Technologic Twit

We’ve come a long way from the first social media experiment—the telephone party line. Back when pterodactyls roamed the skies, neighbors would share phone lines—providing endless gossip and eavesdropping opportunities. But, soon enough, people demanded privacy and party lines went the way of men’s hair pomade.

Now, we’re back with the ultimate party line: Social media sites. No trivia is too irrelevant. No video is too embarrassing. We just lay out our lives like a tabloid, then gripe about the lack of privacy on the Internet.

But now there are SO many ways to share information it’s a full-time job keeping up with it all. Luckily, I don’t. It’s just too much for me to grasp with these dying brain cells of mine. But if you’d like to brush up on your social media savvy, here are a few places to start:

Twitter: From what I gather, Twitter is the latest tool for news directors to get their information. I don’t care what @localresident said about the #newpark. A Twitter-feed is NOT a news source. (But it is a stumbling block for politicians.)

Facebook: I must admit, FB is my cyber-connection of choice but a recent survey showed a high rate of depression for FB users. Well, duh. All my friends are partying with Jay-Z or climbing the Himalayas or hunting unicorns or rescuing baby turtles. And I’m stuck at home, living my life vicariously through FB.
Instagram: Recently sold to FB for $1 billion. Wha? I wonder if Zuckerberg knows it’s a FREE app. Instagram is a way to share photos with friends, family and the creepy neighbor who looks in your bedroom window. You can make your high-quality, digital photos look old. Is that a selling point?

LinkedIn: A business-related social media site for people who take themselves WAY too seriously. I haven’t checked my account since 2007. I think you need to be wearing a tie to log on.

Tumblr: Not sure what this is all about but there are more than 20 billion posts on the site. It’s either a site for drinking glass collectors or for people who continually fall down stairs.

Pinterest: This high-tech collage/bulletin board is a place to post pictures of your favorite things. Kind of like a junior high school project without the cut-up magazine photos.

Google+: Formerly known as Google Buzz, Google Friend Connect and Google Please Use Me. It’s a futile attempt for Google to replace FB. You can set up “groups” (co-workers, family, serial killers), use “hangouts” that facilitate video chats (sounds tedious) and you can do something using “sparks.” Maybe all the Google+ “language” is one reason it hasn’t worked.

And now there are Google Glasses so you can walk around with a computer strapped to your eyeballs. Yeah, that shouldn’t cause any problems for UTA’s Trax system.

Then you have Kindles, smart phones, iPads, blogging, micro-blogging (for tiny people) and things I haven’t even heard of. We’ve created an addictive cyber-society where narcissism is rewarded and we’re more dis-connected than ever before.

So I decided to create my own social platforms to bring some REAL connection back into our lives.

Over-the-Fencing: Talking to neighbors in face-to-face conversations.

Porchr: Sitting in front of the house watching neighbor kids play soccer in the street and enjoying the spring evening.

LunchMeet: Meeting real friends for lunch with no Tweeting, instant messaging or texting allowed. It’s called listening. Turn off your damn phones and look someone in the eye!

Try these non-electronic networking techniques and take your neighbor some cookies. And not the virtual kind you send through Facebook.

Technologic Twit


Kearns, United States

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Does Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Tumblr seem like an excessive amount of social media? I completely agree.

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