Social Media Matters: Is your personal Facebook profile page a democracy?

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, August 5, 2011
Metro section

Is your personal Facebook profile page a democracy?

Last week, I felt the need to delete a few comments that were posted by others to my Facebook profile. Subsequently, those who had their comments deleted accused me of being undemocratic (I’m paraphrasing).

I don’t think one’s personal Facebook profile is a democracy. It’s yours to do what you want. Of course, deleting comments posted on your profile can be risky, but I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. While deleting legitimate negative comments from a Facebook page for a business may not necessarily be the way to go, I have no trouble with people deleting comments from their own Facebook profile.

It’s their profile. They own it. No one else does. A person’s personal Facebook profile is not – I repeat… not – a democracy. If someone posts something to your profile that you don’t like, then feel free to delete it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have the right to do so. Of course, you also have to be willing to deal with perhaps some hurt feelings if you do it too often or for questionable reasons, but people need to realize that your profile is yours and yours alone.

Don’t be intimidated or bullied into leaving comments there that you think are rude, unfair or belligerent – no matter how much those who posted the offending comments squeal in protest. If necessary, unfriend and block them if they don’t take the hint. A Facebook friendship should be mutually beneficial, not a forum for people to spew insults at you under the guise of “democracy.”

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Each week, I feature three YouTube channels that you may want to check out.

U2Vevo (number of subscribers not listed): After last weekend’s U2 concert in Moncton, this is a must-see for those who want to relive the ambiance and atmosphere of the show. It’s also a must-see for those who regret not going or want to see what all the fuss was about. While the number of subscribers is not published (seems to be the case with all YouTube’s Vevo accounts), the channel’s videos have been viewed more than 111 million times, so suffice it to say people are watching!

The Annoying Orange (two million subscribers): The height of silliness. Yup, this is about an annoying animated orange with an annoying laugh and an annoying attitude. He spends his time conversing with (and annoying – of course) other animated articles of food in the kitchen. Inevitably, the other food gets knifed, chopped or meets some kind of violent demise.

MakeMeBad (one million subscribers): This definitely isn’t a family-friendly YouTube channel. Damian makes comedy videos that are rude, crude, loud, profane – and hilarious, depending on your sense of humour. Lots of toilet humour, but if you’re into that stuff – as are his million subscribers – it can make for some harmless entertainment. Warning: lots of swearing and adult situations.

Is the bloom off Google+’s rose?

Wannabe Facebook rival Google experienced a meteoric rise in users for the first few weeks it was online, however traffic is waning already and the service lost three per cent of its U.S. traffic last week. As well, the time that users stayed on the site dropped per visit. This is not good news for Google , but perhaps it’s still too early to write its obituary.

From the start, however, I’ve suggested that Google is doomed. Google doesn’t have a good track record in social media and Facebook’s complete domination of the market means that’s where companies and individuals will invest their time networking. While Google may have created some initial interest, networking and keeping in touch isn’t worth much when everyone is hanging out somewhere else.

So far, I haven’t seen any news broken on Google , no one I know is telling me that Google is where all my friends are hanging out, and I haven’t seen it permeate through the business world like Facebook has. And I also haven’t heard of any grandparents getting their first computer to keep up with their families on Google , either! When that happens, then maybe I’ll start paying attention.

Twitter expands language offerings

Twitter has added two more languages to its arsenal: Dutch and Indonesian. This brings to 11 the total number of languages in which Twitter operates. The next two languages being rolled out will be Malay and Filipino.

Facebook adds more family functionality

You may have noticed on some Facebook profiles that family members are listed below the user’s friends. For example, I’ve listed my siblings, cousins and an aunt under my list of friends.

Now, soon-to-be-parents can also add an expectant child to the list along with a due date! Expectant parents can add the unborn child to their family list by going to “Edit Profile,” select the “Family and Friends” tab and then “Add another family member,” then from the drop-down menu choose “Expected: Child” and go from there.

Find Facebook bugs and get paid

Facebook recently announced that it will pay researchers a minimum of $500 for finding and reporting bugs – such as security glitches – on the website. The only caveat: researchers only get paid if they allow Facebook to fix the bug first. Announcing a bug before Facebook fixes it results in no payment.

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