Fun Blabbb: 5.0

July 28, 2011

Fun Blabbb is an ongoing collection of Blabbb-related “stuffs” that we bumped into and wanted to share with our Blabbb community. If you ever see something Blabbb-related, please drop us a line and share it with us. We’ll even give you a shout-out and a “wink!” ;) Enjoy this week’s Fun Blabbb! …

Blabbber Hooligan sent us a fantastic comedy short, starring NFL stud linebacker (and South Jersey native!) Shaun Phillips. It’s perfect blabbb commentary on all the professional athletes that are getting in trouble (yet more popular?!) for their Blabbb-Hall-of-Shame-worthy tweeting … Click here for the video.

[NOTE: The video was originaly running automatically when we embedded it, which is almost as annoying as blabbbing itself. So you're going to have to proactively click on the above link instead. Thanks, Blabbbers!]

Blabbb out with your Blabbb out!  ;)  What do “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers? …


Blabbb Hall of Shame: 3.0

July 22, 2011
The Blabbb Hall of Shame is an ongoing collection of people who “blabbb” so inappropriately that even Gilbert Godfried asked, “What were they thinking?” 
 
 
From cellphone cameras to Twitter account mistakes: Without further adieu, here are the latest additions to the Blabbb Hall Of Shame. Congratulations, ladies and gentlemen. You “blabbb” with the best (actually, the worst) of them. ;)
 
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Shamelessly blabbbing is not necessarily always what we (foolishly) type; it can also be what we foolishly say in this techno world, as USC star running back Marc Tyler found out the hard way. Tyler jokingly answered some questions when someone stuck a cellphone camera in his face when he was out on the town one evening.  Unfortunately, the videos were then provided to TMZ which broadcast a drunk Tyler making jokes about (legendary Blabbber) Kim Kardashian and inferring that his school USC paid its football players to play for them.  Tyler is now suspended and probably wishes he didn’t blabbb before thinking.
 
 
Blabbber G.botic keyed us into our first blabbb/BHOS rap song. That is, Sixers guard Lou Williams’ latest rap song in which he decided to blabbb about how rich he is. Yes, he proclaims over and over “God dammit. I’m rich” in the song. Is this “wrong”? Probably not. But, in this day and age, when the economy is in the tubes and NBA fans are broke, you’d think Sweet (Rich) Lou would have a little humility and modesty. You’re rich, Lou? Cool. You’re now in the Blabbb Hall of Shame, too. Rap about that one. Ya heard.
 
[Aside note: Blabbb blog writer Lee Porter is a huge Sixers fan, and it pained him to add Lou to this board - Keep dropping 3's, Sweet Lou!]
 
 
Ashley Payne was a teacher in Georgia, that is until she posted photos of herself drinking while on vacation on Facebook. While her Facebook profile and photos were private, Payne was Facebook friends with other teachers. Word of her photos spread to the administration, and next thing Payne knew she was out of a job. Moral of the story: Don’t blabbb about yourself. Just ask Ashley Payne, who now works for the Blabbb Hall of Shame. ;)
 
 
Connor Riley was just a 22 year old college kid in 2009, but, after one random and infamous blabbb, now she is forever known for the “Cisco Fatty” incident. Riley was considering her first big job offer when she foolishly tweeted her feelings online in less than 140 characters, of course: “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.” Well, a Cisco employee happened to see Riley’s tweet and responded. Next thing Riley knew, Cisco rescinded the job offer. Now, the “Cisco Fatty” is a legendary social media story, and Riley is a proud member of the Blabbb Hall of Shame.
 
 
Talk about blabbb mistakes: Employees at Chrysler Auto and the American Red Cross mistakenly tweeted on their companies’ Twitter accounts instead of their personal ones. Chrylser’s social media company’s gem: “I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the #motorcity and yet no one here knows how to f****** drive.” Red Cross’ tweet mishap turned into free advertising for Dogfish beer: “Ryan found two more 4 bottle packs of Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch beer…when we drink we do it right #gettngslizzerd.” Chrysler Auto first made sure the employee was fired and then terminated their contract with their social media agency for their blabbb accident, while the Red Cross turned their mishap into a social media lesson for all and forgave their loyal blabbber.
 
