Talk Social Networks

When you spend your time mostly online, and one of your main businesses is blogging and promoting it, then you’d most probably be using multitudes of social networks. And it can get very confusing. I personally have Twitter, Facebook, Google +, Linked In, Pinterest, Wanelo, Ravelry for Crafts.

But right now I’m going to talk about what I think about the big three – Twitter, Facebook and Google+. After wading through these social networks for years, I do have observations formed.

  • Twitter – a great tool for marketing, imho. But must be used in moderation too. I observed this is a great place to see what is current and trending, but its just as fleeting as its short characters. Great for interacting with random people. This is where I get to talk, share ideas with people in my locality. But as I said, contact is really fleeting.
  • Facebook – the grandmama of all social networking. To be totally honest, I’m so tired of Facebook, but one of its biggest positives – more people are in it. So its easier to connect. So this is what I use to connect with old friends, relatives and so on. Other than messaging them, I don’t have much use for this anymore.
  • Google + – might not be as huge and popular as the other two, but this is my favorite. If you want interaction and finding people with shared interests this is the place. I love how I can join a community and discuss the topics that interests us. I find myself learning a lot and growing from thoughtful and helpful discussions. Sure there are trolls here and there, but I value the real interaction you get from +’s and comments. I love the design, blogging and Android theming communities there. Very helpful.

Also my favorites would be the cooking, baking and foodie communities. It never fails to pique my interest and inspire me to try out something new. Perhaps, the reasons I like it is that you get to share your ideas, your work to people that actually have an interest, unlike FB where of course your relatives/friends would hit the like button, but you don’t get that much critique or intelligent discussion, whilst with Google+ I share my idea on a related topic and you get reactions, discussion from people who actually have similar interests. And that I think is what makes this my standout social network. A social network designed to network with like minded people.

Okay, so that ended up like a rave about Google+. Ha! Forgive me.

So what about you? What’s you favorite social network?

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MineCraft All Things

This hardly surprises me at all, anymore. My daughter’s new obsession. I shouldn’t really be surprised if she takes on playing best bc rich warlock next. But for now she loves loves love to play a simulated game (I know this is totally popular with gamers), the Minecraft Game.

[amazon_link id=”B00992CF6W” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Minecraft - Pocket Edition[/amazon_link]

This is the pocket edition app she plays with on the tablet…[amazon_link id=”B00992CF6W” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]MineCraft Pocket Edition[/amazon_link]

And a lot of novelty stuff are propping up due to the game popularity. I wouldn’t mind buying this for her:

[amazon_link id=”B007PVHMCG” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]LEGO Minecraft 21102[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B007PVHMCG” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Lego Minecraft¬†[/amazon_link]

She’s even egging me on to buy her a new PC just so she can play with this. She’s amazingly visual and I’m more amazed that she can build complex houses, cities that are obviously well thought out and planned. And after making her nth number of ‘world’ she told me she wants to be an architect.

I do limit her time playing the game but that hardly dampens her enthusiasm for the game. In fact, its infectious! She’s asking me to try it out and I like it. I’m not as fast as she though but its kinda awesome.

In fact both of us has been crazy reading books and watching gaming tips online. These books would come in really handy for fellow Minecraft beginners and enthusiasts:

[amazon_link id=”B00BGZSW3K” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Minecraft - Pocket Edition Guide[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00BGZSW3K” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Minecraft – Pocket Edition Guide[/amazon_link]¬†{Kindle Edition}

[amazon_link id=”B00A7C1UVE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Complete Guide to Minecraft: Tutorials, Cheats, Redstone, Enchanting, Furniture and more![/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00A7C1UVE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Complete Guide to Minecraft: Tutorials, Cheats, Redstone, Enchanting, Furniture and more![/amazon_link] [amazon_link id=”B00B7POTYK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Minecraft: Creative Furniture for Amazing Room Designs (Learn How To Furnish Your Rooms in Minecraft!)[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00B7POTYK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Minecraft: Creative Furniture for Amazing Room Designs (Learn How To Furnish Your Rooms in Minecraft!) [/amazon_link][Kindle Edition] [amazon_link id=”B007O9V7H0″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Minecraft (How To Design Amazing Structures)[/amazon_link]

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The Complaint Letter Generator

Let’s start the day with something fun, right?

I was wondering aimlessly (again!?!@) on the net when I came across The Generator blog featuring lots fun and wacky online generators. Sites like this really make the internet become a crazy addiction. I know its all fun and at times elicit a WTF! reaction but hey! there’s always room for some fun.

Among those listed on the blog, I zeroed in on something I found hilarious: The Complaint Letter Generator. Hahaha! I know if you are chronic complainer then writing complaint letter can be tedious. So now with this generator, you can compose a letter in a jiffy and complain about that compression stockings that didn’t suit you, that electric company etc etc.

