Where has Civility Gone on Social Media?

At one point, having a civil conversation was just how things went.  Neither side had anything to prove and the conversation likely enlightened both sides.

Today, one Twitter and Facebook, too many accounts interact with zero respect.  They rush to a reactionary judgement based on a few words, judge you, and then attack you.  This can happen whether it is a tweet about how excited I am about attending a conference or even a comment I made on a cycling video.

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There are too many accounts out there preloaded and ready to dish it out with no respect to the subject matter nor with respect to having a discussion.  This one sided “anonymous” like bullying is disgusting.  It makes me want to argue social media is causing the downfall of respectful conversations in America and, perhaps, around the globe.

Reflecting back on my experience with my personal Twitter account over the past few months, I have to question why I bother.  The respectful conversations are almost non-existent. If I post a comment, I don’t get any reply.  Other times, I post a comment and I become the target of shameful comments.  In the end, I mainly get headlines and news from Twitter, which I could get elsewhere.

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So, I deleted my personal Twitter account.  Gone! Well, I have 30-days to reactivate it if I want to.   But I won’t.  I have other Twitter accounts I use for more professional purposes including this blog.  While those accounts also not being maintained, I wonder if keeping them will be worth it.

Either way, I am keeping my eye open for a respectful social media platform where sharing information and having a conversation is civil.  The 10-year olds not allowed, the bots not allowed.  Does it exist?  Not yet, although Facebook comes close if you are willing to give your life Zuckerberg.

Addicted to Twitter? Get Your Dedicated Tweeting Device

I just came across Twitter Peek, a handheld device that operates off its own mobile network that gives you 100% dedicated access to your Twitter account all the time.  For $199 (or $99 with 6mos and $7.95/mo afterward) you too can solidify your tweeting addiction.

Seriously though, I like the concept of a twitter device.  Unfortunately, in today’s world, carrying around multiple devices is not cool anymore. Since you can only tweet from it, it truly is a mono-tasker.

I do like the concept of having dedicated access to Twitter for a flat monthly rate.

Still, I wonder how big the market is for this product.  iPhone users aren’t going to buy one.  Droid just came out which has tweeting capability. This device is really for a non-connected, non-mobile user.  Perhaps my grandmother would like one for Christmas?  But then how do you explain the whole twitter thing? And then explain why she needs to be connected 24/7 to it?? 

hmmm….

Facebook Matures with Lite

Are you a Facebook user that hates getting sucked into using those senseless apps that your friends use?   If you are like me, Facebook always came across as childish and less meaningfully sharing oriented.  After using Facebook and becoming "friends" with some app lovers, I gravitated more toward Twitter, where the mature crowd hangs out.  

Well, now I have reason to take another look at Facebook.  Facebook Lite is much more Twitter like, with a simpler gui and far less clutter. The best part, Apps are NOT allowed!  Facebook Lite – Goodbye Facebook Applications

If you want to check it out, head over to lite.facbook.com

Let there be rejoicing and cheers in the streets!