Okay, so, I’ve got this idea. What if we combined Facebook’s recent activity feed, Twitter’s ability to tell anyone what you’re doing at any given time and list of followers, and your WoW characters? And then we made it all available in an addon that records all that stuff automatically?
Wait, what do you mean it’s already been done? Oh yeah, it has – it’s this week’s Wiki Tiki Utility, WoW.com Profiles!
Formerly known as WoW Insider, the new WoW.com brought with it an unexpected feature besides the usual rebranding and redesign – social networking! WoW.com Profiles are sort of like Twitter, Facebook, and a blog all wrapped up in one. You can sign up with your AIM or AOL username (WoW.com is owned by AOL, after all) and get started right away.
Taking full advantage of WoW.com Profiles also requires you to install their addon and associated application. These two work together – the addon collects data, keyed to a unique key in your profile settings, and the application parses them and turns them into activity posts. WoW.com has a pretty thorough guide to getting started!
Here’s a whirlwind tour of available features (and feel free to browse my profile while you’re at it):
- Feed Notes and In-Game Blog Posts: Available both outside the game (from the “Post a Feed Note” box on your profile) and inside it (using the /note command or the WoW.com Addon minimap button), this is basically Twitter for WoW, without the character limit. If you’re about to head out for a raid, want to share ongoing activity with your loyal profile followers, or simply want to say “urgh Death Knights are so OP why are we losing this AB????” then the Feed Notes are there for you! Feed Notes can also be filtered to show posts from your friends or your guild – how cool would it be to have your whole guild on here, chattering away even when you’re not inside the game?
- Blogging: That’s right, your WoW.com Profile can also double as your own blog! Granted, I haven’t done a whole ton of it (only a few posts here and there), but if you wanted a blog with basically zero setup, WoW.com Profiles has you covered. No RSS feeds for blogs yet, unfortunately, but keep in mind this is basically just an impressive first draft – that feature could always be coming down the road! The editor’s easy to use, and basically covers what you need – text formatting, pics, links, the foundations of an actual blog posting tool.
- Photo Gallery: Yep, you can add photos too! It’s got an upload limit of four at a time, and is what feels like the least stable part of the site at the moment (I got lots of out-of-memory errors trying to upload all four screenshots at once, and one of my screenshots seems to have a perpetually broken thumbnail), but it’s there and it’s at least mostly functional. It does automatically create a nice slideshow-type feature for you in your galleries.
- Followers: No social networking site would be complete without a list of people who think you’re actually interesting, and WoW.com Profiles are no different. Granted, I only managed to accrue 3 followers (one of whom was Alex Ziebart – hi Alex!), but if you wanted to, this could easily be your main “home” for WoW players!
- Individual Character Pages: While your profile does contain info about all your characters, it turns out each of your characters gets their own pages too! As you can see, my warrior’s been pretty busy.
There’s probably even more that I missed, but that’s probably enough to get you started with your WoW.com Profile. Go on over and check it our for yourself – and follow me. I totally need friends!
Mondays are Wiki Tiki Utility days here at TNB! Stop from The Stoppable Force highlights a resource from the Twisted Nether Wiki’s Big List of WoW Utilities, hopefully giving you a nice boost to your Intellect – or at least your skill at World of Warcraft. If you’ve got a utility you’d like to see listed on the wiki, or one you’d like to nominate for the Wiki Tiki Utility post, please send an email to stop AT twistednether DOT net with the subject “Wiki Tiki Utility”!
Gnomer from Armaggedon’s Coming came up with a fun and entertaining Shared Topic for the Blog Azeroth Community this week: the <insert class here> tard.
We have all heard of the term Huntard, and we all know what it means, and know one of them. However, what about the people who do not ‘know how to play’ in the other classes? What do they look like? What do we call them? How can we identify one of these players who is so heinously bad that we need to come up with a name especially for people like them?
Responding to the call this week were the following (with some excellent ideas of their own… except maybe for that last blogtard there on the list!)
Shopshopshop at Runeforge Gossip with ‘How Not to be a Fail Knight’
Nigiri at Adventures of a Priest with ‘I Feel like a Priestard’
Aeltyr at Runed Death with ‘Deathtard’
Myself at Destructive Reach with ‘Did You Just Spot that Locktard?’
Keep the Shared Topics coming folks! Next week’s Shared Topic challenges you to deconstruct your favourite quest, and was suggested by Spinks of Spinksville. If you have an idea for a Shared Topic, or wish to perhaps write about one on your blog, remember to visit the Blog Azeroth forums!
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Outside of that, we will love to have you join us and partake in an enlightening discussion that is sure to follow! Hope to see you there!
||Oh! La La! Bon Anniversaire, Bon Anniversaire! Yes, TNB is one year old. We celebrate by branching out. Join us as we’re talking (or arguing in Nib’s case) with a fellow podcaster, Patrick Beja of the French Spin (and other projects). We’re also discussing the new wow.com, 3.1.2, Mountain Dew and much more.
— Continue reading Episode 45 — Extravagance d’Anniversaire —
This week, we have a look at two Shared Topics all at once. Why? Well, last week was a lazy week, and both the topics over the last fortnight did not garner as much participation as usual, so there would have been two very brief posts.
The first Shared Topic was suggested by Stabs of Death Knight Spree, and takes a look at the Consumer-Producer Paradigm and how this is demonstrated in WoW. What is the Consumer-Producer Paradigm, you ask? Well, to give you a brief taste…
“CPP (the Consumer-Producer Paradigm) is a new paradigm that views participants in a MMO as consumers or producers. It is actually more relevant and useful to see players in terms of whether they are consumers or producers than almost any of the preceding paradigms.”
Stabs goes on to explore this issue in great depth over a series of posts, but other bloggers have also made great contributions to the discussion!
Larisa at Pink Pigtail Inn looks at this paradigm from her own perspective
Spinks at Spinksville offers an interesting and practical slant on this topic
The second Shared Topic was suggested by Xelaneo of Holy Fire Spec, and looks at guild exclusion policies. Some guilds exclude people for various reasons (whether that be age, gender or anything else), and there is often a great deal of debate over these policies.
Trystyn at The Elitists had a look at his own guild’s policy on women in the guild.
Graylo at Grey Matter takes a realist’s approach to the issue.
As always, if you have a contribution to make to the Shared Topic, feel free to log on to the Blog Azeroth Forum. Next week’s Shared Topic is ‘<insert class here>tards’, which is guaranteed to produce some interesting discussion. If you have something to say about that topic, again, have a look at the Blog Azeroth Forum!