Razan Khatib's commentary on life on/off the web

Archive for June, 2007

Top 8 useful things on facebook 2

and the obsession continues…these are my top useful things you can do on facebook: (order doesn’t signify importance!)

1. Get to know about local events in your regional network, since i started using facebook i got to know about a lot of things happening in amman, actually got to know that amman is happening hehe.

2. Import notes from your blog, this one is useful if you want to get more audience into your NEW blog, for long-time bloggers i think this one is not only not-useful but dangerous as it will turn the traffic away from your blog since people will comment through facebook and not directly from your blog.

3. Get back in touch with people you have lost contact with in the past.

4. Use of facebook messaging is much easier than sending a friend an email. This i had to fight with for sometime before i was convinced it was useful.

 5. Posting and sharing of links, this by far is the most useful one, as it cuts down on farwards especially large ones and keeps your email free of “friendly junk”!

6. Photo sharing is fun,  taging people in photo’s you upload is fun as well as getting tagged in theirs.

 7. Mini-feed, only if filtered correctly to include only the news feeds you are interested in knowing about, too much of it is overwhelming and unseful if you plan to log every other day.

8.  Marketplace, this one is great, especially in arab coutnries where e-business is not yet out there (you cannot yet order food online in Amman!) and where craigslist is not popular compared to facebook.

Facebook aps, wow or cow? 0

With all the buzz facebook has created with launching its platform, i found it to be a wow at first, its so cool and seems very easy to write your own facebook app.  Almost every cool web app there is, is on the list, del.icio.us, twitter, flixter…etc and some cool ones developed by individuals as well.

I just got the silliest one so far, “1 hungry request” from a friend! what is this about? it says “now you are never hungry by your self, declare your hunger with friends” or something of that sort. now come on, that is too useless and silly but sure, facebook is about entertainment through socialization and silliness is a big part of it.

Now the question is, why would you want to develop a facebook app for your existing web application? when in reality you need to bulk up the number of page views on your site; how does having your app on facebook even start to help? my view when i asked this same question to my self…why would we want to develop one for questler? and the answers i could come up with were basically:

  • free advertising  for your hot new beta.
  • let people do one or two things only and get them curious enough to go and check your full list of services/features–>page views!

My thoughts are that facebook should and probably will charge companies for adding their own web apps very soon.
Your views?

A web of countless thoughts, possibilities and what-ifs 0

I don’t know if you ever watched the film Sliding Doors, the story told is a typical human drama but the creativity comes in displaying two sets of it that took course from one point and one mindless incident; whether the character took or didn’t take the train at a certain moment of her life.

This has become my obsession for a while now, kind of a crazy attempt to visualize the future of my life depending on one mindless or rather serious decision to the other.

For someone who’ve been told they think a lot more than they should, it has become a sort of game for me now. Sometimes more dangerous than others, but still I seem to be enjoying it. Marking the decisions that can’t be undone, the ones that can be. Deciding to go out with friends on a random night, then meeting someone special or actually not getting to go to a trip which was a sure thing, and the little or big things that happen as a consequence. The last month was full of such incidents, but one was totally off the records, split second gap between actualizing two different realities, the crazier even is facing the same issue with a different set of people. You try a decision on one and an opposite to the other and you live through the different paths. Amazing results. scared?

Through this web of countless thoughts, possibilities and what-ifs; its hard to track and put down on a paper but imagine you could? that would be the idea behind my next web startup maybe!

Disclaimer: kids, don’t try this at home could be very very dangerous!

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