Face-Down for Facebook

Let me paint you a picture.

Ten years ago, in the prestigious university named Harvard, a young college student created “Thefacebook”. I’m sure everyone today refers to this website as Facebook. The young man was so devoted to this project that he dropped out of Harvard to complete it, even stating,

“…You know, someone needs to build a service like this for the world. But I just never thought that we’d be the ones to help do it. And I think a lot of what if comes down to is we just cared more.”

Although it was originally created for college students to connect amongst each other, the website quickly spread to the mainstream public. With the advent of the smartphone, tablets, and phablets, Zuckerburg’s technology has become important, even essential, to society.¬†Facebook has always been a great way to network, and the once-startup has now become a global icon and expanding organization. But what new innovations does Mark have up his jacket sleeve?

Last year, Facebook released Home, a custom mobile software for Android phones. The intent was for avid Facebook users to more easily integrate the software into their smartphones. After downloading and installing Home, sending videos or photos would be much faster and users could message friends right from their home screen, instead of going on the app.

Seems like a great idea, right?

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A Facebook phone? Not counting on that one. Even Zuckerberg himself stated,

“I definitely think Home is slower in rolling out than I would have hoped.”

The company even disbanded its original group of engineers who created Home. Those who downloaded the software rated it mediocre at best. To top it all off, the app on the Google Play marketplace hasn’t been updated since January. Face palm.

Whatever this blunder means for us in society, we can all hope that Zuckerburg steps up his game, because if he doesn’t, it’s face-down, thumbs down.

 

EU Faction?

European Union consists of 28 member states, formed in postwar Europe to ensure security and unity throughout Europe.

Recently, France’s National Front leader Le Pen has set out a campaign to organize Europe’s disparate nationalist movements in an attempt to disintegrate the European Union (EU). The European Union was formed after World War II based in Brussels to provide security and unity throughout Europe (EU member states no need to pass through custom posts between one another and have the Euro as its currency), to prevent any future WW2-esque atrocities from starting again. And it has worked for several decades, now consisting of 28 states. But now that European nationalist movements are rising, and with Le Pen’s aligning with other right-wing nationalist and even some neo-Nazi groups (Greece’s Golden Dawn, Britain’s right-wing groups…), could the EU be near its demise? Is an United States of Europe impossible in Europe? What would happen if EU disintegrates and Europe falls back into pre-WW2/WW1 conditions, with growing nationalist sentiments?