My New HTC One



On May 4th, 2013 I got a new phone and I love it.  Strangely enough, I didn’t set out to buy this phone although it was on my short list of desirable phones.  Our contract expired on April 29th and so my wife and I pre-ordered the new Samsung Galaxy S4 and received it on April 27th.  We really liked those phones and my wife still has hers.  Mine had a problem immediately in that my Yahoo Mail and AT&T Mail would not work.  All of my other email accounts worked but these would not.  Then after a few days, I noticed another problem.  My GPS was very flaky and would work intermittently.  The only way I could get it to work would be to disable it and then re-enable it.  It was getting very irritating.  For the record, my wife’s phone did and still does work fine.  My wife called AT&T to inquire about it and they told her that it was still within the window to exchange it.  They initially said they would send another one but then told us to take it to the local store and exchange it and they would credit us with the exchange.  Both phones were the same price so there was no refund or additional charge expected.

I was working on laying some sod in the front yard so I could not go but my wife took it by the store and exchanged it.  The store did not have a phone available in stock to replace mine so she exchanged it for the HTC One.  She had remembered that I had spoken highly of it.  On May 4th, my phone was exchanged for this one.  I have to tell you that I am very satisfied with it.  One thing that is really awesome is the camera’s 1080p video and the 16:9 aspect ration on pictures taken.  The phone is very sturdy and has an aluminum case.  Even so, I bought this white Spec case for protection.  I really love this phone and would definitely recommend it.  The call quality seems to be very clear so far and that says a lot considering how my hearing is not that great.  I usually hate making phone calls via the cell phone because they are always garbled and choppy.  For that reason, I will never get rid of my house phone.  This phone does a good job in call clarity so far.  I am very critical of call quality and I will certainly let you know if I run into problems.

I am happy and can give you much more information about this phone if you care to know.  Just let me know and I will try to answer any questions.

Lack of Appreciation of Art

I don’t have an ounce of creativity so I struggle with placing value on art of any kind.  I have always been that way and can’t understand why. Some people think that art is the greatest thing ever while I see it as a waste of time. I don’t even listen to music.  This is one of the reasons why I just cannot see paying money for a song or a picture online.  To me, both would be a complete waste of money. If I want to look at a picture of something, I’ll go take it myself.

I don’t say this to be mean to anyone that is into art. I am just stating the reality that it does not interest me whatsoever. My whole family loves to play musical instruments and listen to music.  I usually listen to Christian or talk radio if I listen to anything at all. When I say Christian, I am not referring to music, but rather teaching stations.  I know that when I tell people this, they tend to think I am just trying to put down their interests but that is not it at all.

I’ve been to many arts festivals with people and honestly if it had not been for the food available, I would have been completely bored out of my mind.  When I look at the outrageous prices that are usually attached to these pieces of art, I am amazed that anyone would actually pay that, or anything for that matter.  I seem to be a logical thinker and not a creative thinker.  Usually, if someone convince me that something has tangible or value, I will pay attention.  Instinctively if I feel that something has no value to me, I tend to tune it out making me seem harsh, critical or just rude.

Again, I don’t mean to be that way and I struggle with it.  At work and college, we have taken personality tests and while they are different, they usually categorize people into one of two groups.  Either creative or logical or some variation thereof.  Also these categorizations usually vary in degree.  In every one that I have taken, I am on the extreme edge of being logical and non creative.  The one that stands out the most is the Meyers Briggs personality test where I came out as an ISTJ (introversion, sensing, thinking, judgment).  Hardly an ounce of creativity.

I really have to struggle to seem interested in the artistic things when I am around others. If I don’t, it seems like I am being rude to them because I am usually bored beyond measure and they may think I am bored with them.  It sucks being that way but I do try to put that aside when I a am around those that I care about.

Google+ Wandering in the Desert

What happened to the vanity URL implementation that was announced nine months ago? What happened to the merging of the messengers? As each day goes by, I am seriously thinking that Google is lost.  There are certain updates that are universally requested and I hear crickets coming from Google.  They are being smoked by Facebook and even Twitter.  For nearly two years I have been sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for Google+ to add basic functions and they are sitting on their hands.  I really want them to succeed but what I am seeing is another Google Wave failure.

