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"Oculus's mission is to enable you to experience the impossible. Their technology opens up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences," Zuckerberg says. "Immersive gaming will be the first, and Oculus already has big plans here that won't be changing and we hope to accelerate."
Facebook, the world’s most popular social networking website was born on February 4th 2004. 10 years on and the website is as strong as ever with over 1000million users. This number is phenomenal in itself but more so for the fact that the medium of social networking was largely unheard of until the early 2000s.
While Facebook was not the first social network on the scene, it is certainly the one that all the others emulate in terms of its size. Growing from 1million users in 2004 to 6million in 2005 is a notable achievement at the outset of any company. Even Google, the moguls of the online world has tried to foray into social networking in the form of Google+ to a varied reception.
Over the last 10 years there have been many changes to Facebook; some getting a better reception than others. For example, changes to the Facebook interface have often been met with initial scepticism but such changes have never affected growth or fan base. Additional features such as the ad platform and business pages are now vital ingredients to most marketing companies’ agendas.This info-graphic explores the fascinating 10 year history of the success story that is Facebook. It covers what the interface looked like at inception stage and also charts the popularity of the social networking medium throughout the world. A closer investigation is taken at the numbers behind the company; addressing the 2012 initial public offering (IPO) and other interesting statistics. Revenue is paramount to all companies and this is examined for Facebook in the infographic also. An interesting comparison is also covered which pitches Mark Zuckerberg’s giant with another social networking power; Twitter.
A recent study has revealed that 30% Americans gets their daily dose of news from Facebook. These people visited news websites just because of Facebook as their behavior pattern show that they never intend to visit any news site. The study was published by the Pew Reseach Center.
Some More Facts Unveiled By This Study
What Does This Study Means To You (Facebook Page Owners)
Now you know that people are actually using Facebook for news too, whether intentionally or unintentionally. And this fact leaves a lot more space for you to increase your fan following and user engagement. Page owners can think of adding more news value to their page.
Let me give you some reason for doing that. But before we move further, let me clarify one thing; the news that you will add to your Facebook page should be relevant to your niche. For instance if you own a travel page then only travel news will be suitable, adding information about technology or politics will kill your reputation.
Here are the reasons:
Will you change the strategy for your Brand page on Facebook after reading about this study?
Please share your views and thoughts in the comment box below.
Tooba Altaf is a content manager by profession. She frequently blogs on various platforms. You can follow her on Twitter (@toobaltaf)
Why Is Facial Recognition Scary?
Modern cameras embed latitude and longitude data on each photo and photo tagging helps identify a person. When these features are combined, it's easy to see that any tech-savvy stalker or a predator who knows a techie can easily get to know a person, his friends and relations, along with his location.
Facebook is also making changes to its privacy policies, and one of the changes reads:
“If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to the terms of this section (and the use of your name, profile picture, content, and information) on your behalf.”
The terms that follow allow Facebook to use users’ name, profile picture and content in its marketing.
Thousands of teens lie about their age while signing up, without realizing the potential danger it can cause. This is the reason why the FTC has gotten into the act. Many social and privacy groups are of the opinion that Facebook is creating software tools that no one needs, but users don’t seem to care. Facebook is like an addiction for many users, who don’t seem to be concerned about their privacy.
Here’s one more danger that people don’t realize. Some high-end celebrity stores use facial recognition technology to identify celeb shoppers. If face recognition technology gets cheaper, every retail store will start using it. If Facebook allows them to tap into their picture database (on payment of a fee), then any Facebook user’s details can be captured by such stores the minute they walk in. Forcing the visitor to recieve more unwanted marketing messages.
How Can I Ensure That People Don’t See Tag Suggestions?
Here’s what you can do to help protect your privacy:
1. Go to the top-right of the Facebook screen and locate the gear icon.
2. Choose “Privacy Settings” from the drop down.
3. Now view the navigation on the left and select “Timeline and Tagging.”
4. Go to “Who Sees Tag Suggestions When Photos That Look Like You Are Uploaded.”
5. Choose Edit (on the right).
6. You will see two selection options – “Friends” and “No One.”
7. Select “No One.”
Raised in Farmers Branch, TX, Brian A. Powell is a freelance mobile app developer that uses paperless office services like Maxemail for expeidence, convenience and the reduced need for natural resources like paper and plastic.
Looking for a life-changing app? How about a new game to feed your gaming addiction? Look no further than you favorite social network, Facebook. It offers some of the most innovative ways to connect, play and challenge yourself.
