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My Google+ is cannibalizing My Twitter

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In my last post, I said Google+ is what you make of it. So far, I’ve created an expanded Twitter. The people I know at some level and the people I follow are drawn almost exclusively from Twitter. A few are also friends on Facebook. My universe of Facebook friends is a hodgepodge collection of real-life friends and co-workers, old classmates, people I friended to interview for stories, people I met on MySpace who switched to Facebook (use your imagination), people I met from other online groups (such as Wonkette commenters), etc. My Google+ crowd is on Twitter, is tech-savvy, and smart. The quality of posting and commenting is very high. These folks also talk a lot about Google+, which I don’t mind, though some are feeling free to post animated cat GIFS and otherwise diversify their voice. I called My Version of Google+ an expanded Twitter because the people I know on Twitter are now being revealed to me beyond the 140-character limit. Especially for people I’m following, such as high-profile entrepreneurs and tech journalists, I am getting access to their thinking that was only available if they had some other outlet and linked to it on Twitter. With all that said, this means that these people are spending less time on Twitter. So my version of Google+ plus is cannibalizing Twitter. Every minute I spend on Google+ is a minute I would have spent scrolling through my fast-paced Twitter stream. I love Twitter and don’t want to hurt it. Xeni Jardin, an editor at Boing Boing, wasn’t so sentimental when she declared: “It’s official. I like G+ more than Twitter now.

The evolution of animated GIFs

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I love good animated GIFs, which are a series of looped images to create a repeating animation. They’ve come a long way from the classic GIFs of the 1990s, such as the “dancing baby.” There are still plenty of crude ones clogging the Intertubes, but a new type of sophisticated GIF has emerged. The Tumblr blog “From Me to You” has some great examples related to fashion and urban scenes from New York City. What makes them elegant is that the image is static except for some small element – wisps of hair, for example, fluttering in a gentle breeze. I found the “Blade Runner” GIF from the Tumblr blog “If we don’t, remember me,” which features GIFs created from movie scenes. You can see a few of my other favorites from that Tumblog after the jump. More