November 4th, 2009

buzzed, B&W

The social web

It surprised me today just how many aggregator type services I use.  I've got Google Reader to keep with various websites (121 subscriptions . . . I wonder how many I actually keep up with), my friend feed on LiveJournal (though that's pretty much been usurped by Google Reader). I use to post to my twitter, facebook, myspace, livejournal, and flickr.  I've recently become a huge fan of threadsy to pull my four main email accounts in to one place, and to just watch the ebb and flow of conversations on twitter, facebook, etc. I've got pulling together my bank, stock, and credit accounts (I do tend to use the desktop version of Quicken more, mainly due to being entrenched, but may move to Mint as Quicken consolidates).

The notable aggregator service that I can think of that I do not use would be a meta-blog, such as tumblr or posterous.  The other notable omission from web 2.0 services I use would be social bookmarking, a la delicious (where I have an account, but haven't touched it for quite a while.)

Man I'm a geek.

I heart that there are so many of these meta services.  Some might argue that there are too many, but they really just illustrate how vibrant and diverse the web is.  I like all the various islands, as they each serve certain roles.  All the sites have different roles and specializations, so for me, it's worth having accounts all over the place.  The aggregators and meta-services just make it easier for me to island hop.