With more than 500 million active users and over 250 million users logging in on a daily basis through a variety of platforms including mobile devices, I think it is safe to say Facebook is now much more than just a website. If it were a country, Facebook would be the 3rd most populous in the world. It holds its own ground as the single most successful online social media platform in history and without delay it is moving closer into our everyday lives and beyond the web. Moreover, this “social network” isn’t just for college kids anymore. Companies throughout the world have embraced the power of Facebook and many companies live and die by their Facebook campaigns.
If I had to pick one single episode of The Twilight Zone as an absolute favorite, it would be Time Enough at Last. This is the story of Henry Bemis, who loves books but is prevented from reading them due to the demands of his job and the protests of his wife and boss. However, when civilization comes to an end due to a nuclear explosion, Henry finds that he has survived and at last he has all the time in the world for his passion of reading. He finds a library full of books and as for the rest of the plot, I won’t spoil it for you. Let’s just say the ending is the best part.
You’ve probably heard the term before, but what exactly is “Ockham’s Razor” and how can it help someone in a sales job? Well, back in the day, a English Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher named William of Ockham was attributed with saying something like “entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity.” Of course, there is much more to it than this, but for the sake of our context, we will leave it at that.
The point of social networking is to create a more efficient means of communication for all of us. Ironically however, since there are now so many different social platforms all vying for our attention, each filled with endless amounts of data, we are approaching a point of social overload.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “People only see what they are prepared to see.” Unfortunately, this is the problem for far too many of us and most of the time we don’t even know it. We can easily become blinded by a lack of vision, just as swiftly as we can become blinded by the the opposite end of the spectrum, which manifests itself in something we call greed. Therefore, the correct path is neither one in which we are blind and unmotivated, nor is it one where we want everything we see, but it lies between these two extremes.
By now, you’ve probably heard about Words with Friends. Launched in July 2009, this word-based game is almost identical to Scrabble in the way it is played. The only difference is that instead of huddling around a board game on a table, we are able to challenge friends, family, co-workers and random opponents through a device running either iOS (iPhone and iPad) or Android. This allows for the games to be played at your own pace, and you can compete simultaneously with up to 20 different people!