Social Networking Intraux Pas: Don’t Do This

Don't need no words.

While everybody here doesn’t live their entire life like its golden, quite a few spend hours camped out on the Internet. Some folks camp out here at VSB and other sites intended to inspire discussion. Others nestle down on sites that let you buy things you don’t need like that V-neck thong I saw some chick rocking here in DC a few weeks back. What is a V-neck thong?

It’s pretty much what happens when the tortoise and the hare start the race and a honeybadger comes through not caring AND not giving a sh*t.

Exactly. Point is a lot of us spend a lot of time online. And that means that many of us will begin to meet people online. Some folks use dating sites. I happened upon this article on CNN yesterday about called “Online dating? Why no one wants you” that listed a bunch of ways to turn somebody off by the initial message you sent to somebody via a dating site. To wit:

1). The generalizer

Example: hey, wuts up?

Why no one wants you: You’re probably stupid. Or possibly illiterate. What’s going on with you? Something cool? OK, tell him/her about that, instead. Nothing at all? Go out and cultivate a hobby of some sort, and then get back to us.

Guffaw.

That article got my wheels turning. The big wheels kept on turning. Then we were rolling. Rolling. True story, I’ve met a significant number of individuals online. And nearly all of them because they’ve tracked down my AIM and well, AIM’d me. Some successfully, some unsuccessfuly. I’m guessing this is a story many of us can relate to. Especially since so many people have become interested in meeting the very people they follow on Twitter or in comments sections of websites. Either way, much like the first impression dating site intro, I’m sure people have spent significant amounts of time looking like idiots with the random social network connect. So I figured I’d share some similar, but specific ways folks f*ck up that entire potential. Basically the kind of people that don’t get contacted back.

And by the way, some of these will be actual examples of connections gone wrong, perhaps we can call them AT&T ninjas. Bong Bong.

1. “Hi!”

In today’s day and age of baby theft and gorillas taking over the planets, you’ve got to show up with more in your initial greeting than a “hi!” homey. I’m bound to assume that you’re some sort of hi-bot sent to infiltrate my computer system and if I respond back with anything I’ll inadvertently send out some sort of supervirus that will expose all of the hidden children and wives. Plus since I don’t really f*ck with Southwest Airlines like that (I’m more NWA), I won’t feel free to move about the country. I don’t like Snickers either. So I’m mad short. Skeelo.

2. “yo, i read vsb. dm me.”

Yo, me too. I read that sh*t. Can I ask a serious question, what in blue blazes would make anybody think that would be a good way to get me, Panama Dontavious Jackson, to want to talk to you? No dis or anything but that’s retarded. Can’t lie, I tried that sh*t on Rihanna. I @’d her that “I liked S&M. DM me” No response. Perhaps I should have thrown Chris Brown under the bus or something but I kind of feel like you can only try once. Oh well. Chris Brown stays winning anyway, I would have felt dirty. Beautiful people.

3. “You don’t know me but I love your site. I go there everyday. Slim Jackson is my favorite writer.”

Slim if you’re reading. You’ve got a fan out there who thinks you write for VSB. Pretty sure it’s the whole Jackson thing. And this one actually happened. I responded back with “wrong group of reading n*ggas, but thanks for supporting Blackness.” By the way, I’m sure this young lady was lovely but in one fell swoop she proved that she doesn’t read OR pay attention. Womp womp womp.

4. “I think I just saw Panama Jackson at XXX’s.”

This has nothign to do with anything, but let me tell you something, that sh*t is scaaaaaaaaaary. Mostly because it never happens at the club. I’ll be at a specific CVS and my phone will buzz and I’ll see that “404-04″ that I’ve changed to read “Twitter, B*tch” in my phone and “Just saw @panamajackson buying some Charmin Ultrasoft, but wasn’t sure if it was him so I didn’t want to stab the wrong person. Hi @panamajackson!”

For the record, people, people, people, if you do see me out, holla at me. That takes the edge off. I won’t bite you. Unless we ever make it to 2nd base. Or is that 3rd base? I can’t remember.

