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Random Thoughts


I have a number of Blogs that I maintain dealing with a number of different subjects and things. One of my Blogs is called Random Thoughts and it is really a Blog about many things. Some of the chief subjects covered in the Random Thoughts Blog are various Christian subjects including persecution, my perspective on various issues and so on. The Blog also covers various news items from around the world including various disaster stories, war stories, terrorism, etc.

Visit my Blog at:
http://pbaptist.wordpress.com/

Grou.ps – Free, but Not Really


I haven’t posted for a few days on this Blog. Reason? I have been busy deactivating social networks and deleting information I have stored on the Grou.ps platform. I have also been advising members in these communities to do the same.

I was once an advocate for Grou.ps, despite the many problems that existed there, sure that the service was improving and there was great potential in the platform. Now I feel that I have been betrayed by a platform I defended and pushed. Why do I feel this? The service has decided to go premium – though there is a free option also. However, the free option removes the privacy and moderation that owners of Grou.ps communities were assured of. You can just imagine what will happen with spam and privacy under these circumstances. Added to that, the platform is plagued with performance issues and seemingly full of bugs (at least that has been my experience and that of many others in the support forums).

I will not be supporting Grou.ps and longer and withdraw all of my endorsements of their product. As someone in the support forum said, they don’t mind paying for a service that works. Neither do I, but there is also the issue of the bad taste left in my mouth as a result of the way Grou.ps has ‘betrayed’ their loyal members and users.

http://grou.ps/

Google Books


Google Books have often had a lot of bad press. The bad press has been largely over issues relating to copyright and similar issues. However, as a concept I find the Google Books project to be a tremendous idea, especially making available so many books that are no longer in publication. I have found Google Books to be a tremendously important resource.

See more at:

http://books.google.com/

Facebook: A Few Ideas to Improve Your Facebook Experience


This week I thought I might make my daily posts all about Facebook. I use Facebook as my preferred general social network and know that there are issues that annoy people – I know there are plenty of things about Facebook I can’t stand.

Here is a link to some suggestions that may improve your Facebook experience.

http://www.easytweaks.com/2009/11/20/cool-facebook-tricks-tips/