Crossing The Blabbb Lines

August 31, 2011

Tell one racy joke to one friend, and then try telling that same joke to a very different friend. Chances are they will react differently. One might laugh; one might get uncomfortable.

Linda Holmes wrote a captivating piece about a recent Blabbber who foolishly went onstage for an open mic comedy event and ended up telling a horrific sex story that could possibly result in his going to jail. (Read Holmes’ full NPR essay here).

While the story in Holmes’ piece is an extreme example of “How Not To Blabbb,” it should act as a reminder to us all. We encourage all Blabbbers to think about what we post on the Internet before pressing that Send/Publish button. Even a harmless joke can offend people. As Holmes stresses, Your Friends Are Not Your Audience.


Meanwhile, author Adam Frank wrote a recent piece for NPR which deals with his reluctence to join our techno world. It wasn’t until this past year that Frank finally joined Facebook (due to the pressure from his own children/Little Blabbbers) and Twitter (at the encouragement/insistance of his publisher). (Read Frank’s full essay here.)

Frank recalls how many people have always hesitated to join technology movements throughout history. After all, there is no predicting what will be a fad/failure (MySpace, for example) and what will become commonplace (Facebook). Frank is now following the popularity of video chatting, such as Skype, to see if it will go one way (success) or another (belly flop).

It really is interesting to see how quickly people jump on board a new trend. Do we wait for others or do we start off alone by ourselves? The new social networking site Google+ will be quite interesting to watch: Will it succeed? Why? Why not?

In the meantime, congrats to Adam Frank for joining the techno world. As we’ve said here on Blabbb many times before: Love this techno world or hate it; if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. 😉

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


Blabbb Hall of Shame: 4.0

August 11, 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 legal blabbbing to moronic sports tweeting: 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. 😉

Nationally syndicated radio host Tony Bruno probably wishes someone stuck a big blabbb foot in his techno-mouth before he got himself in a ton of trouble for a horribly insensitive tweet he sent recently. Bruno was discussing a recent fracas between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants on his radio show, while, at the same time, tweeting away like an irresponsible blabbber. We’re still waiting for scientists to figure out what part of Bruno’s brain made him think it would be appropriate to tweet the following about Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez, who happens to be from the Domican Republic: “… Bochy is a coward for having his illegal alien pitcher hit a guy …”  Of course, Bruno deleted the racist tweet as soon as he received backlash and has since apologized, but the damage is done and Bruno’s reputation has been seriously stained. Congrats, Sir Bruno, you are now a proud member of the Blabbb Hall of Shame.

Apparently, Anthony Weiner is not just a blabbber; he is a trendsetting blabbber. Earlier this summer, just after “Weinergate,” a photo of Kenner (Louisiana) City Councilman Joe Stagni in his underwear went viral. Unfortunately for Stagni, he actually took the underwear photo himself and then, as many blabbbers seem to do, forwarded it on to a city employee. Well, once the image showed up on the city computer server (because the employee who received it forwarded it onto another and so forth), Stagni had to admit his blabbbing. Now we all anxiously await his press conference about being inducted into the Blabbb Hall of Shame.

Um, just in case you didn’t know this … When you’re a juror in court, you probably shouldn’t link up with the defendant on Facebook and definitely shouldn’t chat away online about the legal matter. Believe it or not, that’s exactly what two blabbbers did in the United Kingdom, and they got caught with their smiley faces, winks and all. Ramifications? Well, after some “harmless” online chats, the defendant (who got off due to the blabbbing juror’s help) received two months in jail and the juror, a mother of three, received an eight month jail sentence for contempt of court. That’s a lot of time to think about your blabbb regrets and being inducted into the Blabbb Hall of Shame.

Speaking of regrets, a recent study says that thirty-five percent (yes, 35%) of Americans live with online regrets, especially those with smart phones, specifically iPhones. So, here’s to you, 35% of American blabbbers, welcome to the Blabbb Hall of Shame. Sadly, if you’re reading (or blogging) this, that probably includes us, as well. 😉

Do you have any BHOS nominations?  Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers …

Blabbb Hall of Fame: 1.0

August 4, 2011
The Blabbb Hall of Fame is … well, it’s like the Blabbb Hall of Shame, except the complete opposite. Congratulations, Blabbbers! 😉

We at Blabbb often bash celebrities for blabbbing with little-to-no thought, for foolishly pretending as if their words have no meaning and that mere shrugs (and mutterings of “who cares”) can get them out of their mistakes with zero accountability, without apologies or actions to rectify their errors in judgment. While we get a great kick out of shining the spotlight on such moronic mishaps (see our Blabbb Hall of Shame posts), we would like to take a moment to applaud a celebrity who has used the social media as a catalyst to become a better person.

ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson wrote a fabulous piece about Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips. In her feature, Nelson describes how Phillips joined Twitter this past offseason and has utilized it as a way to connect with his fans and help the public see a much better side of him than he had been able to portray in the past. Heck, he now even takes his fans out to dinner with him … and only drinks milk!

Kudos, Brandon Phillips! We tip our Blabbb baseball caps your way. Keep up the great work, and please don’t disappoint us by ever using Twitter without thinking about your words and actions first. We would hate to have to demote you and send you down to the “minors” (ie, the Blabbb Hall of Shame).

Blabbbers, do you know of any celebrities whose blabbbing is worthy of praise, as opposed to shame? Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think. 😉

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. 😉
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 …

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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