Bong bong.

5. “Do you want some nude pics?”

My bad, that one is the winner.

Anyway, it’s Friday. Let’s enlighten the masses. What are the most obnoxious and ridiculous ways people can turn you off trying to contact you via social networking? Let’s help the children.

Atari 2600.

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL HE A 3

PS Sending extra special prayers and wishing everybody on the East Coast under the threat of Hurricane Irene best of luck this weekend as we all hope that the storm doesn’t negatively impact the lives of too many. I need EVERYBODY to show up on Monday talking about surviving the hurricane. Everybody, dammit. Real talk…be safe people.

  • CurlyTop

    Dear Lawd, why you hadda kill me wif dat cat pic?

    • http://athenasantics.blogspot.com AthenaC

      Aww – thought I made it. Congratulations!

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

        (whispers)

        You know we don’t get nothing for being first around here right?

        • CurlyTop

          I love you TAC and was actually on my toes waiting for you to comment to the above. <3

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

            Aw…I aim to please and am pleased to aim. :D

        • bumilla

          my thing is what site actually gives a fcuk? because if there is a site that hands of cookies, bjs, or target gift certificates for being first and sh!t, i need to know.

          • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM

            I find it curious that “bjs” got thrown in with cookies and Target gift cards. #OneOfTheseThingsIsNotLikeTheOthers

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

              (takes out the Target gift cards)

              There you go. ;)

            • bumilla

              let me clear my throat. (<— see what i did there?)

              i was merely providing a list of things that 99.95% of the population would not pass the chance to snatch up if they were being handed out for simply hitting "send."

              • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

                *staring*

                • bumilla

                  ;)

                  • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

                    I’m going to start calling you chocolate gold. I know that’s way out of left field, but it was on my mind last night.

                    • bumilla

                      chocolate gold? i like it! … but i’m not going to ask about why this came to you last night.

                      i will ask why you look so thuggish in your photo doe. can we get a smile up in here?

                    • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

                      I’m not good at the whole fake smiling during pictures thing. If I can find one where I am laughing whilst the photo is being taken; I’ll put it up.

              • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM

                Oh it wasn’t that deep I saw what you were spittin’ the first time. LOL But it’s obviously gonna take something a little tougher to lick this “First” issue.

                • http://jouromeo.blogspot.com Sagey Bear

                  Brother, ^^^^this^^^^ is full of WIN!

                  • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM

                    Thank you, sir. A little double entendre fun is always in order.

                • bumilla

                  now look. you done broke the page in all your enthusiasm to be sassy and sh!t.

            • http://polibohoglam.tumblr.com/ PoliBohoGlam

              #OneOfTheseThingsIsNotLikeTheOthers

              . . . depends on your value system.
              le shrug.

              • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

                I’m saying…his priorities are all off. Target gift cards is up there with bjs, like DUH

                • bumilla

                  thank you, ladies. this is might just be why Black Love is on the respirator- misplaced priorities.

                • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

                  what about Walmart gift cards? i hand those out to children.

                  • bumilla

                    and there goes your Black Father of the Year nod.

                    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

                      i dont give them to my kid. lol. she gets nordstrom cards.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

            Me too. So I know what sites not to ever visit. Ever.

            • bumilla

              what do you have against this chocolate chips? O_o

              • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

                Not a thing. But I can’t in good conscience ride with anyone that would reward something so pointless.

                #NoCountryForThirstyFirsties

                • http://polibohoglam.tumblr.com/ PoliBohoGlam

                  #NoCountryForThirstyFirsties

                  this filled my heart with gladness.
                  took away all my sadness.

                  • http://www.theleftsidepoets.wordpress.com MicTheMessenger

                    ^^^^This rhymes. Hehe.

                    • Caballeroso

                      Yeah, and if I’m not mistaken, they’re song lyrics.

        • http://athenasantics.blogspot.com AthenaC

          No really? I had no idea ….

