I know someone who believed the world was just like the island society depicted in the 1954 novel, Lord of the Flies. In that novel, boys turned on each other with savagery that is incredibly primal. Left on their own, people will default to cruelty, my friend believed; it's unavoidable. Human . . .
Living as I do fairly near Facebook I've watched the company grow and develop. Can't say Mark Z comes out looking good around here. He's not considered the visionary Steve Jobs was, nor is he beloved in any way despite many big charitable donations in the Bay area. People around these parts are wary . . .
Comparison has become a byproduct of social media. Others' lives look so much better than ours, sometimes, don't they? But don't fall into that trap. Focus on your own life. It's the only one that matters. If you'd like to work on your own grass in a bigger way, contact me about this. . . .
Urban Dictionary defined vaguebooking as an intentionally vague Facebook status update that prompts friends to ask what's going on or is possibly a cry for help. or as Vaguebook.org says, You know those posts on Facebook where it's obvious the poster is just BEGGING for attention? There's an art . . .
Things I've learned on social media: Everyone's got an opinion. Judgmental comments are a way of life for many. More people than I thought lack filters. There are a limitless number of exclamation marks. Lots and lots of people post to seek attention. Spelling is a lost art. Some people have . . .
This can be a very hard lesson, indeed. Because many times we're driven by what people think of us. Even if we're not conscious of it. People see us through their own filters: their likes, dislikes, insecurities, talents--all of it. Some try to manipulate how people see them. Look at some of the . . .
Social media friendships are a special kind of relationship. We may not have ever met in person, but we know them through what they post about their lives, their families, their thoughts, their dreams. Some people develop quite intimate friendships solely via social media. I know I have. But do we . . .
Are you using social media to drive traffic to your blog and not getting the results you hoped for? Do you read everything you can find about increasing blog traffic via social media and still aren't sure what's working and what isn't? You're not alone. So many bloggers scatter their energies all . . .
We've got a bunch of these friends, all of us do. You know the ones I mean. They post gorgeous selfies several times a month. Their photo tags for an evening out show only the finest restaurants and hottest bars. Every single achievement of theirs becomes a Facebook post. They humble-brag. They say . . .
Whenever I write a post like this, reader response falls in four categories: Those to whom it doesn't matter. Those who agree wholeheartedly. Those who disagree, with logical reasons or not. And bloggers who are certain I am writing about them. So, to set the record straight: I am not writing . . .