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Top 10 Myths About Facebook

Top 10 Myths About Facebook

The following article looks at 10 myths about Facebook and explains why they exist and what the reality is. As myths about Facebook go, most are built on widespread misconceptions or misunderstandings that many users hold. To bust these myths about Facebook read on…

10. Facebook is closing down

Facebook-haters like to spread the myth every few years that the site is closing. It is claimed that Mark Zuckerberg is overworked, has fallen out of love with Facebook and that the servers are overloaded. There is no evidence to back up these claims. In fact, since the IPO, it seems that this myth couldn’t be further from the truth.

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9. Friends’ acquaintances can see your timeline

This myth has been perpetuated a lot on the Facebook site itself. You may see this in the form of a chain post which encourages you to share with your friends. The myth states that if you post a comment on someones wall that their friends can automatically see your private status updates. This is plainly wrong and should be ignored.

8. Friends can tell that you’ve looked at their timeline

You are able to spend time using Facebook safe in the knowledge that others aren’t aware of where you are looking. This works two ways, so you cannot tell who has looked at your timeline and as a consequence, you need to pick your friends carefully.

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7. Facebook is free

Whilst you may not exchange money for using the site, you end up paying with information. Effectively you trade information about you and your relationships for the ability to use the site. The more you put in, the better Facebook understands you. The better understood you are, the better the ads that can be served to you. Better ads mean better click through, which in turn drives profits. As myths about Facebook go this is pretty high on the list of things to be aware of. This enables you as a user to better understand the relationship you have with the site.

6. Using Facebook is a waste of time

One of the big myths about Facebook is that using it is a waste of time. Sure, you can idle away your days stalking friends and family, but it can also be put to good use. Facebook excels at keeping people in touch. Now that so many people use Facebook, you can find long-lost friends, keep in touch with relatives abroad and keep up to date with things like the latest baby photos. This virtual connection often facilitates meeting up in person.

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5. The kids don’t use Facebook

There’s lots written about how Facebook is being deserted by youngsters. Whilst the average age of users may be going up, there are still massive amounts of connected under-25s using Facebook. Don’t just take my word for it; if you have relatives that are younger and on Facebook, then have a look at how much they use the site. The youth may be a little less engaged than they were, but you will no doubt see that they are as engaged as your average friend.

4. Your friends can see everything you post

It used to be that when you wrote a post all of your friends would see it. This was good in that you got your messages out there, but could get a little noisy if you were friends with lots of people. Nowadays, your posts get sorted by an algorithm which promote the more popular content. So if you are the kind of person that gets lots of comments, then expect people to be able to see what you are writing. However if your posts incite tumbleweed, then don’t be surprised if fewer people know about what is going on in your life.

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3. Facebook will be around forever

Whilst Facebook has the largest quantity of users for a social network, what it does can be replicated and improved upon. Other social networking communities like Google+, Twitter and Snapchat all have the ability to take away attention from Facebook. Without people actively engaged with the site, Facebook could lose some of its advertising revenue and fade away. MySpace (and countless sites before it) prove that something that is big news today can become unimportant tomorrow. So for Facebook to be around tomorrow, it needs to continually innovate and develop new features that benefit both users and advertisers. If it can manage to do this, then Facebook wont be going away any time soon.

2. 10,000 people will come to your party if you publish it publicly

A story that keeps resurfacing time and time again is that if you have a party and advertise it publicly, then expect it to end in a riot. It is a good idea to be mindful of who you invite where, but you need to be particularly lucky / unlucky for your invitation to go viral and get the kind of attention needed for 10,000 people to turn up at your doorstep. Instead, you are likely to get a bunch of people you do not know turning up, which you may regret as they probably give no thought to you or your property.

1. Facebook is private

Perhaps one of the slightly more worrying myths about Facebook is that it is private. If you do not change your privacy settings then some, if not all, of your Facebook posts are public. New users to Facebook are often unaware of this and use the site like only their friends can see what hey are doing. Anyone who wishes to keep their privacy intact whilst using Facebook should follow the advice given in this article on how to lock down their settings.

Missed any?

Please get in touch and let me know if you think I’ve missed any myths about Facebook you think should be included in this article.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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