        • http://athenasantics.blogspot.com AthenaC

          No really? I had no idea …. :P

        • Purplenat

          False. I got a whole box-worth uh cookies coming my way sometime in the future. Allegedly.

    • CurlyTop

      I just glanced at the CNN “article” and laughed my bum off. My biggest pet peeve is something we’ve discussed in the comments before: ninja that type like they’re a 16 year old girl. It is not cute. Anytime you send me a

      HeY GuRl!! WaSSuP?

      I dismiss you ass. A close cousin to this is the intentional destruction of the English language by adding numbers and letters into “words.” If I was into online dating and I saw that ish, I would laugh and think the person on the other side parked across the street from middle schools at 3:15 in the afternoon.

      • Kidsister

        My thought is, its time consuming annnndddd it looks stupid…lol. I abbreviate to save time and to budget my characters, but to go out of your way misspelling words and messing with capitalization is just wrong.

        • http://jouromeo.blogspot.com Sagey Bear

          I just want to see if something works

      • Yoles

        me too

        please add to that.. the purposeful misspelling of words using the same or greater amount of letters, so i can not be considered shorthand i.e. werd for word, ii for i, fabolous for fabulous

        #somebodysaveme

        • tgtaggie

          They could be dyslexic or can’t type properly.

          • Moni No_L

            No! The worst is when you know they are “degreed” and hopefully educated and not only are they spelling horribly but their grammar is nonexistent. Its not even ebonics, it just words thrown together that I am supposed to decipher a message from. Call me bougie but I REFUSE to take a man seriously that replies to, “Im good and you” with “i gud jut wokin mad hors”. That was supposed to say “Im good. Just working mad hours”.

            And I was being generous.

            Exactly! -______-

            • Kidsister

              LOL!!! unacceptable

            • Royale W. Cheese

              OMD (oh mah days) that last quote made me almost spit out my whiskey sour.

            • tgtaggie

              +1. I’ll be the first to admit to having some grammar problems. But spelling? We have auto correct for everything now. One time I spent most of my day trying to decipher what “wud” was.

              • Kidsister

                Autocorrect is a gift and a curse #iphoneusersstandup

                • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

                  yeah, the iPhone autocorrect struggle is real.

                  • Yonnie 3000

                    My favorite new twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/autocorrrect It’s all screenshots of text messages gone awry due to autocorrect and it’s absolutely hilarious!

              • Moni No_L

                Dont worry. It took me FOREVER to figure out smh was shaking my head. Some of these acronyms are not even things I would say IRL. <—Case in point.

                • tgtaggie

                  I think its becoming one of my pet peeves now. Why use “wud” and not “was”. Its the same number of letters. The “w” “a” and “s” is like right around each other on the keyboard. lol. I can understand shorthand in emails. Example: like “mtg” for meeting.

                  • Moni No_L

                    At this point people are just being lazy. We have phones that can do everything short of make up our beds & pick our noses but we cant spell out 3 & 4 letter words. We, as a civilization, are headed for destruction.

                    • A Woman’s Eyes

                      Yes, sing it with me ….self destruction, ya headed for self destruction…self destruction ya headed for self destruction…

                  • DQ

                    I thought: wud = would

                    • Kidsister

                      me too

            • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

              you know, i’ve been amazed at how many people are closer to Tyrese in their grammatical knowledge than aren’t. we all used to joke on Tyrese but folks stay getting tripped up on words they speak but never know how to spell.

              folks f*ck up principle/principal or counsel/council…ninjas just don’t know sh*t. degree or not.

              • nillalatte

                Yeah, I messed up principle/principal too in a post recently, but I was just too lazy to go back and show you I corrected myself! :P

              • SheWhoMustbeObeyed

                Or how about peak/peek/pique or fathom/phantom?

                I saw those words misused on the internet pretty recently, and I have to say, my day pretty much went to the sh*tter after that. I’m not a grammar freak that goes around correcting people randomly, but that stuff hurts my soul…

              • TheRealestLeo

                “Ninjas just don’t know sh*t. Degree or not.”

                Someone needs to put that on a t-shirt.

