A Letter to Facebook

Over the weekend, Facebook locked me out of my Sister account due to their naming policy. Here is my response:

Dear Jesse, or whoever, at Facebook:

I am a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence. If you haven’t heard of them, look them up. It’s a volunteer non-profit organization that primarily serves the LGBT community.

Obviously, Ann Wenita Morelove is not the name I go by in other areas of my life. However, it will be a name I, and others, will miss on Facebook if it is not reinstated.

Years ago, I tried using a page instead of a profile. This did not suit my needs.  Sister Roma of San Francisco argued all of this, and more, with employees at Facebook, and I thought Facebook had altered it’s naming policy as a result. Apparently I was mistaken.

I would like to have my profile reinstated. But if not, I spend too much time on Facebook as it is, on both my accounts. Working without Facebook will be a pain, but life will go on.

If you can reinstate Ann Wenita Morelove on Facebook, awesome! But if not, it was fun (and sometimes useful) while it lasted.

Be love,
Ann

Ann Wenita Morelove
The Valentine Nun
MusicCitySisters.org

CC: My Personal Facebook Account

YouTube Music

YouTube Music

YouTube’s new music tab is just what I’ve been waiting for. It’s like Spotify or Pandora but with music videos. The link will take you to a YouTube generated playlist of fifty-plus videos called “My Mix,” based on my browsing history, favorites, and likes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdeFB7I0YH4&list=RDMMxdeFB7I0YH4

It’s Time to Write

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For a number of months, I’ve kept icanhasgrace alive almost exclusively with tumblr pictures and commute cam videos. This is my accountability post marking a renewed commitment to write.

As with everything on this blog, the main requirement is that I create content with my phone. Pictured above is a compact bluetooth keyboard and my trusty Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The photo was taken with my Samsung Gear watch (first generation), and edited on the phone using the Pixlr app.

My future posts won’t be as geeked out as this one. I have thoughts. Deep thoughts. I’m going to start using this blog as therapy. (Sorry, family.)

Stay tuned! And thank you for subscribing and reading.

The Galaxy Note 3

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New phone for me. Yes, it’s huge. But I don’t have a tablet or an iPad and I don’t plan to get one. This is the perfect alternative. I’m lovin it.

It took a while to get setup. Especially, syncing up the Eye Fi card in my camera. Finally got it figured out I think the results look great.

Sam is getting my galaxy s4. It’s an early graduation present. Yep, his senior recital is today and he graduate in the spring. Amazing!

Pictures for Pages on Facebook

Facebook IconHere’s something to think about: Look at the thumbnail version of your page on Facebook. Is it something that friends or page fans will recognize? We love updating images of our stuff! But many of the images we see on Facebook don’t work well, especially in the thumbnail versions. And thumbnails are what it’s all about on Facebook. People come to your actual page only once to sign up or to like the page. After that, they the look for you on their newsfeed. They see your full page picture one time. They see the thumbnail version every time they go to Facebook and you have posted something that shows up in their feed.

Remember, it’s all about the thumbnail view.

People want to recognize you quickly in their newsfeeds. Often, images become so small in the thumbnail view that they’re unrecognizable. Or sometimes there just isn’t a clear spot to choose from for that thumbnail version. Also, changing the image on Facebook is great for people, but not so much for products. When people look at their newsfeeds on Facebook, they are scanning. New pictures don’t always facilitate that.
For an example of a good picture of a page, take a look at National Geographic’s profile picture and wall: http://www.facebook.com/natgeo?v=wall. Especially look at the thumbnail version on the wall.

Once you create a good thumbnail version of for your page, keep it for a good long time. Changing the image frequently on Facebook might be good for people, but it isn’t good of products.
For the true geeks among us: Facebook recommends that profile/page pictures be 200 pixels wide. For the all-important thumbnail, you can drag the image around to different parts of your picture, but you cannot expand the thumbnail selections. It’s best to allow a 12 pixel border around the most important information you want to communicate so it will appear in the thumbnail. Again, look above at what National Geographic did.