May 22, 2012

Better Continuity with Facebook and Twitter

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Speed Force has gotten a little more Social. So to speak. We’ve been sending new posts to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Tumblr for a while, but until now the conversations out on those social networks have been completely separate.

Now, you can comment here using your Facebook or Twitter ID, and have the option of sharing your comments there as well.

Better yet, if you reply to a story on our Facebook page, your comment will appear here too…and replies to your comment here will get copied over to Facebook.

One big conversation instead of three separate ones. (Tumblr’s a different sort of beast, and Google+ is on the radar, but not supported yet.)

Think of it as the worlds of Facebook, Twitter and Speed Force comments merging together, only without Pandora or the Anti-Monitor!

As with any big change, there’s the chance that something could go wrong. If you run into something that isn’t working, please let me know, either by commenting here, mentioning @SpeedForceOrg in a tweet, or emailing speedforce - at - pobox - dot - com

June 24, 2011

Social Networking Question: Where would you like to follow Speed Force?

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Speed Force is currently on Facebook, Twitter, and Buzz, and by that I mean that updates are pushed to those sites, and I try to post links and respond to comments on those sites. (Well, Facebook and Twitter, anyway. Buzz has kind of fallen by the wayside, but with roughly 750 followers on Twitter, 600 on Facebook, and 22 on Buzz, it doesn’t seem like there’s much demand. Updates are automatic, though.)

In the interest of making it easy for you to keep up with the site, so I wonder what else is out there that might be worth connecting to the blog. Obviously, there are a lot of sites out there, but one key piece of social media advice has stuck in my head: “What’s the best social network to use? The one you’ll actually keep up with.”

So here’s my question:

If I were to add Speed Force to one more social network, what would you want it to be?


February 1, 2010

Now on Networked Blogs

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Now there are two ways to follow Speed Force on Facebook: through the existing fan page, or through Networked Blogs. There does seem to be a lot of overlap between what Facebook Pages offer and what Networked Blogs offers, but if I have things set up correctly, it will start pulling in new posts automatically.

Update: I’ve also set up two other sites on Networked Blogs. You can also follow my photo blog, Parallel Lines, or my general-topic blog, K-Squared Ramblings.

January 8, 2010

State of the Blog 2010

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It’s been about a year since I last posted one of these things. Speed Force has grown a lot in that time. I’ve tried to have something new on a daily basis, and over a year and a half the site has grown to a total of 824 posts. It’s also expanded past the blog itself, with nearly 3,000 tweets on Twitter @SpeedForceOrg and with a fan page on Facebook.

Speed Force’s audience has grown a lot too, with an average of 989 views per day (up from 469 a year earlier), 220 fans on Facebook, over 400 followers on Twitter…and almost 3,000 comments! Thank you, everyone!

On the downside: I’m kind of stressed out. The Flash is still in limbo after all this time, and while we have an unofficial launch date, DC has continued to change their plans for the character. I’ve also been finding DC’s output more frustrating and less interesting over the past few years, and I don’t want this to turn into a 24/7 rant station.

So here’s what I’m doing to avoid burning out. Read the rest of this entry »

January 5, 2009

Now on Facebook!

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Speed Force now has a Fan page on Facebook. I’m not entirely sure what to do with it, but then I wasn’t sure what to do with Twitter at first, either, and figuring that out as I went along worked out pretty well.

I’m still adjusting things, but I’d like to say hi to the 8 people who have already signed up as fans!

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December 5, 2008

State of the Blog (Dec 2008)

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A couple of notes on recent changes here at Speed Force:

1. You may have noticed a welcome banner appearing from time to time on the site. That’s something I’ve been trying out here and at K-Squared Ramblings, and presents an appropriate message to viewers coming from various search sites and social networks. In theory you should only see it once, or at most once a week, if you allow cookies. It’s powered by the Wp Greet Box plugin, and I go into more detail at K²R.

2. I’ve been trying to balance software speed with download speed, especially for visitors on mobile handsets. I used to run WordPress Mobile Edition, which tries to detect most phones and other small-screen, low-bandwidth devices, but it doesn’t work well with server caching. Since I upgraded to a G1 phone, I’ve been trying out WPTouch, which presents a clean interface on the iPhone and on phones that run the Android browser. If you read this site with a mobile device, please let me know how well it works. I’ll probably be tweaking this some more.

3. I’ve updated to a new version of WordPress. Actually, I’ve jumped the gun a bit by installing the WP 2.7 release candidate. (I’ve also dropped the WP_Identicons plugin in favor of the built-in Identicon support, but it generates different avatars than the plugin did. Sorry if you liked your old one better!)

The new version supports threaded comments, but the theme I’m using isn’t compatible with them. I’ll take a stab at updating it manually this weekend.

Anyway, there may be some wonkiness with the upgrade. If you stumble on something odd, please let me know.

4. Holding steady at #8 on Comic Blog Elite. Or at least I was until today.

5. Can’t believe I missed the six-month mark. Half a year! The downside is that I’ve been somewhat neglecting updates at Flash: Those Who Ride the Lightning in order to keep this going.

6. More social networking coming up. I’ve added the Twitter account SpeedForceOrg, and I’m working on something to tie this into Facebook. (And yeah, I’ve got a backlog of friend requests. Sorry about that.)