The Virtual World is What You Make It

The Virtual World is What You Make It

Social Surfing
“One bite and all your dreams will come true.” Err...Maybe not. But is it really necessary to view everything like Snow White’s apple? Or fear the consequences of eating the forbidden fruit? Fear is one the most natural instincts humans have and the need to be constantly suspicious of things has been distilled into our childhood right from the fairy tales we grew up hearing that involved wicked witches and child-eating monsters to religion dictating consequences of not abiding by the rules! "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'" In fact, humankind’s first reaction to…
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Facebook Launches New Tools to Make Communities More Relevant

Facebook Launches New Tools to Make Communities More Relevant

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Facebook was founded in 2004 and has ever since introduced and developed various technologies to connect people across the world. Like several other platforms on new media, Facebook has also contributed vastly towards transgressing the limitations of traditional media that only allowed a unidirectional flow of content and information.  Anybody, regardless of their social or economic backgrounds can now voice their opinions with the potential of reaching millions of people via these platforms. This, in a sense embodies greater power among ordinary citizens and people who now identify themselves as active creators of information. A platform as dynamic as Facebook looks at ways to constantly evolve and create opportunities that make the experience for its users far more personalized and efficient. In a first of its kind, the team at…
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Important Safety Tips for Social Media Users

Important Safety Tips for Social Media Users

#TalkingSafety, Online Safety
Social media in the 21st century has emerged as more than just a mode of communication. It has empowered users to function not merely as consumers of messages but also as producers of content and information. Being able to do everything with as much as a click has definitely brought the world and opportunities closer but has also brought to the table a series of new risks to our privacy and security. In order to make sure all of us contribute to a healthy space online while protecting our own identity and privacy, we must keep in mind and practice the following: Avoid Oversharing Data. Most social networking sites require users to give out basic information like their birthdays, location and numbers. Giving this data can be extremely hazardous and…
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Pioneers of Change on Social Media

Pioneers of Change on Social Media

Social Surfing
Living in suburban parts of the country we seldom witness social evils like child marriage being practiced around us. This however, is far from the reality. Even today India is among one of the ten countries that have the highest number of child brides in the world and it is estimated that almost 47% of the girls in India are married before they turn eighteen, which is the legal age for marriage of girls. Although a large percentage of the boys in the country also fall victim to child marriages, the numbers are much higher for girls reiterating the social disadvantage they are subjected to. Policies and laws like the Child Marriages Prohibition Act (2006) lay down a strong legal framework to battle the issue however, these cannot improve the…
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Facebook Changes- For the Better!

Facebook Changes- For the Better!

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For more than a decade now, Facebook has revolutionized social interaction, and communication across the world, among people of diverse cultures and a myriad of ages. With its constantly changing updates, and introduction of new features periodically, Facebook is a trendsetter, and the 'King' among all social media platforms. Now, Facebook has introduced Graphic Interchange Format, or commonly known as 'GIF' on its platform. Now, users have the option of not only using text and images to comment, they can also use GIFs to express their feelings more accurately. While this option was rolled out on the Facebook messenger last year, it is only now that it has been incorporated on the app and desktop versions, as part of the comment bar. While social media has certainly made communication extremely…
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