Social Networks

A Half Facebook Friend

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We should be grateful to Facebook for making it possible to save old and create new friendships. We should hate Facebook for telling us what to do with our friends. Let us face it. Facebook is shaping our social life, this way or another, directly or indirectly. Sometimes in a good, but very often in a bad way.

So, we are friends, but I do not want to know what is happening in your life every single day. Yes, you bother me a little bit, but I cannot remove you from my friends’ list. What should I do? Facebook has a solution for us that can suit us perfectly fine for these and similar situations. What is it all about?

Well, you can cut your Facebook friends in half. You do not have to exclude a single person from your account. However, you can seriously limit the number of notifications you are receiving on a daily basis. So, Facebook is slowly turning into a phone book or quite an inactive contact list. Is this really necessary?

The saddest thing in this story is that Facebook does not change or do anything entirely on its own. Someone has said to Facebook, look it would be nice to have this or to do that, for a change. Or maybe Facebook has figured out what is going on with the most recent trends. Either way, true friends lose.

Facebook vs China

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Relax it has nothing to do with the recent privacy or censorship concerns. We are after some impressive statistics here. Did you know that Facebook has more users compared to the entire population of China? Let us be a little bit more precise, shall we? Facebook is somewhere around 1,35 billion users.

On the other hand, China has 1,367 billion people. We should take into account the fluctuations of users on Facebook itself. For what is worth, this impressive number of 1,35 billion includes only the users l, who log at least once in a month. The number of users, who log daily is considerably smaller.

Somewhere around 840 million. Yet, this is still much higher compared to the population in Europe with 750 million people. So, does this story of ours has a moral, in the first place? If so, what could it be? Well, despite all pessimistic predictions good old Facebook is stronger than ever. And that is not all.

Its new estimated worth is more than $200 billion. It seems that Facebook is going to stay around for quite some time. You can hate or love it, but you cannot simply neglect these impressive numbers. So, what is next? Remind us, how many people live on our planet at this moment? All of them future Facebook users.

What’s Up WhatsApp?

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No more excuses, cyber boys and girls. From now on, you will get a notification that your message has actually been read on WhatsApp. Which is a good or bad thing? This is not a simple thing as it may seem to you at the first glance. The trouble with the social networks is that they reveal so much about our nature.

Some of the things are not so nice. In so many cases, we hide behind the social networks. Why do you need a notification, such as this one in the first place? Your friend on WhatsApp can let you know that he has read your message as soon as he sees it. What is with this spying game? What do you want to achieve?

To prove that your friend is not telling the truth? To be in control? The social networks themselves are supposed to be a place for socializing and making friends, and not a spying platform to generate future enemies. Right? What is next? We will ask for our apps to tell us who loves us for real.

For what is worth, some social network fanatics will certainly appreciate this new feature. Hey WhatsApp what is new? Nothing. I am letting you know, who reads your messages. Thanks WhatsApp, appreciated. And, that is the brave new world of social networks, which resemble spider webs with each passing day.

The Invisible Love With Visible Results

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The crazy world of apps just does not stop surprising us. It seems that all of our wishes and needs can find the proper expression with the perfectly suited apps. One of the newest and probably craziest is definitely the Invisible Girlfriend. Do not jump to conclusions, if you would be so kind. It is not what you think.

The Invisible Girlfriend is not the same as the virtual or avatar girlfriend. This one exists only in the cyber world, but you can rest assured she gives the results, which you can taste in the real world. The whole illusion can be surprisingly overwhelming. It is supposed to deceive all the people around you.

You will get SMS and emails, “she” will publish to your Facebook including amazing realistic photos on other social networks. Everything will be as it supposed to be for someone in a serious relationship, except for a simple fact that none of these is actually true or real. Do we really need such a thing?

Apparently we are. We do not question the motives. We are merely witnessing an intriguing social phenomena. How far we are willing to go? There is an announcement of the Invisible Boyfriend from the same cyber kitchen. The invisible people are around us. We sure hope that real readers are reading these posts.

The Ads Infestation

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Here is one more victim of the ads conquering quest. So far, we have had an opportunity to see only picture ads on the Instagram. From now on, you have no other choice than to watch video ads while you wait to use your favorite services. Was this really necessary? You should ask Facebook instead.

As you probably know, Facebook is the new Instagram’s owner. New owner brings new rules. Under the current circumstances Facebook is all about ads related profit. What is going to happen with the customer’s experience in this matter? Let us think and worry about it later. One of the most likely Facebook thoughts right now.

This is not a surprise nor something to be treated as exclusivity of Facebook. It is only a matter of time before we are offered with a Google recipe. Either you pay, or the ads will stay and play. Is there no other way? Unfortunately, we will have to pay, if we are to live without the tyranny of ads.

Although, it may seem that we are totally helpless, the key to this puzzle is actually in our hands. Unless the major services do not face a serious decline of users nothing will change. It is both as simple and complicated as this. So, what are we waiting for? It is our way with no ads or some other highway.