You remember how Google Wave happened?  There was all this hype for invites. We waited anxiously for an invite.  Weeks became months.  Once we finally got an invite, they stopped us from inviting others.  Something happened.  We sat around with this cool toy that had no one on here that we knew and was not allowed to send invites. The incredibly slow opening cause all the hype to turn into a “what the hell” attitude that once it was opened up, no one wanted to try it.  Fast forward to Google+ and we are now seeing updates coming at a snails pace.  When they do come out, they are irrelevant updates that are not even interesting.

I know I sound like a kid ranting but seriously, it is true.  How long does it take to open up vanity URL’s? Really!?  This is a basic function that should have been available on the first day.  How long is it going to take Google+ to wake up and realize that people want the messenger on the desktop?  This is common sense stuff.  One of Facebook’s most popular features is the Instant messenger because it can be used on the desktop AND mobile.  Google Talk is great but you cannot use it on the iPhone at all.  Sure you can download third party apps but every single one of them shut down on you after a specified time.

I keep reading these ridiculous stories about how their “long term plan” is genius. What?  That is what a person says when they have no answer.  When a person says “Quality over quantity” they usually are just making an excuse for their slow action.  In the beginning I really thought that they were just trying to perfect updates, now I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that Google is lost and has no idea how to do these things.

I really want Google+ to be better than Facebook but let’s be honest, they are not even close. Not even in the same league.  I hear people on Google+ talk about how Facebook users are so immature and act like children but I really believe that is an attempt to belittle a system that is so far superior that it is not even close. If you can’t tear down the system, go after the users.  I’ll go on checking the page from time to time with low expectations but unless they start updating some things fast, it may be too late. You can read all these stories about the rapid growth all you want but the reality is that the enthusiasm is in a free fall.  This is coming from someone that really really wants Google+ to overtake Facebook.  I honestly cannot see it happening if Facebook stopped growing today.  The lackluster sense of urgency to compete just isn’t there.  I see Google+ turning into the next AOL or Myspace very soon if they don’t start taking this seriously.

Suspended Facebook Again

A few days ago I posted an opinion online about something and was immediately called names and I was pretty fed up already so this was just about all I could take. Strangely enough, I have not missed it.  I’ve always preferred Twitter anyway.   Facebook has always been one of those places where you have to be extra careful what you say because you have real family and real friends.  To be honest, social networking sometimes gets on my nerves because people just cannot stop posting about politics day and night.  I purposely turn off the news because I don’t want to  hear about politics.  Then once I go onto a social networking site, people are posting about it all the time.  I have found that I am a much happier person when I turn  off the news.  It is not that I don’t want to hear about other people’s hardships but I don’t want to hear the slanted commentary that usually accompanies it.  I know how the politics on the news tends to put me in a very grouchy mood so I turn it off. The last thing I want to do is go onto a social networking site and hear the same stuff that I was trying to avoid on the news.  I am very conservative and even I get tired of hearing Fox News almost as much as I get tired of hearing MSNBC.  Here we are months later and they are still talking about Benghazi. It is not that I disagree with them but listening to it all the time just gives  you the impression that there is no way to win.

I may turn my Facebook back on at some point but right now I am not missing it.  Maybe it is because I have been sick this week but nevertheless, I am enjoying the peace.  My youngest son and his wife canceled their accounts many months ago and seem to not miss it.  Maybe it is my turn to try that for a while.

Why I Only Use the King James Version of the Bible

There is a movement out there that agrees with my stand that the Authorized King James version is the only trustworthy English translation of the Bible.  They base this belief on putting more relevance on one method of translation over another.  While I could join into that conversation and find some relevance in it, my thoughts are along a different line.  I am trying look at things through a practical way of thinking, for example, what would cause the least confusion, etc.  The explanation that I hear most for those using other translations is for ease of understanding. They claim that the King James does not use modern day language so that it may be more difficult to understand.  Following this logic, I would assume that in their eyes, the King James, being difficult to understand may be a hindrance to someone spending time reading the Bible.  This to me seems like a logical and very influential point to be made.  Adding to this, one might say that one translation method is superior over another making one more accurate than another. Those that advocate one translation over another will point out the weaknesses of the methods used to translate others translations over their preferred, and also point out entire verses that have been removed, etc.  I do have my opinions on this as well but I will not go into it in this post.  That is a completely different argument in itself but it tends to lead to the same issue that I do want to talk about in this post.

