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Social Media. It’s like magic. Correction—it is magic, and I can show you how to tap this vast power. Before today’s lesson, those of you not familiar with role playing games had better bone up on LARPING.
You don’t need to be a powerful cleric to be invisible. You can toggle visibility on and off on Facebook Chat and Google Chat. Better, you can be invisible to particular people on social media. Let’s see you do that, Gandalf.
In the RPG world, you typically need to be one bad mother to summon creatures from the depths. In social, it’s easy. Summon your friends by tagging them with the “@” sign (nothing is more mystical than commercial at!). This notifies your creature—er, I mean friend—that you need his attention. Then sit back and watch him do your bidding.
In gaming, mana refers to a store of magical power. As a gaming mechanic, you typically have a limit on mana that you need to keep an eye on. It’s much the same way on social media. For example, on Twitter, you have a number of limits placed on you, like not being able to send more than 1000 tweets a day. That might seem like a lot, but for a powerful social media mage, it’s something to think about.
There’s a variety of ways to time travel with social media. First, thanks to Facebook Timeline you can go back to visit (and perhaps rewrite) any time in your past. Second, thanks to filters like those available on Instagram, you can make any picture appear like you took it in 1978. Groovy.
What other powers has social media given us?