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You may have noticed that I have not been posting much on this blog lately.  Don’t panic my typing finger hasn’t dropped off.  It’s just that I am continuing with the time consuming update of my web site, page by page on a near daily basis and I have reached 2014, the date that I started my WordPress blog.

Obviously there is no point in recreating these ancient WordPress blogs back onto this site as they already reside here, albeit from many moons back.  However I was using other forms of communication at the time, such as FaceBook and this is one post that I only shared on my FB site [albeit availably publicly at the time] and can share with you all now.

A FaceBook status update originally posted on 8 Nov 2014

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Hi guys, I’ve been lax in my post updates lately.  I really ought to let you all know what I’ve been up to lately.  Hopefully this post will get you all up to speed.

Just one note before I start though.  I hope you don’t mind but I’ve had to redact some of the more personal data as I don’t want FaceBook to have too much personal information on record.

Firstly work.  I used to [redacted] but just recently, in fact just [redacted] years ago I decided to have a change and now I [redacted].

I am really enjoying doing this partly because I get to [redacted].

On a personal basis I’m still with [redacted] despite [redacted] and the incident with the large mole.

Health wise my doctor said my enormous [redacted] even though I use the cream daily.

I had a falling out with [redacted] so don’t expect a Christmas Card this year.  But at least I made a new friend when the [redacted] [redacted].

Now for the most important bit.  I had a great bit of fortune recently on the [redacted] and won nearly [redacted].  I am going to share this all with my FaceBook friends.  All you need to do is turn up at [redacted] on the [redacted] at [redacted] o’clock.  All those that read my messages will now know this and be able to share in this.  So see you on the [redacted].

Bye for now.

And remember if you don’t share this post you will [redacted].

Author: Vince [Redacted]
From the Social Media section of the vinceunlimited.co.uk website dated 5 Nov 2018
First published as a FaceBook status update on 8 Nov 2014

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Wishes

A FaceBook status update originally posted on 24 May 2014

Wishes

Please pass on this message to get four wishes just for sharing.

If you SHARE today you get granted four special wishes.

If you LIKE this post you will receive a special bonus wish.  Your wishes will come true within a week.

If you don’t pass this message on you will turn into a goat.

Terms and conditions: The author of this post cannot guarantee you will receive four wishes, or indeed any number up to the arbitrary value of four that is mentioned.  To be honest it’s unlikely you will get any.  And it will make pigging all difference whether you like or share.  The author is only looking for cheap link bait from gullible people.  Although the timescales indicate you should act quickly you will get the same effect whether you do this now or twenty years in the future.  In other words, fuddle all.  It’s just a proven fact that if you think you can ignore something at the moment you are unlikely to return again.  And it’s only suggested that something may happen in a week because loads of things happen in your week so there’s a fair chance that you may find association where there wasn’t any in the first place.  If, in the unlikely event that you do make a wish and it comes true do you really think that reading, liking or sharing some bit of make believe nonsense had any effect on it?  Really?  Do you?  And, seriously, do you think the mild threat is really going to turn you into a goat?  Unless you are a goat foetus this is a highly improbable outcome so ignore this mild threat.

Author: Vince Poynter
From the Social Media section of the vinceunlimited.co.uk website dated 2 Oct 2018
First published as a FaceBook status update on 24 May 2014

Dear FaceBook

A FaceBook status update originally posted on 18 May 2014 showing a growing discontent about the way the site was working for me.

Dear FaceBook,

I don’t know if you remember me.  It’s been a while so I hope you don’t mind me writing to you out of the blue like this.

You may recall we used to be together when we were much younger.  We were dreamers then.  Me with my life and you with your incessant thirst for knowledge.  We shared good times.  We exchanged ideas, thoughts and sometimes the odd laugh.

But we grew apart.  I heard rumours that you would spread our little secrets to all and sundry, no matter how many times I’d ask you not to.  And you did have a nasty habit of constantly asking to play that awful FarmVille all the time.

So we stopped seeing each other.  I moved on, particularly with my new best friend, Twitter.  But I always kept you in my thoughts, observing you from afar.

Thankfully your FarmVille obsession seems to have rescinded, although sadly replaced by the frankly much worse Candy Crush Saga.  How disappointing you are.

Despite this I think we can be friends again, even though I know deep in my heart you will still splash our private thoughts all around the place even if I continue to ask you not to.  I’ll just have to watch what I say.  A technique I have learned from seeing how others patently do the opposite.

