Lo and behold! You no longer have to suffer or bear the misery for making the mistake of putting up incorrect comments on a post on Facebook despite having impeccable English; you can finally edit your comments! People can see your history of editions though, mind you. You’d think that this feature would have been integrated into the social network a lot sooner, but it comes after a long wait.
We can all be happy now that the upgrade is here. It doesn’t exactly make the biggest difference to our lives (maybe most of us have gotten used to the incorrectly posted comments). The point is that it will take a while for us to get used to the idea that there need not be any mistakes or misgivings in our comments. Now, after much ado, we can finally write our long criticisms of someone’s status, blog, video update, and Godknowswhatnot. If an error is to be made, it is all in fate’s hands.
But it need not be in fate’s hands for long because if you read your super-long comment again, for review (as most of us tend to do. Don’t. Lie.), and don’t like something about it, you can change it. A Godsend, maybe, is what this update is.
On the brighter side of things, the delay in this update seems to have taught us something too. It has taught us how to avoid those irresistible “foot in mouth” situations; the staple food of the mockers, the very soul of the cynics.
A word out of line, even a careless typo would mean social suicide, at least virtually.
You suddenly become like the sheep that is being watched endlessly by the big bad wolf from the veil that is the tall grass.
He waits patiently for you to make one wrong move.
Then he runs at you with everything he’s got.
He finally pounces on you and does this:
Never before did you ever put so much thought into what you wrote, and were careful to check and double-check how the meaning came across to the reader. This is mostly because of the pressure of having other people read what you wrote; the complex web that the concept of social media weaves.
So the invaluable lesson learnt in the process has been the need to measure your words carefully before you speak them. Now I need to give credits before I end this post or it could cause a stink, so that’s all for now folks.
Credits: 9gag.com, link to actual post: http://9gag.com/gag/4463358Share
Aditya Singhvi, chief editor at worldofphones.net was here at the Bloggers’ Mind office on the 25th of May. Here’s a look at our world through his eyes:
As a mobile blogger, I’m always writing about phones, platforms and pretty much all that.
Then what am I doing here? Well I’ve been interacting with Bloggers’ Mind for a long time, be it launches, events, reviews, and what not.
So this time when I was in Delhi I thought I’d visit the people behind the emails and tweets and handles. Little did I know
at this was gonna be one crazy day!
Blogger’s Mind is located in this posh area in Delhi and let the entrance not fool you. Inside those doors are some crazy people.
A total of eight people sit in the front and they’re the people who run the campaigns from the frontlines.
The day started normally, with coffee and welcomes. Seemed like a fun bunch of people.
In between all the work that these guys do, there’s a lot of weird things that go on. A day here isn’t your average day at an office. So what’s all the crazy stuff that goes on out here. Well, tons of it.
From constructing over the top versions of Antilla with Jenga, to collecting insects, creating hilarious hashtags, it’s all happening out here. There’s never a dull moment. Everyone’s always up to some mischief. A quick look at their desks will reveal a lot of about the people that reside there. Bags of chips, Gatorade, calcium munchies, caricaturized plastic bottles, cigarettes, parking notices from nearby people… In the midst of that, well in the midst of all of that you’ll find their workstations and phones. When they’re not eating and tweeting, they’re conjuring up hilarious pranks to pull on each other I’m sure!
So while Abhishek begins almost all his sentences with ‘Dude’ and ‘BTW’, he is known as the ‘candid’ fellow around here, because he lays it straight and makes you love it. He claims to love Mario and shows his adulation with the old NES video game tone as his phone’s ringtone. Rachit, the ‘Content Gaaye’ is continuously engaging in all forms of stretching, maybe he loves Yoga? Navratra which is the nine days of fasting is passe, it’s all about ‘sauratra’, a hundred days of fasting! And fasting here isn’t just about abstaining from food, it’s about abstaining from anything that’s a habit that you can’t let go of – be it drinking, smoking or even something as vague as not cracking jokes! All this from the fertile mind of the ‘Content Gaaye’.
Sanjay is equally creative, the fellow loves to bang his phone at any given time in the hopes of reviving it and powering it on! But at the same time his hands are a blur on the keyboard as he goes about conducting yet another contest on twitter. As a result, his ramblings are now limited to 140 characters, his exclamations and hashtags. His claim to fame – invited for a Beerathon.
