What Do People Do Not Get?

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I still do not get the fact that some people out there do not who still do not get that posts on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and the such is in the public domain unless they specify otherwise.

It is as if they do not get they are connected to a worldwide network which accessible by billions of people, groups, governments and even governments, though in this case most governments have failed to grasp the concept of the internet which is another story.

So still I regally hear stories of people around me of people who have posted things on Facebook which have landed them in trouble both at work and with other people simply because they did not understand what they posted was public.

Though in the end I suspect more that none has never pointed out to them that posting on a social network is public unless you specify otherwise. It might have been an idea if someone did as it would of saved a lot of people, even celebrities, a lot of red faces!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Second Life Highlights An Issue!

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Once again in a conversion with someone who never experienced the virtual world Second Life who thought it was a game not what it has actually become a vibrant and colourful social network. That is a place where people meet socialise some of which would normally not be able to get out of their homes for various reasons.

This further enforced by a Computer Gaming industry which still fails to grasp the simple fact what Second Life has become. Though we should not be surprised by this as both the industry and it’s players tend to be very focus on their games to a point they tend to be socially inept and extremely closed as individuals. Over the past few years gamers have not helped their causes by blatant discrimination against female players as it is still a male dominated industry and hobby.

But what this highlights is a real issue with some who socialise on the internet which can be directly attributed to this gamers attitude towards games in general in so much they have become detracted from people in general and seam to have lost the ability to associate people with images and words with the real people behind them.

This has rubbed off on general users of social networks and the such who have followed the gamers along the same path. The upshot of which people think it is acceptable to verbally bully, abuse even say anything they want even if it is criminal as they have this strange disassociation that they are somehow anonymous and safe on the internet.

But one thing all have forgotten and those of us who have the perception already know you cannot hide behind words or an avatar on the internet as your words and actions there can have the same effect and land you in as much trouble, even legally, much as face to face encounters of people.

The internet does not protect you or gives you the right to treat people badly or with disrespect.

It is a simple fact much as face to face interactions when dealing with people on the internet you are dealing with a real person who has real feeling and issues. Just because the interactions are via words, Avatar even within a game it is no different than dealing with them face to face.

In conclusion when you are interacting people on the internet you are still interacting with a REAL PERSON and you cannot hide behind the internet as you will be still have to face results of your bad behaviour there.

What I find so sad even after 20 years of the internet some people still cannot get this simple concept!

As a final note there are gamers and employees within Game Industry who do get this concept but they form a quiet majority who seam almost afraid to speak out for some reason!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

My Social Web Site is Retiring!

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I am retiring my Social Web Site, BitQS, as I need the space on the hard drive which holds the site and it has served its purpose in so much it it proved that I could create and maintain a social web site if I wanted to.

As all things it has come to its natural end as I need the space on the drive on the server to start to create the next version of my home page whose idea is starting to form in my head. At the moment I am looking around for ideas and tools to create the new site.

So with the closing of the year it will be closing of old and start of the new so watch this space!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Facebook: Same Old, Same Old!

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I have been back on Facebook for a few weeks to find that Facebook is much as I left it over year ago with same piss poor user interface which is pitched towards those who want to do business rather than socialise. Add to this it’s user interface is still confusing in places especially with their privacy system which is still full of holes and not exactly clear in it’s implementation.

But I was expecting a lot for those in Facebook to actually spend time improving their users interface as it still shows they put their investors before the user and it will be something they will eventually suffer for.

What makes this whole situation even more comical is the fact that the smaller social network packages for example BuddyPress, Oxwall and others provide so much more customisation and better privacy systems both of which actually work and far simpler to use and set up.

But Facebook reflects it’s founder real lack of insight into what people actually want and would like but what he wants at the expense of the users.

The biggest joke of myself returning back to Facebook is that to combat the negative effect of Facebook on my depression I have had to lock down my profile so tightly that it is difficult to find and once found only a select few can only see my posts. This is the joke as Facebook is supposed to be Social Network to meet new people but to stop it having the detrimental effect on my depression I have to literally disappear from the plain view on Facebook.

This is the saddest indictment of Facebook those of us who suffer from anxiety or depression to survive it without making things worse we have to remove ourselves from mainstream of Facebook. As I have said before the mainstream of Facebook I far from a healthy place for anyone.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Bubbles in the Quantum Static.

Facebook You Are Bit Late With VR!

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Recently Facebook was sort of looking into Virtual Reality, VR, again using the Oculus VR technology though they are now over 10 years too late even with the technology which has been around for decades but never too off.

If the owners of Facebook had actually being paying attention to the internet around them rather than patting their own backs because they think they are so cleaver would of noticed virtual reality in the form of on-line virtual worlds for example Second Life, OpenSim, Inworldz, them just to name a few has already been done and thriving. If anything these virtual worlds have become social networks in their own rights with the added advantage of virtual content including Avatars.

But as always the mainstream social networks always run behind with technology uptake and tend to use technology which never took off in the first place as the likes of Oculus VR has been tried before and was met with same indifference from users in general due to cost and basic usability.

As a last comment I bet Facebook will claim they were or are the first to use virtual reality in a social network regardless of the fact some 10 million plus people already use it ad have used it as a social network for last 10 years. But as always Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is good at using other people work and claim that he did it.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Bubbles in the Quantum Static.

Returning Back to the Devil’s Playground!

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Most annoying thing I am going properly have to do all in effort to reconnect to friends I have lost and who have not moved to other social web sites I am going to have to return back to Facebook or the Devil’s Playground.

It feels like a real defeat but it may be the only way I can get back with friends who I am missing a lot currently and for my own health and sanity I need to reconnect myself to. Currently I am feeling very isolated from the world around me something which is really not doing me well.

But this time as a defence against the worse excesses of Facebook and it’s large majority of anti-social, bigoted and hate filled members this time my profile will be closed down totally so only people who are friends can only see my profile.

Strangely this defeats the whole point of being on social web site in the first place but in the case of Facebook it is the only way people, especially with depression, can cope with the more nastier side of Facebook. All this because Facebook continues to fail to deal with abuse, bullying and trolling on it’s social web site because it’s owners believe it is all part of the freedom of speech regardless of the fact it harms people.

Also this time the profile will carry the minimum information required to be viable with everything else being held elsewhere outside of Facebook in an attempt to thwart the data trawlers there. Though I suspect that closed profiles are never very popular on Facebook as they are viewed by many people and defeat their basic ethos of their so called social web site.

In the end as I said this feels so like a defeat for my principles but sometimes we have to swallow our pride to do something we need to do, in my case reconnect to lost friends.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Bubbles in the Quantum Static.

BitQS: Back After a False Start!

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After a false start my personal social web site BitQS, or Bubbles in the Quantum Static, is back this time implemented using Oxwall again with the hope that things will got go west again and last for the few months the previous social web sites lasted.

All depends on my luck which has been poor with my personal social network software unlike my personal homepage and blog written in WordPress. One thing it did highlight the fact WordPress is very good at what it meant to do is being a blogging tool but very poor at being anything else including being a social network. All this because of the lack of real control and testing of it’s third party plugins and themes which tend not to work well together and now for me let down the whole WordPress experience for me.

Regardless of this my small social network for my friends and acquaintances both in the real and virtual world is up and running again under the new shorted name BitQS. Though it is open to anyone who wants an alternative place to be or to get to know myself more as there will be exclusive content on the social network not available elsewhere.

So I am sounding like a broken record which me luck that this venture into my peronal social network lasts longer than my last attempts!

If anyone is brave enough to join me there just follow the link: http://quantumstatic.duckdns.org/.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Bubbles in the Quantum Static.

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