I have several reasons for only using the King James separate from those mentioned above with respect to translation methods.  One is the appearance of confusion to the un-learned and the other is standardization in learning.  The appearance of confusion can be clarified in this… When a new person is evangelized and convinced to follow the Christian faith, they are likely a bit overwhelmed with how little they know.  When they go to do some research to learn, they are met with 15 different translations. When they search the Internet to find out what translation is best, they are met with thousands of articles point out the virtues of one translation while pointing out the heresy in others.  To a new convert, this can lead to confusion or outright frustration.  The question can arise… “Which one is right?”   To those that have more maturity in their learning, they may think of the various translations as not being in conflict but rather a different way of saying the same thing…A way to better understand the original text.  To one that does not know, they will see one as being right and the others being flawed.  There are plenty of people on both sides that would agree with them, making it even more confusing.  There are many that are mature in their knowledge that will argue that other translations are heresy and are more than happy to go to this un-learned person to convince them not to use one translation over another.  There are many other reasons that I choose not to use any other translation.

Probably one of the reasons that I am so staunch in my stand that I will only use the King James version is for standardization.  Many people including myself have older relatives and friends that have been Christian for decades.  They can quote scripture on a subject to point out whether something is Biblical or not.  This is similar to the courts system’s duty to interpret law by whether or not it is Constitutional.  We as Christians have a duty to learn and understand scripture as is told in the Bible…

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV”

People commit the scriptures to memory because the world is against God.  When the world comes against the believer, they must know the words of God from the Bible.  I am not saying that a person must memorize every verse in the Bible but it is inevitable that certain scriptures will be retained, word for word.  Historically our grandparents could quote many scriptures in the Bible to make points to us in their endeavors to teach us.  Since at that time, all that was available was the King James, those scriptures were taught  in those words.  Now, it a person decides they want to learn the scriptures of the New Living Translation (NLT) for example, there will be confusion when he or she is joined with someone who has learned the King James when their combined efforts to teach someone else is joined together.  I am sure that many people have been in the same situation as I have when I have gone to church and the preacher puts a verse on the board and we look it up so we can follow.  He is reading from the American Standard Version (ASV) and I am reading the King James Version. I find myself getting confused because he is reading different words and throwing off my concentration.  This is just one of the things that bothers me about using other translations.

I am sure that the motive people have for using other translations is pure.  I am not saying they are wrong for using them though many people would vehemently disagree.  My point in this is that it makes it too easy to get confused and less likely to commit scripture to memory.  It is hard enough to get people do spend time in the Bible learning the words of God. When you throw in 15 different translations, it is just another excuse not to read the Bible.  The devil beats us all in the name of being busy.  We are too busy with life to spend time in God’s word.  Add to this that the church cannot agree on a single translation of the Bible and you have confusion.

It is my contention that God never wanted confusion. Paul even said so much to the Corinthians.

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV”

I am not saying that people are bad if they use different translations of the Bible but I am saying that potential is there for confusion to creep in.  If a person does not believe that one translation is right, it leaves open the door for a lack of faith.  In Romans 14 it says…

“And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Romand 14:23 KJV”

This scripture as others, needs to be read in its context. Never take a single scripture quoted to you at face value without first reading the whole chapter to get the context of the verse.  The point of me posting Romans 14:23 is to show that to a person that does not believe something to be righteous, and yet they still do it, to them it is sin.  The context of this verse relates to the rituals of one group putting more emphasis on one thing over another  in their worship to God.  It can be applied here in this context.  To me, the Authorized King James Version is the only version that “I” have complete faith in.  For that reason, when someone starts quoting some other translation to me, I leave with a question mark until I can get home and search to see what the King James version says.  When we bring multiple versions of the Bible into a group that already lacks the discipline to spend time learning God’s words, then I think the devil wins.  He succeeds in keeping Christians immature in their learning and so, keeps their testimony weak.  If I am wrong, then I apologize.  I just have a very strong conviction on this and I tend to shy away from web sites that quote other translations.  If I don’t have complete faith in its accuracy or application, then I tend to shy away from them.

