socal media

Damn cats!

Now they are explaining such complex things as social media!  Is there nothing they can’t do.  Have a look over here to see it in all its gloryfullness.  It is very funny!

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My Facebook Mini-Break

Wondering where I’ve been?  Probably not, but regular visitors will notice that there has been a long posting holiday.  I didn’t really mean for it to be that way, but when you give up Facebook and Twitter it seems you get out of the habit of blogging too!  Well at least I did.  For 6 weeks I stopped looking at, posting in and paying any attention to Facebook.  It all started at morning meeting one morning when I sat beside one of our staff who told me he was giving up online gaming for Lent.  I decided I would join in and give up Facebook.  Not for Lent exactly but because it was starting to really annoy me, and I wanted to know what would happen to my levels of annoyance if I took a break from it for a while.

What is it about Facebook that annoys me?

 

  • Turns out it isn’t Facebook it is the users.  It is the people who post constant updates of their life, be it miserable, be it chirpy, chipper, boring, adventurous or whatever.  Constant updaters need to leave the rest of us alone. It isn’t necessary for us to know where you ate breakfast, that you have a new handbag, that you want a new handbag, that your child is the most beautiful ever.  Constant updaters appear insecure and seem to need the constant feedback that Facebook can provide.
  • It is the people who share: the games they are playing, the quizzes they endlessly do, the highscores they just got, the online life they have.  Don’t do that people.
  • It is the constant urge to share which news articles people are reading, which pictures you’ve looked at, what you liked on Pinterist.  Risist the urge to share on Facebook please.  I’m following you on Pintrest if I care about the things you like.
  • It is the annoying, will not go away updates from games you used to play.  I blocked you once Bejewelled Blitz, how did you get back here again.
  • The friend requests from people I barely know.  Seriously, I have 144 ‘friends’ if you are not amongst them, and you consider yourself my friend, then either you don’t have the internet, you haven’t seen me in a bazillion years, or we have fallen out and please, send me a message not a friend request, I love a message, it is like getting an old fashioned letter in the mailbox.  Facebook is great for catching up with people you haven’t seen in years, but sometimes you haven’t seen those people in years because you aren’t the same person you were when you knew them!  There is certainly space for new FB friends in my life but only if they conform to my ‘rules’ (see above) and below – click the image!
But there is the stuff I missed.
I missed getting the fantastic links from Radio New Zealand and Booksellers New Zealand.  I love finding out about new books from several publishers I follow.  I love the Matinee Idle group I belong to, I enjoy some of my friends who are witty, clever and dry, their posts always make me laugh.  I missed seeing the photos my partner posted.  I missed the collegiality of posting in a group I belong to for work.  I missed the laughs and sniggers.
I enjoy finding out about my friends holidays, good fun times, new babies, witty and clever comments.
So, I’m back on Facebook.  Not obsessively looking at people’s profiles (I know people who do this), not really looking at anyone other than my family and close friends photos and status updates.  My Facebook has been pared back, invisibility spray has been applied to most of my annoying friends, as I would expect it to be applied to me if I am really annoying.
Anybody else taken a break from FB?  What did you think of your experience?  Has it changed your FB behaviour?  Will you go back to FB? Has it changed mine?  Hell yes!   I will think much more before posting an inane comment.  Will only share links I really care about.  Will try to cut out the drivel, because actually drivel seems to be the largest percentile on Facebook.

 

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Google – marketing 101

If you ever doubted that Google is HUGE then you haven’t been aware of the sheer marketing power and pulling power of Chrome and Google+.  Whoever does the marketing for Google is doing it so brilliantly.  You want the geek peeps to be desperate to try your new product?  Then make it by invitation only.  We will all be hanging out waiting, begging out Twitter buddies and FB friends for an invitation.  I got mine yesterday from the fabulous @heyjude from the Hey Jude blog and have spent a little time playing with it today.  Its my first day back from SLANZA conference where I was challenged, inspired and given a mission or two for my library.  One of those missions is to further engage my library with social media, be that Facebook, Google+ or more engagement with Twitter, I haven’t figured out which direction I’m going to go yet but I’m definitely going there.  In the meantime check out these two marketing videos from Google for the Chrome browser – If you haven’t tried Chrome you should really give it a go.

