Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap
Our blogs are platforms from which we share our experiences, opinions, and views with the online world. For Mind the Gap challenges, we want to hear what you think about a divisive issue. Each challenge will include a poll where you can cast your vote along with your fellow Daily Post participants. After you vote, tell us more about how you feel by expanding on the topic in a blog post. Be sure to visit other participants’ posts to get some healthy discussion going.
To participate, tag your posts with DPchallenge and leave a link to your post in the comments. Please be sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge; link-baiters beware! We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed on Friday.
Did you know that next year, Facebook celebrates its tenth birthday? Yessiree: Mark Zuckerberg’s internet baby was born on February 4th, 2004. Can you even remember a time on the internet before Facebook? Was there an internet before Facebook? Is Facebook a boon, helping you keep connected with family, friends, and the world, or do you find yourself annoyed with those that overshare, invite you to play inane games, and tag you in photos? Is Facebook amazing or the scourge of the internet?
Facebook: to Poke or to Puke?
Facebook’s come a long way since you could log in and toss a digital sheep at someone. The good ol’ Facebook poke remains and for many of us, Facebook has become a regular part of our daily lives, as we share posts, promote our businesses, place and accept friend requests, and peruse our stream for updates from family and friends — some of which don’t use the internet other than to use Facebook. We lurk, reconnect with long lost friends and distant relatives.
But, has Facebook become too intrusive, compromising our privacy, with the ability to tag people in photos even if they don’t have a Facebook account? Has Facebook over sharing become a problem? Is anything sacred anymore? Do young people truly understand the digital hangover from posting photos of booze-sodden escapes to Facebook? Or, is society evolving where propriety gets tossed like that old virtual sheep?
What do you think? Is Facebook a boon to our lives, connecting us, making us closer, or, has it gone too far? Answer the poll below, then expand on your thoughts and feelings about whether or not the internet is ruining our focus and our ability to relate to other humans in an original blog post on your site. Be sure to tag your entry with DPchallenge.