Good-bye to Facebook

I’ve deleted the Wordorigins.org Facebook page. It only contained links to the site and no content that couldn’t be found elsewhere.

Facebook changed the interface for its web pages as of today, and I couldn’t find a way to post something new. (I’m sure there is a way, but it wasn’t obvious, and I couldn’t be bothered to figure it out.) I don’t think many people interact with the site through Facebook. (I’ve never given them money to boost the page’s profile.) I don’t think many will miss it.

Facebook is a mess and getting worse. I’m glad to be done with it. (I still have a personal Facebook account, but I only friend people I know in meatspace.)

The Twitter feed is still active.

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10K Twitter Followers

Wordorigins.org now has over 10,000 followers on Twitter. (We actually broke that barrier some time ago, but I’m in the midst of moving to Texas, so I’ve been slow in conveying the news.)

The site’s Twitter handle is @wordorigins. I generally post when I’ve added an article to the site, an entry to the Big List, or when a new topic arises in the discussion forums. If you’re old school and follow us via the site’s RSS or Atom feeds, the Twitter feed would be a duplication.

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Twitter Feed

Wordorigins.org has a twitter feed. If you are a twitterer, you can stay current with the latest updates to the Wordorigins.org site by searching for “wordorigins” on Twitter and following the feed. Only updates to the main site will be twittered. New postings to the discussion forum will not be.

This is in addition to the existing RSS feeds. RSS feeds exist for both the main site and for the discussion forum.

Astronomy Entries

You may notice a new category on the right-hand navigation bar, astronomy and astrophotography.

In addition to word origins and language, I am also an amateur astronomer and budding astrophotographer. Some friends have asked me to put some of my images on the web, so I am obliging.

When I post to this new category, the new photos and entries won’t appear on the main wordorigins.org page, but they will appear in the RSS feed if you subscribe to that.

Contributors

The following persons have made financial contributions toward keeping the site and the discussion forum up and running. Many thanks to them.

  • William James
  • Jim Gorman
  • Lionello
  • Ozzie Maland
  • OP Tipping
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