Social Media Evolution

Social media keeps changing. Twitter, Facebook, and others are increasingly hostile to those that express conservative views and even actively suppress them. Google Plus has announced it is sun-setting the consumer (personal) pages. It looks like Facebook has won that war for now. But it’s not over at all.

I think with all the negativity that exists with the Social media giants and their security issues, data breaches and mining concerns, and their ability to limit speech by those with a different political agenda, will be their undoing.

Blogging is on the rise and continues to grow daily. New blogs rise up everywhere on every imaginable topic. And I also think we will see a return to the internet forums as well.

I personally have several of each. And I am a member of several more on top of that. My wife checks different blogs every day on topics that interest her.

Of course the difficult task is finding these blogs and forums that are within your varied interests. Internet searches can give bad results or no results depending on the search engine used and the keywords themselves.

But they do exist. And if they don’t, they can easily be created by someone who wishes to bring it life with their passion. Fortunately technical wizardry is not required to do this in today’s age.

So find us. Join us. Create your own and invite us. Let the word of each be spread far and wide.

Social media is coming to an end.

Troubles with Twitter

Normally every post on this blog is sent to Twitter which should also automatically sent it to Facebook. However some time ago Facebook made a change and that broke the connection to Twitter.

We have attempted to regain that link but it is not working at this time. And requests to Twitter have basically been ignored by Twitter. Perhaps because the majority of posts from this blog are conservative in nature and Twitter is known to silence conservative voices.

For right now we do not have a workable solution to get the posts automatically to Facebook. But we will attempt to get them now to Instagram which is a popular social media outlet. And one that is increasing in popularity as well.

Maybe this will help with our circulation and we can have more readers to our site.

 

Can We Cool It With the “Hot Takes”?

We live in amazing times from a technological standpoint. A little over 20 years ago, people were just starting to navigate the Internet like a nervous driver’s ed student. Now, our phones have more computing power than the PCs we had back in the 90s. But no matter what era of technology we are in, there are two constants. One is porn. The other is people being stupid on the platform, which sometimes goes hand in hand with the first.

Today’s technology in the area of social media has given rise to on-the-spot reactions to events both important and mundane. But it has also given rise to users thinking their words are somehow vital to the culture and must be heard. That leads to what is mockingly called “hot takes,” which are comments and ideas that are so unnecessary and/or stupid (again, hand in hand) that you have to wonder if the people making them have any self-awareness whatsoever.

Within the past couple of days, we have seen takes so hot you need get firefighting gear just to experience them live. The death of Senator John McCain, the shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, the Brett Cavanaugh nomination for the US Supreme Court, and untold other stories bring out the worst of those who could have left well enough unheard.

Of course, there will be some who say it’s their freedom of speech and they have a right to say what they want. For the most part, they’re right. But the freedom of speech comes with a responsibility to use it wisely. Yelling “Fire” in a crowded theater isn’t protected because there is actual physical harm that can come from it. Granted, calling the late Senator McCain a douchebag won’t usually cause physical damage (unless you say it to the face of a McCain supporter who is a former Marine and is now an MMA fighter), but it isn’t advisable unless you want to be seen as the douchebag you called the late Senator.

Of course, there are people out there who love to stir up drama because it gets them noticed. Which is what they want. Even negative attention is attention to them, which feeds their egos and sustains them like a parasite. These people can be hard to ignore because they play on your emotions to garner a passionate/vitriolic response. This cycle continues until one party of this parasitic relationship gives up. These folks are annoying, but ultimately harmless.

The real scary ones are those who aren’t posting to rile someone up, but actually think their poorly-thought-out ideas are intellectual gold. Everyone from New York Times reporters to the teenage girl down the street have had moments where they posted something and then wondered why people didn’t like them. These are the types of social media users who have made me think humanity is doomed.

And there are many more of them than there are of the posters looking to get a rise out of people. Here’s how bad it’s gotten. People literally have to take time out of their days to try to figure out if someone’s being serious. When you can’t tell the difference between a joke and reality, it’s time to admit we have an issue. And the issue is we have people with egos hopped up on steroids and the self-awareness of damp wash cloth.

This is going to come as a shock, but I believe not everything I think needs to have a platform because I have had some really dumb ideas. Wanting to date a semi-attractive drug addict? That was me. Thinking a woman with severe mental issues might be a good fit for me? Yep, that was me. Thinking the whole Mighty Morphin Power Rangers thing was just a fad? You got it!

