Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Social Media Magic Bullet!

For those that say there is no magical bullet for social media, shame on you. There is a magic bullet that works very well for all social media. I've used it and it works brilliantly. I digress though. 
Today I looked at my iPad and noticed on the settings screen it lists Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. That's actually really bizarre because I wouldn't let apps of such foulness near my iPad.

Android devices like Windows computers are well known for being loaded to the gunwales with trash software. Sadly, it seems that Apple has leapt onto the same bandwagon.

Thus far I have found no way of deleting junk ware or in this case, junk icons, from any mobile devices. Computers are far easier and in fact there was something called "Dell Decrappifier" that deleted all the junk software automatically.

As far as social media magic bullets go, the best one I have found is simply to delete the social media account in question. It frees your time, lessens your stress and allows you to be more creative. Social media is all about conforming to an artificial norm where people superficially pat each other on the back. It's a fake world full of fake people. Don't tell me that you have met all the people on your Facebook friends list. You haven't, probably never will and don't even know if those people really exist. They could be some kind of online app run by the CIA to play social engineering experiments on you. That 35 year old buxom maiden is likely to be a 50 year old unemployed drifter from Wisconsin who's sitting in stained shorts in a dirty trailer, surrounded by used syringes and empty beer cans.

To deactivate your account: Sign in to on the web. Go to your Account settings and click on Deactivate my account at the bottom of the page. Read the account deactivation information. Click Okay, fine, deactivate account. Enter your password when prompted and verify that you want to deactivate your account.

The reality is that it takes 30 days to become effective. Once you've done this, you need to delete all your Twitter cookies in order to avoid accidental reactivation of your account.

Sign in to Flickr. Visit Your Account. Click Delete your Flickr account. Read the important messages, then click OK-NEXT. You'll be prompted to enter your password to confirm your account deletion. Check Yes, I fully understand... Click DELETE MY ACCOUNTNice and easy. Very final.

visit your Account Settings. Scroll down until you see the “Account Status” section and follow the steps for deleting. This will remove your account and all your content from Vimeo.


This can be a real bitch. I have an old account with no personal information on it registered to an old email address. I reactivated email address and tried to log into Facebook to delete my account and was met with a refusal to allow me to proceed without sending Facebook personal documents such as a copy of my drivers license. That account cannot be used nor deleted it appears. Facebook is one of a myriad of random websites and I'd no longer send them my drivers license than I'd hand my wallet to the town drunk.

Looking at Facebook it seems accounts can only be deactivated, not deleted. The magic bullet is probably to delete the content on your account then to change your name to Joe Spud.

Now for those that think they're going to make money off social media via sales or advertising, it's not going to happen. I've tried it off and on, following advice to the letter and it never ever works. It's like these careers websites... You can spend your life unemployed if all you do is apply online for jobs. Let's see... How did I get my last few jobs...
1. Walked in after lunch, sought out the personnel manager and chatted to him. I got the job and stayed for 5 years.
2. Walked in, saw the project coordinator, got the job and stayed for a year.
3. I'd applied for a job on careerbuilder and clicked down a list of one click apply jobs. I had no idea what I was applying for. Had a phone call two days later, went in and got the job. Stayed there for 2 years.
4. Driving past, I saw a sign, went in on my way home and got the job.

See how very little of that involved the Internet. I make more money every week by working than I've ever made from Adsense or any other internet garbage.

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