City. Posted a number of photo’s on my flickr page.

Day trip to Kingston in August, spent most of the day at Old Fort Henry. Want to go back and spent some more time on some detailed photo’s

My list of those who past on in 2009

January:

Pat Hingle, 84. Tony-nominated stage actor; Commissioner Gordon in Batman movies. Jan. 3.

Patrick McGoohan, 80. Emmy-winning actor; star of TV classic The Prisoner. Jan. 13.

Ricardo Montalban, 88. Actor in splashy MGM musicals; Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island. Jan. 14.

Billy Powell, 56. Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player. Jan. 28.

February:

Dewey Martin, 68. Drummer with influential band Buffalo Springfield. Feb. 1.

James Whitmore, 87. Many-faceted actor; did one-man shows on Harry Truman, Will Rogers. Feb. 6.

Estelle Bennett, 67. One of Ronnettes, ’60s girl group (Be My Baby). Feb. 11.

Philip Jose Farmer, 91. Celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer. Feb. 25.

March:

Ron Silver, 62. Actor. March 15.

Natasha Richardson, 45. Gifted heiress to British acting royalty and wife of Liam Neeson. March 18.

Dan Seals, 61. Half of duo England Dan and John Ford ColeyMarch 25.

April:

Marilyn Chambers, 56. She helped bring adult films into mainstream with Behind the Green Door. April 12.

Ken Annakin, 94. Directed World War II epics Battle of the Bulge, The Longest Day. April 22.

Bea Arthur, 86. Her sharp delivery propelled Maude, The Golden Girls; won Tony for Mame. April 25.

May:

Dom DeLuise, 75. Portly actor with offbeat style. May 4.

Mickey Carroll, 89. One of last surviving Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. May 7.

June:

David Carradine, 72. Actor. June 4.

Ed McMahon, 86. Ebullient Tonight show sidekick who bolstered Johnny Carson. June 23.

Farrah Fawcett, 62. 1970s sex symbol, star of Charlie’s Angels. June 25.

Fred Travalena, 66. Las Vegas impressionist. June 28.

July:

Karl Malden, 97. Oscar-winning actor; a star despite his plain looks. July 1.

Walter Cronkite, 92. Premier TV anchorman of the networks’ golden age. July 17.

August:

John Hughes, 59. Writer-director of smash youth-oriented comedies (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Home Alone). Aug. 6.

Les Paul, 94. Guitar virtuoso; invented solid-body electric guitar, multitrack recording. Aug. 13..

September:

Larry Gelbart, 81. Slyly witty writer for stage and screen (Tootsie, M*A*S*H). Sept. 11.

Patrick Swayze, 57. Dancer turned movie superstar for Dirty Dancing, Ghost. Sept. 14.

Henry Gibson, 73. Comic character actor; recited offbeat poetry on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Sept. 14.

Mary Travers, 72. One-third of hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Sept. 16.

October:

Charles John Sanderson, 81. My Dad

Al Martino, 82. Singer (Spanish Eyes); played the Frank Sinatra-type role in The Godfather. Oct. 13.

Lou Albano, 76. Pro wrestler; appeared in Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun video. Oct. 14.

Soupy Sales, 83. Rubber-faced comedian whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on thousands of pies to the face. Oct. 22.

Lou Jacobi, 95. Actor who excelled in comic, dramatic roles (Arthur). Oct. 23.

November:

Edward Woodward, 79. British actor. Nov. 16.

December:

Richard Todd, 90. Acclaimed British actor (The Longest Day). Dec. 3.

Roy E. Disney, 79. Nephew of Walt Disney; exerted strong behind-the-scenes influence on The Walt Disney Co. Dec. 16.

Brittany Murphy, 32. Actress, voice of Luanne Platter on King of the Hill. Dec. 20.

Looking forward for 2009 Sunday, Jan 11 2009 

Last week was my look back at 2008. This week is my look forward for 2009.

I will be adding to the list as the year goes on and expanding on some of the items and checking off what gets done.

Wishes

My parents get through the year with out any medical issues

The Economy Picks Up

To Do’s

Update this Blog at least once a week (vacation time excepted)

Lose weight. At this point not going to tell you what the start weight is or what the target is.

