Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Other ‘Social Networking’

We live in a world that’s changing. Networks are expanding. Lives don’t move on and it’s difficult for people to make a clean break or a fresh start in any area. I’m not saying it’s wrong (or right) but, I do think it gives pause for thought.

Facebook allows us to reconnect with old friends, or those we’ve lost touch with over the years. It gives us licence to chat, post updates about our lives and tell others what’s going on. It allows people to keep up the happenings of far away friends, but at what point does it become a little bit ‘intrusive’? Or voyeuristic? Do you really want your entire friends list knowing what you had for breakfast? Or that you’re a bit drunk and threw up on the train?

And LinkedIn? The ‘professional’ network…? I have noticed recently that my profile gets a lot of attention from ex-colleagues – people that haven’t actually spoken to me in recent months. What do they want? Is it to know what I’m doing and where? Or another reason?

I’ve had a Twitter account for many years, but recently, my use of Twitter has changed. Is what I say interesting enough to warrant a post? Are my followers really interested in my life? What do I enjoy from the people that follow me? And why?

Are we creating tools and environments that allow people to satisfy curiosity or are we giving people windows into our lives that they normally would not have? Is it stalking? If it’s not stalking, at what point does it become stalking?

To blog or not to blog…

I wrote this a while ago…

 

All change…again

It’s been a turbulent year. I’ve decided that 2011 is turning into one of those years that we’ll need to either grab by the short and curlies or just forget. Which is it to be?

 

Work has dominated so far this year – predominantly the roller coaster ride that is my company. In October I got a new boss. It took the best part of six months to adjust to his up and down/hot & cold manner. He’s brash, he’s pushy, he’s demanding and more… But in the past few weeks I’ve come to understand just how much he’s fought for the team and to take away all of the road blocks that hamper the day to day running of the department.

 

It’s taken a lot of time for the team to get used to him and to start to buy into what he’s been trying to do, but they were getting there. It was starting to feel like we were achieving an awful lot in a short space of time.

 

And, we had a leader. Someone fighting for us at the highest level. In with the other big cheeses – fighting the politics and shouting about the things we need to get on with an achieve.

 

First, there was the ‘potential acquisition’ notification. Then, the CEO was let go. And, most recently my boss was let go. Ooooomph!

 

It was such a shock to us all. There were many unhappy people discussing how it would mean to them and what would happen next. Our ‘new CEO’ (our Chairman became the Exec Chairman) announced we would all report to sales management. Such a step in the wrong direction.

 

So, the roller coaster starts running even faster than it did before.

Is there a pattern…?

I’ve got a nasty cold. It’s the first of this season. I had the same kind of cold last year, at the same time. BF and I had booked a long weekend, a cabin with a hot tub and had taken champagne away with us. In the car on the way up, I started feeling ill. I was ill the rest of the weekend. The ‘chesty cough’ that went with it never really went away and in February (while the snow was here) I was very very ill again, but I carried on working…and didn’t seem to get rid of the ‘cold’ for months.

Is there a pattern to this?

I tell those that work for me to rest, turn of the Blackberry, ignore the phone and email. If they don’t they won’t get better, right? I’m bad at listening to my own advice, until now.

Friday I wasn’t feeling well, but as we’d had a team dinner in the diary for weeks, I went out. I made it to just before midnight. I’d had a couple of glasses of wine and a couple of cocktails – that was it. Saturday, I didn’t move from my bed. I wasn’t well. Sunday, I got up, went to the cinema, came home and went to bed again. Lightweight.

I’ve been in bed for two days since then, on and off. I’ve been getting up for soup, and to get drinks, but going to bed again when I feel weak and feeble. I’m exhausted, and I shouldn’t be.

I think there’s a pattern to my illness. Can I break it this time by ignoring email, texts, IM and calls from work??

Help! My computer is broken

That’s how my conversations with Mum often start. This week is no exception.

