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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

'Lowcost Cosplay' Is Your Hilarious Guide to Costume Inspiration

The wigs, capes and makeup required for killer cosplay can hit the wallet hard. Well, unless you're the guys behind the budget-friendly project Lowcost Cosplay.
The project documents one man's creative and absurd attempts at costumes made from pillows, sheets and other everyday items

Lowcost Cosplay is the brainchild of three friends from Thailand. Anucha Sangchat models the costumes while Satjapong Thongchiasri and Purint Huangsamut moderate the project's Facebook page.
Thongchiasri told Mashable that he and Sangchat are longtime friends who came up with the idea for Lowcost Cosplay about a year ago. They agreed that expensive, perfectly-constructed cosplay costumes lack imagination, and instead set out to create funny and original costumes from reusable materials.
Since posting their first costume on Facebook about 10 months ago on Sangchat's personal account, the project has gained thousands of followers. Lowcost Cosplay's page currently stands at nearly 91,000 likes and growing.
But for these guys, the project is still about having fun with cosplay without going broke in the process. Thongchiasri says Lowcost Cosplay abides by the following code: "Cheap, but inspired."

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Thursday, 12 December 2013

With Instagram Direct, Facebook's Pursuit of Snapchat Is Over

I was mostly wrong about Instagram's plans and also mostly right. I know, that oxymoronic statement makes little sense unless you consider that Instagram Direct, unveiled on Thursday in New York, is the very first big step into a full-scale encroachment on Snapchat's territory. It also means Facebook, to borrow a Taylor Swift lyric, will never, ever, ever bid on Snapchat again.
A couple of days ago, I predicted Instagram would unveil some sort of direct image messaging system and I almost called it Instagram Direct: "The ability to make chat-based or direct Instagrams temporary." Instagram Direct is, as I guessed, a way of sharing images "between only a group of Instagram friends or with just one other user."
However, most of the other features I predicted are not a part of this new direct communication tool. You cannot mark up photos and videos with avatars, meme text or a digital magic marker. Nor do the images disappear. Instagram's skeletal contact system remains mostly unchanged.
Some might say that Facebook just proved how you can save $3 billion dollars. More than once over the last 12 months, the company reportedly sought to acquire Snapchat, but was spurned, with Founder and CEO Evan Spiegel later telling the BBC, "We're enjoying being an independent company." Since then, Facebook has increasingly dealt with charges that its teen user base is dwindling. The company denies this, but its efforts to gobble up Snapchat may say otherwise.
The decision to move forward with its own image-centric direct message platform (on the back of its most popular image-sharing social network) means that Facebook won't return to the Snapchat acquisition well a third time. If investors are paying attention, Facebook's stock should, right now, be on the rise. (At the market's close Facebook stock was, at $58.84, up a little over 2%).

So Wrong I Was Right

I got a lot wrong and yet I know that with Instagram Direct, Instagram has just opened a huge door. A private messaging platform, which is more or less what this is, means it's much more receptive to feature enhancements that users can choose to utilize in a mostly hidden setting. In other words, changes Instagram makes to Instagram Direct don't have to appear network wide. Most users can ignore them, if they like.
And for the most part, Instagram Founder and CEO Kevin Systrom, who unveiled the feature in NYC, did not rule out many of these changes.
The groups, which can comprise of up to 15 people, will eventually support names, which means you can then easily select which group you want to share with. Currently the system intuits sets of people you follow on Instagram and people you often Instagram Direct with and presents them at the top of the list of people you can share with directly.
Mark-up is not part of the toolset right now, but Systrom did not rule it out when I asked him about it.
Snapchat-style image evaporation, on the other hand, may not be in the offing. When asked about "ephemeral" photos, Systrom replied, "Instagram is focused on capturing and sharing the world's moments and what we're best at is archiving those moments and sharing with your friends."

Instagram Direct in the Future

These, though, are early days. Once Instagram execs see how people are using Instagram Direct, Systrom may change his tune, or perhaps Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook bought Instagram in 2011) will make him change it. Systrom told us that Zuckerberg was very excited about Instagram Direct and served as an early beta tester.
As it stands, Instagram direct has almost zero connection to Facebook. Systrom explained that you cannot currently use Instagram Direct to privately share an image with a Facebook friend. Even so, Zuckerberg must see all the opportunity in this new platform. If he wants Systrom to add Snapchat-like features to Instagram Direct, like disappearing images and markup, they will get added.
To be fair, Zuckerberg is probably not the only one who will be calling for these features. Instragram users will be privately sharing some pretty racy stuff on Instagram Direct. It's only natural that they'll want the ability to expire some of those images.

