Twitter Tuesday: Are you a social media dork?

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I came across this quote today while researching something for work. It was funny, accurate, and somewhat related to Twitter Tuesday, so I thought I’d share.

Unlike Twitter users, most Facebookers are into social media for social media’s sake, they’re not social media dorks.

via 7 Ways to Get Your Blog Posts Shared On Facebook.

While just about everyone I know in my age group has a Facebook account, I know very few people who are active on Twitter. Most of the Twitter users I do know are active bloggers who are interested in other social media channels like Foursquare or LinkedIn.

For the record, I consider myself a social media dork. And I’m proud of it, thank you very much.

Do you find this quote to be true? And more importantly: Are you a social media dork?

Pessimism is Smart

Are you an optimist, a pessimist, or something else?

Oh, I’d say I’m probably a pessimist. In any situation, I’ll come up with the worst-case scenario and plan accordingly. I don’t call myself a pessimist in my head though . . . I call myself smart.

Do I want to be caught unprepared? Absolutely not. Do I want to get my hopes up for something? No way.

I’ll sometimes pretend to be optimistic to make other people feel better though.

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

My Company’s Blog

So for today’s post, I thought I’d let you know about the other place I blog for–All Green Electronics Recycling: The Blog.

I know I sometimes slack on posts on Amy’s Bookshelf, but in reality I blog 5 time a week for my company and still attempt to do Post a Day here . . . so I do write quite a bit.

So if you like my writing for some reason, check out my company’s blog. I sometimes write some cool stuff on there, if I do say so myself.

I love my Macbook

Today’s entry is another post from the Daily Post idea list. These posts can be nice because they are quick and easy, especially after a long day of work.

What’s one piece of technology you can’t live without?

I would have to say my Macbook. I can use it to write, edit, watch TV shows, read the news, edit photos, listen to music . . . basically anything I need to do, I can do on this computer.  It’s light enough to take everywhere with me, and I’ve never had any problems with it in the 1 1/2 years I’ve owned it.

Now I’d like to hear you answer this question. What’s the one piece of technology you can’t live without?

Why Foursquare Didn’t Work for Me

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Back in November, I wrote about how I tried Foursquare. And despite my initial reservations, I thought it was okay . . . for about a month.

I stopped using it because it took up too much of my time. I don’t have a smartphone, so each time I wanted to check into a place I’d have to load the internet on my phone, visit the mobile site, find the place I’m looking for, and check in. Repeat for each stop and you can see how it would be time consuming. It is also possible to text your location to Foursqure for check-ins, but I found this method inaccurate.

To be honest, I never lost the uneasy feeling about random people knowing my exact location at all times. None of my friends ever tried it, so it wasn’t very fun (several use Facebook Places though, go figure).

I don’t think that Foursquare is a bad social networking site, it just wasn’t right for me at this point in time. I’m interested to see how it’s different from the business perspective . . . maybe I’ll post something on that in the future.

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Have you tried Foursquare? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

Would you live forever?

If you could live forever, would you? Why or why not?

 

If I lived forever, I’d never get anything done. Why would I do something when there’s always next day . . . the next month . . . the next millennium . . .? I believe that living forever would be more like existing than living.

 

On the other hand, growing old can be scary. At times, I’d much rather be a kid again.

What would you do?

My Ideal Job

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

If I could have any job in the world, I would be a novelist. In my head, this means that I will sit around in European cafes and write the next Harry Potter-type series. And while I’m at it, I’ll also write some future classics. This way I can make some money while I’m alive, but still be known hundreds of years after my death.

Essentially, I’ll be rich, famous, live in Europe, drink plenty of coffee, and write a lot.

Ramblings of a Writer: My January Reflections

I thought this would be a great post to end the month.

January had its ups and downs for me. I started working in the office (I was previously  working from home while the cubicles were finished). I moved from a small desk to a bigger one halfway through the month. I signed the lease for an apartment.

There were some downsides though. The first (and obviously most superficial one) was when Oregon lost the BCS championship game . . .  and I lost our family’s football bowl games competition. All in the same game, it was tragic.

On a more serious note, on January 30th, my paternal grandfather went to the ER with a high fever. He’s okay now, but it was stressful at the time–especially because my mom had her surgery to repair her ACL on the 31st. The surgery wasn’t a success, as she didn’t have any large enough ligaments to replace it with. So now she either has to go without doing many athletic activities for the rest of her life, or she has to have a surgery using a cadaver ligament.

Books: I finished three books: A Wolf at the Table, Sh*t My Dad Says, and The Murder of King Tut.

Movies: I also saw three movies: Black Swan, The King’s Speech, and The Kids are All Right.

Music: My friend gave me the new Tim Kasher CD as a late Christmas gift. I’ve been listening to it ever since. I also bought tickets to see Bright Eyes in April and I’m so excited!

What was your January like?

Facebook Friday: Sponsored Stories

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Facebook will turn friend activity into a new ad format with “Sponsored Stories.”

Sponsored Stories is “a way for marketers to sponsor activities that happen throughout the News Feed,” Facebook Product Marketing Lead Jim Squires told Mashable. Companies can choose to take certain user actions — such as checkins or actions within Facebook apps — and feature them in the column on the right side of the News Feed.

via Facebook Turns Friend Activity Into New Ad Format.

So if you check into Starbucks, for example, it can appear in the sponsored stories column on the page of any of your friends. . . whether you want it to or not.

Likes, check-ins, page posts, and actions within certain applications can be turned into stories.

It’ll be interesting to see where this goes.

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What do you think about this? Let me know in the comments below!

Quick Grammar Tip: Unique

Unique is an absolute, which means that it never needs to be modified. The word unique means one of a kind—and something is either one of a kind or it isn’t. So don’t say that you’re a “very unique person.” You’re a “unique person,” plain and simple.

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What are your grammar questions? Ask me and I’ll try to answer them in a future blog post!