Facebook has disrupted or helped to re-engineer many businesses and markets, including the photo-sharing market and the social-gaming market. But one thing it hasn’t really focused on so far is the news business. Plenty of media companies use Facebook as a news-delivery platform, and many users (including Gawker founder Nick Denton, according to a recent interview) rely on it as a news source. But Facebook itself hasn’t done much to capitalize on that. That could change, however, judging by some comments from chief technology officer Bret Taylor — and it could pit the social network against Twitter in the race to become a social news platform.
While Taylor — the former co-founder of the social network FriendFeed — didn’t provide much in the way of details during his interview, he did say that he sees disruption coming to a number of industries as a result of social platforms like Facebook, much like it has to gaming, and that one of those disrupted industries is likely to be media:
Taylor’s comments seem to suggest that Facebook isn’t looking to do anything news-related itself, but is hoping that developers will come up with social-news applications that can run on top of the Facebook platform, the same way that Zynga’s games like Farmville or Cityville do. One example might be an app like Flipboard, which takes a person’s Facebook stream and makes it part of a social-news service. Another interesting experiment is a similar app called PostPost. Facebook is also clearly continuing to push the open-graph plugin strategy that has helped sites like The Huffington Post drive massive amounts of traffic and comments to the site, and offering improved commenting as a plugin for media outlets appears to be a focus as well. At one point not that long ago, it looked like Facebook might be trying to become a news platform in a different way, by aggregating news itself, as a way of becoming a sort of personalized newspaper for users. There were some initial moves in that direction that didn’t really go anywhere, and then more recently the network launched something it called “community pages,” which aggregate posts based on topic keywords and looked as though they could become a news aggregation service. But many of those pages are effectively useless, and amount to little more than SEO spam traps: one early example pulled in every post that mentioned the word “depends” and displayed it on a page about the adult undergarments of the same name.
The interesting thing about Taylor’s comments as they apply to television — and how social it is becoming, as people talk about shows with their friends in real-time — is that this is exactly what Twitter is also focusing on. Robin Sloan of the Twitter media team has talked about this phenomenon (including during a presentation at GigaOM’s NewTeeVee Liveconference in November) and how it can drive viewership for events such as the MTV Movie Awards, etc. In a more recent example, the number of tweets sent during the Super Bowl set a new record, with about 4,000 being sent every second at the peak.
With its new real-time commenting features, which are being rolled out to all users now, it seems obvious that Facebook is also interested in becoming the discussion forum for such events — and possibly for breaking news like the uprising in Egypt, where Facebook has played a key role in getting information out about the protests and in helping dissidents coordinate their activities (despite the issues with the social network’s real-name policy, which I wrote about recently). But Twitter is a powerful player in that regard as well, with people like NPR’s Andy Carvin becoming one-man newswire services and curating the information coming from Egypt in real time.
Although Facebook may be focusing more on itself as a platform for apps and media outlets, it clearly has ambitions when it comes to the ongoing “socialization of news,” and at some point that means it is going to run headlong into Twitter.
Planning a wedding involves plenty of thinking, combining, designing and organizing, and it requires a lot of time and effort if you want everything to turn out as you have planned. There are agencies that do all the planning and organization for the couple, but there are also those couples who prefer to take everything in their own hands and make sure that the wedding ceremony perfectly fits their preferences and style.
Wedding invitations are only one aspect of the whole preparation process, and those who are crafty and good at designing often decide to make them on their own. Just like all the DIY projects, this one has its advantages and disadvantages, and in this article, we will try to present you with some of them.
