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Even the dead Facebook.” ~ Dave Lucasaaadead

As creepy as it has become, Facebook is the 2017 equivalent to the blog, on a much wider per-capita basis. According to Google, (and this is from 4 years ago): “Based on the site’s growth rate, and the age breakdown of their users over time, there are probably 10 to 20 million people who created Facebook profiles who have since died…. About 290,000 US Facebook users will die (or have died) in 2013.” Bloggers die too!

By way of The New York Times: “Facebook is among several online services that allows a designated person to take control of a deceased person’s account.” Dead or alive, would you really want someone else controlling your account?

But those among us who yearn for immortality might prefer to maintain an active digital presence long after we have left the planet.

For instance, as I addressed this dilemma several years ago, “Should bloggers pre-post articles way ahead of time? Assuming the blogger or wordpress or whatever system didn’t get corrupted or otherwise fail, bloggers could be dispensing advice and anecdotes to readers (and relatives & their descendants) for years after they’ve departed this mortal coil.”

Likewise with other social media platforms. You can write articles, stories, tweets, etc. and schedule them to be released at specific future dates. You’re almost IMMORTAL! Think about THAT!

“It’s a grim thought, but like writing a last will and testament, this has become just another part of death preparation.” Ah, again the Times injects common sense into the dreamscape.

Do we have a social responsibility to leave such a digital legacy? Imagine your own son or daughter reading dear dead Dad or Mom’s blog or tweet 10, 15, 20 years after they’ve passed away? “This may be a rough time in your life. Or maybe not. I hope you are happy! I want to tell you a story about… blah blah blah.”

And if a netizen should leave such articles behind, would readers, family members, descendants feel an obligation to read them or a sense of guilt if they didn’t?

Like those who prefer to write their own obituaries, with a little foresight and planning, you can begin writing and uploading future works for the masses. You just want to make certain that things you write will stay relevant over the passage of time. If you watch re-runs of the old Laugh-In TV series, each episode has a skit entitled “News from the future.” It usually starts out “20 years from now, in 1988…” You’ll immediately understand why you can’t use current entertainment and pop culture as any sort of foundation for future writings. Think like Hemingway or Shelley or Shakespeare. Pass along advice or tell stories that transcend time. You may be long dead and gone, but you’ll be more in the public consciousness than any of the cryobabies

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I have been informed that as of today, I’ve been on twitter for eight years. Time flies, as does the twitter bird.

You can follow me on Weibo. I’m also on Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, WeChat and SnapChat. Google and ye might find. If you’re lucky…

 

I’ve always thought that as people living in America’s Free society we should be able to access information. Perhaps Edward Snowden has had the most success in disseminating interesting news, along with WikiLeaks, but why so many conspiracy theories?

Popular mistrust got a huge boost with the Roswell saucers – whatever the real story is – it was fertilized by the Betty and Barney Hill abduction and subsequent release of a ‘starmap’ Betty Hill was able to recall and draw under hypnosis. But I digress.

There has been a line of thought that we must be shielded from anything the Islamic State divulges over the internet through social media or other channels. It’s difficult, but on can find issues of Dabiq, the group’s glossy propaganda magazine. They can be followed on twitter and other apps, but only if you have plenty of time to search for material as accounts are sometimes deleted/removed within hours of being created.

As NBC says, “the more you know.” Access to info = freedom of speech. Internetizens who’ve been around awhile may recall Gopher and Archie. Did you know there are many of these sites still active/available in 2015? There is so much information you can find on the Internet, it is almost unthinkable that just 20% can actually be accessed by the “general public” at large.

ISIS FM radio station ‘al-Bayan’ began broadcasting almost a year ago in Mosul, Iraq on frequency 99.9 and audio clips can be found on the web. | {sample} | But access is not handed to anyone – you have to be pro-active! Initiate your own searches – that is the only way you will quench your thirst for knowledge. [Do not confuse 99.9 with the Australian radio outlet of the same name] There are also hallways and doorways on Darknet that you can explore – IF you know how to safely arrive there, and where to go when you do.

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Reminder: Whatever you put in your mobile reporting kit… the keys to being prepared are to keep your checklist with your kit, and to repack it and recharge your devices right when you get back from reporting. Don’t wait to prepare until just before you leave, they say, because you never know when you may need to run off in a hurry for your next assignment. ~ Jennifer Dorroh

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Andrew Sullivan is retiring from blogging. He wants to have a real life. (The Dish) | Lots of people blogged about the news, and Twitter was wild with it. “That seems an appropriate send-off for a blogger whose work defined much of what we have come to see as normal in the age of social media.” (Mashable) | BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith writes, partly, about Sullivan’s place and influence in blogging. (BuzzFeed) | Blogging isn’t dead. “…a ‘blog’ is simply a publishing medium. It’s a way to put content on the Internet — usually a fast and, relatively, user-friendly way. But, the conflating a publishing medium with a sort of online writing — opinionated, snarky — that tends to be the preferred approach of many of its users is a mistake. (The Washington Post)

Are you running the blog or is the blog running you? Create a purposeful blog plan and take back your life!

Blogger Stéphanie Bonnet has posted 4 very concise, critical time-saving processes for bloggers. Do have a look.

Meantime, RANDOMTYPE walks you through 7 steps of creating an effective blog plan, including guides to setting goals, Audience, Tools, Research, Message and Timeline.

And while writing a business plan for your blog is definitely not mandatory, here’s a few starter tips for you!

Now, here’s a question for ya! How CAREFUL are YOU, blogger, about what you say on social media? Does your employer regulate or “own” your twitter and/or facebook accounts? Do you blog independently or are you “sanctioned” by the outlet you work for? Your thoughts?

Back in 2010 I posted an article entitled “Tweet Like A Rock Star,” to which I now shall add “Don’t tweet anything you’ll be sorry for later.” Like this young woman did.

Like CNN’s Jim Clancy did…

And what about all the hooptydoo about “Personal Brand” – you know I think the gal who innovated personally branding a blog was wendy Cheng, whose fave colour pink became her blogspot blog’s trademark! You’ll find Xiaxue in the list of blogs appearing on this page!

 

 

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