Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I Survived the Earthquake of 8/23/2011

Well, this is Chris here with a special blog. Today (August 23, 2011), an earthquake happened. Where did it happen? Well it originally happened in Virginia. This was a 5.9 earthquake. The effects of the earthquake spread throughout the east coast hitting Washington D.C. and many other places. Where was I during the earthquake? I was in a car going to the store. At first, I thought the car was in a dip, since we parked on a slope. Wasn't the case. When I came home, that's when I found out about that an earthquake occurred. On Facebook and Twitter, people were spazzing out and talking about how their phones were out. Now, I live in Philadelphia, and a earthquake never occurs here. So I can understand how people were freaking out. But it went a little out of hand. I understand having news reports on the quake and explaining it to people that we didn't get the full effect. People were talking about 2012 being real and radio station here in Philly were playing Jesus Walks by Kanye West. That is just taking it to far and trying to put fear into people. The people in Japan and Haiti deal with bigger earthquakes. So before people start the 2012 conspiracies, remember the people of Japan and Haiti that dealt with the big earthquakes. Our earthquake was a 5.9 magnitude quake. We kinda felt it here in Philadelphia. Also think about the people in Virginia. I'm Chris, and that is what is I have to say.
P.S.: This is my opinion, so don't attack me. Thanks!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Welcome To the Social Network... I Mean Social Networks Pt.2

Hey everyone, Chris here with part 2 of Welcome To the Social Network... I Mean Social Networks Pt.1. Last time we talked about the 3 social network giants MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. As time went on and technology progressed, we got webcams. When we got webcams, we also got video chat. The two that a lot of people know about is Skype and ooVoo. In between these two was Chat Roulette. All three were good and they are competing against each other... well Skype and ooVoo are competing. They do have their flaws just like any other social network. This entry might be relatively short. So without further ado, let's begin.

Skype... it's video chatting. They do have a lot of other features such as voice chat and much much more. Skype started around 2003, and it has been going strong for 8 years. It really didn't have that many competition till 2006, when ooVoo came around to say they were better than Skype.

In 2006, ooVoo came to be. ooVoo is considered to b

e competition for Skype. ooVoo does have features like
  • Video Calls
  • Video Conferencing
  • Web video chat
  • File Sharing
  • Video Call recording
That is only a few of them. ooVoo and Skype act alike, so there really isn't nothing to talk about. If you know any other things about these two and some differences, please leave a comment.

Finally we have Chat Roulette, the video social network for complete strangers. Think of it as a game of roulette; you don't know who you're gonna be chatting with. It could be one person, or it can be a whole group. The bad thing is that you don't know what gonna happen after you hit the "Next" button. You may get people who will try to guess your race, and other times you'll get people who actually wanna talk. If you're the unlucky one, you might get someone who's masturbating on camera. And that's where the weird level goes to another level. I've been on Chat Roulette, and there were times when that happened. Just click next or close that and go to Facebook. Chat Roulette should probably be use only if you get EXTREMELY BORED OUT OF YOUR MIND!!!
In conclusion, video chat social network are somewhat the same. Some might make you pay for certain features, while other don't. You may get the one that are extremely weird. Just watch what you're doing on video. In the next and final part, we'll talk about the week old new social network call Talkbox. Once again, this will be short. I'm Chris, and that is what I what I have to say!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Welcome To the Social Network... I Mean Social Networks Pt.1

Hello everyone, Chris here with a new blog entry. We've all been apart of a social network. Whether its MySpace, Facebook or Skype, we've all been in one. As new social networks come out, people start to flock over to them. The latest one is Talkbox. We'll talk about that later on. Social networks have had their strong points and low points. There's been controversy and there have been triumphs. For Part 1, we're gonna talk about the 3 giant social networks; MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. Some we're probably fads or trends, but now think of them as a progression of
technology. Also, this won't be a whole history lesson of social networks. So without further ado
, let's start with a place for friends also known as MySpace.

Myspace was probably the best social network when we were 12 years old. MySpace has been around since 2003. The huge gimmick for this website is the ability to customize your profile. Yeah, you can make your profile the way you want it. This can vary from adding music and videos to actually changing the background pictures of your profile. This social network has you basics; the status bar (to say what your doing), messaging, comments bar, etc. This is good. However as we got older, we needed something more mature. That is when Facebook came to the rescue like
Superman saving Lois Lane. When the children of Myspace got older and went to Facebook, that is when MySpace went down. That and there are tons of pedophiles on MySpace. Now, there are probably some people on there (celebrities, musicians, and people who just kept it), but there are a lot of kids on there that usually lie about their age to get on there (and I know that that happens on a lot of other websites). But hey, at least Tom will always be your friend :D

Welcome to Facebook! This came out of nowhere. When everyone fo
und out about this, we ran like Wile E. Coyote towards it. I'm not gonna tell you about the history of Facebook, just watch The Social Network. However, the movie make creator Mark Zuckerberg look like an ass. Even after so many years of it being out, it is still very popular. You can do a lot of things on it. This can vary from writing a status and having Facebook have you location in the status to "Liking" several pages, status and much much more. We were waiting for something like this. Soon, a competitor came to challenge Facebook. This challenger was a tiny blue bird. Get ready to tweet this, we're on to Twitter!!!

Here we are, at Twitter. This iconic blue bird has been a competitor of Facebook for a long time. Some people ran over to it, while other stayed on Facebook. This social network was launched in July of 2006. Now can you guess what the gimmick is for this? Can't figure it out? Ok, unless you've been living under 2 rocks for 5 years, a person on twitter writes status or in the twitter world "tweets". And that's all you do. People can reply, retweet, favorite you tweets. There are a lot of celebrities on there and President Barack Obama has one as well. Now during this little battle between Twitter and Facebook, apps like TweetDeck, and Twhirl were created. Now a lot of the twitter apps have a Facebook connection to it. So the battle is over???? But the one thing I want to know is why doesn't MySpace have any apps? Eh... doesn't matter.

In conclusion, these social networks took over the internet very quickly. Some are forgotten (sorry MySpace), while others are extremely popular. In part 2, we'll be talking about video chatting (ooVoo, Skype, Chat Roulette). For now I'm Chris, and that is what I have to say! See you in Part 2!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Haters Gonna Hate

Hey everyone, Chris here with another blog entry. Haters are what we're gonna talk about. Now tell me, have y'all dealt with haters? Have y'all dealt with people who try to put you down for no reason? Well, odds are they're haters.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Individuality: The True Meaning of It

"There is no individuality if your idea of different is to follow the trend" - Maurice Kain Carter

Hey everyone, Chris Alford here with a new blog entry. Today's topic: Individuality. Now, I've been waiting to do this one since I started Important Things That Are More Than A Status. A lot of trends have been out; from skinny jeans to nerd glasses to even big over the ear headphones. Now I watched this video from hotdamnirock's YouTube channel called "Cut The CRAP!!!" I really did like his video because he talks about how people try to be different, but they look the same because they're following the trend that everyone follows. Some of these fads are still around, while others you barely see. So with that said, check out his channel and let's start.