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Tweeting vs Facebook Statusing

 

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Random Observation/Comment #180: Facebook status updates might be more popular if they had a catchier name.  Tweeting, Twitting, Twatting, or whatever you want to call it, just has that sexy ring to it.  “I like what you twittered today.” – cool.  “Your facebook status update told me you didn’t do shit today.” – not as cool.

 

Even though this is not the focus of my blog, this subject has been on my mind (and everyone elses) very recently.  Apparently, the Twitter trend is spreading like wild-fire probably due to some really convincing marketing strategy presentations (and twitter posts).  Everyone wants a piece of the action now that mainstream media has decided to reach out to celebrities.  The foundation is solid and there are really a lot of venues that this idea can be useful for. 

Thanks to the plumbing system (a.k.a. RSS), we have a new web life that pushes information to our browser instead of searching for answers.  Granted, searching is still a necessity, but the news world is being replaced.  We’re all becoming reporters, and the great thing is that we’re actually heard.  This seems to be our new democratic world – a crowd-sourced information center.  Our thoughts are spread to our followers and we’re connected much more closely than I ever thought imaginable. 

Facebook had the right idea, but their focus will probably maintain in the profile, messaging, and photograph form.  Their biggest fear is the bandwidth costs for photo distribution.  Yes, we can scroll through my 200-some-odd albums as if it were directly streamed from my computer, but imagine how much information we’re downloading from their servers for this luxury.  Twitter, on the other hand, has a much lighter payload of 140-character textboxes, which makes this micro-blogging business much simpler.  It has built the base structure that has opened everyone into this new community.  

The interesting thing about this is the clustering of these virtual opinions.  If everyone writes how they’re feeling, what they’re reading, what they’re eating, or where they’re going, you’ve basically created real-time data.  This means that instead of having only a small percentage of reporters out in the field and conducting research on the best stories (that would probably get the most ratings), we’ve opened up this new media to every person with an internet connection.  Although other web startups have tried this, it seems like the momentum have boosted Twitter’s attention. 

Businesses are starting to promote personal services by gathering followers and exploiting their noob-factor.  When the first page picture advertisements were released, everyone clicked on them and fell for these flashy ads or plain text hyperlinks.  Now, we’ve introduced this new platform where so many people just fumbling with the service can start increasing counts to people’s websites.  It’s exactly like spamming emails, but making this much more public and adding a completely new dimension of interacting with your selected preferences. 

RSS readers have provided the service of gathering real-time updated content from all your favorite sites and putting it into a nice little personalized-news update (Google Reader does a great job).   Although this is very powerful and saves a large amount of time, it doesn’t seem to represent a person’s real-time thoughts.  This is why every major content out there has this list of content sharing mash-ups that allow a one-click “tweet” or “facebook share” or “delicious” or whatever social network you choose.  It contains the power to tell all of your followers what you’re thinking at any time of the day.  Sooner or later, people will think you’re cooler?  More interesting? Have a lot of time on your hands?  Would companies want to hire someone who is always lost in their virtual identity? Hmm… 

The micro-blogging world is basically status-updating.  I’ve found that blogging, although very relieving, does not always maintain its real-time aspect.  I’ve been traveling for 3 months, and I’ve only written 1.5 months of these experiences.  Without the real-time aspect of blogging, I’m just writing random thoughts about random things.  In no way does it help my parents understand my everyday life.  If half of the goal is to keep the people close to me updated on these traveling thoughts, would it be easier to more frequently update statuses? 

There is an art to staying concise, and this is an art that I have reevaluated many times.  There is also an art to staying on topic and maintaining people’s interest (which has probably drifted from the sheer volume of my entries).  It seems like my severe-case of ranting is really only interesting in small doses – thus micro-blogging.  Maybe it’s time for a change.  What about those 1.5 months?  I will maintain writing them, but for travel purposes.

~See Lemons Tweet

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A Change of Style?

 

 

I wonder if Part 2 teaches ways to decompose in a casket.

I wonder if Part 2 teaches ways to decompose in a casket.

Random Observation/Comment #178: A lot of people ask me, “Where do you find time for these personal projects?”  I guess, I type fast?  I don’t know why my career isn’t as interesting as my hobbies, but I wish I can one day have the two intermingle.  Until then, they seem to be fighting for my attention like two cute girls (Hah!).  I organize myself well and allot a specific amount of time for those tasks I deem “important.”  I think the last time I evaluated my list of “shyt I like doing,” I don’t seem to have enough time to sleep, let alone leave my laptop.  I wonder if my world is slowly becoming more selflessly selfish or if I’m just blindly wasting my time (I don’t like the choices either).  I began to think about the quality of my life and the quality of my life I express through status updates, tweets, and blog entries – Am I really having fun?  Obviously, “Yes” or else I wouldn’t be doing this – Or would I?  Right now, it’s very confusing, but maybe I’ll come to some conclusion after sitting down and letting myself rant.

