Social Networks

This Message Will Self Destruct In…

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This is undoubtedly one of the most popular quotes from the Mission Impossible movie. It has become the inevitable part of our urban culture. Who could have thought that this option will become the most important feature and even the true obsession for some of the biggest social networks in the world.

So, what is your first thought when you hear that Facebook is testing the self destructing messages and content? Facebook just cannot get over the Snapchat’s rejection? As you probably know the Snapchat did not even blink to a Facebook’s generous offer of $3 billion for a complete takeover.

On the other hand, it would be terribly wrong to think that Snapchat is all about its messages, which simply disappear after the certain period of time. However, for Facebook this seems to be extremely important to be able to set an expiration date on your messages. There has to be something bigger than that. Right?

The true power of Snapchat is in the number of its users. For the time being, this is the fastest growing social network in the world. Facebook already fights a serious battle with Twitter. It does not need one more enemy in the middle of it, that is for sure. The Snapchat will not self destruct, if Facebook wishes.

FB News-Feed Makes Your Wallet To Bleed

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It is very thoughtful of Facebook to allow us enjoy great video clips through the news-feed feature. The trouble with a curve in this matter is that this option comes with the high price. Data transfer will show its ugly side when you get a bill at the end of the month. What are we supposed to do about it?

Well, it is actually quite simple preventive solution. All you have to do is to check out the settings in your phone and choose the option that the news-feed of your video clips run only when you have a WiFi connection secured. On the other hand, we have to ask ourselves do we really have to find out about it the hard way?

It is not an easynthing to come up with something new. However, you have to take so many details into serious consideration. The price associated with your service or feature is definitely one of them. Has the Facebook development team simply missed it. Or, maybe they thought it is not such a big deal, after all.

So, what is next? You have been warned. The ones, who are late, will have to pay a little bit extra for the pleasure of watching video clips with the help of silent, but expensive news-feed. The rest of us will be more careful when it comes to our shiny gadgets and their tempting features. There are some prices we should not pay with our ignorance.

Are You Tweeting To Me?

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It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice. Does this one sound familiar to you? We can easily apply this famous quote to a situation between Twitter and Twitpic. Do you have to be a rocket scientist to know who is important and who is just being nice in this story? You know the answers.

One fine day Twitter has decided that Twitpic will no longer exist. Just like that. Because they can. Because they do not like them any more. This sad story comes with a moral. It is a cozy thing to secure your business existence by providing complementary service for the huge systems. Twitter is definitely one of them.

While it lasted Twitpic was certainly thrilled to upload user’s pictures on Twitter. Their mistake was to allow themselves a luxury to get too close to the fire. They were simply burned. It comes without saying that the Twitpic is more than an appropriate name for their line of business. Yet, it is too close to Twitter itself.

The judges do not like when you are potentially confusing the customers. Twitpic was completely aware of it. That is why they have accepted to disappear without a protest when Twitter asked them to do so. The potential lawsuit in this matter is the lost battle for Twitpic from the moment one. It begins and it ends with a name.

Twitter Caught In The Crossfire Of Ads

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Twitter is doing just fine. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that yourself. A little bit of drama with the Facebook over their game of the social networks throne here and there, but not such a big deal. On the other side, the great success comes with the great doubts and sleepless nights.

You know how it goes, don’t you? On the one hand, you have something called the user’s experience, no matter what it actually may mean. On the other hand, there is a constant pressure of the green wave, which makes you to question the users’ position all over again. What happens eventually?

We do not know where it is, but it’s definitely somewhere out there. The magical line or better to say boundary about the ad’s effectiveness you cannot dare to cross. Otherwise, the profits you are so desperately trying to reach will turn against you. This is the major threat for all social networks.

Eventually, it all comes down to what the users themselves have to say about certain changes and improvement of the features. We sure hope that the busy little marketing birds in Twitter know what they are doing. We know where the money is coming from. DO we know how much is enough?

Hunting Facebook Click Hunters

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We just had enough. Facebook had more than enough. Time to deal with the articles and news, which are only after your clicks and likes of Facebook. You know, what are we talking about, don’t you? These things have eye-catching headlines you just cannot resist checking out. And you know what they say, don’t you?

The curiosity always kills the cat, sooner or later. Especially the one which uses the Facebook. Do you really have to go through disappointments over and over again? You click following a certain article or news following a headline hard to believe only to find out that you are supposed to increase someone’s web traffic.

Well, Facebook will take care of it. For what is worth, that is not your problem. It is Facebook’s responsibility and they should clean their own backyard. On the other hand, what is the use if we are to spend only a couple of seconds on some website and get back immediately as soon as we see the content?

Some people will do literally anything just to get some extra traffic on their websites. Just like some of your friends will do anything to have more Facebook virtual friends. That is a legitimate thing to do. Improving your customer’s experience. Hey Facebook, does this one sound familiar?

