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I’m now ready to start using this site for my updates about new publications and other activities. However, it is still under construction. There are a number of things to be tweaked, and the “articles” section is still an outline without clickable links. My main reason for abandoning my old blog is actually that I want to be able to post some of my articles as PDF or word files, but finding the time to upload the stuff is another matter. Hopefully I’ll get around to it soon.

A few weeks ago, as a test and as a stopgap measure, I posted some texts on my page at academia.edu. I somehow found myself signed up to this social networking site for academics years ago, and was promptly bombarded with emails to get me to use it: to follow others, to update my profile and so on. In other words: to produce content and value for them. I made no use of this for years, in spite of regular messages that “so-and-so is now following you on academia.edu” and the rest of the site’s arsenal of pushy tactics. This includes offering you a list of papers their searchbots have found online and think might have been written by you. In my case, one title they came up with was “Epidemiology of invasive Streptococcus pyogenes infections in Germany, 1996-2002: results from a voluntary laboratory surveillance system,” which is actually co-authored by my uncle Rudi – so it’s not that far off.

Anyway, I don’t blame anyone for accepting academia.edu’s offer. Especially if you’re a student or a beginning academic in temporary and uncertain employment, and provided your name doesn’t contain any pesky diacritical signs that you’re ridiculously attached to, it is rather convenient. After playing around with it for a bit I thought I’d rather take the trouble of constructing a site over which I have a tiny bit more control. Vive la petite différence...

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