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Song a day Mann.

6 Apr

Have you heard about the song-a-day guy yet?  I love this guy.  He’s unemployed and to pass the time he started writing a song a day.  This is a great example of Generation Y’s creativity and ability to create media like it is second nature…probably because it is.  Between Twitter, Yelp, Facebook, You Tube, MySpace, blogs and everything else we use to create content my generation is creating exponentially more content than previous generations. This scares our parents and family members because they still worry about McCarthy-era big brothering.  This is going to be a ‘learn the hard way’ situation for most of us.  Although I recognize the dangers of broadcasting myself I refuse to let that scare me into completely censoring myself.  I hope that other Gen Y’rs do the same.  This guy is clearly, putting himself out there and most of his videos have a political edge.  Props Mann. 

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I don’t know any of my friends.

2 Apr

facebookFacebook is no longer enjoyable for me.  At its present, it’s just another calendar of events, another contact list, another photo album — another set of social responsibilities.  I honestly wish I wasn’t an early adopter of Facebook.  My college was one of the first few added and now I feel like I don’t even know half my friends — or more like 95% of them.  I hate status updates and even new pics because I’m unaware of my audience.  At least on ladyprogress.com I know that I don’t know who’s reading this.  On Facebook I should feel like I have some control over my friends but I don’t really know who they are anymore and it really irks me.

I think everyone will come to this point.  There needs to be some way that friends drop off into the netherworld.  Just like they do in real life.  The recent article in the NYT hits many of my feelings about the current Facebook.  I like separation between my groups.  It isn’t about hiding anything, it is about directing communication effectively.

Uniting disparate groups on a single Internet service runs counter to 50 years of research by sociologists into what is known as “homophily” — the tendency of individuals to associate only with like-minded people of similar age and ethnicity.

Mark my words, this is going to happen to everyone.  Connectivity is like a big circle.  Being connected to no one is the same as being connected to everyone.  There is a happy medium and once you exceed that, Facebook is more like ‘random people I met once’ book or ‘person I used to be friends with’ book.  Not really a group I want to keep in contact with.

Facebook thinks privacy factors are the solve all, well they are not.  I don’t want any of my ‘friends’ to know I’m censoring them.  So I don’t censor any one, I censor everyone.  To be a professional, it is a necessity.

Facebook is trying to teach members to use privacy settings to manage their network so they can speak discreetly only to certain friends, like co-workers or family members, as opposed to other “friends” like bosses or professional colleagues. But most Facebook users haven’t taken advantage of the privacy settings; the company estimates that only 20 percent of its members use them.

If you’re anti web communication, grow up or lose out.

2 Apr

dentyneIf you were hoping that internet communication was just a phase, and that us crazy young people would realize that face-to-face communication is far superior and back track…think again.  The advent of the netbook is going to make sure we keep walking down the path of emails, IM’s and text communication.  Netbooks are as cheap as 50 bucks right now says the NYT.  This means that instead of typing a couple sentences on your phone when you’re away from your home base, you’ll be able to conduct full scale personal and professional communication — from anywhere.

AT&T announced on Tuesday that customers in Atlanta could get a type of compact PC called a netbook for just $50 if they signed up for an Internet service plan — an offer the phone company may introduce elsewhere after a test period. This year, at least one wireless phone company in the United States will probably offer netbooks free with paid data plans, copying similar programs in Japan, according to industry experts.

Another cool techy way to stay in touch is the new Verizon Hub.  This seems perfect for the family on the go.  The reviews are mixed but there is obvious potential.  This product looks ideal for a family on the go with a big family plan.  Nothing is as evolved as it should be for proper functionality so far but they are planning on adding a ton of other widgets and features.  Another big issue at present is that non-verizon users can not partake.  Supposedly all of these issues are on Verizon’s radar.  Check out a video of it here.   It appears as if the release was a bit premature.  But I think Verizon just wanted to put the idea in the mainstream arena so they could pretend to be leading the techy battle over AT&T right now.  But they aren’t quite there as PC Magazine reports.

The “Hub 2.0” software looks so good, it’s frustrating that Verizon didn’t have a clear timeline for when it’s releasing it. They’re showing it off now mostly to prove that the Hub is a platform which can grow, and not a device with functionality set in stone, Naggar said.

How to delete yourself

10 Mar

Some day we are all going to regret something we said or did that showed up on the internet, some of us already and some of us might be typing the very thing they will regret right now.

I go through phases where I try to clean up my ‘Google page.’ And it has not been easy.  No one wants to give up content.

Here are some pointers though, if you want to get out of your relationship with Facebook, MySpace etc.

Laid off, woohoo!

9 Mar

Ok, my title might be kind of cruel given the dismal work climate.  But you’ve got to check out this site.  Its the new Stuff White People Like…but with a contemporary twist. 

It is called Stuff Unemployed People Like

I feel like I’ve lived in the Wal-Mart era, the Whole Foods era and now the Unemployed era.

Fun social networking stats

9 Mar

Thanks Adam Ostrow, interesting stuff.

In 2008, users spent 63% more time on member communities than they did in the previous year. However, within member communities, Facebook saw growth of 566% in time spent on it by users worldwide. As has been reported elsewhere, Facebook’s fastest growth demographic is older users – the social network tacked on 12.4 million people between ages 35-49 in 2008 according to Nielsen.

Some other key findings from the report:

– Globally, Facebook reaches 29.9% of global Internet users, versus 22.4% for MySpace.

– MySpace remains the most profitable social network, generating an estimated $1 billion in revenue versus $300 million for Facebook in 2008.

– Facebook is the top social network in all countries except Germany, Brazil, and Japan (Nielsen still has MySpace as tops in US in the report, but as of January ’09, that had changed).

– On Twitter, CNN, The New York Times, and BBC have the greatest reach among mainstream media companies as of late February.

Do you hear that tweeting in the house?

26 Feb

I have to say, I’ve heard more chatter about Twitter in the last week than I have in the last 2 years. Good for Twitter bad for people who think Twitter is just too hard for them to understand. What is there to understand? Twitter is a website that lets you send out your thoughts, your ideas, what you think is funny, what you think is annoying and so on. Twitter already has a negative connotation with the older generation, they mock it by saying, “Who the hell cares if you’re out getting coffee or eating lunch? We don’t need to know every detail of everyone’s life.” But that isn’t what Twitter is about. I rarely use it to update people on my every momentarily change in direction — walking down the hall now, getting on the T now, eating an apple now — boooring! Twittering is about taking a moment to let your mind wander through the random and many times philosophical thoughts of friends and strangers.

But the guardian among other papers have turned politician’s tweets into a manners battle. Completely unproductive and unnecessary.

The controversy surrounding Twittering now has to do with politicians twittering during Obama’s speech. Since when is it a bad thing for our politicians to be communicating with us more?

As Barack Obama spoke before a joint session of Congress last night, The Twittersphere flourished with activity.

The majority of Twitter users who took part in the conversation about the speech were sending out updates while watching the event on television. However, a few of them had prime-time seats.

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, congressmen John Culberson, Rob Wittman, Bob Inglis, Earl Blumenauer and other lawmakers used their Blackberries and iPhones to send Tweets from the floor of Congress.

Props to Ms. McCaskill and her colleagues. Although it looks like the papers are the only ones giving her a hard time for her manners. This is her most recent tweet.

Ok ok. Mom’s upset that I was rude at Pres speech re:tweets.For the record I tweeted bfor,at very begining,& after speech.I wanted to listen 

I say, keep the tweets coming Senator! You’re not rude, you’re hip.