#VT – Dan posted the following to the Huntington FPF the other day, and the responses have been loads of fun…
A couple weeks ago the residents of Upper East Street woke to the sight of a wooden step ladder bravely standing upright and proud just across the ditch on the edge of the woods. It’s a lonely looking step ladder with no houses nearby and no apparent purpose in life such as a large tree nearby to to help someone climb into.
I am hoping readers will post a response answering one or all of the following questions:
1.) The real answer as to how it got there and what it’s purpose is,
2.) The most logical explanation you can come up with,
3.) The most whimsical explanation, or most importantly
4.) What it’s thinking as it silently watches all the busy humans buzzing up and down the road.
I would appreciate your help with this as ever since it appeared I’ve been struggling with getting a good nights sleep.
A recent study from The University of Canterbury at New Zealand shows… What was a bit surprising was how Facebook fared: It placed 29th out of 30 daily behaviors that study participants were asked to rank. In fact, it would seem, the only thing that makes people happy less than Facebook is recovering from illness. Facebook ranked 28th in engagement and 24th in pleasure. It ranked dead last in meaning…
Ranking higher than Facebook on the happiness, meaning and engagement meter were housework, studying, and paid work… I’m not a huge housework fan, but when it comes to happiness, meaning and engagement, I get more out of housework than I get from Facebook. After I clean the kitchen, for example, I am happy with how nice it looks. There’s meaning in what I did: My family has clean dishes and a clean workspace. We don’t worry about food poisoning… I think the point is that activities with purpose give us happiness, meaning and a sense of engagement — and Facebook all too often seems to serve none of these areas. That should worry businesses who hope to use Facebook to their benefit.
Here’s a prediction: Foursquare will be the next highly-funded casualty in the social media sphere… Rather than be disruptive, Foursquare is being dysfunctional. The company is trying desperately to follow industry leaders instead of leading an industry. They are stuck in social media no man’s land.
Foursquare was founded in 2009 as a local “check-in” service. To-date, the company has raised more than $70 million (the last funding valued the company at $600 million). In 2010, Facebook, Google and Yelp added their own version of Foursquare’s most compelling feature ““ the check-in. This summer, after getting crushed for two years by competitors, Foursquare decided to finally de-emphasize check-in and the game it had created around becoming “mayor” of a location. Only geeks with dreams of being the Michael Bloomberg of the Soho Starbucks were playing…
Don’t get me wrong; checking in is useful on a user’s primary social platform if they don’t mind the privacy implications. Many people want to let friends know where they are or brag about being at a cool event. But like the GPS was to TomTom, the “check-in” is to Foursquare. It was their one trick. Satellite navigation went into both cars and phones ““ bruising TomTom. Similarly the check-in was built into Facebook, Yelp, Google and Trip Advisor. Will it be the death of Foursquare’s pony? By the time Foursquare realized they were becoming irrelevant, it was too late. I estimate that the company has cash for 12 more months of operation with its current 150 employees. There may still be time for a fix.
Folks may weary of seeing missing animals on the Starksboro Front Porch Forum, but after this evening I can report that they can be worthwhile. Thanks to a listing on FPF we were able to reunite a missing cats with his owner. He was a mile from home and on the roof of the town offices — most likely trying to get high enough to see how far he was from home!
And from the climbing cat’s owner…
Ohhh Happy Days!! Thank you so much to all who helped with the rescue mission!
I received a call asking what my kitty looked like as there had been a cat perched on top of the town offices all day, and they had fetched a ladder and had retreived him from the roof and had him safely in the library.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped Robin Hood return safely home!! I am in heaven! Thank you FPF!
On Sunday, November 11th, from Noon to 3:00pm, the VYCC and Vermont Foodbank are partnering to host a Hurricane Relief event, Smash4Sandy. Participants who donate to the VYCC’s relief efforts will be able to throw a pumpkin out of the West Monitor Barn at a variety of targets below to win fun prizes. The funds raised will be used to distribute produce from local Vermont farms to victims of Sandy. The in-person Smash4Sandy event kicks off an online fundraising effort, with a goal of raising $25,000.
Stop by the VYCC on Sunday; make a donation to one of the teams; or better yet, create your own team and set a goal. Join a growing group of individuals and organizations who are coming together to support our neighbors to the south. Event details can be found at http://www.smash4sandy.wordpress.com, or call Thomas Hark directly at 802.922.0266.
#VT – … my kids, reading over my shoulder, decided they too want to be in-the-know. So they’ve both signed up for FPF, without assistance from me.
My 14-year-old daughter wants to help find lost cats for neighbors; my 11-year-old son looks forward to finding out about yard sales where he can find electronics bargains.
Maybe they’re not unique, but I thought it was a tribute to what you’ve created that these members of our youngest generation have added your service to the few they subscribe to — and one that, as a parent, I trust is “safe” for them to read!
From a mother and Front Porch Forum member in Essex.