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B-Sides Most Annoying Facebook Practices Part 2

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Last month’s worst-of post received a record number of reader responses. (For TSR anyway.) Some readers agreed, some were ashamed, and most couldn’t believe I hadn’t included their biggest pet peeve on the list. So, with your suggestions, here’s a brand new list of even more cringe-worthy Facebook practices.

Let’s hope we aren’t found in the ever-growing list of guilty parties.

10. Double Linking

Facebook is smart, guys. When you post a link, it picks up the title and relinks it for you. Like it’s magic. No need to leave that long http://, dash-filled address at the top. All it does is hurt our eyes and make us wonder why you’re too dense to delete the original.

9. One Million Posts a Day

Facebook is not Twitter...

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B-Sides 10 Most Annoying Facebook Practices

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In the land of sharing infinity, there’s bound to be a post or two that annoys the ever-living crap out of your online friends. Much like nails on the chalkboard, these social media trends cause others to cringe, ignore, and unfriend their way through a newsfeed.

10. Exercise Updates

Whether you’ve linked your fit app to social media or are posting a billion pictures of you and your friends in matching 5K outfits, please stop. We don’t need to know how many miles you’ve ran each day, or how colorful your outfit became after the next-biggest-trend doused you in neon dye. It may have been tolerable the first time around, but much like the giant wayfarer, if you’ve seen one pair of obnoxious wanabees, you’ve seen them all.

9. The Humblebrag

peewee herman humblebragEnough with the woe-is-me/I’m awesome ju...

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B-Sides: If It Requires a Sign Up, I’m Out

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by Bethaney Wallace

Each day, I dread logging into my email account. An act of necessity, I often exit once or twice before truly diving in. No I didn’t lose my password or get attacked by spam – the culprit is billions of semi legitimate emails, just waiting for my attention. It might be writing contests, bank statements, the Google alerts I signed up for … or something that’s actually necessary, but it’s always there. And rather than waste hours per day reading what others have sent, I delete them. Those newsletters you probably emailed, that sign up stuff that had to be verified, they’re all long gone. Into the depths of Gmail and forever out of my hair.

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B-Sides: SceneTap or Club Creep?

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by Bethaney Wallace

How many times have you been heading to a bar and thought, “I only want to go if there’s 63 percent women, and the average male age group is 20-28?” All the time, right? This thought, the fear of undesirable gender ratios, is what keeps you at home on Saturday nights. Luckily, though, there’s a new app that can provide this very information. With a simple download, you can be on your way to attending clubs and bars with specific demographic stats – every nightgoer’s dream, right?

SceneTap, the culprit, gives smartphone users the opportunity to check out a “scene” before they even show up. Just take a look at the app to find out the male/female ratio, as well as age demographics. But here’s the kicker … users don’t check in to be identified. A camera at the club’s entrance scans faces to determine your sex and age before logging it into a computer. Unlike similar attempts at the club breakdown app, SceneTap is able to scan each and every person in the bar, whether they’re aware or not.

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B-Sides: Loathing the CC

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by Bethaney Wallace

Receiving a carbon copy email – the exact same message others receive, just one address box lower – is a common practice throughout email senders. Although its exact purpose cannot be pinned down, the CC was most likely invented as a way to inform parties, but show they are not needed to respond – a message that logic can also provide. “Great, I needed to know that, but I don’t need to respond,” one might say after reading an email about parking assignments or the forecast. But what the inventor of the CC failed to realize is that, despite subject matter, recipients don’t respond to every single email. We don’t need a specification that does the filtering for us.

The History

A term hailing from the olden days, when literal carbon copies were made from papers or contracts, users had to write with a firm hand to ensure the transfer of paper to carbon layers was made. During this interaction, the most important party would receive the top copy, which had each form properly and boldly filled in with ink. A middle copy almost always read the proper information, having made a successful transfer. While the bottom layer would often be missing dates and other info. The lower down on the priority list you became, the further back your carbon paper was placed. In other words, carbon copy = not important.

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