Twitter, social networks, the Internet, and the future

BriGuy (@iambrian) 8 years, 9 months ago

I just want to see what my fellow HEthans think of Twitter.
I love Twitter, but I think it’s used improperly by most, and underutilized by others. I think it holds a great power, and wonder what will come of it in the future.

As for other social networks, i.e. Facebook, Google+, Instagram, etc…how do you feel about them? Do you like social networking or do you despise it? Why?

Might as well ask about the internet too. Any interesting theorys or opinions hovering around about it lately?

I ask because I’m developing an app that will interact with social networks and the web, and I’m also just curious. The internet and social networks are still babies in the grand scheme of things, and I can’t even imagine how much they are going to evolve, what do you think?

and if your interested you can follow me @BrianDiMaggio
I would really love to have some more HEthan’s on my Twitter feed as well!

February 25, 2013 at 12:10 am
Anonymous (328) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@iambrian, I remember watching a documentary, I kind of remember parts of it.. It’s about how different today’s journalism is. Basically the guy explains how he does his job using the internet. Because of social sites, anyone who is a witness of an event can easily post online; making news real time. He then looks for videos and photos, sorts out the fake and real ones, investigates on google maps and articles, then finally travels to meet the real witness for an interview. (Lots of spam, trolls, misinformation and hoaxes)

I’m just piecing what I remember, but if it doesn’t make sense, whatevs. Watch this short film: http://vimeo.com/46304267

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Anonymous (214) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@iambrian, I deleted Twitter, and the only reason I kept Facebook was because I wanted to remain in contact with friends after I graduated

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Dan (890) (@danfontaine) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@iambrian, I say tweeting is for birds. We have this thing called spoken word and I think twitter is a huge step back.
Admire actors. Look at the way they manipulate the human experience to entertain you. Why is that so hard to do in your own walking life?
Electronic interaction is a poor excuse for the real personal stuff. Get up in somebody’s face for once. It’s only awkward if you make it awkward. Even with a bluff they are likely to call it, unless they have no spine. Makes for some real mood-altering interactions. When’s the last time twitter gave you that?

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Dan (890) (@danfontaine) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@justinr, Ya you all ‘graduated’. Now you’re lone planets out on some mandatory mission to mars from an HQ that would love to soak up all that the Earth is worth. Isn’t it sad?
Let’s leave this piece, because obviously peace escapes the people – we’re not evil we’re just demons. Pillage riot plunder and then… diet. Out of some misunderstanding for what a fruit does. Sunder, rot, blood cot – mistresses, I’m dying! But it’s been fun.

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I deactivated my Facebook last week and it feels rad. I have gotten SO much college work done it’s ridiculous. I’ve been doing about 4 hours a night because I want to, whereas in the past it would be “open laptop, have facebook in background, someone starts chat, goodbye rest of evening”. I’ve been reading so much more of my books now.

The only thing I do miss is the events section. It’s going to be tough getting to everything now without it being too late and there are a lot of bands that I rely on through the site to find out when they might tour. Those aspects are lame, but for now it’s going to stay this way because the pros far outweigh the cons.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@iambrian, I don’t really like twitter because it is very limiting in what you get to write, only short oneliners, I’m not a oneliner kind of guy most of the time and when I do come up with oneliners I need an A4 page to explain it.

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Josh (213) (@reinvented2012) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@iambrian, I think there is good and bad to all Internet as social networking. It’s so easy to use it to keep up with latest celebrity news, dad diets, what’s in and what’s not. That’s the bad side of it that it desensitizes people from normal interaction and makes them form false ideas of what life is or could be. Too many people get wrapped up in the bull shit.

I try and use it to post things I read and learn here and from books. Try and inspire people to live their life and stop living falsely. I try and have intelligent conversations about real world problems there. It allows to have group discussions on topics like gun control. So yea it can be good and bad but either way it’ll take up much of anyone’s time if they allow it. I just moved to a new state for a few months so it’s a good thing to use social networking to keep in touch with people when u can’t hang out with them anytime u want.