              • Royal W. Cheese

                Thing is, it’s the information age. On the very same computer they are using to post things online, they can hop on over to Google and type in “define:____”* But, I guess that only works if the person is aware that homonyms exist for the word they’re using.

                *Case in point, I just looked up “homonym” to make sure I was using the term correctly.

              • Nappy Mind

                Equally annoying is adding apostrophes to pluralize words. A friend with advanced degrees and a six figure salary consistently posts, “I love my soror’s” on Facebook pictures.

        • CaribbeanQueen

          or when the teens use a lowercase Q for a g, and/or leave a space between the last letter of the last word in the sentence & the punctuation:

          “OMGG this moviie is soo excitinqq !

          -__-

          • xLadyTx

            YES!

            My 18 yr old cousin constantly texts me with that BS. I’m ThisClose to blocking her # lol.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

            I e-know a grown ass man that does most of these things. He’s also a shameless pannie panderer.

            #TwoStrikes

            • Righteous

              We might know the same dude. You from the BX? lol.

        • Righteous

          I deal with that all the time. I can’t understand that ish most of the time, and it looks harder to do than to just spell the real word, like you have to actually think harder to spell it differently. Also, at 30, I think its time we all started spelling words correctly. Save the children.

          • Kema

            iono about this…

  • http://athenasantics.blogspot.com AthenaC

    First?

    • http://iamyourpeople.com I Am Your People

      Just tweeting this to fix the italics. I hope it worked…

      • http://iamyourpeople.com I Am Your People

        One more try… (and did I really type “tweeting” instead of “posting?” I am really doing the most right now *goes back to twitter*)

      • https://twitter.com/#!/mizzcamille MizzCam

        Nope. =(

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        I fixed it…and it was TWisM’s fault. somebody put their backslash in the wrong place.

        i’m sure that’s some double entendre flow there so let me just say that i recognize me stating that might be 100 percent gay even though that’s exactly what happened. lol

  • Yonnie3000

    LOL! Panama, I saw you at Marvin’s Monday and said “What’s up” like we go back like 4 flat tires. We don’t. Was that scary? I didn’t tweet about it.

    • NikiPowell

      can I steal that line…it’s too nice to leave alone!!! “We go way back like 4 flat tires.” love it!

      • Yonnie 3000

        Yeah, that didn’t make ANY sense. I meant to say, “DOWN like four flat tires.” I never said that I make sense tho.

        • NikiPowell

          naw…I meant that I want to use that…I got what you were saying…I just want to use the saying…:)

    • http://www.twitter.com/constancelovesu TheOpinionated1

      Speaking of men and bad picture poses…I hate the “rubbing hands together” pose that guys have been wearing out these days and I hate it with a passion.

      Standing over there looking like they’re rubbing lotion in or something…

      #PleaseStopThatIsh

      • http://www.twitter.com/constancelovesu TheOpinionated1

        My fault…I put this comment under the wrong thread…it was suppose to be under Yoles comment right below. #OhWell

        • Yoles

          i see the comment and yes please add that to the list of men dont know how to pose in pics!

      • Sugahoneyicedtea

        Don’t forget t the licking lips while rubbing said hands..

        • Royale W. Cheese

          This! I mean what is the purpose of this? To convincingly look like you’re thinking about chex?

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      naw…i should correct that. I dont have a problem with folks stopping me in the street (which happens a lot now) or tweeting that they saw me…

      it’s the ones where i get the awkward “I’m watching @panamajackson right now buy a stick of gum” and i turn around and nobody’s there. lol.

      i actually like it when folks come up and talk to me. but when folks sit and stare and then tweet me that they’re looking at me i want to kick squirrels. come talk to me dammit! lol.

