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What’s the point of Facebook – PostADay 2011 Challenge – Today is…

January 7, 2011 23 comments

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What’s the point of Facebook

‘Social networking’ everyone replies. So what’s that exactly, seeing that so many sites which started out as something else seem to be morphing into social networks? Swapping the odd few words with people who, one way or another, have become your ‘friends’, even though you don’t know them and will never meet?

The number of ‘friends’ people can accrue appears to be important, it marks their status on Facebook, and is reciprocal; you can be my friend if I can be yours’, but it’s not genuine or real friendship, merely a way of boasting how many ‘friends’ you have, while at most, making the odd comment on their page occasionally, ‘liking’ something they posted, or a picture they put up. All shallow and meaningless. Real friends of course do keep in touch that way, but they could do so with a simple email, so one wonders why they would want their conversations public.

But what exactly is social networking? For many it appears to be taking over from real networking in the real world which is designed to keep people with similar interests/jobs/careers/hobbies in touch; the more time you spend staring at a screen, the less you have for real interaction with real friends and family. There is obviously a need or people wouldn’t have flocked to the site in millions and made the creator a multi-millionaire at age 24 [more on him later], but is it a genuinely felt need or merely following all the other sheep, and is it being satisfied by Facebook?

Lonely people may feel it is a cure for their loneliness, but is having hundreds of pretend ‘friends’ the same as having a small circle of real friends who actually care about you? Studies have found that people who have hundreds of friends on Facebook only interact on a regular basis with seven. That suggests that we really want just a few friends with whom we feel intimate and can share things in our lives, and perhaps the human animal is only capable of this level of social interaction.

This is a taster of my post on my own blog Fool on the hill.

Peter

 

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or not – Thinking of Old Neighbourhoods Makes Me Smile

January 4, 2011 3 comments

It’s time for one of my “or not” postings.

I belong to Qondio, which is an online magazine. Every week they suggest a theme and ask the members to write about it. This week’s was Neighbourhoods.  Here is my contribution which received some great reviews.

Neighbourhoods – Aren’t They Great!

It was December 1990, I had just moved into my house the previous week when we were hit with a snowstorm and the city was blanketed with snow. On moving day it was so nice we were standing in the driveway enjoying a nice cold beer after moving all my belongings into the house

I had dinner with my parents on the Saturday evening and asked my dad if I could borrow his snowblower. He hemmed and hawed, and said leave it that he would come by and do it for me after church Sunday morning. The real reason, he didn’t think that I, being female, could handle the snowblower.

I wasn’t going to argue with him, so I said I would see him in the morning.

After spending most of the day and evening at my parents home, with the snow still falling, I had no idea what to expect when I got home. Arriving about 9:00pm I found the most beautiful thing, my driveway had been plowed!

I had only moved in the previous week and with it being winter you don’t see too many people outside. I had not met any of the neighbours but when I finally did I asked if they knew who was going around plowing the driveways. They either didn’t know or were not going to admit to it.

My next door neighbours, who I got to know really well, would always mow my front lawn when they did their’s. Most of the time it was the daughter who mowed the lawn. They would then tell me to just borrow their lawnmower to mow my backyard. Whenever I mentioned that I should really buy a lawnmower, they would say what for, you can just keep using ours. They wouldn’t even let me pay for the gas I used. They were such great neighbours!

I lived in that neighbourhood for 8 years and it was wonderful, living in a community where everyone looked out for each other and helped each other out.

Contributed by classyrose. Published on January 3, 2011, at 11:02 PM UTC.

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Is Yahoo Shutting Down Delicious?

December 17, 2010 1 comment

[Update: Yes]

This is what’s bugging me today.

I really just started using it a couple of months ago after signing up with them years ago.

I have 300 hundred bookmarks, 400 tags, and I have made sure to tag properly, create tag bundles, and subscriptions to make things easier to find and tag.

And then this happens. The first item when I signed into Delicious this morning,  is the  headline:

Is Yahoo Shutting Down Del.icio.us? [Update: Yes]

I was stunned. I finally start using it, and organizing everything, and now I have to find something else.

I haven’t seen anything on when they are shutting it down, but I’ve already made a backup of my bookmarks, so I don’t lose them.

