liz_marcs (liz_marcs) wrote,

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LastFM, GreatestJournal, and...VOX

Yikes. I think I'm collecting blogs the way I collect email addresses.

Let me just stress: I am not leaving LJ. This is my main blog and I plan to keep it that way.

It's more a case of locking my name in just in case LJ does something stupid. That, and I'm kind of curious about the big deal over on VOX.

However, if anyone is on the services below, feel free to friend me there.

Anyway, I randomly got an invite to VOX and, despite my misgivings, I weilded it, mostly lock in my LJ name over there before someone else grabs it. Here's my VOX page.

Drop in and friend me if you're there. If you want an invite, I'll get one for you as soon as a I figure out how to do that.

I have to admit, I'm not in love with the VOX interface — it's too clunky and designed for people who have no idea what HTML is, or at least that's the impression that I get — but then again I haven't really explored the service much.

It strikes me as very...unh...MySpace...except it's like MySpace for less technically-savy people.

I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do with the VOX blog, although I might just use it as a shadow blog to this one. It's just a crying shame to me that there isn't some seemless way to do a mass transfer between LJ and VOX and back again of at least the text.

Yes, LastFM has a blog function, which I don't use at all. Mostly, I'm using it for the tracking the tunes I play and paralying that into its awesome "recommendation radio" feature. LastFM has a free service that has been massively upgraded (I need to check into the site more often), as well as a paid level. I'm not in love with the MySpace-like redesign (I honestly don't care about the ALL. NEW. GRAPHIC. OVERLOAD.), but the tools are on this side of awesome-ish.

Honestly, people. This is the best way to keep up with cool new artists that might tickle your fancy. I've got LastFM pretty well trained at this point that my recommendation station (based on my own playlists) and neighborhood radio (based on my and my friends' playlists) does a pretty good job of serving up tunes I like. Then I can always trundle over to the artists' page and check out fans of that artist like. Hint: the They Might Be Giants fans have an awesome station.

You can friend me over on LastFM via my LastFM user page.

Greatest Journal
Also, I've still got the Greatest Journal shadow journal, which is pretty much just sitting there like a shell. I also keep forgetting to transfer posts over there. I think a lot of it is because, for whatever reason, Greatest Journal is sort of like a ghost town. The interactivity there doesn't strike me as all that great. The interace is also older than LJ (in fact, it's old skool LJ back when just about everything on LJ was open source), so it can be just a little bit annoying in that respect.

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