Archive for September, 2011
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Little House of the Prairie was a family favorite, when it aired on television and now is being enjoyed by a new generation through DVD’s and Netflix. The Ingall’s family and their small town neighbors in Walnut Grove provided good, wholesome entertainment for the whole family. When you survey your facebook feed, you may see some similarities between that old favorite and what you find on your modern day social media. Maybe things haven’t changed all that much after all.
- Drama – There was always some sort of drama occurring on Little House. Someone might get lost, the crops might not come in and then, of course, there was Mary going blind. If you need a little drama in your life today, facebook is full of it, especially if you have any teenage girls as facebook friends.
- Sibling rivalry – Mary and Laura didn’t always get along. They would have their spats, which might include some name calling and shouting. You can find this on facebook too. Siblings have no trouble SHOUTING at each other on facebook. It just comes out in all caps, instead of raised voices.
- Bullying – Nelly Olson was the snooty bully, who liked to tease the Ingall girls on Little House on the Prairie. The same sort of teasing and bullying goes on over facebook, though parents and school authorities try to keep their eye on those things, so they don’t get out of hand.
- Family – You saw a lot of family interaction on Little House. Ma and Pa and the girls would share their thoughts with each other in their tiny home. On facebook, you see the same intergenerational sharing going on. The kids, parents and even grandpa and grandma will be chatting with each other there.
- Friends – Little House showed the interaction between the Ingall’s family and their friends and neighbors on a regular basis. The same social atmosphere exists on facebook.
- Preacher – One of the characters on Little House on the Prairie was the pastor of the church watching over his flock. You’ll find pastors doing the same thing on facebook. Pastoral visits can be made via laptop these days.
- Social status – There were those who were popular and those who were not in Walnut Grove. The same is true on facebook. Many people judge their popularity by the number of facebook friends they have accumulated.
- Romance – As the girls got older, you found romance coming into the Little House on the Prairie program. Facebook is no stranger to teenage romances. There are many romance fires kindled and extinguished via the facebook feed.
- Farming – Walnut Grove was a farming community where ‘Pa’ tilled the soil to grow his crops. Facebook has its own crops being tended by many faithful Farmville participants.
- Actors – Of course, the parts of each of the Ingall’s family were played by actors pretending to be people whom they were not. You’ll find those on facebook too.
You probably didn’t realize how similar the modern day social network was to the pioneer days of Little House on the Prairie, did you? People are still people, even on facebook.
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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Millions of people use the social networking site Facebook to keep in touch with friends and relatives. Some people are on Facebook all day every day and consider it their virtual reality. The most traumatic event to happen to Facebook enthusiasts is to get un-friended by someone. If you’re new to this social media, you should learn these 10 things you can do to get un-friended on Facebook.
- Annoying posts – People who constantly post every boring aspect of their everyday life on Facebook run the risk of being un-friended. Nobody wants to know what your cat is doing or that you just finished brushing your teeth. Keep your posts to a minimum and keep it pertinent.
- Obnoxious posts – Using foul or explicit language and posting off-color jokes will get you un-friended in a big hurry. Most people want to keep things PC and PG on their Facebook page and aren’t going to tolerate crassness.
- Politics or Religion – What goes in polite society also applies to social networking on the web. Your Facebook friends can get very offended or just plain turned off by constant political or religious posts. If there’s something you feel compelled to share with your like-minded friends, start a Facebook group and share it there.
- Break up – If your relationship dissolves, you’ll not only be un-friended by your ex, but by most of his or her friends as well. When you break up don’t be surprised when your friends list starts to decline.
- Share other’s personal info – Posting your friends personal information on Facebook will make you very unpopular fast. Nobody wants you sharing their email address, phone numbers or private medical information with strangers.
- Graphic pics – Sharing lewd or graphic photos on Facebook is a sure way to lose friends quickly plus get you reported. Unless all your friends are all porn stars, they don’t want to see pictures of your “junk”.
- Constant game requests – If someone doesn’t respond to your game request for Farmville then leave it alone. Stick with the friends you know like to play the silly games and don’t harass the ones who aren’t interested.
- Whining – Friends who are constantly complaining and just use Facebook to vent their frustrations will soon find themselves un-friended. Nobody wants friends with a negative attitude all the time so stop your whining!
- Bragging – Keep your self-promotion to a minimum on your Facebook page or friends will start to turn off. They don’t need to be continually reminded how much better you think you are than everybody else.
