Definition: Committing and act or acts that alienates one from their social scene or social circle; to kill one’s social life.
Anyone else notice the new Facebook feature: Credits?
Facebook Credits is a virtual currency you can use to buy gifts and virtual goods in your favorite games and applications on Facebook.
Visit the Games dashboard for the hottest games your friends are playing:
Check out all the games that use Credits:
And don't forget to send your friends virtual gifts:
To provide the fastest and easiest way to pay for digital goods and services.
So Facebook's starting to charge for "stuff" and is no longer totally free? OK, that's a bit inaccurate as there are already things that require payment, such as the various Zynga and other games, other apps that allows you to spend real money for virtual things etc
What's got me thinking is that not only are they starting to charge but are also actively trawling contact lists for new addicts/victims to suck into the social media arena. Nothing new again, they have always had the option to "scan your email contacts to add friends" but it is usually noninvasive. Lately I've been browsing around my usual online haunts like Farmville etc and did the usual stuff only to suddenly get blocked by Facebook itself, not the application, that wants me to surrender my Skype and Googletalk contact list for assimilation before being able to view an application's information, a user's profile or finish sending a gift etc. Usually the applications themselves wanted the information to add to the players etc but this time it's the Big One who is asking. Do I dare ignore it?
Step one of world domination, seduce or coerce everyone to join the "it's free and fun" Facebook.
Step two, once you have them hooked and they're lost without you, start introducing "charges for extras, optional and not required)
Step three, increase till everything's pay-or-else then cut off their contact and extort vast sums of money or souls or brain cells from them.
Step four, repeat to infinity
The parable or whatever it's called about a frog in boiling water: dump it in boiling water and it jumps, screams and freaks out...put it in normal water and bring to a boil over a few hours, one happy but eventually boiled frog with no fuss (excpet for the SPCA maybe)
Facebook itself keeps promising not to charge anyone for using the service but the pages and petitions to "join now and stop Facebook from charging" keep popping up. Of course, they don't mean anything as the people joining have no power over the Facebook phenomenon.So, start saving, you may not be able to poke anyone for free for much longer.
SA people are an industrious bunch but not too bright it seems. No, I don't mean everyone, just those who are contributing to destroying our character/name/reputation...
Culled from online sources, including News24 and Mail&Guardian and from reports on East Coast Radio and other national news stations...
Thieves broke into the Uruguay team hotel and stole $12 000 from two of the squad while the team were playing against France at the World Cup, Uruguay media reported Saturday.
Three members of Greece's Soccer World Cup squad had cash stolen from their hotel rooms in the northern suburbs of Durban, a team official said on Thursday. Cape Town – Southern Sun Hotels is investigating "an allegation" that cash was stolen from the hotel rooms of Greece's national soccer squad in Durban, a company spokesperson said on Thursday.
An armed gang stole money and a camera from four Chinese journalists in South Africa to cover the Soccer World Cup, state media reported on Thursday.
Three European journalists were the victims of an armed robbery early on Wednesday morning at their lodge in Magaliesburg. Three journalists, two from Portugal and one from Spain, were robbed in their rooms at Nutbush Boma Lodge in Magaliesburg by armed men at about 04:00. Two of them slept through the incident.
Lanseria airport has reopened after the wreckage of a plane which had to belly land was removed from its runway on Sunday. Johannesburg - A plane full of World Cup journalists, including 14 from the Al-Jazeera network, escaped unhurt after their aircraft made an emergency landing near Johannesburg on Sunday, an airport spokesperson said.
Rustenburg - Burglars stole camera equipment worth $70 000 from a New Zealand television crew covering the Soccer World Cup in South Africa, police and the network said on Sunday.
Johannesburg - The two women accused of stealing money from the Colombian soccer team's hotel rooms applied for bail in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
Thieves seem to be aiming for journalists (great move, p#$$ off the people who WILL and CAN report the incident internationally) and the international soccer teams. So far it seems like "they" are working towards hitting every attending nation at least once. It hasn't taken the lowlife criminals long to realize who has the best "stuff" to affirmatively acquire. The next question is however just what are they going to do with the high-tech cameras and sound equipment? It's not a handy-cam or tape recorder but broadcast-quality specialized equipment which will definitely cause a stir if they try to pawn it at the corner pawnshop.
At the same time some blame is also due the victims. How you may ask? Well, common sense dictates not to let expensive stuff lie about unattended and one would think journalists at least, with their access to news sources, would know there's a bit of pilfering going on in the good 'ol SA. Even the "common" tourist will have seen the many sensationalist reports and the Facebook status updates and warnings... so much for the internet and almost-real-time updates/reporting of information.
At least none of the tourists have been attacked by the lions and other wild animals international media reports are all over every dorpie in SA...
You might recall my earlier articles regarding the Yahoo vs GMail, and Yahoo piggyingbacking on Nokia while Apple takes the lead. I don't hate Yahoo, really I don't. I'll admit it's not my first preference, I'm not particularly fond of Yahoo. You have to admire their resilience though... Still putting up the fine fight to move out of second place and overtake Google.
Join the big boys
In the growing and ever expanding world of technology, we are free to say what we want. We have youtube the most amazing platform ever to raise the voice and consciousness of the planet. We have twitter, facebook and a plethora of other social media advances waiting to be created. Facebook twitter et al represent the first truly global communities in the history of civilisation. We are at the brink. We lucky few are living through a fundamental change in the structures of human civilisation and the emergence of social media societies. Yet in the midst of all this change the more things stay the same.
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For me, the social networking aspect of my life started with Hi5 all those years ago - I'm thinking most probably around 2004 or so. I never really participated all that much on the platform back then, and I guess I removed the profile not too long after. While in London, I started using MySpace for a short while – mostly because of the access to band info – not to make friends or keep in touch. I was still very much a proponent of the use of Email to deliver my message. I had a blog too - but it fell into disuse after a while. Such is the fad of the social revolution! I completed my "Digital Detox" - and boy was I happy for it!
With the advent of Facebook, I originally didn’t see much use to the social networking site. It didn’t have much of a draw card for me initially. I actually attempted to close my account at one point, and with much disappointment, discovered just how futile the attempt could be.
Years later, and Facebook is still something somewhat alive in my life, but it doesn’t play the role it once did. Gone is the hype that surrounded it – where it was virally advertised on radio by dj’s constantly talking about it. Today, Facebook still has its uses, although I find I’m using it far less than before. Keeping in touch with people overseas is still its major draw card for me: its far easier to see what your mates are doing from a quick look at their status rather than trying to send a quick email.
Twitter, I’ve only recently joined that. I don’t get the same feedback from Facebook though, being a far more open community rather than the close-knit environment Facebook has provided. Whereas people have more options with Twitter in terms of who they follow and who you see, it still doesn’t provide me with a clear community.
Then again, Facebook seems to be loosing some of it’s market share – not to other competitors – but rather through the lack of innovation and change. The site has become stagnant, with only a few people keeping together my live feed. And while I don’t complain about being able to gain a glimpse into the lives of the people I know and whose company I enjoy – I ultimately feel it’s losing something.
For me there is a definite split. But then it is not so definite as to be able to say that there is the line in the sand. I use social sites for 2 functions although as this goes on some may say for more than two. Let me try and classify them.