Category Archives: Internet

15 years at Discogs

So today is my 15th Oggsday. I’ve been a member of discogs.com for a decade and a half. It has become as much a part of my daily online regimen as checking my email or Twitter feed. No other site has grabbed my attention in the way that Discogs has, nor has any other online resource infuriated me in the same manner. Discogs is as fascinating as it is frustrating. Now, if this sounds somewhat familiar, then yes — you’re right: I used a similar introduction for my 10th Oggsday. Read that article first to gain insight into how it all began and how things developed during my first decade there. Well, what’s happened since? Which features and improvements have been introduced? Continue reading

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Evacuating MySpace

Would those of you who still use MySpace please stand up? Well, it’s been a while since it was the poster child of the burgeoning social media scene — back when we all had a friend named Tom Anderson and there was tons of new and free music to be discovered there. MySpace was the cool place to hang out. Continue reading

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A decade at Twitter

Today marks my 10th year on Twitter. Like most first-time users, I had absolutely no idea what to do with it nor what to expect of it. In its early days, micro-blogging was as confusing as it was innocent. Continue reading

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Statistics, analytics and trends

On February 1st, 2017 my first website finally went 404. Its host, arcor.de, shut down. Nonetheless, in its 15 years online the site allowed me to observe a shift in online users’ behaviour and trends. Here are a few observations based on the final statistics before the site went dark. Continue reading

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It’s all on video

I’ve recently been clearing out a bunch of old video clips. Back then there was no streaming. The early web was home to many weirdos, and videos of the kind didn’t help its reputation. Continue reading

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Mobile visitors

My little page about South African Bulletin Board Systems doesn’t pull in a lot of visitors. What surprised me most about the influx of readers was the devices they used. Almost half are mobile devices. Continue reading

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Fan mail

Discogs is a cross-functional site. Actually, we’re just a bunch of music lovers who do our best to reflect verifiable details, neutral descriptions, and create readworthy profiles. Discussions usually stay civil but sometimes can get heated and lengthy. Not all fan mail is friendly, though. Sometimes things get ugly. Continue reading

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Internet killed the video star

While ripping what’s left of my VHS collection I was reminded of the tedium of physical media. No sooner had I transferred the first batch of videos onto my digital media player’s hard disk did it occur to me how convenient it is to pick a selection from an à la carte menu and play whatever I had fed the device with. Continue reading

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