- Nothing – One of the best ways to get un-friended is to do absolutely nothing on Facebook. People don’t want friends who aren’t actively participating in their social networking activities, so make sure you post something once in awhile or comment on their posts. Try clicking on “Like” on occasion if nothing else.
If you really don’t like Facebook and want everyone except your mother to un-friend you, go ahead and try some of these things. On the other hand, if you want to continue adding friends to your Facebook account, then these are the things you should try to avoid. This social media is great for sharing pictures, thoughts and cool things you find on the internet. Don’t get un-friended so you can keep sharing more.
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Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Teens love to hang out and talk to their friends, but that’s not always safe to do online. It can be hard to figure out which sites are safe and which ones are scams, and even when you do find safe ones, they’re a drag. Well, not anymore. Here are ten sites that allow teens to chat, play, have fun and just chill safely.
- Scallyroo.com – The first social network geared toward tweens and teens hinging on the merits of education and social responsibility. Their goal is to provide an environment for kids to learn, earn, play, and interact with their peers all within a safe, enriching environment.
- FreeTeenJavaChat.com – Solely a chat room, Free Teen Java Chat offers a safe, engaging environment for teens to hang out and talk. Monitored chat rooms do not allow inappropriate language or conversations. Best of all, it’s free!
- KidzWorld.com – Offering a safe website for children and teens, the Kidz World chat room is perfect for chatting it up after school, on a break from studying, TV, video games or….whatever. They can blab about whatever is on their mind: movies and their stars, last night’s game, today’s new video game or just about life. An additional perk- they are only open certain hours, so no all-nighters are possible.
- TeenSpot.com – The premiere entertainment and community website for teenagers! Teen Spot offers a wide variety of interactive and daily updated features that make it the most popular and dynamic teen site on the web. Since Teen Spot was opened in 2001, they have always been an exclusive community and entertainment site for teens. They only allow teenagers to join their website and participate in their community.
- Teen-Video-Chat.com – A free web-cam chat room for teens, Teen Video Chat allows kids from all over the world chat together in a safe, monitored environment. No one over 19 allowed.
- SpankMag.com – A youth oriented forum site for ages 13 to 24; they are very concerned with maintaining the safety of their site. This includes constant monitoring, the development of new software, and strong communication between users and moderators. Teens can discuss the newest in entertainment, sports, and issues in real life.
- Habbo.com – Habbo Hotel is the world’s largest online community and social game site for teenagers. Habbo is all about having fun with friends in an inspiring and safe environment. The heart of Habbo is its users and the activities created by them. Teens can explore their creative side by building games to challenge their friends or by decorating their rooms and dressing up their avatars to reflect their personal style and values. Chatting with friends and comparing creations allows teens to experience the life that want to live.
- GaiaOnline.com – Gaia is an online community with games, message boards, and a virtual economy. Members can hang out, chat, create their own virtual characters and use “Gaia Gold” to outfit them with clothes and accessories. A dedicated staff of moderators constantly monitors the forums to remove abusive or racist language, inappropriate images and adult content. Gaia’s staff is committed to keeping Gaia safe for teens. Posting private information, such as phone numbers, is prohibited.
- ClubPenguin.com – A Disney virtual world created for children and young teens, Club Penguin has been adopted by people of all ages as a fun, friendly, and safe environment to chat and play. Personalize your penguin and get to work making new friends. Moderated and protected chats make this the ultimate virtual chat place for kids.
- VirtualFamilyKingdom.com – A virtual world created for the whole family, Virtual Family Kingdom has quests and games for all ages, as well as personalized avatars and fun settings. Although this site is still being expanded, it promises to be something that the whole family can enjoy safely.
Always make sure teens are aware of the importance of online safety and never give out personal information. Remember, safe sites don’t have to be dull or boring, and a chat room doesn’t have to be just text. Teens have options ranging from video-chats to virtual worlds where they can make new friends, find answers to their questions and have a blast, safely. Enjoy!
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Sunday, September 4th, 2011
Twitter has become a viral phenomenon, and the number of users is growing at a dramatic rate. If you are new to Twitter, you may be a little confused with the terminology. Below I have created a list of ten common Twitter terms and what they mean, to help ease you into the land of tweets.
- Tweet. A message sent via twitter is called a tweet. Tweets can be 140 characters (not letters) in length, meaning spaces and punctuation count.
- Dweet. A tweet sent while intoxicated i.e. a drunk tweet. Some people may know enough while sending the tweet to label it as such, but most of the time you will see something like “Sorry for the dweet last night!”
- Hashtag. Using a hash symbol (#) before a tag allows others to follow a particular topic. An example would be “Great time at the #Lakers game” will allow for others to stream the subject of the L.A. Lakers.
