Samara O'Shea

Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ Category

What to do with my Social Media Accounts in the Event of my Untimely Death

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Happy May! Check out my latest Huffington Post blog. It’s one part ridiculous one part legitimate concern.

Twitter Management

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Interesting article in the Times about the growing trend of people taking their anger (at each other) out on Twitter. Be careful, you might get sued . . .

Keep Your Anger Offline

Monday, June 29th, 2009

It’s official. I’m addicted to blogging. I thought I could tone it down for a few days, but it’s proving to be difficult. (In my own defense: it’s difficult not to blog when I’m sitting in front of a computer. When I’m breathing the fresh air, the desire goes away completely.)

Remember when I blogged (or re-blogged the NY Times) about anger on Friday (two blogs down). Well, author Alice Hoffman demonstrates why it’s better to go for a run than for your computer when you’re angry. Thank you Gawker for capturing a few gloriously psycho tweets.

Sorta related: I just discovered (and I’m probably the last to know) about Tweleted. The Web site that recovers any tweets that you delete. So far, I’ve only deleted a few tweets for grammatical errors. I have yet to do it because of a change of heart or opinion. Word to the wise: Think your tweets through very carefully!

From Whence I Tweet

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

So I’m just under two months into Twitter and . . . it’s okay. Occasionally a thought will come to mind, and I’ll think Twitter is the perfect outlet for it. It’s a great place to share article links and short quotes. But if it went away for good, I wouldn’t miss it. I do have insight into one Twitter feature though—because it makes me self-conscious. Actually, it doesn’t really make me self-conscious. It makes me think Should I be self-conscious about this? There’s a difference.

The feature is: Twitter announces where your tweeting from. It gives the time and place of your tweet. For example, if I just wrote something, Twitter would say “5 Minutes Ago from Web.” And that would update as the hours go by i.e. “8 Hours Ago from Web.” All of my tweets (every single one of them) are from the Web. Other people tweet from other places. Here’s the list—which admittedly I don’t fully understand—of where people can tweet from:

– From Web
– From Twitterfeed
– From Twitterberry (tweeting from your blackberry, I presume)
– From mobile web
– From Tweetdeck (what?)
– From Tweetie (again, what?)
– From TwitterFon
– From Text

And there you have it! The many ways of telling someone from whence you are tweeting. I’m sure it’s billed as convenience “Look you can tweet from anywhere,” but it’s really another social networking way of saying “I’m soo busy, I can’t even sit down to tweet. I have to do it on the go.” Sigh. In that case, I’m not cool at all.

I make a motion to make the location announcement more specific:

– From breakfast table
– From brushing teeth
– From a horrid hangover
– From the phone of a really good looking guy lying naked next to me (sorry morning fantasy got in the way)
– From second star to the right and straight on till morning!

The Fall of Facebook

Monday, June 15th, 2009

I stayed in on Friday night to get ready for the letter-writing workshop I hosted on Saturday, which means I was ready to jump online at 12:01 am—the exact moment when Facebook offered usernames to people. I wasn’t really afraid of someone snagging Facebook.com/SamaraOShea, but you never know. Douglas Rushkoff over at The Daily Beast seems to think this username thing is signaling the fall of the Facebook empire. This quote is from his article:

That shift, I believe, portends the beginning of the end for this social network. That may sound preposterous, but the short history of the Internet is littered with quickly fallen giants. They all appear to be permanent features of the digital landscape—Friendster, MySpace, Orkut, Napster, CompuServe—until they’re not. A minute after midnight on Saturday may just be the moment 200 million more people find themselves thrown firmly onto the Internet, and in the process make Mark Zuckerberg’s digital wading pool obsolete.

It is true of airplanes, empires, and social networks alike: What goes up, must come down. I have no doubts that FB will fall someday—I’m not sure it’s happening right now though. Then again, what do I know?

I took some fun photos of my workshop on Saturday and tried to post them, but WordPress tells me they’re too big to upload. Ah! I don’t know how to make them smaller, and don’t have photoshop on this computer. They’re posted on my FB page (speaking of) if anyone wants to look over there. In the meantime, I’ll see what I can figure out (feel free to offer tech suggestions). I have a new digital camera and would love to post photos here more often then I do.

Attention Please

Friday, May 29th, 2009

The May 25 issue of New York magazine has a great article about the attention crisis—our inability to focus as a result of some many types of technical stimulation. I couldn’t find the article online to link to—I’ll keep looking. Their Web site is involved. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite bits that I’ve encountered so far:

~ We keep an average of eight windows open on our computer screens at one time and skip between them every twenty seconds. When we read online, we hardly even read at all—our eyes run down in an F pattern scanning for keywords. When you add up all the leaks from these constant little switches, soon you’re hemorrhaging a dangerous amount of mental power. People who frequently check their e-mail have tested as less intelligent then people who are actually high on marijuana.

~ The jackhammers are everywhere—iPhones, e-mail, cancer—Western culture’s attention crisis is mainly a widespread failure to ignore them.

~ “Once you understand how attention works and how you can make the most productive use of it,” she says, “if you continue to just jump in the air every time your phone rings or pounce on those buttons every time you get an instant message, that’s not the machine’s fault. That’s your fault.”

There’s More . . .

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

It’s the ongoing topic! More about Twitter and Facebook over at the NY Times. This is a discussion with a few contributors rather than an article by one person. Here’s my favorite point:

One of the truths of social media that is hard to face is that microinformation can be both embarrassing and boring, leading to a terminal case of twittering too hard and to the need to get over yourself. Wondering if you’ve crossed the line? If you have to ask, you probably have.