Mum has an old laptop of mine, which had been set up for ‘minimum fuss usage’ – i.e. switch on, hit dial, download email, then disconnect. Nothing complicated. No fuss. Sunday she called (left a message) to tell me she’s getting error 756 every time she hits dial.

Today, she told me that when she get’s the ‘dial box’ it doesn’t go away, so she keeps clicking it and then gets error 756. Bless.

I don’t know what’s happened, but I’m supposed to fix it, so just one dial box appears for her. I can’t do the remote PC support thing, because she’s on dial up – there’s still no broadband in the glen. But, I’m supposed to ‘cure’ the problem by magic.

Error 756 this week. Next week, it will be something different. I’d never paid attention to the error codes, but Mum does. It’s not always a good thing, but this week was kind of funny.

Taking stock

My ‘day-to-day’ DVD player is on its last legs. It only occassionally spits out the disks after they’ve been played – not ideal. So, Amazon Prime to the rescue for a next day delivery of the new version. In the process of removing the old one, I had to laugh at the sheer number of pieces of equipment i have in the house:

two DVD players downstairs (one on its last legs, one shiny & new)
three DVD players upstairs (one is a recorder, one just plays and the other is so old, I’m not even sure it works)
one video recorder (and over 100 videos)
a Wii
a PS2
a PS1 (though I can’t remember the last time I took it out of the box)
a PSP
a Sky HD box
a Sky box (also no longer used)
three printers (one multi function not used, one multi function used, and a photo printer, not used)
two laptops (one work, one personal)
and a desktop
three TVs (one not used)

How did I accumulate so much stuff?
It’s time for a clear out.

Some of the items will be recycled some will go to new homes. One of the girls from work is moving into her own place and is ‘starting from scratch’ – she’s offered homes to some of the items. But the rest? What to do?

New gadgets?

I’m seriously thinking about getting a new phone. My HTC Tytn ii is getting old. It still works well, but needs a makeover…an extreme one. A year of abuse, being dumped into a cluttered handbag, sports bag or into the cradle in the car has done the fascia no good at all. With an 18 month contract still in play (why, oh, why do we have those now?), I need to wait a little longer – apparently, any leftover contract term gets added…before you know it, a contract could end up being 24 or even 36 months…with one handset? Get real! They are not built to last, and it certainly wouldn’t be cool to have a three-year old phone, would it?

So, I’ve been watching Tweets to see what phones get ‘Twitter Traffic” and @willcarling is all BlackBerry’d up (the Javelin, don’t you know), @StephenFry has seven iPhones (though don’t ask him why) and many others are talking about various Nokias…

Personally, I like the HTC Touch HD. It looks good. The functionality sounds great and it’s available on one of the two networks in the UK that I will sign a contract with (that I already have contracts with).

Yes, I’d like an iPhone, but I’d miss TomTom and it would mean a contract with a company I have no intention of signing with!! I know I could buy a ‘hacked’ iPhone from eBay, but would I really want that…? I don’t think so. So, how do I get iPhone functionality without ‘that contract’? I buy an iTouch and an HTC Touch HD. A little bit extravagant? Perhaps…but it sounds good, doesn’t it?

New TV

I bought a new TV this week – not a large TV for the lounge, but a small one for the bedroom. I looked at reviews, I read user comments and in the end it came down to three models – a Sharp, an LG and a Samsung.

I went for the Samsung Le19R86. Here’s the lowdown…

http://www.richersounds.com/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=SAMS-LE19R86

It’s fabby. The picture quality is amazing. It’s hooked up to my Samsung DVD player and the two together are just fantastic. The TV is idiot-proof – which is a good thing, and my BF only mentioned his favourite phrase ‘girls & technology’ once, so that wasn’t too bad! 🙂

Both remotes operate both items, so there’s no dispute over who gets the remote, although I’m sure there will be plenty of times I turn the BBC news off and BF turns it back on again….

