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Burning Man And Social Connections

I was very happy when I returned from Burning Man 2010.    I saw a lot of art and connected with old friends on the playa.  However,  it felt like there was an empty void in my soul. I felt like that I did not make social connections to the Burners.

The recurring theme that I have learned is that I make easier connections with people that are older than I am.   For some reason, people in there late 30s and older have the patience and maturity to talk with a person with high-functioning autism.  It seems that the social scripts that I was taught in my social skills therapy works well with this group, but does not work really well with younger Burners who are in the early 20s to early 30s.

It is this group that I desire to have a connection with.  I am closer to the subject group in age than the some of the older Burners, but it seems that there is an easier social connection to somebody who is 45 than somebody is 23.   I believe that the problem does not have to do with abstaining from alcohol and drugs because this problem did exist when I was drinking socially from 2004 to 2006 and when my drinking became alcoholic in 2007 to 2008.

I think the real problem stems from that the subject age group does not attend regular and recurring organized social events that I attend on a frequent basis.   Since I have autism, I do not make friends very easily because it takes people a few months to understand my social quirks and get used to.  However, once I make friends with somebody, I keep them around for a very long time.

At the Burn, there will younger people in my camp, but they were usually kept to themselves and did not give me the proper social space to enter their group.  It was hard for me to enter into a conversation and used my social scripts that I learned from social skills training to introduce myself to them.  In contrast, the older members of the camp were easier to talk to with and have discussion with.

To make more friends in this age group requires a social gathering that is organized and people regularly attend on frequent basis (like two to three times a month).    I think there is other social cues and other things that I miss that do not allow me to make a social connection with this group. I do not know specifically what types of behaviors that I do that are wrong outside of having a loud voice and not having constant eye contact in some cases.  Sometimes, I feel that I am missing another level of social communication that I have the complete inability to understand or comprehend.

In conclusion, I should continue to maintain my social contacts with OC and SD Burners and not really worry about this group.  As I get progressively older, it will no longer be needed to really desire  a social contact with younger burners.  Within in a few years, I will be middle-aged myself and I will no longer worry about trying to get social connection with this part of the community.

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September 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

Use Facebook More Productively

The great thing about Facebook is that all of my groups of friends are consolidated on one network.  So learning how to use Facebook effectively for me is very important

Techradar presents a way that Facebook can be used more productively especially at work.  At my work, we have a filter that blocks Facebook so I cannot use the features of Facebook in work setting.   However, Techradar describes how it can be used for team working and add-on application

The team-building aspect of Facebook is accomplished by using groups.  Since the description of the process to create the group is fairly technical, I am going to include an exceprt from the article to describe the process. 

“There are usable productivity tools built right into Facebook’s main interface. One of the best is the Groups feature. This application includes valuable collaboration features like event listing and a full discussion board. They’re ideal for scheduling work and – because they’re online – can be accessed from any computer with Internet access. You’ll also find the usual Facebook stalwarts: a public ‘wall’, posted items board, photo album and news feed.

Any Facebook member can create a group and invite users on their friends list to join. To find the Groups application in Facebook, click the ‘Home’ link to go to your Facebook homepage (rather than your Profile page) and choose ‘Groups’ from the Applications panel. If you can’t see the Groups link, click ‘More’. If you still can’t see it, click ‘Edit’ next to the Applications label and check the full list of installed applications for the Groups app.

When you’ve found the Groups link, click on it to see a page showing groups that your friends belong to – alongside a list of groups you may already belong to. To begin making a new group, just click the ‘+ Create a New Group’ button. A form prompts you to give the group a name, brief description and category. You can also add other information such as an email contact or the group’s geographical location.

At the next stage, you can customise your group’s available applications, upload a profile photo and set privacy levels. It’s all very similar to setting up a new Facebook profile.

Be careful when choosing whether to make your group open, closed or secret. A secret group is desirable for work-related activity, but it won’t show up in search results. A closed group may be the best option, enabling all Facebook users to find the group but requiring administrators to approve membership before a user can see the group’s content.

When you save the changes that you’ve made at this stage, you’ll be prompted to publish the story to your Facebook feed.

The final step is the trickiest. You’ll be prompted to select people from your friends list to join the group. Simply ticking the box next to their name adds them. You can also invite people by email. Either enter their address manually, separating each with a comma, or click the ‘Import email addresses’ link to upload details from your webmail account.

The next area where Facebook can be used is for applications.  There are two applications that the articles suggest for Fonobook and Cagoo Calendars.  Fonobook synchronises your Facebook contacts with Outlook 2003 or 2007.  Cagoo Calendars synchronises with Google Calendar, 30 Boxes and other scheduling services, enabling you to share all of your appointments from all of your calendars with 30 Boxes on Facebook.

December 21, 2008 at 12:12 am Leave a comment

Social Media Does Not Work in Federal Government

I look at the following blog and I thought that it does not have a lot of application to the contract auditing environment (http://tinyurl.com/47ymgj). Trying social media in a DOD environment requires a visionary GS-13 IT Tech Specialist and not some random hack GS-12 auditor. As a government auditor, I got deal with the bureaucracy and if the higher-ups do not want use social media, than it is fine with me. I can do my job without social media. In reality, my coworkers are not the Myspace and Facebook nation so there is not a need to use social media.

Look I got to become a big-time manager before I can ram these changes through. So you will not see those changes in DCAA and in reality, we do not really need it.

October 11, 2008 at 1:09 am Leave a comment


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