  • Kidsister

    This one guy hit me with the shy brother online and that in and of itself was a turn off but the fact that the dude was 30 plus and his profile pic was a middle finger pic was a major turn off. Like really, dude? #weoffthat

    • Yoles

      you know in general i think men don’t know how to pose for pictures… i’m not sure if they are awkward, don’t understand what to do with their arms and hands or haven’t watched america’s next top model or what.. but if left to their own devices they have no idea how to just look natural and free in a pic unless they are balls out its like they need to take “action shots” all the damn time… hands up, middle fingers in the air, pointing at something etc…

      please add to the list of pictures of grown allegedly crime free men that don’t make the cut.. piles of money that isn’t yours, drugs*, and guns-seriously how old are you? and what are you thinking?

      *although an advocate for the decriminlaization of all schedule one narcotics, i know better than to be in pics rolling around in cocaine and ecstasy

      • Kidsister

        they need to take “action shots” all the damn time… hands up, middle fingers in the air, pointing at something etc…

        FUNNY!!! You are so right about that. OMG, now that you’ve mentioned that, all I can think of is the picture booth at the club. It’s gotta stop somewhere….From here on out, I’ll make it my mission to call them on it when its picture time!!

      • DQ

        ****i know better than to be in pics rolling around in cocaine and ecstasy****

        LOL I would hope so… I mean can’t you absorb some levels of cocaine through your skin? #UrbanLegend?

        • Yoles

          cocaine and many other drugs can be absorbed through any mucus membrane orifice of the body eyes, nostrils, gums, tongue, vagina & anus

          SN: i watched kids getting drunk on youtube by putting vodka into their eyes we ARE headed for destruction :(

          • Caballeroso

            I’m sure that Darwinism and Natural Selection will protect those of us who are more refined. :)

          • Corey

            Doesn’t that burn like hell???

      • http://twitter.com/kjnetic peter parker

        <–does not know how to pose for pictures

        lol

      • http://twitter.com/thenaimacyde Naima

        YESS! I’m always making fun of my male cousins because they never smile in pictures. They think smiling makes them soft. A lot of them take pictures of themselves putting smoke in the air or their hats tilted down. I have to remind them that they are kids from the suburbs and no one cares if they are “hard.”

        • Righteous

          Hahahahahaha. Shots fired?

        • Ms. My2Cents

          “A lot of them take pictures of themselves putting smoke in the air or their hats tilted down.”

          *scrolls back up to look at Panama’s avi*

          OOOOOooooooohhhh, yous in trouble!!! LOL ;)

        • Corey

          I look ghey when I smile in pics and I don’t want anybody in skinny jeans with a laveder shawl getting the wrong idea and trying to spit.

          • LA2Tally

            lavender shawl!!

            hahahahahahhahaha

        • Royale W. Cheese

          Ugh, the tyranny of swagger strikes again. Ruining the quality of decent young men every day.

      • http://www.ifiruled2011.wordpress.com Mahogany Princess

        Those damn money shots are the worse. I’m supposed to believe somebody with money legit or not would post a pic of it on a social networking site. If by chance you really are getting paper….keep playing and on a broke day, I’m finding out where you live and doing you in!
        Travel to Wachovia, BOA, or somebodies credit union then holla at me.

      • Todd

        C’mon Yoles. What if dude is actually a legalization activist? In order to legalize something, you have to show what it is, right? :) LOL

      • TheRealestLeo

        I had no problem smiling in my avi pic.

        Then again, I took that about a week before I left Korea….That smile was genuine as hell. lol

        • A Woman’s Eyes

          I just burst out laughing. Welcome back to the States!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      it’s hard to look cool posing. most dudes taking pictures who aren’t models find it hard to maintain your cool when you’re intentionally trying to be cool in a pic. its an odd dance. them sh*ts are forever.

      plus considering how often women clown us for our pictures…its a no win anyway.

      #wangshot

    • Royale W. Cheese

      “Things you are not allowed to do when you are 30 plus” would be a great blog post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evanonlyknows Evan McArthur Kane

    “Hi!”

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

      “Yo, I read VSB. DM me.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/evanonlyknows Evan McArthur Kane

        “okay, i definitely will. i clicked your link and saw that you like MLK too!? wow…small world. we should get together for a picnic at the new memorial and talk racial politics.”

      • bumilla

        lol. well played.