Love your tunes, skip the ads. Soundcloud (SoundNebula on Blackberry phones) is perfect for music lovers who aren't so fond of commercials. It's a community of artists posting their own music on the web for everyone to hear. Log on and download a couple of tunes today, and you'll see what the buzz is about. The app flaunts "ten hours of music is uploaded every minute" on their Facebook app page so there's plenty of songs for browsing on cell phones. And with some phones boasting 13.5 hours of battery life, according to BlackBerry.com, you can listen to music all day. You'll enjoy comedy skits, news and more along with extremely diverse music. Plus, it's ad-free, and free to install.
An old classic on a new phone, Scrabble will keep you occupied and mentally engaged for hours at a time. This app is perfect for long road trips and vacations, and its ideal if you love this game but rarely have the time to sit down and play. Featuring bright graphics, and an easy-to-play interface, you can challenge your BFF to game after game and see who the true word smith really is. This app is available for $3.99, about the cost of a latte.
Ever wonder why people don't buy something meaningful and worthwhile when we have something as powerful as online social networking? Causes is the social app that hears you. It lets you take advantage of all this human inter connectivity to make people aware of social, political and human rights issues. This app is free and available on any phone with a Facebook app. Use it to spread the word about a favorite charity, or make friends aware of global issues.
You ditched the CD collection years ago, now you have a scattering of MP3 downloads on your past devices, which together appear like a timeline of technology innovations. Well introduce yourself to Spotify, an app for cataloging your music—all of it. Spotify is sort of like a mobile music library. It stores all your favorite music and gives you instant access.There are millions of tracks available for your hungry ears—more tracks than you probably have time to listen to. You can share music you are currently jamming to with friends on Facebook. There are two versions of this app. Lite lets you play the radio, but not catalog your music. Premium is $10 a month and you can catalog your music or listen to the radio.
Want more music plus sports and news? TuneIn is a radio app for your phone. It offers your favorite songs, plus broadcasts of your favorite team's home opener, and the latest news. Listen to streams from popular networks like CBS and ESPN. Find your newest favorite song on radio stations around the country and around the globe, set up pre-selected stations, and play your music on your device while you surf the web. It also features an alarm so you can wake up to your tunes. Best of all, it is free.
Elizabeth has a passion for blogging about travel and new vacation spots. When she's not writing, Elizabeth spends time being a mom to her two children.
If you’ve ever used Twitter, or any social media platform for that matter, then you’re definitely familiar with the term “hashtag.” You may not be an expert on the use of hashtags, but you’ve heard the term nonetheless.
Twitter hashtags are keywords or phrases preceded by the “#” symbol, which operate as a means of categorizing and tracking topics that are “trending.” So, what the heck does trending mean? Well, if something is trending, it means that it is one of most popular topics being tweeted about at that very moment.
It turns out a lot of people aren’t quite sure how hashtags work, but that doesn’t stop them from (over)using hashtags either on Twitter or in a face-to-face conversation. Yes, people use the word “hashtag” in real life, and it makes others want to punch a hole in the wall—more on that later. Check out the list below for the five worst types of hashtag abusers.
1) The Full Sentence Hashtagger
A lot of people use hashtags for comedic reasons or to add some spark to their tweets, but little do they know, hashtags don’t work like that. The whole point of hashtags is to track trending topics, but some people use tags like, #MyNameIsBobbyAndILoveTacos, and there’s a 99.9% chance that not a single person in the Twittersphere will use the same tag. Bobby would be better off just tagging #ILoveTacos, or even just #Tacos. The only time it’s acceptable to use long and unique hashtags is when companies create their own tags for promotions or contests.
2) The Hashtag Stacker
The hashtag stackers are probably the most infamous (and annoying) type of hashtag abuser. They’re the ones who, for some strange reason, choose to add a ridiculous amount of similar hashtags to their tweets or photos. They tweet pics and then proceed to add as many tags as they can fit in 140 characters or less. Here’s a visual:
[Insert cute cat photo here] #cat, #cats, #cute, #cutecat, #kitten, #cutekitten, #kitty, #meow, #fuzzy, #fluffy, #furry, #fur, #fluff, #fuzz
Get my drift? That’s only 98 characters worth of hashtags, but you better believe the stackers will take full advantage of the 140-character limit.
3) The Verbal Hashtagger
Ok, I take it back, maybe the stacker isn’t the most annoying. Perhaps the verbal hashtagger takes the cake when it comes to evoking rage in others. Verbal hashtaggers are the people who use the word “hashtag” in conversation. Imagine if your friend called you and said “I’m so excited to go out on the town tonight! Hashtag party time!” Just go ahead and cancel those plans right away, and never talk to that person again. Just kidding, that’s a little harsh. But seriously, let them know they sound ridiculous.
