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Social Media Series Introduction

With Twitter, Facebook, cellphones and the like, it’s a whole new world out there of communication or miscommunication. This series is a fun look at social media — with its opportunities as well as its distractions. Hope you enjoy it!

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Social Media Series: First Article of Five

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Gail Farrelly grew up in The Bronx and now resides in Bronxville, NY. Having a doctorate in accounting from George Washington University, she’s taught in several universities and published numerous articles in business and academic journals. Learning about the murderous politics of academic life turned her mind to crime. The fictional kind, of course! Her first mystery, “Beaned In Boston,” in which a lecherous professor perishes even though he was well published, was named to the Washington Irving Book Selection List. Her short story, “Even Steven,” was nominated for a Derringer Award. Gail writes spoofs for the Yonkers Tribune Webaper,, and for a British website, Gail shares a website,, with her sister Rita, also a mystery writer.

An example of social media run amok was reported this week about 15 miles north of NYC, in Yonkers, NY.

Several people reported that they were “mugged” by a masked man who emerged, brandishing a gun, from the bushes. He instructed the victims to produce their smartphones and then ordered them to immediately “like” him (NYMaskedMan) on Facebook and also follow him on Twitter and Instagram. The victims complied.

One of the victims told a reporter, “I thought he was going to steal my phone, and I was more than ready to hand it over. But as soon as I produced it, he merely made clear his social media demands.” Scratching his head, the victim continued, “Good grief, what is the world coming to? Now folks are turning to mugging to find friends. Go figure.”

Meanwhile the hapless victims are left to ask:


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END: Social Media Series: Article One of Five.

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Social Media Series  – Second Article of Five entitled “Social Media Halted; Few Users Are Reading Contributions of Others By GAIL FARRELLY” will unfurl Wednesday, October 17, 2019 at 9am Eastern Time.

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SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Gail Farrelly

SMFS Short Story Saturdays was born out of the very successful International Short Story Month this year. Each Saturday we feature a SMFS list member whose work can be read online for free. These short stories are at least a year old and were not previously linked to during the May 2018 Short Story Month event.

Today for SMFS Short Story Saturdays, Gail Farrelly shares “The Eyes Have It” archived at the Yonkers Tribune.

If you would like to be included and are a member of the SMFS list at yahoo groups, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple @ If you are not a member, this would be a good time to check us out at Yahoo Groups.

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Comments 6

  1. Being liked in social media websites seems to be more important than being liked by people face-to-face. Maybe both have greater importance to many people including the masked mugger … Dahli

  2. The ‘NYMaskedMan’ is surely one of those people who have hundreds, or even thousands, of Facebook ‘friends,’ mistakenly believing it’s a sign of popularity, when we all know you can’t possibly communicate directly with so many people in any meaningful way. And now he wants even more. The magnetism has faded from his compass and the poor soul has lost his way.

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