Writing about social networking twice this week doesn't make it Social Media week and it also doesn't mean that I'm a fanatic user of applications such as Twitter and Facebook, although the latter is my favourite of the two. For me both applications are important to keep the readers of the website up-to-date in a way that suits them best, and they are also a means to provide some extra interesting options. In earlier days though we seemed to be doing fine without Facebook and Twitter and at some point in time we even managed to survive without the internet! I sometimes wonder what it would be like if internet would stop tomorrow, gone forever, can you imagine that? What would the world be like without internet? Would it be a terrible place to live in? Could we still enjoy life? Would happiness still exist? Would we even manage to survive? I personally think we could do well without it, perhaps we would be even happier because we have more time to spend for the people close to us but hey, it's here so let's use and enjoy it while we can. And let's face it, the internet made our life a lot easier in some ways, it made communicating with other people a piece of cake, gave us an insight in other peoples lives and places and it made the world a whole lot smaller than it used to be, well virtually that is. And that brings me to the subject of tonights post. Facebook! Damned by some and embraced by others and I'm somewhere in the middle, more or less like the way I feel about Twitter, somewhat sceptic but it has some interesting possiblitities. Let me first explain what it is what we are talking about providing if you don't already know. A wee quote from Wikipedia: Continue reading....
Facebook is a social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. Users can add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by city, workplace, and school or college. The website's name stems from the colloquial name of books given at the start of the academic year by university administrations with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better. The website currently has more than 350 million active users worldwide.
The figures above show that Facebook is much bigger than Twitter which currently has around 18 million active users. What I wrote about Twitter is a bit like what I'm going to tell you about Facebook. As a webmaster it can be interesting to use these social media and much like Twitter, Facebook is an excellent tool to try and keep people up to date of any changes on my Islay websites and about other Islay related news. That, and the fact that I like to meet likeminded Islay interested people online, is the reason that I started a Facebook account dedicated to my Islay websites, Islay pictures, Islay videos and other Islay news. On the Facebook page www.facebook.com/isleofislay you can find all the updates from the website and blog and a lot of extra's too. To get access to these updates you need to have a Facebook account yourself and be added as a friend to the account Islay Scotland. If you don't have a Facebook account you can create one here
If you want to know my opinion, I prefer Facebook above Twitter. In Facebook posting images and maintaining photo albums is a lot easier, connecting with people through chat is fun, you can post high quality videos and Facebook has a lot more options and applications than Twitter will ever have. If you on the other hand like to keep it simple, fast and easily accessible from your mobile phone I can suggest Twitter. And to follow my updates you don't need a Twitter account yourself, for Facebook you do. The choice is yours! For updates on facebook go to www.facebook.com/isleofislay and for updates on Twitter go to www.twitter.com/isleofislay.