A Life Without Facebook: Could You Live It?

In a time where Facebook is under scrutiny for its privacy settings and data leakage and the hashtag ‘#deletefacebook’ is trending on social media platforms, it seems the site may not be as untouchable at its CEO once thought.

However, Facebook is so intertwined with our daily lives that living without the social media site would alter our reality completely. Do you think you could give up Facebook, even after it changed the world?

Instant Connection

It changed the way we communicate. We can talk to anyone in the world – as long as they have a Facebook profile. Over one billion people use the social site daily and even with Facebook’s late bad press, it’s unlikely boycotting the site will affect the success of the company. Facebook has changed so many aspects of our lives, it’s hard to imagine a future without it. 21st birthday party coming up? Make an event. Starting a new business? Create a page and invite all your friends to like it. Have an interest and want to talk to people about it? Start or join a group. Facebook have even created a Gumtree-esque feature that allows people to buy furniture and goods from other users. It constantly creates new features and updates that mean eventually you won’t even have to leave the app to watch or create videos, shop for your home or receive news on your commute to work.

Photo Evidence

Facebook changed the way we share photos, information and status updates on our lives. The social media site allows us to share our relationship status, how we’re feeling and upload videos of what we’ve achieved or done.

Facebook added a whole new meaning to the words photo album. Now we can look back at our memories all in one digital place, without the risk of losing or misplacing our precious pictures. If you gave up Facebook, how would you be able to see photos of you uploaded from your friends’ accounts? I mean, you could go to their house and ask to see the photos, but who wants to leave their home on a rainy, Sunday morning? Also, there’s no presence to report that horrid photo of you from the night before to Facebook anymore – it’s right out there for everyone to see.

Business Bonuses

Facebook has helped businesses as well as it’s helped people. It’s taken brands to new levels with its advertising tools and has helped companies to get their products and services out into the world. Deactivating your Facebook may make you miss out on new memes, but more importantly will definitely hinder your online shopping experience – plus, who doesn’t love a carousel ad?

Get Your News Here!

Facebook has changed the way we receive content and news. We get most of our worldly knowledge and news through the social media site. Although it has contributed to negative things such as fake news and phishing articles, Facebook has made it its mission to inform people with facts and make relevant articles by legitimate publishers more likely to appear on top of your news feed.

The Future of Facebook?

The next generation will grow up with Facebook as their number one communication source with friends and family.  They will see videos of themselves growing up and film their own children as they take their first steps or say their first word. It’ll be interesting to see where Facebook takes us next; we can only hope it’s an upward journey from here.

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“Westworld” recap: The five easiest ways to catch up on Season 1

Wait, what happened at the end of the first season again? We know there was mayhem and a lot of characters got shot, but the last time we saw Westworld was in December 2016, which is a really long time ago in the TV-watching universe. After more than 16 months, HBO’s sci-fi epic is finally …

Wait, what happened at the end of the first season again?

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“Westworld” recap: The five easiest ways to catch up on Season 1

Wait, what happened at the end of the first season again? We know there was mayhem and a lot of characters got shot, but the last time we saw Westworld was in December 2016, which is a really long time ago in the TV-watching universe. After more than 16 months, HBO’s sci-fi epic is finally …

Wait, what happened at the end of the first season again?

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Social Media News Roundup: April ’18 Week 2

In social media news this week, LinkedIn gets a new profile layout, Snapchat helps advertisers and brands looking to sell, Boomerang makes it to Facebook Camera and Gmail goes full spy mode.
New LinkedIn, Who This?

LinkedIn has had a bit of a makeover – in new hairstyle terms, it’s had a few inches off – noticeable, but no drastic changes. The social site has updates users’ profile layouts so that their information and connections are easier to see. Now when you open your profile, you will be able to see your education, where you are employed and how your contact information at the top. Users will also notice that their profile pictures and name have been moved to the left too.

Snapchat That Item Right Up!

Snapchat have jumped on the marketing bandwagon this week with their new Shoppable AR. Three years ago, they introduced Sponsored Lenses, which allowed brands to create their own filters. However, now the app has stepped it up a gear. The new feature will allow advertisers to add buttons to the sponsored lenses that direct them to the brand’s chosen website. The buttons can also redirect users to specific products or apps. Snapchat are hoping that the Shoppable AR feature will make the advertising to buying process a little less clunky with a button that can take a user straight through to a product or video. This sounds strangely familiar don’t you think, Instagram?

Boomerang Isn’t Bouncing Back

Boomerang doesn’t seem to be coming back to the same place. Instagram’s Boomerang feature – originally an app you had to install – is being taken further afield in the world of social media sites. Facebook Camera is set to pick up the looping video effect for its own platform and add 3D drawing tools to it too. It seems more and more features are overlapping between Facebook and Instagram and this bouncing one is set to be rolled out in the next few weeks.

The Name’s Mail…Gmail

Although the days of risky email sending are a distant memory, Google have still got your backs. The new Gmail redesign allows users to set expiry dates for their emails, meaning that when the expiration date has passed, whoever received your mail won’t be able to read it from that time forward. Gmail users can also select a mode that prohibits the email from being forwarded or even printed and the recipient has to confirm their identity with a code…007 – just kidding.

Google…forever making confidentiality cool.

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How This African-American Pot Grower Is Mastering California’s Green Rush

Bryant Mitchell drove 450 miles twice a week to learn how wine distillation practices could be applied to making marijuana concentrates.

A slim hall leads into a dark room, where one enters the soul of the Blaqstar Farms cannabis grow, a 30-light operation rooted in East Los Angeles. On the other side of this warehouse where the lighting is standard, a couple of guys in their forties trim a strain called Birthday Cake and fill bags with the fluffy green nuggets. But it’s in this dark room where Blaqstar begins. Its owner, Bryant Mitchell, 39, shows the soul of his business—a clutch of genetics—prime cannabis plants for breeding.

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How This African-American Pot Grower Is Mastering California’s Green Rush

Bryant Mitchell drove 450 miles twice a week to learn how wine distillation practices could be applied to making marijuana concentrates.

A slim hall leads into a dark room, where one enters the soul of the Blaqstar Farms cannabis grow, a 30-light operation rooted in East Los Angeles. On the other side of this warehouse where the lighting is standard, a couple of guys in their forties trim a strain called Birthday Cake and fill bags with the fluffy green nuggets. But it’s in this dark room where Blaqstar begins. Its owner, Bryant Mitchell, 39, shows the soul of his business—a clutch of genetics—prime cannabis plants for breeding.

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Wall Street Has iPhone X Sales Jitters, But The Facts Aren’t In

Apple stock dropped 4 percent Friday on reports of soft iPhone X demand. Reports of the demise of the super-premium iPhone may be premature, however.

Ever since we broke the story about the iPhone X’s $1000 price tag  I’ve wondered what the buying public’s response would be. Today, almost six months after the X’s launch, the verdict may still be out.

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Wall Street Has iPhone X Sales Jitters, But The Facts Aren’t In

Apple stock dropped 4 percent Friday on reports of soft iPhone X demand. Reports of the demise of the super-premium iPhone may be premature, however.

Ever since we broke the story about the iPhone X’s $1000 price tag  I’ve wondered what the buying public’s response would be. Today, almost six months after the X’s launch, the verdict may still be out.

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