Ideabasket/What Needs Love in Profile "Social Links" July 25, 2017 8:50 AM   Subscribe

This is a thread for the "social links" sections of people's profiles. Let's make this a single thread for the mods, to: (a) report changed social link URL formats, (b) "social link" services that have gone altogether and (c) throw in any ideas of popular or up-and-coming services that you'd like to see there and that have a publicly accessible URL format for people's profiles.

To chip in my own, to start:

Broken (reported):

  • Gawker Media is no more, but can get replaced with Kinja, the still-intact commenting system, whose format is[username].

  • Amazon profiles now have a URL of[STRING].

  • IFTTT profiles replaced "/p/" replaced with "/makers/", they appear to be for-pay accounts.

  • Wikipedia might be better replaced with //[UserName]. Maybe.

    Current profile links:

    500px, 8tracks, airbnb,, Archive of Our Own, Atlas Obscura, bandcamp (artist), bandcamp (fan), Behance, Bitbucket, Blogger, BoardGameGeek, BookCrossing, BookMooch, Casual Collective, Chowhound, CouchSurfing, Crazy Guy on a Bike, dailymile, Degree Confluence,, deviantART, Diigo, Discogs, Doodle or Die, Dreamwidth Studios, Dribbble, Duolingo, eBay, Ello, Etsy, Facebook, Fitbit, Flickchart, Flickr, Flipboard, foursquare, Fuelly,, Garmin Connect, Gawker Media, Giant Bomb, github, Glitch, Goodreads, Google+, Greasy Fork, Hacker News, Health Month, Huffduffer, IFTTT, Imgur,, Instagram, Instructables, Keybase, Kiva, Kongregate,, Letterboxd, LibraryThing, LinkedIn, LiveJournal, Livestrong, MapMyFitness, Medium, MeFi Wiki, Mendeley, MetaChat, Miiverse, Mixcloud, MLTSHP, MonkeyFilter, Motley Fool CAPS, MyAnimeList, MyFitnessPal, NeighborGoods, Netvouz, Newsblur, Ohloh, OkCupid, OpenHatch, ORCID, Pandora Radio, Patreon, Patternreview, Picasa, Pinboard, Pinterest, PlayStation, QRZ.COM, Quora, Rap Genius, Rate Your Music, Ravelry, Rdio, Readability,, ResearcherID, ResearchGate, RunKeeper, Shelfari, Slashdot, SoundCloud, Sporcle, SportsFilter, Spotify, Stack Overflow, Steam, Steepster, Stellar, Storify, Strava, StumbleUpon,, Tumblr, Twitter, Untappd, Urban Spoon, VideoSift, Vimeo, VSCO, Wikipedia, Wordnik, World of Warcraft, Xbox Live, Yelp, YouTube
  • posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 8:50 AM (14 comments total)

    This post was deleted for the following reason: Poster's Request -- loup

    Two related links:

    In general, the place to suggest new social sites is SocialStuffs on the Metafilter Wiki.

    If you want to know who else is on some social site with you, you can look it up with the Mefi Social Explorer.
    posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 8:54 AM on July 25, 2017 [1 favorite]

    I was curious about the comment about paid accounts for IFTTT. When I put my in it simply redirected to

    So it doesn't look like the change was due to paid accounts... Or if it is, they haven't alerted users yet near as I can tell.
    posted by terrapin at 8:55 AM on July 25, 2017

    Umm, I'm not a huge fan of having a direct link to my facebook on Metafilter, but if anyone wants to friend me just send me a MeMail.

    My feed is probably equal parts politics, religion, pictures of my cats and rants about weird goings-on on the bus
    posted by tivalasvegas at 10:35 AM on July 25, 2017 [2 favorites]

    But, then again, I've not published any public applets

    Not calling you out, WCityMike! I think your theory is a good one. I created a new dummy account and I too got a 404 when I checked /p/dummyaccount.
    posted by terrapin at 11:00 AM on July 25, 2017


    Shouldn't this be "Hurfdurfer"?
    posted by octobersurprise at 12:07 PM on July 25, 2017

    I love Strava but I don't really think I want to share my running and biking info. I already feel bad enough about it and right now I'm only trying to beat myself. But it's the only one on that list I use so I could be convinced to add it. I know people are using this feature but I don't really get it. Is it common to go to a profile page and then check out links to Facebook, Flickr, Strava, etc.? Or is there another aspect that I'm missing?
    posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 12:56 PM on July 25, 2017

    There's a lot of academics here, and there's:

    - Mendeley
    - ORCID
    - ResearcherID
    - ResearchGate

    Two that could be included are:

    - Google Scholar, as this is widely used. The field I'm in, probably more than the four listed above. My profile.
    - Hmmmm, though hmmmm I'm not sure how widely used it is (or isn't), and there's a whole bundle of issues with it.
    posted by Wordshore at 4:00 PM on July 25, 2017 [4 favorites]

    I have no idea if this is a bug or just a slightly opaque UI on an intentional restriction, but I have three of my bandcamp pages linked on my profile, and it just sort of quietly refuses to let me add more. I'm in a lot of bands.
    posted by Dysk at 8:08 PM on July 25, 2017

    wordshore, I only recieve weird spam from though I've managed to find some good papers there once in a way. ResearchGate and Google Scholar I'd be up for.
    posted by infini at 1:03 PM on July 26, 2017 [2 favorites]

    LobsterMitten: If you want to know who else is on some social site with you, you can look it up with the Mefi Social Explorer.

    Thank you for blowing my mind. I had no idea that this was a thing that existed in the MeFiVerse. Is it linked anywhere?
    posted by Too-Ticky at 2:16 PM on July 27, 2017

    Is it linked anywhere?

    Just the FAQ entry, I think.
    posted by zamboni at 8:32 PM on July 27, 2017

    As I was pointing out in a recent Ask, I don't know how many of us academics actually use those social services (mendeley, etc) as social services. Can't hurt to put Google Scholar in, though.
    posted by sciatrix at 8:03 AM on July 28, 2017 [2 favorites]

    I tried one from the list and got this: "Readability is no longer available."
    posted by pracowity at 2:16 AM on July 29, 2017

    Is it linked anywhere?

    There's also a fun MeFiWiki page called Shadowy Back Alleys that has other stuff like this which you might not know about. May not all be current/active.
    posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:07 AM on July 29, 2017

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