However, I am wiling to give us a go again.  No promises.  You know me.  But let’s hang out again.  Although not with that Google crowd, I’m not that weird.

I’ll probably start slow.  Maybe the odd comment on our shared timelines.  In time I may post some proper updates.  Maybe even the occasional photograph.  We’ll see.

I think this will work, providing you stop asking me where I work, the school I attended more than three decades ago and what my inside leg measurement is.  Some secrets a man must keep to himself.  And some a man should just share with his old mate FriendsReunited.

And whilst we’re at it stop suggesting I might know a load of people who clearly look like a frightful bunch of potential petty criminals.  Yes I admit I may have shared my past with some of them but the fact that I have had little to do with them in the past forty odd years must tell you something.

And whilst we are on the new rules, don’t start trying to find out where I go all the time.  I don’t share that sort of stuff with anyone.  Except my friend FourSquare that is.

Despite all this I’m up for giving it another go.

Your old friend, Vince

P.S. Don’t tell MySpace.  I’m not reigniting that flame and he’s already sad enough, it could tip him over the edge.

Author: Vince Poynter
From the Social Media section of the vinceunlimited.co.uk website dated 1 Oct 2018
First published as a FaceBook status update on 18 May 2014

The Social Medium

I don’t like what you post on FaceBook.  Or the way that Twitter is used.  I’m annoyed why photo sharing sites are ignored and think that most LinkedIn comments are preposterous.  But don’t worry, all is fine.

I suspect you feel the same about my use of social media.  And probably the way your other contacts do all this as well.  It’s because there are no rules here so we make up our own.

The reason that I dislike all this is that you don’t use these social networks as they should be used.  Which is to say that you don’t use them in the way that I interpret they should be used.  I’ll give you an example.

I don’t use FaceBook to store and distribute my digital photograph collections.  For a start I would think it presumptuous to assume you’d like to see them all and I do like to keep some of my life to myself.  Plus if I wanted to share shed-loads of pretty pictures I’d use a proper photo-sharing site, like Flickr.  It’s the way it was first devised and shall always remain so.

Some selective photos of mine are published on FB which may be of interest to the few friends and family I save this site for.  And every one of them is in focus I might add.

Ephemeral photos that I take are much more suited to the casual nature of Tweeting so you only get to see these if you follow me there.

Which brings me neatly onto the issue of followers and contacts.  And a specific question.  Why do you have so many?  Yes, on the face of it it seems flattering that so many others want to be in your gang but there is a limit to these things and too many lessen the impact.  It is a privilege to be considered a friend but not if everyone is.  And I think it impossible to follow the posts of more than fifty or so active others, across all sites.  So how do you manage your seventy, seven hundred or several thousand?

So this is how you should use Social Media.

At present FaceBook is the worst of the lot.  It has become a dumping ground for everything that is good or bad in social media and tries to emulate and steal the ideas from every other format.  It wants your posts, your pictures, your locations, your timeline, your soul.  By all means use this as a one stop shop if you know no better but as you are are reading this I guess you do know better so don’t!

If FB must be used, use it only for close friends and family.  Restrict posts to interesting things about what you are getting up to.  If you need to arrange a meeting use the phone or text.

Only share photo collections on photo-sharing sites such as Flickr.  And group them by activity, event or date.  With all miscellaneous content clearly labelled so.  And just delete the duplications and the ones with your damn thumb in the corner.

Don’t however treat Instagram as a photo sharing site.  Use this to create interesting, vivid content not as a place to dump every photo of parties, pies and peers.

Respect your Twitter stream by properly following just a handful of people who genuinely interest you, whether they be friends, famous or followable.

Your friends and relations do like to see where you are and what you are doing there so use a site designed for this purpose such as FourSquare.  Or If you are watching something try sharing with GetGlue.

Keep LinkedIn professional.  Only post relevant notes about your career and work related issues.  And no avatar photos of you on a beach or the piste, unless that is your workplace.

If you can’t think of anything amusing, pertinent or interesting to say post nothing.  And when a thought enters your mind carefully choose the appropriate medium.

Only selectively requote or link to other peoples content.  Stop constantly referencing other people’s stuff.  If I had an interest in their diatribe I’d find it myself.  Save the plagiarism for satirists.

Ignore Google + because that upsets geeks, was far too late for the party and Google should stick to searching.

Only please don’t do any of the above.  Because you are you not me.