The Great Giraffe Challenge (that’s not really that great)

This is the “Great Giraffe Challenge” that’s “sweeping” facebook at the moment.

The deal is I give you a riddle. You get it right you get to keep your profile pic. You get it wrong and you change your profile pic to a Giraffe for the next 3 days. MESSAGE ME ONLY SO YOU DON’T GIVE OUT THE ANSWER.
Here is the riddle: 3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors, It’s your parents and they are there for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open?
Remember… message me only. If you get it right I’ll post your name here. If you get it wrong change your profile.

For the record, don’t message me 😉


1) The “Rooster” – Feels that it is their job to tell Facebook “Good Morning” every day.

2) The “Lurker” – Never posts or comments on your post, but reads everything, and might make reference to your status if they see you in public.

3) The “Hyena” – Doesn’t ever really say anything, just LOLs and LMAOs at everything.

4) “Mr/Ms Popular” – Has 4,367 friends for NO reason.

5) The “Gamer” – Plays Farmville, Mafia Wars, AngryBirds,  Bakes virtual cakes and stuff, etc., ALL DAY.)

6) The “Cynic” – Hates their life, and everything in it, as evidenced by the sombre tone in ALL of their status updates.

7) The “Collector” – Never posts anything either, but joins every group and becomes fans of the most random stuff.

8) The “Promoter” – Always sends event invitations to things that you ultimately delete or ignore.

9) The “Liker” – Never actually says anything, but always clicks the “like” button.

10) “Drama Queen/ King” – This person always posts stuff like “I can’t believe this!”, or “They gonna make me snap today!”, in the hopes that you will ask what happened, or what’s wrong but then they never finish telling the story.

11) The “News” – Always updates you on what they are doing and who they are doing it with, no matter how arbitrary.

12) The “Thief” – Steals status updates… and will probably steal this….

Facebook “Spotted”

Wasn’t going to, but having read a post on one of these “Spotted” pages on facebook, has fired me up. The actual post itself is not important, but what I think of these pages I think is.

To quote my facebook status “All these “Spotted” facebook pages. Hope the admins realise they’ll be kicked off facebook. Does the phrase online bullying mean anything?”

Online Bullying I hear you say? Yes. It is. This is a relatively new thing, but a quick google search brings up this article from Dec 2012;

Spotted: CyberBullying

Paul Doyle | Contributing Writer

Since their inception, I have hitherto ignored comments made in poor taste about people on ‘Spotted’ Facebook pages. Although not very pleasant, frankly, I wasn’t bothered. I must however vocalize my discontent in the wake of being threatened by whoever runs the ‘Spotted: In Coppers’, and ‘Spotted: Dublin Bus’ pages.

After highlighting that a particularly vicious post made about a young girl amounted to cyberbullying and indeed telling the pages administrators exactly how I felt about them, the page they are running, and indeed the contemptible nature of bullying, I was informed that I should watch what I was saying, because this brave anonymous group are ‘‘closer to you than you think’’, I was also told that ‘‘you obviously have no friends or life, actually we’ve looked into it. You don’t’’.

For the past number of weeks, newspaper headlines have been telling us horrendous tales of young teens taking their own lives as a result of the distress caused by online bullying – this is becoming a serious national issue. We are faced with the question, ‘why are these kids doing this?’. If we look at the behaviour of many university students, the generation above them, it’s easy to come to a conclusion; they’re learning it from adults. The anonymity of the internet has enabled a kind of flippant vitriol, throwaway malevolence that we would dare not say in person but are free to utilize behind the subterfuge of online

Have a look at the rest of the article here.

The idea of “Spotted” was brought to me by a suggestion on one of my facebook pages. “Do you think it’s a good idea to set one up…” was asked. I searched on FB, and found quite a few. The description of the page is normally like this “Ever wanted to write that rant, or make that comment but dont want to cause an argument. On this page you can, Message me with your message and i will re-send it as my own status. 100% anonymous!”

But if you look at some of the content (of which I’m not posting any links to any page) it makes for awkward reading – specially when people are being named. This in fact is why I’m writing this now. I saw a post about someone I know – and it wasn’t very nice.

In these days of social media, and all the untoward that goes with. How does Facebook let sites like this carry on. For the main part they’ve got T&C’s to uphold, and in fairness, these pages violate those blatantly. But what about the lemmings that “like” these pages? You may actually like one yourself and thought “oh, it’s a bit of fun”. But underneath that surface, how would you like it, if a post was made about someone you know. Would you think it unfair or nasty? If you don’t think it’s nasty, then I might as well be talking to the sheep on the Brecon Beacons.

The point behind this, is to make you think. Make you aware.

First thing to do is on Facebook. Report the post. Facebook makes it quite easy and user friendly to do this and “walks you through” the process. Or check this website out;

More info about cyber bullying there.

Speaking as someone who has had his fair share of “anon” posts (although actually, that post had your IP address all over it – bit silly to do that from the office PC wasn’t it…), this phenomenon of “Spotted” is probably just a passing phase…. but why should passing phases be bullying?

Rihanna ‘most liked’ music star on Facebook in 2011

Rihanna has topped a list of the most popular music artists on Facebook during 2011.

The singer beat Avril Lavigne into third place with a page for reggae singer Bob Marley coming second in a rundown of the fastest-growing pages and most shared media of the year.

Rihanna, 23, also had the most listened to song with We Found Love, her number one single featuring Calvin Harris.

Megan Fox was most popular actress with David Beckham fifth in the sports list.

Elsewhere, the death of Osama Bin Laden was the top global topic on the social networking site with the Royal Wedding, Charlie Sheen, the death of Amy Winehouse and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 also in the top 10.

The Royal Wedding was top of people’s status updates in the UK according to the Memology rundown with the summer riots and reality show The Only Way Is Essex in second and third.

A set of satellite pictures from before and after the tsunami in Japan earlier this year was the most shared news article of the year.

Barcelona player Lionel Messi was the most popular sports star followed by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and WWE Universe wrestler John Cena.

Harry Potter topped the film chart and US show House was the most popular TV programme.

Top 10 UK status trends in 2011:

1. The Royal Wedding

2. UK riots


4. Death of Amy Winehouse

5. Death of Osama Bin Laden

6. Death of Gaddafi

7. Jessie J

8. Ed Sheeran

9. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

10. Reem

Top 10 most popular music pages in 2011:


2. Bob Marley

3. Avril Lavigne

4. David Guetta

5. Enrique Iglesias

6. Usher

7. Lady Gaga

8. Metallica

9. Green Day

10. Black Eyed Peas