Tag: social networking

A Valentine Tale: Reunited after 25 Years

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image via loveizlyf.blogspot.com
image via loveizlyf.blogspot.com

Right now I’m on a plane. It’s a Friday afternoon and I’m flying across the country from my home in Baltimore; when I get off this plane I will be greeted by my ex-girlfriend. It’s been 25 years since I’ve seen her.

We’ve both just turned 50 and found each other via Facebook. And we’re both single again. I learned that she was still living in California, where she’d moved shortly after we broke up. What would it be like to see her again? I wondered enough to make the leap. In  minutes I will find out. I have no idea what this reunion will hold — even though I’ve dreamed about it half my life.

Hopkins Helps Students Hide Those Drunken Party Pics from Potential Employers

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Please someone help these people find gainful employment
Please someone help these people find gainful employment

If you’re an undergrad right now, you might not remember a time before the Internet, and you might be a little too comfortable with posting pictures and content and that could embarrass your future self — things like pictures of you partying  or doing something illegal.

But even if you were careful to keep anything unflattering out of your online presence, you could be burned by the poor judgment of people who happen to share your name, as potential employers increasingly Google their job applicants before hiring.

The “I” of the Storm

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Writer Janet Fricke Gilbert made several new social connections during the worst moments of Sandy — live, human ones…

There’s a persistent loneliness in this age of connection.

We install our prefabricated selves on Facebook and acquire electronic friends. We text remote people when we are in the presence of actual people, so that we can simultaneously and ineffectively communicate with both groups. And we obsessively record the events of our lives as if they will somehow be more meaningful in the future than they are in the present moment.

Facebookers, Do You Really Want a “Want” Button?

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Uncle Sam, America’s most famous “wanter”

Facebook is adding a new verb to its repertoire — it’s another one you probably never thought you’d need a computer with Internet access to perform. Soon, Facebook users will be able to “want” things. It’s kind of like we’re robots that are slowly learning to be human.

You Have No Idea What Your Teenager Is Up to Online

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Parents of teenagers have always been a little clueless as to what their children are really up to — but thanks to the internet, parents are even less aware of what their children are up to. According to a new study, most teenagers are doing something online that they’re hiding from their parents, everything from hacking into peers’ Facebook pages to cheating on schoolwork to engaging in cyber-bullying. So what’s a parent to do?

It Might Be One of Your Favorite Websites, but Pinterest Is Failing at Its Primary Goal

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Do you Pinterest? I’ll admit, I was one of those people who struggled to understand what the website was even for. (Everyone else: “You have these boards, and you put pictures of things you like on them.” Me: “What?!”) And though now I’d say I am almost Pinterest-literate, that it has become so incredibly popular — even our governor has a Pinterest page, with boards like “Pictures I Took with My Phone” and “Goals to Move Maryland Forward” — still confuses me.

“I Hate to Ask”: Are You Addicted to Social Networking, Baltimore?

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Check out this funny poem by regular Baltimore Fishbowl contributor Elisabeth Dahl, which won an honorable mention in the 2012 Wergle Flomp humor poetry contest sponsored by Winning Writers. We love the rollicking rhythm and the way Dahl tilts her silly lens to look at a topic to which we can (virtually) all relate (and interrelate). We’d love to hear your reaction below!

I HATE TO ASK

I hate to ask, but would you click
This blinking rainbow fetching stick?
For every click, a dollar goes
To stray dogs in the Poconos.

Local Farms Get Techno-Sexy

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My job at Safeway basically consists of signing people up for the company’s mobile app (which is called Just for U and is awesome and if you shop there you should totally sign up for it). Safeway’s pretty proud of itself for the app – when I was getting briefed on it my manager told me how it was one of the first of its kind, how Safeway has the largest digital coupon center in the world, all that. It really is a good program, but I’ve got some news for Safeway: you’re not the only ones going mobile.

Right now, all over the country, farmers have been turning to mobile apps to save time and money, and to increase communication with consumers. This isn’t just the Safeway’s and the Dole’s out there – it’s farmers market, local-produce types using technology to level the playing field, even if ever so slightly, against agribusiness.

Maryland Lawmakers Propose Bills to Keep Employers out of Your Facebook Account

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Used to be, the only people besides you who were trying to log in to your Facebook account, were jerk friends looking to post something embarrassing under your name. But increasingly, it’s your employers who, no longer satisfied cruising your public social network profiles, are actually asking for your login information to see all the private stuff!

This kind of big brother stuff, sends my imagination off into the stratosphere. I picture the guy who asks my for my Facebook password wearing black gloves, a monocle, and sporting a wicked scar. When I picture myself refusing, I imagine being dragged kicking and screaming by two huge Men in Black. Then I’m incarcerated as a political dissident, and I become the Rosa Parks of the anti-anti-online privacy movement. It’s kind of cool, actually.

Anyway, last year, former correctional officer Robert Collins was asked to give his superior his Facebook login information in order to be considered for a promotion. He gave the information but then contacted the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland about the violation of privacy.

This is the kind of thing that feels so good to get righteously indignant about. And, happily, several Maryland lawmakers are doing just that. Sen. Ronald N. Young decried the practice for “stepping on constitutional rights.” Sen. Young is one of several legislators that have sponsored bills currently sitting in the Maryland legislature aimed at curtailing the ability of employers to request login information. Some would only protect state employees. Others are more inclusive, protecting students also. I say pass ’em all; let God sort ’em out!

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