As a result, I’ve learned when to express myself and when to just think what I want to say. It’s kept me safe and employed for a number of years, so I say it’s working out pretty well. We need to take the same approach to social media and communications technology because there is always an audience somewhere who might stumble upon our musings and take offense. (Granted, that happens these days with the frequency of a Starbucks customer getting overcharged, but the point stands.) Behind every Twitter handle, Facebook status, or Instagram account there is a human being with feelings, ideas, and desires that may differ from yours, so it’s important to weigh your words carefully before sending them out to the world. Once you hit Send, it’s eternal.

In the world of social media, it’s better to be smart than quick.

Online Communities

Facebook has ruined online communities. Everyone has flocked to this medium that takes total control away from the community it is supposed to serve and puts that control into the hands of corporate sponsorships aka advertisers.

Back in the early days of the internet there were a multitude of communities. Each community, no matter the subject, had their own forum and chat. The forum was hosted on their domain website while chat was on IRC (Internet Relay Chat). Sometimes on a major IRC network, other times on a smaller one that had less crazy controls.

Fortunately some online communities keep their distance from Facebook and other so-called social media sites that force regulations that cannot be controlled by the community on them. These are the communities that will survive the eventual decline of social media sites.

With a forum, you can control who comes, what the see, and your privacy policy doesn’t change constantly forcing the users to change their settings every few months. It is a far better system. And if you have live chat and can’t find an IRC network to your liking, you can always toss up your own.

Site Updates

Hello good readers. We have created an official Twitter account for the blog to separate it out from the owner or authors personal Twitter accounts.

You can now follow the blog via Twitter @Blog_SAB. We encourage everyone to follow us to keep updated on new posts, comments, and the latest happenings with the blog.

We are also working on building a Facebook page as well. This will just be informational, you will not be able to post comments to the Facebook page. All comments should be posted directly to the blog itself.

Social Media

There are a ton of social media sites out on the internet now days. We have Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Flickr, DeviantArt, Foursquare, Google+, Identi.ca, Instagram, and MySpace, just to name a few. There are many more than these.

Some are designed and targeted to specific interest groups while others are more generalized. Some have apps and file sharing while others are just text based. And everything in between.

I have accounts on several of the sites I listed above. Some are very inactive accounts as I haven’t looked at them or updated anything on them in years. And some social media sites I just visit without being a member and browse the postings without leaving any of my own.

The goal of social media is to have virtual interactions like we would have in real life. One-on-one or in groups settings. Be it games, general chit-chat, or business collaboration. Even blogs like this one are a form of social media as they encourage interaction between users and visitors.

The most common complaints against today’s social media sites are on the topics of privacy/security, censorship, and content ownership. And sometimes they are just a time suck. Facebook is hit quite often with these types of complaints.

But there are alternatives to these social media sites where the issues of privacy/security, censorship, and content ownership are greatly reduced. And these alternatives have been around far longer than the term “social media”. In fact social media has really been around since the infancy of the internet. And many of these ancient alternative social media forms are still in use today. Even by you right now.

E-mail (electronic mail) is the oldest form of social media. One-on-one and group conversations are all possible. Files can be shared, edited, and re-shared again. And it is generally very private. You don’t have to worry about another friend who wasn’t included accidentally seeing your e-mail post.

IRC (internet relay chat) is also an early form of social media. And like e-mail it’s still very much around. Even if you currently participate in some fancy web-based text chatroom it might be IRC driving it behind the scenes. With IRC you have a lot of control on who you let into your chat and who you do not.

Both IRC and e-mail predate webpages. There was no world wide web on the internet when people started with e-mail and they were chatting on IRC. The last early form of social media had it’s birth after the web came into being. It was the start of the internet as we know it today. These are online forums. With forums groups could interact with one another and individuals could also have private conversations as well. Pictures, documents, and other files could also be shared and downloaded just as they are today. And forum administrators could setup private boards that only it’s users could see.

So social media has been around for a long time. From the very birth of the internet. It’s outward forms have changed over the years but many of the oldest are still around. I am a member of a couple of online forums that date back more than 10 years. And they are still going on today. If you don’t care for the current incarnations of social media try the grandparents that started it all.