I used to enjoy this game as a child…drawing a line to various dots to form a picture appealed to me.
I like to
try, as best I can anyways, to Connect_the_dots in things.
This is also
contained in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_degrees_of_separation
theory, in that if you connect the dots of people you can find relationships,
some quite surprising.
We see this
in the internet quite often, which is why, if I have enough of an interest, I
will delve further into links to find associations and interests that people
have, which often enlightens me to things which, on the surface, are not
I keep this to myself tho, for the most part, as I do believe in privacy, as much as any of us have anymore, anyways...at the least I do not find it my business to expose other people, as I would not wish them to expose whatever they may think they find out about me.
find, for example, in the newish Google+ communities, many people have others
in their “circles”. Of course you can categorize this aspect in general “broad
brush strokes” of some people adding anyone to circles, and those who pick and choose whom they add.
You could further sub-categorize this into those who add anyone and everybody into those who see
it as another networking tool, and those who simply do it as a knee-jerk reaction
to something new. For me, the jury is still out as to its networking aspect.
And as well,
further sub-categorize those who pick and choose as some being concerned about
how it all fits together and wish to be careful, and those who simply do not
find it of interest.
tho I do not use it, recognizes this.
It can be
difficult to “connect the dots” sometimes. Articles [and the websites that
contained them] often simply go away. Blogs come and go, people who once said
quite a lot, go quiet, for various reasons [I am like that in my years on the
net, in various things I have been involved with]. Comments are deleted by the
commenter or the admin of the site. Computers which held data get corrupted or
those who wish to delve deeper, there are ways to find out information.
websites such as http://www.publicdata.com/
for finding out real information and government sources for finding much
information such as this Texas site for company information https://ourcpa.cpa.state.tx.us/coa/Index.html
course, since search engines have become quite good at crawling the net, you can
do google searches to find out much.
tho it has much improved in recent years, with search engines, is finding the
right combination of search word parameters. This difficulty often has to do
with how the person who created their website coded it. HTML metatags make a
great difference in how a site is searched for and where it shows up.
proliferation of blogs and website creating tools has led to this not being as
optimal as it could be, and in addition, for those few who still code by hand,
many do not understand optimizing for search engines. As well, a simple look at
the source code of any website and a view at the header information, one will
find that those using pre-defined templates supplied to them [ostensibly to
make things easier] will always have some sort of advertising coding for the
website’s own marketing efforts.
a big believer in gathering information, as deeply as I can, on those things
that hold sufficient interest to me. Connecting the dots is kinda fun
sometimes, and I learn all sorts of things when I am sufficiently motivated.
am not so sufficiently interested anymore, nothing like I used to be, but I do
know the tools if needed.
One that has
been around for quite a long time that I still use is http://archive.org/web/web.php which
can be very informative.
however, it can be difficult to obtain accurate snapshots of something or
someone, especially if they wish to hide things [and have some ideas of how to
actually do so].
So what remains is simply to understand this, and, if
interested, still find enough to form a more fuller picture of things, and of
don’t find this of much interest anymore. Some things have been of sufficient
interest to connect a few dots, but overall, I am more of a live and let live
person, and if it seems that someone wishes to hide themselves in the net, I am
of the opinion that is their business, and not mine…unless, of course, they
bother me personally...then, well, hehehe
So I say, if
something interests you, try to connect a few dots, and you may be surprised at
what you find…but be aware of this very important fact, you may not like what
you find, and may find it was better to simply take them at face value.
In my quick research into this blog, I found this funny one about the early days of the net [at least early to some of them].