When it comes to the advantages, the first one to mention is that DIY wedding invitations will certainly save you some money. Although making the invitations at home still requires purchasing paper, printer ink, and all the decoration items, it is still cheaper than having them ordered. Another positive aspect involves the design of the invitations. While there is a wide range of the invitations you may order, you can usually count on different shapes, sizes and color combinations. With handmade invitations, you can also implement sequins, lace, fabric and everything that comes to your mind and reflects your personal style. Then, you can make as many samples as you like, no matter if you decide to just print the invitations or you also wish to decorate them further. Above all, the process of making the wedding invitations at home is creative and fun, and in case you like making crafts, you are certain to enjoy it. While there are plenty of positive sides to making DIY wedding invitations, there are also some of the negative ones. Firstly, there are some printing limitations if you decide to print the invitations at home. Some printers cannot print on thicker and heavier types of paper, and it is also impossible to print white letters on dark paper. Also, it may be difficult to cut certain shapes of the invitations, unless they are square or rectangle-shaped. Another quite significant disadvantage is that creating wedding invitations at home is very time-consuming. No matter if you do everything on the computer and just print and cut the invitations, it will still cost you some time. Not to mention the cases where you need to decorate each invitation after you have printed it. If you do not have too much time to deal with this, it may be a better choice to order the invitations.
Before you make the decision whether you will make the invitations or you prefer to order them, make sure to determine your budget, as well as the time you have until the invitations need to be mailed. If you decide to make the invitations yourself, be sure that you start early, in order to avoid stress and make the invitation making a really fun, creative and even relaxing experience.
Planning a wedding is a joyful activity, but it is also packed with lots of duties and it can be quite stressful. Wedding invitations are only a small part of the overall process of wedding planning, and those who are crafty and creative can easily do it at home instead of ordering them. In order to make the process of making the invitations easier, we will give you some useful tips and guidelines.
Plan the cards in accordance with the wedding theme – most couples determine the style and the theme of the wedding long before they think of the invitation design. Therefore, before you begin designing your invitations, you probably know what style of your wedding will be, which colors and items will be used for the décor and where it will be held. Based on all this, you should plan the look of your invitations so that they follow the same or similar pattern of colors, shape, size and the overall style.
Shape and size – wedding invitations usually come in square or rectangular shape, and it is the best choice if you print them at home since it is the most convenient. When designing the invitations, make sure that they fit the dimensions of paper, as well as the dimensions of envelopes you buy or make for them. Calculate the costs – even though making the wedding invitations at home is much less pricey than having them ordered, you will still need to pay for the printer ink, paper, envelopes and decoration material. Take all this into consideration and determine the budget for the invitations accordingly. Plan the usage of ink and paper – before you start printing the invitations, you should determine how many people you are going to invite. If you use your printer often enough, you probably know how many prints it is able to make. Even if not, you can find this information online for your printer model. Take this information into consideration when buying the ink, and make sure to buy enough ink and paper to print all the invitation cards you need. Think about the possibilities of your printer – not all printers are able to print on all types of paper, and it is what you need to take into consideration before you decide to print the invitations at home. There are papers of different weight, and modern and better printers can print even on thicker, heavier paper. However, very little home printers can print white letters on a dark paper, so if you design and make the invitations at home, this will be a limitation.
Make test prints – before making the final design and printing dozens of invitations, make sure to make a test print, and do it after every correction you make. You know that the printer and the computer sometimes do not cooperate with each other or with us, and also – sometimes the colors appear slightly different on the screen than on paper. Provide some extra paper for tests and do not print the whole batch until you are completely satisfied with the outcome. Cutting the invitations – last but not least, you should think about cutting the invitations once they are printed. You can do it yourself, but since it can be very time-consuming, it is also possible to pay for the cutting only, which will save you plenty of time while it will not cost you much.
Creating the invitations at home can be time-consuming even if you are extremely crafty and skillful with all the aspect of design. Therefore, make sure to begin on time, in order to make invitation making a fun and enjoyable experience.
Planning a wedding is a very demanding process which involves quite a lot of effort. It requires good organization, lots of planning, multitasking and devotion, in order for everything to be as good as possible on the big day. Even though it is not uncommon for the wedding invitations to be sent online these days, it is still considered more polite and more personal to do it in an old-fashion way – by sending an invitation card to each of the guests. Wedding invitations represent only one of many items on the wedding to-do list, and here we will give you some tips on how to choose the best cards based on your style, time and budget, as well as what to pay attention to.
