Ways to identify a Photographer

 

She: Hey, Vish is a photographer.
He: Oh really! Which camera do you use?
Me: I just click pictures. Do I qualify now??

It’s practically pointless to showcase your work to someone or to introduce your passion to someone whose 1st question would be which gear you use for Photography. That itself is an insult to the photograph and the owner. There are some who may as well, uninvited, ask you the same after seeing a nice picture about the kind of camera you use, as if once you hand it over to them, they would beat the shit out of you with some of the best award-winning Nat-geo pictures clicked from their magical hands!!

So here you have them as photographers. Now that they have the basic knowledge of what I carry i.e. a Nikon/Canon and a photo-editing software, you have some of the best ignored talents now surfacing as photographers. Not even budding, but pure professional photographers, who use SLRs only to click pictures. Every soul on earth knows D is for Digital. Have you ever tried asking them the full form of SLR? If not, try right away.

Since it is a fashion these days to be an SLR Photographer but may not necessarily mean Photography, here are few ways how you could identify them:

  1. Profile Pictures: Be it Facebook profile or a page, a DP with your D-SLR is a must! And your pose is the mundane “focusing through a view finder” with enormous attention that even scientists wouldn’t be sharing with electron microscopes. Poor Point-n-Shoot owners must be feeling left out.
  1. Watermarks: I always believed watermarks are required to establish the identity against theft or plagiarism of your authentic work. But what I do not understand is the usage of watermarks with HUGE BOLD/ITALIC fonts (XYZ Photography) in the mid of the picture or everywhere (minimum 3 places) in your picture that at times one wonders whether the font is the SUBJECT or the picture beneath the font is the subject! Again, they are Fotugraphers, you see.
  1. Borders: The look and feel of your pictures does get enhanced with borders, but what’s up with Black-Thick-White-Slim-Grey-Fat layers of border!!! I guess I need a magnifying glass now to actually see the content of your photo.
  1. Facebook FanPage: Oh dear! This was the only missing link so far. An FB page is free of cost. Let’s create one, make use of ‘Invite Friends’ & FB messages and spam all our friends and friends-of-friends until they LIKE it! Now, on your FB feeds Vishy likes Sissy’s Photography. Some no-brainer who loves liking all pages will go ahead and like it for sure. Voila! You have so many fans!!! But none have seen your pictures yet. You’re confident and go to pub to boast in front of that chick how awesome you’re at clicking and that she should be ready to pose for some (on bed).
  1. Facebook Albums: Your albums are named “Himalayas rock”, “Corbett National Park” etc but neither you see mountains, nor animals in them. Just humans with thick fat lenses posing with tripods, concentrating as if they are about to kill a lion. Longer the lens, better is the flaunting(acting). Okay! Where’s the content yaar?

IDENTITY CRISIS STILL?

So, these were the sure shot ways to identify the photographers around you. Yes, I own an SLR but I don’t consider myself as a photographer yet, for I do not qualify any of the above 5 criteria. I just love clicking. That’s my passion.

The truth behind Photography, however, is that the best and most creative pictures in almost all realms of life are anonymous.

P.S. The picture you see is a mock. I just couldn’t tamper more than that. In reality, the ones am talking about are worse than the above.

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6 reasons why the new Facebook profile sucks.

So, you got this ridiculous Coming Soon intimation on your homepage as if you were really looking forward to the new profile! The fact that you did not migrate to the new profile till this point was essentially because you were more than contented with your old profile layout already.

Love it or hate it, you have to accept all the shit that they offer. And then there are no choices to choose a better shit or worse. My story is different; I was misled by their “What’s new” video and got migrated into the latest ASAP. The very next day I thought of coming up with this blog-post on how and why it was no more a social-network but an online market but then I thought perhaps I would get accustomed to it in a little time. It’s been months and not only me, but also my friends, young and old, despise it. I do not think any person apart from those who have their “Sponsored Ads” up and running in those panels would have welcomed this in true sense.