4) The Completely Irrelevant Hashtagger
The irrelevant hashtaggers are those who may as well call themselves spammers. They identify trending topics and use them within their own tweets in order to achieve optimal reach. The only problem is, other Twitter users can see right through their methods, and they’ll quickly dismiss the tweets as spam. Not sure what we’re talking about? Lucky you! You must not be following any useless hashtaggers, but just in case you’re not sure what to look for; they’re the ones who, for example, would post a selfie with the tags, #cats, #food, #SanDiego, #JustinBieber, #MTV, #love. Seriously? None of those tags make sense—and no one likes selfies anyway.
5) The Useless Hashtagger
Okay, in all honesty, we didn’t foresee Facebook adopting the use of hashtags, which they recently did. HOWEVER, before the site implemented this tool, users were adding hashtags to their Facebook posts, which was completely and utterly useless. It was unfortunate, because only Twitter and Instagram users were aware of this blatant misuse, and they’re the ones who would scroll through their news feed and internally scream, “Hashtags don’t work on Facebook!!!!!” Useless hashtaggers are still alive and well, and they often operate by adding tags to emails, text messages, blogs, and any other tech medium where hashtags have no merit.
Well, there you have it. Hashtag abusers run rampant on Twitter, and unfortunately their habits can sometimes even manifest in real-life conversations. The best ways to avoid hashtag misuse is to a) avoid, at all costs, becoming a hashtag abuser yourself, and b) drop some knowledge on your friends (albeit politely) and let them know that they’re abusing a valuable social media tool. Good luck!
Allison Cruz is a blogger from Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in writing about Internet best practices and how to avoid abusing social tools.
You are a private person and have recently joined Facebook. You keep hearing news about Facebook giving out user data, people getting fired for things they have said on Facebook and other scary stuff. Though it is pretty simple to keep things private on Facebook, you have to actively go and enable the settings. Facebook leaves it to you how much you want to share and how much you want to keep private. Here is how you can maximize your privacy and still have fun on Facebook.
Choose your friends carefully
Do you really want to be friends with someone who sat next to you twice in high school? Do you want your boss and co-workers to see all your photos? If you are not in school (actually not even then), your popularity is not determined by the number of Facebook friends you have. Stick to the people you actually care about.
Control what you want to share
Go over the privacy options carefully one by one and select what you want everyone to know, and what things you would like to keep among friends. Decide if you want your timeline to be found on search engines, or keep it private. If you don’t set it to private, when anyone searches your name on Google or some other search engine, your profile along with your profile picture will come up. Potential employers tend to run your name through Google, so choose carefully especially if you are job hunting. Go over your activity log periodically and delete or unlike things which you do not want to be linked to you. If you allow your friends to tag you in photos, be careful about whom they share things with.
Ad settings and Application Privacy
Facebook shows you ads based on your browsing pattern. You can hide ads by hovering on the ‘X’ and choosing from the drop-down menu. The ‘Instant Personalization’ setting allows your information to be shared with other sites that you visit. The ‘Like’ button present on almost every site is something else to be aware of, especially when browsing from a smartphone. Another thing to consider is application privacy. You can set ‘Game and Application activity’ to friends only and then uncheck all the information you don’t want to be accessed through your friends. Otherwise, your friends could unknowingly be sharing your information with the application and its developers every time they use the app.
Always log out
Make it a practice to log out every time and don’t choose auto log-in. Otherwise, you will unwittingly be sharing your private data all over the web while browsing. Secure Me is a useful tool which checks your posts, monitors all your friend’s activities and protects you from viruses.
Securing your privacy on Facebook is not that difficult, you just have to make it a priority and actually check or uncheck boxes. It does not take that long, and you can have a safe and enjoyable experience on Facebook without any nasty surprises.
Danni Smith loves Facebook as much as she loves writing about it. She creates articles and tutorials to help others learn more about Facebook.
The term social media is used as a blanket term to cover all social networks, which web users use to communicate and interact with each other on the internet. It's a platform that has become a very important part of business and entrepreneurs are using this chance which enables them to market online and increase their customer base. Social media has enabled many people to run their businesses from the comfort of their homes. Considering this fact, social media is very important for your home business since it gives you a platform that enables you to market and communicate with potential customers around the globe.
Interactive social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn etc.. They have completely altered the face of marketing practice which has displaced the usual mouth to mouth strategy employed a few years ago to be business people and potential customers interact virtually over the internet and the entrepreneurs are able to market their products and services easily.
To ensure that you market your home business effectively and employ social media to ensure that their businesses perform to their full potential, I have written a list of these social media networks. Read on and find out mistakes to avoid when applying social media platforms.
