New Facebook & Expanded Twitter

I know that my readers don’t tune in to this weblog to read “meta” blogposts about the blog itself. So I keep those to a bare minimum, and “bundle” such announcements into one such post whenever possible. That’s what I’ve managed to do this time. Astute readers will have noticed the recent accretion of a number of physical changes on this blog’s layout, so now I’d like to point them out – and the additional features and capabilities they make available to you – explicitly.

I’ve had a Twitter-feed associated with this blog for more than a year, but up until recently its function was limited to echoing the titles and (shortened) links to the blogposts. It still does that, but as of a few weeks ago I have also started posting unique Twitter content (the last five “tweets” of which are echoed on the homepage) that fishes from the same broad pool of European non-English-language sources to alert readers to developments for which 140 characters (including link to the original) provides sufficient room for discussion. Such tweets are distinguished by the abbreviation of the information source at their very beginning. Or else the re-tweet source: In something of an analogy to what I do with my regular blogposts, I also often re-tweet news items from other foreign-language Twitter-feeds, discussing them in 140 English characters with original link.

I realize that many of you simply read my blogposts via your RSS reader and so may not be aware of this new Twitter feature; I think that it does offer a new dimension of information, so you should check it out, at least by taking a look at the current last five on the EuroSavant homepage.

Also, I now have a EuroSavant Facebook fan page. You’re encouraged to visit that – just click on the icon towards the top of the right-hand column – especially if you are on Facebook yourself. In particular, this affiliation with Facebook marks a change to my previous policy of not displaying readers’ comments to my blogposts; such comments can now be made when and as you like on the “Wall” of that fan page, and I might even respond. (Direct e-mail is still always welcome.)

In a related development, I have also registered EuroSavant with NetworkedBlogs, an application that enables Facebook users to subscribe to blogs within Facebook itself. Feel free to “follow” EuroSavant to make use of that; you’ll find the widget that provides one way to do so in the right-hand column of the EuroSavant homepage as well (although you’ll need to scroll down; it’s just below that big alphabetical tag cloud).

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