September 24, 2018

Is Facebook going the way Orkut went? What would then rule the social media?

Facebook cannot be compared with Orkut, the social media biggie when Facebook came to the scene and annihilated it.

Yet, things seem to be happening the same way, as if history repeating itself. Facebook is already slowing down and is embroiled in controversies relating to data privacy, the platform's impact on young minds, its misuse in elections and so on.

I am not being a doomsayer; I have been seeing the decline of the present wave of social media coming at the beginning of the next decade. It is almost predestined. A balloon cannot remain inflated for too long.

The social media observers would perhaps not mind the decline and death of Facebook and its sister, Instagram. But, their annihilators are yet not in place. The worrying issue is not their demise but the prospect that the new entities may be worse than these. They may be much more immersive and instant; they may be more manipulative, more addictive. The fast growth of connectivity and higher bandwidth, much faster growth of video, use of artificial intelligence in our lives - all these are waiting to result into a new social media entity that would rule the world 3-4 years from now.

Let's see.

September 21, 2018

Wordpress and Blogger: both have good news for bloggers!

Let me share that both, Wordpress and Blogger, have come with some interesting features on their blogging platforms.

Wordpress has been working on Gutenberg project, one of whose main aims is to make posting of rich text easier on the blog editor. The other one is to migrate the web-design of blogs/ websites to be created using Wordpress to a more customizable 'block' based design of websites. This has already been on offer as a plugin, but the formal release is expected with Wordpress 5.0.

Wordpress promises that users will be very satisfied with these new features. It also says, 'it is just the beginning'!

You can download Gutenberg and learn about its features here: Gutenberg by Wordpress

Coming to Blogger. This platform had announced in May about some cleaning more than new features. That included discarding OpenID and third-party widgets. 

But recently, Blogger has issued a new app, Blog Compass, for blogging. On both Android and iOS, this app is presently available only in India and is reported to have some bugs such as not being able to find existing blogs. 

Blogger says, it is migrating all the existing blogs to a new cloud-based storage system called Spanner that is very robust and has 99.999% uptime. 

September 19, 2018


Happening Heads

lifestyle blog by Priyanka, Prathamesh
"We blog across various categories because we just can't stop ourselves from sharing the happening experiences we have while exploring the beauty of world through traveling, drooling in the lusciousness​ of delectable food, keeping a close eye on latest fashion trends, revealing a part of our luxurious lifestyle, sharing our expertise on technology, bringing you all the action from leading events of the country, interacting through personal articles and more."
- Priyanka RP, Prathamesh Avachare