For those of you who are not on Facebook, I wanted to share some of my photos. I consider them collectibles.
When we were in our 20s and 30s, no one was concerned about our work environment. We were just thrilled to get a paycheck.
Today, maturing digital companies in Silicon Valley, Seattle, and even New York, are literally building country clubs as offices in order to attract creative talent who are willing to work long hours.
Go to http://www.digidame.com to see the following stories with their full illustrations:
1) Facebook Intro’s a Smartphone
2) Kris Jenner Calls the Shots
3) Google Expands Alerts
Facebook’s New Smartphone
The decision makers at Facebook have discovered that more people use their mobile devices to post photos, write comments, and wish each other happy birthday than from computers. If that’s the case, Facebook wants to produce a smartphone that features their social network up close and personal.
I don’t know what came over me. I actually posted a Happy Birthday to William Oakley on his Facebook page when he has been dead for two years. For those of you who do not know this, Facebook lists the birthday of everyone you are connected to. Most Facebook members check that page every day and send wishes to everyone who has a birthday. It is conceivable that one person could receive hundreds of birthday wishes on his or her special day.
Okay, I did not read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In about giving encouraging advice to woman in the workplace. Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, is getting great reviews just for addressing the issue that women are not getting the respect they deserve on the job. I totally agree, but not for the same reasons. I will read her book in the upcoming months, but I just know from all the reviews that she did not cover the viewpoint I have had for the last 46 years of my career.
Men are not the reason why women are second class citizens. Women have allowed themselves to take that place. Maybe it is a mother nature thing, but women are their own worst enemy. You can argue this point with me from now to the end of time, but I will stick to my opinion because of what I have seen over the years.
A gal who used to work for me (decades ago), Leeann Lavin, just posted this on Facebook. “Listening to the updates on the stranded Carnival Cruise Line, Triumph, gives a whole new meaning to the name ‘poop deck.’ “
Facebook has had to face the death question 30 million times since its inception. Yes, 30 million users have died worldwide. Closer to home, 580,000 users died last year in the United States as compared to three million worldwide. Those statistics are being given out by sources close to Facebook.
Unbeknownst to many of us, Facebook actually has guidelines for pages belonging to the deceased. There is a whole story about it that you will find fascinating if you just press here. The reason why this topic is so interesting is because a social media platform like Facebook has its own postmortem rituals much like real life. Wait a minute, did I say that? Facebook to many people is real life or to many better than the life they have to face every day when they are offline.
You never know who can post a picture of you on Facebook.
If you ever want to dissect someone’s personality, check out that person’s profile and postings on Facebook. Researchers at the University of Missouri claim Facebook profiles could be used as insight into mental health issues.
As we get older, the hours of our lives become more precious. I just finished reading an article in The Atlantic that questioned whether I want to spend the last 25 years of my life reading and posting items on Facebook.
The headline for this post came directly from the article. I loved those words when I read them. I hum the words now as if the Beatles wrote them.
The Atlantic article was entitled “At What Age Will You Stop Using Facebook?” In my opinion, the piece was really a metaphor for how we want to spend the last 20 or 30 years of our lives. By now, we have learned that we don’t want to spend a minute doing anything we don’t like or be in the company of people we can’t stand.
For some seniors, Facebook represents a validation of who they are. They show family and friends all the wonderful things they are doing and feel a sense of comfort that others recognize their importance. The other group likes to peek in the lives of others but will never share a thing about themselves.
I personally didn’t need to read the article to realize that some of the things that I used to love to do hold no interest for me now. I am surprised that my tastes have changed so much. I can no longer tolerate situations that never bothered me five or 10 years ago.
The question for me is not whether I will give up Facebook but rather will I still continue to follow the friends I have today. I already know the answer to that because a few months ago I started deleting people who rant, use Facebook as a platform to talk ill of others, and constantly post their religious and extreme political beliefs.
It felt so good to delete those people right out of my life. It is not so easy to do that offline. Little by little, they may even be getting rid of me. That’s okay. I don’t want to spend time on Facebook looking back. At this stage, I find that so uninteresting. I would rather delve into the world of the unknown and take my chances.