 
Do you have any BHOS nominations?  Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers …

Fun Blabbb: 4.0

July 14, 2011

Fun Blabbb is an ongoing collection of Blabbb-related “stuffs” that we bumped into and wanted to share with our Blabbb community. If you ever see something Blabbb-related, please drop us a line and share it with us. We’ll even give you a shout-out and a “wink!” ;) Enjoy this week’s Fun Blabbb! …

Blabbber G.botic sent us a hysterical comedy short, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. It’s perfect blabbb commentary that will make you want to unplug — that is, until you start searching online for more social satire …

This video definitely reminds us a little of Chapter 3 (“Sir Texts-a-Lot”) of Wink. What do “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers? …


Blabbb Pyramid: 1.0

July 13, 2011
Blabbb Pyramid is an on-going collection of observations and discussions about techno communication etiquette. Blabbb Pyramid posts are not rules, per se, but rather recommendations for a “healthier” life on the Internet and beyond. Like the USDA did with its (now defunct) Food Pyramid (since replaced by the official Nutrition Plate in 2011), we at Blabbb are simply offering some advice to the blabbbing public. How you blabbb (and what food groups you eat) is entirely up to “you” (not “u”) …
 
After recently posting about President Obama’s “first Presidential tweet,” we consider how politics and communication converge in our techno world. Obviously, politicians will always blabbb; after all, part (if not all) of politicians’ jobs is to talk and talk and talk some more. But what about us, the blabbbing public?
 
There has always been a Cardinal rule: never discuss politics and religion in casual social settings, such as “at the dinner table” or “at a cocktail party.” Well, now with social networking sites, it’s easier than ever to communicate, and we’re practically living our daily lives “at the dinner table” or “at a cocktail party.” Do our open, modern means of communication permit us to, all of a sudden, break such a Cardinal rule and blabbb about such touchy topics as politics and religion?
 
For example, during voting season every year, our Facebook News Feeds are saturated with friends’ personal opinions about politics and religion (as the two topics often conflict with each other). Next thing you know, we’re either (a) arguing online with one another in an uncivilized, frenzied manner, (b) hiding opinionated “friends” from our News Feeds, or (c) making jokes about our friends blabbing about politics and religion.
  
So, we ask the question: Why do we blabbb online about religion and politics? We live in a diverse world, and we’re sure to be “friends” online with those that disagree with us, who are equally entitled to their own opinions. Politics and religion are two topics that people never ever universally agree on. Instead, such matters most often lead to ugly, uncivilized arguments and even violence and war. Why do we shove our opinions down each others’ Internet throats?
 
Do you blabbb about religion and politics online? Are you bothered when others do? Tell us what “you” (not “u”) think … 

Twitter Town Hall: President, Too, Is Confined To 140 Characters

July 7, 2011

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm)
that I will faithfully execute the office
of President of the United States, and will,
to the best of my ability,
preserve, protect and defend
the Constitution of the United States …
and Tweet with the blabbbing public,
within 140 characters, of course.
White House Woot!”

Many social media “experts” and political journalists reported and (over)analyzed President Obama’s first Twitter Town Hall yesterday. If you missed it, you can check out the Town Hall’s Twitter page or read the full Town Hall transcript.

As we have stressed over and over again, like them or not, Twitter and Facebook are modern forms of communication that, in one form or another, are here to stay. So it’s only natural for political figures to utilize such “blabbb.” After all, politicians are often accused of talking much more than acting anyway. ;)
 
 
Instead of analyzing the pro’s and con’s of the President using techno communications to interact with the public, Blabbb ponders the question: Why do we use Twitter? More specifically, why have 200 million (yes, two hundred million!) people jumped aboard the Twitter bandwagon and agreed to communicate within the constraints of 140 characters?
 
Where did the 140 character limit come from? According to Dom Sagolla, one of the original employees at founding company Odeo, Inc., the 140 character limit was, believe it or not, based on text messaging. According to Sagolla, the standard text message length in most places is 160 characters per message, and Twitter reserves 20 characters for people’s names. That’s it. Nothing random about the 140 character limit; no Twitter conspiracy theory.

Obviously, the 140 character limit speaks volumes about our techno world, how we now (generally speaking) do not read anything more than a headline, let alone a full article or a full book.

Does the 140 character limit bother you? Are you troubled by future generations (let alone the younger generations now) who will grow up interacting and expressing themselves within such limited confines? Should expression be controlled like this?

Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers …
 
And, yes, this blog post is 1881 characters long. So thank you for reading more than the first 140. ;)

Fun Blabbb: 3.0

July 5, 2011

Fun Blabbb is an ongoing collection of Blabbb-related “stuffs” that we bumped into and wanted to share with our Blabbb community. If you ever see something Blabbb-related, please drop us a line and share it with us. We’ll even give you a shout-out and a “wink!” ;) Enjoy this week’s Fun Blabbb! …

This recent Blondie comic strip pokes fun of our modern families …

This Zits comic strip makes fun of our techno communications…

This New Yorker comic pokes fun of our phone addictions as well …

This Non Squitur comic makes fun of our smartphones …

And this New Yorker comic takes that joke even further …

This recent Non Sequitur comic makes fun of our Mac world …

This New Yorker comic makes fun of our Twitter world …

And this recent Dennis The Menace comic pokes fun of how Blabbb disconnects us from our loved ones …

                                                                                                                                      What do “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers? ;)


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