Speaking of Facebook

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  1. 1539days says:

    Didn’t I say that in the last thread?

    It’s true. We are well-cared for milk cows in the Facebook world. Gives a new meaning to Farmville.

    Of course, I’m not on Facebook.

  2. WMCB says:

    Okay, this must be my night to be really proud of Texas and Texans. We’re good people.

    DFW high school just elected a Downs syndrome girl Homecoming Queen:


  3. Three Wickets says:

    If you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer, you’re the product being sold

    It’s a good line, and maybe that’s true, but who cares if in the end I’m getting knowledge/insight/news/dialogue out of it. Like much of online marketing these days, the platforms that are making money are doing it with freemium models of one kind of another. The 1-2% of the users who do pay attention to or click on ads, or who do browse commercial brand pages, or buy things or pay for premium content, they basically subsidize free usage for everyone else. Not that different from how direct marketing or ad driven content works offline.

    • WMCB says:

      Meh. She cannot unilaterally “friend” her son. He has to accept the request and give her access.

      Though I must say that if I were her “my little Jeffrey” adult son, I’d be ignoring that request. 😀

    • Dario says:

      The Onion can highlight stuff we all hate. Ugh! Ugly parents.

  4. Three Wickets says:

    As far as politics and activism go, we can like it or hate it. But most mainstream bloggers (progressive, conservative, and everything in between) seem to have 1000 to 5000 facebook friends, and 10,000 to 50,000 twitter followers. The two systems work differently, but these networks definitely engage actively and mobilize efficiently. The debates are useful, it’s not always one way propaganda, but when the memes form they spread quickly and widely.

    • Dario says:

      Maybe that’s it. I don’t want to be part of any political movement. The only movement I want…enough said.

  5. Monster from the Id says:

    I still haven’t touched Facebook or Twitter, and do not intend to do that.

  6. ralphb says:

    If it wasn’t for facebook, I might not have found out about OccupyAustin. With the huge number of students here, they may draw a nice crowd.


  7. Three Wickets says:

    Brooks and Bruni both have columns in tomorrow’s NYTimes in support of Romney. Separately, still lots of Perry ranch tweets and posts today, like this one from vocal conservative blogger Josh Barro who works at the Manhattan Institute, son of well known economist Robert Barro. Josh believes Perry would be horrible for gays.

    @jbarro: Lots of rural white Texans seem to see nothing wrong with “Niggerhead” as a place name. http://nyti.ms/mSacBq

    • Three Wickets says:

      Matt Yglesias has also been continuing to tweet about Perry’s “N” word today like the rest of the progressive blogosphere. Matt has 30,000 followers on Twitter.

      • WMCB says:

        I swear to God, I NEVER want anything to do with those assholes ever again, or any candidate they support. They disgust me, utterly. The glee with which they throw around unfounded racism accusations comes from an ugly, ugly place inside.

  8. WMCB says:

    Now now, Harry. Watch your language.

    Now, however, we are beginning to see the truth behind the fiction. Not only is the president’s job bill not “the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans,” it’s not even the kind of proposal that Democrats can currently support.

    On Monday, senators passed a bill to keep the government open into the next fiscal year and then headed out on vacation for the rest of the week. Majority Leader Harry Reid said when they return they’ll get back to work — not on the jobs bill, but on a measure to punish China over its currency valuation. Mr. Reid said that bill is a bigger priority right now.

    There’s a story making the rounds in Washington that explains Mr. Reid’s dyspeptic countenance. On a secret meeting at the White House after the debt-ceiling deal collapsed (mainly because Mr. Obama doubled the amount of taxes he wanted), the president sat with the top Republican and Democrat from both the House and Senate. They offered a deal, one that all four agreed on and that all four vowed could get through the two chambers.

    Mr. Obama nixed it. In one version of the story, a peeved Mr. Reid said, “I’m not going to do anything for that [expletive] again.”


    • r u reddy says:

      I remember reading several years ago that it was Mr. Reid himself who persuaded Obama to enter the 2008 primaries. Senator Obama felt his own self to be not ready or experienced enough to consider Presidential politics but Senator Reid apparently convinced Obama that 2008 was Obama’s one-and-only opportunity. It was 2008 or never. So Obama took Reid’s advice and the rest, as they say, is history.

      Happy now, Senator Reid?

  9. DandyTiger says:

    Facebook/Twitter = Stalking in reverse

    • Three Wickets says:

      For me it’s like a much more interesting and interactive RSS newsfeed. The usefulness depends entirely on who you follow on twitter and who you friend (closed) or subscribe to (open) on facebook. It takes a little effort prunning and filtering both news streams, but works for me. Plus you get to yell at these mainstream journalists, bloggers, and other assorted know it alls. And more often than not, they do listen if it’s civil. 🙂

  10. DandyTiger says:

    150 more hits, give or take.

  11. WMCB says:

    Cool. Speaking for me only, I found a long piece that pretty much sums up my general thinking on Climate Change. Fairly close.

    It’s fuzzy. Too much politics involved. Maybe, but overblown. Not an OMG EMERGENCY, rework the economies of the entire world around this pending DISASTER!!!! Calm down, people.


  12. WMCB says:

    Man walks into a bank and up to a teller. “Hi, my name is Barack Obama and I’d like to cash a check.”
    “That’s fine sir, but I’ll need to see some ID.”
    “I’m Barack Obama. I’m the President of the United States. Can’t you just …”
    “I’m sorry sir, but that’s the rule. Either an ID or you must prove who you are.”
    “How would I do that?”
    “Well, Tiger Woods came in last week with no ID but he had his putter and made a 30-foot putt in the lobby.

    Same thing with Kobe Byrant. But Mr. Bryant dunked and shot jumpers on the hoop in the parking lot and I was convinced of his identity. Surely there’s something you can do Sir to convince me that you are Barack Obama.”
    “Honestly, I can’t think of anything. I don’t have a clue.”

    “Would you prefer small or large bills, Mr. President?”

  13. Monster from the Id says:

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