Telescope on the Credit Crunch – sccope.com

We’re all trying to save money in the run up to Christmas – but because of the credit crunch it’s a bigger issue than normal. Many of our favourite radio and TV presenters have picked up on this issue – Chris Evans’ radio show has the “Don’t Cancel Christmas” slot, for example. And various breakfast TV shows are giving us examples of what to buy, where to buy and who is offering the best deals.

Recently featured on the “Don’t Cancel Christmas” slot is a new price comparison site – www.sccope.com

We’ve all seen the price comparison sites before, but this is different. It offers a text service. So, when you’re standing in HMV looking at gifts for your niece or nephew and you really want to know whether to buy there, or keep looking for a better price, Sccope’s text service can provide the answer. It also means that people like my parents, who don’t have internet or even wap enabled phones (or know how to use those features) can simply text Lego Batman Wii to 62555 and get an immediate SMS response telling them which retailer has the best price. It might just be that the best price is online or it might be that it’s 50 meters down the high street.

At the moment, the price comparisons are available for toys, games, books, consumer electronics and appliances, but check back with the website regularly, as new categories are added regularly.

Nike +

A couple of weeks ago, I got an early Christmas present (one, that will be wrapped up again :0) before the big day)…a new Nano and a Nike+ gizmo for in my shoe. The idea is to get me running again. I still can’t run outside, expecially not at this time of year, so I’m in the gym. At first, I wasn’t sure the Nike+ device would make any difference to me, as I find running in the gym incredibly mind-numbing…but it did.

I love the fact you get a power song, and that Nike+ counts you down during your final five minutes, and that you can select different things to aim for (distance, time, etc.). On the Nike website, there are other goals to set. Unfortunately, (and this is the only downside) these don’t transfer back to your iPod, but will be tracked when you upload your runs. All in all, I’m loving it. I’m working towards running 5k in a specific time… Well, that’s the goal for the moment! It will change again soon…

http://nikeplus.nike.com/nikeplus/?locale=en_gb

I’m also loving Genius Playlists on iTunes. Fantastic. Pick a song you like, click the Genius button and you get a playlist that compliments your original song! It’s fantastic. I used to have a program that did something similar, but that was years ago. I wonder if iTunes got the idea there…? I’m just hoping that Genius will be available as a firmware update for iPod Video at some point in the future.

So, I’m a complete iPod convert. I have a Shuffle (for running), I have a Nano (also for running, but with my Nike+), I have a Mini (which I gave to my mum recently), I also have an iPod Video and I stream music across the network at home using my Airport Express…apparently, I need an iPhone..or a Touch…  With the Touch, you get remote access to your music library at the ‘touch’ of a button, Nike+ software is built in, no need for the receiver, and it just looks superb…hmmmm.

More gadgets to follow…it’s almost time for a new phone!

Wii Fit/ Wii Sports

I hadn’t played/used either for a while and at the weekend I did quite a bit. Baseball is always my least favourite thing, because it hurts my arm – I don’t know why! I played a few games and managed to win some of them, but my arm is really sore today (and yesterday). If you’d have said to me that a video game could do that I wouldn’t have believed it. In Wii Sports I’ve reached the magical 1000 score line on many of the activities, but baseball remains at zero, despite playing and winning recently.

On Wii Fit, I’ve unlocked all but four boxes – three of them in the ‘muscle strength’ group and one in aerobics. Not quite sure what I haven’t done yet, or rather, what I need to do to unlock them, but I’m sure they soon be on my list. Favourite activities are beating everyone else’s scores on Step and Step Plus – but also at attaining ‘Yogamaster’ rating…on any of the yoga ‘games’. One of the big frustrations is the jogging…I cannot get a good score and I’m not sure why. Any ideas?

We played with a friend during the first week we bought the balance board and he has 106%. The highest I get is 60%…why? Last night I got 42%??? I’m fitter than him, I work out regularly and my BMI is slap in the middle of ‘healthy’…hmmm.