    • Phidelity15

      “Do you want some nude pics?!?”

      • tgtaggie

        You got some? lol. Speaking of nude pics…. I just saw Dieon Sanders’ daugther had some nude pics released today. For the life of me I can’t get why would someone take nude pictures and email them to someone. I mean once its downloaded it pretty much public domain.

        • Phidelity15

          Yeah I have nude pics….but are they of me? I’ll never tell any of you #ripbrittanymurphy

          It’s too dangerous out here to just practice your playboy steez with just anybody. If you get a pic of me, I’ve got an even more compromising pic of you

          • miss t-lee

            “Yeah I have nude pics….but are they of me? I’ll never tell any of you #ripbrittanymurphy

            It’s too dangerous out here to just practice your playboy steez with just anybody. If you get a pic of me, I’ve got an even more compromising pic of you”

            All of this.

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

            here’s the thing…for most nude pics…they’re not an issue as long as your face aint in it. plausible deniability.

            its the diff between pr0n and nude pics.

            • miss t-lee

              Exactly.
              If you face isn’t in the pictures, you can deny it all day long.
              *insert shooting star*
              the more you know.

            • http://www.ifiruled2011.wordpress.com Mahogany Princess

              Oh, that’s the difference between porn and nude pics. Thanks for enlightening me. lol

              • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

                you’re welcome. wasnt sure you knew.

        • Deeds

          @tgtaggie
          Thank you…people are too quick to send some nudie pics out there. You need to tell my bf that.

          • tgtaggie

            One of my good friends is in HR for a large hospital in Va, and she told me one time that she always check facebook, google and other sites for information. Its pretty much fair game b/c If that person eventually walks up the corporate ladder and damaging photos or information on that person is released. It can affect the corp. bottom line.

            I can imagine someone is in a job interview for some corporation and the interviewer says: “Um, I googled you and I’m pretty sure I saw you in a twitpic in your birthday suit. We were going to give you the job but now….thanks for coming in and good luck in your job search.”

            • https://twitter.com/#!/mizzcamille MizzCam

              So true. HR is always combing the internet for anything employees are doing that appear detrimental to the company. People get fired for making their personal lives accessible to public eyes.

            • Todd

              The secret? Keep your fun and business emails completely separate, and use those privacy settings! My stuff is locked down like Fort Knox. If they Google me, all they’ll see is pictures of me and my daughter. Unless absolutely hates kids, it’s ALL good.

            • Lane85

              Yes, I work in HR as well and we google everyone. We check FB, Twitter, LinkedIn…everything. It’s pretty much a part of our hiring process. Be careful what say and post on the internet…it follows you.

        • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

          I don’t understand this sharing of neekid photos that guys get from women with other men. I’m hesitant to send face pictures. No way am I actually going to send MY gifts. What do I gain from other dudes knowing? A pat on the back?

          • Lina

            (This might post twice so my bad).

            Could you explain your hesitancy with sending face pics? I’m only curious because you have an avi up and I’m assuming it’s you.

            • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

              I mean of whatever woman I’m talking to not pictures of myself. But even then, I only like showing 3 or 4 pictures of my face.

              • Lina

                Just reread what you wrote. Wow, I def have zero reading comprehension skills. Can we just blame this on it being Friday and all? lol

                I think guys share because either they have no respect for the woman in question or she is the hottest girl they’ve ever gotten and need to a visual verification for their stories.

  • Bisous

    Ironically this article is dedicated to those who have left the above comments. I’m always astonished at the amount of comments I see either when I wake up or am getting home from work and checking VSB. Like you have VERY dedicated readers. How can yo comment two seconds after a post goes up? I’m trying myself to become less re;iant on technology, but its hard. I believe technology has made us too spoiled, but in some ways it’s justified as efficiency.

    • Bisous

      Well some of the above comments. It seems like people have forgptten how to live. I wish I didn’t use technology as much as I do you need a break from life sometimes, but it seems we have a 24 hr stream of mostly usless info. In regards to reationships I simply believe face to face interaction is the best way to go.

