Tag Archives: social media

The libertarian Chick Speaks – Why Not?

gadsden flag

I’ve been taking a break from social media for the last few days. I won’t lie and say that I didn’t expect it to be difficult. I did. I live and breathe social media, especially my political circles. Funny thing, though… it HASN’T been difficult. It took me until this morning to figure out why I haven’t really missed being on Twitter and Facebook that much.

Before I get to my epiphany, I want to explain why I finally (abruptly) decided to take a break from social media. part of the reason is this:

ggtweets.
And that is pretty much consecutively. There hasn’t been a 48 hour stretch since the day that I joined Twitter ( as @GaltsGirl) that I have not tweeted… about politics. My tweet count will more than bear out that statement as fact.
Another reason, and one that has weighed on my mind for awhile, was that I was losing a sense of accomplishment. I continue to grow my follower count. I continue to engage people from across the political spectrum. I continue to get positive feedback about the way I choose to engage.

You see, I am generally a “happy warrior.” (Yes, that is a h/t to Andrew Breitbart) But, despite all of those things, I am seeing a replay of post-primary 2012 sentiment on social media.. and it is getting worse. It is very frustrating to concretely define your reason for being on social media as being one of bringing people to the same table, only to see them all stand at the outer edge and never take a seat and TALK. Or worse, to see those who have a seat, never stop talking long enough to listen to anyone new. Twitter has become ( at least in #tcot and #tlot circles) the high school cafeteria, and very few want to move over and grant someone new a seat at the “cool table”.

I took the week off to decide if I needed to approach my presence differently… or if I should bother to continue at all. I have been more and more tempted to just shut down my twitter and political Facebook account and go back to participating in politics locally only. It would be much easier on me, and far less time consuming, than trying to be active locally and inspire others to do the same online. It REALLY, REALLY would, and I was very much leaning in that direction.

This morning I had three conversations and stumbled onto something my ten year old daughter drew that changed my mind. The first two of the conversations were praise for my BTR show from people I have never talked to on Twitter and had never interacted with on Facebook. One was a guy who joined Facebook last Sunday after being told to listen to my show by a friend. The other was a guy who had been fighting his family and friends on Facebook over is political beliefs and felt like he was alienating them because he didn’t know how to communicate his thoughts in a way that wasn’t offensive to them. He credited listening to my show as inspiration to keep trying to convince them. The third conversation was with a long-time friend, and it wasn’t nearly as flattering. I was reminded of something I said to him in 2009 when he was flabbergasted by the local support he heard for Obamacare: I told him to quit complaining, get educated, get off the couch and DO SOMETHING. I can be blunt when the situation calls for it. Apparently, he has learned well.

Finally, while walking outside this morning, and trying to finally make a decision, I ran across a chalk drawing my daughter did:
WhyNot

I should probably explain that, in her view while drawing, was a Gadsen Flag. And I grinned. Huge.

I have asked myself if I am doing anything good. I have asked myself if anyone is listening ( No one listens to the libertarian chick™ is a common tweet of mine). Both of those questions were answered, to my satisfaction, by the conversations I had this morning.

I have asked if I am even qualified to be spreading my political opinion all over the place. What I probably should have been asking was “Why not?

Self-doubt plagues us all. Activist fatigue is unavoidable. It *is* okay to take breaks… and it’s good to know that others are just as passionate as I am, when I need one.

I’ll be back. In a few more days. “Why Not?” has become “What Now?“.

whoquote

Posting Pics of Passed out Pals, the New Craze?

online buzz

With the advent of social media came the opportunity to share embarrassing pictures with friends on a large scale. These snapshots might be seen as funny at age 15 or even 21 but what about at 25 or even 35? Especially when looking for a job, these ‘tagged’ internet images, might well cause an employer to choose a less controversial job applicant.

Is it just a fun craze or will it cause problems down the road? Further encouraging these awkward and possibly humiliating smart phone shots of drunken friends is a new Twitter account inviting students from the University of New Hampshire to tweet pictures of their passed out pals.

The “UNH Blackout” Twitter page shares graphic pictures of unconscious young adults who imbibe in too much alcohol. As seen in the video, many of the UNH students find the photos amusing and think these compromising shots are just in good fun.

