Connecting People to Information

Connect with Information

See also Connecting people to people

A bit of history...

When I (WizarDave) first saw the Internet back in '95,

People used to gather on the front porch

  • sharing stories with family and friends

But people became scattered

  • making it difficult to gather on a front porch.
    • The Internet was a way for scattered people to gather
      • A Virtual Front Porch.

We put together a site,

  • found some good chat programs.
    • Started connecting people to people
      • Anyone remember PowWow?

We tinkered a bit with World's Easiest Home Page (WEHP)

Email connected people to people.

  • It was FREE
    • send letters to one or all of your family
      • Create mailing lists
  • Does anyone still communicate with email?
    • 99.9% of my email is commercial or trade connected.
      • I very seldom get an email from a friend or family.

We put up a Bulletin Board on JESUSaves

  • and it really took off.
    • People from all over the world
      • Sharing information about being a Christian.
    • Some really great fellowship
  • and learning about other denominations.

We got several million page views

  • 3-5,000 unique visitors a day

As with all things,

  • The old gets replaced with the new.
    • Myspace lost out to
      • Facebook

Virtual Front Porch vs Facebook

Facebook has arguably been the best way for people to connect with people for a few years now.

  • See Fed Up With Facebook
  • But it's not a perfect platform.
    • Privacy concerns
    • Concerns the government is spying on us through it
      • Even experimenting with it to see if they could alter your mood. Yes they could make you depressed by showing certain news in your timeline. And you passed it on to your friends and family.
  • You don't have much control.
    • Your posts show up willy nilly to your friends.
      • You cannot organize your info as you want it.
    • Facebook can choose to not allow you to share certain info.
      • YouTubes and posts they don't want shared disappear from your timelime
      • Reminds me of George Orwell's 1984
    • Sometimes they change the whole layout.
      • You have no choice but to accept the changes if you want to keep using the platform.
  • AND it is not a good way to Connect people to information.
    • There just isn't a good way to pass along information
      • It's there and then it's gone.
  • See Virtual Front Porch vs Facebook
    • Admittedly, Facebook is currently in the lead with several billion users.
  •  Prediction
    • The Virtual Front Porch will replace Facebook as the goto site to connect people to information.
      • Mainly because Facebook is only interested in you to make money by selling ad space to companies who want to know all your personal habits and information.
      • Partly because they are a poor platform to connect people to information.
      • People will wake up to the intrusions into their personal life from web sites like Facebook.

Blogs like WordPress became a popular way for people to share information.

  • Again one of the main problems with blogs, is it delivers your info as posted.
    • Not really any good way to organize your info.
  • We have blogs available here
    • VFP Blogs

I propose the Virtual Front Porch can become the goto way for people to connect.

  • You will still use your cell phone...
  • You can create your own set of pages about you
    • Share as much or little information as you want public.
      • Organize however you want.
  • Have a main user page.
  • YOUR very own WWW Virtual Front Porch.
  • You can link to other pages from there
    • Hobby pages where you and others share information.
      • Your family.
  • Connect pictures
    • Upload here
      • or link to wherever you have your pics stored.
      • Like Picasa
  • Attach any type of file to your page(s).
    • Maybe you have a document about your family with pics.
      • Maybe you want to show off your writing abilities.

Your Friends and Family can subscribe to your page(s)

  • and be notified when you update something.
    • Kind of like following someone on Facebook, only better...

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