    • http://twitter.com/_boron Boron the Negromancer

      I believe technology has made us too spoiled, but in some ways it’s justified as efficiency.

      Yahtzee! Therein lies the conundrum. The internet is a (relatively) new forum for interacting with people, so many of its users are not up on their Marshall McLuhan: they fail to realize that the medium demands specific types of messages for optimal social interaction.

      Thus, you have people who do not put the best faces on their online communications. Instead, they haphazardly write instant messages that suggest that they are pre-teens and not adults.

      Because the newly wired populace needs to internalize the rules of electronic etiquette along with an e-lexicon, online communications are often efficient without being effective. So they end up complicating lives instead of simplifying them.

      And technology tends to have this complicating effect in general: as tasks require less time, people tackle more tasks simultaneously. This can be said of the impact of agriculture just as much as the impact of the personal computer.

      So much for peace and quiet! Ah ha ha ha ha!

    • http://twitter.com/thenaimacyde Naima

      “I believe technology has made us too spoiled, but in some ways it’s justified as efficiency.”

      It is only efficient for SOME things. I thing people forget that off line interaction is extremely important. I HATE telling people important stuff online. I hate texting my friends serious things, but I know they just don’t like talking on the phone. In HS, people would send 1,000 texts a day and I really got so use to texting, but I still hated it. However, if everyone is communicating in a certain way then you are anti-social if you don’t get with the program.

      Personally, I think the Internet is wonderful, but it sort of forces you into a persona. I can’t be 100% real online because people don’t know me. People aren’t going to read this post in the voice that I speak on the daily. They aren’t going to hear me emphasis certain words unless I write them in ALL CAPPS! My sarcasm doesn’t translate as well and my personality gets completely watered down.

      This always creates tension for me because I just don’t know how to present myself sometimes, which is probably why I don’t make many online friends. I have only talked to 1 person I’ve met online. I didn’t initiate the interaction, but we’ve become friends in the “i’ll text you one in a blue moon” kind of way.

      Maybe its me, but I wouldn’t even know how to ask somebody I think is cool online if they would want to talk offline. I’m too awkward for those shenanigans.

      • http://twitter.com/thenaimacyde Naima

        Holy TYPOS. O_O

        • http://www.facebook.com/evanonlyknows Evan McArthur Kane

          blame it on 4:20…and double irony.

          i think personality only comes across when you read between someone’s lines… most people don’t “get” you online (or off) ’cause they don’t know how to stop lookin’ for what they’re lookin’ for and start lookin’ at what they see. little known fact: you were one of the few people that made me less anti-twitter (even without the DM action)…’nother little known fact: when i saw “blue moon” i immediately thought, “WTF!? was he REALLY tryin’ to get her drunk off of blue moon!?”

          holy R.I.F.

      • Hawaii

        I just don’t know how to present myself sometimes, which is probably why I don’t make many online friends.

        This is me. I’ve tried message board/forums, had a myspace for short minute, comment on blogs but ppl don’t get me on the internets. In person though? Ppl are drawn to me. (ahahahaha! I just hit the space button twice expecting it puncuate my sentence like on my iPhone.)

      • https://twitter.com/#!/mizzcamille MizzCam

        OMG yes!! I AM sarcasm personified. And it translates horribly through text. It’s bad enough having to explain sarcasm IRL, but through text I just find myself offending people on a regular basis. It’s so hard for me to communicate with people who aren’t/don’t appreciate sarcasm – because I can’t even be myself. I just come off as being a b!tch…

        • http://www.wildcougarconfessions.com Wild Cougar

          People who know me never believe I’m that way online. But writing? Bitch.

        • J-Babi

          +1

    • A Woman’s Eyes

      Bisous, I am convinced that the people here have elven genes. That has to be the explanation for how they are able to post seconds after the new blog entry. Elven genes!

