Recently, I lamented about the ending of the Foodspotting App in a post that can be found HERE. I loved it at first since it was easy to use and help broadcast that which I was eating but over the most recent months it seemed like it was falling to the wayside. I’d learn that it was because it was heading towards its end thanks to a purchase by OpenTable and now its time to move on.
This post is to introduce our readers to an app that was learned about while trying to get all of our photos back from Foodspotting but more on that later. Foodies of the world, behold “EATELLIA” – a Social Network that appears to keep it simple and functional which is a win, win idea in my book. Take a look at my profile down below.
So while you see there are some “700” or so photos in the profile, I’ve only been using Eatellia for a few days. I was able to still import almost all of my Foodspotting images into this account. Sadly, I think the window for that kind of old Foodspotting integration is closed but you can try. Speaking frankly, I am quite disappointed in the lack of communication from OpenTable to the Foodspotting user community about their accounts and images. With the technology available today, the means to access ones images and perhaps move onto a brand-new OT account should have been communicated. The failure to do so makes me feel that my personal information was just purchased by yet another medium and I will be making sure that there is no trace of me on OT for the time being. It’s not a network I think that I need but I digress.
So far Eatellia is a fun app for me to use and since I don’t really like posting food images on Instagram and pretty much abhor the use of Facebook for anything other than feeds to “The Chronicles” or PiercingMetal.com, think I will be continuing to utilize it. If I’m able to secure my press credentials for the Summer Fancy Food Show this year, you can count on my loading the account up with photos like you might recall seeing HERE. If you consider yourself a proper Foodie, then take that stuff off of the other socials and make them stand with something new. I’ve got their link down below for you to examine along with ones for both Yelp and OpenTable – the first so you can provide some value to the mix and the second to try and reclaim your Foodspotting stuff.
Though it was never really my intention, I pretty much became a Foodie once I learned of the Foodspotting app and added its use to my regular contributions to the Yelp community. I had fallen behind in my submissions there based on life demands but when I logged in recently to catch up I learned the sad news about the app being shut down. Here is the official scoop on the matter.
“As you know, OpenTable acquired Foodspotting in 2013, not only for its amazing content, but also for its incredibly loyal and engaged community. Since then, you’ve been instrumental in how friends and experts alike discover the best dishes across the world, and for that, we just want to say thank you. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. After much deliberation, we have chosen to discontinue the Foodspotting app and website in early May. If you’d like to keep all the photos you’ve captured over the years, we encourage everyone to take this opportunity to download your content. Click HERE for details”
What a shame right? Another Social Network bites the dust. I’ll miss this one quite a bit as I’ve been using it since I first chanced upon their booth at the NY Comic Con way back in 2011. I found it odd that they were pitching attendees of the massive geek event but despite that I thought they were interesting and I signed up. Fortunately, I snagged a couple of screenshots of my profile to forever remember my account status.
I also secured some expert level status based on certain contributions. There were a lot more than these based on the account but no real easy way to showcase them outside of the top four. Beer was one of them as was french fries but I am so trying to do less of that at this stage in my life. The pounds no longer go away just by will anymore. Sigh.
Since I began penning this notice, I learned that a new app has risen up to take the place of Foodspotting and this one is called Eatellia. Just click the name to be brought to their site. According to what one user posted on the Foodspotting Facebook Page, one can import all of their Foodspotting images into this app but I don’t see how that can be done now that Foodspotting isn’t even opening up on the mobile device or website. Goodbye Foodspotting, I really enjoyed your network and sharing foodie visuals with those who chose to enjoy them along with me. Hopefully this new Eatellia app will amount to something and I’m game to try it out since I really don’t like posting endless images to my personal Facebook Page. Since the Foodspotting app isn’t even responding anymore and the weblink brings you to OpenTable.com it’s safe to say that its a done deal. My use since 2011 finds me thinking that I was a very early adopter of this network and its pretty impressive to find it lasting almost eight years considering how quickly peoples attention span drifts. Closing up I’ve linked several of the socials that I am regularly posting on so by all means come “Like” or “Follow” us on them. The more the merrier I always say.
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It’s been a pretty long while since I’ve had the chance to discuss a brand-new Social Network and how I might employ it here with you readers but for the last couple of days I’ve been seeing my friends share the details about their now being on a community called “VERO”. My curiosity made me look into it and I’ve culled its overall premise below the logo for those who are on the same page as I am.
“Smarter social – Vero is a social network for anyone who loves anything enough to share it – and wants control over who they share it with. Just like we do in real life.”
