The Web is Changing and So is Vagobond. This could be dangerous.
Those of you who know me, know that I’m pretty keen on technology. So much so that my major in college was anthropology and my focus was on electronic anthropology.
Huh? What the heck is electronic anthropology? Well, essentially it’s the study of humans and how they interact with gadgets and electronics. My thesis was focused on how the way we make friendships is changing with the internet and studied how friendships were born in the electronic fan communities of the TV Series Lost.
What does all that have to do with travel? Well – I’ve made a lot of friends through travel and here’s the thing…most of them have been through blogs, social networks, or web 3.0 sites like couchsurfing. So, in a nutshell, I’m a geek and I like to keep my eye on technology.
How does that affect you? First of all, in the next few months I am going to be making a few changes on Vagobond.
First of all- I am going to close down comments. I want to interact with you, but in a more personal environment. So if you like a story and want to comment on it or say something, I want you to come to my Facebook Page, Twitter, Vagobonding, or other social sites (such as Google Plus, YouTube, Posterous, Mlkshk, or StumbleUpon) I know…there’s a lot of them and more to come.
So, comments are going. Also going is the newsletter. I know that all the gurus say that email lists are the way to make money, but you know what? I’m sick of email and checking email. If there is something special happening, I’d much rather tell you on Facebook, Twitter, or at Vagobonding. Email is like sending a letter to a friend in the same town and the social sites are more like having coffee together.
So, comments and Newsletter are going. As to questions and travel advice? Just ask on one of the social networks, though the one I would prefer for this is Vagobonding. Guess what? You can sign up using your facebook account. E-A-S-Y.
Want it even easier? Get the new RockMelt Browser and go social all the time. It’s free and made for the social web.
And that leaves the books. Why in the world am I getting rid of my books? I’m going to tell you the truth here – I can’t tell you. Suffice to say there are some national security issues at stake and it is no longer appropriate or safe for my books to be available to you. I’m pulling the ones I host within the week and the rest of them within a month. There is a possibility for future books, but we will see.
For the moment, I am focused on the social web, electronic anthropology, and making the changes necessary to avoid becoming irrelevant to the future. Now, please go back and join me at all the links I mentioned above. If you have any further social tools, sites, or suggestions to modernize, please let me know so I can join you.
What sites do you recommend?