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Privacy issues and Facebook. More harm than good?

In Privacy, Privacy issues, Privacy policy, Social media, Social Network on April 30, 2010 at 9:57 am

Privacy and Facebook seem to be mutually exclusive. The site continually unlocks more of our information over the internet without our knowledge. Essentially, more dish on our habits means more cash for them.

Will this ultimately backfire? I feel like it will but maybe I’m wrong. Personally, I’m more private than public. With stolen identity issues, people’s homes being robbed post tweet, and the backlash from inappropriate posting, etc., I think to err on the side of privacy just makes more sense. The problem is then compounded by the fact that Facebook makes such changes without really telling users or making it easy for them to opt out.

Earlier this week I came across an article in the UK’s Telegraph, written back in January about how Facebook’s founder says privacy is no longer a social norm. (Find that article here.)

Ugh. If that’s the case, at least give me the choice of how, when, and where I’d like to go public.  I’d like to think putting customer choice before profits will never go out of style.

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My new diagnosis….social media addiction.

In Addiction, Blog stats, Blog views, Blogging, Internet addiction, New Media, Social media, Social Network on April 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Please know I’m kidding….mostly.

I jumped in (I mean REALLY jumped in) to social media about one month ago, and the experience has been fantastic. However, I’m noticing some significant changes in my behavior. For example…..constant checking of  blog stats, heart-rate increases when blog views are up, semi-depressed when views plummet. More “external” ones include…skipping meals, blowing off the gym, almost violent when interrupted while at computer, mind racing with all sorts of ideas, and exhaustion.

Having worked in the field of behavioral health, I know such behavior might concern some. But awareness is half the problem solved, as they say. I’d like to think it’s because I’m enjoying myself, passionate about what I’m doing, and fully embracing the fast pace of new media.  I’ve tasted such exhilaration before, as I had a pretty successful stint in sales.

It’s often a fine line between genuine adrenaline and well, pure insanity. I’m not worried though as I’ve already learned the importance of balance in my life. I know I need to slow down, maybe turn back on that Mindfulness Bell app and hit the gym.

Nonetheless, I’ll take a shot of adrenaline any day.

Facebook. Genuine connections or endless self promotion?

In Facebook, Friends, New Media, Self promotion, Social media, Social Network on April 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I joined FB last summer. At the time it was where details regarding my upcoming highschool reunion were being posted so I opted in. Now, 9 months later, I’m still struggling to embrace it. It seems like endless self promotion. Day in and day out, the same people post. OCCASSIONALLY someone I really care about makes a comment. The truth is, if I really wanted to be in touch with you, wouldn’t we be talking face-to-face, or at least voice-to-voice?

Motorola Droid. An example of the lack of women in technology?

In Android 2.0, Google, Meetup, Motorola Droid, Smartphone, smartphones, Technology Meetups, Verizon Motorola Droid on April 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I have yet to meet, in person, another woman who owns a Motorola Droid. The phone’s touted as one of the best android phones on the market. Sure the design isn’t very female friendly, but is that really why women aren’t buying it? Some argue the marketing targets men. If all I watched was sports and Two and a Half Men on TV, then maybe. But somehow I saw the commercials.

Also… I’ve been a longtime member of Meetup, a terrific site whose mission is to connect people online so they can then meet offline. Recently I joined some Meetup groups focused on mobile technology. I’ve been to 5 so far, and at only two was there one other female.

Don’t get me wrong…there are very many talented women in technology. I’m just surprised at the prevalence of men.

Female Droid owner? Check out womenwithdroids.com.

In Amazon, Android 2.0, Cell phone cases, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid Accessories, Motorola Droid giveaway, Smartphone, Verizon Droid, Verizon Motorola Droid on April 23, 2010 at 9:05 am

I’m a big fan of this site. When I first got my Droid I felt pretty alone. Lots of male owners, but hardly any females. Then I found womenwithdroids. They have ongoing case giveaways and regularly review apps targeted to females. If you’re looking for better options on anything female for the Droid for that matter, be sure to start there!

