Weekend Recap: Memorial Day edition

26 05 2009

This weekend I did something I rarely do: I unplugged.

Okay, so I still had my iPhone on me, but I barely tweeted and hardly touched my computer. I took a break from the blogging world. I guess you could say I was enjoying the simpler things in life.

My cousin finally came to Chicago for a visit. I spent the weekend showing her around the city and spending time with friends. It was certainly a nice change from being glued to my phone/computer.

I’m returning to work tomorrow, so I’ll probably fall back into my routines but now I really want to set time away to unplug every week. Even if it’s just for a few hours.

Now I just have to work on getting Chris to do the same.


A Little Lesson in Facebook Etiquette (and beyond)

2 07 2008

Lately, I’ve been getting friend requests on Facebook and Brightkite from complete strangers. While you may follow me on Twitter or interact with me on Plurk/Jaiku/Pownce, I still may not know who you are. 


Add to Friends? It takes an additional 30 seconds of  time to click the [add a personal  message] link to say why you want to be my friend or how you know me.  Chances are, I do want to be your  friend. However, if I have no idea who  you are and we have no friends in  common, you probably just come off  kind of creepy. The same thing goes  for Brightkite. Right below the “Add  to Friends” button is the “Send  Message” button. I strongly encourage their use. 

Of course, there is a right and wrong way to go about this. I imagine you are all mature enough to figure out the difference, but here’s an example of what NOT to say: “Hi you’re cute! I saw you on (random site), let’s be friends!”.

Please realize my reason for doing this isn’t to be vain or rude. It’s because I have some personal information on there that I don’t want everyone privy to, such as my phone number or my location. I’m sure with a little digging stalkers could find out this information anyway, but it makes me feel a little better knowing I tried to limit this information the best way I could. So unless you want to look like a creeper (which I’m sure you don’t), please be considerate and send a nice message before you click that “Add Friend” button.