This is so gorgeous it may well make you go all gooey.

Now let’s hear it for Chrome via Lady Gaga (this woman is so cool – they will study her in marketing papers of the future I’m sure)

Social Media Updated (again)

Courtesy of Beccablog this is the latest update on the stats for Social Media and it is based on the book Socialnomics.  Frankly, it is just amazing that these things have to come out so often, sometimes more than once a year.  This is a result of how much influence the social media is having on the way we communicate, do business and relate to each other.

Changes in my wake up call

If you have looked at this blog from the way back when, you will know of my penchant for the lovely Sean Plunket.  He and Geoff Robinson are my morning chorus, the light that leads me into the day.  You will know how I hated people being unkind to his sensitive personage, and how I promoted ‘his’ blog Sean does craft.  The blog is not being updated but the last posting had me rolling in the aisles  of my lounge (I remain unconvinced that the blogger is actually Sean himself but I’m sure he would have approved).

Today the sad news that Sean is leaving Radio New Zealand.  I had to pull over and have a small moment of silence when I heard the news driving home from work.  Story here.  The Save Radio New Zealand Facebook page is full  of wailing and moaning about this terrible news.   I’ve even had to contribute my thoughts twice.  He leaves in September for places as yet unnamed and while I wish him every happiness in future endeavors I will miss him.  He and Geoff have been my regular mates of the morning.  They take on the forces of politics and grill them until well done with the truth extracted.  Oh yes he can be acerbic, he can keep be aggressive and I’ve heard that interview that got him stood down for a wee bit, but he makes me smile, his creative use of English is always entertaining and who am I to cast nasturtiums on that anyway.  I like his sharp wit and wicked tongue.

Sean in these months leading to the time of our separation I will try to come to terms with this impending doom and hope that you go somewhere I can find you without having to listen to advertising.  If you want to go and be with Marcus (Lush) that would be okay.

Don’t say that around me please

I think I’m getting old.  I’m noticing the new trends in our language more and more.  In recent times, particularly when politicians and officials from any government department speak in public they insist on using the word ‘around’ to replace the words about and of.

Example: ” discussing issues around alcohol”  “issues around mobile banking” “issues around outsourcing”

I could find dozens of these examples.  They are in official, and wanting to sound official documents galore.

Is the word about going to disappear.  Is this new useage of the word around going to be around forever.  I thought it might just be a New Zealand phenomenon, but no, it is all over the place, a hunt around the interwebs (I know, but it is cold and I’m avoiding leaving the house.) leads me to believe it is becoming all pervasive.  I HATE it, it makes me cringe, it makes me want to hurt the speaker, and it makes me turn off the news.

Where did it come from?  Why is it here?  Who started this terrible trend?  Why do I find it so annoying?  Is it only me that finds it so?   Am I all alone in my hatred?  Should I start a Facebook Group and see if people join me?  Together we could stamp it out … or not.

YouTube Turns 5

I saw this and I thought, wow!  only 5?  YouTube is so embedded in out lives now that it feels to me like it has been around so much longer than that.  In all the social media tools I use I’m always shocked if something I’m looking for isn’t on YouTube, I’m always confident that I can find things like songs from the musicians I like, trailers for movies I’m interested in seeing and useful tools for work on there.  It has become such a tool in education that even our local Polytechnic have lessons on there for students.  Teachers in our school use videos from YouTube all the time in their lessons and I use Common Craft’s explanatory videos in the library often.  What did we do before?  Showing clips from YouTube has become ubiquitous,  just part of life.  I find it incredible to think that it’s only been five years since we started to use it.  I guess Facebook will be the same eventually.  Used as a advertising tool, to promote yourself and anything else you can think of.  I wonder what’s next?  I wonder how soon until YouTube is replaced by another tool and we look back and think “Oh YouTube, that is so 2010”.

YouTube have made a clip to celebrate their 5 year old birthday.