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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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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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