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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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

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