Facebook Time Machine

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No, it is not what you think. Then, if Facebook has not invented a time machine to go back in time, what is this post all about? As you probably know, our dear Facebook has just hit its very first decade of existence. So, in order to honor this impressive moment, we have one cozy app to suit us. How?

Well, someone has come up with a nice idea to develop an app, which is going to calculate how much time you have lost or invested in Facebook from the very first moment you created your account. What are we supposed to do with this type of information? Well, it is up to you entirely. Here are some suggestions.

You can do a scientific research, how much is Facebook important in our lives. On the other hand, you can evaluate your life from a completely different perspective. Ask yourself, what you could have done with all these days, months, or even years, if you had invested in some other activities.

What is going to be the end result? Maybe, you are going to hate Facebook even more than you do right now. Maybe, you are going to spend less time on Facebook. Either way it is really good to know. Or, this is not such a good idea. Maybe, it is not a smart thing to know all there is to know. Do you agree?

Earth And Water?

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The World Economic Forum in Davos was a nice opportunity for the major IT league players have an unofficial sweet talk about our brave new digital world. That is how, we had a chance to see the smiley faces of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Vodaphone distinguished representatives. What happened?

We are literally a couple of breaths away from the fabulous moment when will be able to consume the Internet in an unprecedented and unparalleled way. It will become an absolute and an invisible necessity just like earth and water. Do you feel like and privileged like never before?

The catch is that the Internet and all technologies associated directly with it will be deeply integrated into everything we see and touch. The new system of our promising future is supposed to run smoothly and discreetly without making us aware of what is going on, in the first place. Groovy?

There is a reasonable fear, though, that these cyber wizards are after some additional precious things besides earth and water, just like in the memorable movie 300. What is going to happen with our minds and souls? It seems that there is nothing left for us to be said, then: This is Sparta!

Twitter vs Instagram

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Do you want to publish an Instagram picture on your Twitter profile, by using a link in your tweet? Good luck with that. From now on, if you want to use a picture on Twitter, just do it, directly and selfishly with no Instagram’s helping hand. So, what is the catch with this one? Why is Twitter acting this way?

For some reasons we can dare to make a wild guess. For the other ones, we leave you to be a judge of what is going on and why. Let us make this long story short, shall we? It all comes down to the number of users you are trying to reach. For what is worth, you can handle pictures on your Twitter account.

However, Instagram gives you more options. So, Twitter is afraid that it may lose too many users due to the pictures trouble. On the other side, Facebook supports its interests in the best possible way. This is how, we have ended up in this quite unusual, but a perfectly logical love triangle.

What is going to happen, eventually? You do not have to be a rocket scientist to give a nice and accurate estimate, do you? The users, who are sharing their thoughts with the world, will use Twitter. Visually oriented users will give an advantage to Instagram. Could it be more obvious and simple than this?

The Chinese Love Triangle

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When you have the major IT league players in one room, then something huge is about to happen. It is not a secret that Mark Zuckerberg has one of its Facebook eyes on the so-called Chinese Apple aka Xiaomi. This Chinese company was hungry for new investments, and Mark was eager to spread its empire.

So, what happened eventually? Nothing. Mark was willing to generously invest some of his billions of dollars, he always has at his disposal. Yet, Xiaomi had some second thoughts. We even dare to say that Xiaomi was a little bit scared. Really? Who can scare the Chinese giant? There is always a bigger shark in the ocean.

One serious rumor has it that Xiaomi was dead worried what its partner Google would have to say about this financial affair. Xiaomi is an Android oriented system. On the other hand, Google is definitely not Facebook oriented. And, we are where we are now. Xiaomi avoided danger or missed an opportunity?

Well, it is hard to say. Maybe, Xiaomi did not want to get caught in the crossfire between two IT titans. One thing is more than certain, though. Xiaomi wants out of China, while Facebook wants in. This common goal will bring together Xiaomi and Facebook in a same room more than just once, that is for sure.

Facebook Amber Alerts

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The story like this one can easily do both broke your heart and steal all of your tears. At the same time, this is a nice reminder what is the main role of technology. It is supposed to improve the very quality of our lives. Right? And in some cases, even to save lives. So, what is the Facebook Amber Alert all about?

Thanks to the Facebook notification system, all users from the certain area where a person is reported missing will get an appropriate message. We are talking about a picture of a missing person, including all relevant data, which are supposed to ease the process of finding and eventual rescue.

Our hats off to Facebook for this extremely helpful feature. It is worth mentioning that Facebook itself has hired a former FBI agent for these tasks. On the other hand, this is something you simply cannot ignore easily while you are using your Facebook account. In this matter one piece of information can save someone’s life.

Finally, we have found a proper use for the brave new world of social networks. Who says that they can be used only for ads and entertainment. You have been warned. Spread the word about the Amber Alerts. Devote a little bit of your time to these life saving notifications. You can save someone’s life.

