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Sunday, March 4, 2012

BP Diaz Learns He May Not Have So Many "Friends"



Here is an interesting article about a hard lesson learned by Bronx Borough Presiden Ruben Diaz, Jr.'s about his large circle of "friends" on facebook. Here is a guy who has the maximum number of friends allowed by facebook (5000) and yet when he recently had a gathering for his facebook friends only about a dozen showed. Lesson one learned. Lesson two came weeks earlier when Diaz used facebook to garner support for the new Freshdirect project in the Bronx was blindsided by the lack of support from his friends. One posting by local gadfly Karen Argenti (pictured with Diaz) said it all -- " This is a plan to utilize public lands without reviewing community input….Too bad there wasn't an unlike button!!!!!!!!!!!!”


23 comments:

  1. The guy believes his own hype . . . but reality tells a different story.

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    1. I've seen better attendance at a birthday party for a 2-year-old!

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  2. First we find out there is no tooth fairy.

    Then about five years later we finally realize that Santa Claus is not real.

    Twenty years later we find out that Vitamin Water is bad for you.

    And finally we realize that "friends" are not friends.

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  3. Please allow me to REPEAT VERBATIM the following observations about Bronx Borough President Ruben DIAZ, JR., NYC Council Member G. Oliver KOPPELL, NYS Assembly Member Jeffrey DINOWITZ and U.S. Represenative Eliot ENGEL that were written by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2012 @ 06:47 PM:


    "Here's the thing with Diaz Jr.:

    Koppell, Dinowitz and Engle all take turns putting their hands up Diaz Jr.'s ass to make him say what THEY want him to say and do what THEY want him to do. Explains why Diaz Jr. is always jumpy or bouncing around. He can feel their hands in everything he does. Does that make him a man or does that make him a fool?

    The bottom line is, Diaz Jr. is a ventriloquists dummy for the Riverdale Trifecta: A lying resident of Maryland who voted in favor of indefinite detention of those suspected of "terrorism"; a Queen who nearly was trampled and stomped at the Paradise on the Concourse (he put on quite a performance, clutching his pearls and what have he); and a Walking Corpse who has had one too many facelifts and far too many connections to developers and landlords.

    If Diaz Jr. used at least one of those electric sliding feet to take a stand against that stronghold the Riverdale Trifecta has on Bronx politics maybe we would be able to get more accomplished. Until then, he is just a shucker and jiver for the ventriloquists that use him. What a shame."

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    1. This is a classic!

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    2. Queen . . . trampled . . . stomped . . . clutching his pearls & what have he !!!!

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    3. and what have he
      :)

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  4. Look at that lovely couple in the photo. I can't wait to see what the kids look like.

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  5. SmartMoney.com | The Wall Street Journal | March 05, 2012

    HAS THE FACEBOOK FRIEND BUBBLE BURST?

    By Quentin Fottrell

    Friendships are increasingly breaking up among Facebook’s 800 million members.

    The percentage of people who “unfriend” other Facebook members rose from 56% in 2009 to 63% in 2011, according to a new Pew Research study. Women seem to be second-guessing their online relationships the most: some 67% say they deleted people versus 58% of men. Likewise, young adults are more active “unfrienders” when compared with older users: 71% of those between 18 and 29 deleted people versus 63% of those aged 30 to 49. (A Facebook spokeswoman says it introduced privacy measures in recent months so users could restrict rather than unfriend others.) Language expert Alan M. Perlman says it’s more than just friends who over-stay their welcome due to excessive self-revelation or bland status updates like, “I just ate breakfast” or, “There aren’t enough hours in the day.”

    During Facebook’s early days, many users competed to add the most friends. Since then they’ve become choosier about their online relationships, experts say. While the first couple phases of Facebook were about hooking up with new friends and self-promotion or revelation, the latest phase is about being more selective. Indeed, Adam Hanft, CEO of marketing firm Hanft Projects, says it’s become hip to unfriend people. “Imagine the implications of the old measure of coolness — the number of friends — is supplanted by a new metric, the number of unfriendings you’ve done,” he says.

    Members are also more concerned about privacy and people they barely know. Two people meet in a bar and an hour later they’re often Facebook friends, experts say. “Facebook users are reading about privacy issues on Google and Facebook all over the media,” Hanft says. Also, despite unauthorized experiments with Facebook and Google+ identity cards, experts say it’s difficult to keep conman from creating a phony Facebook persona. He says one clue might be that the person in question has no family listed; that said, even fake Friends and family can be manufactured on Facebook, too.

    Some social networkers are also managing their “personal brand,” which means unfriending those who cast them in an unflattering light, go on late-night Facebook rampages with colorful language or extreme political views, says Derrick Daye, managing partner at LA-based consultancy The Blake Project. He says too many disagreeable posts by acquaintances will also put off “real friends” from sharing online. Marketing consultant Tom Siebert is one such unfriender. “I’m most likely to delete some nut job from my past who thinks the president isn’t an American citizen and likes to pick fights with my comments,” he says. Siebert says it’s one of the perils of having a virtual afterlife to those days in high school.


    READ MORE:
    http://blogs.smartmoney.com/paydirt/2012/03/05/has-the-facebook-friend-bubble-burst/

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    1. Interesting ... thanks for posting.

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  6. FB is a great tool for getting the word out but who wants to boogie down to the south bronx on a weekday night to ....meet BP Diaz? No fault of his, good idea that didn't work well, I applaud him for reaching out to his constituency.

    As for the Fresh Direct page fiasco - it also worked well, just not the way they thought - Diaz got raw feedback he would have otherwise been insulated from.

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  7. Sorry Diaz.
    No Hate.
    I just think Bronx is better without you.

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  8. Where is Joseph Kony now?

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  9. Not to be overly hard on the BPs, but it is high time that we abolished their superfluous positions.

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  10. Maybe Diaz Junior should create a blue ribbon committee to examine why he has no Facebook friends???

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  11. i'm fed up w/ him

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  12. This is a silly piece.

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  13. Very unflattering news.

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    1. It's not what you call putting his best foot forward.

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  14. Break out the tissues!

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  15. I think of Diaz as The Incredible Shrinking Borough President.

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