Facebook Adds Photo Album Feature to Its Arsenal

Facebook continues to reinvent itself by adding new features to attract personal and business users to the popular social networking site. Facebook recently added a new group component, Community Pages to the mix. You can read it about it here.

Facebook’s latest acquisition, Divvyshot is certain to be a popular goodie. Divvyshot is a San Francisco based, barely one-year old start-up which provides an online photo album service. Divvyshot allows multiple users to upload pics and create a single photo album organized around a single event or subject.

For example, personal users who are the family shutterbugs this will be a bonus. Everyone taking pictures at a family event, say ‘Grandma’s 80th Birthday Party’ can upload pictures to that specific album on Facebook; thereby creating a photo hub to which others can contribute.

Divvyshot is expected to make the move by June.


The Anti-Fonzi May Be The Best Facebook App Ever!

Facebook has made several cosmetic changes to its face in the last year leaving  many of its users as befuddled as the changes.  There have been so many, so frequently that Facebook is indistinguishable from one day to the next and has become the Jocelyn Wildenstein of social networks.

Jocelyn Wildenstein

While I continue to be a FB user as it endures its cyber cosmetic surgery, I visit less frequently (every couple of days) and eliminated access to most of the games and goofy applications.

One of the earliest “nose jobs” was the addition of the “Like” button. Now your “friends” are able to send you a virtual “thumbs up” to let you know they like your repartee or video without having to explain why with a comment.

But what do you do if you don’t like the the quip, video or news article posted? You have to post a comment about your disapproval or just pass over it and  suck your teeth in disfavor. There is no “Dislike” button right?

WRONG! Thanks to Thomas Moquet, you may now install an add-on feature called Facebook Dislike 0.2.1. It is a Firefox add-on so you must operate Firefox as your web browser to use the plugin and your friends must do the same. This nifty little gem works within the Facebook application and places the Anti-Fonzi in the row beneath the status update. See here on Mashable’s website.

So switch to Firefox (Firefox is not paying me for this endorsement) as your web browser, tell your friends to do the same and add the plugin. Warning, you will find out what your friends really think about your posts so you might need to build a virtual thick skin.

Don’t let the “thumbs down” get you down. They are your Facebook friends right? You can’t pick your family but you can pick your friends.

Tweet the Preacher! Why Not?

Last week MSNBC reported that the Vatican launched Pope2You, a Facebook portal that would allow users to view photo postcards and messages from Pope Benedict. I’m not Catholic, but I applaud Pope Benedict for being progressive and embracing social and digital media tools to reach his flock.
Vatican takes tech-savvy approach – Tech and gadgets- msnbc.com

I think African-American clergy should consider jumping on the social-media bandwagon. African-Americans and Hispanics are two of the largest groups using certain types of digital media and devices such as music downloads and cellular phones.

The “digital divide” is narrowing. There may not be a computer in every home but there is practically a cellular phone/smartphone in every hand. Text messaging has surpassed talking on the phone according to CNETFacebook,Twitter and other social media tools can be very useful to reach people when used responsibly. Social networking sites allow people to connect and reconnect with friends, coworkers and families.

Diversitybusiness.com reported 60% of Black women are online (use the internet to network, research products and find information) compared to 50% of Black men. (A slight gender gap remains in the African-American community when it comes to internet usage.)

Many of these women and men are also churchgoers. Many churches have websites yet are reluctant to take it one step further and add a Facebook page or a Twitter account. A Twitter account would allow the minister to post to followers a tweet about an upcoming event, progress on an ill member, update on a meeting as well as a Bible verse or thought for the day to members. A Facebook page would also expand the ability of a congregation to outreach to citizens, businesses and block clubs in the community they share.

Social media tools are here to stay. Also, social media tools can be used to educate and communicate, not just propagate the latest happenings in pop culture. Black churches will remain cornerstones in their communities and Black communities should not be afraid to become digital citizens. A social media specialist could be employed to teach community workshops as well as assist in website and social media management.

Leave no brotha, sistah, child or member behind!

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