Thing 8: Facebook

Facebook is HUGE back in where I’m from.

No kidding. It’s literally everyone using Facebook. And I have been playing around its features since undergrad. From my experience, Facebook by far is the most convenient and useful tool for either personal use, professional development, or work.

I created and joined groups for various coursework and projects. It was really nice to have work and personal life in the same place so you don’t have to download too many apps. Although at the same time, it could be depressing when you get home, wanting some private time just to scroll through the net and catch up with friends – then the group notifications keep popping up, reminding you of work. Trust me, I have been there and it was no fun.

Facebook’s spinoff Messenger is another convenient communication system when you have less complicated things going on – say, a weekend travel plan with some friends.

However, once the work you do become more and more complicated, Facebook groups are no longer an ideal way to communicate and work with colleagues. The main reason is that it lacks the feature to gather or categorise documents into a folder and the documents could become a pile, which is difficult to go through one by one. Also, the whole group could be overwhelmed by loads of discussion threads and hard to recap things we talked about. Fortunately, it adds the search function to the group later in 2015 or 2016, so that we can search specific things we need at least.

But as I am here now in the UK, I found people don’t fancy using Facebook group; instead, they are more used to WhatsApp as communication tools, whether it’s for work or personal use. Very interesting.

What do you think about Facebook or WhatsApp?

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