Happy Social Media Day: Woot or WTF?

June 30, 2011

Seeing as today is “Social Media Day,” we at Blabbb wish you a very very very¬†… Happy Social Media Day! So … uh … are we supposed to say “woot” or “WTF” here?! ūüėČ

What is Social Media Day? On the record, on one hand, this is the day for all those who use the word “woot” to get together and celebrate. And, off the record, on the other hand, it’s¬†a time for us computer geeks to unite, a time to get together and celebrate all those quality human relationships that we’ve¬†forged by typing on¬†keyboards¬†and smartphones while¬†we’re lonely at home by ourselves. It’s even a time to meet total strangers at social media events and then return home and “friend” them online after one tiny conversation. (Yes, this paragraph was loaded with sarcasm.)

In all seriousness, today there are events scheduled throughout the country for people to get together and celebrate¬†our online¬†social networking groups. Mashable, Meetup, Yelp and other online social¬†networking groups¬†have meet-up events scheduled everywhere¬†in honor of this grand day. So get out there and “woot” it up, y’all! ūüėČ

This leads us at Blabbb to ponder the question: Why do¬†we participate¬†in online social networking groups? Why would we consciously elect to “meet up” with total strangers online first and then later forge human relationships¬†with them in person? Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

Do you make friends with total strangers¬†on Mashable? Meetup? Yelp? Happy Social Media Day, Blabbbers! Tell us what “you” (not “u”) think …

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Facebook Tag(ging): You’re It and … You’re You!

June 29, 2011

An adaptation of the following post was originally featured on AllFacebook. We were thrilled to be asked to contribute a piece to their awesome site. Check out the original post here.

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In 2007, if you asked most people what tagging was, they would have tapped you on the shoulder and said “You’re it” as if¬†they were children on a playground during recess. Now, tagging photos of each other has become absolute commonplace on Facebook.

Tagging on Facebook has been a key driver in its exponential growth. After all, a few years ago, Facebook’s original tagging application was one of the major differences at the time between Facebook and its competitors. Since then, many other websites have added tag features to their photo uploads, including Google’s Picasa and Myspace.

As Facebookers acclimate themselves to the recent addition of the ability to tag products and pages in photos and the upgrade to visual recognition, we ponder the question: Why do we tag?

Obviously, tagging is a way of letting our friends and family know that we posted photos online that include them. But couldn’t we just send them the hyperlink to the online album instead?

The current Facebook profile layout features five of our most recently tagged photos at the top of our profile pages. Some suggest that this new layout is Facebook’s way of promoting its tagging application. In a backwards way, this current layout might motivate us to tag ourselves and others in order to arrange the top of our profile with the photos we want featured.

Years ago, if we were tagged in another’s photo, our Facebook friends could see that tagged photo and the entire photo album that it was included in. Now, with upgraded privacy settings, our friends often do not even see others’ photos in which we are tagged. If our friends cannot see the photos in which we are tagged, has Facebook tagging become somewhat irrelevant even as it gains in popularity?

Many Facebookers tag themselves in their own photos. Why do we do this? Our friends and family already know who we are and what we look like. Is there an underlying need for attention from others that somehow motivates us to do this?

Do you tag yourself in Facebook photos? Why? Why not? Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think about tagging (the Facebook tag, not the playground one) …


Drop The Wink [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 20, 2011

If you have not seen Wink by now, see the full Web series here.

Think Wink was absurd fiction? Think again. Our friends at AllFacebook (The Unofficial Facebook Resource) put together an amazing infographic that really breaks down just how self-destructive Facebook can be.

Has Facebook affected your relationships? What do you think about the statistics and information in the infographic? Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think …


Blabbb Summer Reading “Assignment”

June 14, 2011
 
Dear Class of Blabbbers:
 
Before you embark on your summer vacation, please look over the following summer reading list.
 
“Extra credit” if you write a report (or just comment below).
 
Enjoy! Have a great summer! And don’t forget: real apples for teachers > winks + smiley faces. ūüėČ
 
— Professor Blabbb
 
  
Blabbb 101: Summer Reading List 2011
 
MoveOn co-founder Eli Pariser believes that Internet personalization will lead us to¬†a disturbing corner where we are not fully perceptive or informed of what is really going on. Check¬†out¬†Pariser’s theory in The Filter Bubble: What The Internet Is Hiding From You. And¬†we thought water filters were scary enough, right?
 
