皇家骑士团（以下简称皇骑）是3D小地图战棋游戏的始祖。我在学校玩PS模拟器的时代有一阵很痴迷于FFT（Final Fantasy Tactics），就是照着皇骑的系统做了一个FF主题的战棋，对当年的FF粉来说也是神作。那会儿FFT我应该是来回打过好几遍，照着天幻网一边看攻略查资料一边打，各种打法都试过。对里面一些比较酷炫的职业比如忍者，武士，计算士到现在还印象深刻。但当年不知为何就没玩皇骑这个老前辈。最近看到出了重生版就买来补个课。拿到之后发现查中文攻略还是要到天幻上去查，真是怀旧感爆棚。
A few years ago, xw bought me a nice bathrobe. It’s warm and super comfortable, so I often wear it at home. Then I started working on Flux and often worked from home. This bathrobe became my signature “work attire” since I only needed to zoom with a handful of friends at Flux for the first year. It became a tradition. Every new member would soon learn “Wei usually shows up in a bathrobe on zoom.” And we did a few “bathrobe” zoom parties during the pandemic and even sent every team member a bathrobe with the Flux logo as a nice company swag.
A bathrobe is usually comfy but not meant to be durable, especially if you wear it day to day. After a few years, the elbows of my robe were all worn out. Wen bought two patches and patched the elbows. Then this year, the whole robe started falling apart. Big holes showed up all over the robe. Today I finally said goodbye to this robe and ordered a replacement.
I miss the days I felt comfortable to zoom with colleagues in a bathrobe. It was a high bar of how tightly knitted a team is.
大约一个月之前xw突然说一月初她要去以色列出差。虽然并不知道以色列有什么好玩的，本着在旅游地图上开疆扩土的目的我还是立马就订票了。之后忙忙叨叨去Turks and Caicos玩，只简单计划了前几天xw在特拉维夫上班我在那儿玩，后两天去耶路撒冷。我还开始读了一本厚达900页的耶路撒冷史书Jerusalem: The Biography，虽说是非虚构正史，但写得还是比较生动活泼的并且是2011年的畅销书，可以看得下去。出发之前读了三分之一刚刚读到穆罕穆德建立伊斯兰教，进度也还可以了吧，哈哈。
When I started microblogging in 2008-ish, and when the options proliferated (Twitter and a bunch of Chinese clones), my first instinct was to have a tool to sync posts across all platforms I use. “Write once, post everywhere.” Looking back now, it was a bit funny. It was like standing on top of a rock and yelling at the top of my lungs, where only dozens of people were standing around.
It’s also worth noting that people do not cross-post in the even older blogging era because of RSS. People move from one blogging platform to another, and their readers can subscribe to a new RSS. Or the RSS feed doesn’t even need to change when a proxy such as FeedBurner is used.
I think of cross-posting as an “I do it because I can” move. Social networks have APIs, and connecting these APIs is not hard. My engineering friends do it because they know how to set it up. Pretty soon, there might be some websites that people can click around to set up cross-posting. Then more tech-savvy people will do it, just because they can. I’d like to think about whether I should cross-post, or why people should cross-post.
For marketers who want to reach more people, sure, professional cross-posting tools exist for this use case. For people who want to build a personal brand, the same thing, the more reach, the better. But I use social networks to socialize with people I know in real life or make acquaintances online and only look to expand my network slowly. Does it make sense to cross-post?
An obvious case is for my friends who are active on multiple networks, e.g. both Twitter and Mastodon, I don’t want them to see my posts repeatedly.
So it comes down to whether my social circles are spread across multiple networks or mostly present in one and whether I want to post the same content to all of them, and a tradeoff of different groups’ experiences. In my case:
I use four social networks now: Mastodon, Twitter, Instagram, and WeChat. A lot of my close friends are on several of them. The overlap is significant. “Close friends” means people I frequently interact with on social networks.
Between “make my close friends not see duplicated posts” and “make all my posts from Mastodon be seen by all my followers on Twitter,” I choose the former. This is because I care about close friends’ experiences more.
I use these social networks differently
Mastodon replaced Twitter and became my “random thoughts” main social network, including links to my blog and Instagram.
Instagram for pictures.
WeChat is a very digested version almost exclusively for travel photos and for my parents…
Twitter: I read Twitter. It’s still an info source. And I interact with friends who are still there as I don’t intend to cut off relationships. But I do not write new posts there as I want to lower my contribution to Twitter, and it’s not that important for my random thoughts to be seen by my Twitter followers.
Maybe I’m just getting older and leaning more towards cultivating relationships with people I already know than knowing new people.