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Multiply vs. /.

Ethelred Unraed (32954) writes | more than 7 years ago

User Journal 14

The JE title is deliberately misleading. ;-)

I'm not going to try and provoke a flamewar over the two sites -- if anything I'm thinking about how to link them.

The JE title is deliberately misleading. ;-)

I'm not going to try and provoke a flamewar over the two sites -- if anything I'm thinking about how to link them.

A thought occurred to me. Since there are a number of people who have said they can't or won't make the move to Multiply, I could hack up an RSS feed reader to put their JE headlines on the group's central page over there. I already did that for the /. front page over there, and it works more or less; I could set up a fake user here to friend those who won't be coming along so the /my/amigos RSS feed would pipe in their JEs to the Multiply group's page.

A few people have contacted Multiply to get full RSS support over there, so my hack shouldn't be necessary after a while (hopefully). And for that matter maybe /. will at some point support RSS feeds from elsewhere, in which case the Multiply group's feed could show up here.

The point being that this could actually keep the group from splitting. Indeed it could actually make it potentially get huge -- as it is the level of activity on Multiply from those who've moved is pretty striking...

Whaddy'all say?

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I'm bound to /. :( (1)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#18029488)


... because someone already snagged "grub" on multiply. Yeah, I'm there as "grieder" but it ain't the same.

This Whole Web 2.0 Thingy... (1)

eno2001 (527078) | more than 7 years ago | (#18029936)

I've been leary of many of the "social" websites mainly because I don't trust anyone with data that I might consider valuable later. Will they suddenly own all the rights to it? Will they lose it and never retrieve it for me? Etc... However, I'm also really trying to look for new avenues to actually meeting/interacting and socializing with people of like minds. So, I'm having to admit that maybe this is the way to do it. Way back, I intended to write something of my own to put up my own blog and then somehow link it to many other popular sites. But I don't have the time I used to have, so I suspect I'll be going the route of a CMS (blech) and maybe Gallery for my photos and video. With all that said, maybe Ethelraed or one of his subjects could enlighten me as to why I might be wrong in this line of thinking??? And more importantly, what does Multiply offer me that something like MySpace doesn't (besides the relative peace and quiet of not hob-knobbing with everyone under the sun)?

Re:This Whole Web 2.0 Thingy... (1)

Randle_Revar (229304) | more than 7 years ago | (#18031020)

I've been leary of many of the "social" websites mainly because I don't trust anyone with data that I might consider valuable later. Will they suddenly own all the rights to it? Will they lose it and never retrieve it for me? Etc...

http://multiply.com/info/privacy [multiply.com]
http://multiply.com/info/tos [multiply.com]

a fun bit from the TOS:

By posting Content to any public area of Multiply, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to Multiply an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully paid, worldwide license to use, copy, perform, display, distribute and to prepare derivative works of such Content within the Service, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.

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And more importantly, what does Multiply offer me that something like MySpace doesn't (besides the relative peace and quiet of not hob-knobbing with everyone under the sun)?


MySpace itself is pretty horrible (and it is not really Web 2.0, at least in the sense of AJAX, APIs and sharing data). I consider the interface to be very bad, the features to be lacking, and the code is ColdFusion + .NET + some third-party state framework, which doesn't sound like a great combo to me.

Compared to Social sites other than MySpace... Multiply doesn't seem to me to be all that different, except that a fair chunk of the Journal Circle is there.

Re:This Whole Web 2.0 Thingy... (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 7 years ago | (#18048096)

And of course, there's Orkut.

Requests (1)

johndiii (229824) | more than 7 years ago | (#18030040)

  1. A cross-index of the users who have Multiply IDs different from their Slashdot IDs.
  2. Please don't aggregate my journal entries. I think that I'm going to pursue a function divide of my activities (as Sol appears to be doing), and I will post the appropriate things over there. I'm not sure that it will be workable in the long run, but it seems to be the best solution for trying to stay involved with the group.

Sam mentioned setting up a proxy so that those of us blocked at work can get to Multiply. It may work for others, but using a proxy to access blocked sites here is frowned upon. It's not something that I want to appear in the logs.

Re:Requests (1)

Red Warrior (637634) | more than 7 years ago | (#18031228)

With John on #2 above (not that I expect to do a lot of /. posting in the future). And with the fun guy's assumption below.

I rather think some of that activity is due to the very fact that it is NOT the dot, and the trolls are missing (not counting one of the admins of the refuge :-P). That and the fact that multiply pops entries that have new replies to the top of the que, so you have an indication of activity in a thread.

As for #1, see Em's JE [slashdot.org] .

Re:Requests (1)

Ethelred Unraed (32954) | more than 7 years ago | (#18031954)

Moi? A troll?

/me puts his hand on the lever

Cheers,

Ethelred

Re:Requests (1)

SolemnDragon (593956) | more than 7 years ago | (#18040976)

agreed, i'd like exemption from aggregation, and don't intend to have my posts on both sites. I'm peeking at conversations on multiply now and again, but it makes it a lot easier to separate the stuff i value and the stuff i don't. Hint: Most of it, i don't read.

After a certain level- 40 people? it all becomes noise.

Re:Requests (1)

Red Warrior (637634) | more than 7 years ago | (#18041752)

I read that "level- 40" and was thinking "soon".
WoW :-)

Re:Requests (1)

SolemnDragon (593956) | more than 7 years ago | (#18043728)

I pitched a fit the other day when the "bookworm" word game I was playing didn't accept "crit" as a real word.

To his eternal credit, Blinder didn't laugh out loud until I also tried, "murloc."

population preselection (1)

The Fun Guy (21791) | more than 7 years ago | (#18030208)

the level of activity on Multiply from those who've moved is pretty striking...

Does this mean that Multiply is an environment which is better at facilitating social interactions, or is it an indication that the sort of people who are interested and willing to move represent that subset of the /. population that most interested in socializing?

If the former, then linking /. and Multiply would increase the interactions by drawing the two populations together. If the latter, then linking back to /. to get an auto RSS of what's going on here when you spend most of your time there wouldn't add anything, since the people that do a lot of socializing are already there.

It would be like maintaining a subscription to your hometown newspaper after you've moved away. Nice for nostalgia, but otherwise serves no real purpose. ("Remember when we were all on Slashdot?" "Yeah, with its clunky old 'journal' system!")

I'm No Blogger (1)

Real World Stuff (561780) | more than 7 years ago | (#18032534)

Main page articles are main course...
Journals are dessert.

And I rarely read comments in either.

'Sides my multiply is not at all associated with RWS...where's the fun in that? :D

Re:I'm No Blogger (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 7 years ago | (#18033702)

Get out of my head. 'Cept for the comments part - that's usually the cherry on top.

I say (1)

lab16 (416283) | more than 7 years ago | (#18045332)

Yay. No, wait, Nay. No, thats not right either... what was the question? I vote for a recount!
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