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Why Facebook Messenger is NOT evil

The most annoying thing in our very digitally based world is when people complain about social media ON social media. I mean COME ON! What a double standard, right?

The things I am seeing most often right now are all about Facebook Messenger.

Let me explain, from a developer stand point, why y’all need to back up.

fb-messenger-360Facebook Messenger has added recording elements to their new Messenger and they have “forced” everyone to download the new application.

Here is something you probably won’t think about unless you are a developer or someone who needs specially made devices due to a disability.  Therefore Facebook provides built-in features and technologies that help people with disabilities get the most out of Facebook.

Speech-to-text via audio recording on devices is for more than just people who want to hear themselves, it’s for people who require that tool because they are visually impaired. This is about being accessible to all audiences, or at least as many as possible. Not have an accessible program, software, or device opens you up to accessibility laws. Yes, it can become a legal issue in the long run. Facebook has to think about a diverse population of users.

Web standards are constantly being updated. You’ve heard of Web 2.0 well there’s all kind of variations in standards for the web. This is moving into mobile apps and mobile devices because they are so prevalent around the world.

Did you know there are even site specific standards? For instance, I use Flickr, Flickr is a Yahoo image storage application. There are standards placed on Flickr for how often the site “flickers” when viewing photos and albums. “Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.” I’m not making this up, it’s a real rule they need to be compliant with as they continue making their site functional, understandable and accessible.

If you are concerned about your privacy then learn about the settings available to you. If you don’t like them then don’t use the FREE application they are offering to you.  You can turn off syncing. You can restrict who is allowed to message you. You can hide yourself so that you don’t appear online. But most people don’t do these things, they leave all the defaults enabled. Like location tracking. If you don’t want people to know where you are, TURN OFF YOUR LOCATION TRACKING. Otherwise complete strangers can find out your life story and daily routine by scrolling through your Instagram…but that is a whole separate issue.

Just like you can turn on or turn off closed captioning on your TV shows. You can turn on and turn off features in Facebook Messenger. OR and this is a shocker, don’t use it. There are many message platforms out there you can use outside of Facebook. You can just use the Messenger from your computer, too. Or open Facebook in your mobile browser instead of as an application. If you want to use the FREE Facebook Messenger application than read the Terms of Service, understand why they are doing what they are doing and STOP COMPLAINING.

And now I’ll be quiet.


Earth to Echo and National Teacher’s Day #EarthToEcho

EchoOn behalf of Relativity Media, we are pleased to announce the celebration of National Teacher’s Day in partnership with the July release of EARTH TO ECHO by giving schools the opportunity to win $100,000. We encourage people to participate by voting in the fan favorite poster contest, which begins on May 5th.  To vote and for the chance to win for your school log onto www.echopostercontest.com. Each voter will be able to credit their vote to their school and the school that has the most votes will win the $100,000 prize.
For more information, please find an official press release attached.  Also, be sure to spread the word to friends and family and don’t forget to use your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages to get the word out about the contest! The winner will be announced on June 2nd.
Feel free to share this exciting collaboration between National Teacher’s Day and EARTH TO ECHO with your readers.
Show your school spirit, celebrate your teachers and prepare for an epic sci-fi adventure with your friends and family when EARTH TO ECHO opens in theaters nationwide on July 2nd, 2014!
Release: July 2, 2014
Director: Dave Green
Screenplay by: Henry Gayden
Based on a story by: Henry Gayden & Andrew Panay
Cast: Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Reese Hartwig and Ella Linnea Wahlestedt
Producers: Andrew Panay, Ryan Kavanaugh
Executive Producers: Tucker Tooley, Ron Burkle, Jason Colbeck, Mark B. Johnson
Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and wanted by the government. This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever.

Addicted to Facebook Chat Stickers

stickersIt’s time I confess something to all of you. It’s pretty weird.

I am obsessed with Facebook stickers.

frozenSeriously, I really like them. Whomever is busy crafting these cute, sometimes gross (like the vomit face my husband just sent me), always very clever…well I applaud you because I think they are fantastic. I wish I could send them in posts and  not just in the private messages because I would. I would so do that all the time and people would be like “Where are you getting all those cool images?” And I would say, “Oh they are Facebook stickers and they are adorbs!”

