Category Archives: Technology

V-log: Initial Impressions of ‘WeKiki’

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Here are some thoughts on the Blab replacement, WeKiki, that is set to get out of alpha release in the next few days.

V-Log: Continued Discussion Of A #UX #UI Update To The Concepts Of Usenet

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Here is a brief run-down of my vision of how Twitter (or a startup) could use the concepts of Usenet and IRC to establish a social media platform that does the same thing Twitter does, only more effectively. Let me start off by saying I know what I am going to describe sounds a lot like Reddit, but I don’t like the UX / UI of Reddit and this concept would work on the assumption that the interface would be a lot better than Reddit’s current one.

Besides having a horrible problem with trolls, a major problem with Twitter is it is nearly impossible to have an effective conversation using it. If you were to use the concepts of Usenet and IRC, that problem would be fixed quite easily. Major difference between what I am proposing and, say, Reddit, is each individual post would be its own webpage in the context of threaded discussion. So, in a sense, I am proposing turning Twitter (or a startup) into a suped up version of the old discussion board systems that people who are ancient like me remember. But I am thinking more of updating Usenet than I am discussion boards.

I know that by having a threaded discussion like what was found on Usenet that you have an extra click, but I think that extra click is worthwhile. And if you cut through the threads by having a feed like Twitter, Facebook and Reddit, then I think that problem is solved. I guess I just like the notion that you would have entire Webpage to make your case. And if you work on that assumption, you need some way of managing the discussion once you hit “post.”

So, in a sense, to the modern social media user, the concept I’m thinking of is kind of a mixture of Reddit, Facebook and Medium.com. They wouldn’t know that I’m actually referencing something significantly older. I originally thought this concept would be for a service that would compete against Facebook, but the more I thought about it, the more I realize what I was doing was re-inventing G+, only with a fatal flaw — the people you put into groups would know the name of the group.

But if you work on the assumption that groups are public, the fact that people would know the name of the group becomes moot. So, in my vision of things, you would have a group started by a New York Times reporter who you would follow. You would see, say, the first 200 words of a post they had written in your feed, then you would click on the title and be able to inline edit what they had written. What’s more, you would also be able to interact with other people in the group using IRC concepts. All of this would be public, unlike Facebook which is in something of a gated community. That’s the aspect of all of this I didn’t quite grasp.

The public nature of this would allow this service to not only do exactly what Twitter does, but at least on desktop, allow for significantly more feature rich advertisements. and you would be able to interact with people in a much more direct manner. All of this would probably have the same problems as Twitter when it comes to trolls, but that is an issue that any service is bound to have.

This is just me idly musing. I can’t code, don’t want to learn and have no money. So, make of this what you will. It is at least somewhat interesting to think about.

Talk To Me Internet: Ilana Glazer, #AR, #VR, #Trump, & #Writing #amwriting

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I talk about a wide range of things in this one, from Ilana Glazer of Broad City tweeting to me, essentially, to “shut up and write,” to Donald Trump losing his sense of humor over the years, to AR and VR to me continuing to work on the outline of my novel. I also talk some about the difference in novel communities and #screenplay communities. In general this one is pretty god and worth watching.

Talk To Me Internet: My Hot Take On The #BLMKidnapping On Facebook Live

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I am very upset with the video that was done on Facebook Live recently and this is my hot take on that subject, along with some discussion of the novel I am working on. This was is pretty good. Could be better, but it’s pretty good.

Talk To Me Internet — Tech Talk, Broad City & ROKon Magazine & Visiting #SEA

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

This one is really long at 30 minutes, but it’s worth watching. At least I think so. I go into great length about various things happening in my life right now.

Talk To Me Internet — The #Queen Being Sick & Mulling Getting An Iphone

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

This one is just as rambling as usual. But I talk at great length about the Queen being sick and as well as my quest to get a new Iphone, even though I’m flat broke. We’ll see where that goes. It probably won’t happen, but it’s fun to daydream about.

Talk To Me Internet — Talk About #Writing A #Novel #amwriting

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I spend most of my time on this Talk To Me Internet talking about working on a novel. I continue to work on telling the story of ROKon Magazine. It must be special since it happened about 10 years ago and I still am thinking about it. At least, that’s the thinking.