Proper Facebook Etiquette

#240 being olympic

Monday 8th March, 2010

Dear Mariann,
Up and coming Olympics in London – what do you think they will bring to Facebook?
(From Eric, in reply to post #239 more than beans, taking tea with toast)

Eric, in answer to your dilemma ask yourself this, do we prefer Olympian idealists or the more  ‘experienced’ sporting cynics? For years (and especially pertinent NOW when considering that the tennis is being played out in Vilnius and the Brits are resoundingly hitting bottom), there has been mocked with some gauff the likelihood of British sporting potential. (One Gold at the Winter Games)!

There is some graffiti at the end of my street that (quite eloquently) shouts ‘You don’t have to be at the Olympics to feel the heat’, no indeed one can feel the sense of failure and burn of shame first hand sans sofa. At least then, there’s Pringle’s to throw at the screen. And mojitos to be shaken with vigour. Pringle’s in hand, I have always admired our propensity (as the British) to master the art of failure before one has even failed.  (incidentally I love the idea of the Games, and the optimism that we can ‘dominate’ on a global level. Well at least we can be assured the weather. (oh, oh dear)). So what do I think there’s Olympic potential on Facebook. Let us investigate…

Today, the most popular grouping (with near 62,000) Fans on Facebook is the toon referenced,

The London 2012 olympics logo looks like lisa simpson giving head

Yes. Watch out for that expulsion into the face. Nobody likes a logo that looks like random positioning of a yellow character giving it some. One simply should not be getting intimate positioning from an Olympic head. Innuendo intended.

Here will be course of 2012 events: Things will begin in hope. Then they will end with the collective and audible sigh of relief when (finally) we can begin to really enjoy ourselves once we’ve lost a few and accepted out lot. Perhaps they’ll be canny Facebook updates like, ‘The opportunity to represent my country, is nothing compared with being able to update my Status to GOLD!’ Then they’ll be some new application that will play The Best Of Spandau Ballet.Genius.

2012 can also take notes from the Canadian Olympic Spirit, the sending of Status Messages peaked on the Sunday during two significant goals in the Olympic hockey finals. PING. More than 3.5 million updates were sent in the space of 20mins.

All smug Canadian’s no doubt.

So will 2012 change create a realm of Facebook champions? It depends. Overall we’re to host a complicated series of games. Other numerous pitfalls also stand in our way: the weather, the transport, the training, the public dis/interest. Not least the potential Pringle shortage.

In all the Olympic committee surely have too much going on to really get things going on Facebook.Unless they think that their logo does look like Lisa Simpson that turns a logo into a nogo… Should we hope that things will be turned around by more than a few degrees? Is this a cunning way for 2012 to push things onto the right track? Or simply pose about, and sprint off?

My opinion? 2012 are still to find their touch. I’m happy to go along with the Olympic noise  though. And would encourage a Facebook face-off with those Canadian’s.

4 Responses to “#240 being olympic”

  1. Janet says:

    The Facebook killer shows how important a few basic rules are for everyone and especially parents. I believe that sex offenders should be given one special email address to use as a condition of their release. If they make up another one – back to jail. OK hard to monitor but an added means to take these people out.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Facebook killer shows how important a few basic rules are for everyone and especially parents. I believe that sex offenders should be given one special email address to use as a condition of their release. If they make up another one – back to jail. OK hard to monitor but an added means to take these people out.

  3. Serious says:

    Do I keep my 14 year old daughter off Facebook or network sites ? How can thy be safe ? The story of the sex offender who posed as a teen killed a girl he met there. Is it possible to see what kids do on these sites?

  4. Jamie Cul says:

    Hi I’m a new Facebook recruit. LOT of Friend Requests. But what’s the best way to catch up, without getting involved with lots of boring conversation. Plus I don’t want friends to know about my new job, but I do want then to be impressed by what I’m doing….

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