And I just had to laugh at the results: (just click on the image for a larger view)

The Complaint Generator
Warning! Don’t take this all seriously okay. It’s all in the spirit of fun, fun and more fun.

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Unique and Funny Journals

I found myself LMAO with these finds at Amazon. They are some really funny ideas and based on the customers reviews they are indeed funny and unique. If anyone here is looking for a nerdy, unique and gloriously funny gifts for loved ones, then consider these journals.

Cool and Funny Gift Idea: Funny Journals

I could actually imagine my crazy-with-pranks brother having a field day with these ideas from the FU: The Journal to Destroy, Rant and Vent Without the Police Becoming Involved. I can see him cackling with glee and rubbing his hands with things he could do while casually lounging on a rustic porch swing. I’m so totally buying this for him for Christmas..

The book description even cracks me up:

FU offers readers more than 60 activities to scribble, rant, and vent whenever they need release some tension. Featuring fun and hilarious exercises, like making a list of favorite swear words, casting a spell on the most annoying person they know, or turning a journal page into spitballs, this book is the perfect way to keep readers from freaking out on their boss, ex, fellow drivers, or anyone else who ticks them off.

You can also check out:

Funny and Cool Gift Ideas: Funny Journals

FU Job: A journal for employees to destroy, rant and vent without losing their jobs

Funny and Cool Gift Idea: Funny Journals

 

FU Ex Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Husband, Wife, Partner: A journal so you can destroy, rant and vent without receiving a restraining order

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Obsessed with Facebook – Infographic

I love checking out infographics. They do have some really interesting findings and info, hahaha at least a lot more interesting than looking for leather chair repair that I should be doing right now. But that can wait.

Here’s what I saw that got me interested. We’re pretty much hooked on Facebook albeit on varying degrees. And its pretty interesting to see some numbers and facts on the actual Facebook reach and influence to average folks.

Obsessed with Facebook - Infographic

Infographic via Online Schools

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‘If I Die’ Facebook App

I know this sounds kind of morbid, but I just can’t help but marvel at the ingenious apps that are launched here and there. I personally get so dizzy with the sheer number of apps on Facebook, but this one’s an attention grabber for sure.

ifidie facebook app

Not everyone would contemplate or even talk about death. In some cultures, this is a taboo topic, but then again its a reality of life. And of course, since most of us are increasingly on social networking, its hardly surprising that technology, internet and in this case, Facebook be used to convey your ‘last wishes or words’.

ifidie facebook app

This little app called ‘If I Die’ allows you to send one last video from beyond. This is a free app.

Its makers suggest that you could share a life story – or even a secret you have never shared before, which might come as something as a surprise to the 130 or so friends average people have on Facebook.

But you cannot just send your last message, you need to setup three trustees who should confirm that you are indeed now resting in peace before the message could be posted.

Read more about this at DailyMail

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Things You Should Know About Caffeine

I’m caffeine obsessed. I really can’t imagine going through a day without my cup of espresso, flat white, even instant coffee or at times liters of tea. It’s a habit, an addiction, and sure, us coffee lovers know that they have negative side effects, but I think its a bit hard to dissuade me from drinking my caffeine cup.

Cup of EspressoImage: Suat Eman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Here’s a really interesting infographics about caffeine. And I’m thankful at least I don’t drink 100 cups of coffee per 4 hrs. At least I’m way below the overdose limit. LOL!

Caffeine Infographics

Via Hungeree

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Stressed? Check Out Compassion Pit

Wanna vent? And you have no one around you who would care to listen? Then check out Compassion Pit. Where you can spill your guts to a random chat partner.

Or if you are in a helpful mode, then choose the listen mode and help out somebody who needs to some compassion.

This is a totally cool concept. And worth checking out. And I’m definitely bookmarking this for those ‘ I wanna scream and lose control’ days. Who knows, I might save lots from therapy fees with this. Lol.

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My Cath Kidston Browser Love

I have an ongoing Cath Kidston addiction. At the moment it doesn’t extend yet to me going on a handbag or any Cath Kidston product shopping spree, but I’m getting close to that. Lol.

Call me a sucker for girly stuff, but I’m head over heels in love with Cath Kidston patterns. Lovely florals and other themes with a very vintage vibe. If you want some free wallpapers check out this page.

And where am I channeling this obsession? On my desktop and my browsers! Thank God for themes and personas!

Here’s how my Chrome and Firefox are dressed up:

Cath Kidston on my Chrome Browser

Cath Kidston on my Firefox

And I don’t care if I get bleary eyed trying to locate the navigation bar. lol.

And of course, even my email client Thunderbird, didn’t escape my vintage flowery mania:

Cath Kidston on my Thunderbird

And don’t even ask me what’s my current desktop background.Hahaha.

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