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Wilson Ng

IF YOU go to Twitter or Facebook, you will hear many people griping on or complaining about certain things. You may even have posted a few complaints of your own.

Make sure you don’t do what Paul Chambers did. Paul took a flight from the small locality of Doncaster, UK on his way to Ireland. Ironically, the airport was called Robin Hood Airport.

The airport was closed due to heavy snow and Paul wrote in his Twitter account: “Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your s*** together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!”

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Doncaster is a very small town and Chambers, his many friends say, is a very meek person. However, a week after posting the tweet, Chambers received a visit from the police, was arrested, and then detained for seven hours. Not only that, it seemed that they took away his laptop, his computer, and even his cell phone. He was also suspended from his job as a finance supervisor. Next time, be careful with what you say on the Web!

Whether you like it or not, people monitor your status.

There have been many instances when people confessed wanting to commit suicide or mass murders on social networks. Police might take your post seriously. Make sure you know the line between a joke and being taken seriously.

Do you still remember the time when people were so crazy about cellphone ring tones? When phones rang before, it really raised a ruckus. That business, according to Fortune Magazine, has been receding. Two years ago, consumers were spending over $1 billion a year on changing their ring tones. But ringtone revenues have taken a hit and this year, analysts estimate the US ringtone revenue will likely be less than $750 million, with the business practically going to down to a few million by 2016.

Partly causing the drop is that not only has the novelty died down, but also because people ( at least in the US) are not talking on cellphones as much as they used to. It seemed that the world is more and more using cellphones to text, write email, and chat. There was a time when the Philippines was a clear winner in texting but now, even in the US, the average person sends 584 text messages per month.

The figure is up from just 218 per month two years ago.

The ringback tone, though, ( a song that plays for inbound callers) is still projected to grow and is slated to go up to $200 million last year.

The telcos also like ringback better because they are delivered over the phone network and therefore, the subscriber has to pay, and is harder to illegally download or pirate.