Celebrate Women

I want to wish you a happy Women’s Day today.
This doesn’t mean I don’t admire you each and every day.
Doesn’t mean that you matter less on other days.
It doesn’t mean that your rights matter less the rest of the year.

It’s just that
I don’t say these things out loud often enough but I should.
You matter to me each and every day;
You make my world brighter with your presence,
You surprise me each time you help me realize who I am!
I want to wish you a happy Women’s Day because;
You’re a woman in my life and you make life worth living.

NOTE: I know #IWD2016 was yesterday but who says we can’t celebrate women on any other day?

 

Criticism: use it to make yourself better, not bitter

We are all naturally biased towards ourselves. We do not want to admit our flaws and we definitely do not want others to see them. Everything we do seems to be a cover up of our iniquities and flaws. This isn’t a really a bad thing. It’s always the correct choice to minimise a flaw in yourself and the effect it has on you (and anything that you are involved in), be it relationships, work, believes or even life in order to generalise things.

Of course to do this one must first be willing to accept one’s own flaws and obviously you wouldn’t want to fix something that you find precise and is working fine. This is when criticism becomes important. While internal (reality-checks) criticism is viable, external criticism has a higher weight in helping you better yourself. However, it is constructive criticism that has proven to be one of the more effective types of criticism.

What is constructive criticism? It is but feedback justified with rational reasoning and void of bias or judgment of any form. The purpose of constructive criticism is to give feedback to correct a flaw or improve a situation or character trait in a manner that is acceptable to the reserve.

Now criticism in any form is not an easy pill to swallow. It requires a certain level of maturity and self-awareness to digest, rationalise and accept or decline the given feedback with justification.

Some tend to think of a flaw as a secret that must be hidden and never revealed. This leads to insecurities that lead to false pretenses and disguises to hide this flaw, as we fear that a flaw exposed is inherently a bad thing or failure. Now imagine a company with inefficiency in its process or software with a bug or a car model with a defect decides to hide their flaws and guise them with something more exotic? I’m sure these processors and products might even work or sell but eventually it will fail to do what it could have done better. It’s the same ideology with people.

My [humble] opinion is that a flaw is an attribute that can be rectified. If we are willing to accept it as a flaw and actively work towards bettering ourselves, constructive criticism is the opportunity to first identify these said flaws.

In conclusion, use constructive criticism to make you better. Try not to be bitter about it when receiving it and never hand out criticism when YOU are bitter or cannot accept criticism.

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Must Have Apps for a Social Media Community Manager

The world of social media, as you would know if you are a social media account manager is forever active. It never sleeps, I have had my phone buzz with inquiries pass midnight from some of the accounts I handle. Smartphone and mobile application have made our job a 24/7 one, and that’s good. We need to be on the ball at all times. In which case these apps are making our lives much easier.

So if you are new to the social media profession here are a few apps that will make your life easier and most probably keep you a wake at night:

[Please note: This list is not in any particulate order or ranked, also I’m not going to touch on the basic apps like the Facebook, twitter, Instagram app that are pretty much a given].

     1. Facebook Pages Manager

facebook-pages-manager-10-535x535Thisis an absolute life saver. I’m sure most you are already using this but I’m going touch on this because it’s a very important one. This app lets you do pretty much everything you need to do with your pages; update posts, reply to comments and inbox, etc… The only drawback I’ve come across in this app is the inability to hide comments. You’re are going to have to permanently delete those nasty once, so take a screen shot before you do.

You can download Facebook Pages Manager from the Google Play Store  or the Apple App Store.

 

2. Facebook Groups

facebook-shareThis is nifty little app that isn’t talked about enough.  This app gives you a dedicated space for you and your groups. Especially your client related groups. It’s a common and recommended practice now days to create secret Facebook groups which in to communicate with the client side team and to share information or social monitoring.

This app gives you a little bit more freedom with groups than on the Facebook app. I highly recommend having this app installed.

 

 3. Facebook Ad Manager

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Ad Manager is still in its early days. What you can do with the app is limited to viewing/pausing ads that are currently running and creating new ads on the go, which given an urgent situation or when you don’t have access to a computer.

 

 

 

 

    4. Helakuru Sinhala Keyboard 

unnamedIf you are a community manager in Sri Lanka you would have noticed by now users are responding more and more to localized content. Meaning Sinhala content. Assuming your clients allow you to use Sinhala on their accounts you’ll be typing Sinhala content a lot. With the helakuru Sinhala keyboard you can use the Wijesekara keyboard that makes typing so much easier once you get used to it.

