Twitter is dead!
No, not really. But the amount of time Bangladeshis spend on Facebook, and nothing else but Facebook, suggests otherwise. While we’re all complaining about Digital Bangladesh, we’re forgetting to embrace the true potential of everything digital. We’re quick to hop on a CNG to Gulshan in the hopes of trying out a new restaurant, but we’re forgetting to drop in on our neighbor who cooked polao for eight next door. It’s completely ironic how we get tired of everything that’s a couple of days old, yet we haven’t left Facebook.
Don’t get me wrong. Facebook is a great site. But do you really like sitting in a traffic jam? There are so many businesses and personalities fighting for space on the site nowadays, it’s hard to get your head around everything that shows up on your newsfeed. If you’re suffering from ADHD, blame it on Facebook. Just kidding!
On a more serious note, being a user on platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Youtube not only helps to break out from the monotony of dull blue colors, but each site has features unique to itself that can be really useful.
You know those hashtags you’ve been using in Facebook that aren’t at all useful? Well, they are now. Here is a website known for hashtags and keywords. Plus, given the word limit on “tweets”, your feeds become easier to go through which yields to better filtering of information. If you’re looking for quick updates of news sites, magazines, communities, and personalities, this is the place to find it all.
Why would anyone go through the hassle of opening up a Google+ account? Well, hate to break it to you, but you probably already have one. When you open a Gmail account you’re already entitled to your own Google+ and YouTube accounts, which is fantastic, because you probably have a phone that runs on android. You see, all your Google apps can be synced to your Google account, allowing you to check mail on the go, keep track of your browsing, chat smoother, and maintain your circles better. What are circles you ask? You won’t know until you join. Plus, Facebook wasn’t very original when they launched timeline, because a lot of what you see were ideas that Google+ had implemented before.
Great site. While Bangladeshis are actually using this site, they are not utilizing it to its full extent. Funny thing is, the site is built for professional networking, but every now and then you come across profiles with no work experience and only academic backgrounds filled up. Plus, a lot of the professional accounts are very idle. But there’s so much to do here. If you’re a business, you can publish blog posts, expert articles, show off your work, network with potential clients, promote yourself and your website, and so much more. Students have a reason for joining, too. Most of the best professionals in the trade aren’t products of Ivy League education. Wouldn’t it be great to know where your corporate hero actually went to school so that you can follow in his/her footsteps? Well now you can.
So here’s a platform a lot of us actually use and it’s not surprise that it’s owned by Facebook. But just like its name, it’s a very fast-paced platform. Instagram is an app that lets you upload photos in the square format instantly from your mobile phone and share it with the world. Hashtags also come in handy here. However, I think some of us go a bit overboard with the hashtagging; using irrelevant hashtags for photos. However, this is a great site to delve deeper into the communities you like. Be it your favorite brand, your favorite type of photography, or the friends you want to follow, you can find everyone here in image form. I think we can give some credit to Instagram for making better photographers out of everyone who doesn’t own a DSLR.
Okay, so we do use this site a lot. Though we may have been a bit late in catching onto the whole YouYuber trend (all thanks to Digital Bangladesh’s super-duper fast bandwidth provisions and that epic ban by government), a lot of people are finding ways to promote themselves online. We’re watching less TV now, because many of what are shown on television are readily available on YouTube after they’ve been aired. What you may also find useful is that YouTube has great curated contents and an algorithm that suggests videos for you according to your previous searches.