What Might Have Been

Founder and CEO Even Spiegel is probably kicking himself right now. Sure, Instagram Direct poses no immediate threat, but Spiegel knows Zuckerberg considers the Snapchat user base and feature set valuable. When some of those signature Snapchat features do start appearing in Instagram Direct, Spiegel will know the courtship is officially kaput.
The decision to build or buy is one that weighs heavily on most businesses and especially tech entrepreneurs. If you build it, you have total control, but you've also spent countless resources and possibly had to bring in or develop skills your company didn't even have. Buying is easy, as long as the technology or platform is a good fit.
With public social image-sharing, Facebook chose to buy Instagram. That went so well, it was reportedly ready to buy again. But as soon as Snapchat, allegedly, rebuffed Facebook, the company got to building.
Instagram Direct is no Snapchat and it may never eclipse the functionality or popularity of it, but one thing is certain, Facebook's days of coveting Snapchat are over.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Thursday, 12 December 2013

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Snapchat Scoops Up Facebook, Instagram Exec as COO


Snapchat added Emily White, the director of business operations at Instagram, as the company's new COO on Tuesday, according to AllThingsD.
The now-former Facebook exec had been director of mobile partnerships at Facebook beginning in 2011, according to her LinkedIn profile. She was assigned to work with Instagram and its co-founder Kevin Systrom in April, and was involved in bringing advertisements to Instagram just last month.
"It happened really quickly, but to have an actual COO role in one of many companies that is disrupting the communications arena is one I could not pass up," White, who will work directly with Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel as the company's No. 2, told AllThingsD. “I have always been captivated by the creativity that has gone into the product… and I think that Evan has been looking for someone who can help him grow and scale what is already something that has changed a lot of the way people think about the mobile experience.”
When contacted by Mashable, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed that White is leaving the company and joining Snapchat. Snapchat did not immediately respond to Mashable's request for comment.
The new hire comes just a few weeks after Snapchat reportedly turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook, and seems to reinforce that the Los Angeles-based startup is committed to moving forward as an independent company.
Snapchat hasn't raised a round of funding since June, but reports surfaced in October that the startup is seeking another round that would value the company as high as $3.5 billion.
Like other social media success stories before it (Twitter, Instagram), Snapchat appears to be in no rush to monetize its photo-sharing app. Although White's experience in bringing ads to Instagram could help Snapchat generate revenue at some point.
Spiegel claims that users send 400 million snaps per day — either photos or videos — and it's possible to imagine that brands and retailers could one day send ads to users in a similar form using Snapchat's system.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Friday, 29 November 2013

Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life

Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life
You may know Mark Twain for some of his very popular books, but what you may not know is how much of a bad ass he was at living life. Here are a few tips for living an awesome life from Mark Twain.

