July 29, 2011
Camera, Common Interests, Fox, Mobbed, Online Community, Planking
I convinced my GI Joe to Plank!
Update: Since I am not a fan of “meme” (a piece of content like images, videos, passed along the internet in a viral fashion) like planking, I am intrigued at the fact that a good friend showed me that I am actually outdated to the more “sophisticated” (?) form of owling.
More than likely you have found out that people are Planking. According to Wikipedia (where else am I going to find information about this), “Planking or the lying down game is an activity consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the internet is an integral part of the game.”
The reason? Because it is ridiculous and apparently its more interesting to watch than standing by a monument and smiling for the camara.
BBC.co.uk wrote an interesting article about planking and how in one case, led to a young man’s death (he was on a balcony and well…fell down).
You can rank planking on the level of flash mobs where people assemble in public places to do some sort of dance or coordinated activity and then disperse. Even Fox has a show called Mobbed, based on this premise.
On the one hand, it can been seen as extremely pointless as more people would engage in planking than voting in an election. On the other, it unites people in their sharing of a common activity, even if just to entertain themselves.
I am not as into my camera to engage in planking, but I don’t mind allowing my GI Joe to do it (I just have two GI Joes that I keep for memories sake…in case you’re wondering). What do you think about Planking? Got any cool planking pictures?
July 20, 2011
Alcohol, Common Interests, Facebook, Landmines, Status Updates, Twitter, Weiner
Have you ever dated someone who you really liked, things are going great until that person sees a provocative picture of your ex in your car? Or you make a crude joke about your boss not realizing the boss is right behind you? Or you comment on Facebook about how your students are “future criminals” like this person? Something like this has happened to all of us to some extent. However, those that are most successful in life are the ones that avoid landmines like this.
In life you have to be yourself. If your funny, keep telling jokes. If you like hanging out with your friends, enjoy. Like to have a couple of drinks and take pictures with great friends, go wild. When it comes to social media, being personal takes you a long way in building the kinds of relationships that are fruitful for all those involved. However, in life, you have to strike a successful balance with your personal and professional life. The same applies with social media.
It all depends on what your goals are when you use social media. Take Facebook and Twitter; the key to those sites is sharing (like most sites). People share their interests through status updates, pictures, videos and sharing websites. We hope one of your goals is to get involved with important issues in your community and/or advance your cause. Which means measuring what you share about yourself is very important. What you share reflects who you are, such as:
What do you think about this guy?
What do you think about this group?
What if I told you the guy in the orange hat is the same person? Would you have thought that the first guy was capable of such great work? Or the second person is a fan of downing two bottles at once? What do you think potential employers or donors would think?
Fortunately, there are no relationship between these two pictures, but the point remains the same. It can be worthwhile when you share with your friends and family. Its rewarding pushing for a cause online but remember, people will read into what you share. Don’t let this post scare you, just watch your step.
And DONT be this guy!!!
July 18, 2011
Cause, Common Interests, Facebook, Internet, Status Updates, Twitter
I love Facebook! I think it offers such flexibility to connect with people for a variety of reasons. I grew up around people in all walks of my life, from High School, college, North New Jersey and Dominican Republic and Facebook has been the primary way that I have been able to reconnect with people in life. However, there is another great reason to use Facebook, advance your favorite causes and message.
That is the goal of Moral Outreach Group, L.L.C., to give insight on how you can use Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites to help your cause. According to statistics about Activity on Facebook, “there are more than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month. ”
Imagine that, so much information shared between people with common interests in all sorts of different topics from entertainment, news, music, etc. However, nothing helps a community more than organizations like Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Red cross, and many other non-profit organizations. Even some government agencies and officials are effective in their use of social media.
At the end of the day, the internet has opened a whole new way to connect with your loved ones and personal interests. A new way that will not disappear but evolve and together, we can evolve with it.