Internet.org On The Road

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Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have launched the Internet.org initiative. What is that all about? Well, you do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out yourself without our help, do you? Almost 60% of our planet’s population do not have even the most basic access to the World Wide Web.

So, what can we do about it? Well, you can put your imagination to the test. Google is playing with the satellites, Facebook on the other side thinks about drones and these kinds of initiatives. The first stop on the Internet.org initiative is the Latin America. Youncan guess where they are going to move next?

Africa is the most logical next stop. Then, the Internet for everyone initiative will pay a visit to the various part of Asia. Let us face it, there is a little bit of both in these activities: philantrophy and profit oriented goals. How can you possibly profit in some of the most undeveloped parts of our planet?

Well, it is actually quite simple. You have more than 4 billion of potential new customers. All you have to do is to offer affordable Internet services and cheap smartphones, and voila. You can earn even more than with the 2 billion of existing customers. If it is going to work for real, does it really matter?

Facebook At Work. Trouble At Home.

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Maybe, it is about time for someone to tell Facebook the bitter and unavoidable truth. There is already an app called the Facebook at Work. We have been using it for quite some time. That is a regular Facebook in the office or our working environment. So, what is the thing with the real Facebook at Work?

According to the findings of the most recent surveys more than one third of companies does not allow the employees to use Facebook while working or at work. Now, Facebook wants to come up with a compromising solution, which will help the stubborn employees and merciless employers. Is it possible?

Facebook believes that is possible to create fully functional small cells, especially and exclusively for the working users. What is the harm if you are using Facebook only for business purposes and only with your colleagues? Maybe, this was the very idea behind the Facebook LinkedIn fusion. Right?

On the other hand, this is a dangerous thing. We are eliminating an unstable and fragile border line between a professional and private life. At the end of the day, you are very likely not to end up as an enthusiast of working friendly social networks. Sometimes, enough is enough. What is next?

Samsung Gear With No VR Fear

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The Virtual Reality race is on. The presence of so many major IT league players is an obvious sign that the VR field is to be a golden goose in terms of the future profit. How to achieve a success with your own VR concept? Well, you have to choose your specific field of application and do your very best.

This is how Sony has decided to specialize in the gaming VR concept with its Project Morpheus. On the other hand, we have Facebook, which has made the first step with the remarkable takeover of the Oculus Rift, one of the very first VR pioneers. Finally, Samsung has decided to participate, as well.

It is worth mentioning that Samsung Gear, which requires the Galaxy Note 4 to work in the VR environment, has teamed up with the Skybound Entertainment. Why is this so important? Well, for what is worth, this production team has given us the Walking Dead. Now, imagine what they could do next. Together.

You do not have to be a rocket scientist or a business guru to give some accurate predictions about the lucrative VR future. All what you have to do is follow the tracks of the big guns brought together in this field. Yes, it comes without saying, it is going to be a huge profit fight for the hearts and minds of users.

Online Sinners And Winners

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We know what you did in 2014? How? Well, for what is worth, an average Internet user on a global level made from 18 to 20 “online sins” in 2014. Now, he or she wants to correct, diminish, or if possible completely delete them. Well, cyber boys and girls it is not so easy. That is more than sure.

You posted drunk photos. You criticized your boss or colleagues. You said some nasty things about your ex. All of these online sins, and so many more are recorded online. Now, all you can do is to regret about these reckless moments. Or, there is still something you can do to minimize the damage.

It is not a secret that Gmail experiments with the reversible type of messages. If you have some second thoughts about what you sent, you can cancel or delete your email despite the fact the other party has already opened it. The same goes for some apps, which guarantee you the similar results.

It is a sad true that we easily avoid to do the simplest thing, and save us from all the trouble. We are all humans, more or less. You have made a mistake. Admit it. What is the big deal about it? Write about it. Be honest. There has to be someone, who will appreciate your honesty and efforts.

A Year Of Books By Mark Zuckerberg

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Finally, we know. Mark Zuckerberg has made us such a big favor that we will be forever in his debt. After so many sleepless nights, we have discovered what he is going to be up to in 2015, when it comes to the new breathtaking challenges. He is going to read books. How often, exactly?

Well, for what is worth, Mark will expand his horizons every second week. At least, this is what he has promised to us. We can relax for a while. He is not going to learn Chinese, like he once did, or something similar and exotic. So, do we know what is going to be his number one choice in 2015?

“The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battelfields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be”, by Moisés Naím. As a result, you can simply forget about finding this book on Amazon. Is Mark to be blamed for this sudden interest in this book? It is up to you to decide.

What about some conspiracy theories? Is there some kind of a secret deal between Amazon and Mark? Hard to tell, but some books are going to become immensely popular in 2015. On the second thought, Mark could have written a book of his own. Right? What could he write about? Any ideas?