This infographic is an interesting take on how Facebook affects self-esteem. I personally don’t like being Facebook friends with anyone I’m dating or previously dated. I feel that takes the fun out of getting to know each other and certainly speeds the demise of what could have been. If they are busy Facebook or Twitter stalking you then they aren’t really getting to know you, only a portion of yourself you allow the world to see. When you stop dating, should they be privy to the details of your life? What are your thoughts?
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been in the throes of spring cleaning. This year, I decided spring cleaning should apply to my electronic life and once I’m done, my online world should reflect my real world passions. Have you ever looked through the pages you liked on Facebook and thought, “I never use that service or I only liked that page to win something”?
With the introduction of the “like” button, Facebook had us liking status messages, pictures, videos, and articles that flowed by in our news feeds. Then they let websites everywhere add the “like” button to their online destinations. We were free to like articles, videos, and products outside the Facebook sandbox. If you’re anything like me, you see a button and you have a burning desire to push it with the result of liking brands which only hold a passing interest. Sometimes, I wish Staples “easy” button was everywhere so I could click on it and all the ads and clutter from websites would disappear, I digress.
I realized the consequence of clicking on the like button all over the web was creating a mess of my newsfeed within Facebook. Announcements about products or services I have no interest in were overshadowing the status messages of friends and family I really wanted to see.
So one day, I decided to go through all the pages and remove the ones I didn’t absolutely love. I “liked” Corona or Corona Light because if you liked them, they would put your picture on Times Square. I “liked” Bud Light because they had an app that let you show your support for your soccer team in the World Cup. There were several pages I liked to win an iPad that I never won. If you looked at the pages I “liked” you would think I’m a fan huge fan of beer, of which I’m indifferent. These pages were all removed.
There are only about 25 pages I continue to “like”. They are the fan pages of Founder Institute companies, Aston Martin, the Dalai Lama, Engadget, Mashable, TechCrunch, Manny Pacquaio, the UFC, Rafael Marquez, Lionel Messi, FCB Barcelona, and a couple fighters whose news I want to see.
If you were to cut your likes to only the brands and people you love, what would you have left?
I have had the iPod Touch 4th generation and the Virgin Mobilr MiFi for almost a week. My experiment to turn the iPod Touch into my cell phone has had some challenges which I’ll go into in a separate post.
The first thing I needed to do was to download apps so I can send and receive text messages, my fingers might break off if they miss a single day of vigorous texting or instant messaging.
I’ve had the AT&T iPhone for the last year and I love it for browsing the Internet, texting, & IMing (when it actually gets service). In Arizona there were dead zones in the house that it didn’t even register missed calls. The worst was sitting at lunch with 12 people in Vegas and the only people who could actually talk or text were the ones on Verizon. They had service, while the rest of us watched in envy as our iPhones became iPod Touches before our eyes.
This year, I’ve decided to get a 32 GB iPod Touch and a Virgin Mobile MiFi card to see if I can use this solution for my primary communication.
I received my Virgin Mobile MiFi on Saturday and tested it on Superbowl Sunday. I connected my iPhone, my netbook (HP Mini 1000), my cofounders iPad, and his MacBook. The MiFi just worked after we entered the wifi password into the aforementioned devices. The MiFi gave all of the devices Internet access for about 3.5 hours, it almost lasted to the end of the game and I was a little bit impressed. It was $149 for the Virgin Mobile MiFi card which uses the Sprint network and $40 for unlimited bandwidth. Did I mention there’s no contract? Sweet!!
I just received the iPod Touch in the mail today, I will write or create a video blog of the first 5 apps I downloaded to use it for calls & texting. I will blog about this experiment periodically for the next month.
I attended the Front Runner Alumni Reunion at Infusionsoft in Gilbert, Arizona. The keynote speaker was Clate Mask who is one of the co-founders of Infusionsoft and the co-author of Conquer the Chaos: How to Grow a SUCCESSFUL Small Business without Going Crazy. He talked about the growing pains of a small business and getting caught up in the daily details of doing what you can to make money. While that is a good goal for a small business, sometimes that activity is so distracting that business owners don’t sit back to strategize about how to build a company.
The two main themes he talked about were mindset strategies to achieving a balance and systems strategies to control speed. I am joining a book club with other business owners to discuss this book and see what strategies we can implement to grow our businesses. Clate said in his keynote, to achieve the right mindset, business owners need to invest in emotional capital, disciplined optimism, and entrepreneurial independence. In order not to become consumed, the three systems strategies are to centralize, follow-up, and automate. He also mentioned it’s important to read business books and he goes over techniques of speed reading in Conquer the Chaos since most entrepreneurs think they are too busy to read a book.
I spent the day watching the live streams of the sold out Facebook F8 Developer Conference. It was streamed by Livestream and besides a few hiccups in the beginning it was great to consume all that information from the comfort of my own desk. The conference timing couldn’t have been better, I have been defining software requirements and drawing workflows for my business partner with specifics around integration with Facebook. Learning first hand about the changes Facebook was announcing allowed me to simplify some the requirements while I was watching the broadcast. Since our website is built on WordPress.org, I was able to quickly implement the new Like button by embedding the iframe into a text/HTML widget. The Like box links the title to the Facebook Fan Page, includes member photos, and if the user is not logged into Facebook, it will allow them to login from our website and automagically post to their Facebook stream. With just a few clicks Facebook integration was accomplished. Additionally, I was able to delete about seven different WordPress plugins we were using to create this integration. Next up, my business partner is working on getting single sign-on working without using the RPX plugin.
- For developers some of the announcements made by Facebook simplifies the registration and login process because the single sign-on functionality asks for permission to access email and register the users Facebook account to a website. They are now using OAuth 2.0 protocol so this will play nicely with additional login options to different services such as Twitter.
- Social plugins such as the Like button or box and the activity feeds help even novice bloggers get started with the Facebook platform using a single line of HTML. The code is generated by Facebook after the blogger makes some selections, which can be copied into blogs.
- Insights is the Facebook analytics tool, the website says, “get detailed information about the demographics of your users and how users are sharing from your application.”