“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”
“Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
“When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.”
You may know Mark Twain for some of his very popular books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He was a writer and also a humorist, satirist and lecturer.
Twain is known for his many – and often funny – quotes. Here are a few of my favourite tips from him.
1. Approve of yourself.
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
If you don’t approve of yourself, of your behaviour and actions then you’ll probably walk around most of the day with a sort of uncomfortable feeling. If you, on the other hand, approve of yourself then you tend to become relaxed and gain inner freedom to do more of what you really want.
This can, in a related way, be a big obstacle in personal growth. You may have all the right tools to grow in some way but you feel an inner resistance. You can’t get there.
What you may be bumping into there are success barriers. You are putting up barriers in your own mind of what you may or may not deserve. Or barriers that tell you what you are capable of. They might tell you that you aren’t really that kind of person that could this thing that you’re attempting.
Or if you make some headway in the direction you want to go you may start to sabotage for yourself. To keep yourself in a place that is familiar for you.
So you need give yourself approval and allow yourself to be who you want to be. Not look for the approval from others. But from yourself. To dissolve that inner barrier or let go of that self-sabotaging tendency. This is no easy task and it can take time.
2. Your limitations may just be in your mind.
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
So many limitations are mostly in our minds. We may for instance think that people will disapprove because we are too tall, too old or balding. But these things mostly matter when you think they matter. Because you become self-conscious and worried about what people may think.
And people pick up on that and may react in negative ways. Or you may interpret anything they do as a negative reaction because you are so fearful of a bad reaction and so focused inward on yourself.
If you, on the other hand, don’t mind then people tend to not mind that much either. And if you don’t mind then you won’t let that part of yourself become a self-imposed roadblock in your life.
It is, for instance, seldom too late to do what you want to do.
3. Lighten up and have some fun.
“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”
“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”
Humor and laughter are amazing tools. They can turn any serious situation into something to laugh about. They can lighten the mood just about anywhere.
And a lighter mood is often a better space to work in because now your body and mind isn’t filled to the brim with negative emotions. When you are more light-hearted and relaxed then the solution to a situation is often easier to both come up with and implement. Have a look at Lighten Up! for more on this topic.
4. Let go of anger.
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
Anger is most of the time pretty pointless. It can cause situations to get out of hand. And from a selfish perspective it often more hurtful for the one being angry then the person s/he’s angry at.
So even if you feel angry at someone for days recognize that you are mostly just hurting yourself. The other person may not even be aware that you are angry at him or her. So either talking to the person and resolving the conflict or letting go of anger as quickly as possible are pretty good tips to make your life more pleasurable.
5. Release yourself from entitlement.
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
When you are young your mom and dad may give a lot of things. As you grow older you may have a sort of entitlement. You may feel like the world should just give you what you want or that it owes you something.
This belief can cause a lot of anger and frustration in your life. Because the world may not give you what expect it to. On the other hand, this can be liberating too. You realize that it is up to you to shape your own life and for you to work towards what you want. You are not a kid anymore, waiting for your parents or the world to give you something.
You are in the driver’s seat now. And you can go pretty much wherever you want.
6. If you’re taking a different path, prepare for reactions.
“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”
I think this has quite a bit of relevance to self-improvement.
If you start to change or do something different than you usually do then people may react in different ways. Some may be happy for you. Some may be indifferent. Some may be puzzled or react in negative and discouraging ways.
Much of these reactions are probably not so much about you but about the person who said it and his/her life. How they feel about themselves is coming through in the words they use and judgements they make.
And that’s OK. I think it’s pretty likely that they won’t react as negatively as you may imagine. Or they will probably at least go back to focusing on their own challenges pretty soon.
So what other people may say and think and letting that hold you back is probably just fantasy and barrier you build in your mind.
You may find that when you finally cross that inner threshold you created then people around you may not shun you or go chasing after you with pitchforks. :) They might just go: “OK”.
7. Keep your focus steadily on what you want.
“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”
What you focus your mind on greatly determines how things play out. You can focus on your problems and dwell in suffering and a victim mentality. Or you can focus on the positive in situation, what you can learn from that situation or just focus your mind on something entirely else.
It may be “normal” to dwell on problems and swim around in a sea of negativity. But that is a choice. And a thought habit. You may reflexively start to dwell on problems instead of refocusing your mind on something more useful. But you can also start to build a habit of learning to gain more and more control of where you put your focus.
8. Don’t focus so much on making yourself feel good.
“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
This may be a bit of a counter-intuitive tip. But as I wrote yesterday, one of the best ways to feel good about yourself is to make someone else feel good or to help them in some way.
This is a great way to look at things to create an upward spiral of positivity and exchange of value between people. You help someone and both of you feel good. The person you helped feels inclined to give you a hand later on since people tend to want to reciprocate. And so the both of you are feeling good and helping each other.
Those positive feelings are contagious to other people and so you may end up making them feel good too. And the help you received from your friend may inspire you to go and help another friend. And so the upward spiral grows and continues.
9. Do what you want to do.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Awesome quote. And I really don’t have much to add to that one. Well, maybe to write it down and keep it as a daily reminder – on your fridge or bathroom door – of what you can actually do with your life.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Friday, 29 November 2013

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Users Log in With Facebook Instead of Creating New Accounts Online

