Social Networking? I know it when I see it.

It’s always the little things that get to you…  The person next to you at the lunch counter who smacks loudly while eating because he can’t eat with his mouth closed.  Or the moron who insists on sharing her mundane life with everyone around her as she talks loudly on her cell phone.  Or the thoughtless person who doesn’t pick up when their dog uses my front lawn as a toilet. Or my personal favourite, people who talk in the movies.

Pet peeves we all have them. Some, like people who have 12 items in the 10 items or less check out line, are minor nuisances.  Others, like idiot store clerks or obnoxious civil servants, are major pet peeves.

I was happy to discover that there is an entire website now dedicated to Pet Peeves.  One of the best features of the site is the ability to vote on your favourite pet peeve, whether it is people who talk too loudly on cell phones, bad customer service or tailgaters.  You can now have your say.

Also noted in passing today that online social networking sites such as My Space and Facebook are more popular than porn. 

Speaking of porn…  I learned a valuable lesson last Friday when I sent out a normal notification to my e-mail subscribers promoting the “Pornography of Tragedy” posting.  While the piece was about the tragedy at Virginia Tech last week, a number of spam filters noticed the word pornography and blacklisted it.  Now, I’m never certain if this is a false positive or a true negative, but I did learn an important lesson – never use the word “pornography” in the subject heading of an e-mail.  I will now bang my head on the wall fifteen times to make amends.

From this day forth, I will try to use the words “social networking” in my headers as much as possible.

2 Responses to “Social Networking? I know it when I see it.”

  1. stevec says:

    The problem with spam filters is that they are “cognitively challenged”. Sort of reminds me of the word “niggardly” as applied to Mayor Anthony Williams (and others) back in ’99. Nowadays you have to be so careful about the words you use. When you and I were young calling another man “yellow” was not a racial slur. Now you best call him “recreant”. Don’t use “craven” unless you want some other sensitive but misguided bystander to remark, “Oh, does he direct horror movies, too?”

  2. Peter McGarvey says:

    Steve, your point about spam filters is right on the money. And you’re right we have to be so careful about what we say these days, unless you’re Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter, and after the Don Imas affair of a few weeks ago, I suspect that their time is coming.

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