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internet in a viral fashion) like planking, I am intrigued at the fact that a good friend showed me that I am actually outdated to the more “sophisticated” (?)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 26, 2011
Facebook, Facebook Profile, Online Community, Status Updates
Finally herd your friends together all at once
Don’t you wish you can get all your friends organized? You know, having your family together all in one place at the same time. How about friends from college or high school friends for a reunion? Do you want to engage in a discussion with your liberal friends without angering your conservative friends (and vice versa)? This is possible by organizing your Facebook friend lists.
Using friend lists will allow you to post to specific groups when you want. You can use it to create privacy settings for people and even see the status updates of specific groups of people in your recent news. Essentially, you can separate what each group can see when you post and get updated on what specific groups are doing.
Minor drawback is that you cannot create specific friend list on Facebook fan pages and group pages and putting your friends into list can be a tad tedious. However, once you create the lists (you can take your time, 10 friends a night), you will have complete control over who sees what and when.
Here are the screenshots of how you can make this happen.
In your home page, click on the friends link.
Then click on Manage Friend List
Then click on Create List
That is all. Easy Breezy. Give it a try by sending a status update to a specific group of people or click on Recent News above the status update bar and you can view the updates of specific groups as well.
July 21, 2011
Essence Carson, Facebook, Government Official, Online Community, Text, WNBA
Congratulations to Essence Carson, a Paterson, NJ native who thanks to great friends and supporter, was launched to the WNBA All Star Game as a Starter representing the Eastern Conference. I bring this up because I voted for her via text message sent by Councilman Benjie Wimberly’s Facebook profile page. He used his Facebook page and text list to spread the word that we Paterson locals had to send a text in support of Essence Carson. This surely motivated many others to follow his lead in pushing Essence Carson to even greater heights to her professional success. Not to mention all the people she connected with throughout her career. However, I am fully aware that Essence Carson’s incredible talent is 95% responsible for this accomplishment.
I have to admit, I don’t watch the WNBA (actually I am not into professional basketball except attending an occasional game). However, seeing and supporting a local player get to the professional level is inspirational. Not only for me, but for our young girls who may have dreams of reaching the top in their respect fields. However, Essence Carson would not reach such a level of success without the support of her family and community that nurtured her talent. As for reaching the 2011 WNBA All Star game, people sending texts “Carson” to 69622 really helped her reach the extra mile.
The overarching theme: social media and mobile tools made a difference in the community. In this case, Paterson, NJ has a daughter that is in the WNBA All Star Game! Text messaging and posting updates in your established online community provided a shining star that local community leaders can point to when motivating our youth. Good Stuff!