The Dislike Button Dilemma

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It is a real dilemma. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest in the entire short history of Facebook and social networks, as well. Why do not we have a dislike button? It would be a logical thing to expect a dislike option, besides the legendary like button, wouldn’t be? Let us hear what the Facebook busy little bees have to say about this.

You do not have to be a rocket scientist in order to find a suitable purpose for your next like on Facebook. However, what about the dislike option? Well, it is not an easy thing as it may seem at the first glance. What would you like to dislike? How would that person feel about the certain number of dislikes?

Facebook has a word of advice for you. Instead of focusing on disliking, maybe a wise thing would be to focus on writing. One like is telling very few things about how you feel or think about something related to your friends. Yes, you feel or think great and positive about it and you press like. As simple as that.

On the other hand, one dislike can cause hundreds of troubles. So many untold words can be hidden beneath it. Therefore, if you do not like something feel free to write about it. As you can see one dislike has more letters than one like, literally. It takes much more to hate than love, isn’t it?

Twitpic Tweets No More

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This is what happens when you get too close to the sun. You get burned, sooner or later. On the other hand, you should not build your business “symbiosis” on someone else’s superpowerful brand. As you can see there are always two sides to each story, if not even more in this one. So, what happened?

Well, the Twitpic just got acquired by its name neighbor – no more, no less than the Twitter itself. For quite some time, Twitpic has enjoyed the powerful shade of the gigantic blue wings. However, it seems that Twitter has more than enough of this brand name similarity in its own backyard.

This takeover is closer to the subtle business elimination, than a fruitful teaming up. For what is worth, all you can do is to download your photo archive from the Twitpic, and say one last goodbye. The Twitpic should have known better, that is for sure. Now, its founder has to start with something completely different.

Do we have to provide some additional explaining for the moral of this story? If you are already planning to invest both your time and energy in a life changing startup make sure it is absolutely unique. Otherwise, you will never be quite sure that your idea, which relies on some existing well-known concept, has not already expired.

Social Money Networks

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Just because we did not see it shoulder to shoulder with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it does not mean it is not out there. Something is cooking in Apple’s kitchen. Something that got to do with the money, but in a quite different way. This is supposed to be a new function and entire new chapter for Apple.

Only for Apple? The biggest sharks in the social network sea are up to something, that is for sure. Apple works on its ApplePay, Facebook offers a money transfer option for its Messenger, and now Twitter gives us an additional option BuyNow. The social networks are obviously becoming the financial networks.

Is this a smart thing to do? If you have found the reliable signs on the road that people are looking forward to using the additional ways for transferring the money, then this is a win-win combination. On the other side, if the extra profit is all that matters here, then this can hit back like a boomerang.

At one point, we may easily say that enough is enough. Maybe, the social networks are pushing the very limit of our patience. Unfortunately, if you just cannot get enough whatever you do, then no one can help you. At the end of the day, we may easily forget what the social networks were all about at the very beginning.

Attach Me Some Money Please

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It is only a matter of time when we would be able to use Facebook for payments. The intriguing thing would be to send money by including it in a message you are sending to your friend. It is an extremely simplified way of looking at delicate things, but it eventually comes down to this feature.

The only drawback, we are currently aware about, is the opportunity to use only debit cards, but not the credit cards, as well. On the other hand, you just cannot avoid asking yourself a simple question. Why Facebook needs to mess up with the payment trouble in the first place? Is it worth it, for real?

It comes without saying that Facebook is a fascinating money making machine. For what is worth, we do not have to guess twice that Facebook is doing just fine in business terms. The advertising opportunities are increasing at an unprecedented speed and volume. Now, that is not enough, obviously.

It seems that social networks and the major online services keep pushing the limits of our patience. Sooner or later, someone will have to say enough is enough. Both privacy and profit begin with the same letter, but they end up quite differently when it comes to the quality of our life. Are you going to like this one?

Small Ads – Big Profit

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Facebook has launched the so-called Audience Network. This may be a lovely name, but it does not give you enough information what is Facebook really up to with this one. Mobile advertising is a gigantic pie worth almost $150 billions. No wonder, there are so many eyes on this particular field.

With the Audience Network you will have one more annoying option to run into the tiny, but inevitable ads within the apps you are using within the Facebook. This is what is happening cyber boys and girls, they keep finding new ways to draw our attention willingly or unwillingly to the commercial content.

On the other hand, we have to admit that Facebook is not the only one breaking bad about the ads themselves. Google, Twitter, and Yahoo are already rocking the mobile advertising arena. One day we will have ads all over our mobile screens. Can we do something about it? Can we change it?

Well, there is a reasonable fear that the only option left is to either stay and play according to the rules of the platform we are using, or to move to some other less ad infected mobile place. Facebook has a nice opportunity to test the very limits of our patience when it comes to the ads tolerance.