Verification of Where I Am Online

Video uploaded 2/2/2023 to a previously existing and now updated post – JS
John Scalzi has been up and running since 1998, and I have been writing here for that long as well, and I think it’s pretty well verified that I am here and that I am the owner and I am entirely in control of it. This makes it a good place for me to officially verify where I am elsewhere on the Internet, in case those places have not verified me there, or if verification has been removed, for whatever reason.

So, below, you will find the names of various online services. If you click on the names, it will take you to the accounts on those services that I verify are ones that I have made and control, and that I use at least occasionally. There may be additional accounts that I use for specialized purposes (for example, on Twitter, I have BlogWhatever for posting updates from this site, ScalziEnt for my LLC, and Scamperbeasts for my cats), but here I’m linking the primary ones.

I have accounts on other social media services, but those are mostly placeholders to secure my name. If I’ve posted anything at those places, it is usually a picture of a cat. The sites I list here are the ones I actually use. If you see “me” posting on other sites not noted here, it may be someone pretending to be me for their own nefarious and/or silly purposes.

With that all as preamble, here is where I am actively online:

Whatever: My blog. You’re on it right now. It’s been running since 1998 and has seen the launch and demise of at least three generations of social media. When in doubt, you will always find me here. In addition to visiting it directly, you can also subscribe to it via RSS, email, and WordPress’ reader function (if you have a WordPress account). Please visit regularly and/or subscribe!

Twitter: As of this writing, the place I’m at the most, when I’m not here. Depending on the antics of Elon Musk and his pack of apparently clueless pals, we’ll see if that continues.

Facebook: This Facebook page is primarily for news and updates relating to my career. I have a personal page on Facebook, which is not difficult to find, but I strictly limit “friending” on that to people I know in the real world in one way or another. The page linked here, however, is open to everyone.

Instagram: I post pictures here, about once a week.

Mastodon: This is a “federated” Twitter-like social network. I post here semi-frequently but may increase posting if Twitter really goes down the tubes.

Post: Indeed, posting occasionally.

Spoutible: The latest Twitter substitute.

Flickr: I also post pictures here.

Ello: More pictures, these slightly more arty on average than at those other two photo places, posted somewhat infrequently.

Metafilter: Reasonably frequent commenter, vary rare article poster.

LinkedIn: I’m here but rarely post (like, once a year or so).

Reddit: I comment here occasionally and have posted, like, five times in 15 years.

YouTube: A really random collection of videos I’ve put up over the years. I update sporadically at best.

Tumblr: Mostly just a repeater for my blog. I also have a Tumblr for the names of my next bands (spoiler: there are no bands).

I have author pages at Amazon and Goodreads. I am also on Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music and other music streamers because I have music out. I’m on Bandcamp and Soundcloud as well but use those only infrequently at this point.

I will update this post from time to time, when necessary or desirable.

— JS

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