Facebook Matrimony

While most of us use Facebook as a virtual hangout/pastime, a lot of people are using Facebook a groundwork that helps them decide on a life-partner in an arrange Marriage.

So there is no more rotation of bio-data’s and pictures, people just log in to see what the other individual is like, on Facebook! 

A female friend of mine whose parents asked her to look up for a boy’s profile on Facebook, overruled the boy because he used a very tacky line in the “About me” description and his profile picture was very distant, which made her assume that he must be ugly so he does not have the self-assurance for a closer picture.

So what are the dos and don’ts one must follow while dating and considering marraige?

Tips for a successful marriage planned through Facebook.

1. Avoid friending your partner’s cousins and family members. They have a habit of going through your oldest albums and digging up your glorious past.

2. Uncles and aunties above 50 are strict NO for your friend list. They are like silent observers of your news feed, who comment and share only in family gatherings.
3. Avoid calling each other ‘Jannu’ and ‘baby’ before your relationship is out in the open i.e. you family also knows about it. This will avoid the rumour mill at work and deprive your  older cousins from gossiping for few more days.

4. Do not post 24×7 love messages, pictures and videos on your partner’s wall. It’s can get super irritating if not for you then for your friends who unfortunately are forced to witness your sweet nothings day and night.

5. Asking your cousins or friends to start calling the gal/guy whom you have just been introduced ‘jiju’ or ‘bhabhi’ would be an overkill.

6. Do not change your relationship status based on your mood swings e.g. ‘Oh, finally the marriage date is fixed’ — relationship status: Engaged; ‘We had out first argument. She wants pink to be our marriage theme. I want purple!’ — Relationship status: Its complicated.

Facebook is no more as casual as we would like to believe, it’s a platform for people to judge you. If you’re not on Facebook you are considered old fashioned or an alien, and if you are then there is no escaping the judging eyes.

Is it okay to lie a little on Facebook when considering marriage? Share your opinion

Is Timeline leading to increase in Facebook engagement?

Facebook Timeline

Timeline, which was introduced recently was met with a mix set of responses from brands and marketers. Some saw the opportunity in it for a makeover while others frowned. Anyways, they couldn’t do much about it as Facebook went all out with the update since March 30,2012.

Since then there has been a flurry of white papers, resource documents, and webinars to demystify  Timeline features teaching ways to maximize its usage. According to a recent research put together by eMarketer  the ‘average engagement on brand posts have risen by 46% in the three weeks after the switch compared to the three weeks before.’

Similar research was conducted by EdgeRank Checker for engagement before and after the Timeline was introduced for 3,500 brand pages. Those with the Timeline had 41% more engagement. However, for brands which had not converted there was  nearly a similar rise of 38%. Explaining this the company mentioned in a blog post, “A vast majority of all engagement takes place within the News Feed… Timeline has no direct impact on content within the News Feed.”

The good news is that engagement is on the rise with Facebook users exploring and interacting with brands. This is an opportunity for brands to maximize Timeline features by creating more compelling stories through it. Timeline is full of possibilities providing a visual treat for users through its more organized look. What needs to be seen is how creative can they get with their engagement to woo users.

Listen button on Facebook music pages to provide a strong call to action

Justin Bieber's Facebook page

Soon you will find a listen button on pages of musical artists. This will be between the Like and Message tab on the page. Once you click on the listen button it will direct you to the track of the artist on the social music streaming sites likes Spotify, for which the artist has already signed up.

Listen button is said to be live on the pages of Justin Bieber, Linkin Park and Slash. Though we didn’t find it when we last checked. This button will be part of core set of features offered by Facebook, located at a prominent location on the page. This is not to be confused with apps that many music streaming companies have created as specialised tabs on the page or in your activity stream.

This will provide a good marketing tactic for artists to showcase their new releases or hits on the page. Quite similar to pinning the post, they can now choose which song to highlight through the listen button. Additionally, hosting songs on sites like Spotify, Earbits, MOG, Rdio, and Slacker would act as an actual endorsement for these sites. Think Justin Bieber sending all his traffic from Facebook Listen button to Spotify. This will prove to be a real game changer and influence the bulk of the referral traffic for these companies.

So, what are you listening to?

10 reasons on why Facebook is good for kids!

So, we’ve been listening to how Facebook is bad for children, here’s a different take on it. We think if used constructively Facebook can be more beneficial than destructive. Here’s why & what your kid can do on Facebook (For children above 13 of course, as FB doesn’t permit access to children below 13)

Teachers are now looking at the benefits of using Facebook in classrooms

1. They’ve been hearing about in school, and seeing you using it too, stopping them is pointless. You need to make sure that it’s not a forbidden fruit to them which tempts them from time to time!

