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Anti-Social Networking

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By Kirk Verner

How about these social networking sites? How do you feel about them? Aren’t they great? I beg to be different and beg to differ. These mind-numbing social sites are all that people talk about.

“I have over 10,000 friends on MySpace. 3,500 people on Facebook. And, 143 people follow me on Twitter.” Imagine that, close to 14,000 people spying on your mundane daily activities; simply splendid!

“I love to share my personal thoughts with others. Everyone is so interested in me! Popularity rules!” I know how stomach-churning this may sound, but this is the sort of rubbish I have to overhear each and every time I decide to venture out merely to grab a cup of coffee.

I was having some computer issues the other month and was forced to take my laptop in for a slight overhaul. The computer technician said that I would be without my computer for only a few days. I didn’t think that a few days would be a big deal at all…I was wrong.

It did not take long for me to realize how much I missed my computer. I had only been without it for 21 hours when I became as lonely as Bambi. I truly missed my light-weight, digital companion. The way the “enter” button clicks when compressed is exhilarating!

Somewhere in that 21st hour, I decided that I MUST get to a computer and check my email; see, I’m a popular lad, even without Facebook, Myspace, or any of those other social networking sites. So, I needed a computer. Where to go? The only place I could think of that has free internet service was the library; load up the children, off to the library!

The library was basically empty. There was nobody scouring the long bookshelves for the perfect book. There was no one sitting quietly at a work-station, studying, learning, absorbing information. But, every single public computer, ten in total, was occupied. My knee-jerk reaction was to abandon ship and head back home, but I couldn’t leave. I reminded myself that I needed to crawl about the web, so I took a number and a seat and began to wait in my impatient manner.

After about 15 minutes of staring at the dirty carpeted floor, I decided to stretch my legs; I was getting a little eager, angry, and ready to leave. As I slowly moseyed past the ten glowing computer screens and the lethargic, code-blue-like patrons that sat on the stiff wooden seats in front of the screens, I noticed that nine of the ten computers were being wasted by simpletons surfing their way back and forth from social networking sites. All of a sudden I realized I had to get out of there in fear of losing control and raising my voice, in turn, breaking the unwritten rule of all libraries. So, I left. I wanted my own computer back!

I couldn’t believe what I was doing. My cranium became filled with unrest as I paced around like a psychopath, longing for my own computer. I had one email address to check, and this was how I was acting. It made me shake my head for a moment and wonder what it’d be like if I had two, three, or even four emails to check or sites to update. I don’t even have the time or enough patience to cook tomato soup.

Needless to say, I did get my laptop back within a few days. I was finally happy again. No more painfully, annoying trips to the library; back to the simple pleasure that only my “enter” button can deliver to me when struck. I hadn’t checked my email in three whole days. I figured there must be close to 50 emails waiting to be read in my Hotmail inbox…I was wrong again. I had four emails. Two of which were junk mail. So, much for Mr. Popular.

I don’t want to sound like a full-blown curmudgeon, especially at my young age, but I know that I am not the only anti-social networking human out there. Please people, just like masturbation and drug abuse, leave your social networking at home. Be a narcissist, and pat your own back in private.

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Making Social Media Work for You

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Chris Temelkos - April 26, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

With the ever-growing popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, more people are becoming overnight success stories. Social networking can work to your advantage as well. By creating a Facebook, YouTube or Twitter account you are taking your first step to self-promotion and future success.

Social media can help you get the career of your dreams, by letting people know who you are and what your talents and skills happen to be. Teen sensation, Justin Bieber joined the YouTube community and began to upload videos at the age of 12. He was later discovered by Usher and signed to Island Def Jam Recordings at age 13.

There is no limit to what you can accomplish through social media. I feel as though the web is the way to go in modern society, whether it be making new friends, meeting that special someone or finding the next success story, It makes things much simpler and we could all use a little simplicity in our hectic lives. We also have to be careful about what we put on our profiles, or in our videos, the inappropriate material will hinder our success if it is seen by a future employer.

So, keep it appropriate, and don’t stop promoting yourself and your abilities through social media. Who knows, you may be the next Internet sensation.


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Memorable Tweets and Economy of Speech

December Book Sales - December 4, 2009

We’re at the store. I get a sensorial overload from all the Christmas displays and turn to my iPhone for a visual break. My apps are all familiar to me, at least, and they never overwhelm me. Shopping’s overwhelming. I remember telling a friend of mine that, back in college, when I’d go out shopping with my close friends I’d manage to write a whole paper in my head during the time it took them to find what they were looking for at Banana Republic. Back to the store. I start texting.

“Hey! Be present now. Texting?! We’ve got to get out of here quickly, right?”
“I am present,” I say. “I can do both. I can look for frozen salmon the same time I text so-and-so about this one thought I had earlier how Expressionism…. Yeah, never mind. You’re right. Be present. Let’s get that salmon.”

As much as I appreciate Web 2.0 and all the things of value it has to offer, I have yet to get sold on Twitter. I tried it for a few days when I was traveling out West last March. Since I travel frequently, I thought I’d get into tweeting with time. But I haven’t and the reason is I don’t get much out of it. I still prefer blogging. Now, while I find it useless to tweet personally, I find it most useful to read other people’s tweets. Some of their statements are quite entertaining and, more often than not, educational. For example, it’s via Twitter that I’ve discovered new music, new tour dates of my favorite musicians, interesting new book titles, and what the next great iPhone app can do.

Twitter makes more sense when you travel, I find. The thing is, when a seemingly interesting idea strikes me, my sense of privacy is such that I still feel more comfortable sharing it with what I call ‘class A’ fellow texters, i.e., the people in my address book who not only see communication over text the way I do but who also share generally similar attitudes toward certain content. Most importantly, these folks get what it’s like to start tackling new topics in medias res. Texting is about saying much by using less. Much like Twitter. The economy of speech is what informs both forms of communication. The reason I prefer the former, however, is mostly because of privacy and a commonality of aesthetics sensibilities.

Last night, for instance, I discussed with a fellow Class A texter why we both think Hank Azaria is underrated and why I need to give the music of Regina Spektor one more chance. I could have had the same conversation over Twitter but I feel more comfortable having it with the people I a) personally know, b) like rather well, and c) with whom I share similar aesthetic sensibilities. This does not mean however that I don’t enjoy a good tweet when I see one. So, it’s only apropos that I include what I just read this morning about Twitter. It’s a bit on Worldhum about some of the most entertaining tweets of the month of November that deal with the topic of travel. A few say:

Teal blazer? Check. Linen trousers? Check. Speedboat for chasing drug lords? Check. I’m ready for Miami.

There’s no greater shower than one that washes off “airport.”

Hotels of America: your glasses are too small. I can’t drink water out of a thimble.

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