If you are from the generation that saw the dial-up Internet age, you must have used one of the many service of a company called Yahoo! Be it chatting away in your favorite chat room or searching for something on the Internet (yeah, people used to do that before Google came along). Yes, that Yahoo! that still feed our nostalgia of the early, humbling days of the Internet, is selling itself.
Mark Zuckerberg’s $190 billion baby feels threatened by the world’s most widely used mobile operating system, Android.
Both companies are a giant in their respective core competencies. For Facebook, it is social media and accompanying online advertising and for Google, a multitude of Internet-based products including a mobile operating system used by over 1.4 billion people.
Why, then, a giant like Facebook is scared of Android?
Toyota, for many, are synonymous with cars. Be it is was your first car that you bought through many hardships or a wedding anniversary gift to your loved one. Toyota has been one of the largest car manufacturer in Pakistan. With its luxury line, Grande launch, Toyota invited bloggers to a day filled of awesome activities that included seeing first hand how cars are manufactured in Toyota’s massive plants.
The day started with us leaving for Toyota’s plant located in hub. The weather that day was pleasant, which is very rare in Karachi. We had enjoyed our ride very much. Upon reaching there, I was astonished to see how big the facilities were. You’d literally get lost inside one of their factories.
We were welcomed into one of the halls where there was a session about Toyota and some numbers about its sales and performance over the years, followed by some really nice advertisements of Toyota. Now, unlike many blogger events, we were promptly served with delicious lunch. After that, came the high time of the day: visit to Toyota’s manufacturing facilities.
We say the car getting manufactured from metal sheets to pieces of arts that you or I would end up driving. I felt like I was inside a documentary of National Geographic Channel called Mega Factories. We experienced the process first-hand. We weren’t allowed to take photographs so I couldn’t save the moments.
After all of that time, we were taken to test drive the newly launched Grande line of cars. The racetrack was shorter than I expected but driving those cars was really, really fun.
We’ve already come to the end of the day by that time so we went for a nice, soothing cruise. We were served with nice food during the cruise and had a lot of fun and mingling with fellow bloggers.
All and all, it was an awesome event as most brands usually don’t do all-day events. I am certainly looking forward to more events from Toyota.
We all know the sheer amount of people on the Internet online at a given time. That number is enormous. So enormous that even a tiny little clock couldn’t complete 60 seconds without someone pressing a tiny button, resetting it back. It has been going on like this since 1st of April when some people over at Reddit decide to come up with this idea and named it The Button.
The concept was simple: they wanted to see how long would the clock keep on resetting. And to add a little bit of fun to this, each Redditor that has created an account before April 1, would have only one chance to press the button. And when they do, Reddit saves the remaining time on the button’s clock and assign it as a flair to their account on The Button subreddit. Cherry on top is the flair has become a sort of a representation of your class on Reddit. Say, you were impatient and pressed the button as soon as you could, you’d be awarded a blue flair which is the indication of you being the third-grade citizen of that subreddit. Consequently, the further you wait, the elitist flair you’d get. How long have people waited you ask? Well, at the time of writing of this post, the least amount of seconds left on
the clock were 31 which resulted in a prestigious yellow flair. And there has only been 17 of such instances. There has been many speculations about orange and red flairs as the time approaches towards zero but nobody has ever seen those around.
So, do you have what it takes to get a yellow flair? Maybe an orange one or a red one perhaps?
Passionately a software developer, Basit Saeed considers himself a person who believes in software and social media being the change agents of 21st century. He is a techy, a gadgets freak, and loves playing with code whenever he can. He tweets at @basit_saeed.
Show of hand if you use Facebook at work, as well? *raises hand while type on a keyboard* well, we all are guilty of this crime. No matter how much work we have on our tables, we put aside a few minutes (which, in reality, are much more) to check notifications, reply to messages in chat, and generally scrolling down our newsfeeds.
In retrospect, many employers have put up restrictions so the employees don’t waste their times liking their friends’ photos and focus on working instead, which is, of course bad for business for Facebook.
Knowing that a major population of earth is young, are evidently very active and visible over the internet. The major target audience posting and consuming the content on social media is also the younger population, while it is expanding to accommodate wider all-inclusive age brackets and demographics.
A need to interact and share defines the people of today. Users gravitate towards social media platforms they can participate in and contribute towards in terms of content, where they receive the most positive responses. Hence, the choice between sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and the likes. If you notice closely our behaviors on Social media are extended to our social lives. Out of many such interwoven behaviors one is the over-inflation of opinions and voicing it to the extent of imposing them, belittling those who disagree. All because we have the freedom of speech.
We have often read how Facebook destroys the self-esteem of its users, and we condemn all the vicious things technology can do. What went unnoticed was how social media over-inflates its user’s egos with too many likes, shares, interactions and retweets on expression of social or political issues.
The popular mobile messaging service, WhatsApp, gets acquired by Facebook for a whopping $16 billion. WhatsApp, over the course of past few years, has become the most popular service to send text and voice-based messages over the Internet. The messaging volume of WhatsApp has reached the SMS volume of the entire global telecom industry.
WhatsApp had every option in the world so I’m thrilled that they chose to work with us. I’m looking forward to what Facebook and WhatsApp can do together, and to developing great new mobile services that give people even more options for connecting. I’ve also known Jan for a long time, and I know that we both share the vision of making the world more open and connected. I’m particularly happy that Jan has agreed to join the Facebook board and partner with me to shape Facebook’s future as well as WhatsApp’s
This acquisition news created rumors about WhatsApp Messenger getting some sort of advertisement for its service. These rumors were soon abolished by Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO. In an official blog post, Koum wrote
Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing.
Furthermore, he added,