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Facebook suicide?

Change is Facebook’s middle name. They do something different, everyone moans, then they get used to it and can’t remember what it was like before, agreed? If they didn’t do this then they probably would be the big social boss that they are today. You need to adapt to stay strong, keep up with the competition and come up with new USPs.

The site recently underwent a few big changes, predominently to their news feeds. So now the problem is Edgerank and Facebook marketing for companies. If their fans don’t see their news and updates then what’s the point? The way to make sure they do see the updates is by encouraging them to interact with them, like, comment and share, therefore increasing their edgerank. But some fans simply just like to see what is being said, for example ‘today’s soup of the day is leek and potato’. If they don’t interact with this, then future updates could cease to appear.

Facebook get their income from advertising, but if companies aren’t seeing a return from their efforts within Facebook then will they give in all together? (more…)

Felt + Buttons = Christmas

I love making my own crafty things, it is so rewarding. I like sewing and with Christmas only 2 months away (i know, it comes as a shock every year) it did seem a bit excessive to put up my Christmas tree so soon, so I decided to satisfy my Christmas craving by making my own decorations.

Off I went to Hobbycraft and after spending a good half hour there I decided on dark brown (xmas pud), light brown (gingerbread man), green (xmas tree) and white (snowball). After some poor attempts at free style cutting of a Christmas tree out of the green felt, I found my gingerbread man cookie cutter and with great success had my shapes:

Felt gingerbread man

I also bought this ‘tub-o-buttons’ from Hobbycraft. It wasn’t expensive and contains loads of random buttons that are ideal for the finishing touches for my decorations.

Buttons

For this gingerbread man I chose two matching red buttons and sewed them onto his tummy. I then attempted to stitch a smile an eyes using black thread, not ideal but as he is only 2 inches tall this seemed my only option. Thicker thread would have been better. After cutting a short length of thin red ribbon to hang him up by, I stitched the 2 gingerbread men shapes together round the edges with thick red thread and stuffed him with cotton wool as i went, and hey presto, my first decoration!

Festive gingerbread man

After the gingerbread man success there was no stopping me that evening. I then made a xmas pudding and a snowball (i think) with buttons (festive colours at least).

Festive felt decorations

I persevered and made a tree and a snowman. However, the snowman does look like a bird (i forgot his smile) and his eyes may be a touch on the large side! But I’ve learnt what I can do better foe next time.

Felt Christmas Tree

Felt snowman

I hope you all like my decorations and I’ll probably have made five more by the time you read this.

Freedom of tweet

Is it wrong that 91% of employers use social media to screen job applicants? (mediabistro.com)

This age old discussion; is what is on our social media really ours, and do we have the right to feel an invasion of privacy if a prospective employer decides not to employ us due to that drunken photo on Facebook, or that controversial tweet? (more…)