Here are 6 reasons (OMG, I could really find 6 reasons!!) why it really sucks:

1. Personal Profile page font: We did not really like the  home-page font size diminished. So, we asked Facebook to get back the old layout; they offered us the same shit on our personal profiles! So, my pages are always on a Ctrl+, thanks to the browser font size variation property.

2. Links Archive: You had a good reason to make Facebook as a bookmark organizer of your singled-out links, but now you have to break your head to find the archive of your links. And worse, your friend’s link, shared a couple of days back, instantly, unlike old profile Links tab. But the basics do not change. So if you wish to run through your previous links, take a look at this previous blog-post of mine.

3. No Info (sidebar) box for your blog traffic: You are a blogger. You shared your blog URL. And that was your identity how your voiced your opinion. Plus that set you apart from a ‘fake’ profile. But now with these inane big icons of Movies, Music, Inspirational People hitting your eyes instantly on click of Info tab, anyone would hardly care to get to your website info. present at the nadir of  your personal info. Hence, no traffic from outsiders on your blog via Facebook.

4. Sponsored Ads: The primary reason behind the whole idea of coming up with the latest changes to Personal Profile was to eat up your personal space in the left panel and transfer them to the right for Sponsored Ads. So more clicks, more Like-hits and more moolah for MZ.

5. Status Messages Archive: Well, he should understand that my profile is full of Farmville, Anita’s predictions and 101 new apps that spam your Time Line every new day that I cannot really scroll through and keep hiding them when I wake up in the morning to go through what my friends had written when I was offline. Here’s what I am talking about. Now that is extinct. (This is a part of homepage layout but was introduced in the same period as new FB Profile)

UPDATE: This feature is now available underneath the Most Recent link.

6. Networked blogs tab killed: The no links-tab feature almost killed Networked Blogs where you could follow others’ blog, have your profile and get traffic onto your blogs too. Again, a setback for bloggers.

Last but not the least, the most notable change in the new profile had been tagged photos appearing in your profile. I wonder who would like to see YourTaggedPals photos, or flowers, cakes, cartoons etc. So, the only good reason I figured out to make use of that feature is to display –>

than keep myself tagging inanely over n over again.

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Hi Mark,

What’s up, Bitch? By the way, congrats for being the youngest billionaire, and the CEO of the 3rd highest valued company in US and making over 550 million friends. Hey, wait! They also include 250 million Farmers and Mafioso, 100 million disabled-accounts and 75 million fake (includes stray dogs n pets), out of which 50 million would be from India and rest 25 million are, perhaps, our neighbor’s contribution; thanks to Orkut’s decreasing popularity.

Good that you are coming up with an innovative and state-of-the-art technology Facebook Messaging (email) system as you discovered 4 billion messages getting sent each day. (What’s up with Groups? A big fail, eh?) Now we are sure the mails are going to be blocked half-way through, for your TERMS are going to be even longer! Longer than the 8189 paged Ayodhya Verdict, even a Federal Govt.’s rules and regulations. Do you also follow the terms set by you? Then why isn’t it possible to block you?

Well, it’s nice that with Facebook email, you are allowing attachments now. So, guys can send their masturbating videos to ladies they sex-texted before! Me? Sorry, I’ll still stick to Gmail for that. I do not wish anyone to see me while I am shagging away to glory. I need Privacy!

And then more blockages, more profiles disabled (but not deleted), new profiles added to Facebook and Voilà! Facebook’s counter shows 1 Billion profiles and soon to overtake population of China. Is this how you show the numbers to the whole world of Social Media?

Hey, I saw The Social Network. And my admiration and adulation for you knew no bounds after learning how you got this social-networking/dating site out basically! No wonder when you have disparaged your girlfriend and deceived your best friend, you will do very less to care about people’s privacy or their concerns.

Although your PRIVACY explanation is written in simple English, but your business rules are damn faulty! Do you test your privacy features at all? Automation, Manual…? Here are few nuggets and my observations on how you have been compromising your 500 million users’ privacy:

  • PandoraYelp, and Scribd. Now you added Instant Personalization options. But hey why did you forget to notify users on homepage when you ‘checked’ Places by default for them under Account Settings> Notifications?
  • Popular Applications/ ‘Apps’ on Facebook steal/transmit personal information.
  • Your application developers sell user information to data brokers for money.
  • Users set their Photo Album privacy to Friends Only (How am I so sure? Click ‘View Photos’ -> This content is currently unavailable) but if the wall is public one gets access to the published photos and to the entire album thereafter clicking ‘Back To Album’. WTF! Don’t you see the Ugly World of Morphing out there?
  • Those whose friend requests are “Awaiting Confirmation” can still have my personal posts/photos/photo-tags reflected on their feeds! How outrageous is that?

With so much of privacy breach stories, no wonder why this Halloween, people had been wearing your mask!

FaceMash?

Now, let’s speak about the DISABLED profiles, on who violated your Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, as per you:

  • Thanks to your Share button people could share profiles they need to Report Abuse, on their walls. So, your Pinoy devotees have done the needful to my maiden & ‘Authentic’ profile.
  • Why the hell can’t you give or send warnings before you disable a profile? Your automated response after two months of my appeal says,

Your account was disabled because your behavior on the site was identified as harassing or threatening to other people on Facebook. Prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to:

• Sending friend requests to people you don’t know
• Soliciting others for dating or business purposes

Isn’t the reason ridiculous, Mark? For what effing good do you have these “Looking For” options in your Basic Info then!!! Looks like your principle-makers are only on Twitter!Here for options on Basic Info

  • Have you ever had a chance to see how pissed people are because you disable profiles for reasons unknown? If not, have a check at http://facebookdisabled.org who are also on Twitter and have been reaching out to victims to sign the petition against your totalitarian attitude. Also, http://getsatisfaction.com/facebook. Not just a handful of them, there are millions, even bloggers at NetworkedBlogs. You could check your own Petition groups and this topic. And some ridiculous reasons as mentioned in this topic as well. Oh yes, the previous topic is written by a lady if you thought only “Male” profiles fell prey!
  • You don’t have a mechanism to weigh the volume of data/IP content in each profile i.e. Photos, Albums, Videos, Links, Notes, Contacts etc. before disabling a profile? Why? You have an idea how agonizing it is to lose them & what a pain it is to upload them all over again!! And when friends are concerned, they think I have kicked them out from my list!

You know what man, I could go on, but I also have to mention about your “People You May Know” algorithms that usually pull out fake profiles with suggestive photos, which in turn invite one’s profile to be blocked again going by your Terms! You keep changing Facebook features every morning, without informing people what’s new on the site and let them accept whatever shit you offer! Do you know the recall of Publish Profile Picture feature on the wall has been a huge disappointment for users?

It’s an application and it would definitely have bugs. Do you just intimidate and block FRIEND REQUESTS or do you ever test your own application before letting it ‘Go-Live’? Did I just hear a deafening YES, then what’s this all about? And at times, when you post a comment, others don’t see it after sometime, makes one think he/she deleted it. Misunderstandings over FB now! WTF! Well, how many more times would you keep changing the useless SPAM filters for Amora/Anita/Astrology Predictions and all that shit app!

Although we’ve had a Quit Facebook Day on 31st May, 2010 fetching 37971 committed quitters, I understand it doesn’t make much difference to you, the ratio is just too less as compared to 500+ million active users, after all, right? But, keep your fingers crossed Mark, for this quitting no. would soon emulate your bragging FB figures.

You cannot do good to your users, the disabled and crippled profiles, all right, but if you could do this favor for the sake of mankind- PLEASE Unfriend Coal and keep the Planet Green and not make it Black instead. You’re CEO, Bitch! C’mon.

If you still cannot do any of these, then please change your name as suggested in the text editors.

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Many Thanks,
Facebook-turned-Twitter Addict

 

Image (Zuck’s Mask) Courtesy: Gawker

This Request Can’t Be Sent! – Because it’s FaceBook Shit.

Breather!

Not for men, but for women folks with Facebook rolling out its restrictive features on Friend Requests, i.e. You get a “This Request Can’t Be Sent” message when you click on the Add as Friend button! For what f*ckin good do they have a Networking/A Relationship/Dating option in the “Here For” field on Personal Info tab then?

And tell you what folks, this works/annoys you only when a request goes from Sex: Male –> Female. Seldom the other way round! So go ahead hide your sex and see if you can beat the algo.

Ok fine. You can’t really send a request to a lady you met at the Airport since FB’s algo considers you are stranger to the lady. But now the big question is when a lady sends a request to you, because she knows you, are you supposed to get this message when you accept? Have a look at below WTF image:

Out of many Facebook bugs that prevail in the system, this is one annoying bug of another WTF-FB-BUGGING-Feature.

Our dear Facebook Developers are so obsessed to stop friendship threats from MALE facebookers, that they won’t even let you accept requests  from FEMALES who wish to befriend you. Not that you could never accept, but I would let you fiddle around or write a letter to Mark Zuckerberg if you wish to. And there’s isn’t a thumb-rule that you’ll always end up getting it. But mostly it’s for all those button which block you to send, also block you to accept! WHOA! Cool ain’t it!

Btw, for what utter crap is this form for? Does it work ever for anyone? I doubt. Just another misleading useless webform.

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With privacy features changing more often(than promiscuous relationships) without notification to the user (e.g Places), and addition of unwanted as well as removal of useful and user-friendly features to be replaced by uncool ones, I have been finally motivated to move to Twitter full-time. Yeah, there was a time I had been patronizing and writing posts about my Facebook addiction, thanks to its customizability. Unfortunately now its terms are more dictated than offering the freedom of socializing or so-called Socially Networking.

Happy to be tweeting. Thankfully, it’s more or less static and not annoying like Facebook where you experience features changing every morning you wake up. But nevertheless, let’s be waiting for “This Request Can’t Be Accepted” feature from Facebook.

Effective Facebooking with Organized Bookmarks and Managed Applications.

Although this post should have come a bit early but as the old adage goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention”. I would rather call it a discovery essentially because I needed it. Not that I did not know about it but just that I never felt the need. Fortunately, this is something that really helps me, with each day adding up to bouts of addiction to me on FB.

The next few lines are about all the ways you could enhance your social networking experience via your Facebook profile. Some of these features are known to us, some are not, and the rest, we never paid heed to. I am talking of Bookmarks on your Facebook homepage on the right panel and the Applications that you use to network or kill your time.

Organizing Bookmarks

It is quite obvious that we might miss out on lot of live/news updates (status/links/photos/videos/notes/tags) of our friends which might interest us. As per my observation goes, not all updates are LIVE in true sense. Some get hidden and get updated later when we scroll down again to the older updates that we have already seen. But seldom we do that, with Fb pouring in so many, every second on the homepage walls. So, the best way out is to organize our bookmarks for quick access to updates of our friends that we might have missed ‘recently’. Here are the ways:

1. Links/Notes:

In my previous post, few months back I had discussed how to view all the Links/Notes of friends or just anyone’s by manipulating the URL, even if the links’/notes’ tabs/boxes are not present in their profile page ( I will be discussing how to set them in your profile later in this post). But the post is quite techie, n wouldn’t interest the common mass.

As shown in the picture below, now you could arrange the apps as per your choice, preferably, Links/Notes on top than Applications & Games which are defaulted by FB. You can do this by clicking on “Edit” and then drag and drop the apps as per your suitability. The encircled ‘X’ image implies you could remove it completely from Bookmarks too. However, you could always set it back. (discussed below)

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2. Status Messages:

As far as my observations are concerned, not all status updates are caught by our eyes. Some just get skipped. So, all you have to do is click on Friends link-label and you get a drop down like this picture below:

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Can you see a link-label as “Status Updates”? Well, clicking on that will give you all the recent updates by your friends. Now you don’t really miss any & don’t give a chance to your BFF as to why you didn’t comment/like such a witty status. The only disappointment here is there should be a node-subnode (+) icon shown that will make is know that there is something I need to follow-up. But only Facebook Developers know why they haven’t!

3. Photos/Videos:

You will be amused to see so many tagged videos and photos of friends you have missed on the updates. Here, you can catch everything once again. (See picture below)

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Managing Applications

Now I feel you should take some time out to explore a bit on the Application Settings and trust me there’s so much of customization you could do! Here’s something to save your time. Better thank me for all the R n D done just to make you task easy! 🙂

1. Setting back or removing Bookmarks from Application Settings:

Click on Application Settings on Account. You see a page like this (image below)

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Now, Click on ‘Edit Settings’ for Social Interview (e.g.), go to Bookmark tab, you could select/deselect as per your preference from your homepage. (See below screenshot)

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2. Settings of Boxes/Tabs on profile page:

On the same Application Settings, you could do a bit more. By default FB provides Wall/Info on your profile page.
You have options to set your fave app as a tab or a box on your profile. Refer the screen-shot below on settings for Links.( A box appears on the right panel below your DP)

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Same goes with Notes and other apps that give you an option to do so. You also could shuffle (using the + symbol at the end of Tabs) between various apps but in total only 6 could be accommodated. You could have a look at my profile now. (For people not on my FB friend list, I meant like this)

Well, until Facebook launches any additional features, I think this should be more than enough to keep you glued to it 24/7 now. 😉

Please let me know if I have missed anything somewhere and if it did help you. Comments/Questions/Suggestions would be highly appreciated.

Go ahead and share. Facebook for life!! 🙂

The whole Orkut shit on Facebook!

I hate to see the whole ORKUT shit coming on to taint Facebook now!! Fake profiles getting added each day to Fb endlessly & people adding those FAKE profiles mindlessly. May be with a hope to increase the counts of LIKE(s) or COMMENT(s) (that seldom come) on their posts !

Fb exercises a bit of stringent privacy policies, though a chink in the armor can’t be unavoidable. Any profile picture with explicit nudity is detected by Fb and soon the profile is quarantined.

Same goes in case you send friend requests ruthlessly just because you are fond of ogling at those mid-riffs on the profile pics which is of Paula but owned by Paul!

By adding these fake profiles we not only make ourselves [Privacy Settings:Only Friends] vulnerable but make Friends-of-Friends profiles exposed to the voyeurs/impersonators. This is because to the outside world, by default only ‘Info’ tab is visible and ‘Wall’ only if you have made it ‘Everyone’ in your settings.

All I would suggest at the end of the day is:
1.  Visit the profile once before adding the person. An interaction via emails helps judge the authenticity.
2.  A 4 digit no. in the friend-list is mostly for celebrities. Quite possible for a normal person too, but you have to ‘judge’ before you add.
3.  If the profile info has a blog link, visit the blog lest you think it’s fishy.
4.  Click on the display image (if enabled) to see the profile pics that give the sense it’s quite right!
5. See the personal info. Too much of geeky info + IIT/IIM/Foreign University is an alarming call.

One such profile is this which is nothing but an impersonated profile photo of a lady I know! And I can’t believe I have 8 mutual friends between she (apparently he) and me!

Well, no more being gracious & showering your potions of beauty or amity! Chuck them right away! (Click ‘Remove from Friends’)

I hated it when even a right-click was disabled on Orkut for photos in albums and no way you could see a person’s original pic for the display would always have a ‘bouquet’ or a ‘teddy’, so much was this impersonation/morphing scare. One out of the many factors has done the damage to Orkut.  So, too much of privacy sucks the Orkut way! But then being conscious of the way we do Social Networking, does matter.

The very essence of this post is to make Facebook a better place by an individual’s conscience/effort. And not make everything an onus on the Facebook Developers to take care. Lets keep Facebook clean before it becomes Fakebook! And all yo FB addicts like me, do spread the word.

Facebook is my lifeline. & I am one step away from it. And that is nothing but getting an id ‘ *****@facebook.com’. But then I quite love the place I work right now! 🙂

Born to……………..

All about Profile Info layout changes on Facebook.