 

 

These four app should get you started on the Social Media on the go pack. If you know any other helpful apps that I have (definitely) missed, do comment below and let me know.

 

Facebook is Mobilizing

  • In established markets 90% of its users access Facebook through mobile.
  • 47% of its users access Facebook only through mobile.
  • The majority of advertising revenue (51%) continues to come from outside USA.
  • org aims to provide internet access to third world countries.

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Facebook Inc. released their quarterly earnings last week along with a snapshot of the progress of the Facebook community.

Facebook now has close to 1.55 billion Facebook accounts with 1 billion daily active users, and 3.4 million of these users are from Sri Lanka. 900 million people use their newly-acquired messaging platform, WhatsApp, while 700 million people use their native messaging app, Messenger. 400 million (and counting) users upload images onto Instagram, and according to the latest stats made available, there are 160,000 Instagram users in Sri Lanka. Moreover 925+ million people use Facebook Groups and 8+ billion videos are viewed daily on Facebook (doubling from 4 billion in Q2).

All these statistics indicate that Facebook is one of the fastest growing social media platforms currently on the internet.

Some interesting statistics show that Facebook continues to attract new teens and seniors to its growing user base. In established markets, 90% of its users access Facebook through mobile (up from 88% in Q2) while 47% of its users access Facebook only through mobile (up from 44% in Q2). When it comes to advertising, revenue from ads served on desktop had declined from 8% YoY whereas revenue from ads served on mobile increased 73% YoY. The majority of advertising revenue (51%) continues to come from outside the USA.

Facebook is just getting started on developing their portfolio and changing how digital media is progressing with development projects such as internet.org, which aims to provide internet access to third world countries, and innovations such as beaming internet from an unmanned aircraft. The future looks bright for Facebook Inc., with announcements like the consumer release for Oculus VR gear, and introducing M, an AI-powered digital assistant. In addition to these, there are many more projects in the pipeline.

All these announcements and advancements have us all excited and looking forward to what Facebook has to offer. We will be keeping an eye out for the latest news.

Sources: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Inc.

23 lessons I learned in my 23 years

24th lessons I learned in my 24 years:

24. Take chances even if you know the outcome is awful. You’re only 24 and you only know so much, so add to your experience what ever you can. Experiment on things you feel that will make you better.

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18th September 2015 – I AM 23! I started writing this list exactly one month ago – 18th August 2015. I completed it two hours ago. I gave this a lot of thought, and think this covered most of the important lessons (in no particular order). Reflecting on incidents that made an impact on my life was an inspiring exercise. Most people might see 23 years like a short period. However, if you look closely, you can learn so much from each situation. Whether you are younger or older, here is some wisdom I got in my 23 years that you might find interesting.

  1. Nothing comes easy – but hard work pays off, big time! Outcome is depended on how much effort I put in, and I would not have it any other way.
  2. Experience is everything – don’t fuss over a puny salary.
  3. “Don’t make assumptions” –…

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Fighting Facebook Stupidity With Silence

When you see an inappropriate or misleading post by a parody/troll page that is taking advantage of a tragedy please refrain from venting your frustration as comments on the post, in fact refrain from any interaction with such pages. This is exactly what they want.

The more people interact with such pages and post the more organic reach the page and post will get, exposing the content of those pages to more people, who in turn will comment their frustration.

This is how Facebook’s EdgeRank algorithm works.

“EdgeRank is the Facebook algorithm that decides which stories appear in each user’s newsfeed. The algorithm hides boring stories, so if your story doesn’t score well, no one will see it.” – edgerank.net

If a post gets more interaction Facebook will identify it as an interesting story and show it to more people.

So lets make social media a safer and more respectful place by removing the power we ourselves give the trolls and  parodies by interacting with their content.

Comment wisely.

I Missed You

I’ve missed you, I didn’t expect to.
I didn’t think it would be you, I never expected.
Didn’t want to, I suppose.
God knows it would have been easier if you were someone else, someone I expected.
I was pretending it was someone else, I was just getting the hang of it too.
Somehow I knew deep inside it was you.
Maybe I didn’t want to admit it, or didn’t want it to be you.
But you knew, didn’t you? That’s why you’re here.
Telling me you missed me.
I might as well admit, I missed you.
My dear loneliness, I missed you too.

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