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?! 😉
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! 😉
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 …
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.
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! 😉