As you can see, I even created a profile and am not sure how I will be using it. My main goal was just to lock out my own ID on the thing and with a few friends doing it like I have already mentioned, I figured why not play along. I think the plan will be to allow followers to see what I feel like sharing and only accepting those in my real life world as connections. For the last few months that has been how my personal profile on Facebook has rolled as if I don’t know you at all I am not adding you into my mix. New readers to The Chronicles might not know about this but way back when, I did a series of posts about this kind of stuff on my PiercingMetal website. I did this since so many of these networks were needed to maintain a brand presence and if you are curious about that little bit of social networking history you can click on THIS LINK.
The creation of my Vero account was free but I’ve read that this is only for the first 1,000,000 accounts. It will then move to a paid model and one has to wonder if anyone will jump on board with the need to pay to use it. I remember using NING when it was free and once it became a pay to use item it was vamoose for a lot of us. I’m not sure what will come of this new social network and if it will be a success at all. So far I’ve found it to be a very slow performing app and I don’t like that I only can use it on the mobile devices. Also, I don’t see any means of moderating my account on the PC via the web which I personally find very annoying since I am constantly on the system doing development. If it fails, they have all of our emails and mobile device numbers which will likely be sold off and that sucks because I already get too much junk and cold calls. At the point of this writing I can say that so many social networks have gone by the wayside. Stuff like MySpace though still online, no one uses anymore and others like Orkut, Friendster (the original) and so many more are just gone. I’ve deleted my accounts on MySpace and some others as they didn’t bring PiercingMetal or The Chronicles any traffic. Going forward the social networking summaries will be here on The Chronicles but I think I’ve mentioned that a couple of times already. In the off chance that something is 100% focused on PiercingMetal.com then I might talk about it over there. Only time will tell. Have you tried this app yet? What do you think? Let me know down in the comments section below.
Official Website: https://www.vero.co/
As 2017 steamrolls faster and faster towards its close, I was alerted to the news that my “Year In Review” for 2017 was available on Swarm. This is the application that I use for Check In’s at the vast and varied locations that I go to during the course of the given day. Since I love sharing this kind of stuff on The Chronicles let’s see what they tallied up for me based on my use of the app.
Hmm. “518” check-ins is a lot lower than my 2016 tally of “622” but in my defense, I didn’t always remember to open the app and there were some places that I couldn’t make it work no matter how hard I tried. Those efforts were the most annoying and helped make my statistics lower. Bah.
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Today is the day my friends in the cyber realms, for AOL’s Instant Messenger aka “AIM” is signing off for the final time. It first launched in May of 1997 and was in my opinion was pretty awesome for quite some time. Younger readers might not really remember it since texting and Facebook Messenger seem to rule the world of online chatter nowadays but back in the nineties this was initially all that you had.
Way back in the bygone days, my AOL account was set up with the KMPIERCE1 profile since I could not get KENPIERCE and believe me that was so annoying. Eventually they allowed for longer Screen Names so I was able to secure KENNYPIERCE before another version of me could snag it. In AIM you would organize your real life friends and the online ones into groups that made the most sense for you and I recall having one for musicians, family and even the occasional co-worker. As time went on and other services got into the mix, AIM would have competition from MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and even this thing called ICQ. To use any of these you needed their own software client and all of this was used via a dial-up modem. My how the times have changed.
Eventually software such as Trillian allowed users to load ALL of their respective online profiles into a single client and this was super helpful. You didn’t need four different applications running at the same time and instead could just use the one. I would use Trillian for years to access my AIM buddy list and the rest. Of course, speaking frankly, I haven’t used many of my old screen names for a number of years because those I wanted to “speak” to via the computer I would just email or text if I knew them good enough. With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat dominating the way that everyone is interacting, there didn’t seem much sense in keeping up with it anymore. MSN Messenger would get replaced by Skype which I NEVER use and Yahoo Messenger is only functional on the web instead of a client and I deleted the ICQ account in total a few months ago during a purge of extraneous online items. I’ve read that your AIM Email address will still function but your Buddy List, Images and Chats will be gone (unless you had the setting enabled to save them for the last option) so hopefully those of you who were still using the service took some action. If you didn’t its ciao ciao.
Closing up I have to say that I did enjoy using AIM for the time that I did. Thanks to some topical chat rooms, I even kept a cabal of online friends who I would have never met in the real world and even so many years later some of them still touch base with me once in awhile which is nice. It feels like forever ago since I heard the dial-up strains to connect and the words “You’ve Got Mail” when there was something in my In-Box but like my Father always says “the only constant is change”. Thanks AOL for giving us AIM and letting us connect to worlds that were not as easy to reach back then. I hope all of the folks on my original Buddy List are well, and should any wish to catch up, I am easily found thanks to the websites. Now its time to click the sign-off icon and say “Goodbye”. Twenty years is a great run for sure.
Official Wiki Entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIM_(software)