As a developer myself, I am sure Facebook developers are suffering from Insomnia and love to work on graveyard shifts. And eventually making us sleep less with the addiction they offer each day! Some new changes, some more R n D to learn, and some more time to adapt to them. Whatever, Hail Facebook, Hail Zuckerberg! It’s simply redefining the concept on social networking.

If Google and Apple were known for innovations for what could have been well-nigh unthinkable for a common man…Fb is doing it to the social networks on the same lines.

So, here we go..the latest set of changes on your Profile Info. Looks cool? Looks yuck? Previous was better? I tried sticking to the older layout as much as I could, but I would not be allowed to edit unless I incorporate the changes by FB on my profile. So, I had to! 😦

However, I found the business rule/idea behind it to be pretty cool. Whatever you chose as your favorites stuffs (from the auto-suggest drop down) apparently are linked to the FAN PAGES which have a LIKE button instead of a BECOME A FAN button! For e.g. On ‘Likes and Interests’ segment, if you are fond of the ‘Television’ show Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls, then clicking on it takes you to the fan page on Facebook!

This isn’t all! Other way round, if you haven’t put it as your fave TV show on your profile info, just hitting the LIKE button on the fan page you stumbled upon or were suggested by you friend, gets it added to your interest automatically!

Speaking on display of the thumbnail-icons: by default – your first choice takes the priority! However, you could choose your own just by clicking on the bubble and save the changes! Now the question is you LIKE-d a fan page but you don’t wish FB to show it among your favorite lists that’s visible to all (FB restricts it to 15). For eg. I join a news network/page to get the latest news feed but I ain’t really fond of Arnab Goswami ( he never pauses when he interviews others), so wouldn’t like it to be displayed on your list….

What would you do in that case? A. Hide it!

How? Click on the bubble, now drag and drop below the line (refer screenshot). However, once the user clicks on Show All(<No.>), the entire list would expand. The way to remove it completely is to UNLIKE the page or click on the bubble, then click remove.

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One thing to notice here is, if more than 15, certain bubbles might just be taken to hidden box by default! But you could drag it back to the top box area, so that our choices are visible to others! [Shuffle among 15] (image below)

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So, guys…what yall are waiting for? Choose your best fan page/show/interest and flaunt your choices! As an avid Facebook follower, I definitely would not love to see something like this when I stumble upon your profile info.! 🙂

Suggestions/Questions/Acknowledgments are always welcome!

How to recall/cancel a Friend Request on Facebook

Hi,

This is all about the ‘A’ factor for me. I call it atti-factor. So you sent out a friend request to a lady and she does come on Facebook as evident from her feeds appearing on your wall but neither accepts your friendship requests nor responds to your messages lurking somewhere in her inbox, here is what you could do to save your ‘dignity’:  Recall/Cancel the friendship request!!

How? Have a look below! (below feature is obsolete now – SCROLL DOWN)

On “Account” dropdown, choose “Edit Friends”. You could now interpret the below figure and explore on the encircled options. It’s straight and simple. Additionally, you can try entering the initial alphabets of the person bitterly concerned, and the auto-suggest makes your task easy.

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Hope this helped! Mind leaving a note? 🙂

Update – 09/29/2010

(below feature is obsolete now – SCROLL DOWN)

Is there an end to Facebook’s feature changes? 1st this got victimised now the current one obsolete!!! Arrrrg! Guys, FB has changed its “Edit Friends” page layout. But hey, don’t you worry. Recall is simpler now. A  small X button appears besides ‘Awaiting friend confirmation‘ on the requested person’s profile. Have a look below:

You can even make a list as “Pending” and keep amassing people you add. Releasing the “This request can’t be sent” post soon.

Update- 12/07/2010

(below feature is obsolete now – SCROLL DOWN)

Facebook Profile look and feel has changed again. Now it is more or less similar to the feeds w.r.t. the font size. As usual, recall friendship request has changed as well.  So, here’s how you do it: Navigate to Friend’s profile, scroll down to the left end and rest figure it out as per the below image (Cancel Friend Request is for pending requests. Unfriend is for people who are already in your list.):

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Update- 27/09/2011.

