Category Archives: Social Media

Going Viral

Nope, not the flu.

A few weeks ago, there was a Twitter post from Eric Alper, which asked an innocent question: what movie disturbed you as a child? He often asks questions like this, and because I had a great example, I responded:

This is the scene in Invasion of the Body Snatchers when the results of an unfortunate man/dog pod combo come running up to the character played by Brooke Adams, who of course screams. What I shared was a gif file that shows the scene, and it’s really disturbing. You can see a video of it here.

I accidentally made this scene even more disturbing during my teens. I was changing channels on our old-school cable box (no remote). It was on top of our TV, so as I was reaching up to change channels from my spot on the floor, my face was right in front of the TV. And, as I passed the lone HBO channel we had back in the day, this creature was RIGHT THERE.

I screamed louder than Brooke and pulled the neck of red turtleneck I was wearing over my face, much to the amusement of my brother and mom, who were in the room at the time.


So legit, this has always been a marker of disturbing movie scenes for me.

I responded to Eric’s post and went away for a bit. And then I came back to my iPad and saw my Twitter notifications were more active than they usually were. A lot more active.

Someone made a Twitter moment of the question and some of the responses, including mine. And since mine had a gif, and was really freaky and long forgotten/never seen by many, it blew up. Not like millions of impressions blowing up, but enough.

These were the results a day or so later:

Crazy. For one gif. I will likely never see this response again. Also notice that after all that, I gained one follower. So it’s fun to see people flip out over something you shared, but nobody is really taking it to the next step. And honestly, that’s okay with me. It’s not a life goal of mine to have thousands of followers. Some people ended up seeing a good sci-fi movie as a result. Works for me.


Filed under Movies, Social Media, Writing

Another Facebook jumper

I have joined the ranks of people who are dumping Facebook, mostly because it’s a major time waste.



Recent developments in my life made me realize that I cannot be productive creatively if I’m spending most of my free time on Facebook looking at photos of people’s kids or pets, or being horrified or placated about someone else’s political or religious views. It’s a significant enabler to my own procrastination.

And there’s a greener aspect: jealousy. I have a lot of creative friends who have been up to all kinds of great things lately. They post about their achievements, sometimes a lot. I want to be happy for them, but I look at what I’ve done lately (nothing spectacular) and it kills me a little. Especially when I know that there’s nobody to blame but me.

So I decided to free up my time for creative things and get away from unhealthy comparisons that are seriously depressing me. Goodbye, Facebook!

While I didn’t delete my account entirely, I put a message on my Facebook feed telling people I was taking a break and if they needed to get in touch with me, here’s my email address. And then I deleted the app from my phone and iPad: no sticking around to see if anyone commented on the post. That’s not the point.

I do admit to being curious if anyone would respond outside of Facebook. So far, nobody has emailed me, but soon after I posted that message, I got 12 hits on this website. I guess that’s the Facebook way: getting a view on other people’s lives without having to actually communicate with them.

It’s been an adjustment. I no longer have the perceived comfort of mindlessly jumping on Facebook at lunch or after I get home from work. I had a few moments of withdrawal, looking for the little blue app button, but honestly, I don’t miss it that much. I still visit some websites that I’d consider to be time wasters, and I participate on Twitter, but I have better control over these. And I actually visit my friends’ blogs and read THEIR creative output, which I think they’ll be happy to know.

The upcoming week is vacation for me, and I plan to spend it working on an article I already did an interview for, and reading a book for a book review I committed to writing. They are oddly related, through no planning of my own, so the end result could be fun.

After some time, I may jump back on Facebook to check for posts to my page, adjust settings, or update my password. But the goal is to make it a rare experience, if that.

If you’ve read this and have had your own experience making the jump from Facebook, I’d love to hear it.


Filed under Social Media, Writing