Facebook Turns Ten

Facebook Turns Ten

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This week one of the most popular social networks in the world celebrated its 10th birthday. Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard college roommates founded facebook over a decade ago, and it’ s now a publicly traded company. In only its first decade, the website has become the most widely used social network, ever.

In 2013 facebook bought the very popular photo app – Instagram, which is wildly popular among smart-phone users. Unlike many other social networks, there is very little you can’t do on facebook, from sharing videos with friends and family, to advertising campaigns for your business. There’s a purpose for facebook in every demographic. This month C.E.O Mark Zuckerberg released a statement on the company’s facebook page stating that he is even more excited about the next ten years than the last. He also said, “Today, social networks are mostly about sharing moments. In the next decade, they’ll also help you answer questions and solve complex problems.” In other words, you can expect a major paradigm shift in the upcoming decade. Of course, like any other social network, the company will inevitably face the challenge of aging gracefully while keeping the interest of young users who are always looking for the latest and greatest thing. Even so, facebook has already left its mark on social media history, being the first to escalate so quickly and so successfully. The company is worth a reported $157 billion, which is far more than any other major American company that’s been around for a decade. Because of facebook’s success, Mr. Zuckerberg ranks as the 22nd richest man in the world, his net worth now stands at approximately $28 billion. Ironically, Zuckerberg’s salary as an employee of facebook is $1 per year. It’s estimated that he has already earned $3.4 billion since the beginning of this year. Which means 2014 looks to be a very promising year for Mr. Zuckerberg and facebook.

by Mike Watkins

Will the REAL photographers please step forward.

Will the REAL photographers please step forward.

There’s no question that the photography industry has changed dramatically since the invention of DSLR cameras. Most of these cameras capture decent images, and are available for less than $1000. But after being hired to shoot a birthday party a few weeks ago, and seeing the equipment and level of experience of the other “photographer” that was hired, I had to write this blog. Consumers need to understand the difference between a professional who invests time, effort, and commitment to constant improvement, and a guy with a camera trying to pass for a photographer. I approached the lady taking pictures at the birthday party to make small talk and exchange business cards; she did not have a business card, nor did she have a website. This should be an immediate indication to anyone looking to hire a photographer, that the person they’re considering is not serious about what they do. Photos chronicle the history of your life, so the hiring of a photographer should not be taken lightly. Here are three quick tips to help you choose a photographer for your business or event:

  1. Review their portfolio – All professional photographers have an online portfolio like this, or published work that’s easily accessible.
  2. Ask about their equipment – My instrument of choice is the Canon 5D MarkII. The equipment used on a shoot can be the difference between average looking pictures, and spectacular images.
  3. Talk to them about their experience – Engaging your photographer on facebook or twitter not only reveals their level of expertise, but also tells you a little bit about his or her personality. 

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