Franzen’s Correction: Love > Like

May 30, 2011

“Liking” is easy and shallow; love is hard and profound. Check out this great editorial by Jonathan Franzen in the New York Times.

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Thank You, Dave Pell!

May 26, 2011

“Popularity on Twitter won’t cook you breakfast in the morning.” (Jeffrey Zeldman)

This is an absolute must-read.

Thank you, Dave Pell.

Blabbb on! ūüėČ …


Vacation Posters (the blabbb ones, not the framed posters on our real walls)

May 25, 2011

Vacation (Status Update)
All I ever wanted
Vacation (Photos on FB)
Had to get away
Vacation (Foursquare check-in)
Meant to be spent alone (chatting on Yelp) …

As summer is almost upon us, when we pack up our cars and hit the overcrowded beaches, we thought it was the perfect time to open up a Blabbb debate about sharing our whereabouts on the Internet.
 
Why do we tell others online that we are away from our homes? How many horror stories do we need to read before we learn that vacation status updates, posting photos while away at other countries and even checking-in via Foursquare and the like really might not be the best idea?
 
Even though Facebook has upgraded its privacy settings these last couple years, our online networks are expanding and the “friend” line¬†has become¬†blurred. Who really has¬†five thousand¬†“friends?” How well do¬†we really¬†know everyone we’re “friends” with on Facebook?¬†We might want to¬†reconsider before¬†we next post that¬†we’re leaving for a week in¬†Mexico or that we’re excited to visit our parents¬†in our hometowns¬†for Thanksgiving weekend. After all,¬†as scary as it sounds, such vacation status updates and mobile upload photos¬†can be¬†translated¬†by certain¬†“friends” or conniving strangers (depending on¬†our privacy settings and who can read our FB walls) to read:¬†Please Rob Me!
 

Not convinced? Here are some better worded discussions on locational privacy and over-sharing and location-awareness.

A different¬†angle on this topic is whether¬†we find vacation announcements to be boasting or not. Does it depend on how well you know the person? Does it depend on how frequently he or she¬†posts on Facebook? Does it depend on his or her choice of words and¬†presentation of¬†such a public announcement? Have¬†“bragging” and “sharing”¬†become oddly synonymous in our techno world? More so, is it all that¬†much extra work¬†to¬†simply update a few close friends-and-family via a private message when¬†on vacation¬†instead of blabbbing to everyone in our online social networks?
 
Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers. And, no matter if you’re a Vacation Poster, a Foursquare addict or a neurotically private person, we wish you and yours a great, safe holiday weekend! ūüėČ

Blabbb Hall of Shame: Founding Fathers

May 24, 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?”
 
 
While the¬†following folks really should have known better, on a positive note, they can take solace¬†that they are, and forever will be, the legendary first inductees into the Blabbb Hall of Shame. Congratulations, ya’ Blabbbers! ūüėČ
 
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NFL running back Reggie Bush ran into the Twitter tornado when he tweeted about¬†relaxing during¬†the NFL players¬†strike. Bush tried to use “sarcasm” as an excuse. But, as Josh Katowitz, wrote, “Sarcasm or not, it just wasn‚Äôt a good idea.” Then again, Bush used to date Kim Kardashian. So maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised by his lack of etiquette.
 
 
NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew got himself in some hot water this past season when¬†he tweeted about Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler not playing through injury during a playoff game. Of course,¬†MJD tried to pretend as if it wasn’t that big a deal instead of taking real responsibility for his actions.

Pittsburgh Steelers¬†running back¬†Rashard Mendenall infuriated many Americans when his controversial tweets¬†questioned the 9/11 attacks the night the news broke about Osama Bin Laden’s death. Mendenall has absolutely every right to have his own political stance, but why voice that online, especially during such a time? Only one explanation: blabbb.

In non-NFL-running-back news,¬†esteemed journalist Nir Rosen¬†lost his job and much more when he¬†infamously tweeted about Lara Logan’s sexual assault.
 
 
Congratulations, gentlemen. You are the founding fathers of the Blabbb Hall of Shame. ūüėČ
 
With all seriousness, why do people (especially those in the public eye) think that their words do not have meaning?¬†Do you have¬†any BHOS nominations?¬† Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers …

Blabbb News: 2.0

May 19, 2011

Blabbb News¬†is an ongoing¬†collection of Blabbb-related¬†news 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!”¬†ūüėČ Enjoy this week’s¬†Blabbb News!¬†…

So, apparently, now we’re taking photos of ourselves, sharing them on the Internet and, believe it or not, actually asking/encouraging total strangers to critique us online and blabbb about what we’re wearing?

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We noticed this at our own last high school reunion: Attendance at high school/college reunions is apparently declining at an alarming rate. What’s the answer to such a “trend?” Apparently the only answer is to promote real personal connections. [Editor/Blogger’s Sarcastic Note: What a concept!]

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Trying to figure out what to name your child? Well, we hate to break this to you, but “Facebook” and “Like” are already taken. Literally.

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First, “E-mail” became “email.” And now, well, “Web site” has officially become “website” … and there are many more new AP rules that most people will never follow (except us at Blabbb, that is). ūüėČ

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


Blabbb Advice from The Hitchhiker: Stop Worrying and Learn to Love (the Internet)

May 17, 2011
Douglas Adams, the brilliant author/satirist who brought¬†us The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, knocks this editorial about the Internet (originally written back in 1999 and still relevant now) out of the park and into a (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the) Galaxy far far away.¬†Stop worrying and learn to love (the Internet)? Man, that sounds familiar¬†…
 
 

Fun Blabbb: 1.0

May 13, 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!”¬†ūüėČ Enjoy this week’s¬†Fun Blabbb!¬†…

This recent Zits comic strip is absolutely¬†hysterical commentary on Blabbb and relationships¬†…

If we could post only one thing on this blog, the following video would definitely be worthy, as its message¬†is absolutely at the core of what this Blabbb blog is all about: Words Have Power.¬†Enjoy! …

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


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