 

This Chinese idea of “face” is basically the image shown to a particular community.  It is my identity and a lot of things that define my life – thus facebook?  It might have a deeper meaning than what we’ve passed as a simple name, or perhaps, this idea just evolved to this out-of-control entity.  Although I haven’t accumulated a debt, a large sum of money in a bank account, or really anything materialistically important, I feel like this virtual identity has become my prized possession.  It’s almost precious enough for me to pay for it (Yeah, no way).  When I considered religion, I considered it for the community purposes rather than the silly mythical ones – Is this the community I am forming?  Am I becoming my own godly figure by gathering followers on Twitter? 

Instead of limiting my facebook with all these private settings, I do the initial boundary to accepted friends and then basically express myself with status updates, posted notes, pictures, links, and a slew of other things.  Am I doing this for my own interest or am I driven by this hunger and obsession towards keeping someone informed?  Would I fall off the face of this Earth if I stopped telling someone I’m alive?  I hope not, but it does make me wake in a cold sweat… Oh, right – Kinkos.  I’m covered. Props for those who got that.

The reason blogging is even remotely accepted is its somewhat (or possible) helpful nature to those who read it. In most cases, a person subscribes to individuals that have similar interests to hopefully read articles and stories that make this complex Inter-webs a little bit more manageable.  This idea started with search engines, but very quickly grew into the world of StumbleUpon, digg, facebook linking, delicious, and dozens of other viral networks that share user input. 

There is something intrinsically attractive about being a useful reporter in this world.  I think it closely links to this pathetic hope that someone will read your content and become inspired by your opinions.  I cannot single myself out from this crowd too much (although, I have mentioned numerous times that this is more for my parents and my own memories than reaching out to any particular group) because I do give a slight grin whenever I see higher counts in Facebook Like’s, wordpress blog visitor statistics, and even xanga stalker stats.  This may be the underlying reason I tweet and update my status so often – it’s a loose connection with an audience that probably doesn’t even have to exist. 

I think it’s a taste of fame that each one of us had dreamed to experience, and the truth is: I’m addicted.  I don’t even know if anyone cares what I say, but just having a way to say it where it might be heard is enough.  In fact, if responses became rampant, I might be more careful with my words and lose this odd writing style I’ve developed.  I’m more-or-less comfortable with spewing whatever comes to mind – Chocolate-covered scorpions.  See? Flying monkeys throwing flaming feces.  How many mini-gummy bears does it take to kill a Haribo normal0sized gummy bear?  I can do this all day.

Now that I evaluate my writings, I’ve found that I’ve entered this blogging world with the wrong intentions.  I’m actually doing this for my own enjoyment and not trying to find a niche or audience.  There are no ads and I don’t even write about topics that people would particularly like to read.  My entries are long-winded and my separations of paragraphs are non-existent.  I’ve tried reading what I write over again – it’s absolutely torturous.  So then, why do I publish it?  I’m definitely expressing my opinions, but I break all of the rules in blogging 101. 

1) I don’t stay on topic.

2) I don’t attach any links so this could be found by some crawling search engine.

3) I don’t keep things simple or easily understandable.

4) I just follow my stream of consciousness about random things without a definite topic.

5) I am writing about events that happened to me last month.

So, should I change my format?  Should I try to obtain more readers with these new techniques of spreading my opinion, like mini-blogging in Twitter?  Is my identity going to be spread through these viral networks through small comments and “diggs” or “likes” in my own news reporter way?  Should I promote my blog by visiting random people’s sites and commenting everywhere?  This paragraph is only filled with questions, but I have no definitive answers – Story of my life.

I haven’t decided to change the format, but this entry is definitely not a good start – another rant for the books.  It’s nice that twitter is incorporated with wordpress, so I’ll use this by keeping that as my recent updates and then continue sitting down and typing down (if that makes sense) thoughts every other day.  Either way, this whole writing thing is a part of me now and I feel empty without doing it.  I think it’s healthy and keeps me sane. 

Sometimes I wish I could gather a large crowd of followers, and just make money writing about silly observations.  Wouldn’t that be nice (and completely useless towards advancing this world)?  For now, let’s stick to engineering.

~See Lemons Mweh

Side note: Mommy will be in Germany and I’m visiting Munich so no update until May 6th.