Thursday is the New Black Friday

I was 17 years old the first time I ventured out for Black Friday. I wanted to buy my mom a pair of ruby earrings for Christmas and Kmart was selling them for 75% off from 5 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Groggy from a lack of sleep, I rolled out of bed that morning and left the house long before the sun came up.  It was bitterly cold outside, but there wasn’t enough time to warm up the engine of my 1984 Buick Century — the nearest Kmart was 20 minutes away and I wanted to be there when they opened.
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The Ties That Bind

Open-ended questions for Week 8:

  1. In a recent article in The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell argued that “activism associated with social media…[is] built around weak ties,” and that “weak ties seldom lead to high-risk activism.” In what ways do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  2. How do you think digital media has impacted your relationships with people in your life, particularly your family members and closest friends?

Social Networking 3.0 — Myspace/Facebook Collaboration

According to The Telegraph, Myspace recently announced that they will be including Facebook Connect as part of their redesign efforts.  This means that Facebook users will now be able to log into their Myspace accounts using their Facebook I.D. and password.  It’s a truce in the metaphorical war between the two social networking giants, with Myspace finally conceding to Facebook.  Is it too late for Myspace?  Will Facebook Connect save them from becoming obsolete?  Stay tuned!

Purposefully Disconnected

Many websites now allow you to sign in using your Facebook I.D.  I’ve seen it numerous times and I’ve always avoided doing it.  It always seemed curious to me.  Why would they want me to do that and furthermore, why would I want to do that

To me, signing into another website with my Facebook I.D. is like having someone stand too close to me in the grocery line – it’s an invasion of my personal space.  I don’t really want these websites to have access to my personal information!
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Writing, In Short

Six-word memoir
Fumbling through life without a map.

25-word memoir
My grandpa counted his blessings one by one.  He couldn’t remember my name, but he could still feel the love.  I was his brown-eyed girl.

#Twitter for @Twitterphobes

I finally caved and opened a Twitter account yesterday for my new blog, The Seattle Do-Gooder. I’ve been putting this off for a long time, mostly because I’m bored with social networking. Plus, Twitter has all these @ signs and # tags that leave me confused and scratching my head.

For me, the easiest way to figure anything out is to take the plunge and give it a try. I wanted to make a tweet about the Harry Potter Alliance, an interesting non-profit group that’s using the Harry Potter series to Do Good.
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Project Update: Change of Plans

I was feeling really uninspired and frustrated with my portfolio project and decided to go in a different direction.  After speaking with Kathy last week, I knew I wanted to do a blog that had something to do with working in the non-profit sector.  Finally, on my way home that night, it hit me like a ton of bricks — I should do a blog about helping others and giving back to the community. 

This new project is aptly called The Seattle Do-Gooder.  Here’s an update of the project plan and my progress:
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According to articles in the New York Times and San Jose Mercury News, Facebook is holding a press conference on Monday to unveil what is likely a new email service.  Although sources in both articles are anonymous and much of the hype is speculation, the new service is already being called “Gmail Killer” and “Project Titan.”  With over 500 million users, a Facebook email service would instantly become the world’s largest — bigger than Gmail and Yahoo Mail combined.

Flickr off, YouTubers!

This week’s reading assignment left me feeling disgruntled.  Newbie’s Guide to Flickr and How companies can make the most of user-generated content made me wonder:  Who has the spare time to play around on Flickr and YouTube all day?  And furthermore, why aren’t these people doing something more productive?  I don’t know why, but I find this incredibly annoying. 
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Mind Your Facebook Manners

I read an article in the New York Times today about a woman who was fired because she made foul-mouthed Facebook comments about her supervisor.   Whether you agree or disagree with her dismissal, there’s a lesson about Facebook etiquette to be learned from this story.

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