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The “Places” Facebook Feature

Personal privacy is something that’s becoming more and more scarce on the internet. Social networking sites encourage complete disclosure from participants, who blindly and willingly put their entire lives on display for their friends list.

Facebook, obviously one of the most popular social networking sites, has become an addiction for many; a day without a status update is not a day worth living for. Entire photo shoots are dedicated to a new profile picture, and god forbid a Wall go without maintenance.

The youth of today, Generation Y, or the Echo Boomers, are associated with an innate ability to manipulate technology. Our parents ask for help with their cell phones, we’re supposed to be able to fix the unstable internet connection, and I guess we were just born knowing HTML, right? Yeah we’re good at it, but we need to get off of it sometimes.

Technology is change, and change is progress, and progress is good. But things are being taken too far, if you ask me. Facebook is turning into Stalkbook. Not only are my friends posting their most insignificant, mundane activities, but they are telling everyone exactly where they are with the new Places feature. My question is: who cares? If you’re at Safeway, awesome. But do I need to know that? No. No one needs to know that. Why is there the need to tell everyone your exact movements on a day-to-day basis? Is it approval we’re after?

It’s a complete paradox: there’s a constant panic concerning identity theft and information security, but at the same time, people will literally post everything and anything onto their profiles. It doesn’t make sense.

Technology is an invaluable tool, but it will take over if we hand ourselves over to it.

This post is under Books, because I think it’s scary and disappointing how people insist upon putting their entire lives on the internet for people to “like.”


Missed Connections

Today I learned about a section of Craigslist that I had never heard of before – it’s called Missed Connections.

It’s under the Personals section, and you log in and write a note to someone who caught your eye, who sat next to you on the subway, or who was in line behind you at the supermarket. I love this idea! The chances of that specific person seeing your note are very slim I would imagine, but what if something actually came of it? And even if they never see it, at least you put it out there.

I was browsing through some of the posts, and there are hilarious ones, sweet ones, and straight up weird ones. Here is one that I thought was great, and had the tag “m4m,” which I’m assuming means man talking to a man:

“Should have asked if you were interested in exchanging numbers.
I can still taste you. Best time at an Adult book store in a very long time. Thank you for sharing yourself with me.”

Haha! Sounds like this guy had a sweet hookup in the adult bookstore. Yeah, that happens to me all the time too. Um what? Here’s another funny one:

“hey man u were on the stairmaster n i was on the eliptical. kept cathing eachothers eye and i coulda sworn u followed me into the locker room. if so, whats up with it dude? tht┬áchick i was with is not my girl at all.”

Amidst the strange, sexual, and humorous,┬áthere is the occasional sweet post that will make every girl say, “Awww…”

“You were in a black bmw. You let me into your lane approaching the toll booth, I returned the favor by paying your toll, you followed me for a while on the bridge then we waved goodbye. I felt shy as we were bridge-cruising, but as we were ‘saying goodbye’ I felt like I might like you – let’s “get coffee” or follow each other around in our cars or something?”

This post is under Coffee, because I appreciate how the littlest things can make the biggest difference.