Cleveland.com Turns 15, TweetUp Celebrates Shandy, Indians and Harry Potter

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CLEVELAND –

Google+ wasn’t “invited” last night.

Instead, the back patio of Lincoln Park Pub in Tremont was abuzz with topics of Denny’s, er — Hafner’s walk off grand slam, favorite local spots and the premiere (or early/advanced screenings for the geeks of the group) of JK Rowling’s purported final installment of the iconoclastic Harry Potter series.

Notice my intentional curtail of the word epic, which author of I am Better than Your Kids Maddox refers to as one of the most abused filler words in the English language (Not Everything is Epic, Sh*theads).

Okay, Google+ was briefly discussed — but some of us clearly just haven’t had the time to jump into yet another platform and begin the peculiar task of clumping our personal and professional lives into circles (Larry Page, take note: perhaps it would be more fun to have an X option, for those that fit that category?…).

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Photo courtesy of Alana Munro, Cleveland.com

Upon perching near the fire pit with a few Leinenkugel’s summer shandys, appetizers and tweets, friends from Junta42 Pam, Joe and I discussed vacation spots and the value/need for “unplugging” from work and tech.

Pam dished about her love for Cancun (having friends/family throughout Mexico helps, but that’s one spot I have yet to visit), while Joe and I waxed poetic over the outdoors, Canada and just getting lost in nature.

No cell phones. No computers. For a week or more. Ah, the Bill Bryson set.

Good stuff.

Tremont Lincoln Park Pub Cleveland tweetup

Photo Courtesy of Alana Munro, Cleveland.com

Reminiscing about unplugging brought to mind Paul Roetzer’s challenge to us a few months ago: The UnPlugged Experiment (and recent Matrix convos I’ve had with tweeps in Jordan) all over again.

Needless to say, it was good to reflect (and jibe) with Pam and Joe about the importance of finding balance in our personal and professional lives.

Locals in attendance other than Cleveland.com, WEWS5 and Tribetalk included folks from Junta42, PR 20/20, CLE Social Media Club and the Ohio Blogging Association:

Alana Munro @dawgpndgirl

Byron Fernandez @byron_fernandez (You are here…)

Frank Zupan @FrankZupan

Jen Gardner @whyCLE

Jessica Donlon @jessicadonlon

Joe Kalinowski @ringo66

Keith Moehring @keithmoehring

Laurel Miltner @laurelmackenzie

Pam Kozelka @pamkozelka

Paul Roetzer @paulroetzer

Tammy Colson @TLColson

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Photo courtesy of Alana Munro, Cleveland.com

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How to Lose Credibility in Less Than A Minute: Netiquette 101

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Social media thrives on our voyeuristic tendencies. Granted. However, the intriguing part of it all is how readily entertaining, amusing, perplexing –and sometimes just plain creepy peoples’ behavior can be when granted apparent Sanctuary behind the smokescreen of their computer.

Here are a few peculiar practices I’ve observed that truly grind peoples’ gears:

1. Flooding Someone’s News Feed: If I do not know you or we are not actually friends in reality (or any other public realm for that matter), why the incessant requests, comments, Likes or follows (stalk much?). And why/how are we connected? Expecting engagement from a stranger is rather strange. Pun intended.

2. Goodbye: Ahh, the proverbial Unfriend; Unfollow. It is infantile to blithely assume your actions are separate and inconsequential to the motive/s behind someone click-deleting you. I’m curious to see if this year’s AP Stylebook will include Unfollow in the Social Media section.

3. Delusion: Some people truly are enamored with the sound of their own voice. Case in point: spectacularly tone-deaf American idol auditioners. The question is, what are you saying, how are you saying it, and who is your intended audience? Can and are they listening?

4. Spamming: Blowing up someone’s Facebook with Farmville requests or poking them like it’s your job is an excellent way to make their blood boil. Users will assume you are either a robot or spammer and run for the hills. (After reporting and/or blocking you).

5. Uncharismatic, Uninspiring, Ungrateful: Automatic DMs (direct messages) or follows on Twitter are impersonal and slovenly. Are you even reading others’ handles or profiles?  Clearly you are either too important or complacent to trifle with the arduous task of sending a thank you or one-liner personal note.

6. Me, Myself and I: Shameless self-promotion, reposting last year’s article 200 times in 2 minutes and irrelevant oversharing will either make people laugh or unequivocally infuriated.  They’ll just move to another, less self-absorbed sandbox.

7. Follows: It’s okay not to follow someone when they follow you, and usually it’s not personal. But loftily ignoring frequent attempts from students or others reaching out to create or simply learn from/with you is just rude and unnecessary.

What do you think? Feel free to vote in the first poll on here below:

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