Facebook is Scared of Android

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?

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Facebook at Work

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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.

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Over-Inflating Your Opinion

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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.

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Facebook Acquires WhatsApp for $16 Billion

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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.

Facebook issued an official post yesterday confirming the acquisition of WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg, in his Facebook post, said

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,

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Riding the Tech Rapids

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If you try and measure technology, and try to grasp its significance over its current demand then you would feel that we are always living in the past and the future is actually something from the present. Have you ever felt that the processing power of our devices whither off within a couple of months time over the updates of just the operating system, or there is always that feel of rapidly usage of the hard disk space?

You know why we get this feel? Because of the speed!

The speed of evolution in technology is not by the innovations, it is sewed in to itself like gene codes, it will grow, then discard itself and then re-grow and then discards itself again!, like a whirlpool! Some people refer to this phenomenon as “Rapid” and other think of this as a never ending cycle of inventions and devices, well, as technology geeks, we always want to ride it!

Take for example the innovation of wearable gadgets, once they were not a consumer brand, everyone was hyping about it, now it’s what? Nothing but just another fancy device – wanna have it?

This is how technology will keep evolving; some of us become so obsessed with the sense of it that we tend to lose the reality and the rapid change that occurs. We will keep adapting and getting what comes our way. For example, think for a moment that you are standing at the bank of a mountain river and watching those white water rapids – now, try and feel the speed of the rushing water, the loudness, the energy, and then the utmost ever changing cycles of tons of water moving with the same exact patterns. Then all of a sudden, you see a canoe coming along with a single rider, tackling those rapids with proficiency and movement, using the oars and the body weight to remain in control, to dodge the objects both above and beneath the surface – and then you say to yourself, “Oh there is more to it then what meets the eye!”

Why I am explaining this?

Because technology is like the river of rapids, you can see it as an observer and get overwhelmed with whatever it is presenting along the way, maybe as a consumer you may use some, learn or even study about – but in reality only those people would understand and work their way who actually ride along this huge river of ever-changing rapids. In common words we call them the IT professionals

As a trainer, I have always started my awareness to quality and testing sessions with the provision of the right identity to the IT professionals;

“Who are you?” is the title I give, and within this I tend to explain about the career growth in this field. If you consider the academia, then right from the very beginning we are trained as “Programmers” – a lot of people are now questioning this approach that why academia tend to focus on development and programming in comparison to other skills which can be acquired by an IT professional; such as “Configuration Management”, “Sales and Marketing”, “Customer Support Services”, “Business Analysis”, “Software Testing”, “Networking” and “Project Management”. In comparison to other qualifications, IT professionals have to study as  Continue reading