I hope this post is not offensive and not taken as an attack by those that use other translations.  I am just telling you my reasoning and conviction.  If you disagree with my take on this, then there is nothing I can do. It was certainly not meant to single anyone or any translation out as being inaccurate.  That is another discussion.

Don't Be Angry

When I woke up yesterday, I knew how the election was going to turn out.  There are times when you just have a gut feeling how things are going to go.  I told a couple of coworkers this feeling yesterday and was pretty much scolded for even saying so.  Honestly, this outcome does not surprise me because the election is more of a symptom of a bigger problem. Two states passed laws legalizing marijuana use. Two states passed laws legalizing homosexual marriage.  Who won the Presidential position is a small sign of a bigger problem.  This election and the things that passed could not have happened if the people did not want it.  You can argue about media bias, or racial unrest, or any other legitimate claim but it does not address the true issue of what is going on in the world.   If we spent as much time reading the Bible as we did following politics and being part of the world, we would see that what is happening is supposed to be happening.  The Bible predicted these days several times.  In Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, Romans 1, etc.  Probably nothing says it better than 2 Thessalonians 2:3

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; KJV

Make sure you read the entire chapter in its context and not just the verse.  I really don’t like quoting individual versus without the whole chapter.  The main point in this verse that I am making a point of is the “falling away” part.  We, the church have fallen away.  We have conformed to this world in opposition to Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. KJV

Just look around at the world and look at the church.  We have become the world.  We never speak of sin because we worry about offending others. We are so busy trying to be part of the world that we’ve lost our salt. Everywhere you look, the church is corrupt and so judgment has begun with us and we have brought it on ourselves just as it is spoken in 1 Peter 4:17

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? KJV

Instead of being angry about an election, we need to be looking deeper than that.  We have forsaken spending time in God’s word. Instead of being angry this morning, how about looking within and asking whether you have become part of the world like I have.  How could you be spending time in God’s word and not know that the world would fall away from God?  Let’s not forget 2 Corinthians 6:17…

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, KJV

Before you allow yourself to get angry, just remember that the same Bible that predicted the world we are living, also shows that God wins in the end.  Just dwell on that and be happy this morning. I wanted to post something more indepth this morning but I have to go to work.


Disclaimer: I hate Apple and everything they stand for.

Since I am stuck with Apple until my contract expires in May, I went ahead and upgraded my phone to iOS6 yesterday.  It seems to live up to my expectations of being crap.  The one thing that just irritates me more than most about Apple is their ongoing war with Google.  Regardless of how you feel about either company, the customer should be the number one concern.  People want to be able to use whatever app you want and are even willing to pay for them.  This new version is nothing more than another slap at the customer by taking away Google Maps to put their own map in there. I can see adding it and letting the customer choose but in typical fashion, Apple and their tyrannical regime strong arms the paying customer into what they want.  I’ve been upset with Apple for years and this is just another example of why.  You already cannot get access to Google Talk app on Apple.

Apple has the most over priced products of all time. There is zero justification for the price differential for their products.  Even if I were to concede their products were better quality which I cannot, there is no way you could say they were 100% better to justify their 100% increase in price.  The truth is that Apple products are not better quality at all.  It is nothing more than a taste issue.  It is like saying country music is better than rock. If you find someone that likes rock, they will laugh at you. The person that likes country will agree.

The fact that Apple tries to sue for everything that even looks similar is another reason to hate them.  My day is April 29th, 2013 where I am paroled from that sorry company. I will never own another Apple product again. I can barely stand the followers of Apple because they walk around with their heads in the clouds.

You may remember that I posted this video on November 25, 2011 where it so accurately portrays the average Apple fan.  Non Apple fans get this video completely because it is so true.  If you are an Apple fan, I am sorry to offend you but I told you in the disclaimer. If you read beyond that point, it is your own fault.  I have never owned an Apple computer, ipad, or ipod. I broke down and bought three iphones for myself, wife and my son. My son has already changed away and my wife and I are changing at the end of my contract.  I have to say that I have not seen anything on iOS6 that makes it worth the download. It took nearly two hours to upgrade two phones yesterday. Then when I got home, I upgraded my wife’s and it took about an hour.  About the only thing on there that I saw that was worth anything was the “Find my friends” app.  You can already do that with Google Latitude… Well, at least until Apple tries to strong arm the paying customer to use their product against their will.  There you have it. iOS6 is not worth the download.