Then I departed on a mission to find an alternative to Delicious.

Then, right in my lap, arrives an article with the 10 Alternatives To Delicious.com Bookmarking.

I thought okay, here it is, some writer was quick and put something out already.

Ran down the list, checked out some of them, decide upon StumbleUpon and proceeded to download and install on my FireFox browser.

Everything was going smoothly, registered at the site, set up a basic profile, started finding my way around, checked out the toolbar in my browser. And I said yeh, I could work with this. I was set, had a new bookmarking service, I could stop using Delicious.

Well, that’s what I thought, until I went to use one of my neat little shortcuts that I do with the right-click button on my mouse and it wasn’t there!   arrrgh.

I use it all the time.  This little FireFox add-on, Text2Link, lets me highlight any word or sentence, right-click and search Google and I’ve set it up so it opens in a new tab. I use this all day long and it was gone. Instead StumbleUpon was there. I had StumbleUpon in my toolbar, I don’t need it in the right-click and I haven’t found a way to get rid of it yet.

I checked a few other programs, and managed to change some options and I got my Google search back, but it’s not there all the time – instead StumbleUpon is and other features are missing. This has changed my whole routine. It’s no longer a simple click.

Looks like I’m on the hunt again for another bookmarking service. arrrgh!
StumbleUpon just won’t do it for me! It’s going to be uninstalled quickly. I want my right-click back!

This is what’s bugging me today!

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Article Screening & Rating

December 16, 2010 6 comments

I belong to a web site where articles need to be screened and rated by members before they are published. While the article is in the screening room, the author’s name isn’t visible but the country it is directed at is. If it is directed at the global community there is no flag, otherwise a small image of an American, Canadian, Australian, etc flag appears next to the article name.

There are members who publish articles daily, weekly and sometimes occasionally. Some of these members never screen articles, and if they do, it seems that they only screen the articles their friends have posted. I have no proof of this, but just something I’ve observed.

Now, I don’t know if it’s the same people, because the screening is anonymous, but there are members who pick and choose the articles they will read. If the article has an American flag on it, it goes through the screening process fairly quickly. If it’s designated as global or another country, it can sit in the room for hours, sometimes days.

A fellow member published one yesterday as American and it went through the screening process in 7 hours. It actually had 3 screenings, within about 5 minutes of it being posted. Yet others will sometimes sit for hours before even one person will take the time to screen it and rate it.

At this time, there are 8 articles that need screening, 2 global, 3 American, 1 Philippines, 1 New Zealand and 1 Indian, they were all screened by someone at 353am, but at 637am, someone went in and screened just one of those articles and it has an American flag.

Selective screening. I detest people who behave in this manner. What makes them think they are better than others?

One article was posted on Dec. 14 at 10:05PM,, marked from New Zealand and discussing the tragedy at the mine. It finally cleared the screening room on Dec 16th at 3:53AM. Almost 30 hours, yet the American flagged one cleared yesterday in 7 hours, it was posted after this one. The odd thing about this article from New Zealand is that it had only needed one additional screening since Dec 15th at 5:18PM. Lets list it out so you can get a better picture of the times.

  • Dec 14th at 10:05PM – posted to screening room
  • Dec 15th at 5:18PM  – needed just one more screening
  • Dec 16th at 3:53AM  – finally published

Why are these things happening?

I have my own little story about what happened with one of my articles, but then some are holding a grudge, so I’ve decided to report on this one. I hadn’t planned to cover this article, it’s just what I’ve observed.

Because I like seeing the good in people, I did not want to believe that members are doing this to other members.

This is as good a place as any to say this. So here goes!

If you want to play games, go ahead. You don’t want to screen, just run around following people, go ahead.

FYI    Since returning to the web site just over two months ago,  I have read, screened, rated over 1250 articles, including the archives! This doesn’t count the many I couldn’t rate or had no wish to comment on.

When I went into the screening room, I read and rated every article. I also provided feedback when necessary.

What’s that equal? About 500 per month average?

Well, no more. There is no requirement to screen at the site before posting articles, so maybe I will do like the rest of them.

Now I know I am only one person, but like I showed you in the example above, just one person is all that’s needed sometimes to finally get your article published.

This is what’s bugging me today!

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