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Underground Film Journal Conquers The Web

This is the type of b-s post a blog puts up when it has nothing else to write. However, I have a ton of other b-s to write: I got two movie reviews in the ol’ brain hopper waiting to be typed out, several film festival listings crawling out my arse, screenings to promote, nutty videos to embed, etc. I’ve been waiting for a day when I had nothing else to write about before writing this particular post you are reading now and that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon. So, here we are.

Since becoming unemployed a few months ago, I’ve ratcheted up the Underground Film Journal’s social networking profile around the web. And while I have a section on my homepage’s sidebar dedicated to these extracurricular activities, I’m not sure how many people actually look at that list, especially after I add new ones to it. That’s why I’ve decided to do a post on the social networking situations that I keep active on. Some sites I sign up for, then completely ignore when they don’t drive traffic back to the main site. But some of these have been working pretty well for me and the site.

So, feel free to “social network” with me on these sites. (Especially since I’m very difficult to be “social” with in real life.) Links to my various profiles and stuff are below, along with some commentary for each site:

Social Networking:

Facebook: I have both a personal profile and a page up for the site. The page doesn’t have anything you won’t find here. It’s more for people I don’t know to stumble their way through, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still become a fan to let the world know how you really feel.

MySpace: How not to get on my good side: Send my profile a friend request, have me accept you, then bombard me with 50 bulletins a day. I don’t mind the daily bulletin or dropping the promo “comment,” but some people get really aggressive with MySpace. So much so that I don’t use the site as much as I do Facebook these days.

FilmCommunity: I haven’t done much with my profile there yet, but I like that they let me drop my RSS feed into the page and I already got one great film for review via signing up with them, so that’s nice.

Social Bookmarking:

StumbleUpon: Digg and de.icio.us never did much for me, but I love using StumbleUpon. I’m starting to drop a lot of interesting articles and sites there that I may not get to write up in full on the Underground Film Journal. I mean, I “stumble” onto a ton of junk, too, but I’ve gotten some great recommendations as well. I also hope I’ve given great recommendations to users there. Worth checking out to see what I’m reading.

Twitter: Ok, Twitter isn’t really supposed to be used as a social bookmarking site, but that’s how I’m using it on my profile. I wasn’t really sure I’d use this service, which is why I was reluctant to sign up for so long. However, it’s turning into a great, easy link repository where I can easily go look up stuff I want to write about later. Or stuff I won’t have time to get to. But, I’m a fan now.

Video:

YouTube: I favorite a lot of videos over there. Some I get to post here, others I don’t.

Vimeo: I’m new to Vimeo, so I don’t have much favorited. However, I like Vimeo much better than YouTube because the video quality is way better and their acceptance standards are much more lax. If you want to watch transgressive stuff, this is the video site to go to.

Movies:

Spout: I’ll admit I only started reviewing movies on Spout because it allowed me to link back to the¬†Underground Film Journal easily. However, now I’m leaving brief thoughts on just about everything I see: films in theaters, cable TV movies I watch for 15 minutes, movies on my Ipod, etc.

Ok, I think that’s about it. And I’ve written way more here than I wanted to, really. I’ll get back to regular¬†Underground Film Journal b-s probably later today.