Sunday, June 26, 2011

Here Be Dragons*

Cranky Pants Alert!

I've had it! I can no longer browse #genealogy on my iPad in Flipboard with my morning tea without visions of "Debbie Does Dallas" on my screen. I am bombarded with photographs that my Mother would say are "examples of conduct that will make you go blind." Here is a page from Sunday morning. The tamest and easiest to cover up.

What must her Mother think?

Yes, genealogy must be trending in the social media world. I have received many Twitter messages that when you select the link you get an in your face on the big screen example of "that which will not be described here."

On Twitter they are fairly easy to identify. The Egg Avatar and keywords that make no sense, or just a link.

When you see this on Twitter immediately block
and report for spam.

So to any of my genealogy friends who are new to Twitter and are using the Egg Avatar, you now know why no one follows you and you may have been reported as spam.

Vulgar photographs now use the keywords #genealogy, genealogy and many more innocuous words to get your attention. I guess they're working in a per click world because they can't seriously believe we are their target market. For the genealogists I know, you may get us once, but you will never get us again.

I made a mistake on Twitter by sending a humorous chastise tweet about not being their target market unless the photograph was one of my ancestors. Really bad move. I spent days getting rid of unwanted replies and unwelcome followers. Block and report! Nothing more!

But what do I do with Flipboard? On Flipboard I don't even get the choice of selecting the link to get the photograph. The photograph is routinely posted in living color. Icky!

So, Flipboard or my techie friends, do you have any suggestions other than not using the app? Aside from this I rather like it.

*"Here be dragons" is a phrase used to denote dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of the medieval practice of putting sea serpents and other mythological creatures in blank areas of maps.