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“Even the dead Facebook.” ~ Dave Lucas
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…
I have been informed that as of today, I’ve been on twitter for eight years. Time flies, as does the twitter bird.
Here’s a video prepared by fellow-tweeter Iman Amrani that relates to all that’s been happening surrounding #CharlieHebdo. Well done, Iman!
1) Follow people who have messaged you within the last 10 minutes!
2) CULL – go through the list of people you are following – cut those who haven’t tweeted within the last 3 months.
3) Follow people that have followed you within the last 60 minutes!
4) Use popular hash tags – Take part in #followfriday (#FF) etc.
With the correct posting strategy, you remain in control of implementing a consistent brand message from each of the Social Media channels. For example, if you are a Consultant, you can provide value added posts on Twitter then link to your blog for great information. Another example is you could create YouTube videos and drive traffic back to your blog or product page where you sell your products or services.
You can follow me on twitter, mention this article and tweet the URL, and I’ll follow you back! And just so we’re clear: if you un-follow me, I will unfollow you. That is a promise.
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People are very touchy these days when it comes down to certain issues. Makes me think of an ancient South Park episode where Christmas is ruined because everyone has gone out of their way to accomodate the beliefs of others so as not to offend anyone. Ya gottabee “P.C.” In 2012, Triple jumper Voula Papachristou was kicked off Greece’s Olympic team after she tweeted out comments mocking African immigrants … she immediately issued this response, her last tweet ever…
I’m still astonished at how fragile people have become, bruising so easily in 2014. Note this article: Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including ‘racist’ joke about Muslim woman
Making fun of someone or something or even of yourself is not racist.
Perhaps one commenter on that Independent website typed it best: “How much longer do we have to suffer this “Racist” BS? Robin Williams was a comedy genius. When you lose your ability to laugh, you have lost everything. Who cares that the arabs are upset? I get upset everytime I read or see images of one of them holding a severed head. I guess that makes me racist too!”
Not too long ago here in upstate New York, A young white woman’s career was bludgeoned after what I still believe was an innocent tweet with no eveil intentions. You can read about that here.
A senior writer at New York Magazine (who appears to be caucasian) may have been recently slighted by a male caucasian… or is she merely role-playing the “sex terrorist” she claims to be on her twitter bio?
Have a look at the tweet “pinned” to appear at the top of her account:
Jessica Roy may have missed an article that appears in rival pub “The New Yorker” ::: “On Wednesday, Pandora became the latest Silicon Valley company to publicize a breakdown of its employees by gender and race. Notably, Pandora employs a much larger share of female workers—about forty-nine per cent globally—than most of the other big companies that recently disclosed their numbers, including Google, Apple, Twitter, and Facebook (in all these companies, women only make up around thirty per cent of employees). Pandora also appears to have a larger share of underrepresented minorities than many of the others. The company, commentators concluded from the figures, must be doing something right.” Read the complete article here.
To be fair, there is a passage that reads “software programmers, as a group, tend more often to be white and male…” but you could also say that “tuna fishermen, as a group, tend more often to be Asian and male,” or “Church-based social clubs, as a group, tend to be more elderly and female.” You can frame it any way you like and take it as ridiculoulsy far as you can. To a point.