Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Maraisms on the Web

Just like my Twitter description said, Oversharing since 2011, my oversharing tendencies were heightened when I got an iPhone 4 two weeks before the iPhone 4S was released (I regret nothing!). The minute I unboxed my unit, I downloaded all the Social Sharing apps imaginable.


I now understand why people are so addicted to their iPhones. For a week or so, it became an extra appendage; it's practically an extension of my arm. BUT I'm not here to talk about my iPhone.
Not that my ego is bloated enough to think that 77 readers translate to 77 friends stalkers friends, but let's all stop pretending and let's admit that we like snoopin' on each other's muffin.

As a sort of reintroduction to anyone who just got here, and in celebration of Maraisms.com's first birthday (yay!), here's where I'm up and about on the Internet. Be warned though that having an iPhone made me a social networking site fiend! Name it and I'm on it. Here are several ways to get to know me without buying me dinner.

Let's keep in touch if you're up for it.

@maraisms on Twitter

I have to come clean that I have two Twitter accounts: One is reserved for in-real-life (IRL) friends only, and @maraisms for more professional contacts and, well, friends who can't get enough of me. Hrhr.

The reason for this dichotomy? Let's put it this way, based from a scene from The Social Network, a movie which I believe should be the bible for all your social media and online interactions.

Here's the scene where Mark Zuckerberg tried to apologize to his ex-girlfriend Erica Albright for calling her a bitch in one of his blog entries:

Erica Albright: You called me a bitch on the internet, Mark.
Mark Zuckerberg: That's why I wanted to talk to you. It we could just...
Erica Albright: On the internet.
Mark Zuckerberg: That's why I came over.
Erica Albright: Comparing women to farm animal?
Mark Zuckerberg: I didn't end up doing that.
Erica Albright: It didn't stop you from writing it. As if every thought that tumbles through your head was so clever, it would be a crime for it not to be shared. The internet is not written in pencil, Mark, it's written in ink and you published that Erica Albright was a bitch. Right before you made some ignorant crack about my family's name, my bra size and rated women based on their hotness.

Not that I go around calling everyone "bitch" on my other Twitter account, but if there's one hard  lesson I have to learn from oversharing since 2001, it is you don't overshare. EVARH. Which, I couldn't help doing because I even live tweet my dinner.

@maraisms is just the watered down version of my other account. Call it Other Mara's Twitter account lite if you may.

Okmaraok on Tumblr.com

Here's another watered down version of Maraisms or what I would like to call Maraisms in 100 words or less: things that are too long for twitter and too short to blog about.

It's also a repository of my Instagram pictures (not photos because I am not pretentious) made available for people who do not have an iphone. "And what is Instagram?" you ask?

@maraisms on Instagram

One of my favorite iPhone apps to date: Instagram! I call it Photoshop for the lazy. My pictures are not exactly gallery-worthy but a little instant overlay there, some creative cropping, and BAM! Call me Captain Instant Photographer. My friend, Z, said it best: Nothing looks bad on Instagram.

I try to veer away from posting too much of my face or my meal for the day. So do check me out. -_-

@mara_ruiz on Foursquare

Holy crap! I can't believe how addicted I am to this app! I love it so much it hurts! I love it so much I check in on every place I go to! Exclamations!

Foursquare, if you guys don't know yet, is a geolocation tagging site that lets you share where you are in the world. It's similar to what Facebook Places is or what I like to call "Maiyabang lang na nasa Republiq ako" app.

To get people addicted to the app, Foursquare offers badges for special check-ins and mayorships for frequent check-ins. Aside from having a cool badge on your profile for bragging rights, other establishments offer discounts and special mayor promos for frequent customers. Neat, huh?

As for me, I got to maximize Foursquare during my recent trip to Hong Kong (partly because of the yabang factor) and mostly because I was so afraid of getting lost alone in a foreign country; I basically let everyone know where I am.

Foursquare also has that very cool feature of locating the interesting places near you. Very, very useful when looking for the nearest Cotton On or H&M store, I say ;)

As per usual, and to avoid any untoward incident of stalking, open to IRL friends ONLY ;)

Mara Ruiz on The Philippine Online Chronicles

I am happy to report that I started writing for The Beauty and Fashion Channel of The Philippine Online Chronicles again. Yay!

I say "again" because I went on a brief hiatus for 2 months, mainly because I got overwhelmed with IRL work and with, well, writing. But now I'm back with a bang (HUHLolz).

My first comeback article is again about another It Bag. Out with the old (Longchamp Le Pliage) and in with the new (Cambridge Satchel)! Read about its not-so-long-yet-equally-interesting history which may or may not involve Harry Potter.

So, there ya go. No need to miss me too much because, as they say, I get around ;)

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