I think the Interwebs are Following me.

by Lori Dwyer on May 26, 2010 · 16 comments


First off, don’t panic. It’s not that you’ve missed the finer details until now. My blog has been re-pimped by the muchly awesome Blog Designs By Sarah. RRSAHM now includes a contact thingie, and a Best Bits page. Huzzah! Here is Sarah’s button. Click it. Follow her. She has… dare I say it… blog design freebies at her place. Go there, steal them, feel OK about it. Double huzzah!!

Meanwhile, Disqus has hit the dust. As I mentioned, I was starting to feel a bit stalked. It’s not Disqus’s fault, really. Disqus just kind of compounded the Interweb heebie jeebies I’ve been getting over here..

Has anyone noticed what’s going on? We could sing a song about it.

The Twitter’s connected to the Disqus
The Disqus’s connected to the FaceBook
The FaceBook’s connected to everything
And everything’s connected to the Google God!

Scary stuff.

Just to clarify here, with the whole Disqus issue because, creepily, the Disqus people may be reading this right now, one friend (hi, Ez) clicked into a post from Twitter and left a comment. Which was then published on Twitter. And Disqus automatically published her full name, because that’s what’s in her Twitter details.

And it seems the Disqus people are helpful. Very helpful. I Tweeted that I was having a few ish-ews installing the program. And Disqus Help found me and Tweeted me back. And then came and left me a test comment. Doo doo doo doo.

Disqus also shows every comment you’ve ever entered on a Disqus comment form. Which is OK, I guess. But I like to comment and forget. I don’t want my comments following me around all the time like little lost Interweb puppy dogs.

So, Disqus is on the ball? You betcha. And a wee bit stalker-ish? Why indeedy yes.

When I connected my Disqus, I decided not to go for the FarceBook LameBook FailBook BookFace FaceBook sign in preference. And, as usually happens, someone wanted it. So I went back to change it. And that’s where things fell apart, really.

Whatever. The point is, I didn’t select the FaceBook sign in doovie (that’s a like a thingie, Yankee Lori, not a joint) to start with because I find it a bit.. well… scary. FaceBook knows enough about me, surely, without needing to know I left a comment here or signed up to a blog network there. Does FaceBook control the Internet these days? Quite frankly, I was more comfortable with the Google God. And, hey, everybody hates FaceBook anyway. It’s a necessary evil.

Again, whatever. We are all connected. FaceBook links to Twitter which links to Disqus which doesn’t link to Google which links to the Windows Live network which links to MSN which links backs to FaceBook which also links to WordPress which links to Google which links to Twitter which links to Yahoo which links to YouTube.

I’m starting to think anonymity and unaccountability on the Interwebs is no longer an option… is it just me? Are there those amongst us who are totally comfortable with Big Google Face Brother?

Oh, and… *ahem*… I have a new Share function at the bottom of my posts, you see. So you can share me on FaceBook, twitter, et cetera and so forth. Click it. Go on. It kind of makes me feel like a Google whore. And a hypocrite. But I’m OK with that.
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Lee-Ann May 29, 2010 at 7:19 am

I really don't like Disqus. As someone who tries to comment, it is just a PITA! Sometimes it doesn't even work so I can't comment. I'm happy with blogger comments and not having to enter all my deets in everytime I try to comment somewhere!


Langdowns May 28, 2010 at 6:16 am

Disqus? I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about which make me think I am a techno-peasant but whatever it is/was I no longer want it, even though I didn't know what it was to begin with. Soooo …. thanks for warning me.


Katt May 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

We're bloggers! Like celebrities we must forgo Anonymity! I don't even feel safe writing entries in Microsoft Word anymore!


lori May 27, 2010 at 1:07 pm

That illustration is hilarious and poignant at the same time! Thanks for clearing up the doovie thing – you Aussies have your strange expressions. yes, it's a little creepy how its all connected.

Tagged you for your thoughts on grumpiness if you're so inclined:


Brenda May 27, 2010 at 11:00 am

Oh Jaysus, you could have at least told me that you all hate Disqus. Excuse me while I cry in my little corner over there.


PS. I love the re-pimped you, btw.


Draft Queen May 27, 2010 at 9:38 am

I keep my real identity and my blogger ID separate and intend to keep it that way. If "real" me could ever be linked back to "blog" me, I can't imagine the ramifications. I do side work in politics. My all out gush fests would ruin me!


Lisa May 27, 2010 at 8:58 am

I just have too many email addresses. On purpose. The only tricky part is remembering which email address I've used for what. Gmail, fb, family, business. I really don't want to stuff up and let fb know what I'm doing on blogs, or let work and family cross paths!


Ez May 27, 2010 at 7:40 am

Phew glad that discus is gone!! Now I can comment freely and not have any creepoids know my full name!!!
Love the pimping too…good job Sarah!


Amy xxoo May 27, 2010 at 7:31 am

Oooh, that is all creepy stalker-ish. Me? I'm not technologically advanced enough to even consider getting Disqus – its good old Blogger commenst box for me!


In Real Life May 27, 2010 at 3:11 am

I am glad that I read this, I was thinking about installing Disqus, because I like the idea that you can reply to a comment that someone leaves on your blog. Hmmmmmmmmmm….


Kristy May 27, 2010 at 1:32 am

Love the pic and your very technical language. Honestly I understand your thingy majiger language much better than actual tech talk.


Wanderlust May 27, 2010 at 1:29 am

I just installed tweetmeme on my blog. You might try that. No really. Go try it. http://www.wanderlustlust.com. Click on a post. Tweet it. Try it!! :-P


Wanderlust May 27, 2010 at 1:28 am

Just tweeted you. But do you know? That I tweeted you? You don't get any notification, do you? (Other than this one, I mean.)


Wanderlust May 27, 2010 at 1:26 am

Oh. THAT share thingy. I have that on my blog too. Why didn't you say so?

And yeah. Disqus creeps me out too. I hate that someone can click on my name and see every comment I've left on everyone else's blog that uses Disqus.


Katie May 27, 2010 at 12:16 am

Ew. Sounds creepy. I personally don't like disqus because It's not compatible with the data plan on my phone (thats what the IT guy told me anyway) so I can't use it.
I do MOST of my blog reading from the phone and well… I hate when I cant comment. (BRENDA, BRENDA AT MUMMY TIME, AND RATZ, AND JODIE..this goes for you! (wow. MEMEMEM much?))
Anyway, glad you are goin' with what works and doesn't creep you out.


Melissa@Suger Coat It May 26, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Haha. So true. I just started using networked blogs and freaked myself out when it auto posted to my and suger coat it's profile. Was like… WAT!?

I will definately be skipping Diqus for now. But please don't tell them. Please. They might hunt me down.


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