Facebook video calling

Facebook video calling in Messenger is as easy as clicking on the video icon to call out or  tapping on the green phone icon when the call comes in. It works from an iPhone to an Android phone and can be very convenient because it does run from Messenger on your phone. The quality appears to vary from happiness + to frustration – . In this last couple of weeks I have had  Messenger calls from America to Australia. From New York it worked really well. Both video and sound quality were good. From Anaheim the sound was good but the video was not always smooth and worked best by the room window. From Las Vegas it was poor. The sound was intermittent and the video was lagging all the time. Again it was better by the window but the mesh on the window was probably interfering with wifi signals in the rest of the room. You get the impression it’s more like having to tweak the rabbit ears on a TV set to try to get video and sound. It’s a great option and hopefully Facebook and cities can work out the connectivity issues. Some places would just be on bandwidth overload and then there would be the other issues which affect wifi – walls, floors and competing networks…

So how’s Instagram going?

instagramaccountAnother one of those technology experiences where I am now wondering why I did not do this earlier. Like B-Pay. The whole world was using B-Pay before I got onto it. Instagram has been going since the end of 2010 so 6 years later I am onto it! I am not an earlier adopter of all things technology. The last and only time I have blogged about Instagram I explained I had set my account to private as was recommended by friends and had 6 followers. Since then I have changed the setting to public and have 46 followers and pick up followers every day. Instagram is filling the art, design, graphics gap in my online world. The UX (user experience) accounts I follow are teaching me a lot about design and presentation of graphics. There are Russian women I engage with through textile art and craft and their skills are really impressive and again , I have learned a lot. The language barrier is overcome through image sharing. There is so much colour and creativity on Instagram and so I find it a really good place to go for 5 or 10 minutes when I need a brain boost. By then I am full of creative inspiration and my thoughts have taken off again. Instagram really does bring you back to the moment and valuing the things by which you are surrounded which are fuel for creative endeavour. I have also been pleased to note that the women of Instagram have some very effective and well thought out ways of dealing with what can be considered gross misrepresentation of women in the world of graphics. They are commenting on these images in such a way that the company using the images would have to rethink what on earth they were thinking. Oddly enough, or maybe even paradoxically, even though Instagram is image based there is more being done to set right stereo types and gender profiling on that platform than on any other. Firm but fair stuff. Instagram is also the place where people find their niche. There are car and tram enthusiasts, train lovers, coffee connoisseurs, cat adorers. If you love something and are enthusiastic about it you can share your images and then find those who are like you. I would never have thought Instagram would be so positive. For businesses and organisations you get to see inside the offices and what’s on people’s desks and the views they have. You can see a meeting in progress or how they are processing their thoughts and action plans. It is really great and always gets enthusiastic feedback. And that’s the thing. Any image will immediately get effective feedback which is short , sweet and to the point but, in my experience, never rude or impolite. Suggestions for improvement are always offered in a spirit of well thought out ideas. My first 6 months on Instagram has been a real voyage of discovery. From here on in I can capitalise on that.

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