The Problem With Facebook

The Video That Explains It Perfectly

The Problem With Facebook

Show of hands, anybody frustrated by Facebook? Me too.

It seems that I keep seeing the same posts by the same people, who happen to be the ones I interact with the most. Same goes for pages - the ones that I click “like” or comment on are the ones that pop up in the newsfeed most frequently.

Even though I am a big user of Facebook lists, even they seem to be failing me right now.

And anyone who is the admin of a Facebook page for a brand knows that getting your message out to your fans can be a difficult talk to accomplish. In essence it seems simple — build a page, get fans, share news, engage — easy enough, right?


There’s a problem with Facebook and lucky for us, this video by Derek Muller from Veritasium explains it perfectly.

When you see and hear it explained it like that, it’s quite eye-opening. There definitely IS a problem with Facebook and as Facebook grows, the problem is growing. Facebook has taken control of what it’s users see in order to make money from them.


I feel like Facebook has us all by the short and curlies, holding us as users and page admins hostage unless we pay up. There is nothing good about that at all. YouTube doesn’t do that and neither does Twitter. Will it change? No idea. I hope it does because as it is right now, it’s more frustrating than fun.

Are you frustrated by Facebook? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Getting Your Kids To Disconnect From Tech

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Getting Your Kids To Disconnect From Tech

Technology is such a large part of our lives, sometimes we don’t even realize just HOW far reaching it is. For kids today, they have access and are exposed to streams of technology that we ourselves never could have imagined as kids.

When I was little, high tech communication was the telephone, that was about it. Walkie-talkies were for SERIOUS tech geeks with lots of money.

The average child today has dozens of tech devices at their disposal. Phones, tablets, laptops, handheld video games, large gaming systems… the list is endless and guess what — it’s growing!

As a parent, particularly as a parent with a love of technology, it’s hard sometimes to get our kids to disconnect from technology, but the upshot is that we have to. Tech can be a vortex that sucks up time and energy. As much as I love and live for technology every day, even I admit that it can all be too much sometimes and recognize how important it is for kids to “unplug.”

Here’s a rule of thumb, Don’t be complacent. I know it’s easy sometimes —- when kids are wrapped up in playing a video game for 30 minutes, well that’s 30 minutes of peace and quiet, right? Right. And that’s all well and good, except for when it stretches out into 1, 2, even 3 hours.

That’s way too much.

Chances are when you tell your kids that it’s time for a break, you’ll be met with the traditional cries of “There’s NOTHING to do!”

So prepare for that to happen, and arm yourself with these ideas:

I’ve heard a few truly sad stories where parents have tried in vain to get their kids to put away their tech devices, only to be met with blank stares. Ultimately the parents give up and admit defeat, bowing down that technology has the upper hand.

I’m not kidding when I tell you that I really find that heartbreaking. Don’t be that family.

Our children are kids for just a fleeting moment of time. Hours turn into weeks, turn into years in a heartbeat and we can’t get that time back.

It’s okay to disconnect from technology. It’s a lifestyle, not life support.

We can do this.

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Dad-To-Be Wants The Internet To Name His Baby

Vote For Your Fave At NameMyDaughter.com

Dad-To-Be Wants The Internet To Name His Baby

Reddit user digitalgecko recently posted a thread about his website, NameMyDaughter.coma site he started to basically crowd source baby names.

On his website, he explains:

“Hi, My name is Stephen and much to the disbelief of my wife, I have decided to let the internet name* my daughter. Yeah that is an asterisk, Unfortunately internet I know better than to trust you. We will ultimately be making the final decision, Alas my daughter shall not be named WackyTaco692. Sorry guys the wife wouldn't go for a free for all. Inappropriate submissions may be removed -- Yeah looking at you Graeme. You know what you did.”

People can vote on a list of name submissions for first and middle names, or submit their own.

At time of writing, the leading choice for the baby’s name was Cthulhu All-Spark, with a combined total of almost 160,000 votes.

Okay then . . . 

I guess it’s a good thing he put that little *disclaimer on the website.

Personally, my favourite combination of names was Doctor InTheFlesh McLaughlin. I can’t say that without laughing.

McLaughlin’s baby daughter is due on April 2ndlet’s hope he chooses a name for his little girl that will have just a tad more meaning and thought behind it than Alaska FromTheBlock.

How did you decide your baby’s name? Would you ever consider doing something like this to crowd-source a name?