The students may be surprised when they apply for actual jobs to discover that employers now regularly check the internet and social media for applicant information. They may be further surprised to learn that, once posted, nothing is ever really gone from the internet.

 

 

Key Words to Attract Big Brother

Big_Brother_Is_Watching_You

When I was sick with the Swine Flu (a resistant air borne mutation), while near the Yuma border, I heard the crash of an airplane. I thought the suspicious toxic chemical cloud was the work of  Mexican cartel gangs. But instead of an attack and evacuation it was national preparedness, disaster planning by Homeland Security and SWAT. The contamination and lockdown were an exercise on Southwest domestic security.

Also, I do not have tuberculosis.

What does the above prattling mean? Nothing, of course. Unless you work for the Department of Homeland Security and are looking for key words that might reflect suspicious activity.

Your government, and mine, is always watching and with the advent of social media as a means of communications they can monitor via computer programs every word we write and send through the internet.

Through a Freedom of Information Act request the Daily Mail received a list of  keywords and phrases used by Homeland Security to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.

homeland watch list

DES insists the practice is aimed not at policing the internet for disparaging remarks about the government and signs of general dissent, but to provide awareness of any potential threats.  In addition to terrorism, they are also watchful for signs of natural disasters.

For a complete list of ‘watch words’ or to read the whole article click here: Daily News.

Facebook, The New Timeline, and How It Affects Your Newsfeed

Things are forever changing in the Social Media world. Twitter has had recent updates and changes, Google recently announced the G+1, Facebook now has the Timeline, and Lego has announced they are jumping in the Social Media arena.

To go along with Facebook’s new Timeline format, they have introduced 60+ new apps to enhance your online socializing experience and some new friends for the “like” button as well.

PC Magazine has asked the question: Should you use Facebook’s new Timeline Apps?

Daily Mail said: Forget about the “Like” button.

Business Insider tells you the first 12 apps you need to check out for your Timeline.

Where there is growth, there is always growing pains.

While we have not been able to confirm this, Anomalous Media has learned that there may be an additional change that’s recent to Facebook. We are still investigating, but it very well may have something to do with the new Apps they have released.

If you “like” a page, you will get the feed from that Facebook page posted to your wall.

However, with the recent changes, it seems as though it takes a little more work on your part to continue receiving the feed.

We have not been able to confirm the time Facebook has allotted, but it appears as though if you have not “liked” a link from that particular page’s newsfeed recently, you will no longer receive the feed to your wall.

To make sure you continue receiving the newsfeeds you like, be sure to click the “like” button on a link here and there from that particular feed!

Also, be sure to let your voice be heard! If you read a post that you like or dislike, be sure to make a comment!

Online Social Media Tea Party?

There is a reason I had titled this rant like I did. Back in July during the debt ceiling debacle Hugh Hewitt, a talk radio host as well as a columnist for TownHall.com, mentioned that a “Twitter Tea Party” is needed. I had tweeted a couple of things during that Tea Party, and think that another one is needed right now. Only thing is I will go one better. What we need is just as I had mentioned in the title of this blog entry, an ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA Tea Party.

As far as I know, there are 8 forms of Social Media online right now:

  1. Facebook (http://www.facebook.com)
  2. Twitter (http://www.twitter.com)
  3. Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com)
  4. LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com)
  5. Digg (http://www.digg.com)
  6. YouTube (http://www.youtube.com)
  7. any and all blogs
  8. any and all message boards

(NOTE: If there are any others I am forgetting, please let me know. Also, I realize I am missing sites like RedState, Tea Party Patriots, Tea Party Nation, and FreedomWorks and FreedomConnector as well, but I have included them in the final two forms.)

With sites like Facebook and Twitter, I would propose we find out the online pages of ALL of the political figures – whether they are local, state, or national – and post on their sites, telling them how you think they are doing and just let them know what you would like to see enacted on either a bill or some other pending legislation, as well as your thoughts on how they had voted on prior pieces of legislation. Also, Facebook and Twitter are good sites to post articles and other items to let people know what is happening not only in America but all around the world.

With sites like Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Digg, I would propose that we find articles and other items, like we did with Facebook and Twitter, and post them to our pages to let people know what is happening. This way we can get the word out and keep others up to date on what is happening.

