A couple of days ago I switched over comments (more comment enhancements to come soon!), meaning the ability to login via social networks was removed. I won’t go into details about why I did this (It used an iframe – not good for performance!). Admittedly since doing this spam has increased… but it’s being caught by the spam filter, and I’d rather that than a slow loading page seeing as it’s only me that sees them.
However, this brings me to my point, polls make for brilliant user feedback (thought my last poll wasn’t exactly a success with results…)! So I want to know, for those that do comment (or even those that don’t) would you like to see the return of the social login for the comments?
Would you like to use social networks to comment?
- No, I'm fine manually typing in my details (67%, 2 Votes)
- Yes, it makes it so much easier! (33%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 3
Some of you may have read my previous post “The Price of a Share” (if not, then why not read it now?).
In response to that post, I’ve decided to run a poll, for your views on the sharing buttons. I’m running the poll on this site because it attracts more visitors (and this blog is set up for polls). In reply to the question “Why are there two “keep” options?” It just helps me gain an understanding of who does/doesn’t use them – don’t worry, it’s all anonymous!
What Should Happen With The Share Buttons?
- Keep them, I don't use them, but think they fit with a blog (100%, 2 Votes)
- Remove them, they're not used and add to loading time. (0%, 0 Votes)
- Keep them, I use them and make it easier to share posts (0%, 0 Votes)
- Other (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 2
When it comes to social networks, we all have a different view to them. Some people see them as a way to connect with new people and stay in contact with existing friends, they’re even used to re-connect with old friends. Some just use them to keep in contact with family, some have them just to have them “follow the crowd” type of thing. Others use it just to simply pass the time away. There’s many of them, used in many ways…
Although there is one particular use of it that annoys me in particular. The use of them to become popular. This has been something that has been annoying me for a while now, people re-posting the same updates, images etc. that someone else has in order to gain popularity – and a lot of the time it works. It’s not just on one social network either, I’ve seen it on multiple social networks. But still, each to their own, if that’s what people wish to use it for, then do so. It’s just an annoyance of mine.
The thing is, there’s so many of them how do you use them all, or which one do you choose over others? I suppose that really depends on what you want to use the social network for, whether it be connecting with friends or new people – like I said, there’s many, many ways to use different ones.
But that brings me to my question, which social network(s) do you use and why do you use them, or is there a particular reason you use one over another? – The popularity of it?
Do let me know your thoughts!
What's Your Preferred Social Network?
- Twitter (80%, 4 Votes)
- Tumblr (20%, 1 Votes)
- Facebook (0%, 0 Votes)
- Google+ (0%, 0 Votes)
- Linked In (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 5
Just a very quick post, one of which is commonly posted on the support site, however seeing as this update effects all users (who comment). I was even polite enough to post on day which I normally wouldn’t, so you do not lose a post to some tech talk!
I’ve introduced a new comment system today called “Livefyre”, I was reluctant to it at first but after hearing multiple strong reviews about it I decided to check it out myself. Unfortunately, for some I do not think this comment system supports “anonymous” commenting, however that been said it does also help to clamp down on spammers.
Livefyre supports multiple logins such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn or OpenID. There are also some strong features such as tagging your Facebook and Twitter friends and sending the comment back to one or more of the services simultaneously – which is an imrpovement to the old system.
The comments made by the previous system have been transported across to the new system, however avatars have been lost for those who signed in via Facebook and Twitter previously. You’ll also be happy to hear the Livefyre has support for mobile devices, so you can continue the conversation on your phone too!
More information about Livefyre can be found on their website. You can use this post to test out the new comment system and perhaps take part in the poll too, letting me know what you think to the new comment system.
What Do You Think To Livefyre Comments?
- Pretty sweet. Keep them! (71%, 5 Votes)
- Not a fan. Revert back please (29%, 2 Votes)
- Not too sure. I'll let the others decide (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 7
I mentioned previously and very briefly that I was going to be changing themes well as you can see, I did. Why? Because I felt like a change, the old one was old (HTML4), slow loading, too dark, and I just began to grow old of it. To be fair, it wasn’t really “me” anyway. I’m not really into complexity or arty things, I prefer things simple – like this new theme. Yes, I could have just chosen a standard plain theme but I thought this paper effect (only available in certain browsers) added a more blogger style to it, I write down on my blog my thoughts, views and emotions, so the paper symbolises the paper in which I write them. Still with me here?
So anyway, I can admit, some of you might not like the new theme – or for some of you it may not be displayed correctly. Well, I have a fix for that you can change between the old and new themes simply via the bottom of the page. (See images below). Once you’ve changed themes you will keep that theme for 30 days, in which case you will be reverted back to the new one, but, you should be able to change back again. (I had to put an expiry date). If all that was a little too complicated, if you want the old them back then click here (for those who clicked that link and didn’t want the old theme, click here).
There’s also a few different methods to sharing, and some new sharing buttons too! These new buttons are not official buttons, however they should load faster than what the old buttons did. Unfortunately I could not find a way to “create your own” like button, so I had to use Facebook’s official button for that one still. There’s also the new horizontal navigation which some of you may have noticed above, I’ve combined some too such as the apps, and contact pages so it’s not as clogged up as it was on the old site.
So what do you think to the new theme? Comments are appreciated!
What Do You Think To The New Theme?
- I'm Not Too Sure (50%, 3 Votes)
- It's Awesome! Keep It (17%, 1 Votes)
- Switch Back To The Old One (17%, 1 Votes)
- I'm Just Happy You Can Switch Back (17%, 1 Votes)
- Yeah, I Like It (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 6
It wasn’t until after I posted yesterday and checked my social network feeds that it was Easter Sunday, what a thing to forget eh? I guess it’s like forgetting Christmas, except that’s the same date every year, whereas Easter is the same day(s). I thought, seeing as today is Easter Monday I would write a little bit about Easter, which will then lead into a two-parter to be concluded on Wednesday.
Yesterday (Sunday) I saw a quite a few people complain about how Easter was
shit, rubbish, or a “rubbish excuse for a holiday”. I thought to myself, is it really “just an excuse” or has it lost it’s meaning over the years? Do we see Easter now as a time for buying people chocolate eggs, or the death resurrection of Jesus? Is all the technology we have in our life now, smartphones, tablets, laptops, pushing us away from Religious events (such as Christmas and Easter) towards a more scientific approach to life, or are our “youngsters” not being taught enough about Religion? I know Religion was cancelled as an option at my school because not enough people chose it in their final years.
So let me know your opinions on the subject to be concluded on Wednesday.
What're your views on Religion?
- Religion is dying out (67%, 2 Votes)
- Kid's are not taught enough about Religion (33%, 1 Votes)
- Religion is still a strong belief (0%, 0 Votes)
- Other (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 3
You know, I found today’s post quite hard to title. (Is “title” an official term to use in that sense?). I named it “I’m Going Through Changes” because of the song by the Osbourne’s, however, I do feel it a little be too drastic. But it seems to fit the content.
So, yesterday, I said I would “reveal” the poll results today – and discuss them, well the results are as shown below.
What Day(s) Shall I Blog? [April Only]
- Tuesday (80%, 4 Votes)
- Sunday (80%, 4 Votes)
- Thursday (60%, 3 Votes)
- Friday (60%, 3 Votes)
- Saturday (60%, 3 Votes)
- Monday (40%, 2 Votes)
- Wednesday (40%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 5
So with that in mind, I guess I can say I’m not going to blog on Monday or Wednesday’s, but I will every other day. – Originally I was only going to take the top results, which would have been Tuesday and Sunday, but I felt that two days a week was too little – at least for me anyway.
Going Through Changes – Eminem