The World Has Flipped Its Axis

I am just about at the end of my rope in listening to the world  and its mob rule attitude.  Ronald Reagan once said in a speech…

The Democrats say that the United States has had its days in the sun, that our nation has passed its zenith.

While I agree with most things Ronald Reagan said, I think this statement may be true.  It may not have been  true at the time he said it but it certainly is now.  When I was young, I use to read the Bible and listen to the prophecies about what it would be like in the last days. I use to think that it was so bad that it would never reach that point in my lifetime.  I remember a time when being a Christian was seen as honorable. Parents would approve of their child dating someone based on that fact alone.  A Christian was seen as a resume enhancement, a positive character trait, a sign of an trustworthy person. The world seemed to be a completely different planet than we have today.

The Bible speaks of the times before Jesus’ return and says in Romans 1:21 – 32…

21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.

24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:

25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

This was just a sample of the many scriptures that spoke of life in the last days.  There are many more out there that I could quote but this is just an example. When I was younger and was living in the world that I described above, the things described in this scripture were pretty much agreed upon that they were bad.  Now here we are just a few decades later, and the world has completely reversed itself on virtually every issue that is important in the Bible.  Not only has people’s attitude changed on the issues, being a Christian is actually described as being hate filled.

Things that were historically known as right have become wrong. Things that were historically seen as wrong, have now become right.  People will tell you there is no such thing as an absolute right or an absolute wrong.  In the next breath they will tell you that you are absolutely wrong if you disagree with them.  Our country historically was seen as one that tried to do right by all people and even though it failed many times.  Now we live in a country that is so divided on issues that we now have mobs ready to run the streets.  We have a media that makes a living off of fanning the flames to agitate people to rise up in violence.

I remember a time when such actions were looked down upon and people would be shunned for doing this.  Now we have celebrities like Spike Lee and Roseanne Barr giving out the personal addresses of the parents of someone they think did something wrong even though no charges have been files.  They do this after the media has been fanning the flames for over a month for the sole purpose of getting black people enraged.

These irresponsible celebrities are making an assumption that the parents are hiding their adult son that has yet to be charged with a crime.  This poor family is in danger for their lives to go to their own home.  Roseanne Barr is not only not apologizing but having an all out war against anyone that would criticize her doing it.  We have the bill of rights that are supposed to protect citizens from being falsely charged with crimes.  There are activists such as The Black Panthers that are offering money for the capture of this person that has still not been charged with a crime.  There is Louis Farrakhan that is giving speeches that they are not subject to “the white man’s laws” or the “American laws”.  The media that is willfully and purposely fanning the flames of hate are silent when those that truly are hate filled and truly are racist are advocating violence.  The media refuses to shine the light on this while continuing to fan the flames.

As each day goes by, I am just amazed at the accuracy of the Bible prophecy.  I am amazed at how one generation has brought this country from the country of good will and helping people to the country of hate.  I know there has always been hate and always has been racism but never before have we had such an activist media actively getting involved in the revolution of our great country.  The American journalist has become the common every day Communist agitator bent on overthrowing our nation.  The agitation that is going on is not simply for ratings as people think.  Those in the media genuinely believe that Communism is the way to go and that the Soviet Union lost out on a great opportunity by having dictators.  Unfortunately they do not understand that Communism cannot be implemented without a dictator emerging.  The so called “dictatorship of the Proletariat” spoken of by Karl Marx is simply impossible and will always result in a totalitarian dictator of a ruler.

How did we get here?  Some will say that we in the church are to blame by not spending time in God’s word and learning his words. Some will say that we have not loved the world enough so they have turned on us.  Some will say the world is actually better now because the world is being rid of the Christians that restrict rights.  That last statement could not be further from the truth. The crime, hatred, discontent seems to be accelerating despite having unprecedented freedoms to be as depraved as a person may want to be.  When there are families where dads are not taking responsibility for their families, that is not getting better. When the American people are so divided that people are ready to go on a mob tirade, that is not better.   No matter how you want to spin it, the world is not better.  As the scripture says above in Romans 1:22…

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools

We are living in a time where more people have college educations that ever before yet, they cannot see common sense.  People brag about the advancements in technology and education and yet, we have a media and activists that are going unchallenged in their successful attempts at convincing blacks that people are racist against them.  They do it so much that people that ordinarily would not be racist find themselves being fed up with being called racist that the do become angry.  It is just beyond me how we have people in the name of ridding the world of racism are the very ones that keep stirring the pot.  They are the ones that continuously poke and prod at blacks just to get them angry.  I am not saying that racism does not exist, but rather that racism is a lot smaller problem than the media would have you believe.  Most white people just want to live in peace with their black neighbors but the media and black leaders will not allow that to happen.  They have agendas to constantly agitate people to anger all the time.  Karl Marx was very big on agitation to get people riled in an attempt to organize the masses into revolution to overthrow not only the government but society as a whole.

