The current workflow for social media and content sharing sucks from my point of view. I’ve been messing around with my blog again and trying to add, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and all the little bells and whistles for an independent online content creator. As an IT professional who has built private web applications and helped design or architect some websites. My first thought is “this is so fucking horrible”. I feel bad for the people that do this type of work everyday although I’m sure once you get the hang of all the weird workflows you get into the rhythm of things and forget how horrible it truly is. I’m sure the steady paycheck helps to soothe the pain away as well from what I’ve been told.
Those are my initial thoughts. It’s been about a year since I started messing around with Twitter again. I made my first account in 2010 and have deleted a few dormant accounts along the way. I’m not a fan of WordPress which is the industry standard and don’t think Drupal or Joomla are much better from a progress point of view. I made a YouTube account back in June and it took me until now, in December, to figure out how I decided to organize the content. Apparently, YouTube has an “Old Experience” and “New Experience” running simultaneously and since I use multiple devices they didn’t all update to the “New Experience” so I couldn’t find the damn links for what I wanted to do.
It’s all “State of the Art” which means, this is the best we can do for now, so understandable that it is the industry standard for content creation. With all that negativity out of the way. I’m going to continue updating the blog and it looks like I have the workflow figured out for YouTube. Once everything is in place, I should be able to make regular updates and write some programs to fill in the gaps. I suddenly feel pretty lucky that I know how to code properly.
On a similar note, this experience had me reminiscing about AOL, Prodigy Online, CompuServe, Angel Fire, and Geo Cities profiles. Those were the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagrams of the 90s which are pretty much identical from a software architecture point of view. #NoProgress. We didn’t have YouTube because images took about 1 minute to load on dial up so that’s a plus. On the other hand we had T.V. and cinema and the Library of Congress just reported they will no longer archive the World’s tweets because it’s too much data and unmanageable. I do not envy Google after reading that statement and thinking about all the server storage they have to pay for on their free products.
This experience also made me think about technology in general and how I personally think technology, especially for executives, was more advanced in the late 90’s (pre 9/11 and pre iPhone). Nobody would put up with such horrible interfaces. Today, web and smartphone apps feel so “jumpy”, and you practically have to click 75 different links just to post a webpage or adjust the layout on one of your personal (or corporate) web pages.
Most people have an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy and use apps to get things done and for many people their first “smart” phone was one of the two so they have no frame of reference. In my opinion, things have gotten worse since the late 90s. There is a growing minority of people who choose to use a personal assistant and people like Bill Gates or Warren Buffet don’t even own a cell phone by their own admission. I’ve now been smartphone free since mid October and just carry keys to the house and cash or a credit card. Life is so much better and I’m not on call so really don’t need a cell phone. It stays at home where it belongs. I also don’t have to deal with random vibrations in my leg throughout the day and jumpy little apps to see what’s going on somewhere in the internet.
The reasoning that led up to my smartphone free life was that I was always more efficient at my IT work on a computer. I was also only using my phone to check emails and make phone calls. I thought if I could schedule a time to for those I can get rid of my phone. Dropping a month old smartphone in Paris and having to get around by pointing, writing notes and public transport maps convinced me life without a Smartphone isn’t so bad. Now if I could just figure out how to make a living off the Internet, life would be perfect.