Aditya’s sitting on his MAC and while he answers the important emails and calls, he’s quick to share anecdotes involving each of his work mates. Twisting words is a favorite past time of his! Red Bull becomes Tread Mill and as a result, every one now has a name that wasn’t theirs originally.
Perhaps the most interesting bit is when a 5 minute discussion is had over a twitter handle which has been tweeting modern day slang in Shakespearean English. Good Shit gets translated to Intriguing Faeces!
When the guys over at the creative section are not making creatives for the clients, popular bollywood stars are subject to mutilation via photoshop and as a result, hilarity ensues.
In the middle of all this, Revant walks in holding a couple of brand new guitars. He rues over the fact that he’s not as famous as Mick Jagger because he’s trying hard to emulate his look, replete with a striped shirt and loose denims. When he’s not being a humble content writer, he’s busy moonlighting as a band member of a rock band he’s got going.
Harshita is constantly the butt of jokes from the “Content Gaaye”, and while she doesn’t show any resentment at the face, she’ll probably be thinking of ingenious means to murder him, may be in the middle of a dimly lit street in some obscure part of Delhi, perhaps? Make it look like an accident? Clearly she’s one of them now, transformed from the once docile, fun loving good girl to someone who is as sadistic, crazy and hilarious as the rest.
I could go on, but then I’m sure you’ve got the point. Blogger’s Mind and its people aren’t just busy at being crazy, they are actually getting a lot of work done. Twitter contests, replying to emails from clients, consumers of clients and even spotting spelling errors. They’re focused on work when they’re doing it, but they always make it a point to have fun while they’re at it. That shows in the quality of work they put out and in their willingness to tackle issues head on. I’ve seen them interact with people and addressing problems, and emotional outbursts with equal enthusiasm that they have at making each other laugh.
The fact is, in this madness resides a team that is happy to work with each other and even encourage someone for a new initiative. A day at Blogger’s Mind is not an ordinary boring day, it’s a place where people come to have more fun and engage the scores of followers of their clients and keep the tempo going.
At one of the first Social Media agencies in India, it’s never a dull day at work!Share
Lets look at the chain of events that took place over this past week leading up to the launch of the Facebook IPO.
Monday, 14th May – CNBC Web Producer, Lee Brodie says that the Facebook IPO is a “sign of new revolution”. Venture capitalist John Frankel of FF Venture Capital says that ‘the Facebook IPO is much more than a hot stock coming onto the market – it’s a meaningful sign of the times.’
Tuesday, 15th May - The world’s biggest car company General Motors has pulled $10 million USD of Facebook advertising just days before the social network begins trading on the stock exchange.
Wednesday, 16th May - Encouraged by strong market demand, social networking site Facebook has increased the price band and number of shares for the initial public offer that could garner up to USD 18 billion (up from USD 16 billion, which was earlier upped from USD 12 billion).
Thursday, 17th May – Is Facebook California’s savior? Facebook’s IPO, by some estimates, will turn a thousand of its employees into instant millionaires. So many suddenly wealthy taxpayers in California couldn’t come at a better time, especially when “The Golden State” has a growing budget deficit.
Friday, 18th May - Just hours before Facebook opened on the public market today, a group of Facebook users sued the company in a $15 billion class-action lawsuit over privacy, according to Bloomberg.
This was the working week prior to the much anticipated Facebook IPO launch (at $38), and in all this anticipation Facebookipodayclosingprice.com was born, and it predicted the closing price of the Facebook share to be as high as $54.
So we waited with bated breath to see if this was really going to happen, hoping to witness history being made.
So, what happened in the end was that the IPO opened and closed at roughly the same price.
Conclusion: Everyone added fuel to the fire, and now they say that the Facebook IPO disappointed them. Does this seem logical to you??Share
So many of us have created pages on facebook with a motive to either raise awareness or promote a band, or a short film, or a famous personality, the list goes on and on.
Don’t you wonder what is it that brings people to your page and keeps them interested? When is the iron hot so that you may strike it? Not once, not twice, but as many times as necessary?
Here are a few pointers that should help you maximize the number of people checking in to your page, and getting engaged.
We all know how important it is to get likes and comments on our Facebook page. The reason for that is to keep a good EdgeRank. Facebook admits that the average Facebook page reaches only about 17% of its fans, and since less than 1 to 2% of fans go back to your page, EdgeRank and newsfeed visibility are critical. These statistics are of course based on an average.
Once you get a new fan, if your page makes him happy or intrigues him, he will continue to come back to your page, otherwise he would simply stop.
Now you need to know who you are appealing to and when these people are most active. Therefore, it is necessary to know which days of the week your fans are most and least responsive. This factor differs with every company and industry.
For instance, recent research indicates that the most responsive day for high fashion brands is Wednesday, while the same for outdoor clothing brand pages is Thursday. So, even if you post every day, you should make sure that your most engaging posts are kept for the most responsive day of the week. It’s true that there is no sure way of determining how any post will be received but data from past experiences really helps one to trace a pattern of sorts that works for him/her.
Facebook provides you with methods to study this data for strategic planning for your page. Here are the steps:
- 1. Go to your Facebook page insights and click on likes.
- 2. Click on export data. Choose post level data, and then select at least a two-month range so you have a good sample.
- 3. Save it and open it in Excel.
- 4. There’s not a quick way in Excel to group dates by day of week, but with a bit of manual work, you can find the average lifetime of engaged users per post, per day of the week.
Now you know what happens and why it happens the way it happens, and how to change what happens to something you want should happen. You get it right? That’s good, you’re smart.
Credits: mashable.com, edgerankchecker.comShare
Have you guys heard about Pinterest? What is Pinterest? The name definitely invites some interest. Oh look! It happened again.
At first glance, the home page of Pinterest looks like a tasteful collection of eye-catching images put up by users from all over the world. The images range from a picturesque location to a small piece of equipment, from pets or animals to works of art, from landmark events in history to latest trends in fashion, to name a few. Of course, a lot of these categories often tend to overlap one another, making it a more memorable experience.
Pinterest is a pin board style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme based collections such as events, interests, hobbies and more. Users have the option of browsing other pin boards for inspiration,’re-pin’ images to their own collections and/or ‘like’ photos. Pinterest’s mission is to “connect everyone in the world through the things they find interesting”. Obviously, once it gets put up, it’s not interesting anymore, its ‘Pinteresting’ now!
Founded by Ben Silbermann, the site is managed by Cold Brew Labs and funded by a small group of entrepreneurs and inventors. It draws our attention for the following reasons:
- It is one the fastest growing social services in the world.
- It drives more traffic than YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn, combined!
- It is extremely viral. Over 80% of pins are re-pins. This means your content goes on autopilot.
- You do not need to repost your articles over and over like on some social sites because your pins can be posted and re-shared over and over.
- It is driving more traffic back to websites than Twitter.
Here’s an info graphic, which will do the rest of the detailing. After all, the site is about images, and writing more about it will spoil the fun, honestly.
Credits: wikipedia.org, mashable.com, socialmediahelp4u.comShare
The recent headlines on a Sports news website –
“Kaka becomes first athlete to pass 10m fans on Twitter”
“The IOC’s ‘Olympic Athletes Hub’ – good idea or social media fail?”
“FIFA launches YouTube Channel”
“Arsenal advises young players on use of social media”
“Liverpool first Premier League club on Pinterest”
“Social Media & Sport – the importance of interacting with, not just talking at fans”
All this points to one, and only one thing: Social Media is big, and it cannot be ignored.
The fact is, social media does not require a big budget and you don’t need millions of fans to see a positive return from your social media efforts. If you could put a few more people in the stands at your games or sell more merchandise at your team store without it costing you anything, wouldn’t that be worth your time?
Every team has fans. Some are more loyal and engaging than others, but every team has a fan base that wants to see your program succeed. What social media does is give you the tools to engage with your fan base and turn them into advocates that will help you achieve your goals. The only thing you have to do is provide value. And, yes, value can be defined in a number of ways. It doesn’t mean you have to give away something that costs a lot of money. Value can simply be providing your fan base with something that they normally wouldn’t experience such as access to behind the scenes action, exclusive offers on tickets and merchandise and creative online contests that encourage participation.
Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms are having a tremendous impact on the sports world for fans, players, teams and sponsors alike.
Here’s an infographic to better depict the picture (too much reading gets boring, we know).Share
Autism is a poorly understood disorder – not only in India, but the world over. World Autism Awareness Day continues to be observed every year since September 19th, 1989 but the United Nations General Assembly formally declared April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day in 2008. As must be clear, the purpose of this day is to create awareness about autism among people and help children and adults suffering from the disorder live a meaningful life.
Autism (also referred to as Autistic Spectrum Disorder or ASD) is characterised as a complex developmental disability. The condition is said to be the result of a neurological disorder that has an effect on normal brain function which affects the development of the person’s communication and social interaction skills. It is believed by experts that Autism presents itself during the first three years of a person’s life.
Parents of children diagnosed with autism, have to become autism and special needs experts practically overnight. So what do they do? Where do they go? How are they to gather all the information required in a short space of time? Naturally, they want to connect with other parents and learn from them.
This is where social media’s all pervasiveness comes into play, and in a huge way. It gives the parents of autistic children a platform to get in touch with similar people, post their concerns and get impromptu replies from not one, but many sources altogether. While the Internet has managed to perfect the art of providing information, social media perfects the area of exchange of knowledge, in a more two-way traffic manner.
The United States has setup a social network – MyAutismTeam – solely working for the purpose of spreading awareness and providing support to parents of autistic children throughout the year, not only during the Autism Awareness Month. MyAutismTeam officially launched in December 2011, after several months of testing, growing the user base and improving the site. It opened in beta to users last June, beginning with just 30 parents in the San Francisco Bay Area. But when word got out, the site grew quickly. Today, it has more than 22,000 registered parents.
MyAutismTeam believes it should be easy to find the best people around to help a parent when his or her child is diagnosed with autism. With MyAutismTeam, parents can get in touch with other parents, search a directory of more than 30,000 autism specialists and access a searchable Q&A section of 600-plus questions. The chance that a question gets answered is 97.5% – impressive.
While progress is being made at a global level, the situation at home, here in India suggests that there is scope for improvement. At least 1 million people in India live with autism, a condition that is still very poorly understood. For many parents of children with disabilities, the big challenge is teaching the world to adapt.
For those who would like to know more about Autism and its symptoms, a brief description is given below.
Autism is a wide-spectrum disorder – meaning that no two people with autism will have the exact same symptoms. Besides varying combinations, symptoms also vary in severity. Below is a list of the behavioural characteristics exhibited by people with autism:
- Social skills – People with ASD have different ways of interacting with others and are often out of synch with other people or completely uninterested depending upon the symptoms.
- Empathy – A person with autism will find it much harder to understand the feelings of others. Having a conversation with a person with autism may feel very much like a one-way trip. Almost everybody on this planet prefers to talk about himself/herself more than other people; it is human nature. The person with autism will usually do so even more.
- A number of children with ASD do not like any sort of physical contact.
- They find loud noises, sudden changes in light intensity and certain smells quite shocking and offensive.
- The higher the severity of autism, the more affected is the person’s speech. People with autism will often repeat words or phrases they hear – an event called echolalia.
- They cannot tolerate surprises. They love predictability and the concept of a routine. Any changes may cause them to become very upset.
- Learning trends in such people are very unpredictable. They often to focus completely in one direction and ignore all else.
- People with autism often have strong obsessions.
While not knowing the problem can be frustrating, finding out the issue alone can be huge recourse towards healing. We hope the readers continue to spread awareness about autism and experience firsthand the dawn of a more tolerant and understanding community of people.Share
So the guy who invented the zipper, the simple object that has caused both great convenience and a lot of suppressed discomfort to the masses, is more popular than the cricketing legend who has diligently served his nation for over twenty years.
Gideon Sundback (April 24, 1880 – June 21, 1954) was not so popular till today, but for the latest Google Doodle, now every Google junky, which is virtually every one of us, knows his name.
Gideon Sundback was a Swedish-American electrical engineer. Born in 1880 in Sweden, he eventually immigrated to the United Stated in 1905. Sundback improved Whitcomb Judson’s 1851 patent for the Clasp Locker, working for Judson at his Universal Fastener Company in St. Catherine, Ontario.
While we wish a very happy birthday to Sachin Tendulkar, the little master, the master blaster, the living legend, and the very lifeline of Indian cricket, the inventor of the zip is simply too hard to ignore now that he has been highlighted by Google. So here we delve into some interesting facts about the simple ‘zipper’.
• Wait a minute, simple? Wrong! The development of the zip happened over a period of 8 years, from 1906 to 1914.
• Sundback filed for a patent for the design of the zipper (or the Hookless No.2 as it was known then) in 1914. It was issued to him in 1917.
• The name “zipper” was created in 1923 by B.F. Goodrich.
• Before the name ‘zipper’ was coined, the device was called “Hookless No.2”.
