In a world where social media is king, and texting (which I hate) has somehow become easier than just phoning people, have you ever stopped and wondered about how many people you have friended (wow, has that really turned into a verb?) are really your friends? Of these “friends”, how may of them do you actually want to tell what you do during the day? Here are a few sites that have sparked a little Random Nonsense from me.
Ever wanted to go somewhere you’ve never been to eat and not know whether you were going to like it or not? There’s a site for that. Cute, huh? YELP! Just think, “yelp” is something a dog does when you step on its tail accidentally or when it (unfortunately) meets the business end of a car. Now, it’s the name of a site where you can go to get reviews and post on facebook when you get there.
Ever been to that place? You know the place. The place with the thing? You have this little app in your smartphone (next random nonsense post). Foursquare, where you can tell everyone where you are at any given time of the day. Foursquare, hmmm. Didn’t that used to be a game where everyone would stand in a separate square and bounce a ball to one another? Yep, it used to be a game. Now it’s an app.
Now, we come to Bing. The sound we all hear when we are shopping in a department store. Did you know that that “bing” meant that someone was shoplifting in one of the departments? It’s true! Now, for those of use who can’t seem to make a sound decision on our own, it’s a “decision engine”. What ever happened to doing research? You know. Looking the stuff up yourself, and coming up with a logical decision based on the information you were able to gather on your own? I guess those days are over. At least, if you believe Microsoft they are.
Last -but not least- there is Facebook. The social media site. The place where even the loneliest person can have a multitude of friends at any given moment of the day, provided they have turned their life over to games such as Farmville, Mafia Wars, Pirates, and other Facebook applications that require you to make friends in order to “get ahead” in the game. Have you ever stopped to think how many of those friends are actually your friends? Every time you “like”, “yelp”, “bing”, or play “foursquare”, you are telling everyone that is your “friend” who and where you are and what you are doing. Food for thought? I think so.