The new Lego Mini Figures are animated and very fun. They have a new set of Disney Frozen stickers, too. Love them!

So there you have it, Facebook Sticker Lover right here.

Don’t judge!

Any chocolate loves out there? #giveaway

So there are a good many of you out there who are probably trying to be really good right now at the start of the New Year. You’re probably sitting at your desk eating an orange (like I am right now) or pinning new exercise routines on your boards. I apologize in advance for the delicious giveway I am about to present because I know it will throw a monkey wrench into your plans. BUT the key here is not to self indulge right? We can have a wee bit of chocolate every now and then; no harm no foul.

Welcome to the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Guylian


Hosted by: Gloriously Green Gal & Savory Savings

Co-hosted by: Monica’s Rants, Raves & Reviews, Dividing by Zero, and Got Giveaways?


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner – have you found your sweetie the perfect sweet?  Or maybe you want to treat yourself for the day full of hearts and naked cherubs.  Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings had the chance to review Belgian Chocolates from Guylian and thinks you should share them with your Valentine every day of the year!

And now you will have your chance with this giveaway!  One lucky, US resident, aged 18 and older winner will receive the following (or very similar) package from Guylian Belgian Chocolates:

  • One – 22 piece marbled chocolate seashell truffles
  • One – 22 piece extra dark chocolate seashell truffles
  • Two – 6 piece chocolate seashells truffles
  • Four – 2 piece marbled chocolate seahorse truffles
  • One – No Sugar Added Milk Chocolate Bar
  • One – No Sugar Added 54% Dark Chocolate Bar

If you cannot wait to win, feel free to pop over to the Guylian Belgian Chocolates online store and pick yourself up some amazing Belgian chocolates by using coupon code Chocolate10 to save 10%!

The giveaway will run from January 8, 2013 through January 22, 2014 at 11 PM CST.  Entries will be verified.  Winner will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Good luck!


Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


Moogfest is looking for your multimedia guru design extraordinaire

You know you only clicked on this to find out what the heck a Moogfest is, right?

moogOver the last 50 years Moog Music has created technology that has given artists the ability to create and express themselves in new and limitless ways. Moogfest honors this spirit of innovation, embodied ion their founder Bob Moog through a five-day festival that highlights the intersection of art, music, performance and technology.

As part of the festivities, Moogfest and The Media Arts Project (MAP) are issuing an invitation to artists, musicians, designers, architects, engineers, innovators, scientists, and students to submit proposals for juried selection to contribute to Moogfest 2014. Between 5 and 10 submissions will be selected to be installed within the festival boundaries.
Design teams are asked to propose a freestanding, rapidly deployable temporary pavilion, structure or installation that embodies the interdisciplinary philosophy and innovation that Moog exemplifies. Designs should enhance the experience of the user by engaging multimedia and multi-sensory experiences of sound, structure, materiality, light and form. The objective is for each entry to emphasize the intersection of art and technology.
Participation is open to any individual or team who will be 18 years of age by the time registration closes on December 29th, 2013. Submissions will be accepted in digital format only. More information on proposal requirements, format and parameters, as well as the official application forms can be found at www.moogfest.com/map.
A jury comprised of MAP board members, Ursula Gullow and Brandon Pass, and Moogfest will review each submission.  Criteria to be considered includes:
  • Feasibility and structural integrity for public use
  • Appropriateness to legacy and mission of Moog Music and The Media Arts Project
  • Innovation and interdisciplinary approach to making
  • Rapidly deployable (must be constructed in less than 24 hours)
If selected, participants will install their pieces as a part of Moogfest and will receive an award of $1000. Special consideration will be given to North Carolina residents.
Stay updated on Moogfest through www.moogfest.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogfest.

Social platforms that provide career connectivity

Now see why didn’t this website exist back in the early 2000s when I was wandering aimlessly trying to figure out how to break into the design world or work in higher education with technology? Because it’s not so easy to make contacts when you’re fresh out of college and everyone thinks you don’t know what you are talking about. Having a site you can connect on and share your ideas opens so many new doors of possibilities.

