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If Twitter were human, what kind of a person would it be? And, more importantly, would you befriend such a person? Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum has an opinion about what she dubbed the "Age of Oversharing":
… at the risk of unilaterally offending 14 million people, I need to say this: If Twitter were a person, it would be an emotionally unstable person. It would be that person we avoid at parties and whose calls we don’t pick up. It would be the person whose willingness to confide in us at first seems intriguing and flattering but eventually makes us feel kind of gross because the friendship is unearned and the confidence is unjustified. The human incarnation of Twitter, in other words, is the person we all feel sorry for, the person we suspect might be a bit mentally ill, the tragic oversharer.
… as Twitter’s popularity wobbles at the tipping point between faddish distraction and worldwide obsession, it’s worth wondering how much of this "connecting" is simply hastening the erosion of our already compromised interpersonal skills. Are we tweeting because we truly want to communicate with a select group of true friends, or because typing has replaced talking and indiscretion has been stripped of all negative connotations? Are most Twitter posts merely inane, or do they carry the faint whiff of the insane?
Whoever said using the Internet will make life any easier obviously didn’t think about the social consequences of people’s actions when they type the wrong thing to the wrong person. A good example of when things can go bad is when someone uses a social networking site such as Facebook to break up with their boyfriend.
So, let’s open those ears and start learning a few do’s and don’ts of Facebook usage.
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Attention wannabe vigilantes! Drop your homemade weaponry, because these days you can get your crime-solving fill without even leaving the house. The new ultimate device for catching the culprit? Facebook.
This trend certainly isn't new, and as people catch on, criminals are getting busted -- caught because they just couldn't escape the allure of bragging about their criminal achievements on the newsfeed or posting easily identifiable pictures of themselves in online photo albums.
So, would-be criminals and fledgling crime-fighters: Read below, as we walk through the stories of successful Facebook justice.
Alicia Istanbul woke up one recent Wednesday to find herself locked out of the Facebook account she had opened in 2007, after the social networking site suddenly deemed it fake.
The stay-at-home mom was cut off not only from her 330 friends, including many she had no other way of contacting, but also from the pages she had set up for the jewelry design business she runs from her Atlanta-area home.
Although Istanbul understands why Facebook insists on having real people behind real names for every account, she wonders why the online hangout didn't simply ask before acting.
"They should at least give you a warning, or at least give you the benefit of the doubt," she said. "I was on it all day. I had built my entire social network around it. That's what Facebook wants you to do."
Facebook's effort to purge its site of fake accounts, in the process knocking out some real people with unusual names, marks yet another challenge for the five-year-old social network.
As Facebook becomes a bigger part of the lives of its more than 200 million users, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company is finding that the huge diversity and the vast size of its audience are making it increasingly difficult to enforce rules it set when its membership was smaller and more homogenous.
Originally posted by The All Seeing I
Almost all of us have spoken and unspoken rules and preferences to how accessible we want to be... as this relates to our modern era of communication such boundaries aren't always so clear...
Our offline reality often doesn't fit or match our online lives, in many career situations one is forced to adapt and make huge personal sacrifices.
To maintain a corporate competitive edge, there has been a trend in replacing support staff with laptops... which they send home with their most "productive" employees... which has irreversibly erased the line between work and home. With salaries replacing an hourly wage, the work week knows no end. I have heard of people working up to 60-80 hour weeks. To make up for being absent in their domestic life... they hire someone to parent their kids, walk their dog, bring them groceries, deliver their dry cleaning... all in pursuit of ego/glory/status and at the same time driven by fear that they will be let go in the next layoff.
It's not just the yuppies that are feeling the pressure to conform to these modern modes of connecting but just about everyone else as well. Along with all of the efficiency comes with even higher expectations/demands on one's productivity ... even grade schoolers and teachers are feeling it.
So now naturally due to the lack of energy and time to devote to ones social life people turn to these devices to introduce them to like minded people... and as we've seen many tools and services are more then happy to do so.
Case in point, i have grown to despise twitter and anything like it, such as the central feature to facebook the "wall" ... all similar to cell-texting... puts people's trivial self-absorption on stage, the narcissistic atmosphere these devises encourage really make me
Here's a insightfully funny vid that gives some light to what i'm referring to:
I had a related experience with a prospective business partner this past fall, we were driving around the city for weeks looking at vacant warehouses, and every 5-15 minutes he had his face glued to his blackberry. After the first day of this, needless to say it was pissing me off, it was as if i was competing with this random textings for his undivided attention. I could even see half of the time he was listening to me he had some other conversation going on in his head. After a couple days of this i got in his face over it and he explained that his fiancée was a "little" obsessive and possessive... i said in reply, you mean to say "insanely so"? He reluctantly agreed but felt powerless to do anything about it. Turns out that the bulk of their dialog was twitter-like shorthand texting and only a small fraction of his total exchanges were of any real significance. Once i understood his predicament, i felt sorry for him... more like pity actually. Talk about having a "monkey on your back" with "ball and chain".
In sum, these are some of the ways in which people get turned off and on to these new ways of sharing their lives.
[edit on 16-4-2009 by The All Seeing I]
Originally posted by TheOracle
The worrying this is that society today EXPECTS us to be slaves of technology and modern communication. They expect all of us to always have a mobile phone nearby and an email.
I am always for progress but not when it turns us into antisocial beings when we were designed as social creatures.
I do hope one day we all realise how pointless is it to live under constant stress.