Why your company needs to be on Facebook

Have you written off Facebook as just another social networking site for youngsters? Here are some reasons why you might want to rethink things and jump aboard!

1. It will not cost you anything to join Facebook and it takes about 15 minutes only.

2. There are more than 500million active users and counting. A good number of your clients and prospective customers are already on Facebook so why not ensure that your company information is right there where they can see it?

3. There is already a conversation going on about your company or at least your industry. Using Facebook allows you to be aware of that conversation and be part of it.

4. Facebook allows you to receive feedback and constructive criticism from your clients. You also get a chance to present your point of view and interact with clients or prospective clients.

5. 50% of Facebook’s active users log on to Facebook in any given day and the average user has 130 friends. If you have a Facebook page, any updates you post show up on your ‘fans’ walls. If friends of your fans ‘like’ your update, it shows up on their walls as well. Your update has a good chance of going viral.

6. Facebook allows you to create brand awareness on a low budget. This will depend on how often you interact on Facebook.

7. Facebook allows you to create events for your business, which you can easily invite fans to.

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While Facebook may not be ideal for every business or initiative out there, its reach is so wide that it is definitely worth considering. Is your business taking advantage of Facebook? If not, why not?

This list is by no means exhaustive, what other advantages have you found while using facebook for your business?

How to maximise battery life of the Huawei IDEOS U8150-D

Many people, including me, have bought the Huawei IDEOS U8150-D smart phone.

Battery life has proved to be a huge concern for me, and I found out that this is actually the case with most android phones.

The most basic solution, I guess, is to turn the phone off when you do not need it. But that will not work for me. I like to have my phone on even when I’m asleep, or in a meeting.

I have considered getting a second battery for my phone, but before I do that, I want to try out the ideas I got from this you tube video from MyIdeos.com .

This video shows you how to do the following:

Press the on/off button
When not using your phone, press the on/off button at the top of the phone. This will lock the screen. The phone consumes battery life when the screen is unlocked and so locking it when not in use will buy you some more battery time.

Set the screen timeout to the smallest value
Setting the screen time out to the smallest value will allow your phone to enter sleep mode quicker but this also means that your phone may keep shifting to sleep mode while you are using it.

Set the screen brightness to a lower degree
You can control the brightness of your screen. The brighter the screen, the more battery it requires.

Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Leaving your bluetooth on to accept data at all time eats up a lot of battery. Similarly, keeping WiFi turned on at all times in hopes that an open hotspot will appear is a sure way to drain your battery life.

Disable background data synchronization
This means that the phone will only check your email, facebook and twitter when you direct it to and not all the time

Disable data service
This means that you will not be able to browse on your phone and your mail will not come through in real time. You can still check your mail manually by connecting just long enough to check your inbox. Don’t worry, you can make and receive calls even when your data service is disabled.

Disable GPS
Disabling GPS will only improve your battery life when you are using apps that use your location like maps, navigation and so on. You will know when location is on when you see the little satellite dish with green lines on your screen.

Use only 2G networks
Using 3G requires more battery life to get the quicker speeds. It can be irritating to go slower, but if you need more battery, you will have to turn off 3G and just use EDGE. Your battery will last longer.

Try these tips out and let me know if you notice any difference in your battery life.