Hi, I am Martin.

This is my blog on mainly technology, entrepreneurship and design. Links about just about anything comes through now and then though. I also run a site on photography called Digital Photo Guide! If you are into photography, why not check that out?

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Choosing a single social network

Social networks are here to stay. And since Google entered this market fully with Google+ we have yet another place to keep a profile – or do we?

I for one start to get a bit tired about keeping all profiles up to date all over the Internet. I believe that we will see a push back from our sharing society with the coming generation. This got me thinking; if I should go with one network only – what would it be?

Let’s start by going through some of the networks I currently use. This is in no way a complete list but it is the networks I see categories for and could estimate.

Professional – LinkedIn

I keep an updated professional profile at LinkedIn. I use it as a contact card for new people I meet and as a way of keeping an online cv, always ready. My contacts are kept at a level where I am in control over what information is shown for who.

The audience are professionals I have worked with and/or have been in contact with. Content is to build my professional profile and to maintain my name in the eyes of future employers.

Private – Facebook

My personal contacts and friends are on Facebook and it is here I sit and couch surf what people are up to. Also the place where I update status updates that surround me as a private person.

I try to keep a controlled list of contacts. People I am at ease with sharing more personal information as well as location bound information.

Photography – Flickr/Instagram/500px

As a photographer and I have found the simplicity of Flickr to be perfect for me to share my pictures. Most photos go to Flickr while I maintain my stream at 500px more to the portfolio photos.

Instagram is one of those services I can’t find a clear label for. Currently I am using it as a more direct way of showcasing everyday photography. Due to this, it went below the Photography category.

Everything else – Twitter

All networks have different audiences and different content and for me to keep all together, I use Twitter. I use multiple accounts to differentiate between language and content but most are connected. I use Twitter both as a re-post service for other networks as well as for posting new content.


So if it all came down to use a single network what would I do? For me personally, I would stay with Twitter. Reason is the pure simplicity of the service. I can tweet from all my devices, I am forced to keep the update direct and short. Feedback is instant and the audience is large.

Using the multiple Twitter accounts I can maintain a good overview of the different streams. Some streams I read to the fullest where others are more at a glance.

So there you have it. If I had to choose, I’d choose Twitter.

Educational gaming

When I grew up as a child we had what was called computer knowledge on schedule. In fact it was not that much about computers though as it was creating a muscle memory for where each key is in a qwerty styled keyboard. We got a paragraph of text and we were to repeat it. This was computer class back then. Today the educational space of gaming has changed a lot.

Speak up and rule your executive presentations

Many of us perform presentations in front of people in our daily work. It might be short or long presentations for a few or in front of many. We have been taught that to perform well as a presenter we should capture our listeners, keep them engaged and move them in a direction we want. If we are booked for an hour we should plan to finish of in five minutes short to open for questions and we should always keep a smile, trying to connect with the audience.

Datavision from 1979

Found this gem earlier tonight. It is in Swedish but in short it is a demo from 1979 where they show a system where a user can dial to a computer central and retrieve data. There is still a system like this in action in Sweden where information is provided over the same network as TV.

Amazing to see how they look at this service and how they could not see what the future had just a few years later.

What can a single developer do?

I am currently in a situation where I am actively looking for a new challenge professionally. The reason is my current employer is moving business to another country and by doing so downsize the office I’m in. With all this going on the question arose in my mind on what it is that I want to do and were my strengths lie. For a long time I’ve had a bunch of ideas that I would like to wrap a company around and try my own wings but I have not yet been able to get a solid enough business plan to do so. While in these thoughts I asked myself, what can really a single developer or IT person do? Where are the limits for a small size software company?