Photography on Facebook

Ever since cameras were discovered, photos and photography has always caught people’s fancy. Whether it is to face the camera and pose for photos or stay behind them and make the magic happen, everyone is amazed with photography!

When facebook came along a few years ago, photography was already a big part of everyone’s life. People loved the idea of capturing their life with the help of a simple camera and store it for years to come.

With the birth of this social media giant, people could not have been happier. They started sharing the most important parts of their lives, all the memories and the special moments with their friends and family via this platform. It was definitely the easiest and fastest way for people to connect.

Ofcourse, there were several picture sharing sites such as Flickr, Shutterfly, Picassa that already existed and it was the best known way to share these pictures. But with everyone soon being on facebook, it was just easier and more convenient for people to share pictures here. And it is no surprise that these picture sharing sites are faced with a huge battle ahead of them!

Sharing pictures on Facebook soon became a way of life! Everyone wanted their friends and family to be a part of their life. They wanted to share those special moments of their life with their loved ones. And owing to the features available on Facebook, these pictures got ‘likes’ and ‘comments’.

So, when a person published a picture on Facebook, they wanted to make sure they get the most ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ from all their friends. Every picture people clicked went up on Facebook. Each picture more attractive than the previous.

Facebook Timeline has several features and options. Every profile has a Profile Picture and a Cover Photo. So it does not come as a surprise that people tried to put up the most attractive, one-of-a-kind picture to be appreciated by everyone!

Every single moment of life goes up on their wall. Be it as simple as just going out for a walk or dining at the new restaurant that just opened in town. All the family trips, the fun you have in the college canteen after bunking a class, all the nights you go out with your friends and not to mention few of the most important moments in life – proposing to the love of your life and the magical moment when you marry them, the very first picture of your child, and several others.

It has come to a stage where people do not take pictures for the same reasons as earlier. They are not just taken for the sake of capturing the beautiful moments of life… It is not taken only as a memory. It is taken to be shown off on Facebook! The thought that quickly runs through your mind after a taking a picture is – is this picture good enough to be my new profile picture?!

Music on Facebook

Facebook which started out just a simple social networking site soon had several features to it. One such feature that was made available recently was listening to Music with your friends on facebook.

Everyone loves to listen to music. Be it when you are happy or when you are sad, music is always the best companion. You always find the right kind of music to define the mood you are in or it can be even be the other way round where the music you listen to defines the mood you are in.

Friends are usually the only ones that you would love to share your mood or feelings with. What can be better than combining the two and making friends a part of the music you listen to?

Music is one of the most powerful and fun ways to connect. Whether it’s at a concert with a bunch of people or on a long drive with your best buddy, you love listening to music with your friends. But what if you could listen to music with your friends when you’re alone, like at work, at home or on the go?

Now, with the music feature on Facebook, there is a new way to listen with friends. This feature lets you listen to the music of your choice with any of your friends who are currently listening to music. You can listen to music with a single friend or a group of them.

You also have an option to chat with your friends about what you’re listening to. As others start listening along, they will join the chat as well. You also have an option of controlling who you’re listening along with, with your settings.

Before you can listen to music with your friends, you need to allow the music apps you use to add your listening activity on your timeline.

If your friends also allow music apps to publish their listening activity on their timeline, you will see a next to their name in the chat sidebar when they’re listening to music. You might also see a story in the ticker that says your friend is listening to a song.

To listen with a friend,

–         Hover over their name in the chat sidebar or the story in ticker

–         Click the Listen With (friend’s name) button that appears

–         If you haven’t already opened the same music service provider as your friend, click the Open button on the next window

Right now, you can only listen with friends on Spotify or Rdio. If you don’t have either of these music providers, you can sign up after you click the Listen With (friend’s name) button.

Now, you can experience enjoying music together with your friends no matter where you are. Enjoy sharing this part of your life with your friends as well!

Facebook – The Flip Side

Happened to read a newspaper article yesterday which stated that the number of divorces has drastically increased. Funny enough, the survey sported a very social reason to the increase…Facebook!

Yes, you read it right! FACEBOOK!