 
Author Gary Shteyngart paints a terrifying picture of America in the near-future in his novel¬†Super Sad True Love Story. Not only do we¬†witness how technology and blabbb can affect our economy and society; we also see how it affects our relationships and our hearts. And, after enjoyng this fantastic novel,¬†you’ll never look at Juicy Couture clothing in quite the same way ever again.
 
 
Craving¬†a true story about how scary blabbb can be?¬†Meet Kiki Kanibal (real name Kiki Ostrenga), a young, lonely¬†teenager who sought attention, became an¬†Internet sensation¬†and blabbbed so much that her life turned¬†into¬†an absolute horror story.¬†Ain’t Internet popularity grand? No need to purchase any book, read the captivating Rolling Stone article here.
 

Political and cultural commentator David Brooks opens our eyes to the origins of our behavior and decision-making in the best-seller The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. It sporadically touches on the blabbb in our lives and also leaves us wondering why we do what we do (in the real world and in the blabbb one, too).

 
 
Finally, of course, there is George Orwell’s masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell’s futuristic vision has become alarmingly real as our blabbb world (from Facebook, foursquare,¬†Yelp, GPS systems¬†and beyond)¬†literally keeps¬†track of us much like Orwell’s fictional Big Brother.¬†
 
 
 
Did we miss anything, Blabbbers? Have any good reading recommends? Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think …

Blabbb Hall of Shame: Politicians Blabbb

June 7, 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?”
 
 
It’s about time we get some politicians on the Blabbb Hall Of Shame. So, without further adieu, here are the latest additions to the BHOS. Congratulations, gentlemen (and lady). You “blabbb” with the best (actually, the worst) of them. ūüėČ
 
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By now, every one’s heard how U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner tweeted a photo of his (“bulging”) underpants to a woman online. Weiner explained that¬†he had never personally met any of the women he corresponded with online and telephone and was not even sure of their ages.¬†“This was me doing a dumb thing, and doing it repeatedly,” Weiner said. Um? … Yeah. That’s called blabbbing. And you’re a blabbbing champ … Weiner!
 
 
Speaking of idiotic politicians, former U.S. Rep. Chris Lee resigned from office earlier this year after a shirtless photo he sent a woman on Craigslist became public. We’re not sure what’s stupider, Chris Lee’s blabbbing or the shirtless photo itself …
 
 
Blabbbing isn’t just for the men. Women do it aplenty (see Wink if you don’t believe us). Pennsylvania high school teacher Natalie Munroe got herself in a ton of trouble when she was caught ranting and raving about how her students bothered her … on a public online blog. Um … it’s a public site, Teach. How could she think that she wouldn’t offend someone eventually?
 
 
An unnamed U.S. Secret Service employee accidentally blasted Fox news on the Secret Service’s real Twitter account.¬†Ding! Wanta get away? …
 
 
Young Florida Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison wants public attention and will do whatever he can to get it. “LoMo”¬†explains that he’s purposefully dropping controversial tweets just to become “popular.” Cursing on Twitter when you have young fans following you? As Logan’s concerned boss said, “It takes an entire career to build a reputation, and one tweet to lose it.” Well, here’s some public attention, “LoMo.” You’re now inducted into the Blabbb Hall of Shame.
 

Congratulations, gentlemen (and lady). You are now members 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 …

E-books: Books That Can Break

June 6, 2011

Whether you are an e-book¬†addict or a¬†real-book reader,¬†there is no doubt that electronic books are here to stay. WIRED’s John C. Abell breaks down the pro’s and con’s of¬†e-books in this e-debate.

Are you an e-reader? Do you prefer old-fashioned books or digital reads? Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think …


Fun Blabbb: 2.0

June 2, 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!¬†…

Blackbaud’s Netwits Think Tank created this amazing infographic which summarizes how social fundraising works in this techno world. It’s like an ecosystem of social good. ūüėČ
 
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Blabbber G.botic recommended this wild documentary, Second Skin, which chronicles the harsh realities of gaming (blabbb) addiction.
 
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In case you missed it, comedian/reporter Stephen Colbert is attacking Facebook for its questionable addition of tagging products (yes, products) in our Facebook photos. We’re with you, Stephen,¬†all the way on this latest agenda. After all, what’s next, tagging Colbert’s “favorite” bears in our FB photos?! (Facebook bit begins around 2:10¬†…)
 
 
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And, finally, here’s a study from Retrevo that reports on our addiction to blabbb (Facebook, Twitter and the like). According to Retrevo’s study, 36% of people under the age of 35 use Facebook or Twitter after sex. While we at Blabbb find this wildly disturbing, at least it’s not cigarettes, right?! ūüėČ

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


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