One of the most interesting Android apps…..the Mindfulness Bell.

In Android 2.0, Droid, Google, Motorola Droid, Verizon Droid, Verizon Motorola Droid on April 22, 2010 at 11:31 pm

With everyone so busy these days, I was pleasantly surprised to come across the Mindfulness Bell on the Android Marketplace.  Here’s its description….

The Mindfulness Bell rings periodically during the day, to give you the opportunity to hold on for a moment and consider what you are currently doing, and in what state of mind you are while you are doing it. According to the Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, this is an effective means of developing mindfulness.

The sound of the bell is wild. You’ll be in the middle of doing something at home and “b….o…n…..g.” It really makes me stop and appreciate being in the moment.

What is alphainventions?

In Beginner Wordpress, Beginning blogging, Blog Comment spam, Blog referrals, Blog stats, Blog views, Referral spam on April 21, 2010 at 8:27 am

I’ve been blogging only a short while and fairly obsessed with stats (just posted about it earlier). As I’m learning some lessons about spam the hard way, I need a straight answer. Is alphainventions spam? I clicked on it, got some ad of theirs, then got bounced to someone’s blog, tried to scroll down, then got bounced to another blog. Immediately my virus sensors went off and I closed the window.

My concern – if someone views my blog because another site took them there for a moment then bounced them to another blog quickly after, is this a good thing? In all honesty, the view of the blog I got bounced to was so short-lived and confusing to me that I can’t even recall what blog I even saw. Maybe its really alphainventions promoting themselves by getting in my referral stats? I’m confused.

Again, I’m new at this. Maybe its good? But maybe it’s not!

Loving the droid…from a female perspective.

In Android 2.0, Google, Motorola Droid, Reviews, Smartphone, smartphones, Verizon Droid, Verizon Motorola Droid on April 21, 2010 at 7:52 am

Ok, I gotta admit. When I first got my Motorola Droid, the clunkiness alone made me wonder, is this for me? It’s so…unladylike. But wow, I’m over it.

Cruising through the android marketplace makes me giddy. The apps are awesome. I’m especially intrigued by the (eh-hem) girly-er ones. Recipes, calorie counters, beauty tips, self-help quotes, office yoga, women’s body stats, pregnancy widgets, and even ones that let you track your menstrual cycle (ok, are guys making these??). Now again, apps are new to me. I only upgraded to my Motorola Droid a month and a half ago. Before that I had a Sony Erickson 580i that did squat.

Are all these apps top-notch? Not necessarily…and I admit, ovulation tracking is not a priority for me. But despite all the Droid’s manly features, these give one a peek into the endless women-related opportunities via Android. Woo-hoo!

My new addiction….blog stats.

In Addiction, Beginner Wordpress, Beginning blogging, Blog stats, Blog views, Blogging, Internet addiction, Social media, Social media addiction, Wordpress on April 21, 2010 at 6:27 am

Now that my blog is getting some traffic, I’ve become obsessed with my stats. Having had a stint in sales, I’m all too familiar with the rush that follows once a customer commits. It’s intoxicating.

When I started blogging, I didn’t even know WordPress collected such details on views, as the dashboard completely overwhelmed me. So adieu nachos, mint chocolate chip ice cream, wine, margaritas…when I need a fix, I’m reaching for my stats.

Still learning the hard way……this time about comment spam.

In Beginner Wordpress, Beginning blogging, Blog Comment spam, Blogging 101, Spam, Wordpress on April 20, 2010 at 11:05 am

So I get all excited when, for the first time, someone posts a comment to my blog. Again, I haven’t had this blog for long so I was pretty psyched. Then good ‘ole fear popped into my head…is this spam? So I googled about comment spam and unfortunately the results didn’t assuage my fear. Damn. Maybe the compliment was real…but who’s to say at this point. Regardless, my bubble’s popped, the lesson’s learned, and I press on…