My turn: Facebook is modern day scrapbook

I love social networking … knowing that my neighbors are baking bread, my friends are celebrating birthdays, or my cousins are off to the zoo. When I was a child, Mrs. Frances Christo provided Portales with just such snippets of information in her News-Tribune column.

Wednesday morning briefing: High cotton and a girl’s best friend

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing.

Too much in your face(booking)

Facebook is being blamed as a top cause of relationship problems and divorces, according to online stories I read, and in a New York Times article, I read that social Web sites such as Topix are causing big problems in small towns as people take traditionally coffee shop gossip to social networks. We can’t blame […]

My turn: Never question misery

Some Facebook friends frequently post such reassurances as, “God is good all the time;” “God works in mysterious ways;” “He has a reason for everything;” “It is not for us to question, only to trust him.” • Mean Irene’s recent visit to the East Coast was a wrist-slap compared to other acts of God’s goodness. […]

How young is too young for Facebook?

Daniel Vasquez August Of the 20 million Facebook users under the age of 18 who have actively used the site in the past year, 7.5 million were younger than 13, according to Consumer Reports’ latest State of the Net survey. Meaning, they’re so young that they violate even Facebook’s terms of service, which requires that […]

New twist: Let’s remake bad movies

A few weeks ago, I wrote about social networking, and the difference between Facebook and Google+. In brief, the starting point is the difference, because Facebook starts with the concept that everybody sees everything and Google+ starts with everybody sees nothing unless you say so. Over the past few weeks, I’ve found starting points everywhere […]

My turn: Facebook makes me hungry

I recently found and was added to a new group on Facebook. Some former residents put together a group dedicated to old Portales memories.The group quickly grew and now has almost 500 members. Many of them are past graduates and people who have moved away over the years. Some of them report to have been […]

My turn: Facebook groups to ‘Like’

Facebook users are constantly asked to join such groups as, “Press ‘Like’ if you think that Obama is the Antichrist,” or “Press ‘Like’ if you think that ‘333 X 2’ should not be taught in public school higher math classes.” Here are some local Facebook groups that I’m inviting you to join. • “Press ‘Like’ […]

My turn: Traveling scarf starts friendships

Alisa Boswell I have had a project going on Facebook called Friendship of the Traveling Scarf. A friend gave me a bright and colorful scarf in February and in a fit of spontaneity and boredom, I took about five self-portraits with the scarf and posted them on Facebook. After this, the friend who gave me […]

ENMU briefs — May 4

More ENMU students recieving Lottery scholarships In the 2010 spring semester, Eastern New Mexico University had more students receiving Lottery Scholarships than New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College and Western New Mexico University combined. ENMU had 825 students receiving Lottery Scholarships, compared to 315 at NMHU, 198 at WNMU and 184 at NNMC. […]

My turn: Grilled cheese gamble pays off

Grilled cheese and grape jelly sandwiches are a favorite of ENMU Assistant Professor of Communication Patti Dobson. When she told me about the sandwich via Facebook, it sounded so wacky I had to try it. (Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s yet to damage this cook.) “I’m not sure where the idea came […]

Holiday time for charity

Clyde Davis Before really getting into this column, I need to make a disclaimer. Either by typographical or some other error, I left readers of this column last week with the impression that my Facebook Veterans’ Day posting was not favorably received. The line should have read “many comments were positive.” Okay. Wonderful things to […]

Veteran title honor to hold

Clyde Davis I placed it up there on Facebook and got some comments — many weren’t positive, considering what I put up wasn’t particularly contentious. It was simply a Veterans Day posting. Whereas many say to the veteran,”Thank you for serving,” I thought it might make sense to say, at least from one veteran, “Thank […]

Monday morning briefing: Video games, school talk and a lot of wind

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own video game fan Jenna Zamie. Game: Fallout: New Vegas Genre: Role-playing game System: PC, 360, PS3 What is it? An enjoyable and sophisticated adventure through the western wastes with a few technical […]

My turn: Friends offer kitchen wisdom

Argen Duncan In a mini-quest for kitchen wisdom, I asked around in the family, at the office and on Facebook. Here are a few pointers: • In this area, use high altitude directions to heat frozen pizza and make baked goods. • Don’t salt food before you microwave it because the food will dry out. […]

Facebook fad time waster

Karl Terry Maybe I’m a little late to the party but this week I finally dipped my toes in this Facebook fad that’s ongoing. I called a lot of other communication technologies fads too. There was the cell phone, CB radios, land line phones, telegraph, smoke signals and cave wall pictographs. None of them lasted […]

My turn: Apology to my Facebook friends

By Wendel Sloan: PNT columnist Thanks to my technical ignorance, I may have accidentally offended a number of Facebook friends. After recently discovering the “Like” button, when I’ve been especially enthusiastic about a post, I’ve been clicking twice — thinking this was like adding an exclamation point. Well, I found out this week that two […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Funny stuff and Muleshoe’s latest Facebook page

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Video of the day Did you hear the one…it’s our own Joking Around. Website of the day The Muleshoe Public Library is updating their Facebook as they progress through the summer reading program. Friend them on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Muleshoe-TX/Muleshoe-Area-Public-Library/338587969227?v=info#!/pages/Muleshoe-TX/Muleshoe-Area-Public-Library/338587969227?ref=ts&ajaxpipe=1&__a=25 Question of the day Does the heat […]

My turn: Facebook friends talk cats

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By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico I asked Facebook friends for stories about the best cats they’ve ever owned.Pep’s Betty Williamson offered the tale of “Fizz Bomb,” named after a “Western Horseman” cartoon character:“Fizz ruled our roost for many years and is remembered for fishing from our aquarium and hitchhiking between our house […]