Yet another new edition. It’s tough to keep track on who you sent requests, so perhaps you can add them into a list for e.g. ‘Pending‘. Then you could visit the person’s profile to check if he/she has accepted your request. Hover your mouse on Friend Request Sent (as shown below) to see this dropdown. If your request is still pending acceptance (too much of EGO eh!), then it’s time you did some good to your self-esteem. Go ahead – DO IT! 😉

Visit the person’s profile you sent a request, hover your mouse to see this dropdown

10 reasons why I hate Facebook!

I am addicted!!! And I hate it. And have been hating it since a year almost!

My friends who never chat or call me, ping me on Fb chat asking if I was at office or home/which office?/if am working for Fb/if I was a Social Media & Communities guy?? Now I think this post would be good enough to have answers to all their questions.

So, here are the top 10 reasons why I hate Facebook aka FB the most:

1. My relationship/friendship(s) is/are on rocks!  I am accused for giving more time to Fb than my crushes or my crusher  😐

2. My productivity has hit all time low. Now my boss and HR are on talks to get this site banned from my system IP.  😦

3. My reading habit, be it newspapers/magazines/fiction has been badly screwed up. For I rely on Fb’s live/news feeds for everything!!!

4. I have stopped watching/downloading educational porn. Cuz U see the red icon popping up to notify me steals my attention more than the former flicks  😐

5.  I sleep less, rather insomniac thinking about the posts/links/notes/issues & await the sunrise to see what people have opined!!!

6. Colleagues mock me that I am working on a Facebook project rather than CRM platform’s.

7. My higher studies notions look very distant. If only I could get my eyes away from the laptop screen. 😦

8. I am way too distracted thinking what would be my life after marriage, that if, my wife might just file a divorce against me with this kinda addiction to Fb.

9. My kids would brand me as a bad father for not taking them to the roller-coaster rides rather asking them to go through the live updates and give their views on my posts!! :O

10. Enjoying my job but still thinking if I could be recruited for Facebook and be a part of the development team ( now that I have already done some good R & D on it & written blog-posts/tips) but scared about my social involvement to reduce to none at the same time??

Last but not the least. It’s April 1st. And I would confess that whatever it is, I LOVE FACEBOOK and come what may will stick to it and continue to have a Relationship status changed from Single to In an Open Relationship with FB. 🙂

Addicted to Facebook.

UPDATE – 07/07/2011

Now I really hate it. And more reasons in the below video

How NOT to miss any news feed on Facebook Top News/Most Recent links

Hi,

Here’s something uncanny I figured out on Facebook quite some time back. It’s quite possible for you to get an update about your friend’s posted link/status/posts late, at times after hours of his/her post and not ‘live’ as touted by Fb on it news feeds.

There’s also a bright possibility that you never get an update about your fellow facebookie’s activities/posts (by apps e.g. Social Interview/Photo of the Day) which you would definitely not like to miss if you are a hard-core Fb addict.

And definitely for a big time Facebook addict like me, the height of addiction being to such a level that my relationship gets on rocks most of the times!!! But never mind, my face from Facebook will only be lifted away with another Social Networking site at par with Fb. After all I love socializing.

So, here’s the solution I figured out.

1. Click on the ‘Most Recent’ (previously Live Feeds) link, scroll down to the footer.

2. Now, click on ‘Edit Options’ & you get a News Feed Settings dialog box/modal window where in the there is a textbox control for ‘Maximum number of friends shown in Live Feed’ defaulted to 250.

3. You can increase this no. to 400/500. Ideally double the no. of friends in your friend list.

4. Additionally, there’s Show More & Hide boxes where in, you could enter the person/page you think is interesting to get frequent updates. And Hide as such for the one you wish to get rid of! 🙂

One thing to notice here, lest you put a big figure. say, 1000, then in that, case the feeds are updated pretty fast and when you click Edit Options you might end up getting a message on the footer by FB saying “No more posts to show”.

Voilà! Now you have all your feeds updated and getting displayed ‘live’ on your News Feed page or your profile page. Hope this helps!

P.S.  Please do post your comment if this works or other discoveries if any.