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Social Networks – An Anti Social Hobby March 31, 2011

Posted by mjpower4 in facebook, Family, Technology, twitter.
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Social Media, Antisocial Hobby

In the beginning there was MySpace (remember that?) and Bebo, then Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and now Quora and others, all places on the web where we connect and share our thoughts with our virtual friends. Some of these networks like LinkedIn I have more for work than because I want to, others like Quora for example I now have because I’m a bit geeky.

Each though requires time, effort and attention to get most from because by it’s very nature you only get out of Social Media what you put in. The idea for this post came this morning when I tweeted ‘I currently have 5 social networks open. Do I have a problem?’. The resounding response was ‘Yes’ and ‘Get a life’ which is a little ironic given those responses were via a Social Network.

You have to wonder if our increasing ‘Social Habit’ is at the cost of relationships with real people, do we prefer our virtual friends to our real ones – and do we prefer to communicate with them via their wall or timeline rather than speaking to them in person?

Will we get to a stage where the human race evolves to have a permanently bent neck and an extra texting finger? You may laugh now but look around as you read this, you’re surrounded by people staring into a screen, typing at lightning speed with two thumbs into the latest must-have iThing updating their statuses.

‘I ate some cheese’.’I just went to the toilet’.’I can’t remember the last time I actually spoke to real person. LOL’

Perhaps there will be a completely new breed of Public Relations Agency who will be able to assist the new bent necked, extra digited human race to actually have relations, in public.

So with a Social Media apocalypse looming, perhaps it’s time to move away from the wall and re-learn the art of simple conversation.

With the correct grammar.

C/O @angrybritain


How to suck at Facebook! March 21, 2010

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This is an interesting guide from the people at The Oatmeal on how to balls it up on Facebook…….

The Oatmeal

What not to do on Facebook!! February 14, 2010

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Here are the top 15 things you should never do on Facebook or MySpace:

1. Use Facebook mail instead of proper email
Are you stupid? When you Facebook mail me, I have to log into my real email to find that I then have to go and log into my Facebook account to read and reply to your message. If you’ve got my real email address, please use it.

2. Add old friends and then forget about them

This is the biggest social networking crime of them all. How many times has it happened? You haven’t seen someone for 20 years; you vaguely recognise their name but not their face. They add you as a friend on Facebook and then after you accept them, you never hear from them again.

3. Adding people you don’t even know
It’s one thing to add an old friend and then never speak to them. It’s another to add anyone whose name you kind of vaguely sort of recognise. It’s like that old man in the pub who slaps everyone on the back as if they were old pals, when in actual fact he has no friends, largely because of this habit.

4. Adding single-serving holiday friends
Some people just don’t understand that the exchanging of email addresses at the end of a holiday is just a social ritual and is absolutely not an invitation to add you to Facebook and then turn up unannounced at your house three months later.

5. Accepting friend invitations from people you don’t know
It’s one thing to complain about irritating people adding you on Facebook, but if you accept those invites, you’ve only got yourself to blame. If you scan through your Facebook friends list, you’ll doubtless find a handful of people in there you barely know. It’s a horrible realisation – like when you suddenly realise your hand is resting on a knob of someone else’s chewing gum underneath a desk.

6. Update Facebook profile when you’re supposedly ill
How many times have we seen it? Someone calls in sick in the morning and then updates their Facebook profile minute-by-minute throughout the day, documenting a day of ice cream, chips, video games and jumping on the bed. Get dressed and get to work you lazy hoodwink, or else you’ll probably be sacked. And it’d be your own fault for adding your boss to be your Facebook friend!!

7. Write on a wall instead of communicating privately
The driving force behind the success of Facebook is… vanity. People love the idea that others are watching what they’re doing. Tell me this: for what reason would you invite someone to a private party by writing on their wall, other than to show off to all the people on their friends list who you don’t want to come? It just makes you look like a tit, so don’t do it.

8. Moan in your Facebook status
The most annoying thing that people do on Facebook is to spray their walls with vanity-filled drivel, by posting self-indulgent awfulness in their status updates. “Kerry is sorry how it ended but it had to be done. I love you and will miss you, and I hope you can apologise one day”. Oh sod off. If you’ve got something to say to someone, say it. Don’t post it on your wall because no one else is interested, and people just think you’re a prat.

9. Other irritating status updates
No, “Dave is” is not an acceptable status update, nor is it original or in any way clever. “Dave just is…” is equally as inexcusable. And “Dave is Dave is Dave” is downright taking the piss. Oh, and song lyrics are also a no-no. “Sandra was happy in the haze of a drunken hour, but heaven knows she’s miserable now” will impress people about the same amount as Morrissey’s saggy, miserable face.