Online consumers seem to agree: The more a site or app knows about a user, the better that user's experience will be.
That mantra has driven the need for personal accounts and logins at nearly every turn, and social sites such as Facebook and Google+ are competing to be your login of choice. Whether you're signing in to play Words with Friends, or managing your Fantasy Football roster on ESPN, you almost always need a username and password.
New data released Tuesday from Gigya, a social-login provider for large enterprises such as Verizon, Pepsi and ABC, found that people are using their Facebook identity more often than those of other social networks to log in to third-party apps and websites. Data collected over Q3 from the company's more than 700 clients found that those who have social logins use Facebook 51% of time, followed by Google+ (26%) and Yahoo (18%). Twitter was a distant fourth at only 4%.
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The biggest benefit for being the social login of choice is staying power, said Gigya CEO Patrick Salyer. "It's a way for [social networks] to create very long-term relevancy with users," he explained. "Whatever you're using as your authentication login, that is going to be a service you continue to maintain and use possibly years and years from now."
More and more users are choosing to log in with social accounts they already have because it's more convenient than creating a new username and password for each stop you make on the web, Salyer said.
This login share for Facebook is important to the company's long-term plans, particularly around mobile. Facebook's share of mobile logins is at 66%, Gigya found, and the social network seems to be the login of choice in many areas outside the United States and Europe. In South America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific, Facebook's login share was higher than 70%, compared to only 47% in the U.S.
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The future of Facebook's mobile strategy depends heavily on emerging markets, and as Internet access becomes more widespread, an increasing number of users will need logins to complete their online activities. Its presence in markets outside the U.S. will likely help with this.
Facebook has been openly pushing to make social login easier for users. The company fully implemented two-step login permissions in August, aiming to encourage more users to sign in with their Facebook identity by better explaining the data and information to which third-party apps and websites have access.
As of August, Facebook had more than 850 million login events per month.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Monday, 28 October 2013

14 Facebook Tools You Didn't Know Existed

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    1. Activity Log

    You've probably seen that button on your cover photo labeled "Activity Log," but unless you're a Facebook power user you probably haven't explored this tool. It shows you every activity you do on Facebook, whether it's liking a photo, posting a status, or updating your information. You can even filter by type of activity to make it more targeted.
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    2. Ad Create Tool

    Facebook gives you a host of tools to make sure your business's ads are well made and prominently placed, starting with the Ad Create tool. You select a goal for promoting your business or page (like more page likes, increased app engagement, etc.) and the Ad Create tool automatically selects the right combination of ads to help you reach it.
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    3. App Center

    You've been playing Candy Crush for months, but do you use Open Table's Facebook app to book a reservation? Or use the Spotify app to share your playlists with friends? If you want to browse new games and apps, the App Center is the place to go. Access it at the bottom of the left hand menu.
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    4. Browse

    The Browse tool will filter out a randomly selected type of content through Facebook's Graph Search, whether it's videos that you've liked or people in your networks you haven't friended yet. For those using Facebook to kill time (and aren't we all using Facebook to kill time?), it's an excellent method of procrastination.
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    5. Conversion Tracking

    Setting up Conversion Tracking helps you track the effectiveness of your ads based on the specific action you want them to complete, like buying a product.
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    6. Custom Audiences

    If you already have curated lists of audiences that you are using, you can upload them to your brand's Facebook account to make sharing a piece of cake. Don't worry, when you upload your lists, your information is encrypted so that no one can access it, even Facebook.
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    7. Export Your Calendar

    If your socialite status is spread out across multiple calendars, you can export your Facebook calendar information to keep with you when you're not online. Wouldn't want to miss a party, now would we?
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    8. Facebook Desktop Chat

    Don't want to flip back to the Facebook tab every time you get a new message? You can use one of these instant messaging softwares to chat from your desktop.
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    9. Page Manager App

    If you're managing a brand's page and need to post on the go, the Facebook Manager App is available on the App Store and Google Play for easy access to your account even away from your desk.
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    10. Power Editor

    If you're optimizing and managing many different ads at once, your brand should be using the Power Editor. You can easily make minor variations to the same ad to test what works the best with your audience. This is also where you can create custom audiences for sharing ads.
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    11. Interests

    Facebook is full of great content that you don't need to miss. Treat the social site like a Feedly alternative and get content from various groups tailored to your own interests.
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    12. Chat Keyboard Shortcuts

    Want to navigate around chat more quickly? Then try keyboard shortcuts.
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    13. Page Insights

    Page Insights is essentially Facebook's version of Google Analytics. Track your page's traffic to better understand how audiences are engaging with your page.
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    14. View As

    If you want to be certain that your Aunt Mary didn't see those pictures of you from last weekend's bar crawl, use the View As tool to see your profile as she sees it. There. Crisis Averted.
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You know all about Facebook's basic tools. You can post statuses and share articles with the best of 'em. But how often do you check your Activity Log? What is the Browse tool for?
You're not off the hook either, Brand Pages. You may know that Facebook Exchange targets ads based on user's online activity, but did you know you can create Custom Audiences to share content with?
For these and other Facebook tools you probably aren't using, check out the gallery. Hone those Facebook skills to get the most of out of world's most popular social site.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Monday, 28 October 2013

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