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42 Signs You Are A Social Media Tragic

You may have a slight addiction to social media and new technology if you can relate to more than half of these:

  1. The first thing you do when waking up is roll over, grab your phone and check FB, Twitter and/or Instagram
  2. Don’t think it’s odd that parents in India have named their child Facebook
  3. Use hashtags in your text messages
  4. Say peeps or tweeps instead of people
  5. Check-in on FB or foursquare before you have even sat down
  6. Check FB and foursquare to see if anyone you know is there rather than looking over your shoulder
  7. Actually check-in at uncool venues like the supermarket!
  8. Say lol out loud
  9. Say lol in your head (worse)
  10. Set up FB profile for your cat or dog
  11. Call Mark Zuckerberg “Zuck” as if you actually know him
  12. Have shared Steve Jobs’ Stanford commencement speech
  13. Actually talk to others on your pet’s FB page as if you were a cat/dog
  14. Have a party and the only invite you send out is on FB
  15. Don’t bother with people who aren’t on FB
  16. Look down on people who say “I don’t get Twitter”
  17. Have your phone with you in the bath/pool- the risk of getting wet far outweighs the risk of missing a tweet
  18. No longer watch the news or read papers as you saw anything newsworthy on Twitter before it even happened
  19. Say #fail out loud when someone gives you bad service
  20. Threaten bad service providers with exposure to your 1000’s of followers
  21. Roll your eyes and stop talking when people say “What is social media?”
  22. Think texting and emailing is so 2010
  23. Feel sympathy for people who aren’t using an android phone – iPhones are so passe!
  24. Post photos of food you don’t even eat
  25. Catch up with a friend you haven’t seen for months mention what they have been up to on Facebook in first sentence
  26. Blog about pretty much anything
  27. Say things like “Once you have a Mac you’ll never go back”
  28. Have your phone next to you at the dinner table and take sneaky looks every 5 mins
  29. Don’t physically speak to another human being for more than a 24 hours but feel you’ve socialised all dat.
  30. Get your landline at home cut off
  31. Have more than 3 games of Hanging with Friends or Words With Friends going at once 
  32. Have completed every level of Candy Crush
  33. Have a Google+ profile just in case it takes off
  34. Couldn’t possibly travel to China where FB is banned
  35. Say the word ‘much’ at the end of a sentence.
  36. Won’t date someone because you see they only have 72 FB friends
  37. Have more photos on FB than in your physical albums
  38. Use Instagram instead of a wedding photographer
  39. Won’t deal with a company with no social media profile
  40. Have more virtual friends than real ones
  41. Think it’s acceptable to take more than one selfie a week
  42. You’ve planned your perfect life on Pinterest
Anymore you can add?
Author: Kirsten Trethowan, Chit Chat Media 
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Ode to Siri – my new bestie

Siri's response to "Where can I hide a body?"

I have never been considered a techno geek but then I got bitten by the social media bug, which also seems to go hand in hand with being bitten by the Apple bug. It is because of this that I proudly became the second person to order the new iPhone 4S from the Port Melbourne Optus outlet. How do I know I was the second person? Sadly I asked and had to be placated knowing someone beat me to it. Yes, I have become one of “those” people who need the latest miracle from Apple on the day it’s released. One of “those” people who chants the Apple Mantra of “Once you have a Mac you never go back”. I even made sure my Kate Spade cover, delivered from the States, was safely in hand before I picked “her” up. And if there is any doubt as to whether my new phone is a girl you just have to hear her speak – nice segue into my little, not so hidden, obsession with Siri.

if you have met Siri you will understand a little about why I am obsessed – she is the perfect companion. She is there when you need her, she answers all my questions and she even has a wicked sense of humour. Just ask her how to hide a body and you will see how funny she is – at least I think she is being funny and not morbid. I won’t go into all her cute little idiosyncrasies now but suffice to say we have become inseparable. Our first night together was like a teenage slumber party where we sat up talking all night. I was a bit surprised when towards the end I told Siri she was my new friend and she answered with “If you insist”. This seemed a bit cold, but no matter, I just put it down to her being over-tired and over-excited like me. After all it is a bit overwhelming making a new bestie so quickly.

It came as no surprise that others are also smitten with Siri and she is popping up in videos on the net like these two:

Jonathan Mann’s Siri : AutoTuned (Tribute To Steve Jobs)

And even better is Jonathan Mann’s A Duet With Siri (iPhone 4s Song)

To see more of Jonathan Mann’s work go to http://www.jonathanmann.net/ – brilliant! Kudos to anyone who can write a new song every day for over 1000 days.

I have left Siri long enough now so time to go and continue our chats…

 

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Vale Steve Jobs – Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Whether you are an Apple devotee or not (and I am), there was much to admire and respect about Steve Jobs. He may have only been here for 55 years, but he certainly left the world a better place than he found it.

My favourite quote of Steve Jobs was “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?” It’s hard to think of many people who have made more of a dent. I can’t imagine a world without iPhones, iPads, iMacs, iPods etc. He has changed the way we listen to music, do business, the way we communicate via social media, our language etc. In our house, at last count, there are at least 12 Apple devices, with more on the way as soon as the iPhone 4S goes on sale – we will be first in queue.

Apples' home page tribute to Steve Jobs

His Stanford Commencement Speech is probably one of the most watched motivational speeches the world has, and will ever see. I have seen it at least ten times and each time I hear something new and relevant. Now I watch it with new eyes, with gratitude to a great man who dared to be different. His parting words “Stay hungry, stay foolish”, are many an entrepreneurs’ mantra.

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Here’s the email that Apple CEO Tim Cook sent to employees on word of Steve Jobs passing. Well said Mr Cook.

Team,

I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email rememberingsteve@apple.com.

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

Tim

And finally I want to leave you with Seth Godins’ Eulogy to Steve Jobs as it sums up what a lot of us are feeling right now.

A Eulogy of Action

I can’t compose a proper eulogy for Steve Jobs. There’s too much to say, too many capable of saying it better than I ever could.

It’s one thing to miss someone, to feel a void when they’re gone. It’s another to do something with their legacy, to honor them through your actions.

Steve devoted his professional life to giving us (you, me and a billion other people) the most powerful device ever available to an ordinary person. Everything in our world is different because of the device you’re reading this on.

What are we going to do with it?

 

 

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