Geez.... don't get me started on Twitter and FB!
You're right Frank, so many people have moved to Facebook now, or Twitter. I don't do Twitter, personally, but I do enjoy Facebook.
Awe, too late! You got me started...
Twitter is nothing more than Facebook Lite; a thinly disguised self-esteem contest to accumulate more "followers" than the next "Tweeter" at the expense of voluntarily surrendering privacy and personal information to an anonymous Internet database. "Tweets" are limited to 140 characters, including spaces. In the history of the world the only people who have ever been successful at communicating any meaningful content in 140 characters or less, including spaces, have been Confucius, Will Rogers and the people who came up with the old roadside Burma Shave signs.
Jim Jones, Rev.Sun Myung Moon and Osama Bin Laden all had "followers".
'Nuff said about Twitter...
Facebook is Twitter on steroids. Just substitute "friends" for "followers" and type away to your heart's content. A closely audited individual mutual admiration society where disagreement or contrary opinion can get you "un-friended" or bullied into committing suicide before you even have enough time to Tweet about it. You post on a "wall". Anywhere else in the real world that's called graffiti. And in most advanced civilizations graffiti is a prosecutable misdemeanor as a nuisance and public eyesore the general public complains about... and sometimes posts about... on their Facebook walls.
Hardly a day goes by without a news story about how Facebook has abused member account information or exposed millions of computers to hacker and virus attacks. Yet every FB member I know claims "I haven't had any problems. I marked my info as 'private'." Yeah. Because you checked a little box provided by the Facebook people. "Ignorance is Bliss". (Who said that? Confucius? Or maybe it was Burma Shave?) And have a little dust-up with the law and your "private" Facebook info magically appears on the 6 O'clock news.
And, what say you? Can't find a job in this dismal economy or get repeatedly passed over for promotion in the job you do have? Post about it on your Facebook "wall", along with those "funny" photos of youthful indiscretion on Spring Break from 15 years ago. You checked the "private" box. No harm can come of it.
And, more appropriate to "What happened to the forum"; keep posting and Tweeting about horse problems and issues among the closed circle of FB and Twitter horsey friends that were selected purely by how consistently they commiserate with you and alienate any possible contribution that might come from complete strangers who perchance have more meaningful experience than any of your select group of "friends". See how that works out for 'ya.
As Karl Marx, the founding father of modern communism, once said, " Religion... is the opium of the masses." Substitute that with "Facebook and Twitter..." and that quote becomes worthy of re-visiting in these modern times.
Andy Rooney, the resident curmudgeon on CBS-TV's 60 Minutes, is retiring. Sunday night is his last segment on the show.
"Hey! Les Moonvess! (CBS-TV President) Here I am! But you'll have to email me. I'm not on Facebook or Twitter."