FACEBOOK ISN’T FOR POLITICS?

Today’s dogma I’m questioning…several people in my Facebook feed have stated that they don’t think FB is right for politics. This seems arbitrary to say the least (and not just because I’m a political junkie.)

Social media is used for several things that can be irrelevant, or disturbing, or just nonsensical…to others. Because social media is generated (for the most part)…by people. Who can be irrelevant, disturbing, or nonsensical…to others. It’s just the way we are.

I myself…don’t really care about what my friends had for breakfast, or where they’ve “checked in” 5x today, or to see pictures of their kids as their profile photos. But that’s how HUMANS are. We’re messy. We’re real. And what’s important to us…is important to us. And I, for one, am glad we’re sharing it. Even when my response is simply “meh.”

The only time I’ve blocked someone on my feed is when they’ve broken one of 2 rules:
1) Needless interruptions of my feed (if you’ve sent me FarmVille requests, this might be you,) and
2) When someone has been uncivilized on MY public space. (harsh language, calling me a liar, unnecessary anger)

I found myself shocked by the Facebook privacy scam yesterday. I’m sorry – but I’ve NEVER thought of the stuff that I put on FB, or Twitter, (etc. etc.) as private. Just like I’m doing on my blogs, I believe that the contribution of my thoughts/feelings/actions to a publicly-traded website is just that…public. Maybe I’m too simple, or naive, or too practical…but I always assumed that was part of the deal.

So, I for one, am RELIEVED that politics showed up on FB during election season. In fact, I’d rather we stayed involved in digital conversations about government OUTSIDE election season (I’m looking at you, Obama campaign!)

I now return you to your social media civility…however you define it.

I look forward to seeing you soon…assuming you haven’t blocked me 😉

A NEW BEGINNING FOR THIS BLOG – TODAY’S TOPIC: THIS IS HOW YOU RUN A BUSINESS?

Today, I begin a new theme for this blog – things that we’ve been told to accept as truths, that we need to analyze – simply. So let’s get started…

We’ve been told that Romney was the BUSINESS candidate, he was the one that would run things in a BUSINESSLIKE manner, and bring the efficiencies and practicalities of business to bear.

Well, what would you tell a businessperson who ignores basic demographic realities like the growth of the multicultural community, the rise of open-mindedness on social issues, and appealed solely to the least-motivated, and interested target audience? A businessperson who ignored the most important, and GROWING target audience?

What would you tell a businessperson who, when asked why he’s offended FORTY SEVEN PERCENT of the overall target population that “he could have chosen his words better?”

I’m a freelancer by trade, and I think I’d tell that businessperson, “no, I’m not available to work for you – no matter the rate.”

Just sayin’.