I am not exactly part of the "Sandwich Generation" because I do not care for elderly relatives, but we have been in charge of our parentals' technology for at least a decade... and while our 14-year-old son is starting to compete with our knowledge on the subject,…
Note: Several parts of my Roar Retreat conference have been sponsored, or arranged by the conference's organizers. All words are mine.I have wanted to visit Costa Rica forever. My best friend Danielle has been many times; her stories and photos just BLOW MY MIND. When friend, client and colleague Andrea Fellman moved there about a year ago, I knew at some point I would figure out a way to visit her. Luckily she and Nadia Carriere made it simple for me when they created Roar Retreat. I was thrilled to do the design and web work for the project, and of course, attend. The time has flown since we started working on all this nearly a year ago - I leave for Costa Rica tomorrow.
I tried not to be dramatic about it, but I sort of left Facebook. Problem is you can never really leave Facebook. At least not when you manage over 10 accounts for clients and you have a blog and you go to log-in on random sites and Facebook has its tentacles into everything on the Internet. So I decided to minimize my personal dealings on Facebook and just concentrate on my professional work there. I realize this probably only hurts me and does nothing to Facebook but at least I won't be so angry every day. Gives me the opportunity to still check in on friends and message them and see events, while ignoring many of the things that drive me absolutely bonkers. Why am I so upset? You probably have heard about this, but a study was published this month from a data scientist at Facebook where, in a nutshell, he manipulated the streams of almost 700,000 Facebook users to view either happy or negative updates and see if the emotions in these streams could affect the emotions of users. Yup, they did! And, in of itself, not too surprising and also from a research perspective, actually fairly interesting.
"Ugh! I never look at them!" - "They are overwhelming." - "There are too many!" That's what people, including possibly you, say about Facebook events. Right? I know events are crazy. But in some ways, I am not sure how else we can communicate about gatherings and parties to a large amount of people these days - until Facebook implodes, at least. So, here are some tips in terms of creating and then also sorting through all those events to help us all be more responsible Netizens.