Hyperlapse Hyperfun

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Instagram has taught us invaluable lesson how to offer something new and interesting to your users with no vanity related troubles. You do not have to guess twice. We are referring to the new Hyperlapse. So, Instagram did not bother to include this one as a new feature or something similar to it.

Fair and simple, this is the new app feel free to explore and enjoy it. The great thing about the Hyperlapse is that you can make videos, which are divided into smaller slow motion sequences. At the end you get a nice looking feature you could have seen only on TV or in the movies.

Or, let us put it this way. The best thing to figure it out is to try it yourself. When it comes to apps the theory itself is not much of a use. As soon as you start using some app, in the matter of hours you become an expert and you know all there is to know about it. Again, nice move on behalf of Instagram.

This is something other social networks should examine and apply. You should not be afraid to create your own competition. No one can take it away from you. No need to put your logo on a new app. No need to remind users that this is your new app. How hard could it be for others to comply with this one?

Facebook Back To The Future

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Perhaps, more appropriate title for this post would have been, Facebook knows what you did not only the last summer, but all the summers as long as you have your account. Confused? Or, maybe worried? For all of you, who used to have Facebook as your best friend since you were a teenager – bad news.

Facebook already works on a new feature. It will enable you and your friends to go through your entire posts and likes history just like that. With a simple keyword you can travel back in the past. Just imagine a possibility to check on the posts and likes associated with you, which are more than a decade old.

This can be a nice thing to help you remember the dearest moment. On the other hand, it can create a living hell of your private life, if your current life partner finds out some intriguing facts about your love life, you thought you were lost or forgotten. So, what can we expect to get with this one?

Well, we are already fighting with Google over our right for the digital oblivion. Do we really need one more trouble called Facebook right to forget? Can Facebook claim the ownership over all of our posts and likes no matter how old they may be? Do we need one more lawsuit to solve this one, as well?

Twitter Video Ads

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You can run, but you cannot hide. The commercials will eventually find you. And, there is nothing we can do about that. Just when you thought that social networks have finally made enough profit there is a fresh disappointment to prove you all wrong. It is Twitter’s turn to stab you in the back.

Yes, believe it or not, Twitter will introduce the video ads. It is only a matter of time before your favorite blue bird tweet a commercial for the nice day regards. Do they really need something like this? The numbers work just fine for Twitter. However, they need to increase the incomes with this business move.

On the other hand, we have to ask one simple question. In the long run what is going to prevail, more profit or less users? The top social networks are really pushing the limits of both patience and trust of their users. Just talk Facebook as an example. In the middle of the privacy controversy, Facebook launches even more problematic Messenger.

You can rest assured that there is a quiet and modest newbie social network just waiting for the old school players to make all mistakes and ruin all the positive vibes among their users. You can do whatever you like, but not as long as you want. That is the lesson both Facebook and Twitter will eventually learn.

Facebook: The Satire Empire

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What is happening with Facebook? There are in the middle of a privacy related controversy. A serious cloud of a European lawsuit is over them. The new Messenger requires the completely different and extremely controversial set of rules and policies. And now, on the of all of this an additional gift to honor its users and their intelligence.

So, what happened? Well, from now on Facebook will clearly mark all content, which includes the satire note this way or another, partially or completely. Do we really need something like this feature? Are we going to include similar warnings for metaphors and other convenient writers’ tools? What is this supposed to mean in the first place?

Are Facebook users that dumb that you can conduct all kinds of social experiments without their knowledge and approval? In addition, do we really need some help to tell a difference between a satirical text and the one written in a let us call it normal tone? We suppose that there are more than enough people on Facebook, who can do just fine without this type of assistance.

This time Facebook has obviously gone too far. There is no other choice than to remind it about what means to respect and care for its users, with or without a lawsuit. This unfriendly attitude, which can be translated as you cannot live without Facebook, will have to go through some changes. We sure hope peacefully and without a satire, that is for sure.

The Messenger Works In Hidden Ways

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It seems that Facebook just can’t get enough of controversy, can it? The European lawsuit knocks on its door of compromised privacy, and Facebook recklessly challenges our nerves with the next one – the Messenger. The first obvious thing is a question that puts a finger in your eye you can’t avoid.

Why it has to be a separate app? The Facebook is merciless. If you want to communicate with your friends on your smartphone, you have no other choice than to install the Messenger. The catch is that this app has a completely different set of terms compared to the well-known Facebook legal docs.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that mobile phones are the unparalleled advertising Eldorado. Therefore, Facebook wants to play the same game of profit, but with the different rules. You can rest assured that the Messenger’s rules are nothing more than a wish list for Facebook itself.

For what is worth, you have been warned. As always, it is your choice and someone else’s voice. If you are a law student, you can prepare a lawsuit. However, you will first have to wait and see what will eventually happen in Austria. Can we set the limits for the Messenger in the first place?