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Is Social Media Making You Lazy?

Twitter is making us lazy. I counted at least ten different Tweets this evening where people asked their followers to answer a question that they could easily have looked up themselves. In the time it takes to Tweet something out and wait for replies, we could have found the answer on Google. One example would be someone asking what specific side effects a particular medication may have. The trouble with this is not only that it makes us lazier, it can also be dangerous. What if you ask something important – such as “do these two drugs interact badly with each other?” – and your faithful followers assure you that it’s okay. You could end up dead if they don’t know for sure what they’re talking about.

In my opinion, social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are great places to ask for opinions and recommendations. We need to remember, though, that they may not always be the best method of finding out important information that could affect our health and our lives. Not everyone who follows you is a trained medical professional – but they may just be trying to play one online.

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Thumbs Up on New Seesmic App for the iPhone

Seesmic is already one of the leading desktop Twitter clients available right now. @loic and his team have put together a very solid client and they work hard to keep it that way. Just a few hours ago, they announced the brand-new Seesmic for iPhone app, and @Scobleizer is already lovin’ it. He’s stated publicly that he will be using this as his primary Twitter app on the go from now on.

Seesmic for iPhone is NOT just for Twitter, though. It allows you to update dozens of your social network pages all at once, including Twitter, Facebook, Ping.fm, MySpace, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Flickr and more. It lets you see your friends’ timelines, your mentions and private messages and check out the profiles of others. You can update or delete your own status messages, post links and pictures and even geotag your updates. It’s a powerful little app, and one that just may replace the new client from Twitter for a lot of people (and not just Scoble!).

When you are writing a message, one of the functions you’ll see is photo sharing. You can take a new pic right from within the app, or grab one out of your gallery to upload. Also while composing, you can quickly add your location to the status by clicking “add location.” Shorten up those URLs while dashing off a quick message by entering your bit.ly credentials ahead of time in the settings of the app.

I will be checking this out later today for myself. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts as you download and play with the app for yourself. Seesmic welcomes your feedback, as well.

Tweet Your Way to a Divorce

Tweets and messages on social networking sites such as Facebook can reveal your state of mind. Therefore, they can be used as secondary evidence in legal matters. This particular ruling stems from the IT Act of 2000, which was amended just last year. The social networking clause was included in thes revision due to the widespread use of microblogging and social networking sites.

Anu Sharma had a feeling her husband was lying to her. When she found the proof she needed on his Twitter status, she filed for divorce. Pavan Duggal, a Supreme Court lawyer, says that an angry tweet or status message like, “I hate my wife”, becomes secondary evidence if shown in court via a printout or screen shot. “Any written word available in the public domain can be used under this Act. A statement like this can be used on grounds of mental cruelty,” Duggal said.

In one case, a man e-mailed threatening messages to his wife. The messages were not digitally signed, so they were used as secondary evidence and a divorce case was filed. This is happening with increasing frequency these days due to the popularity of services like Twitter. People are able to file court cases for reasons that they could not in the past due to a lack of evidence. Courts don’t make rulings based on hearsay. They want cold, hard facts and proof.

Haven’t I told you to watch what you say online? It truly will come back to haunt you one day.

Stop the Facebook Chain Message Madness!

If you’re on Facebook, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Recently, we’ve seen more than our fair share of chain messages making their way around, but not in our Inbox. These lovely little pieces of garbage are being sported right in the status boxes of thousands of profiles! One message claimed that if you re-posted it as your status, Facebook would donate a dollar to the Haiti relief efforts. Yet another was supposedly only for women. They were supposed to post their color of certain undergarments in their status pane, leaving the men to guess what it referred to.

It was only a matter of time, I suppose, before things like this made their way onto social media platforms. We’ve already had to deal with “legitimate” spam, of course. Now, we have to try not to tear out our hair every time we see yet another of these over-forwarded messages on Facebook and even Twitter. I promise you… Facebook isn’t donating a dollar for every person that posts that particular message. And, of course, you aren’t going to see some random woman’s bra or panties if you post the color of them in your status!

Just think about what you’re doing before you blindly click on or forward a link? And if you need links to click on, try these – posted by our community today. Keep up the great work, everyone!

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