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Why in the world would you hide your twitter feed?

Quite frankly, I am a bit put off by Twitter users who ‘hide’ or keep their settings to a select few because for privacy purposes. I find it incredibly dubious, even downright seedy.

Twitter is by no means a chat platform. It is a very powerful social media tool that allows you to converse relevant issues, encourage ideas from others outside your network and could even result in follows from some very important influencers who share the same ideas as you.

Hashtags allow for searchable conversations on the same topic, allowing you to index and refer to in the future. Lists allow you to arrange your feed according to topics, interests or even which part of your life these contacts are a part of. In many cases, these tools allow you to be found for career and other opportunities, depending on what ideas or thoughts you put out there.

Save your chats to platforms that are specifically for that purpose. And for those who decide to still keep their twitter accounts hidden from the rest of the world - think about all that lost opportunity, that job you may be missing out on.

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The wait is over! Thanks to one of my friends from NYU, I am now a proud Google+ member. Upon receipt of my invite, I hurriedly connected through my mobile phone. Since the excitement made me want to see the entire interface on an actual screen, I quickly turned my laptop on and went through the setup process.

Connect with picasa? Check.
Use my Google profile photo? Check.

I went through the functions, features and ‘tabs’. But I’ve got no friends on Google+ yet so I couldn’t see its full functionality.

Thus, the next step: invite my friends (Google thinks I have 500 potential invitees). Now if you ask me, Google’s strategy of limiting access to by invitation only, I think it’s quite smart, very strategic way to build demand. While initial demand will be coming from those who aspire for exclusivity (think iPhones and iPads on limited release), demand will eventually grow.

In the meantime, let’s connect on Google+ and explore it together. Let me know if you need an invite.

With all this said, by no means am I leaving Facebook. I love Facebook. I am on Google+ for the pure novelty and reviewing purposes of it only.

Ps. As I went back to my Gmail, I notice a red notification on the upper right hand corner of my window. I’ve made contact!

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Facebook + Skype

I am a big fan of Facebook and I could most probably same thing for chat. However, I wasn’t too excited about Facebook’s new Skype (video calling and group chat) functionality when rumors about it being Zuckerberg’s announcement came out last week.

You see, I am rarely on Facebook while I’m on my laptop. Approximately eighty percent of my Facebook time is spent while I’m on my phone or my iPad. Given that, these platforms aren’t so much chat-friendly, at least in my case. In addition, I don’t go out of my way to connect to Facebook chat because it just it’s so bothersome with all the spam chat messages going around.

My regular chat platforms are whatsapp? and google chat and Skype - with a very limited and well picked contact list. I have taken out my SMS plan on my Verizon bill for this reason. I should pick up some research on what the rest of the world uses but that should go in another blog post.

Now when asked if the new facebook feature has done anything for me, it’s a no. But that is just me. I havent heard or seen any reviews on this feature for those who actually chat on facebook. I will be following up this entry when the reviews, comments come out.

In the meantime, what do you use to chat with your peers?

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