10. Upload drunken pictures the morning after
Have a little common sense. If you go out for a big one on a Wednesday night, posting humiliating, drunken photos of your friends on Thursday morning is a recipe for disaster. Because when I call in sick at 9am, the last thing I want my boss to say is: “I’ve seen the pictures of you crawling in the gutter last night. I’m not amused or impressed, now get to work!”

11. Joining ridiculous chain-mail groups
Why do people insist on joining groups such as “On the X of May, everyone has to panic buy carrots”? Come on people, how stupid are you? There’s one group on Facebook devoted to nullifying the vegetarian moral crusade, and it’s called: “For every animal you don’t eat, I’m going to eat three”. That’s a good group name. “I think Ryan Seacrest is the best presenter ever” is not.

12. Starting said groups
Enough said.

13. Lazy grammar and spelling mistrakes
Reading Facebook is like perusing a six-year olds’ learning English book at primary school . Come on, people: ‘Your’ is ‘your’. ‘You are’ is ‘you’re’. It really isn’t hard to get that little one right. And understanding the difference between there, their and they’re surely isn’t too much of a challenge?

14. Upload photos to Facebook and deleting originals
Uploading photos to Facebook can be a very handy way of sharing your holiday snaps. But for the love of God, don’t lose your originals. Facebook is terrible at compressing and resizing images – it turns your 14MP panoramas into 14KB monstrosities. Facebook is not a suitable repository to store your precious photos!

15. Inviting me to be a Zombie Pirate Snot Monster
Please don’t do that ever ever again

If you have any other ideas or what not to do comment below….

Facebook 6th Birthday – The budget airline of tech February 14, 2010

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Read a great piece by Gary Marshall of Techradar. Comparing the mighty facebook to airlines like Ryan Air etc. Comments such as:

“The continuing rise of Facebook demonstrates something pretty amazing: the way in which technology is becoming increasingly available, affordable and egalitarian. People we’d never have expected to see online in a million years are now online, and more often than not Facebook is the thing that’s got their attention. So, Facebook is brilliant, I’m a great big numpty and everything in social networking land is groovy.

Not so fast.

Facebook isn’t popular because it’s good. It’s popular because it’s popular. Facebook is the budget airline of tech. If Margaret Thatcher were to start a company that ran around giving small children Chinese burns, blasting Jedward through your windows at 3am and interrupting your thoughts every fifteen seconds with the wit and wisdom of Katie Price, it’d still be more popular and more loved than budget airlines. And yet millions of people fly with them every year.

Why do they do it? There are two kinds of passenger: passengers new to the airline, and passengers who’ve flown with them before. The former are excited, their brains full of the possibilities. The latter grin and bear it in the knowledge that it’s the only way to get where they want to go at the price they want to pay. If they don’t, no problem: the airline just does a few more rubbish ads to attract some new passengers.

Facebook’s rather like that. To its constant stream of new arrivals it’s a playground, a world of joy and adventure. They haven’t been on long enough to get sick of the oversharers and quiz takers – in fact, the odds are that they’ll be the oversharers and quiz takers – and they weren’t on Facebook when the various privacy controversies took place. They’re far too busy playing FarmVille to worry about the enormous amounts of information a remote and unaccountable corporation is collating about them. Of course, not everyone grins and bears it. Some commit Facebook suicide; far more simply stop logging in.

But Facebook doesn’t care, because every new sign-up invites all their friends, who invite all their friends, who invite… eventually Facebook will do something really, spectacularly stupid, or everybody will hit their 150-friend mental maximum, or The Kids will realise that Facebook’s becoming OldPeopleBook and will head for a service their parents can’t use to annoy them.”

Nice comments Gary and well thought out and probably true, look what happened to myspace and beebo?

facebook app – ?useless February 10, 2010

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Well the BB Facebook app has stopped working and doesn’t refresh or update. Apparently this is due to the new fbook dashboard upgrade. Why can’t the apps producers anticipate and react? No similar problems on iphone or android!

While we are looking at the Facebook app it is worthwhile looking at what it doesn’t do and how it can be improved:
1. Lack of video
What is going on? Every other format even winmo’s app can upload video! I have twicve wanted to upload video in the past 2 weeks and have had to use twitter! Twitvid did it seamlessly and without a hiccup. Come on sort this out please.
2. Poor contact integration
Why do you have to go through hoops to load phone contacts and match with you Fbook ones – very poor and not as intagrated as it easily could be!
3. Slow and buggy
Sometimes it just hangs, on others it cycles through refresh for 10 mins and then a big fat nowt! It does not encourage use.

Let’s hope this gives the programmers a target to aim at and smarten up the app.