Concentrating on the following social media platforms will improve your market interaction and constructing an online brand of your business;
Concentrating on the following social media platforms will improve your market interaction and constructing an online brand of your business;
This social media platform has the biggest users and enables you as a business entrepreneur to interact with the largest marketplace of potential customers. It is accessible from all corners of the globe and a person in the United States can sell a product or service to another person in Indonesia. It also constitutes almost all age groups and what's amazing is that when a customer likes your product or service, they will inform their friends, hence increasing your market base.
Twitter is a micro blogging social media platform where users post brief posts known as tweets and enables users to share information and follow other twitter users. Whenever a client likes your product or service, they will share their experience with other users and this increases your market platform.
Although linked in does not boast many users like Facebook and Twitter, it has influence since professionals and experts who feel that other social media platforms are crowded mostly use it. It's a safe program for people who want professional networking only and connecting with fellow professionals from across the globe.
Photograph lovers really understand the role Instagram plays in helping them carry out their hobbies. This program enables users to share photos with their friends and has a distinctive feature, which enables users to filter the photos and images and then share them on other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
Mistakes to Avoid On Social Media as an Entrepreneur
Since more and more entrepreneurs are learning the importance social media in the success of their businesses, it's important to make sure that you stand out from the rest by using the social media in the proper way. Read the below tips to know which mistakes to avoid in this process;
Not having a plan/goal- Having a plan will require recognizing the goal you are trying to achieve from using the social media and how you plan to go about it. This is what separates successful businesses and the failing ones.
Imperfect profile - An incomplete or imperfect profile will tell your potential client that you are also unreliable as an entrepreneur. Make sure your profile online is complete and clean so that it will have a lasting impression on potential clients.
Inconsistency - You should have consistency in your updates and posts so that potential customers will know that you are always around. Make sure also that you maintain the same profile on all social media platforms so that customers will recognize you easily.
Not communicating - This involves not answering customers queries and complains they are having about your business, product or service. Even if they criticize you, just take it in good faith and develop your product or service to suit the customers' needs and wants.
George V. Gray began with photography since he was very little. In late 2010 however, he decided to take the jump into the affiliate marketing business after reading a review of 4Life affiliate business.
Tired of cramped desks, glaring overhead fluorescent lights and clinically white walls? Internet giants such as Google and Facebook have broken all the rules that dictate what an office space should look like. More and more companies are following suit, ditching the dreary decor in favour of funky furniture, quirky office supplies and colourful art. If you want to transform your working environment into a stimulating realm of inspiration, check out the following unique office spaces to get some ideas.
This American multinational rules the search engine world from the eccentric surroundings of their 70 offices spread across 40 countries. If you work at Google and you happen to notice a bubble machine blowing bubbles around the room, don't be surprised because this is just another day at the office. Catch some shut eye in one of the napping pods, chill out on one of the bean bags dotted around the building, blow off some steam on the crazy-golf course, challenge yourself on an arcade game, or escape the world of computer monitors by retreating to the music practice room. Of course, when you want to go downstairs, don't wait for the elevator, just hop on the slide and slide down to the next level.
Facebook make social networking magic happen from the fun-filled environments of their domestic and international offices. If you work for Facebook you can write a message on the giant 'wall', hang out in the video game room and enjoy unlimited sugar rushes with on-tap sweets and fizzy drinks. Sometimes Facebook theme their office spaces, like when they adorned one of their floors with Super Mario-inspired decorations.
This playful animation studio strives to be one of the most fun environments to work in. The fun-filled atmosphere at this film studio inspires its talented staff to continue creating entertaining and endearing blockbusters. If you start working for Pixar: you will become accustomed to walking passed giant monuments and art features depicting characters from the movies; you might like to theme your office front to look like the set of a Western movie; your office supplies might include a collection of toys; and you will have access to all you can eat cereal. After work head down to the soccer field, Olympic-sized swimming pool, volleyball court or basketball court to stay fit.
Skype has changed the way the world communicates. They manage their global network from their spacious surrounds in London, Stockholm and California. They have divided their open-plan office space into purposeful subsections. Park yourself on one of the vibrant soft-furnishings to chill out, on one of the functional desk chairs to focus, or one of the multi-coloured dining chairs to refuel.
This young information network has only been on the scene since 2006. Their San Francisco office space is simple but sleek. It promotes a creative and energetic culture. Staff can relax on the rocking chairs, admire a birds-eye (excuse the pun) view of the surrounding neighbourhood from the rooftop vegetable garden, take breaks in the games room and feast on free breakfast, lunch, dinner and beer. The office has a natural feel due to the wooden art pieces and multitude of plants. It would of course be even cooler if they had an aviary.
This article was written by Jenna Crotty who recommends www.mgmofficesupplies.ie for office supplies.