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    1. Hello Ankur,

      First of all, what I pass off as “haiku” are not really truly puristically (is there such a word) haiku. By that standard, yes, yours is a haiku too.

      But what the heck – your words are true and that’s all that matters.

      Thank you for your visit and comment 🙂
      Eric

    1. Ah, and you’re a kind one, Indira.

      Thank you,
      Eric

      Wins a one man race
      Loses race with his shadow
      Good to know one’s place 🙂

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  1. People spent so much time posting their day to day mundane stuff on FB. FB is so flooded with photos that I wonder if anyone is interested to see or read. But my greatest concern is if the “bad guys” will use such info to create their scamming plots. Very much like the Apps these days, they want to have access to more and more of our personal info, when we want to install them.

    1. Hello Windy dear,

      Everyone is shouting louder and louder to be heard but that only adds to the noise. It is one thing to snap pictures for your personal memory files but to force it on your friends? LOL.

      Reminds me of the old days – before internet and FB – when people invited you over after they returned from holidays. You know very well that you will be trapped while the husband insists on playing all the videos they took on their vacation.

      Now it is worse. Your personal data is compromised.

      Oh well. Trust the week has been great for you.

      All good wishes for the weekend ahead,
      Eric

      I, me, and myself
      Living life in a fish bowl
      Try getting a life

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  2. better to switch off
    live friendships in the real world
    where does WordPress fit?

    Hmm, there was I heading one way before I read Bill’s comment and had to think again.

    1. Hello Sarah,

      Good question wrapped in an apt haiku.

      Like most inventions, social media is not bad per se. What use is it put to? I follow some sites that promote health, nature conservation and eco-friendly initiatives that replace bad human practises. Educational and also entertaining and helps me adopt good practises.

      And as authors – we need a social media presence, as demanded by agents and publishers.

      Cheers
      Eric

      Uses, abuses
      The poppy plant is faultless
      We reap as we sow

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

      1. Oh and isn’t that an apt haiku to illustrate your point – wonderfully done. As a race we use and abuse the gifts/ technology etc we have for our own ends all the time.

    1. Good for you. I believe many people who gave up FB can relate to that.

      Cheers,
      Eric

      Zombies around us
      Put lifetime to better use
      Living dead not life

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

    1. Hello Ina,

      Short and sweet.

      Cheers,
      Eric

      Click, click, click he went
      It was no virtual truck
      Death sprang from small screen

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  3. Dear Eric,

    Most apropos poem there. I eschew facebook, even though most writing folk state how imperative it is to have an account there, part of the ol’ writer’s platform and all that.

    I did belong–briefly–for people who were at a writing conference, but I have since deleted it. I find that most social networks are a huge drain, and eliminate the once-favored actual face to face and real bonafide conversation! Passe, I suppose.

    I wonder how many true ‘friends’ people have out there…

    All good wishes, my friend!
    Paul 🙂

    1. Dear Paul,

      Always good to have you visit and contribute.

      Agents and publishers expect authors to maintain a social media presence. A tiny handful don’t need to, I suppose, as their fans put up platforms. Somewhat unrelated perhaps but I heard of one famous Indian actress who has 20,000 blogs dedicated to her by her fans.

      I blog and got to know many wonderful folks whom I would not have otherwise met. Locally, yes, I would rather meet and greet face-to-face.

      Trust that all is well, my dear friend,
      Eric

      There are friends and friends
      A handful or even one
      Better than many

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

    1. Hello Celestine,

      Glad to have triggered a smile

      Cheers!
      Eric

      It took but one smile
      Triggered her smile, made my day
      Received more than gave

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  4. Click and go friendship…you’ve nailed it, my special buddy. I left Facebook last year (gosh, nearly a year ago) and I don’t miss it at all. Hugs for you. xXx

    1. Hello Jane, dear buddy

      Good for you, and amazing isn’t it that once out—we don’t really miss it.

      I’m still on FB but only to keep in touch with family all over the world, and a few good friends. Had over 500 “friends” but over the years I culled the numbers. Now down to 200 and will aim to reduce to 100 by year end.

      Luv and hugz,
      Eric

      Cannot do without
      No more than an addiction
      Distracts from living

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

    1. Hello Bill,

      And a very good teaser that. Made me think a little. The classic (and cope out) answer – it depends. LOL.

      Cheers!
      Eric

      Solid as digits
      Virtual reality
      Actioned, accessed, stored

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  5. “Click and go friendship.” Right on the button there Eric. It reminds me of that futurist Alvin Toffler’s comment in his interesting book. He refers to the future as a time of the “hurry up handshake” pulling people behind you as you hasten on to the next quick social contact. 🙂

    1. Hello Ian

      People have become hamsters in a wheel, haven’t they? I too was once like that—difficult to swim against the current but it is doable, as I now know and am sure you do too.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

      Maximise one’s time
      Castles here, or foothold there
      Needle’s eye beckons

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

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