I Had to “Unfriend” Someone for the First Time Today

Wow, that title sounds like a song, doesn’t it? I guess this is the sign of the times that we live in. I suppose that a lot of us use Facebook as an unofficial method for tracking what our friends from childhood, high school, college, and other bygone times are up to. Heck, I saw a friend of mine today IRL and wished them a happy birthday, so how would I have done that if not for Facebook?

I have to admit that I look at Facebook to pass the time when I don’t feel like starting a project. Now, I’m needing to use it to promote my works, but everyone else is kind of using it for self-promotion as well. It is amazing how people fill it up with so much memes and all kinds of stuff that I just scroll through.

Today, one of my Facebook friends posted a meme that I could have used as the illustration, but decided not to. I feel that I am giving the creator of this racist meme too much press as it is. This is one time where I am not going to get an exact quote, but it shows a picture of a woman in a hijab, and if I am not using this term correctly, I ask for forgiveness in advance.

Essentially, the posting was just racist against Muslims, wondering why someone of this belief system should be in the line at a public bank. This was posted at my friend’s site, with an “Amen” underneath.

Do I even need to say that this is something that you do not “Amen”? I don’t care if there is some kind of a “holy war” with Muslims, and they win. It is heinous to assume that there will be one, and I had to unfriend the person who did this.

I have no idea how Facebook works when it comes to unfriending, so if this person is wondering why I unfriended them, this is why. I would say that I am sorry, but I don’t think I’m the one who needs to apologize, and I’m going to stand by that.

Facebook could switch to Reaction Emojis

EmotijisAs many of you are aware, Mark Zuckerberg has been thinking about adding a “Dislike” button, but it isn’t made for things that you don’t like. It is actually made for situations where someone posts that their aunt dies or something, and you don’t look like a sadist for clicking “Like” on that.

There is a possibility that Facebook could have options that you see in the image like the usual Thumbs Up, Love (stronger than Like), Haha (when you’re into or in on the joke), Yay (when you really exuberantly like this), Wow (sign of being impressed), Sad (when you agree with the subscriber’s sadness, maybe), and Angry (when you are angry with the subscriber’s outrage).

I believe that this will be tested on Facebook users in Ireland and Spain, and if it works there, I’m sure this will be headed to every Facebook user. That’s like billions, right? So this means that there will be many kinds of new Likes happening soon.

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Facebook is getting a “Dislike” button! Thank you?

facebook-dislike-button-640x360I suppose that it has been coming for a while, but I think we all thought that stupid “Like” button on Facebook should be given a friend. I’m not talking about the “Comment” or “Share” button, I’m talking about that “DisLike” button.

Yeah, just think of all the Internet trolls out there who will be able to express their basic angst on everything that is on Facebook! And hey, everything is on Facebook, so man, there will “DisLikes” everywhere.

Hey, there’s no such thing as bad publicity, right? So if my book can get 2 million Dislikes and 1 million Likes, will that mean that I get some attention?

Yeah, I think we are in for some interesting changes when Facebook finally put that DisLike button up. Yeah, it won’t be that bad, honestly, but it will just be some new method of marketing.

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Rainbow Facebook Profile Tool an Experiement?

MarkZuckerberg-640x352-640x352Well, I think you know about the marriage equality thing, and you might have been on Facebook and seen many of your friends’ profiles being all Rainbow Dashed (that isn’t a My Little Pony reference).

I suppose that since this is technically a Christian blog, and that was kind of a pun there. This could be the point where I talk about the seriousness of the Supreme Court’s decision, but I’m not going to do that.

It is quite possible that the whole application to change your profile could be a way for Facebook to keep tabs on users. I’m not certain whether or not that is true because there is some serious conspiracy theory stuff that I have to swallow for that. After all, there was a that equals signs that were being used on profiles a while ago.

I have this to say about this: if you don’t want Facebook to know your views about LGBT orientation, don’t post about it? I mean, isn’t the whole point of Facebook and social networking to get your self out there? If you don’t want someone to know something about you, don’t put it on a social network!

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Press “Buy” to purchase on Twitter?

twitter-crime buyersI realize that Amazon has that one-click purchase, but I don’t think some users think it is fast enough. Generally, there is a confirmation click after that.

Okay, so you saw the headline, and you can see that the microblogging company is interested in making a “Buy” button. They want to do this with a company known as Stripe, a payments startup. This means that if you want to tweet about what are selling, I suppose that you can do that.

Yeah, I am not certain how I feel about that. I suppose that I could criticize clicking on Twitter to get stuff or sell it, but in all honesty, I think we may have sold out a long time ago. By the way, I have a book coming out this October. Click here to purchase. No, there’s nothing there to click, but I think that you see my point. I suppose that this point has been made before.

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Facebook and Oculus Rift could create a new form of film

occulus-vr-dk2-002-612x640-286x300In case you don’t know about the Oculus Rift, but it is a VR headset that definitely has more potential than…Virtual Boy. We reported that Facebook bought the headset company a while ago, but what do they intend to do with it?

Well, the answer could lie with last year’s Comic-Con. Actually, it was this year, but apparently the Oculus Rift was a part of a lot of exhibits. It would appear that Facebook has been meeting with a lot of studio execs as well as other directors in order to create content for the Oculus Rift.

Now, I’m not certain what in the world will be on the Rift, but Comic-Con exhibits feature a lot of first-person type adventures. I see no reason why this can’t be similar. Are we headed for entertainment of this quality? I would imagine that once these Rift headsets become affordable, it would be spectacularly awesome to see something like this.

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Why is Twitter affecting the Airline industry?

Twitter airlineI’ve two interesting stories in this one article here, and they are both related to Twitter and the airline industry. Namely, one this one social networking site built on 140 characters can change everything.

I’ll start with this particular tweet that was from a 14-year-old Dutch girl. She sent a message to American Airlines that she is from Al Qaida and that something big was going down. I believe that she misspelled “Al Qaeda”, but this is just something that you really, really don’t want to joke about.

American Airlines called the authorities on this one, as one would expect. I’m not certain what will happen to this girl, but seriously, I realize this girl cannot remember 9/11, but you just don’t do this, ever.

And in other news, US Airways recently received a complaint about customer service, and this woman received back an X-rated tweet that I won’t bother to show here. It was retweeted over 500 times, and I have no idea why the heck the company would approve of such an obscene tweet. Of course they didn’t, and they have issued an apology. I just can’t help but wonder how it got that far. Serious, isn’t there some checks and balances system for tweets so stuff like this doesn’t happen?

Well, this just goes to show you how Twitter can foul up airline industry, but one must question why. What kind of world do we live in where this happens? It is pretty crazy.

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