June 21, 2011

Being social

My stomach churned when I saw that picture.
An image of a half dismembered body sandwiched between the wheels of a truck...
blood spewed all over...the face a mutilated mess. I almost threw up.

Some demented soul thought it wise to share it on his fb profile and push the final nail in denying the dead man some dignity. I'm sometimes confronted with imagery so lewd, I dash for that power button, lest someone see it from behind my shoulder. My current fb account has fortunately been spared from stuff like this but another account I created just for my college "friends" has seen it's fair share of garbage.

I came across one yesterday and promptly reported it. The procedure's quite easy and there's no risk of retaliation at all. Helps get scum off Facebook.

SomeDude answered a question about you. click here to find out.
SomeGirl thinks you're cool. Click here to find out.

I hate facebook apps like the plague. Save for a handful of good apps(which I still never use) every application out there violates privacy by either invading my walls, my friend lists or worse asking my friends some pretty embarrassing stuff!!

And don't get me started on *beep*ville requests.
Rules of etiquette apply everywhere. Social media is a big thing now...and it helps to learn a rule or two about interacting online.

Now since this is not a "better living" site... I'll try and list a few things which I think count as etiquette...things I stick to:

- I don't stalk profiles and pounce on them in fb IM everytime they're online.Just like in real life... I speak only when spoken to.

- I wish people on their birthdays.. and no, my upcoming birthday has nothing to do with it.

- and I reply with a thank you when wished. My ego is not so up in the stratosphere to acknowledge wishes with a mere shrug.

- I hate chatting on IM, but when it does come down to chatting... I try to keep it brief. And when I have to leave suddenly I make it a point to ask for permission, write a couple more lines before signing out.

- I don't tag people in images of tiny little hamsters, zoozoos or colors. I don't tag people to get their attention to my images(explains the low comment count btw).

- I don't send friend requests to people who I haven't met personally. Goes without saying, I don't accept friend requests either. Profiles are aplenty of girls looking their cute best and gullible fools fall head over heals sending add requests. They fail to see the little watermark on the girl's profile picture that says goto bollywoodwallpapers.com for more

- how do you keep a good relationship going? You keep in touch. I have about a hundred contacts on my list who never comment, who're never online and worse...never respond to messages.

This is just my two cents on what I think will take a book or two to document.


vivek said...

i also saw that pic and closed it in a jiffy...Grotesque pics like that make me feel queasy ...but for some strange souls..its stimulating..it gives them sense of pleasure,,,a pleasure to there weird and distorted faculties of visual imagery....there are movies Like SAW..showing visuals of limbs being cut down like a log of wood....JUST CANNOT STAND IT.....

Aziz Siddiqui said...

hey thanks for the comment!
u've seen it too... imagine some elders seeing that from behind! I got so pissed I not only reported the idiot, I sent him a really bitter mail too.
You're right... some fetish of sorts... SAW, hostel series and the likes of cannibal holocaust - all cater to these effers.

raevanth said...

much awaited article !!!
that was an anna hazare act !!!

Aziz Siddiqui said...

hehe...thanks reaevanth. i'm nt fasting though :-p

U$H@.. said...

truely.. u r blog amazed me...really awesome..I am tired of other ppls dum status I mean who cares who is dating who and the worst of all: tired of friends who post every 15 mns they are mad, angry, sad, crying or about to commit suicide over a break up and also tired of even looking at my news feed full with a lot of video links of dum videos of music that I am not a bit interested ...

Aziz Siddiqui said...

@usha: thanks for the comment! glad you like it.

yeah...fb is getting annoying as hell now.

keep visiting!