Think about your personal style – most people plan their wedding based on their personal style and preferences. Therefore, there are plenty of styles of wedding ceremonies, from classic and traditional ones, to those which may seem very unusual and different. Think about you and your future spouse’s personal style and the style you plan for the ceremony, and try applying it to the wedding invitations, because they are in a way a reflection of you and your personalities.
Think about the combinations of colors – this is in relation with both your personal style and the style of the ceremony you plan. If you have a certain color scheme in your mind for the wedding decoration, it is good to incorporate it in the invitation cards as well. Classic color schemes for invitation cards are combinations of white, cream or ivory paper with gold or black letters. However, if you have another combination in mind and if it will be a part of your wedding decor, feel free to order the cards with the same combination. Shape and size – while 4.5 in x 6.25 in is a standard size and shape of rectangular wedding invitation cards, it does not mean that you need to stick to it. Feel free to play with the shapes and sizes, and you can also make the invitations of similar shape to the shape which will prevail in the wedding decor.
Choose the words carefully – when you choose the text for the wedding invitations, make sure to choose the words wisely. This means that you need to include all the important information about the date and time of the ceremony, as well as some ceremony details. Avoid over-cramming the invitations, and always make sure to check whether all the information and the names on the invitations are correct. You can also hire a calligrapher or the invitation maker to address the cards as well because it will look nicer and leave a good first impression.
Order the right number of cards – before ordering the number of invitations, think about the number of guests who will receive separate invitations and those who are invited by only one. For example, married couples and families usually get one invitations so make sure to get your number straight. It is a good idea to order a dozen or two extra invitations, in order you need to resend them.
There are an abundant amount of definitions out there for the word “Foodie.” Let us just simplify it to the lover of all things delicious and edible. Facebook has some excellent pages to keep up with the best food websites, food blogs, and receive the latest eclectic recipes. We have gathered five pages on the social network any foodie should be sure to visit and fan.
1. Serious Eats
Serious Eats is an excellent community of diverse food bloggers coming together to share their love for all things edible. Their articles are sure to entertain and entice any foodie. Join the chatter on their Facebook page as they post updates from their website and discussion questions for their fans. Also, be sure to be on the lookout for any contests announced on the page.
2. The Wednesday Chef
Luisa Weiss writes the blog The Wednesday Chef from her home in Berlin — she moved there after a stint in New York City blogging and editing cookbooks — that covers many topics foodies would surely love. She often gives the nod of approval, or disapproval, at recipes she reads in a variety of sources. Head to Weiss’ Facebook page for The Wednesday Chef to keep up with the latest articles from the blog, add your own opinion, and to keep up with her latest happenings. Become a fan of The Wednesday Chef on the social network here.
3. Smitten Kitchen
When I saw Smitten Kitchen describing themselves as, “A home cooking weblog from a tiny kitchen in New York City.” The site features delicious recipes and articles that are sure to make any food lover‘s mouth water, and it is no surprise they have over 27,000 fans on the social network. Keep up with the latest posts from Smitten Kitten on their Facebook page, take a look at some delicious pictures of the finished result of their recipes, and be sure to join in on the chatter. If you have young ones in the family, check out their Baby Food page as well.
4. The Bitten Word
The Bitten Word is a great blog written by two Washington D.C. locals who set out to put the recipes in their food magazines that were collecting dust to use. Two years later the blog is still going strong, and the posts are a must read for any food lover. Visit their Facebook page for the latest from the blog, discuss, and add your opinion about the posts. Become a fan of The Bitten Word on Facebook here.
5. The Pioneer Woman
Ree Drummond is The Pioneer Woman, and she writes an excellent and extremely popular comfort food blog. On Facebook alone, The Pioneer Woman has over 169,000 fans. “Like” the page to keep up with the latest from her website, entertaining updates, and events just to name a few. Her recipes look delicious when finished, and be sure to join the discussions on Ree Drummond’s interactive Facebookpage.