Thursday, March 26, 2009

Social Network Sites Driving You Crazy?

This post is kind of a rant Sorry I just had some things to say. I do talk about the new application Selective Twitter That I have started using to update my facebook status through twitter so I don't flood out my friends front pages.

Social Networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc. have become apart of our daily lives, at least for most people. I am on most social networking site and some of them I have been a member on since near the beginning. Lately, they are driving me insane!

Recently I have been unable to use Twitter from my phone and after some digging I found out it could be my phone provider and not Twitter. I'm still not entirely sure but I'm working on trying to get it fixed since I can neither Tweet or receive tweets. Other people have also been having this problem form the same provider I use as well as other providers.

Another Twitter issue I have recently come to face is the fact I've hit my Follow limit! If you follow me and I don't follow you back this is probably why. I don't follow every single person that follows me but if your updates are interesting and you don't seem to just be following hundreds of people to spam or what not I normally follow back. Obviously I won't be able to do anything until I can up my follow limit or go through and unfollow some people. :(

Facebook. I know my last post was all about Facebook but since I posted Facebook has decided to Re-design the front page. I personally hate it. I said it on Twitter but I'll say it again; It looks like a twitter feed. Yes, Twitter works but Facebook is not Twitter! I think the front page would work better if it were tabbed with Status updates, then Photos, notes, Videos, etc. Instead of one whole mess of everything looking like everything else and no real way to separate it out.

I see what Facebook was trying to do but in the end it had kind of failed. I've had the problem where someone will send some thing out to several people and my entire front page is filled with their updates! I have also cut out my twitter feed and I am now using an application called Selective Twitter Status. It is easy to use and instead of sending all of your tweets to facebook it will only send those that have #fb in the tweet. It's great and cuts down on the flood effect. I know some people have asked well how is that different from I don't use because I found it works ok for some people but not all. I think for the majority of people Selective Twitter will work better.

Special Thanks to @jamespero on Twitter for cluing me in on the Selective Twitter application.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Facebook I'm Over You!

Why have I been twittering so negatively about Facebook lately? I'm tired of all the cosmetic changes, the way some people are trying to make Facebook more then what it is. Facebook is a SOCIAL Network.

Recently, Facebook announced another cosmetic change to the home page. Of course the new change looks familiarly like the old home page, before the most recent change. I think it's time for Facebook to give it up. Just pick a format and stick with it!

I've been a Facebook user since end of 2004 beginning of 2005. Before there was one big Facebook there were several separate Facebooks divided by Universities. You could only send messages, friend, tag pictures, etc. with those people at your University. When The Facebook came about it allowed University Networks to connect. It was amazing and Facebook seemed complete.

Unfortunately, Facebook did not stop there. They continued to grow and started to allow High Schools and certain companies to join. In 2006 Facebook opened to the public. Anyone could join the social network. At first people thought this was a great idea, but slowly people have been changing their minds.

Facebook has become so large, and is now just another Myspace. Facebook finally surpassed Myspace in number of unique users this past year. I'm tired of all the cosmetic changes. The older audience is complaining about keeping up, but it's not just them, the younger audience is struggling just as bad.

Facebook has peaked in my eyes. I'm ready for the next thing. I think most people are as well. Facebook was once a place for friends and classmates to share pics, vids, and info. It was a place where nothing was taken seriously and if you wanted to marry your BFF for a week no one cared! It was all in good fun. Now everything is so "Facebook Official" and there are books on "Facebook Manners." People joked on how Facebook was a stalker tool, now it's not so funny there are people who are being stalked through Facebook.

idk if there is a need for books on Facebook Manners but I could see a need for Twitter manners. I'll save that for a later post.


Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Official Cups in Clinton TOUR!

Last semester I put together a video tour of the Cups in Clinton for my TV workshop class. Cups liked it so much they decided they wanted to put it on their website! Unfortunately, I was unable to let them use the video I had created. The song I used is copyrighted so I had to change the song.

Here is the video with the new music, or what I am calling "The Official Cups in Clinton Tour":


Sorry for the lack of Updates!

Sorry for the lack of updates. Here is a quick video with an explanation: