Well, yes Facebook crosses milestones faster than any social network and we all do our best to catch up with it. Why be left behind in a world where art, music, technology, marketing is talking about the greatness of this amazing platform.
To be honest, we got to keep up with the world, thanks to the advancement in technology in our professional and personal lives. But how much of us are we ready to let the world know. It’s a known fact that a Facebook user has an average of 150 friends. I know people who have 3000+ friends and I admire their social skills both online and otherwise. There are times when you don’t want to update personal stuff cause you like it that way and there are times when there’s nobody to talk to but the wall!
Facebook has created an amazing platform for communicating with just anybody we want to, but the overdose kills you. Being in social media, it’s a must to know the in and out of these channels or how will I market my brand to its customers, how will I retain those million of customers who want to know just about every detail of the product?! And then there are the repercussions, the stress can kill you! Other hazards that come with Facebooking is the privacy. Where is it or is there any? We all love gossip and voyeurism, it’s exciting to know the relationship status of your ex or your new crush, its fun to tag friends in wild party pictures, its easy as a pie to call it off in any relationship and many more! And then there is the rapid growth with which tweens and teens are Facebooking. Parents got to know that cyber crime cannot be ignored. It’s an A when the kid wants to be on Facebook liking Pages that make no sense. Parents got to monitor their kids, given the rise of crimes and frauds that take place. There are many positives to Facebook too. Personal level, yes you get to meet your long last buddies or your class-mate you never spoke to. It’s just a great tool to build your network professionally. If you ask me, I would choose Facebook for the innovation it provides companies, organizations and public figures to reach out to people. Its overwhelming! But yes, everybody wants to be on Facebook, including me!
Love it or hate it, we definitely cannot ignore it! At least for us social media enthusiasts for whom our bread and butter relies on it. Till we see another MySpace story, Happy Facebooking!
Twitter users use many of the third party applications to tweet; some of them are TweetDeck, Hootsuite and EchoFon. They make it easier to manage followers, conversations, replies, retweets and the like. Scheduling and posting tweets via these third party apps is what most Twitterers do. Applications can be desktop, and mobile.
New Changes in Twitter have been announced. One is all applications are now required to use “OAuth” to access Twitter account. This means one can access Twitter applications without the password, except for desktop and mobile applications. All applications one has authorized will be listed at http://twitter.com/settings/connections. This helps to revoke access to any application at any time from the list.
Another change is the use of t.co which wraps links in tweets, which shows the actual domain and a part of the URL. This lets users know where exactly they are clicking. All links shared via Twitter and third party apps will be wrapped to a t.co URL.
The design of the new Twitter is also being talked about. One can check bios without navigating from the page. More information about the content will be shown such as replies, other Tweets by that user, a map of where a geotagged Tweet was sent from, and more. It allows for keyboard shortcuts, it will let one see the real name rather than the Twitter name of the user and many others.
If the tweets link to a photo or video, Twitter lets one view them in the right-hand column. Thanks to partnerships with Flickr, Twitgoo, TwitPic, TwitVid, Vimeo, and YouTube among others. There are several other new perks, including location maps, mini profiles, new error messages and improved landing pages.
This means will third party apps die? Will people open a desktop client and manage their Twitter account? Third party apps like TweetDeck, Seesmic, Hootsuite allow scheduling, and manage multiple accounts. That is why most businesses and consumers use these apps to make life simpler.
With the amazing features being rolled out by Twitter, people will more likely use the new Twitter if it offers the various features that third party apps do. For now, we need to wait and watch how well the new Twitter fares and if it will bid farewell to third party apps which most of us use.