Briefly

5 Jan

Yes, by all means, tell me–in the comments section of a blog– how you find this one particular social medium ridiculous. Oh, I see here your Facebook status says you find  Twitter stupid because you’ve no desire to read what the rest of us ate for dinner. Oh, this email you just sent me? The one where you send me the links to the cool new tea you got at Trader’s and the adorable bird pillow cases at Anthropologie? It says you think Pinterest is inane and ask why would anyone want to use it.

I HAVE NO IDEA.

The only thing worse than someone complaining about the stupidity of social media WHILE USING said stupid platform is Early Adapter Guy. You know who I’m talking about. Google+ was cool until there were, like, actual people using it. He’s now using BuRlapPBRspaRRow. There’re only like ten, maybe twelve, people using it. It’s a closed beta. Cloud storage? Yawn. Fog book-shelving is where it’s at. Oh? You don’t know about it? I guess you still think Radiohead is cool too.

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2 Responses to “Briefly”

  1. Gita January 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Everyone likes The Next Big Thing because humans and primates are curious about novelty. Then, you find out that TNBT is fairly useless or stupid and you move on. Eventually, if you have the brains God gave a fire hydrant, you stop spending money or wasting time and settle for something that actually works for you. Provided, of course, that you are over 13 years of age.

  2. Will Cantrell January 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Hey Susan:

    I like your post…a lot. At the same time I find it ironic— at least at this time— as I am in the mid-throes of writing a piece about social networking for publication on Like The Dew.

    First, I get your point and I agree that consistency between belief and practice is a very desirable thing.

    That said, I signed up Facebook, several years ago but make very limited use of it. As best I can remember, I have 37 friends –or dam few in any event. Maybe it’s because I have a high “fogey-ness” factor —i.e. maybe I am getting to be an old fogey.

    With 800 million members world wide, Facebook is a force of nature. If it is not it surely must be the law of the land since it seems like it is a requirement that everybody has a Facebook page almost like the requirement to have a business card or website if one is serious about their profession, hobby, or just plain living. I sometimes kid people and say that newborns are delivered –downloaded—pre-loaded with Facebook accounts and cell phones. Yeah, I know that its not literally true…but it sure as hell seems that way.

    ‘Thing is’ Facebook makes privacy difficult—and I really DON’T want to know what anybody is ‘up to’ most of the time. I suspect that many, many people use FAcebook in the proper way, however it sure seems like an awful lot of folks expose themselves as well as their insecurities. There are not too many days when I don’t hear some FAcebook ser cussing out some other Facebook user about something written on the party of the first part’s Facebook “wall”.

    Lastly, while I can’t totally explain it, I just have this gut feel that we are all going to wakeup one day find that all of our personal information has been compromised and that Facebook has been one big mistake.

    Lastly, while I can’t totally explain it, I just have this gut feel that we are all going to wakeup one day find that all of our personal information has been compromised and that Facebook has been one big mistake. Yeah, I know that not everyone uses Facebook to find people, but bill collectors and the police sure do. Good post. Will

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