Social media in the eyes of an insomniac…

The problem with being an early riser is waking up early. Today, I woke up around 2:00am. This is worse than my usual early ups at 4:00am. Since, I was up, but wanted to go back to sleep, I just laid there hoping and praying that if I kept my eyes closed long enough that I’d just go back to sleep. Well, this didn’t work. So, like any other insomniac, I grabbed my phone and started looking at the various posts on social media.

If you didn’t already know, I’ve been a member of almost every source of social media since inception. So, I have a good 20-30 accounts out there, which I only use 5 or 6. So, Mr. Sleep-Deprived decides to start reviews posts. All I can say at this moment is that I “Follow” some very intriguing people and looking at the differences of how/what people post on the various platforms is interesting to me.

I started in Google+, then went to Facebook, then to Instagram, to Twitter, and finally to Pinterest. I started to go into Socialcam and YouTube but these require sound and I didn’t want to wake the rest of the house with my laughter. But here’s my take on these forums…

I love Facebook but it seems that the larger they get the more regulated they are becoming. I’ve been blocked from sending invitations to my events and they (Facebook) haven’t told me why. But, that’s just one issue. What I like about them is that they are big. Most people have a Facebook account, even if they don’t use it. So, connecting with people here is really easy.

In my humble opinion, Google+ will be the next real rockstar. They are still growing but they have some very cool things going on. Of course, the event page for me is crucial but one of the cool things that they do is send two separate reminders to your invited guests, the first is one day prior and the second is an hour before the event. These reminders are automatic. Secondly, they have upped the game with “Hangouts”. This is a service that allows multiple people in different locations to video conference/chat. Again, they are still growing but once G+ catches on… Look out!

Instagram, I love you. Take a picture and share it. It doesn’t get any more simpler than that and looking at the stuff that people take is hilarious!!! I’ve seen about 30 pictures of woman with puckered lips; about 50 inspirational messages; and at least 25 guys just taking a picture of themselves’ looking at the camera with NO expression and all of these pictures have been posted within the last 36 hours!!! What’s cool is that, believe it or not, Instagram is art. People share what is interesting to them… “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and that’s why I love it!!

Twitter is cool but it’s not necessarily MY favorite. The reason that it’s not my favorite is because I’m a writer and a bit of a grammarian. So, getting your point across in 140 characters or less isn’t really my cup o’ tea. Plus, ALL of the abbreviations!!!! I can’t stand it!!! I need a freakin’ translator to read some of these posts!!! But, you can’t ignore Twitter because this is the direction that many are headed, unfortunately. Short blasts of gobbledy-gook…

Pinterest… I really haven’t caught on to this one yet. I made my first posts here this past week. Someone ‘re-pinned’ one of the pictures but I can’t really same much about it. I do know that they made the news because of the communities on there but I don’t see the big deal yet…

Socialcam and YouTube… These guys are WONDERFUL!!! I love them both. Socialcam is primarily people taking videos wherever they are, doing whatever they do and sharing it (like Instagram only with video). YouTube is the same except they’ve gotten all corporate on us. Instead of it just being regular people we get videos from businesses, corporations and we have to deal with copyright issues. The problem that I have with YouTube is COMMERCIALS!!!!! I don’t watch commercials on TV. Why in the (censored) do you think I’m going to watch commercials on a two-minute video? The Skip button is nice but now they’re even leaving that out!!!

All in all, I have a very interesting morning… I’m beat!!! I’m gonna try to get a few more winks before preparing for church, Good night… or is it Good Morning…

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie

 

Keeping in touch…

This past weekend was pretty good. Many of the things that I wanted to accomplish, actually got done. Family is cool. My business is expanding and doing well. Church is okay. Basically, a good weekend… But, you know, there was one thing that has been bothering me and that is missing a friend.

If you’ve read my letters, one thing that you’ll know is that I’m all about relationships. In order to survive this world that we live in, we need each other and we need positive relationships. One way of nurturing our relationships is by keeping in touch.

Now I recently reconnected with a friend for over 20 years via Facebook. The crazy part is that we ‘Friended’ each other at least 2-3 years ago but never really had any conversations, which is a whole different subject. But anyway, we were messaging each other the other day where I asked about one of our friends and how she was doing. She told me that our friend had passed away in a horrific car accident a little over a year ago. If you could stab someone thru the computer screen then I was a bloody mess… The words leaped out of the screen, literally taking my breath away and I felt the pain in my heart. I just couldn’t believe it. I know she wasn’t lying but I didn’t believe her. I just had to see for myself. So, I Google’d our friend’s name and sure enough, she AND her 11-year old daughter were killed in a car accident in 2011.

The questions that kept coming up were, “Why am I so distraught?”, “Why is this bothering me like it is?”, “You haven’t seen or spoken to her in probably 20 years. What difference does it really make?” The key here is that periodically, she has crossed my mind over the years and I never followed up on those thoughts.

Before Facebook, and all of this social media, whenever we thought about someone then we called them. If we didn’t have their number, we would call our mutual friends and get their number. Or better yet, we could call their momma and find out where they were.

Sidebar: What happened to having someone in your family that always had the same number? That one person who we ALL could reach out to. That one person that even in today’s world of phone number ignorance, we would reach out to because we knew their phone number by heart. I’m just saying, why do we change our phone numbers every 3-6 months? Really, are you that important? Or are you running from people? I don’t know but it’s not cool…

Sorry about that.

In spite of the good weekend that I had, that one line of thoughts has still been ever present. We need to follow-up on those thoughts. Especially, now since it is so easy to reach out. Most of us are using at least one or two different online social platforms. We can see when people are online and they can see us. There really isn’t any excuse for not taking 10-15 seconds and sending a message just to say, “Hi.” You don’t want to look up one day and realize that you missed it, like I did.

Rest in Peace, Malaka and Maliya Jones…

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie