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Facebook Psychology – Is Addiction Affecting Our Minds? [Infographic]

November 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Is Facebook affecting the way our minds function?  It’s a safe bet to say that the vast majority of those looking at this infographic will have to resist the urge to click on the Facebook notification icon appearing at the top.

It doesn’t matter if  you know that isn’t an actual Facebook notification.  It doesn’t matter that you probably have your Facebook page open in another tab.  You still want to click the picture of a notification icon just to be sure nothing will happen.  This is the way our minds have been trained to react to things that have become staples of our society.

Think back to just one decade ago…  Can you remember when your social life was dependent on phone calls and “in person” interactions rather than written text, pictures and icons?

Take a look at this infographic brought to you by Best Masters of Psychology to learn more about the ways that online interactions are affecting our brains.  And, while you’re at it, go ahead and post it on Facebook for your friends to see! Addiction or not, this new method of communication doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.

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Visualizing Friendships

January 20th, 2011 Comments off

You probably use Facebook primarily to talk to people you know.  However, many of these people may live in different parts of the country, or even different continents.  Have you ever wondered where Facebook is most popular, or what countries interact with one another the most through Facebook?  Here is an interesting graphic that draws it all out for you… literally!

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Paul Butler, a Facebook intern, describes his creation, “What really struck me, though, was knowing that the lines didn’t represent coasts or rivers or political borders, but real human relationships.”

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Facebook Hack: Give Your Profile a New Look

December 22nd, 2010 3 comments

Normally when you think of hacking, it involves some illegal or questionable activity. But this new “hack,” when applied to Facebook, just serves the purpose of making you cooler than your friends. The new “Photostream” feature on Facebook’s revised profile structure makes it possible to slice up an image and spread it across your profile, effectively setting yourself apart from the run-of-the-mill profiles that we see everyday. Here are some examples.

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The process is quite simple, and all you’ll need is a photo editor that’s just slightly more advanced than what your computer probably came with. Refaceme.com details the instructions right here, but in summation, you’re going to choose an image, resize it, cut it into five pieces, and then tag yourself in reverse order. As you can see, the results are pretty awesome! It’s cool seeing Facebook get a little modified, but in a much cleaner manner than what used to go on over at Myspace. So go ahead, get creative!

Prevent Drunk Posts with Webroot’s Social Media Sobriety Test

November 4th, 2010 Comments off

“Nothing good happens online after 1am.”

. . . So, clearly, we’re all very much in need of this funny sobriety test brought to us by Internet security provider Webroot. Offered as a browser add-on compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explore, and Safari, the Social Media Sobriety Test, when enabled, requires that you pass a simple test in order to gain access to all your networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Tumblr, and custom URLs determined by the user.

The tests include things like keeping your cursing inside a moving circle or counting to 30 while the images of different numbers appear on screen in an attempt to throw you off. Once the add-on is installed, the user has full control over which sites are blocked and at what time of day.

Since we might not all readily admit our drinking tendencies, this sort of thing could work well as a sort of intervention. Many a drunk update could be prevented if friends take initiative to install it for each other.

Seriously, though, this fully-functional joke is a pretty smart marketing ploy from Webroot. It’s funny enough to warrant a download, and when you fail or pass the sobriety tests, it offers to post a message on your wall visible to everyone. Depending on your results, it might say you’re “too intoxicated to post right now,” or it will post a congratulatory message declaring that you passed. And of course, the link to download the test appears right below each post. Once people follow the link, info about Webroot’s real antivirus security is never far away.

So there you have it, if you like your Internet security with a sense of humor, then Webroot is the way to go. If you’re all set in that regard, download the test anyway. It’s definitely good for a laugh.

Facebook Simplifies Page Managing

October 28th, 2010 Comments off

Whether it’s a restaurant or an individual running for office, we all know that just about anything in the public eye is linked to a Facebook page. And just like you’re accustomed to changing profile pictures and editing personal information, these entities must make an effort to keep their pages up to date and user friendly.

For businesses, these management methods look a little different than they do on the personal pages we’re accustomed to using. But as of yesterday, Facebook is aiming to simplify page management for brands, business, and public figures. The redesigned page manager is typified by a navigation bar on the left-hand side. It’s from here that users will adjust things like applications, pictures, marketing, and basic information. The page manager also offers mobile options as of this update, meaning users can better tailor their pages for connecting to mobile devices like iPhones.
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