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Day 35: Let it snow :-)

Let It Snow ūüôā

My wife tells me I’m sick and twisted: ¬†I love snow. ¬†She, however, doesn’t care for snow at all, which is a pity, since we’re getting it right now. ¬†Well, actually, I should use the past tense, it’s just about over at the moment. ¬†We were expecting to get 6″ – 10″, though I’m hoping for a foot. ¬†Looking outside, looks like we probably got about 6″. ¬†Well, half-way there – it’s supposed to snow again this weekend, and possibly next week, and the temperatures aren’t going to rise above freezing until after that, so it’s going to be a nice, cumulative event. ūüôā

But, I’m not actually here to talk about the snow. ¬†Instead, I’m posting about some amusement over the various things I saw posted on Facebook about the snow. ¬†Social media often ends up being this cool little view into people’s minds ūüôā ¬†I’ve got about 2,500 friends on Facebook, around 300 of which I actually see posts from (yes, I have a lot of people who’s posts I don’t actively see in my timeline – it would be impossible for me to keep up! ¬†Heck, some days I can’t keep up with the people I have on my list…)

Originally, it was supposed to start snowing around 9 PM yesterday. ¬†That’s what the weather guys had predicted three days ago. ¬†As it got closer, the timeframe slowly moved to Midnight, then, 3 AM, then after sunrise.

But, people don’t keep up with that sort of information it seems. ¬†I woke up, looked outside, and there was just a very light dusting of snow as the sun began to rise. ¬†That’s when people started posting that there wasn’t any snow, and sort of making fun of the weather guys, and some even saying we weren’t really going to get any. ¬†Which is funny – I have multiple weather apps on my phone, and there’s quite a few websites you can pull up the radar on. ¬†Instead of looking at information and seeing what’s going on, people just start talking without looking. ¬†Which, of course, is really common on social networks – otherwise, if people actually looked at things and thought about them, we wouldn’t have a need for Snopes (seriously, Facebook should build a button, right beside “Like” and “Share” called “Snopes”, which when pressed, would automatically query Snopes for a subject, and post the result with the click of a button. ¬†That, or, someone could just write a plugin for Chrome. ¬†Hmmmmm…)

It wasn’t long after sunrise that the snow began in earnest. ¬†And it was wonderful.

Well, for me anyways. ¬†It might have been around 2 PM when I saw the first complaint that it needed to quit snowing. ¬†From someone who was making the fun of the fact it wasn’t snowing at 5 AM. ¬†As the day moved on – and the snow began to pile up – I kept seeing posts from people complaining about the snow. ¬†See, people aren’t really happy with the day unless they are complaining about something on Facebook these days. ¬†It didn’t matter if it’s stubbing their toe, President Obama addressing the nation, or the weather. ¬†People complain a lot in real life, and Facebook is an amazing amplifier for complaints.

Then, I see things like people posting radar images, or images from the live feeds of the traffic cameras. ¬†I’d see that they re-posted it 5-minutes ago, even though it was 5-hour old information. ¬†Which, well, in a snow-storm really negates the usefulness of the information entirely. ¬†There’s some things that are timeless information. There are somethings that time can just go ahead and slip away from, and it’s OK. ¬†Then, well, there’s some things you should probably look at the timestamp on.

Then, there were a couple of people who did the “wow, I haven’t seen this much snow in Wichita in years!” ¬†Except, well, last year in February we got 21″ of snow in the span of 4 days. ¬†Facebook brings out the best in our short-term memory ūüėČ

I’m not complaining about the snow on Facebook, of course – I like snow. ¬†But, I thought my blog was a great place to complain about Facebook instead ūüėČ ¬†(I’m really not complaining – I find it amusing, to be honest.)


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