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April 24, 2009 [ More archived home pages here ]

Who Are We Really?

The above image is, Emulation

Today's song is Careless Whisper by Wham!, released in 1984.

I find it interesting that often there is a difference in the way we perceive a person we know only or mostly in-person and those we only or mostly know from online contact. Often the perception is striking when we meet an online contact in real life.

The expansion of people interacting online through social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube brings about a freshness to who people really are. People will express things online that they are often reluctant to express in-person. But as time goes by, the lines between online and in-person communications blur as people reveal more openly in both environments.

For a long time I did not have a Facebook account. I used this site as my online presence. Now I'm much more likely to express certain topics on Facebook and not to the same degree here. In some cases I only express topics here. In other cases, I only express certain topics in-person face-to-face.

The social networks are a great place to take the pulse of what countless others are expressing on a wide variety of topics. I can see disconnects between what the major news networks say about important matters and what some in the general populace may think.

For instance, a news story might talk in general terms about an alleged murder suspect. In a matter of minutes, the "real" story can be found by bloggers who "say" they know the accused. To me it means the news is the place to get the first notice, but then it is up to me to find the "real" story online because the news outlets usually filter the news. That's if I care enough to go through that trouble.

Some news outlets now have a staff person to monitor Facebook and Twitter so that viewers can add their own comments on news stories. But again, the news outlets filter those comments to prevent some views from being expressed.

So who are we really with all this going on around us? The only way to find out is to get online and participate. You may already be late to the party. Just remember to look both ways and watch out for strangers... ;-)


For our 36th anniversary I gave Sherry a gold neckless with ruby (shown below).


My friend, Gary, was one of four people in the running to rent a house. I suggested he consider using his Google Rank of 1 out of 5.6 million results in addition to his credit score and references. He got the house!


The fast changing roles in the Internet society.


My friend, Bob, sent me a group of pictures supporting the Right to Bear Arms. The one below I thought expresses that right best.


How to Demo Twitter


This is true.


I believe someone took this picture in my office.


My tax dollars at work.


Keep watching the skies!


They could establish these in the halls of Congress too!


Found on the web links for April 23, 2009 [ Link since removed ]


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