I have established a "rickeyrecricket" Google+ page as a companion to my @rickeyrecricket Twitter account.
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It's an unusual name but a great concept. RebelMouse launched recently and I have a cricket-specific page at rebelmouse.com/rickeyrecricket.
RebelMouse can, and has, been described as a visual mix along the lines of Storify, Pinterest and Paper.li all thrown together. Still in beta, but looks very exciting at this stage, so please check out my contribution as, and if, it develops.
That address again: rebelmouse.com/rickeyrecricket.
It's not quite as ground-breaking as my creation of aus.sport.rugby-league seventeen years ago, but I've set up a discussion group for LinkedIn members interested in the NRL and Pertinent League Matters in the Australasia/South Pacific basin.
I launched "Rugby League in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific", to give its descriptive title, because I believe it fills a niche that hasn't been catered for on LinkedIn to date.
In short, Facebook has become, for me, a glorified RSS reader, and little else.
This updates my previous position statement on Facebook posted in June 2010. All the insidious tinkering since then by the House of Zuckerburg makes little difference to the fact that I regard a Facebook profile as a necessary evil to maintain a reluctant frontier.
Will Goog le plus take over its mantle? Don't be evil.
The reasons include delicious' greater flexibility, configurability, wider user base, and (important) the existence of an API. Delicious is owned these days by Yahoo!, while Newsvine is part the new-media extension of old-media behemoths NBC and the Washington Post.
It looked good in theory, it was dreadful in practice. Actually, even in theory it was doomed to failure.
I remain a Facebook user grudgingly. Very grudgingly. It's easy to use, popular - probably the closest thing to a universal "social medium" we have yet seen, almost a replacement for email and instant messaging for some people, and great for group expression. But it has serious privacy issues which are not helped by the constant tinkering by its owners.