Blabbb News: 3.0

August 23, 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!” 😉 Enjoy this week’s Blabbb News!

You think you are dropping some modern blabbb lingo when you say “sexting?” Well, think again. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary recently added 400 words to its dictionary, including: retweet, woot, sexting and cyberbullying. Earlier this year, OMG, LOL and ❤ were added, as well. In response to these additions, we at Blabbb have released the following statement: WTF?! 😉
 
Maybe those young computer geniuses are not quite the computer wizards we thought they were. According to a recent study, college students are not very good at using Google for research. The Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries Project (ERIAL), which is a collaboration between five Illinois universities, set out to understand students’ research habits. What did they find? To sum it all up, as one first-year student said, “I’m lazy, and I use the Internet.” According to the study, though, not very well, young Blabbbers. 😉
 
Next time your boss reprimands you for surfing the Interwebs, tell the big honcho that time spent on the Internet actually improves work performance. And, now, with the help of a recent study, you’ll actually have some data to support your theory. According to researchers, Web-surfers are significantly more productive and effective when actually engaged in work tasks, as opposed to those who do not surf the Web during work. We’re still waiting for a study that finds similar results for blog-writing during work. 😉
 
Have you forgotten to post something on Blabbb’s Facebook wall in a while? Well, you are not alone, as researchers recently reported that Facebook use could have possibly plateaued. According to their report, Facebook use (such as virtual gifting, FB messaging, joining an FB group and IM-ing on FB) is on the decline. Facebook does not seem concerned, and you know what? Neither is Blabbb. (BTW, have you “liked” us on FB yet?) 😉
 
So what’s the moral of this edition of Blabbb News? Maybe, we should all Google “sexting the dictionary” while at work and then refrain from blabbbing about it on Facebook? What do “you” (not “u”) think? …
 
 
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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. 😉

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!” 😉 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). 😉

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


Blabbb News: 1.0

May 13, 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!” 😉 Enjoy this week’s Blabbb News! …

Here’s an amazing recent New York Times article about how we no longer talk on the phone with one another. A big “wink” to the lovely Lia for blabbbing about this article in the comment section of our first post! Thanks, Lia! 😉

We also stumbled upon a really interesting concept that is being tossed around as a potential “game show,” where friends compete Russian-roulette style and the loser has his/her Facebook account deleted.

Do you have conversations on the phone anymore? Would you risk deleting your Facebook account for the chance to win a free, fully-paid vacation? Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers …


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