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Thursday, May 15, 2014

5 Ways Facebook Has Brought More Curses Than Blessings


Do You Think Facebook Has Brought More Harm Than Good?
I recently read Steve Hall's "This is How Facebook is Going to Die" with awe but I have discovered that there are more ways it's actually going to die. Below are 5 ways Facebook has casts its curses on us more than its blessings upon us.

As one of the Facebook users, do you think Facebook is blessing us more than its curses or vice versa? Read on.
Facebook is an online social networking site that was created by Mark Zuckerberg with his fellow roommates at Harvard University. Its creation has been beneficial to millions and millions of people worldwide.

People who have been distanced greatly geographically can connect through this site with no expense at all. It has led to reunion of friends and families, moreover, entertained many and people can share photos through it.

Many business men and women have as well benefited from this since they can put up advertisements to market their goods and services at a very low cost.
Despite the many advantages, Facebook has led to the realization of more curses as discussed below.

# Curse 1: Effect on relationships

Firstly, it has led to the increase in infidelity. This is evident from the rising cases of divorce and separations. You will find that even those in relationships will flirt with the new people they find on Facebook at the expense of their spouses. As we all know, nothing is ever hidden under the sun-that is true revelation.

Sooner than later everything will surface and the truth will be known to all. At times, the breakups may be so fatal and others opt for death as the best option. These relationships also encourage the rampant spread of HIV/AIDS in our society too!

#Curse 2: Poor work rate (productivity)
Productivity has also been hindered due to Facebook. Instead of people to fully cooperate in their duties at work, some set aside some time to Facebook. Time is money and waste of it is a setback to all of us.

Students in lecture halls would rather Facebook than listen to the boring lecturer yapping 'nonsense' to them. At the end of the day, nothing constructive will have been achieved.

Addiction to Facebook has also hindered productivity. Someone would stay up late in the night chatting then sleep during the day wasting their precious time which could have been used in fulfilling other activities.


#Curse 3: Moral values are no longer modern issues

Facebook has also eroded morals in the society. People post nude and explicit photos and videos to be viewed by the public. Also some status updates are usually very suggestive.
Children therefore get exposed at an early age to these and with time you will find them using vulgar language, dressing the way they see people do and even it won't be surprising if they go nude.

#Curse 4: Security is #1 priority

Facebook has also disguised many people breaching its security. Many people use the wrong identity in their accounts. This has led to the kidnapping of a number of people.
In some cases, people hack into other's accounts, personalizing them and use them to taint the owners name and nothing can possibly be done about it.

Also, from the job advertisements, people get victimized from the supposed job offers that one has to pay a certain amount to get the job. These employers then get the money and disappear.

#Curse 5: Virus owners are thriving and our computers are dying

Anyone who goes onto Facebook is susceptible to getting a virus. You can end up opening a file that you think is safe because your friend sent it. The links shared by friends could cause great havoc.

Take heed of files you open and share on Facebook otherwise you could end up paying a lot of money to get the computer fixed.
These are the biggest disadvantages of using Facebook. If you are careful of your Facebook activities, you'll be better off.

Conclusion

Always be keen on who you add as your friend because you'll never know when harm is coming your way. Having mentioned all of the above, I can say that Facebook has brought more curses than blessings.

Even though Mr.Hall shared his view on majority of teens shifting away, still adding the above could also kill it as adults will also lose their trust, belief and patience waiting for Facebook to come good.

Without dismissing how important it has really impacted our life, Facebook has values that will bind its users. Do you think Facebook has brought more harms than good? Or what's your view? Share it in the discussion.

Malok Mading –Is the author of this blog
 who writes reviews and general articles. Join me on Twitter or Facebook.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review: Importance of Measuring Website Worth


Websites just like any other businesses out there, require someone to investment in their start ups, promotions, maintenance among others. With time, these sites develop into importance assets with their worth at varying rates.

Since the beginning of 21st Blogger, I have been trying to use various metrics to analyze its performances. The reason for doing this, basically, is to get an idea of what has been achieved, what has not been achieve, and moreover, what I need to do now or in the future.

As a website owner/webmaster, you may have been working hard to see your site get quality traffic, rank well on Google and at the end of it all; make sales. The process is not easy but it can take time.

Pros of Website Worth
  • Capital budgeting:-It allows you track and evaluate the amount to invest in activities such as maintenance, advertising/marketing, administration, etc.
  • Returns on Investment:-One of the most important factor in all businesses is the returns you’ll get after investing your money. When you know your website’s worth, you are in a position to know how much profit you have accrued overtime.
  •  Risks and Rewards Assessment:-Measuring the worthiness of your site prompt you to capitalize on rewards it has achieve as well as keep you on toes. For instance, if your site’s weak point is SEO, you would be able to invest in optimizing your site by hiring someone to do it for you or learn to do it yourself.


On the other hand, if you risk being penalized by Search Engines, getting rid or minimizing it would prove helpful.

Cons of measuring website worth

  • Inaccurate & misleading results: - Even though these metrics are quite good, frankly, many come up with assumed analytics hence can end in disappointments. Example, Google webmaster’s analytic tool maybe different from Alexa’s.
  •  False worthiness: - I have seen a number of sites buying Facebook likes, Twitter fans and others influencing reviews. Still there are more other dirty ways used in order to gain incredible values for a website. This especially in the mlm programs that mostly have hidden motives.


What Webmasters Measures


  • Pageviews
  • Unique views
  • User sessions

Websites owners agree that when a site has authority its worth increase. Well, it’s true. If you have wanted to measure the worth your website/blog, below are some few resources that will help you. Do take note that website valuation results vary at different sites.

Best Free Resources


  • Smallseotools
  • Prchecker.net
  • Google Analytics
  •  Alexa

CONCLUSION

Webmasters and marketers alike as much as they try to get accurate results, they should also not rely only on one but rather on secondary and tertiary sources as Dr. Peter pointed out in his Comparing Rank-Tracking Methods: Browser vs. Crawler vs. Webmaster Tools post.

I have discovered that most of analytical tools are unreliable in one way or another. For instance, Prchecker’s uses data from its respective sources such as SEMRUSH, Alexa among others. This mean, any likely hood of data manipulation such as through blackhat SEO, or any other form would automatically mislead.

 In other words, try to measure your site’s worthwhile bearing in mind that content value you invested in, customers’ engagement and their overall actions will affect its worth.

Malok Mading –Is the author of this blog
 who writes reviews and general articles. Join me on Twitter or Facebook.
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