- Nudge. This is a way to notify other users that they should update their status. You can only do this to people who follow you. A person would nudge someone if they think their status is outdated and should be refreshed.
- Retweet. This is when you post something on Twitter that someone else previously posted. This is a way to forward another person’s message on to your followers and is also commonly used when entering contests via Twitter.
- Follower. Your followers are the people who have requested to see your tweets. This works in a similar fashion to Facebook friends, accept that if you choose to follow someone, they do not have to be following you. So if you follow your boss, you will be able to see all of their posts, but they will not see yours unless they follow you.
- Feed. A feed is a list that is constantly be updated as new information appears. If you perform a search on Twitter, your results are a feed of the most recent or popular updates applying to that search. Your homepage is a feed of tweets that have been updated by people you follow, and your profile is a feed of your tweets.
- Trending. The term trending refers to the most popular topics at any given moment on Twitter. If a national disaster has just occurred or a celebrity just did something outrageous, then it will most likely be trending, as there will be many tweets about it.
- DM. Short for Direct Message, DM allows you to send a private message to one of your followers without displaying it for public viewing.
- Handle. Twitter users each have their own unique username or handle that identifies them. This is how you can search for someone to follow, as no two people can have the same handle.
The more people that use Twitter, the more new terms that will come up. In fact, just putting a “tw” in front of any word will make it apply to twitter. If you are waiting in line while tweeting, then you are said to be twaiting. The best way to get used to something is to just jump in and try it. The more you tweet and follow other peoples tweets, the easier it will become.
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Thursday, September 1st, 2011
You’ve decided that it’s time to leave your job, but you don’t want to do it the old fashioned way of giving verbal or written notice in person, so how about using FaceBook? Facebook gives you a number of options, some direct and some indirect. Here are ten ways to use FaceBook to quit or get yourself fired, which is, after all, just a less direct way of quitting.
- Post on Your Company’s Wall. Here’s an easy and direct method of quitting. Just go to your company’s or your supervisor’s FaceBook page, and post “I quit!” on the wall.
- FaceBook Messaging. Another direct method is to send your boss a resignation notice by FaceBook messaging, if he or she is on your friends list.
- Post Notice on Your Wall. You can post your notice of resignation, or the fact that you’re quitting immediately, on your own wall. Now, all you have to do is to wait for your boss to find it, or for someone else in the company to pass along the information.
- Company Logo with a Note. This one is a bit more subtle, but still effective, though it may take longer for your boss to know about it. Post a picture of the company’s logo on your wall, along with a note that says; “This is the company that I used to work for.” Eventually, word will get to the right person that you’ve left the company.
- Mention Your New Job. If you’re leaving because you’ve found a new job, you can post the new company’s logo on your wall with a note that says; “This is the company that I’m now going to work for.” Again, the news that you’re gone will eventually reach your old boss.
Those are all fine methods of using FaceBook to quit your job, and they may give the satisfaction of not doing it in person, but they’re not as much fun as the five indirect methods below.
- Things You Hate about the Company. You could leave a post that lists all the things that you hate about the company that you work for on their FaceBook wall. This is nearly guaranteed to get you fired, but if your company is more tolerant than you thought and just gives you a warning, you can always fall back on one of the more direct methods above.
- About Your Boss. This can be done on your own FaceBook wall, on the company’s wall, or on your boss’s wall. A simple note that says your boss is a rotten so-and-so, or a list of character flaws and some of his or her more unsavory personal hygiene issues will likely be sufficient.
- Pictures of Yourself. You could take a picture of yourself making really rude gestures at a picture of your boss or the company CEO, and post it on one of the FaceBook walls mentioned above. This may require a post saying something along the lines of “This is what I think of YOU” to go along with the picture, in order to be completely effective.
- Your Storied Past. You may consider posting on your FaceBook wall about some of the grand times you had “back in the day” before you quit your partying ways, and maybe even hint that you haven’t completely given up those partying ways. This is especially effective if you mention having done some of the partying on your company expense account.
- Compliment Your Company’s Competitors. This one may take several attempts before it gets you noticed and fired, unless you really go over the top and mention how much better those companies and their products are than yours. Another, more subtle variation on this theme, is to post your compliments on the competitor’s FaceBook wall, and wait for someone from your company to notice.
There you are, ten easy methods to use FaceBook to quit your job. Of course, using FaceBook this way is not likely to be good for your later efforts to find work in other companies. Word does get around, you know.
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