In the event that the articles we had found are already posted to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, or Digg by others, we should like, share, Retweet, Digg, and/or even comment on them.

With YouTube, we have a choice of either uploading a video of our own opinions on certain events, uploading videos of rallies or speeches, or commenting on the videos which are already out there.

For the various blogs and message boards out there, we can employ the same methods we used above, especially sharing them on the other social media outlets. This way the same articles get multiple coverage.

Why do I say post the same articles on all forms of social media? The answer is real simple. You might have different friends on Facebook than you do on Twitter (for example) and as such your Twitter friends might not be aware of a certain issue if you had only posted it to Facebook. I use all of the above social media outlets and there are some friends who are one outlet but not on others. If you only post to one social media outlet and then tell your friends on another they might feel out of the loop if they had not read a certain article, blog entry, or anything else. That is why we should cover ALL of the social media outlets, regardless of what they are, and get the word out there.

If you are interested in a Social Media Tea Party, please let me know and hopefully we can try to work something out. My email and Instant Messengers are always open and available for discussion about this.

 

(Written on December 26, 2011, at http://rickbulow1974.blogspot.com/)

The Fight Against Cyber Jihad

photo: topnews.net.nz

The fight against Islamist Muslim extremism goes far beyond the battlefield of soldiers on the ground. It is more than U.S. law enforcement agencies stopping terror attacks on our home soil, the real battle “for hearts & minds” is on the internet and citizen cyber-warriors are at the forefront.

Through the use of use of leading social media platforms such as Google’s YouTube & BlogSpot, FaceBook &, increasingly Twitter, the Islamist jihadi  are spreading the ideology of global Islamic supremacy, and recruiting young people all over the world to “kill the unbelievers for allah”.

At the forefront of this fight are a dedicated group of grassroots individuals who spend their free time tracking and reporting these various sites, exemplified by the YouTube SmackDown Corps.

I discovered these individuals by accident one day as I was debating with a proclaimed Muslim who believes that Islam is a religion of peace. That is a conversation for another time. It was at that time a person, who shall remain unnamed as he/she continues the fight against cyber Jihad, jumped to my defense. After easily making my point, and it’s not hard, this person told me about the “CJ”, Counter jihadist, and what they do.

They relentlessly comb various blogging and video websites in search of Islamist jihadi wannabe terrorist. Once discovered, they then begin collecting intelligence and tracking their movements. By searching blogs and the people who associate themselves with them, they follow the connections. Recording and reporting on the growing web of terrorism promoting Islamist jihadi.

The problem lies with Google. Google has developed a reputation, or so it would seem, of pandering to these terrorist. At times they can be slow at shutting down these YouTube sites and blogs, if at all.

Senator Joe Lieberman in particular has been vocal about this issue, especially in response to the New York Police Department arresting Jose Pimentel for building a pipe bomb that he planned to use to hurt, and with any success, kill U.S. military personnel.

“TPM obtained a letter sent by Lieberman, chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, to Google CEO Larry Page on Tuesday calling for him to make some changes to their policy.

“Pimentel’s Internet activity — both his spreading of bomb-making instructions links and his hate-filled writings — were hosted by Google,” Lieberman wrote.

“On his site Pimentel stated, “People have to understand that America and its allies are legitimate targets in warfare. This includes facilities such as army bases, police stations, political facilities, embassies, CIA and FBI buildings, private and public airports, and all kinds of buildings where money is being made to help fund the war.’ As demonstrated by this recent case, Google’s web hosting site, Blogger is being used by violent Islamist extremists to broadcast terrorist content,” Lieberman continued.”

Lieberman continues “Through your updated YouTube standards, Google has affirmatively stated that terrorist content will not be permitted on some of your sites. I strongly believe that Google should expand that standard to include your other platforms.”

This is Google’s response to Lieberman’s request regarding Youtube videos in 2008. To this date, Google his issued no response regarding  Blogspot.

Psychological warfare is a valuable tool that the Jihadist can use to lure in individuals who can’t seem to find their place in the world. Young males in particular.  Allowing the enemy to use these sites affords them the opportunity to build moral and make people sympathetic to their cause. I urge everyone who reads this to contact their senators and tell them to support Senator Lieberman and keep the pressure on Google to shut these YouTube and blog sites down.