Notes after 3 weeks of Stellar use

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    1. I didn’t like favoriting things, either. Until Stellar. I saw it as pretty pointless, since Twitter doesn’t seem to do anything with those. I faved more often on Flickr than I did on Twitter as sort of a step-below-commenting-level of affirmation for friends’ photos. If you’ve had David Jacobs favorite any of your photos, I think that’s sort of how he uses the feature — like an attaboy pat on the shoulder.

      The only thing now, though, is that my favoriting is based largely on the fact I know it will appear in my friends’ Stellars. So it’s still stuff I like, but there’s now a sort of underlying motive. I’m not saying that’s good or bad — just something to be aware of.

  1. To be fair, Stellar users also favorite pictures of my SUPER GODDAMN CUTE SON. And is it just me, or do you tend to not want to follow people on Stellar if it says “Flickr only” or “Twitter only”? I don’t trust single-media people.

  2. Oh, and the self-monitoring thing, I *don’t* actually do on Stellar, mostly because I do it through Favstar and ThinkUp. But if I didn’t already have it, yeah, I’d look in there.

    And clearly, this is all Kottke’s attempt to replace himself with an app.

  3. @Anil: Yes. I don’t even have to check your Flickr page to see pictures of Malcom πŸ˜‰

    I tend to think twice about following the “Flickr only” or “Twitter only” people. It’s been my observation that those people are:

    A) Not actual members of Stellar and just added b/c Jason thinks they’re interesting
    B) People for whom Jason could only find accounts on Twitter/Flickr

    I follow them if they seem interesting enough or I know them. It’s just a way to aggregate their favoriting activity in one place.

  4. I too am more conscious of the curatorial aspect of faving. This is especially noticeable with Flickr where up to now I’ve mostly used faves for keeping track of things I want to add to my random desktops folder.

    What it has made me particularly aware of is fave vs. retweet, since Stellar gives faving a retweetish quality, but with a different audience. I suspect if/when the audience for Stellar widens dramatically I will retweet less – saving it for when I need a “me too”.

    I too do a lot of faving within Stellar, but feel as though I need to also be finding fresh stuff. (What’s that old song about “You’ve got to prime the pump…”?)

    I am very excited about the potential for different scenarios of use of both Twitter and Stellar that Stellar opening up would afford:
    – Wearing my Discardia (philosophy/productivity/agile self development) hat I could use Twitter to broadcast and to follow (reading most or all tweets from) a few from whom I am likely to get content that I’ll want to retweet to my followers. Then I could use Stellar to follow widely, but have a filtered view of just what people love; that stream could be dipped in and out of without it needing to be a “keep up with everything” situation.

    – Wearing my cocktail nerd hat as Bibulous I’d follow freely and have only my mentions and replies showing in Tweetdeck, very occasionally viewing the current activity in the browser (as I do now), but Stellar would allow cool stuff that I rarely see to rise into view.

    – I’m already a big winnower of who I follow in my personal account as MetaGrrrl since it’s where I try to keep up and at least skim what’s going by. Folks move on and off my list there (e.g., delightfully snarky Mike_FTW who’s currently all about the baseball) a lot and Stellar will be great for reminding me of folks who I may want to bring back into the fold. Stellar will also give me a chance to stay somewhat tuned into those from whom I don’t read every tweet.

    Ah, interesting; there’s the feature I need: show me only the content by this person that other people I follow have faved. Could be a great way to tune in on one area of interest which I and friends share with that person, but not see as much of that person’s other tweeting on topics that don’t interest us.

    In general, though, even if Stellar didn’t change I think it would remain a daily link for me – and I have VERY few of those.

  5. Excellent review of an excellent web app. The section “Favoriting behavior affected” mimics my experience exactly.

    Also should note that I’m a big fan of MLKSHK for exactly the same reasons.

  6. @Dinah: I think we use Stellar very similarly, though you bring up some great ways I hadn’t thought of using it yet — namely the Bibulous hat. That sounds like a great strategy I think I could use.

    Interestingly, I’ve been finding some great food-related tweets on Stellar from people I don’t follow across any of my accounts. When I’ve retweeted those via @SeriousEats, I’ve seen our followers there RT those at a pretty high rate. No surprise β€” because they’ve been great tweets! Plus, it’s fun to find those and tweet them, since it helps break up the relentless pimping of Serious Eats links we/I do. I like to put some fun/random stuff into the mix to bring @SeriousEats followers small bits of joy throughout the day.

    @dvg: Thanks! I didn’t really set out to do a “review” β€” just had a lot of junk on my mind about Stellar that my wife did not want to listen to. Figured I’d burden the internet instead. … I havn’t tried MLKSHK yet, although I see it mentioned ALL THE TIME on Stellar πŸ˜‰ I’ve been using Pinterest, which I think … um .. I don’t know β€” might be somewhat similar β€” photo/inspiration-sharing? I was on Instagram for a while but didn’t get that into it. Will have to try MLKSHK to see what it’s all about.

    1. Ganda: I’d invite you if I could. I gave out both my invites. If I get another one, I’ll hook you up. (Personally, I think Kottke should give me 5 extra invites for this insight into his produce πŸ˜‰ LOL

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