• Initially, boots and tobacco pouches were the primary use for zippers; it took another twenty years before they caught on in the fashion industry.
• About the time of World War II the zipper achieved wide acceptance for the flies of trousers and the plackets of skirts and dresses.
• Thousands of miles of zipper are manufactured daily.
The inventor of the zipper was pretty much an unknown entity until today. We verily took for granted the existence of the zip and the essential role it has been fulfilling for us for such a long time.
But when Google decided to do a doodle on the zipper, the whole story was suddenly brought to the forefront and everybody took notice. This, folks, is the power of social media to bring to light something that was obscure, to influence minds and to cultivate opinions. Don’t let it pass you by.
After having launched the Timeline feature for personal pages, Facebook recently announced that brand pages on Facebook will follow suit. All brand pages will automatically convert to the timeline layout by the 30th of March, but they have also been given the option to convert as and when they feel like before the end of this month. This time period has given brands a good opportunity to research and experiment with the new timeline scheme. It could be a big game changer for brands on Facebook as this, quite visibly, is a radical change in the layout for brand pages. A big disadvantages, many brands would agree, is that the Facebook Timeline is compulsory for all brand pages from the 30th of March.
On the other hand, a few brands have already embraced the new Facebook Timeline feature, meaning greater interaction with fans and more controlled branding on pages. Here are some of examples –
There are a number of key changes regarding the Facebook Timeline, which will prove to be beneficial to the brands. Here are a few of them –
- Aesthetics – One of the biggest changes, quite literally, will be the cover photo for the brand. Facebook Timeline now allows brands to have a huge horizontal cover photo instead of a tiny vertical one earlier. This gives them an opportunity make an impact the instant anyone lands on their Facebook page.
- Brand History – Timeline allows brands to highlight their history in chronological form, giving their page a more personalized feel.
- ‘Pinning’ posts – Once the Timeline is implemented, brands have an option to ‘pin’ their important posts to the top of their page for greater visibility.
- Personal Messaging – Brands will now be able to send private messages to their fans. They do not necessarily need to answer of communicate with their fans publicly on their brand page, instead they can send a more personalized message directly to the concerned fan.
The Facebook Timeline is bound to revolutionalise they way we have been seeing brand pages on Facebook. It has given brands a huge opportunity to better enhance consumer interaction with their brands. Brands that constantly create engaging content for their consumers and share important milestones with them will stay ahead in the race to grab a consumer’s attention.
So how have you or your brand devised of a strategy for your page on Facebook? Share your views.Share
Freelancing is often a good option for people looking for flexible working hours, ability to work from home, more control and more creative independence. It is great for anyone who’s looking to work independently, and not in a 9-to-5 corporate job, and one who cannot start his/her own business. But, on the other hand, freelancing also poses a lot of risks for anyone choosing it as a career option.
One of the biggest hurdles for freelancers is a guaranteed payment from their employers. According to a survey by MastersDegree.net, a surprising 80% of freelances have, on more than one occasion, dealt with a client who did not pay once the freelance job was done. Clients often act smart with freelancers and hence a regular job, at times, looks better with a steady paycheck, a stable employer among other benefits.
The survey also suggests that the world of freelancing is dominated by women as 60% of freelancers are females. Another interesting finding of the survey is that freelancing is popular across all generations, among all age groups. Since freelancing does not require one to work full time with anyone in particular, and one does not really need to go to a workplace, the only qualification one needs is the quality of work, which can be found in any age group. And most of the freelancers are highly educated, which again makes sure that age is no barrier for a freelancer.
Currently, tech dominates the world of freelancing. The top 10 in-demand freelancers are as follows –
- PHP Programmers
- WordPress Programmers
- Article Writing
- Graphic Design
- HTML Programmers
And the IT freelancers also earn the biggest chunk of the money.
In spite of all the advantages, freelancing has got its pitfalls as well. There are many times when a freelancer does not get enough work, even if he/she is a highly experienced one. Often they also need to dig in to their savings during the down times. Also, they miss out on benefits which a regular corporate job can provide, like health insurance among other things. But, as has already been said, one of the biggest drawbacks of freelancing is to deal with nasty clients, who, at times, do not pay after a job is done.
But, ask any freelancer, and they’ll all tell you that freelancing is one job that is worth all these risks.
So, what do you think about freelancing as a serious career option? Have you had any bad experiences with a client while on a freelance job? Or maybe you are currently having a good time freelancing? Share your views with us.