So, I've been getting down with this social media stuff. Second Life might be big fun, I imagine, if I can ever acquire a better graphics processor, some rudimentary programming abilities, and a hankering for virtual sex. Meanwhile, I've blogged, YouTubed, Twittered, Digged, Wikkied, and Whatchamacallited. So, I'm now one of the foremost experts in the metaverse and blogosphere.
OK, the truth is, I'm much more familiar with anti-social media, such as calls from bill collectors, rude gestures from other motorists, and Fox News. I have dicked around a little in social media, and I have found out blogging, which is supposed to be a two-way thing, a conversation, is mostly just a way to vent millions of spleens. (See global warming.)
Years ago, you'd have to own a newspaper or buy advertising in order to annoy people with your stupid opinions. Today you can opine online for free. You might even find a more or less substantial audience of like-thinking lunatics and make a little money on the side. Right now, for example, Google and amazon combined owe me 7 cents.
Social networks, however, are mainly about what I believe young people call "hooking up."
Now, with every sub-atomic particle in my meager being, I hope never be single again. For a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that I love my wife, Sharon, very much. And from a practical standpoint, I'm fairly sure I'd never be able to find anyone else willing to put up with me.
I must admit, however, that I'm very surprised and more than a little flattered by all the attractive young women who apparently want to become my "friend."
At least once a week, I get an e-mail from another young lady whom I've never met. Each appears to be responding to my MySpace page and finds me interesting enough to want to connect with me.
Social networking site MySpace, under tremendous pressure from parents, teachers and law enforcement agencies, on Wednesday announced that it had deleted some 29,000 convicted sex offenders from its service, more than four times
the figure initially reported. However, fears that people using social networking websites are inadvertently exposing themselves to PR predators, are probably overblown, researchers say.
Sameer Hinduja, an assistant professor in criminology at Florida Atlantic University and Justin Patchin, a political science researcher at the University of Wisconsin, recently conducted a test. The pair randomly selected 9282 profiles out of the 100 million purportedly available on the social networking site MySpace, the most popular social networking site and the fourth most popular English-language website in the world.
In the latest issue of the Journal of Adolescence, the researchers say that assiduous PR practitioners can, and do, glean important personal snippets from these postings. But overall the article says the situation is not as alarming as critics of social media currently suggest.
"When considered in its proper context, the results indicate that the problem of emotional manipulation and 'influence' using personal information does not seem to be as widespread as many assume," said noted PR industry analyst Martin Turnbull. "Seems just a tad overblown at the moment but firms are certainly gearing up," he added.
On Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 7:41 AM, Ronn Torossian, President and CEO of 5WPR, emphatically promised that he was going to sue us. No real reason, he was just irritated by our teasing him about getting in bed with pornographer Joe Francis. Anyway, Ronn gave his obscenity-laced word that we'd see the complaint in 72 hours. It's now late by
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