This week I have spent a significant amount of time setting up new cover images and sorting timelines, apps and other admin sections of customers Facebook business pages.Â Whilst I love the majority of the new options the sheer obstructive nature of Facebook has annoyed me more and more.Â Oh and did I mention bugs in the title?Â Riddled with them!
At one point after trying to upload a profile image 6 times I gave up… went away and made a cup of coffee, came back and there it was as if nothing weird had been happening at all.Â Also with all these new and improved features why oh why does Facebook still not realise that there are people outside the USA using it, and therefore don’t want to put their price in as $’s or have full stops put in their telephone numbers.Â But the most annoying of all, when did Facebook decide that the about us section of a business page will not actually be about us unless we change the category to something innocuous like ‘company’ rather than the reality which is many of our customers are hotels.Â Just sheer frustration all week.
However, I do like to end on a positive note – the ability to change the images on the apps is a welcome addition, as is the ability to pin and highlight posts but why do I get the impression Facebook are giving with one hand and taking away with the other?
Anyone else feel a rant coming on that they would like to share?
My ‘love’ of Facebook is well noted and I regularly use on a business level but use daily on a personal level – keeping in touch with friends and family that I don’t see regularly is by far the highest point and in all honesty you can keep your games I am just not interested.
However, it seems recently that there have been so many glitches with Facebook that it is starting to drive me slightly mad!Â Having watched The Social Network over the weekend for the second time (we even went to the pictures to see this one) there was one scene in the film where the founder of Facebook was making the point that it must and will never go offline.Â He’s quite right, I cant remember the site ever being offline, but he neglected to say ‘but it might go wrong now and again’.
I have found one helpful hint to stop Facebook messing with your head is to insert the word beta into the url i.e. http://www.beta.facebook.com as this seems to make the majority of issues resolve themselves, however, just recently I am struggling on a daily basis with making apps work with my pages.Â This is not an issue I have with my personal profile it is just business pages, and due to the nature of our work, I am admin on an ever growing list of pages and when I find something new, useful and just damn good obviously I want to add this new service to all pages applicable.Â So why does Facebook make it so difficult?!Â Â I am kind of thinking it is because Facebook was never meant to be for business use and so has not upgraded this side of their business as well as the personal side of it.
As ever, interested to hear other people’s experiences – answers on a Facebook post please
Growing up in the 70s / 80s and the constant words on my school reports were ‘bad spelling, poor concentration’…. luckily the introduction of spell checker solved one issue, the poor concentration I would like to think has improved with age!
So, what is my moan about today?Â Well it’s about the lack of care people/businesses take to spelling these days.Â I received a request today asking if we would be interested in linking to a blog – I am all for link building where appropriate but to be honest the subject of this blog probably wouldn’t have been appropriate for our website, however, the thing that put me off was that there were 6, yes I said 6, spelling mistakes within the first paragraph of the most recent blog post! (since writing this post I have contacted Skippy the blog writer and he has very graciously allowed me to link to his blog – I am sure the mistakes will be corrected by now though!)
I am aware that we all shorten words on Twitter, Facebook and other similar forms of quick communication – to see texts from my 60+ dad that don’t include any vowels is a joy in itself – but surely if you are creating web copy or blog posts then you have the freedom to revert back to normality and structure sentences properly and use correct spelling.Â Or am I alone in this thinking?
Now before you trawl through our web copy or previous blog posts to find a glaring error, I am not for a minute saying we are perfect in any way, but I do use spell check and I do proof read things and I would suggest that the likelihood of finding 6 spelling mistakes within 2 sentences is minimal but I am, as ever, curious to hear people’s opinions on this because I would hate to think I have become old fashioned in my views!
Comments in the Queen’s English gladly received…… that’s i before e except after c, just in case you were wondering!