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Anonymous (214) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@danfontaine, I’m confused, but it was an interesting read nonetheless =P

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Dan (890) (@danfontaine) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@justinr, Welcome to my world – I see that it didn’t make much sense. I was kind of fucked up and just felt like saying SOMETHING that isn’t boring.
I’m an experimental communicator – I have a lot of fun.

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Taylor (152) (@taysand) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@danfontaine, I like that

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BriGuy (106) (@iambrian) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@trek79, @danfontaine, I agree in the sense that I love human interaction, and I believe people need to become more personable face-to-face. I understand social networking can hinder this. But I look at how many people are associated with them, and how fast ideas can spread and how fast actions can form from those ideas. When I think of Twitter, I don’t see all the glam about actors and musicians, and just random blah, blah, stuff that people Tweet. I know its there, but I think of how it possibly triggered a revolution in Egypt, or how it has been used to find missing children by retweeting amber alerts. Or I think of all the cool things I have learned and shared from the people I follow. Twitter is a global consciousness….The problem isn’t the social network itself, the problem is a majority of people in the social network. The ones that tweet about nonsense, and irrelevant, useless things. If everyone tweeted about positive things, or shared useful or interesting information, or used it to gather in real life….wouldn’t you want to use it?

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Anonymous (214) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@danfontaine, ah ok now I see
That’s a pretty sweet hobby I must say

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Dan (890) (@danfontaine) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@iambrian, Yes then I would want to use it. Seems like they want it to be the new text messaging though, and I can’t get behind that. I don’t like texting as it is, it fucks with the way I think. If the words don’t pour out of my mouth I shouldn’t be saying it – people shouldn’t be reading it.
We’re all becoming very far right – analytical. Idk, I tweet in real life – if I’m in the mood to read someone else’s thoughts I’ll buy a book, written with soul and focus. Could give two fucks what some NFL player, actor thinks of their self. Or even what some supposedly spiritual moron has to say – it’s like blow me. They’re all chaotic. The true master works within his proximity and does it to the fullest.

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Dan (890) (@danfontaine) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Ya imagine if Jesus had a twitter. How much of a dipshit he’d look like using that shit.

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Thunderfeet (161) (@thunderfeet) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

The internet is the greatest resource of the average individual. We have infinite amounts of information at our finger tips both in its standard form and simplified, we can communicate with anybody anywhere on the planet. But for the most part people waste the internet posting pointless personal updates, being attention whores and watching stupid videos. There are so many awesome videos on the internet that get like 70 thousand views, then you have shitty gangnum style with a billion views, its just ridiculous. As for social networking sites they do have a few good uses but when you sit on them for several hours a day, those uses lose value. To summarize, The Internet should be used to share ideas, and knowledge instead people share silly pictures and pointless updates.

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Kidd (1,059) (@kidd) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I love social networks. Just like real life, they’re fucking awesome when you add the right friends.

I see too many people who whine and complain about their FB newsfeed, as if they have no control over what pops up, lol.

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Nikki F. (107) (@nikkif) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Well I mean we’re all technically on a social network now so really anyone here who says they despise is it pretty much being a hypocrite. :P

I personally don’t LOVE facebook and all that but I keep it because I understand that the reality of our generation is that we need social networking for things like work for example. A lot of fields lately require the use of social networking for advertising. It’s also how I keep up to date with events happening and such… it’s pretty hard to keep up with the world without social networking just because SO many people rely on it. Plus, I like how I could talk to my friends I don’t see often, which is nice because a lot of my close friends live far away.

Just a tip for those who dont want to delete facebook but are getting tired of being addicted to it, try deleting a bulk amount of friends. I deleted over 200 people and I have way less notifications therefore less need to visit facebook. I deleted anyone I hadn’t spoken to for at least 3 months.

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