Start the 100 push up program, start date early February

Eat More Healthy and Local

Bike a lot more than last year

Take a lot more photo’s and post them

Plans

Visit Quebec City

Visit Ottawa in the Spring and/or Summer

Go to the Spring Cottage Life Show in Toronto at the end of March

Attend Mondial de la Biere Montreal 2009 in June

Attend the Clearwater Beach Annual Fun Day and General Meeting in September

Stuff I want to get

DSLR this is in the research stage

Get a replacement for my PowerBook G4  it’s over 6 years old and due for an update, it will be an Apple Product

Get a new windows machine not sure if Desk Top or Lap Top

2008 in Review Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

Mixed feelings about 2008

The Good Stuff:

Not laid off yet

Still enjoying living in Montreal

My Dad made it thorough an other year

Made it to the 2008 Clearwater Beach, Ontario Annual Fun Day and caught up with a number of my oldest friends

Reconnected with a number of old friends via Facebook

Made a number of new friends around the world via Plurk, and Twitter

Learned way more about the accounting side SAP than I wanted

Learned more about SAP in general

All the SNOW Montreal had in 2008

The Earl Haig Secondary School 80th Birthday Bash

The Lachine Canal Fold Festival

Flaveurs Bieres et Caprices

The Bad:

One of those few I considered my mentors Garry Enright passed away at the end of July. Garry had been in the Electrical industry for a number of years, @ Chromalox, Square D, Schneider Electric and The OEL.

One of my oldest high school friends lost his dad at the start of December. Bruce my thoughts are still with you

The general economic melt down.

The various “stars” here is my list (I may have missed a few) in date order

Suzanne Pleshette, Barry Morse, Roy Scheider, Jeff Healey, Ivan Dixon, Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Duffy, Dick Martin, Harvey Korman, George Carlin, Estelle Getty, Jerry Reed, Paul Newman, Paul Benedict, Nina Foch, Bettie Page, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Eartha Kitt

The end of the Royal Canadian Air Farce

Learned way more about the accounting side SAP than I wanted

Next Post Plans for 2009

Earl Haig Secondary School 80th Birthday Sunday, Oct 19 2008 

Earl Haig Secondary School just had it’s 80th Birthday Celebration on Oct 10 & 11 2008. Luckly I was planing to be in Toronto that weekend visiting my parents for Thanksgiving.

It was mainly to celebrate the the Claude Watson Program’s 25 Birthday to it was focused mostly around those who had been in the program. But it was also for those who had participated Assemblies, Coffee Houses, School Shows, Musicals, Drama, Dance, Visual Arts, Zoom, Screen Arts, or any other performance.

Contacted my best friend from my Haig days, Bruce Roberts, we both decided to go Saturday Afternoon and meet up. We had not see each other in over 20 years.

I went a little early so I could look around the old hood. Yonge street has changed big time from when I lived around there.

I got to the school early enough to catch the opening ceremony. I was touched by the Peach by Ruth Watson (wife of Claude Watson). The Sculpture by Neda Misaghi was interesting. Bruce showed up about then.

We signed in and bought some EHSS stuff. then when in to the Haig to explore the new building. Our first thing to look for was Cringan Hall auditorium where we had spent a lot of our time on the Lighting Crew. We were even interviewed for the current year book. We meet a couple member of the current lighting crew, who were nice enough to let us poke around and see some of the changes in, to, and around Cringan Hall. Guy’s Bruce and I thank you for bringing us up to date and letting us poke around.

Pictures of our exploration are on my Flickr Account

Did not see/meet any of our teachers or classmates but ran in to an old friend Cory Ferguson (Haig Class of 1973) from Ferguson Audio Engineering. We talk with him about how he and his brother Grant were doing and how the company was doing. Cory told us stories about my father Charlie who was a caretaker/head caretaker from the the 60’s until the 80’s at the Haig.

Earl Haig has a long history in the Sanderson Family, My dad, his brother John and at least one of his sisters went there. When he was working there I would go in on some weekends with him and did a few late night runs with him when one of the alarms went off.

We also ran in to Ken Jones a music teacher from when Bruce and I were there. It was fun hearing what he had been up to since we left.

The new building is nice, and the equipment is very nice, but I still miss the old building. The old building had a lot of history and memories. Bruce and I ever broke down and spent $25.00 each for copies of a limited print of the old building.

I look forward to any reasons to go back and meet old friends.

Official School Site

Wikipedia Entry

Facebook Group

School Song

Earl Haig! Alma Mater!
We raise your banners far and wide
Earl Haig! Every son and daughter
Sings your praise and hails your
Name with pride
Carpe Diem! We’re going to seize the day today
Carpe Diem! We’re aiming high! High! High!
Earl Haig! School of happy memories
Blue and White we’ll proudly fly
Carpe! Carpe! Carpe! Diem! Diem! Diem!