Annoyed with Social Media Users? Hide Their Constant Posts

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twitter-muteI use a lot of social media. It’s part of my job, and also it’s a distraction from work. Or whatever else I’m doing at the computer. But through these frequent checkings – whether for work or for play – I’m made aware of the constant poster. A company or person who shares way too much, way too often. And almost every single day, they blow up my timeline/newsfeed with each of their musings.

Until I prevent them from doing so.

Thanks to blocking features, available in Facebook, and Twitter’s mute, I can ignore all of this crap straight from the get-go. Without the other party having any inkling. Each platform makes it real easy too. Just click on a profile or hover over their photo, and you can click on necessary settings straight from the homepage...

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Black Friday is for Black Friday, Not Thanksgiving

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black friday sales shoppers standing in line for retail dealsRemember the olden days? When Thanksgiving was for, well, giving thanks? Where relatives travel for miles around in order to see those who are most important in their lives. Spending the day with family and friends, eating, playing cards, or whatever other types of traditions you save on this tasty Thursday.

It’s a tradition that’s been going on for centuries in order to celebrate our country’s origins.

But somewhere along the line, we started shopping the next morning. (Yes, I’m already getting emails.) Extremely early, where there’s plenty of sales were to be had. And it’s become a way to boost the Christmas shopping season just as soon as the previous holiday has come to a close...

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To Own a Phone

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You have a cell phone don’t you? Yeah, we all have phones. Twenty years ago that would have seemed insane. I remember the kid that had a cell phone at age 13. What a legend. Now, not only can we all call people from anywhere, but we can use the Internet too. The world rests at our blunt fingertips. Using maps, self-publishing, online banking — infinite possibilities. How inspiring.

Having a smart phone is incredible. Yes, you can do almost anything with a mobile device and a credit card. However, actually using the phone is pretty unspectacular. You stare into the box and poke and swipe with your extremities. That’s just what owning a phone is. It’s like sitting alone at a bus stop. It’s not, despite Sprint’s interpretation, like riding a surfboard while wearing a shirt and tie...

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My Cell Phone is Old, Get Over It

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“The app for my phone I want is phone.” Rodney Ruxin, The League

iphone 4s info sheet with photosMore than three years ago, I bought an iPhone. And it’s still the phone I use today. Because it’s not broken and still functions as a talking, app, and data-using device. Obviously.

It’s not like it was a conscious decision to keep ancient technology around. Especially as it began dying without reason and became incredibly unresponsive to button pushing. It all just happened so gradually that I didn’t notice. Like when you yourself get old. One day everything is super laggy and in need of a constant re-charge. Sure you wonder, “When did this even happen?” but then you just keep living life and dealing with the pressures of aging. By joining a local gerontology club. Or going to bed earlier.

At multiple points ...

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We Don’t Need to Know About Typing, Snapchat

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snapchat-push2Like all Snapchat users, I get a lot of notifications. Because of social media. And for whatever reason, half of those notifications are people typing. Not the actual message, Snapchat just wants me to know that my friends are almost (or accidentally) sending me a message. Because obviously that’s super important. In reality, however, it’s just twice and many pop-ups for half as much action. I don’t need to know someone is typing until they’ve actually sent something. Maybe they’re “typing” with the seat of their pants, or maybe they take forever to send a message – whatever the scenario here, I really don’t care unless there’s something to look at.

So what’s the deal, Snap? Why are you letting us know so many people are typing throughout the day? Is there some type of ...

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