Who says social media’s not good for anything? NONSENSE. Because of it, I have made a terrific new friend; one who’s just fantastisational. And to him? I say THANK YOU! My creamy, Southern breakfast was deeeeeeee-lish!
Awesome. You’ve just returned from vacation and had the BEST. TIME. EVER. And you
want everyone to experience your post-sojourn joy right along with you. What better way than to share your pictures with your friends? Share them online! WOO!
Share each and every one of the 557-thousand shots you snapped. Your friends won’t mind clicking through 37 attempts at getting a shot of the super-cool bathroom faucet in your hotel, right? Post. Them. All.
This is one of the things that makes me want to pound my head into my desk. I love my friends. I love seeing them have a good time. I love looking at their pictures. But. And this is a BIG BUT … looking at four separate albums or 100 photos each, capturing every blurry second of every moment of your trip? UGH.
It’s not that your friends don’t like sharing in your joy. We do. But be judicious. Look through your pictures. Post some of them … the good ones. Sure, it’s easier to simply upload the entire album file, but consider who’s going to be looking at your photos. Post the best ones, and leave the others for yourself. People will enjoy checking out the great time you had without having to wade through each and every, well … less-than-exciting snap.
Oh! One more thing. If you post pictures of that great night out on the town or of the super-fun vacation with your friends? Don’t tag people in the shots. Let them do that themselves. There are reasons — good ones — that some folks simply don’t want to be tagged in pictures. You might not understand them, but it’s well within their rights.
So, enjoy your vacations. Have a great time out with your friends. Take LOADS of pictures. It’s fun! But you don’t have to share … EVERYTHING. Just a thought.
You may have noticed something different around The Facebooks today.
As they announced in March, Facebook began rolling out a subtle, but potentially game-changing semantic alteration on “fan” and “group” pages. Starting today, you won’t become a “fan” of something, you’ll simply “like” it.
If you’re like me, becoming a fan of something, at least as far as things like restaurants or the businesses of my friends, always seemed a little … awkward. But liking something? I can get behind that. “Melissa likes Pina Coladas,” “Melissa likes Taking Walks In The Rain,” “Melissa likes Champagne” and so on and so forth.
Makes sense, right?
But wait! There’s more.
In addition to this change in language, Facebook has also introduced something (which you may have noticed in the past few weeks) called “Community Pages,” which are sort of like fan pages, but aren’t owned by anybody specifically. For example, pages like “New Orleans” or “Beer” or “Gardening” would be community pages. When you “like” a community page, which won’t have a wall, instead of getting posts from individuals, you’ll get posts in your news feed for like-related subjects. Since I “like” New Orleans, I might see posts about the goings-on at JazzFest or new restaurants that are opening in the city.
These are small changes, to be sure, but they could really change the way lots of companies on Facebook are doing business … and they’ll most likely change the way you interact with groups and the things that you, well … like.
What do YOU think of the changes?
I’ve often said that there are few problems in life that can’t be solved by chocolate chip cookies. Today, I was able to put that theory to the test when my mailman delivered a TwitGift, courtesy of my friends AJ & Melissa Leon.
What’s TwitGift, you might ask?
It’s a great new service through which you can send gifts to your Twitter friends. You don’t need to know their shipping addresses or anything. All you need is your credit card number and their Twitter handle. Your gift-ee will be notified via an @ tweet that they’ve received a gift. From there, they claim it in kind. In a few days, the postal service will deliver a box filled with delicious goodness.
Right now, you can select gifts of delectable cookies (some of the best I’ve had in a LONG time, by the way) from CILF bakery, but TwitGift if you know of vendors who’d like to participate, be sure to get in touch with the good folks at TwitGift.
Do you have a favorite Tweep? One of your online friends do you a prop? Then send them a TwitGift. It’ll make their day!