If anything, Facebook was launched with the idea of making the world a smaller place. To make it easier for people to keep in touch with each other. But whether you like it or not, over the years Facebook has become a lot more than just that!

It is said that a person logs into their Facebook account atleast 5 times a day! That is more than the number of times you speak to your mother or spouse!!

Logging into Facebook is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning and the last thing you do before you go to sleep!

Now the fact of the matter is such that, Facebook has now actually become the face of the person. It has somehow become a way for people to judge each other. What is on Facebook is the truth.  People would rather trust what is on Facebook than the person itself. But the truth is…it is doing more harm than good!

So the question for all users is…how and where do you draw the line?? How do you make sure you do not cause any harm and hurt the people close to you? To make sure you do not land up in the court for doing something stupid here? How to make sure you do not go overboard with anything or even get addicted to it?

Here are a few pointers on how you can not let Facebook rule your life!

–         Well, the first thing is to ALWAYS keep in mind that Facebook is only a medium for you to keep in touch with people…it is not your life! It is has its boundaries and flaws. Stop talking about your daily meals, the broken window pane or the fact that your dog did his business by himself!

–         It’s only reflection of you and your life…You do not need to live on this virtual one!

–         Remember, the things you do in this virtual world should be of least importance

–         You are here only to meet and keep in touch with people and maybe even play games and have some fun

–         Spend an hour or so of your free time at the max on facebook every day…not the time you have to spend with your family or loved ones… (You know something is wrong when you ask how your sibling is doing on Facebook chat!)

–         Do you really care that your acquaintance’s sister got a brand new hand bag?! Set your priorities straight!

–         Most importantly, add people you know… or atleast people you know would want to know you… not people you saw/waved at/smiled at/exchanged pleasantries with

It’s more or less likely you have logged into your Facebook account as you read this… so check the news feed, do you really care about all the news you read?!

It is high time you decide…To what extent you would like Facebook to call the shots in your life?!


Facebook – The Judge of Character

It was a bright Monday morning and all that Rohan expected were Monday morning blues. But there was a lot that he dint expect in store for him. He got into a lot of trouble with his father which came as a surprise to him. Coz as far as he knew, he had done nothing ‘get-into-trouble’ worthy or atleast he had covered his tracks well enough not to get into trouble.

But that definitely wasn’t the case! His father questioned him about his whereabouts over the weekend. According to what his dad knew, he had gone for a group study session at his friend’s house.

So, how did all this happen?? Thanks to his friends tagging him in a few pictures taken at the party he attended over the weekend! His friends had forced him to attend this party as he was one of those ‘studious good-boy’ kinds who never enjoyed partying or drinking! Even though it was the first and only party he ever attended it managed to ruin his image with of his father.

And the outcome of all of this?? He ended up with a strict curfew at home which does not allow him to go out beyond 9 in the evening and night outs are a definite NO NO! And the ‘Trust’ factor has somehow immediately vanished!

Facebook is now probably the most active and popular social media platform.

The reason for the younger generation to be on social media sites like Facebook is probably to catch up with old friends, update them about what is going on in their lives and maybe even meet new people. It does not have the boundaries of having to behave or be responsible, like they have to in real life. They would like to voice their opinions, update their friends about their ‘status’ and most importantly, share photos – more often than not, controversial ones! 

And now, it’s not only the younger generation…Everyone you know is on Facebook! Be it your friends, your spouse, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles or cousins. Even your parents have an account now!

This being the case, it has become impossible for the youth to be themselves on the one place that helped them get away from the daily hassles of life! You are forced to think twice about everything you do. About the comments you leave, the pages you like, the status updates you put up and ofcourse, you definitely cannot afford to be tagged in pictures – be it with you friends, girlfriends/boyfriends, pictures from a trip you took or a party you once attended!

Having half your family on your friends list, anything and everything you do Matters! What you do or don’t do outside of Facebook, the kind of person you are, all of it is questioned. The person everyone thinks you are drastically changes…and not for the better! You are forced to make sure you maintain a crystal clear image even here. And now, it is not any different from your real life. You do not have the freedom to be and do what you please…It has boundaries too! Everything you do changes the person you are!

So the next time you are on Facebook, remember, you may have your Character at stake!!