Facebok Experiment: No Facebook App

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I finally installed the Facebook app on Galaxy Note 2 again after abstaining from it for a month.  What did I learn from the experiment?

Here are some things I learned from the experiment.

  1. You can be more productive without the app.
  2. No need to actually have to app to share your content to Facebook: My most commonly used apps have an option to push my content to my Facebook timeline, I just have to authorize it.
  3. My phone is actually faster without the Facebook app. Without the Facebook app constantly running in the background, my phone isn’t that burdened. Though the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 can easily handle the app, my other older phones like the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos crawls on with the Facebook app installed.
  4. For managing Facebook pages, I’d rather just install the Facebook Page Manage since it gives me almost real-time updates from the pages.
  5. If I really need to check my Facebook account on my phone, I found out that the mobile website version of Facebook, http://m.facebook.com, is more than enough. Well, it works almost exactly like the app, without the additional burden to my phones’ system.
  6. Using the Hootsuite app is also an alternative to getting updates from my Facebook timelines, but it takes a little getting used to. With the hootsuite app you can check your social media profiles in less than 10 minutes. In my opinion, any serious social media professional should be using or at least know how to use this invaluable HootSuite social media management tool.

This is just the start of my yearly productivity streamlining of my social media work flow. I’ll be sharing more.  

Forgive But Don’t Forget

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I often take some time off from my busy schedule to just sit down and do some idle thinking. One particular afternoon, my mind wandered off to the topic of forgiveness.

Here’s how the ideas played in my mind:

If you forgive it means you understand and accept the act and you are willing to move on beyond that act. But, to forget means to be vulnerable to the same act all over again. My suggestion: Forgive and Learn.

Learn to know who you can trust. Learn to know who you should not trust. Learn to avoid the same mistakes.

As one of Albert Einstein’s quotes goes,

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

To apply that quote to an example: You are insane if you keep letting a person or group of persons hurt you again and again because you forgive and forget them every single time they hurt you.

The prevalence and wide acceptance of forgive and forget mentality has damage and corrupted our culture to a terrifying extent. We have convicted criminals in government, elected again and again.

We have political dynasties whose criminal track records go as far as the American occupation but are still in power.

If we take a look at current events, the show of arrogance by the Mayor of Makati and his family is an example. As everyone on the Internet knows by now, the Binays blatantly and shamelessly forced their way into a closed entrance gate of a private and exclusive subdivision in Makati. Their reason for doing so: according to them it’s their privilege because they are in power.

Now, this type of arrogance is being discussed online and a lot of people are expressing disgust. But the sad truth is, after a while, the masses, the urban poor majority, and the uninformed and uneducated people will forget this incident. A lot of these people will just forgive the act because the Binays will give them dole outs — or false hopes. Binays are notorious for doing that. I can predict that when the 2016 elections come, the dark forces (pun intended) of the Binays will win. Why? Because a lot of people have forgiven and forgotten. (If you want to sign a petition condemning the arrogance of the Binays, please go here).

Now, this is my plea to every Internet user in the Philippines: Forgive but don’t forget. Help others not forget, too. Keep the discussion alive on the issues that have been exposed. Keep asking questions on official government social media channels. Keep resharing the (horror) stories of these criminals in the government or anywhere.

We, the people who are privileged enough to access the Internet, have the responsibility to know, inquire, verify and share information that will expose the criminals and wrong doers.

To save our future, we must all forgive but don’t forget.

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