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Friday, May 13, 2011

Website For One

Bruce asked for some pointers about putting up a personal website. He’s a content consumer more than an author, and needed a personal website as a prototype for a new project. That would usually involve getting a domain, server space, hiring someone to do the work, building something, updating, and on it goes.

I suggested taking a half hour and putting up a Google Profile instead. “Decide what the world sees when it searches for you” is their headline.

I have had my profile for six months and have been told it is the best navigation site connecting three websites, four blogs, several social networks, and a host of other projects. Plus, the Buzz tab shows all my blog posts from several places.

Bruce had his profile up the next day, showcasing his experience and his blog posts, providing a starting point on the Web. Unlike LinkedIn and Facebook, a viewer doesn’t have to be a member to see everything.
Since the URL’s for Google Profiles are complex, I use, and Bruce uses for publicizing the sites. 

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  1. Hi Dick,
    I've been asked to investigate quick and easy hosted web/social options for a book collecting society that I belong to. (Most members are fairly techno-phobic.) Ning came to mind right away but I wondered if you had other options I should consider?

  2. Hi Debra!

    Of course I have opinions!

    Most of them are based on what you want to accomplish. If you have the *four* top priorities of what results you want, send them to

    I'd be happy to share my experiences on several platforms with other organizations.

    Thank you for commenting.

  3. The old KISS technique. Keep it simple stupid approach plays extemely well in setting something up that it easy to get to and navigate. One of these days I will have spare time to set up one on legacy modernization. Thanks for the starting point Dick!