How I Thread on ADN

Sunday, October 28, 2012 – 82 views

— by sham

From the Urban Dictionary (the most reliable on the internetzzz lol): "Thread" On a message board, the inside of a topic revealing all the messages. OR ... a blog is more about the person who wrote it, a thread is more open to discussion on a topic.

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Few of my fave threads (saving to evernote with #FT
-The mute -Owning @ -Gender tags -Social Skills -#NotaDeveloper origins -"Why join? -Names -Apple v Samsung -This is ADN -Chess -Request accepted

So anyway, you can see how diverse and dynamic threads can be. And having @edent's Thread viewer will definitely help in showing the connections more clearly

However, it is important that people know how to contribute to the thread without getting out of it. Some simple ways you can do this..

1. Reply within thread The most basic thing you can do to keep yourself in the loop is to reply directly to the person you intend to message,and not start a fresh new post. In this way, your opinion can be read and commented on with context. Very important

2. Modify your reply-all By all means, include everyone so that they will take notice of your message. I place the person(s) i'm directing the message to 1st, and the others at the end with a cc or //. For easier reading Eg "@elyse yes! // @po @trine"

3. Comment without mentions You should utilize this when there are so many replies, so that you will avoid using up all the space in your post for reply-alls. You can use this if you do not want to interrupt the flow, but want to add on to the thread.

4. Reply to yourself Strange, but i found this is a good way to start your own blog on ADN. This is still on trial mode, but something like this

5. Use IFTTT like a boss Forget crossposting from T to ADN. Use this awesome service to save your posts/threads elsewhere. Currently my recipes are tailored to send posts to evernote with tags #B #L #T #I #FT #Q #C etc. You decide your own personal hashtag

6. Avoid replying if you're in blog mode
Sounds arrogant, but only reply after you are done with your thread. When finish, add "/end" then go and check mentions. Brilliant way to depict replying to comments on a normal blog. This is make it readable later

7. Contextualise your posts The threaded view allows you to give background to what you're posting. When starting a new post, add a link another thread you were involved in to continue the discussion. Solves the large thread problem, and creates spinoffs

8. Hashtagging If you're already in a thread, it becomes unnecessary to add #, unless you want to make the discussions visible to your followers to join. So I try to use them lesser now. Makes your post look less messy.

9. Reposting Similarly, you do not need to RP the full post, since a simple remark like "dude, that was awesome! How did you do that?" will invite others to check out the thread, and thus the post. Of cos, RP all if you have enough space for it. And...

10. Thread hopping With so many convos happening on ADN that you can get occupied very quickly. I use #quickapp by @q since it tabs my threads. That way I can keep the practice listed above while enjoying the epicness of human interactivity :)

Of course there are many other ways ADN can be used, with their own set of best practices. It is important that you stick to YOUR plan and adjust as you watch how others use it. You are the master of your domain.

Though I find the BeST use of ADN's head is to link up to your other threads that you didn't have time to finish previously? Like this, this one or this last one.

I meant thread, not head LoL (forget about deleting, since the grey "deleted post" creates suspense that you don't need haha)

I guess I should really get on with it then.

From How I Blog on and to continue with Part two later.

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