Social Needia

When I visit Twitter, I see a lot of people trying to express something of value within 140 characters, or far less if they want to be retweeted. That’s not a bad exercise. There are others who “follow” 15,000 or 50,000 others, which we know is a joke. But if you follow those people producing value every day, I can see the point. When I visit Linkedin, I find a lot of people looking for work, either employment or to …


Faceboor

Spent two minutes looking at Facebook this morning. Blocked one guy who had to use F**k in his title; four self-aggrandizing posts; 18 posts on nothing at all (beautiful sunset, drunk falls off boat); one really funny photo of dog with leash waiting not for walk but car door to be opened; and the rest about vacations, motivation, wishful thinking, and so on. I think I wasted a minute forty-five. Moving on.


Facebook Update

Some reflections from time spent on Facebook and the most profound patterns I observe:   • Conversations reflect bias predisposition, not openness to debate. Obama is a moron. Obama is undermined by Republican morons. (No one seems to call this a great presidency, so there is an empirical limitation even to bias.) A great many minds are exposed but very few converted.   • Boldness is magnified artificially by lack of presence. People become more aggressive, less tolerant, more ad …


What If Facebook Required An IQ Test?

I decided to read every Facebook post on my home page (or whatever it is) this morning right to the bottom, and I found….wait for it….that all but two were stupid, vain, or just wrong. And these are the people I haven’t blocked yet! Who on earth can put more than ten minutes a day into this time dump? My favorites this morning: 1. I’m going to begin posting motivational sayings daily. Wish me luck. 2. I’m back from Florida …


Hey Old Pal, Can You Spare A Hundred Thou?

A large percentage of people on social media platforms seem to feel they have become instant buddies and peers. (It’s interesting that Facebook has “friends” but Twitter has “followers.”) Among recent requests to me from total strangers: • Endorse them for specialties I have no idea whether or not they are proficient in. • Provide testimonials for self-published books which don’t interest me. • Appear as a guest on their “internet radio show” which has approximately 16 listeners. • Coach …


Facebook As A Depressant

In a study at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Leuven University (Belgium) it was found that Facebook users in their late teens or early 20s were more depressed than non-users. The more people socialized on Facebook,  the worse they reported feeling, as opposed to another group which socialized only in the real world and felt positive for having done so. (Reported in Bottom Line)


Incivility

I’ve been regularly blocking the boors on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter who are uncivil: They whine, complain, use obscenity, have no patience, expect everyone to accept their agenda, boast unceasingly. One cause for all this is the fact that we seldom deal with each other in person. “Friends” on Facebook is a stretch. A friend is someone you trust, can rely upon, and who thinks of your best interests. These are mere acquaintances, at best. (Just as “Dancing With the …


%$^&**&^^ Are You Proud of Me?

I’m skimming Facebook this morning, where I routinely  accept anyone who wants to befriend me but never ask anyone to befriend me. I have a couple of thousand “friends.” This morning, some guy named Matthew says that he’s going to hit the gym harder, read more books, learn a language, and raise more funds for charity, and that anyone who tries to out-perform him can (insert absolutely obscene phrase here). I understand that Facebook is all about vanity publishing, braggadocio, …


Snarks

There are a couple of women on Twitter who symbolize Twits. They are upset that I follow no one, feel they should carry on a debate with me about every point I raise, and speak in galactic woo-woo language. They’re the definition of gum on your shoe, snarky wise-guys who use Twitter because no one wants to be around them in reality, I’d guess. If Twitter didn’t have a “block” feature, I’d pay to get one, or simply abandon the …


Please Send Me $10

Am I crazy, or is Facebook becoming the home of the terribly needy? We have the incessant requests to “like” every inane comment. Then we have people demanding that you post a comment to prove you’re reading their postings. There are the demands to “send me a dollar” to prove some fool thing or another. And we have the people who display their ratings from speeches, random compliments, and even celebrities (in their view) who are standing in the same …