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STOP TEMPTING ME, FACEBOOK

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The adverts on Facebook usually have a link between previous websites you’ve been on and items you’ve looked at, they are then tailored to your home page to tempted you to go back and buy. Ok, I understand the concept BUT I can’t handle the temptation!

As a woman, I like online shopping, I do it quite a bit (probably too much). So when I’m looking at a new pair of shoes or a new dress then decide “No, Jo you don’t need them, save your money!”, I then go onto Facebook where the previous item is being pushed in my face. No wonder people are going into debt when you can’t even go o Facebook to talk to friends without being told to buy a handbag!

However, Facebook do completely get it wrong at times aswell. At this moment in time there’s an advert on my home page for powered wheelchairs…dunno where they have got that one from?!

I think the Facebook advert concept is great for fashion retailers, tempting an audience to go back and purchase. So well done Facebook in making me buy those shoes but you didn’t do so well in trying to get me to buy a wheelchair, sorry!

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Leave The # For Twitter!

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Why is Facebook copying Twitter and Instagram’s hashtag feature? I’m not a fan! Not long ago I would see people using the # symbol on Facebook even though it didn’t actually do anything – even then I thought “excuse me, you’ve got the wrong website – think you’re supposed to be on Twitter!”

Facebook needs to stop trying to copy other websites. We have different social media sites because we use them for different things. Facebook; I communicate with friends and family, LinkedIn; I communicate with people in the professional world, and Twitter; I can communicate with absolutely anyone, and celebrities! If I use Facebook, like many others, to communicate with people I know then why would I be bothered what random people are hashtagging?

If something is popular, others seem to jump on the bandwagon rather than creating something new their-selves…why? I certainly will not be using that feature on Facebook. They don’t get a thumbs up from me for copying, there’s no creativity or thought gone into this and I think it’s absolutely useless for what people use it for.

What do you think? Do you like the new #Facebook?

Social Media Addiction – Is It Real?

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I, like many others, am the stereotypical young person who is always looking at some sort of screen. If it’s not my Blackberry, then its my Nook tablet or my Dad’s iPad, or my laptop or my TV. Sometimes I am even looking at 3 at once!

As most people, I can access Facebook and Twitter on my mobile so I can easily check what’s going on no matter where I am, and yes, I probably check them too much (every 2 minutes isn’t normal, right?). I use these as a newspaper when I am commuting, whether I’m on a bus, tram or train I will scroll through my news feed to see if anything new is going on. I use Twitter to tell me life events rather than watching the news, and I’ll have a group conversation via Facebook as opposed to meeting up in person. Surely everyone else does the same thing though? I think as a society we’ve got to a point where it’s normal but could it actually be classed as an addiction?

I’m sure plenty of people know what I’m talking about when you leave the house and leave your phone behind, you feel ‘lost’ without it. Many Blackberry users have been known to see the red light (the notification alert) even when there are no notifications, but they are adamant they have seen it. I will hold my hands up and say I have been sure in the past I’ve seen the red light when I in fact have not.

I have read an article from The Telegraph (I read it online, surprise surprise) explaining a study which was undertaken to see if people who claim to be addicted to social media have withdrawal symptoms when they go without Facebook and Twitter. Indeed they found out they did get withdrawal symptoms when they were forced to go cold turkey.

What would happen to people like me if Facebook, Twitter, or even mobiles were to disappear? Would we need to go to social media rehab?