I speak personally on this one. A lot of my peers do not like talking on their phones anymore. Maybe they never actually did? Continue reading
For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of professional wrestling. When I was little, I equally watched the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) now known as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), along with a slew of other wrestling companies. There were the guys I worshiped and the guys I loathed. For a short time, I did believe it was real. Then I woke up. For the past 20 years, I have become a fan of the inside of the business. (real names, salaries, backstage politics, advanced storylines,, etc.) And I have seen the ups and downs. If you want me to talk about wrestling, I will do that another time. But this has to do with the recent company’s interest and now obsession with Twitter.
I am already perturbed with the term ‘Social Media’, but it’s hear to stay. But the WWE felt it was necessary to join in the frenzy. And if it’s good for business then more to them. It has worked in small doses. After pay-per-views or during Monday Night Raw and Smackdown; they promote topics, wrestler names, or other items that are trending topics on Twitter. A decent amount of wrestlers in the company have accounts on there.
It was ok at first. Now it’s taking away from the product. The announcers are discussing trending topics and followers more so than the wrestling match going on in the ring. There are the big blue graphics which promote which wrestler or related item is “trending”. These terms are aggravating me as I type them. Not everyone cares about who is tweeting or if such-and-such wrestler can get to a million followers by the end of the program. There is a storyline between two commentators having a tweeting war! Are you kidding me? Apparently it’s not good enough to have it in the ring or physically on the air. It has to be via an online platform. Idiocy. Continue reading →
It’s been about a week since I last posted. I apologize for the delay.
I have projected a lot about myself in my posts and this should be similar. However, I think many will relate here. As pessimistic as I come off, what I say is meant with good intentions.
When Facebook first debuted it was a platform for mainly college students. That disappeared quickly. Myspace was geared towards younger folks and in hindsight seemed convoluted and incomplete. Now you have young kids to the young-at-heart enjoying the benefits of these services. This is how it should have been from the get-go, but you live and learn.
I know some of us feel uncomfortable with our parents, grand-parents, or kids using it along with us, but that is one of the perks as well. (The privacy and blocking features help too.)
But when I see folks of all ages, shapes, sizes, creeds, colors, (or any other unnecessary demographic you come up with) posting photos and status updates about their lives, it’s a good thing. There is room for everybody. And contrary to popular belief, there has always been room. If it makes you fulfilled and feel good, then more power to you. This is what life is all about.
Younger folks post images of VIP Bottle Service and others post photos of their kid’s first night out trick-or-treating on Halloween or their first Christmas. In-between you’ll get random photos of dishes from a fancy restaurant or traffic jams on the interstate. It may comes off self-serving or narcissistic, but this is the world we live in. And if it brings joy and positivity, there is nothing but good that can come out of it.
We should be so thankful we live in the age that we do. If this were 10-20+ years ago, a lot of us would end up with the same lives as everyone else. Because of the influences from mainstream media and the systems that “run” (ran?) our society, most of us would be lemmings or sheep. And many of us still are. But something is changing. It’s a great sign that people are awakening to the fact that there an infinite amount of ways to live a life. The Internet and a natural awareness in our consciousness has changed all that. We are headed somewhere special and the rest of the ride is going to be magnificent. If you want to be young forever, you can. In any you want to. Just don’t hurt anybody! 🙂 I understand I’m writing with a lot of vague commentary and ambiguities. But once again, I will elaborate on this in the future. I will have to.
In this heavyweight battle reminiscent of the Thrilla in Manila where you have in the right corner in blue trunks Facebook (Muhammad Ali)– And in the left corner in colorful trunks w/ blue, yellow,green and red, you have Google+(Joe Frazier)!!
Facebook knows it’s way ahead in this fight but Google’s resources are making a serious push in the social networking with Google+, still in “trial beta”.
The latest round features the battle for your browser. Google+ just launched their official Google +1 chrome extension yesterday where you can +1 any page you visit on the web just by clicking on their button in your extensions tab. Still early but you cannot comment or share your +1 directly on your wall at this point. You can also see the number of +1 on the button itself. Grab it here.
In the other corner, Facebook has just released their own official chrome Like extension today which does exactly the same things. As of right now, the Like extension is a bit better. Once you’ve liked a page a text box pops up to comment on your Like. Grab it here.
Which round are we in again?