Facebook Auto-Play: Arguing with Results

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Facebook-autoplay-videoDo you hate Facebook video auto-play? I can’t decide if I do. Of course there’s the argument that it’s invasive, annoying, and unstoppable. I can commiserate, Dad. The forward-thinking, tech-oriented, idiephile is mumbling “Why are you still on Facebook? It’s 2015,” as she takes a drag from her American Spirit. But the reality is that Facebook has over 890 million daily users. That’s a huge social network. Rather, that’s a huge social marketplace.

An explosion of outrage tends to follow each tweak to the Facebook system: layout, privacy policy, messenger requirements. The introduction of auto-play followed the prototypical 4 Stages of Facebook Backlash: people hated it, then they resented it, then they begrudgingly accepted it, then they zoned out...

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How Often Should You Blog?

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BloggingMuch like the rest of the Internet, there’s no exact recipe to blogging. No booklet that proclaims, “Yes that will get you 12 more followers per day!” and “No, do that and readers under 25 will duck out immediately.” At least universally – different tactics help and hurt blogs all the time. Rather, each blog owner must figure out what “works,” and then find what combination works best.

Much like cooking. There might be a set recipe, but everyone has that special ingredient they put in to make it their own. Whether that means changing flavor, adjusting consistency, or something else to get it just so. What you put in changes what you get out.

That also means, the more you practice, the better it gets. Blogging can become more consistent...

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Social Media Early Announcers: They Must Be Stopped

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There are times in life when you go through big or exciting events. Like getting engaged or announcing the birth of your new child. Or when your daughter gets engaged or announces the birth your new grandchild. There are milestone anniversaries, job promotions, retirements – a never-ending list of big days to celebrate. And sometimes – depending on personal preference – that means letting everyone know on social media. Where you tell the world what you’ve been up to, like the layman’s version of a press release.

Only there are almost always those who beat you to it.

Someone’s great aunt or that girl from high school who you don’t talk to anymore, who comments on your wall. (Or tweets or photo tags you on Instagram.) BEFORE YOU’VE HAD THE CHANCE TO TELL EVERYONE YOURSELF...

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Are Facebook Events Binding?

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facebook invite everybodyWe’ve long-since passed into a time where “Facebook invites” are a thing. And often more received than formal, in-the-mail invitations. They’re easier, faster, and allow access to all of your friends without looking up their address. Even better when you have acquaintances who frequently move.

But with generational gaps and a growing social norm where it’s ok to cancel on anything – at any time, this calls the whole Facebook invite to question. What’s formal? What’s required? And how are we to act when our only interaction toward an event is done online?

The Death of the Formal Invite

We get it, sending out paper invites is a pain. And kind of expensive. It makes perfect sense why folks only save it for big events anymore. No complains there...

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Are We Too Reliant on Electronic Maps?

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Maps_google_mapI recently went on a road trip, where I drove for 19 hours, then 9, and then 13. Before I was back home. It was all done without the help of a paper map. My iPhone led through half of the trip, while vehicle GPS led the other. It was convenient, mostly accurate, and only sometimes infuriating. (Like when maps tells you to do the exact same thing 14 times in a row or when they make you go through construction even when you tell them to avoid it.)

But the whole thing got me thinking: are we too reliant on electronic maps? Do we need them to travel? Or could we do it the old fashioned way, if needed? What if our data were to stop working? Or the roads suddenly closed and Google had yet to update? Could I even read a paper map? Sure I like looking for fun or to see which states have the weirde...

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