Tuesday, August 4, 2015

my own social media


Sir: I haven't got a computer, but I was told about Facebook and Twitter and am trying to make friends outside Facebook and Twitter while applying the same principles.

Every day, I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel, what I have done the night before and what I will do for the rest of the day. I give them pictures of my wife, my daughter, my dog and me gardening and on holiday, spending time by the pool. I also listen to their conversations, tell them I 'like' them and give them my opinion on every subject that interests me.. whether it interests them or not.

And it works. I already have four people following me: two police officers, a social worker and a psychiatrist.

~ Peter White, Holbrook, Derbyshire

:)

18 comments:

  1. Oh, this I love! But I would suggest it is lost on twitters and facebookers.

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  2. Well hell, I thought I was the only one in the 1st world who wasn't on fb.

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    1. I get my fb needs met here, Mike. :)

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  3. Hi Susan – a good one and Peter White certainly makes the point humourlessly about endlessly collecting strangers as friends. But social networking for most has taken off I think because it’s such an inexpensive way of keeping in touch, but lacks personnel expression with face to face contact or that help shape our perceptions. Then again blogging is also part of networking and is some respects some might say many blogs are not that much different.
    Best wishes

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    1. Hi Lindsay,
      It's not so much the silliness even though that makes for a good joke; the main problem I have with Facebook is that the site uses all of a person's data at the site to help advertisers target them specifically based on location, gender, preferences, even relationship status. The price of Facebook isn't a physical one, it's privacy. It's not just advertisers either - some call it FaCIAbook.

      I think blogging is very different for the simple reason that it's a more complex and thoughtful network.
      Best wishes

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  4. Ha ha. It makes a good point.

    Lindsay is right about blogging too, of course. The thing is surely to do what we want and don't do what we don't want, and to laugh along with them if anyone wants to make fun of what we do. I have never felt the urge to tweet or use facebook, but I like reading a few blogs and advertising my books and putting photos (mainly) on my own one, so I do. That doesn't necessarily mean I have any "friends" though :)

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    1. I thought his point was very good.

      Yes, blogging is also a way of keeping in touch with a few like-minded individuals. Perhaps the trick is to be so antisocial that you have no real world friends to bother you about getting Facebook. I've done well with that myself :)

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    2. Blogging allows one to be socially antisocial

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  5. Excellent and funny! Sent it to family Facebookers and Twitters for laughs. Never one myself, the blog is enough for me!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Marja-Leena, and that you can share it. Did you know some people have friends and family who demand they get Facebook accounts?

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  6. For sure. Neither the Mrs. no I do "social media" for our thousands of "close personal friends". Mostly because there are just a whole bunch of things I really don't want to know about them...:)

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    1. There seems to be far too much effort being made in diverting people's attention.

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  7. What are friends?

    Did the skin horse say that? I've been contemplating that story for awhile...... i do dearly adore my quite few like-mindeds! 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙

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  8. love how I've become a circle with line thru it and my hearts become question marks. Sigh.... it's a sign of the times, my dear..... xxx <- still works...

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