I am a big fan of social networking. Huge. Some might call me an addict. Facebook. Twitter. The internet in general. You don't spend your time blogging, tweeting, and updating all day if you're not a fan of the internet. But even I have to admit that sometimes being a product of the Facebook generation has its faults.
People can learn a lot about you from your Facebook profile. By considering your favorite movies, pictures, quotes and the things other people write on your wall, it is quite easy to get a good idea of who you are as a person. And knowing that, many of us are extremely careful about what we throw on there.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to fly out to NYC, shack up at a nice little hotel in the Fashion District, and attend a Windows press event in an art gallery in Chelsea. Yes, my life is pretty baller. To add to the excitement, I was able to get an inside scoop on the new Windows Phone 7, which is in stores now and looking like a pretty nice addition to your technology arsenal.
One of my fondest memories of my freshman year of college was the one night a week when a few friends and I would all cram into the dorm room of another friend who'd had a TiVo, and watch the week's shows. It was so fun to watch the shows together, talk about what's going on, make predictions for the next episode, and share gossip.
As hopefully all of you know, LinkedIn is a professional networking website that allows those looking for jobs, especially college students, to create profiles and look for business and career opportunities. It's a really fantastic service, and if you haven't signed up yet, you definitely should.
It's no secret that my iPod is a home for all things Backstreet Boys. Teeny-bopper music has become a staple in my life since, well, the '90s. And if it wasn't for my friends filling me in on new artists (or Ben Savage sharing brand new songs), I would probably still only be listening to Ace of Base and O-Town. (And if it wasn't for Apple, I would probably still be listening to them on my Discman.)
We can now update everyone on our every move, tag our friend's locations on Facebook, tweet out photos of our dinner while we're eating them, and make kissy faces to ourselves in the mirror and post them on our Myspace INSTANTANEOUSLY. It's safe to say technology has gotten completely out of control.
Back in the ages of early social media, I turned to Facebook to find as many friends as I could before I went to college my freshman year. "Hey [insert name here], it says you are living in [insert dormitory here], like, OMG let's meet up and do our laundry together or something!"
I’m one of those annoying people who go on rants about the negative impacts of social media. I’m the friend who picks up the phone instead of writing on your wall. I’d rather talk than Tweet. And don’t even get me started on the horrors of MySpace.
For every hour a student is in class, he or she should be studying for two. That’s what they say, but is that what you do? The Huffington Post reports that students today are studying drastically less than their predecessors.
You log in and scroll through Newsfeed, which usually goes a little something like this: status updates from "kind-of" friends, photos posted from family vacations that you don’t care about, “top 5 favorite Miley Cyrus songs” (she even has 5 songs?), “What’s my Ghetto Name,” more status updates, ex-boyfriend is no longer listed as single, status upd… WAIT WHAT?!
Oh. Em. Gee. Twitter is down today. I click on that cute little blue "t" in my favorites and nothing happens. Nothing! That means no one will know what I'm eating for lunch.