The media today is taking Mr. Marx advice and keeping people angry for a purpose. It is not simply for ratings.  This agitation is calculated for the purpose of angering the people into revolution.  If you are looking around you, it is clear to see that it is working in a big way.  Karl Marx used class warfare to agitate and if you read documents from the Communist group, The Fifth International,  you can see that it is calculated to use black anger to force an uprising.  The media will never tell you what they are doing because if they came right out and admitted they were Communist, they would lose lot of influence.  I have seen some crazy things in my lifetime but the one thing that still amazes me today is how the media and society as a whole has forgotten that people are innocent until proven guilty. In today’s world, a simple accusation can ruin a person’s career and life.  There does not have to be any substance to the claim for it to work.  The media will get on a story and badger a falsely accused person until the whole nation is convinced of their guilt.

One day I was walking home from high school in Del City, OK in 1983 when I saw a KWTV van sitting in front of one of my neighbor’s house.  As soon as we got close enough, the reporter stuck a camera in our faces and asked us if we knew the guy that lived there.  When we told her yes, then she started asking us if we had seen any kids come from that house.  She told us that the guy that lived there had been accused of sexually molesting kids.  As a teenager, that event never left me.  I did know the guy that lived there and do not believe that he committed those crimes.  The point is that from that day forward, I decided that my kids would never be allowed to have friends over at our house if my wife was not there.  American and the world for that matter has reached a point where a simple unfounded accusation will be believed. If a person is later found to be innocent, the media will be very low profile on their reporting of it  if the mention it at all.

It is quite an amazing time to be in that is for sure.  Enjoy it while you have it because I truly believe that we will have riots in the streets very soon if not sooner.

Twitter Trending Topics = Disappointment

Twitter created a FEATURE a couple years ago called Trending Topics intended to help the casual check in to get a quick look at what is going on, TRENDING on Twitter.  This feature seemed to be a promising tool in the beginning but it seems like Twitter has just dropped to ball and did not complete the task.  I have a couple of complaints about it and the first one is that it does not have all major metro areas in the United States even after two to three years.  My home town of Oklahoma City is a good size city with about 580,000 and a metro area approaching  1.3 million.  The trending topics are intended to allow users to set up their home town so you can keep up with what is going on in your area.  At the very least they should have at least one city in each state but in typical fashion those on the West coast think of this  part of the country as “fly over country”.  It never even crosses their minds that people actually live here and are just as likely to use their tools as anyone else.

Another complaint that I have about the trending topics is that for those of us that do  not have our city available on here, we are stuck with leaving it open to world wide.  People get large groups of people together and tell each other to post using a hash tag, or term. A hash tag is a term preceded by pound sign, number sign, hash sign, “#”.  For example, someone would put #OKCThunder so that when people search for #OKCThunder, they can follow every post that has that hash tag in the sentence.  Honestly, I do not see the need in hash tags because the term could just as easily been OKCThunder without the hash mark.  Anyway… Back on subject… When these large groups get together and tell each other to post #MrGreenJeans for example, all people see in their trending topics is MrGreenJeans.  The topic is not really a topic at all but rather some teenagers playing around.  The end result is that the intent of the trending topics is hijacked and people are not able to get that cursory look at what is going on in the world.

For those that at Twitter, if you are listening, please add Oklahoma City on your trending topics list.  We are a sizable crowd that actually do care about what goes on around here.  At least we could filter the noise down to something that we are interested in.  If MrGreenJeans interests those in New York, and not in this area, then we can filter that noise out.


I have decided that I will try the same methods that others have been using to try to get Oklahoma City added to the list.  My first attempt was to post this thread on OKCTalk.

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