Being a blogger (I can call myself a blogger right?), I read quite a few blogs because I enjoy the online format and they’re generally pretty entertaining. Brentertaining even. So, I’ve decided to start a series highlighting blogs that I find amusing and I hope you might too. Enjoy.
I feel like it’s safe to assume that everyone at some point has received an email or been linked to a post on Failbook, a section of Failblog, that exemplifies the sheer stupidity of human beings via Facebook status updates. I’ve always been interested in social media and I started following Failbook a long time ago initially for the same reason everyone else does. People are stupid and it’s hilarious. Aside from the random stupidity that runs rampant throughout the Failbook site, there are quite few posts that are very news worthy. These stories vary from amazing feats of modern technology and the good that social media can achieve to the uses of social media in order to bring criminals to justice (this does border on the rampant stupidity side but seems to have more of a news hook). Failbook also informs Facebook users of new upgrades, technologies and policy changes on the site, some of which generally aren’t publicized. Below I’m going to offer a few stories that I’ve come across in just the last few weeks that I found of interest.
Starting with the good, here’s a post that outlines how a U.S marine was able to find his long lost brother through Facebook’s newly released facial recognition software. That’s pretty amazing if you ask me. A week prior, they also had a post that warned Facebook users of the dangers of this technology and how to opt out of it.
The criminal side of Facebook and how social media can be used against the seriously inept criminals that use it is really a draw for me. In the last 2 weeks, since I’ve been thinking about starting this series, I’ve managed to come across articles that are très intéressant if you ask me.
First up, the Vancouver Riots. There have been quite a few different websites and pages that have popped up attempting to use social media to identify rioters and get them arrested. There have also been quite a few idiots that used social media to boast about attacking police and looting stores. Failbook offered up one source and it’s tagged in the evidence section of the site.
Following along in the evidence department.
Now these were sent in by everyday Facebook users, this last post led me to finally write this blog. I didn’t hear about this at all until I saw it on the site. It was probably covered by some local news channel and I realize that this kind of stuff probably happens everyday, but this just blew my mind. The title of the post, gives you the gist of the story, Man Holds Woman Hostage for 16 Hours, Updates Facebook Throughout.
Jason Valdez, 36, has a long criminal record including convictions for aggravated assault and domestic violence in front of a child. When police attempted to serve him with a felony drug warrant Friday, Valdez barricaded himself and a woman named Veronica in a room at the Western Colony Inn in Ogden, Utah.
Surrounded by SWAT, Valdez took to Facebook to update his friends and family, many of whom offered support, even alerting their friend of law enforcement’s locations:
“Gun ner in the bushes stay low,” said the post.
“Thank you homie,” Valdez replied. “Good looking out.”
I’ve compiled his updates below:
The things people use social media for are absolutely mind boggling at times. But Failbook does a good job of mixing what Failblog does so well, showing how stupid most people are, while sprinkling in interesting little tidbits of Facebook news that may otherwise not get that much attention. While posts like the ones above are few and far between the site overall is a pretty good pick me up when you’re sitting around eating cheese strings, drinking a litre of coke slushie wondering if this was how your life was really supposed to turn out. At the end of the day, it’s just a slushie and you’re not in a hostage situation updating your Facebook status right? It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Images via Failbook