  • http://ThinkPrettySmart.typepad.com Ms. Smart

    People catch you in the streets cus you put your picture out there. The masses can’t handle your uhm…sexxxiness. Meanwhile *looks at FB fam pictures over on the right* it kind of freaks me out that so many of my friends IRL read this site. You are MAJOR son!!!!! <—See! I'm still young and hip. Wait! Do the kids say hip anymore?

    • Kidsister

      Yes, hip is still hip…lol

      • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM

        Only if you’re having yours replaced.

        • Kidsister

          LOL…Maybe it’s a regional thing but in DC folks stay hip.

          • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM

            I’m in the DMV… maybe I don’t hang in the right spots. *shrugs* Must not be “hip” enough.

            • Kidsister

              …knowing is half the battle. Consider yourself hipped.

              • birdsofafeather

                Hip is def still in…things seem to always come back around ya heard

          • http://thinkPrettysmart.typepad.com Ms. Smart

            Yeah! I’m in the DC ‘urea’ so as long as ‘hip’ is still acceptable here, I’m good ‘Joe’! Bammas out here tryna make me feel like I’m living in 1992.

            • Kidsister

              I see what you did there. If only you coulda worked something in about the gogo. LOL

    • DQ

      I can’t even front, I looked at the FB friends box, and every single day there were like 2 or 3 boxes of people that I have saved as my own friends (and it wasn’t always the same people… just people I knew) Kinda weird.

    • http://twitter.com/itztrizz617 herbetteroption

      funny cuz the other day my boy was tryna tell me something bout this girl at work and i was like “oh im hip” and this older white guy was like wow thats so cool you guys (we shrugged that part off) still say that, we said that in my day

      • Kidsister

        LOL, yea its one of those words/phrases that got recycled.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      we major? for real homey we major.

      i’ll tell you what freaks me out. when people who know me in real life and have known me from college have no idea what my real name is anymore and only call me panama. and i’m talking folks i’ve known since before the nickname panama existed (though it dates back to 2001).

  • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

    I’ll sit back and wait to see where I screw up because I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t the one to initiate communication online.

  • Hawaii

    After reading 2. I was in tears but then I read 3. and was officially considered well done and slid on a skewer. :D

  • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM

    No lie I honestly direct a lot of people here to the post explaining men aren’t good at getting compliments from women. When I get a “You have pretty eyes” message they usually get hit with a “Thank You” and a hyperlink here. lol

    • bumilla

      seriously? do you follow it up with anything else? you might be missing out on some pannies. #justsayin

      • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM

        Nah. Random e-pannies was cool back in the days of Myspace, but I’m not tryna end up with GonnaSyphaHerpheles out here.

        • bumilla

          wait, wait. let me get this straight. MYSPACE e-pannies were good enough for a young dr. facebottom but now you can’t be bothered to have “coffee” with someone from your google+ circle?

          • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM

            Ummmm, five years ago in my wilder days… you d*mn right!

        • J-Babi

          “GonnaSyphaHerpheles ”

          *dead*

    • LMNOP

      Wait. who are you showing these pretty eyes to?
      We got sexy face bottom, now sexy nose and left cheek, but I don’t remember ever seeing eyes. you’re holding out

      • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM

        Go ahead and click my avi. #YoureWelcome

        • Yoles

          i clicked… awww i just wanna squeeze/pinch or something to your smiling face…
          unfortunately you took the sexy away as you strongly resemble my cousin james… thx a lot former dr sexy bottom face!
          #dirtyfantasiesruined

          • chunk

            Ahhhhaaaahaaa Yoles I said the same thing about him screwin wit my imagination lmao!

          • Todd

            Just imagine you’re in rural West Virginia. Then it’ll be ALL good. :)

          • http://twitter.com/#!/NewYork2VA NY2VA

            He aight. Lil brothers can’t be sexy. BLECHH!!

        • birdsofafeather

          Ok TWIsM I see you, you know what they say about dudes with pretty eyes?

          • Please, No Photos

            That they’re prone to hearing loss?

        • http://www.wildcougarconfessions.com Wild Cougar

          Mystery>reality Resist request for pics, I say. Resist!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      that’s hilarious. lol. thanks for the pub