Collegefeed is a new social platform and the brainchild of Silicon Valley veteran, Sanjeev Agrawal. Collegefeed acts like a personal career assistant to help students / new grads find their dream jobs, and earlier this summer secured funding from investors including Accel Partners and Mark Stevens. The platforms takes a new turn from the traditional network, as it is designed solely for new grads and is a way for them to brand themselves professionally for the first time using their college experience. Collegefeed offers tools that go beyond simply viewing a connection’s contacts or a university page, but puts students in front of a company–Facebook, Google, Go Daddy, and many others–that are looking to fill entry level positions.  Additionally, Collegefeed includes a Netflix-like recommendation engine that suggests companies and positions (and now fellow students) based on a person’s degree, interests and other factors.

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Top 10 Places to Find Reliable Concert Reviews

concertLet’s face it; some concert performers simply are way better than others. So we set out to find places that concert goers can visit for legitimate and helpful concert reviews. Fans will agree that it’s so important to do research before attending concerts, especially considering how expensive tickets can get. Checking beforehand which performers are known to amaze compared to the ones who often disappoint is the first step to having a great time at the show. Here’s the list we came up with…

1. Facebook.com

Let’s begin with the most obvious choice. If you want 100% confidence that you’re going to get the most accurate review for today’s top concerts, make a trip to Facebook. While the performer’s websites may offer reviews, it’s hard to feel that they are totally unbiased. On Facebook, you’ll also get personal advice from concert goers and fans everywhere. Make sure to check the comments and likes of the performer’s concert pages.

2. Twitter.com

No matter what event you attend, there are sure to be people talking and tweeting about it on Twitter. Make sure to check trending topics for any reviews or insight from fans that have recently seen concerts. They’re the ones who will give you actual input and feedback about their experiences. Because you can’t delete tweets from trends, you can be sure this is the most unbiased way to get the best concert reviews.

3. Ticketmaster.com

Since opening for business in 1976, Ticketmaster has been one of the largest companies in the world when it comes to tickets. You can access Ticketmaster online anytime. On every individual performer page, you can see a string of news and comments. Here, you can get info on concerts and tours that are updated daily. But I am skeptical about the credibility of these comments and reviews, since Ticketmaster seem that they have had a secret agenda when it comes to selling tickets.

4. HollywoodReporter.com

When it comes to concert reviews, no one knows their stuff like the concert reviews section of the Hollywood Reporter. They are constantly polling and receiving feedback from their fan base and displaying the nation’s collective opinions on the latest concerts and tours today. They touch on most major genres of music including Rock, Hip Hop, Country, R&B, and many others. All concert information is unbiased and up-to-date.

5. StubHub.com

StubHub is one of the kings of online ticket sales. Many concert goers rely on StubHub’s well-organized system of reviews and responses through their large social presence on Facebook and Twitter. But with a campaign like the Ticket Oak, how much credibility can they really have?

6. RedHotSeats.com

Red Hot Seats has carved out a nice niche in excelling in two areas: website layout and customer service. They are constantly bringing you the latest information in regards to specific tour dates and concert tickets while providing lots of user feedback through performer articles and venue information.

7. Online Forums

It’s easy to overlook online forums, so make sure to utilize them also. If you want to attend a particular concert event, find some forums dedicated to the artist that is playing. Not only will you be able to find threads about reviews, but you can also post your own inquiries. Busy forums will provide busy back-and-forth chatter to answer most of your questions. One drawback is that they can be very difficult to find.

8. ConcertTour.org

Concert Tour supplies hundreds of interactive polls and great feedback from the best critics on the web today. Each artist’s performance is analyzed from concert fans everywhere, and all information is totally unbiased since there are no ticket sales or advertisements on this site.

9. Wikipedia

With a massive amount of information available at your fingertips, you have a good reason to at least consider Wikipedia when looking for concert reviews. Looking up an artist is simple, whether you do it through the actual site or just though Google (since Wikipedia will appear #1 in almost every search). Here you can find basic info about the artist’s tours and concert specifications, but you are limited when it comes to personal reviews.

10. Yahoo! Answers

Yahoo! Answers is a great open forum that allows users to ask anything and other users to give their best shots to answer. And out of the list of answers that you receive, you can choose the best for future users asking the same question. Asking “How was the Justin Bieber concert?” will get you plenty of unbiased answers from people everywhere, and hopefully you will get the info you need.