#30DayWritingChallenge: The internet and me.

Day Eighteen: The internet and me.

An average day, occasionally written in the first person plural.

06:09 AM
Woke up. Checked the phone for new messages and notifications. Fell asleep again halfway through.

07:23 AM
Woke up properly. New messages in Facebook (ignore until midday). Fed the cats; they had been scratching our legs for the last two hours.

08:19 AM
Twitter sinkhole.

09:46 AM
New Viber message. Did not open it yet so it will not be seenzoned. Opened Godsville and sent our hero to the arena.

10:27 AM
Have we had breakfast yet?

11:51 AM
Fourth political tweet of the morning. Liked seven posts in the Facebook feed. Nothing interesting when timeline was refreshed.

12:11 PM
No, LiNa we are not interested.

01:47 PM
Finished downloading yet another movie I will not be watching any time soon. Pokemon Shuffle.

02:02 PM
The new Fairy Tail chapter is up!

03:45 PM
Skimmed through the articles in io9, Wired, and The Mary Sue. Picked several articles from the RSS feeds. Scheduled some tweets for later and tomorrow.

04:17 PM
Argued with someone in Twitter. Subretweeted.

05:43 PM
Fed the cats. Stop coming between my face and the phone’s screen, Godzilla.

06:28 PM
Fifteen new Instagram hearts! Oh. Four of them were for previous photos.

07:01 PM
Nothing interesting in Pinterest. Why didn’t we see this Facebook private message sooner?

08:39 PM
Nothing worthwhile in Grindr. Nothing worthwhile in PlanetRomeo. Nothing worthwhile in Hornet. A new woof in Scruff, but we don’t like his profile bio.

09:11 PM
Thought up of a pretentiously smug tweet. Takes a photo with a book cover in the background for added smartypants appeal.

10:24 PM
We have not yet written anything for that #30DayWritingChallenge. Quick blog entry.

11:44 PM
Spotted another hoax in Facebook. Man, these kids on the internet.

12:51 AM
So sleepy. Don’t forget to plug the phone to the charger. Maybe one last look at Twitter…

#30DayWritingChallenge: The stories behind my profile pictures.

30-Day Writing Challenge

Early last month, I came across this 30-Day Writing Challenge graphic. Apparently, it was a piece of paper that was handed out during the recent Philippine Literary Festival (which I missed, huhuhu).

I’ve meant to try this challenge sooner. But I kept procrastinating until I thought, “Fuck this. I’ll start in October.”

So, hey. It’s October now. And here we go.

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The welfare of one person should not take priority over the needs of so many.

Before anything else, here are websites listing how people could help flood victims of Sendong:

Philippine Red Cross: Emergency Alert: Tropical Storm Sendong
Here’s To Life!: How to help victims of Tropical Storm Sendong

Aerial view of damages caused by flash floods brought by Tropical Storm Sendong in Cagayan De Oro. Image Credit: REUTERS/Stringer
Aerial view of damages caused by flash floods brought by Tropical Storm Sendong in Cagayan De Oro. Image Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

After President Aquino created a controversy for supposedly partying after in the aftermath of Sendong, this story about his youngest sister, Kris, is currently spreading around Facebook and was also quoted in Pinoyexchange (one needs to select and highlight the “hidden” text):

A friend of mine who’s volunteering at ABS-CBN right now texted me. She said they were already at Consolacion to distribute the relief goods to the people, the people were already lining up, when suddenly they rerouted and went back to Balulang. The reason? Kris Aquino is there and they have to fetch her and go back to Consolacion so that she can also help.

Imagine the faces of the people already waiting for the releif goods; All hungry and thirsty and still covered in mud and they all needed fresh clothes to change into…They were shocked to see the ABS-CBN trucks leaving. All they can do is watch and wait for them to come back again. That’s what my friend witnessed just a while ago.

It’s disgusting how Kris Aquino had to be given more importance over the flood victims who desperately needed help. Was is really necessary for all the trucks to leave in order to fetch one person? Couldn’t the ABS-CBN crew begin their relief program and just let Kris just join them when she arrives?

I don’t know whose decision it was to temporarily stop the relief program (to be fair to Kris, I am not assuming it was she who asked for the trucks to fetch her), and I am not belittling ABS-CBN’s efforts to help the flood victims. But an incident like this seems to show misplaced priority on the welfare of one celebrity over those of hundreds of people who truly needed help.

Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong) kills hundreds in the Philippines
PNoy’s ‘partying’ in Sendong aftermath sparks debate on propriety
Valerie draws flak for partying with PNoy during Sendong
Aquino sisters defend PNoy on ‘party’ issue

PinoyG4M kicked out of Facebook, Part 2.

A few days back, Facebook removed the original fan page of PinoyG4M, possible due to some stupid Facebook user reporting it to the Facebook moderators. When I filled out the appeal form for disabled Pages in Facebook, I received this auto-generated email reply:

Thank you for your email. Please note that the form you submitted is only meant for users to appeal the removal of their Page because it violated our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Therefore we do not offer support for general Page inquiries or the Page authentication process.

Please visit Facebook’s Help Center to view frequently asked questions regarding the Pages product. You can reach this section by clicking the link below:

http://www.facebook.com/help.php?page=175

If your appeal was for the removal of a Page of which you were an admin, please respond to this email and we will review your situation.

Thanks for contacting Facebook,

The Facebook Team

Reading through that response felt like my annoyance was mollified by a door knob.

Is it an admission of the general stupidity of Facebook users that the auto-response to an appeal for the removal of a Page is an explanation that what they just did was appeal for the removal of their Page?

But Facebook is a huge site populated with lots of people making all sorts of requests everyday. And some many most people do not bother with the niceties of choosing where their requests will be addressed to on the grounds that if they know what they want Facebook to do for them, the Facebook support team should certainly know what those users mean, too.

Working in Customer Service and Technical Support gave me a very dim view of the depths of human stupidity, so please don’t blame for being so cynical. At least I’m following Facebook’s instructions.

There will be more of this when I receive another reply from The Facebook Team.

PinoyG4M kicked out of Facebook.

Facebook removed the PinoyG4M fan page. Bern sent me an SMS last night, telling me the page was removed because of a reported violation.

This was in my homepage when I logged in to Facebook:

Your Page “pinoyg4m” has been removed for violating our Terms of Use. A Facebook Page is a distinct presence used solely for business or promotional purposes. Among other things, Pages that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed. We also take down Pages that attack an individual or group, or that are set up by an unauthorized individual. If your Page was removed for any of the above reasons, it will not be reinstated. Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in the permanent loss of your account.

If you need further assistance with this issue, please visit http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=page_disabled.

PinoyG4M logoLet me see: The page is not hateful, nor does it attack any individual or group. It was created by one of the site moderators, so it was not set up by some unauthorized individual. It seemed that it was threatening to at least person who reported it to the Facebook admins. I’m not too sure about obscene.

It’s true that the Facebook page is often used by Facebook users to post number and invitations for hook-ups, but that’s merely text. And there aren’t really any raunchy language used. Compared to lots of Facebook users that are not afraid of dying of pneumonia by the way they show a lot of skin in their photos, the PG4M page is actually pretty tame.

Here are the Facebook Pages Terms:

  1. Pages are special profiles that may only be used to promote a business or other commercial, political, or charitable organization or endeavor (including non-profit organizations, political campaigns, bands, and celebrities).
  2. You may only administer a Facebook Page if you are an authorized representative of the subject of the Page.
    Pages can only post content and information under the “everyone” setting.
  3. When you publish content or information to your Page we have no obligation to distribute your content or information to users.
  4. If you use a Like Box or similar widget off of our site to promote your Page, others will be able to copy and place the widget elsewhere.
  5. You may not place a Like Box or similar widget in an advertisement.
  6. If you collect user information on your Page, Section 9 of this Statement also applies to you.
  7. If you display any content on your Page that is an ad or could be construed as an ad, that content must comply with the ad requirements of the Advertising Guidelines.
  8. You may not establish terms beyond those set forth in this Statement to govern the posting of content by users on a Page you administer, except you may disclose they types of content you will remove from your Page and grounds for which you may ban a user from accessing the Page.
  9. You will restrict access to your Page in order to comply with all applicable laws. For example, if your Page includes content not suitable for minors, you will use your Page to block minors from accessing your Page.

Facebook has had a long history of seemingly homophobic content moderation, so I’m not so shocked that they removed our website’s fan page given that our website is targeted towards gay and bisexual men. But that does not mean I am fine with what they did nor will take this sitting down.

While I am still considering what is the best course of action to get an explanation why the page was removed, I decided it is easier, all in all, to create a new fan page instead of appealing to reverse Facebook’s decision. I will, however, demand to know on what grounds was the page removed.

Finally, I was able to get into Google+. I can’t wait for Google to open Google+ to the public so that I could slowly remove myself from Facebook.

Here is the URL to the new PG4M Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/PinoyG4M/162099133861855