This is a rant. If you’re in no mood to hear it, please click here to go somewhere else today. I’ve been genuinely pleased with the modest success of my beta release of Walking Down The Avenue. More than 70 people have downloaded a copy already, and all of the feedback I’ve received has been positive. I am working on adding additional material for the 1.0 release, which I am not in any hurry to rush out.
As previously mentioned, I have not been enjoying Google + very much. Due to Google’s restrictions and profile requirements I find that I am now using THREE separate Google accounts– and while it is possible to get two of them going at the same time in separate browsers, I literally have to log out of my e-mail to use G+ or to post to this blog. #IAmSONotAHappyCamper. And the G+ feature that everyone seems SO excited about is a complete non-starter to me– the group video chat thing appeals to me not at all. I am severely hearing impaired and web video chat does not work for me. Period. Paragraph. Page Break. I can watch tv or movies by relying on the closed captions. In person I can sometimes read lips and interpret expression and body language— though this can be hit or miss, particularly with people I don’t know well. Honestly, even my spouse sitting five feet away from knows to type me an IM if we Really need to Talk. G+ sure doesn’t look like a Facebook killer to me, at least not in this early iteration.
All of which is by saying that I continue to do most of my socializing in Facebook groups. It appears that Empire Avenue is Not going to be adding FB groups to EAv scores any time soon: they seem to be focusing on improving the discussion boards in the Empire Avenue communities and trying to lure the discussions in house. Unfortunately I don’t believe I’m alone in feeling they are a long way in terms of both ubiquity and user interface from making much progress towards this goal. I know from my 20 years online that change, often drastic change, is the only constant in any online community. And it really saddened me today to see that a community I had really enjoyed seems to have become Way too spammish for me to enjoy. The rule has always been that Buy Me spam is strongly discouraged but members are allowed to celebrate “significant game milestones”. I know that everyone has a slightly–very different experience of Empire Avenue. The more active you already are on the connected social networks the more rapidly your price will rise, and your dividends may well keep up.
I am experienced on social media, though I’ve never really tried to be “most popular” and after more than three months in the game, I seem to be seriously plateauing at 80. I have gotten as high as 82 but today am back down to 80. After a heavy day of active social media, I’ll probably go up again tomorrow but I am reaching the limits of how much social media I’m willing to Do and am beginning to wonder if I will have to come to grips with being an 80 dollar stock that just isn’t going to go on to become a centurion. (At least not without a lot of help from my friends.) And in all this time, I think I have Once posted a buy me-ish type spam to One group, when my shares were going for 42 and I made a Hichiker’s reference. So this gorilla icon guy, whom I haven’t met and don’t know posted the _n_th Buy Me spam thread (I saw at least 6 buy me or single player recommendation threads, both of which are supposed to be against the rules) before the gorilla guy’s post prompted me to ask if the rules had changed.
Gorilla guy (whom I’ve blocked, thanks) took offense and told me to sell him or whatever. No need, never bought. Like I said the guy posting was a stranger to me. Who seems to be a good bit newer in the game than I am. Who posted a thread and got tons of replies about his big push from 77 to 80. Whatever. (I firmly believe that it is quite impossible to be friends with everyone; the ability to civilly ignore people you don’t wish to engage is the most useful online social skill imho.) But then one of the groups moderators posted, not to trash the guy for spamming, but to assure me that I am a valued group member too and would be more than welcome to share my significant game milestones too. Oh—–kay. The problem is if now 600 people are allowed to spam any particular price milestone they choose (and not just the traditional 100– which like a bridal shower is more properly pushed by one’s friends rather than by the Bride) what had been a cool place to hang out and shoot the breeze with some incredible people has pretty much become a spammy snake pit that I am just not likely to hang around very much. There’s another group I like and respect and belong to, but I rarely go there anymore because the scroll rate is so high and the signal to noise ratio has gotten way noisier than I’m comfortable with. What I hope the mods (and even the gorilla guy for that matter) understand is that it’s not about being angry or taking my marbles and running home. It’s about too much noise making the good conversations too hard to follow.