2. Forward them links to creative and interesting pages that they could learn from

3. If they are into any form art, such as writing, sketching, music, painting or photography, ask them to share their piece of art on Facebook and see what others have to say.

19yr old has more than 50,000 fans!

 

4.Ask them to participate in online contest, this will give them a huge exposure compared to school competitions as online you have a bigger audience, tougher competition and they know exactly where they stand.

5. If your child is a shy kid then this platform works like a miracle where they get to chat, share opinions, without being very conscious compared to classroom where he the physical presence of 60 or more people make him nervous.

6.  Kids staying in hostels or away from home can get lonely at times and this will be a great way to be in touch with everyone, make new friends and be more social.

7. Stopping them is like over protecting them which makes it suffocating for them. Let them be themselves and go discover!

8. Some schools are on Facebook and most of them will be active soon. Schools now have active discussions, reminders, interactive programs and groups for their students. In fact it’s a very good way to keep track of the everyday school activities.

9. You wouldn’t like it if your kid is techtarded, so give him the early advantage and for all you know he could be the next Zuckerberg!
10. It makes them happy! Really happy and isn’t that the most important thing?

Do yo agree with us? Let us know what you think!

 

Instagram team to join Facebook after its acquisition worth $1bn

It’s been few hours since the news of Facebook buying Instagram, the much loved photo sharing app broke out. Instagram has around 27mn users on iOS and its android launch was also quite successful with a 1 million downloads within few hours of its launch.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook first came out with the news on his page.

“For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.”

Sharing photos has been a popular activity on Facebook with people sharing photos of their family and friends. Instagram will continue to function independently and will not be integrated to Facebook as of now. However, its team will join Facebook, and you can expect more wonderful things to come from their complementing skills.

“We need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook. That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.”

Speculation is ripe on what new features might be coming from this combination. According to Kevin Systrom, CEO of Instagram in a blog post:

“It’s important to be clear that Instagram is not going away…We’ll continue to add new features to the product and find new ways to create a better mobile photos experience…You’ll still have all the same people you follow and that follow you. You’ll still be able to share to other social networks. And you’ll still have all the other features that make the app so fun and unique.”

What do you expect from the combination of Facebook and Instagram? Tell us your thoughts.

 

7 things I want to see on Facebook soon!

1. Advanced photo-editing tools such as sepia, framing, glow, blemish erase and add text to the picture

2. Options of different font styles, colours & emoticons while writing a status post

3. Faster uploading of pictures! Say about 50 pictures in one go.

4. New Buttons: A love, hate, I’m speechless, & “Please delete” button alongside the Like button

When a post like this appears on the newsfeed, I’m sure every soul wants to plead:
Please delete

 

5. Auto theme changer: Imagine if you were to log into your Facebook on 16th March and see your Facebook theme as Sachin (on the occasion of his 100th century) and 23rd March, spring theme! Wouldn’t you be pleasantly surprised (I’m talking about a majority at least) and look forward to these automatically changing themes? Facebook needs a refreshing look considering we log on to it nearly four times a day!

Trance Music anyone?

 

6. Profile pic zoom: Isn’t it irksome when someone has a profile picture that you don’t understand because it’s too miniscule and you would HAVE to click on it that leads to their profile. Now think if we just move our cursor on the profile picture icon and the picture zooms in and gives you a enormous view of it without having you to click on it! Pretty cool huh?

 

7. What’s popular: a section where we can see what’s doing the rounds thought-out the world on Facebook. Here’s something I liked on Google http://www.google.com/zeitgeist

Tell us what you like and what else would you add to this list?

 

Angry Birds game app now on Facebook

There is good news for all you gaming lovers who are also addicted to Facebook. Angry Birds, the popular online game that saw millions of downloads within days of its launch can now be played on Facebook.

The Facebook app of the game by its maker Rovio has been downloaded more than 700 million times since December 2009. The game was launched for the first time on iOS. With more than 800 million strong user base Facebook has seen a range of customized apps from brands. Applications like shopping, recommendation, dating and of course gaming apps have proved to be extremely popular on Facebook.

The nature of the platform helps develop a social ecosystem for brands with a high probability of going viral and ensuring higher return on investment (ROI) and reach.

Explore this awesome directory of Facebook games like Farmville, Cityville, Mafia Wars, CSI, Smurfs, Poker etc to find recommended games or just the ones your friends are already playing. All Angry Bird lovers go here.