Priest: Do you agree to change your FACEBOOK status from single to married?
Priest: I now pronounce you husband & wife. You may now POKE the bride.
Young, teen, old all are busy now. Call anyone out to hang out or just to have a bite, and the reply you will get is, sorry, I am quite busy now on facebook.
The school or college bell rings, and the children and all run to home, just to check who has poked them, who had “like” their status, did that girl/guy from the next class whom I admire so much, has he/she accepted my friend request, how many people I have to kill today on Mafia Wars, what happened to my crops on Farmville, I had kept some dishes too cook on Cafe Ville what happened, as my new friend from God alone knows which part of the world, has he/she overtook my points… and it goes on.
This doesnt just end with kids, and teens but nowadays even elders have started the so called ‘Facebook-ing’.
On a lighter note, when mom gets tired of calling her son for dinner, puts on a status saying ‘Dinner is ready’, and pokes the son.
Dad sends a smiley with a message, ‘I’ll be there in a while’.
Daughter replies via message, ‘Got to feed my fish on Fishville, will be right there’.
So whats happening to this world, is the bond between people getting closer or is the gap increasing day-by-day?
We dont know, whose our next door neighbour, we dont know if our brother or sister is doing fine, we dont know if anything happened in my locality, but we surely know, my new friend whom I have hardly met or seen in person is depressed coz his so called better half has left him/her, we know that my friend in another part of the world, is having high fever, and we also know that there was Riot and protest on the other side of the world.
Survey and recent researches all have the same thing to say. The communication gap between parents and children has increased, the bonding between brother and sisters have vanished, the presence of your own in your own locality has just blew off in thin air.
But as I talk about facebook in the negative side, isnt there any positive side. Being a tech buff myself, and exploring facebook to the best of my ability, I say the site is not bad after all. Its just that we should know our Limits and Priorities in Life.
Does my friend from somewhere is more important or my parents?
Is my prayer life or spiritual life more important than Mafia wars?
Do I have to be more concerned on how many likes and comments I get on my status or the numbers on my marks card?
But all together, facebook has taken an important part in everyone’s life. Be it socializing, or business or publicity or spreading of news.
The current news is that, if tomorrow Mark Zuckerberg plans to stop the website, millions of websites linked with it will crash, lot of business will go on a loss, life will be just a void space, with lot of people just sitting blank no idea what to do.
So here let me speak something about facebook. Some information for you about how this all happened.
Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The site was comparable to Hot or Not, and “used photos compiled from the online facebooks of nine houses, placing two next to each other at a time and asking users to choose the ‘hotter’ person”. Zuckerberg was charged by the administration with breach of security, violating copyrights, and violating individual privacy, and faced expulsion. Ultimately, however, the charges were dropped. Facebook has over 1,700 employees, and offices in 12 countries.
The media often compares Facebook to MySpace, but one significant difference between the two websites is the level of customization. Another difference is Facebook’s requirement that users utilize their true identity, a demand that MySpace does not make. MySpace allows users to decorate their profiles using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), while Facebook only allows plain text. Through Facebook messages, users can have id’s as firstname.lastname@example.org, but they mentioned, its not email.
It has been blocked intermittently in several countries including the People’s Republic of China, Vietnam, Iran, Uzbekistan, Pakistan Syria, and Bangladesh on different bases. For example, it was banned in many countries of the world on the basis of allowed content judged as anti-Islamic and containing religious discrimination. It has also been banned at many workplaces to prevent the wasting of employees’ time.
The news around:
At age 102, Ivy Bean of Bradford, England joined Facebook in 2008, making her one of the oldest people ever on Facebook. An inspiration to other residents of the care home in which she lived, she quickly became more widely known and several fan pages were made in her honor. She visited Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife, Sarah, in Downing Street early in 2010. Some time after creating her Facebook page, Bean also joined Twitter, when she passed the maximum number of friends allowed by Facebook. She became the oldest person to ever use the Twitter website. At the time of her death in July 2010, she had 4,962 friends on Facebook and more than 56,000 followers on Twitter. Her death was widely reported in the media and she received tributes from several notable media personalities.
“FriendFace”, a December 2008 episode of the British sitcom, The IT Crowd, parodied Facebook and social networking sites, in general.
American author Ben Mezrich published a book in July 2009 about Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook, titled The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal.
In response to the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day controversy and the ban of the website in Pakistan, an Islamic version of the website was created, called MillatFacebook.
“You Have 0 Friends”, an April 2010 episode of the American animated comedy series, South Park, parodied Facebook.
The Social Network, a drama film directed by David Fincher about the founding of Facebook, was released October 1, 2010. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, and Armie Hammer as Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. The film was written by Aaron Sorkin and adapted from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book. The film was distributed by Columbia Pictures. No staff members of Facebook, including Zuckerberg, were involved with the project. However, one of Facebook’s co-founders, Eduardo Saverin, was a consultant for Mezrich’s book. Mark Zuckerberg has said that The Social Network is inaccurate.
On February 22, 2011, an Egyptian baby was named “Facebook” to commemorate the vital role Facebook and other social media played in Egypt’s revolution.
According to Wikitionary,
facebook (plural facebooks)
A reference book or electronic directory made up of individuals’ photographs and names.
A college publication distributed at the start of the academic year by university administrations with the intention of helping students get to know each other better.
The shipment of facebooks will be distributed to the freshmen during orientation and move-in-week.
And continuing on the topic of games of facebook. Facebook has not developed games of its own. But currently its the Zygna Developers are the one’s who are minting money by providing games to play on facebook.
You might know some games, here’s the list for you to explore more if you wish,
Pirates: Rule the Caribbean!
Texas Hold’Em Poker
There were other games too, but they were discontinued due to some reasons, and they were,
Guild of Heroes
Heroes vs. Villains
My Heroes Ability
Roller Coaster Kingdom
There’s more to add on, Fan Pages, Groups, Facebook Application creator, and so on, all of it, can be customised all by yourself.
Let me talk on this of how to go about it, in my other posts, but for now, the end note of the day, the world just loves facebooking, and one more thing, if you have been reading this post continuously, I guess its time you checked your facebook profile, someone might have poked you by now or maybe even trying to chat with you.
And as I conclude, here’s a note on facebook, which one of my sister uploaded. Do read on, its humorous.