2012-11-15

Joining Everything

My apprenticeship is rapidly nearing its end, so over the last few months I joined pretty much every social network kind of thing I've come across. It's not that I really expect anything to come out of just having a profile on whathaveyou.com, but you never know, right? Besides, it's effort-less and free and all that.

So, here's some first-impression "review" kind of thing for the sites I have a profile on. It's also a reminder for myself, because I keep forgetting where I clicked that "register" link again...

coderwall - I don't know what it is, but it's fun connecting the thing to your github account and reading through the achievements. I even got two "api design" achievements because a lot of people forked the couple of lines of C I wrote some time ago. So, the badges alone might not be the greatest indicator for programming ability, but it sure is nice to look at.

Xing - Like linkedin, but more successful than that in Germany. Facebook for adults. Stupid, but occasionally funny how everyone tries to act "professional". It's not my kind of place, but I do sometimes get recruiting messages. As of now, they all looked like spam to me, though.

linkedin - Like Xing, but less successful than that in Germany.

Facebook - A stupid site full of ads that rarely works at all. You might have heard about it.

Google+ - A much quieter, but also much more intelligent place (depending on who's in your circles of course). Annoyingly feature-less for the width of technical discussions that happen on it (no threaded comments, not possible to display code verbatim, etc.).

Twitter - No idea what that is for. I have an account, because... I don't know really. I have another account where I had a bot post some markov-chain stuff some time ago, but that's dead, too. I hate their website, and their stupid URL-shortener and all the other stupid ideas they come up with.

stackoverflow - A good resource, but I generally dislike the community.

reddit - Not a good resource, but I do like the community.

hacker news - Sometimes a good resources, sometimes not. The people there are knowledgeable and friendly at times, but sometimes they're neither. Much smaller than reddit, which is mostly good - but larger than /r/programming, which is mostly bad.

Github - The best source code sharing site around. Not all that good for wikis or issue tracking, but then again neither is Google Code or Launchpad or CodePlex.

CodePlex - Microsoft's Github clone. Nice to look at but slow as molasses. I only joined that one for a school project.

Koding - A slow, personal VM accessed via a slow in-browser terminal. I've obviously signed up for the beta some time ago, because I received an invite last month or so. I haven't really tried do anything real with it, but the concept seems nice. In a "that's so stupid it's cool again" way.

OpenShift - Red Hat's free open source cloud thingy. I signed up because was free and then realized that I didn't know what to do with it. You do get a full red hat linux system, though, so that's nice.

That would be it, though I'm sure I forgot some. I probably hit that "register" button far too often...



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