Social media can be a jungle.
I wonder if social media, texting and other forms of electronic communications have impacted our writing quality? It seems like it to me because of the shorthand and abbreviations that are used. We write for short lengths and have to get our point across sooner or else we lose the attention of our audience. We are writing more for the social masses which means we sometimes forget what we learned in our writing classes. What is your experience with this?
Blogging and other social media is something fun, something cool, something that gives one a platform to express yourself. It’s not supposed to be a chore or something that keeps you from enjoying other parts of your life. My goodness I have seen my share of drama on social media and it isn’t pretty. Call me a idealist but I think our words should enlighten, inspire and create good relationships. However we see the opposite. Friends lets come together, support one another and have fun…I repeat have fun. Enjoy this thing we call social media, take control of it, make it your own.
I prefer desktop versions of blogging and social media platforms than the app/mobile versions. Something about a real keyboard and a big screen. Of course its very hard to do a selfie with a laptop or desktop computer and it doesn’t look like you are straining.
Mobile has its place and is how a lot of people post what is going on in their lives but the clack clack of a physical keyboard is somewhat comforting. Also as one gets older it becomes harder to see a tiny screen so a bigger screen is what I prefer.
Satire and joking is one thing but when that turns into poisonous, hate filled comments about people one does not know or understands then that’s another thing. If one cannot say something positive or uplifting to and about someone that goes above what free speech is to be intended for, give up your social media accounts, delete your blogs and just shut up. There are a lot of struggling people out there who are suffering with low self esteem and just trying to make it day to day. Leaving comments that hurt people doesn’t make you smart it makes you a mean bully.
I know I am not the most qualified person to say this but every so often fellow bloggers it’s good to get away from your blog, social media, computer, tablet, phone. I am not always good at that, but when I do it inspires me to be a better blogger and social media contributor. Living a life worth blogging about can have some great positive effects. Getting away from it all in the cyber sense is a very positive thing to do.
We have a Keurig coffee brewing system that we got last Christmas. This morning it was not brewing at all, so that problem had to be fixed.
I went on YouTube to see if there was any information other people had with their Keurig’s and lo and behold I found a video that helped guide me through the process of fixing it. Using a paper clip I was able to unclog the injector needle and then ran some water through it to do a deeper cleaning.
This is what’s good and right about the Internet. People providing solutions for other people when something is not working right. Now some solutions can lead to more problems but with enough research you can find a remedy for most things.
YouTube among other sites is a great way to find out the common experiences of other people who want to lend a hand. I think its valuable to have a resource at your fingertips that can help you through life. It’s an amazing thing to have technology like this. Lets hope it never falls into the hands of people who seek to do nefarious things.
It seems that sharing your opinion on anything can be a soul cleansing experience or it can be a landmine of controversy and venom. A friend of mine who shall remain nameless did that in regard to a fandom and was soundly blasted for it. This leads to the idea that the more social and open we are about something to more we tend to pay the price.
Friends the Internet can be a great place to get information and news about important things. It can also be a great generator of unnecessary drama among people. Look at any social media platform and there has been a war of words between two people who probably were friends just a day ago.
I have said a few things that have riled up people. Challenging someones beliefs or the things that they are deeply into can be a fast way to fracture friendships. Perhaps we take things too seriously these days. Coming from a person with a thin skin maybe we need to thicken it up.
Our identity is wrapped up in things like movies, TV, books, sports teams and the like. We can be deeply hurt when someone makes fun of us for that. I think geeks and nerds are more impacted by that because that is a part of their nature. They are motivated by the stuff they are into.
You have to own the words you say. Words can impact a person in positive and negative ways.It is worth noting that you have the power to lift people up or tear them down. Opinions can change the world or they can reinforce previously held ideas. We have to respect the freedom that many of us have to express ourselves but lets do it in a responsible way.
J.C. Penney found a way to get a little attention during the Super Bowl game when companies spend several million dollars for 30 seconds of ad time.
Brilliant marketing with very little cost. We can all learn from this.
This is an interesting article about using social media, in this case Facebook to memorialize people after they pass away. There is some useful information here. Perhaps having a digital memorial can help with the greiving process for some.