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Facebook Tequila and the Sprite! Women!!

The color of the bra, where they like their purse and now what! Cocktails and tequila shots!!!! Facebook is getting flooded with a lot of messages now and if have not noticed it, you will notice it very soon. Some message like “Tequila and Gin” or only Gin or Rum or something like that. Don’t get the wrong vibe as the friend is not drunk or want to get boozed :)

So this is all in favor of a noble cause, i.e. raising voice agains breast cancer. They are just tell you their relationship status this time. Though it got spread amonst girls only (strictly) but thanks to my sweet friends that I just have to emotionally blackmail them a little and I get whole info :D Love you my dear !!!!

The following is the message getting spread over the facebook inbox:

We are playing a game. Someone proposed that we GIRLS do something special on Facebook to help with Breast Cancer Awareness. Its easy, and Id like you to join us to help it spread. Last year it was about writing the color of the bra that your were wearing in your FB status and it left men wondering for days why the girls had random colors as their status. This year it has to do with your relationship status. You will put where you are, by posting one of the codes below. Remember – don’t reply to this message just type your 1 word response in your status box on your profile. Then cut and paste this whole message into a new message and send it along to your female friends….
Tequila: I’m single
Rum: I’m a touch and go woman
Champagne: Engaged
Red Bull: In a relationship
Beer: I’m married
Vodka: I’m the “other one”
Sprite: Cant find the right one
Liquor: Wish i was single
Gin: wants to get married.
Whisky: seeing someone
The bra game reached TV, lets get this one to do the same, and show everyone how powerful women are. . . . .

So do not make fun of them or get wrong thoughts in your mind. The girl’s wall just have information about their relationship status :)

In end I just want to salute all the girls out there on facebook who support the voice against Breast Cancer and believe that such interesting pieces will increase the awareness for sure. Keep up the good work and remain “Tequila” till I get you ;) :)

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Facebook New page Interface!

Finally facebook has made the long awaited changes in the pages. The following changes are made in the new interface.

  1. The best and first thing. Now you will receive the notification of the updates on your page. If anyone posts on your page wall or makes a comment on photo or status or note, a notification will be sent to you.
  2. Now as it is shown on profile, the five images will be shown on your page. You can disable any of the photograph by rolling the mouse over and click on the cross button.
  3. Another great feature is that you can use the facebook by the name of the page. You can go to different pages and interact with them by the name of the page.
  4. Now you can link your twitter account to the facebook page that means if you have a company page and have a twitter account where you put updates for the followers, then they can also be posted on your facebook page automatically.
  5. Now you have two simple filters for the page wall. One is everyone and other is by the name of your page.
  6. Now you can like pages while using facebook by your page name and can comment on them by the name of your page. That means the page will act as an individual on facebook and will attract more likes.
  7. If you are using facebook by your page’s name and click on the home link, the feeds from the pages you like will come. This will keep you updated about the specific pages which you like in relation with the page and can follow them easily. This will not only make it easy for you to handle the page but also will help you in attracting more likes for your page.
  8. You can switch back to main personal profile very easily or can change the page to check the likes and notifications there.
  9. Every page has notification bar of its own where the notifications will come as you see them on your profile.

This is just an overview of the new features of facebook page. I will study about them deeply in coming days and will post step by step procedure on how to manage them more effectively so that you can use them to the maximum potential.

Hope you will see huge difference in the performance of your page from now on.

P.S. Thanks a lot facebook for the notifications on page :)

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Discount Party Suppliers

Yelling for a party in front of a friend is something which is very easy and the outcome in maximum cases is always in favor of those who are attending the party not in the favor of the one who is giving it. The main reason behind such a pull back is the work that has to be done to give a party. Starting from making the list of the people whom you want to invite to menu, party decorations, theme, possibility of the theme, selecting the music, venue etc.

In such circumstances, sometimes even the charm and enjoyment that is involved in the party vanished. Those who have arranged the party remain in stress from the beginning to end. Slowly but quickly, the scenario is changing a bit now. Professionals are now entering the market who handle almost everything once you have prepared the list.

What exactly they do?

Professionals like Discount Party Suppliers, came to know about them while I was searching for good suppliers who can provide supplies for the party at discount price, supplies themed based party products. Vary from party products like ladybug party supplies for girl parties to high end wedding products, they have huge collection of supplies. Theme based party products like Disco theme are also available but from girl’s overview, bee party supplies can be really good choice.

Not only supplies, but there are many event and party organizers who handle other party related work too like catering etc and can be found very easily over the Internet.

Some tips to make party successful:

  1. Make sure to select the affordable and exclusive theme for the party.
  2. The list of the guests should be made on priority basis, keeping in mind that some guests may bring someone with them if you have not mentioned private* on the card.
  3. Make sure the menu is selected properly. If you are keeping non veg food in the menu, selections for vegetarians should also be good.
  4. Try to meet and spend time with every guest. Give small amount of time to everyone so that no one feels neglected.
  5. If the party is for your son/daughter, make sure they get full attention and do not feel neglected.

Sometimes small things make huge difference. So its time to sit back and relax and leave the arrangements on professionals. Have a great party :)

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Love Life Does Not Depend On Sun-signs!

What should I say? Dude! Give me a break please! Enough of this sun-signs and trying to figure out which sunsign is most compatible for you. It has simply no use at all when it comes to relationships. I have been solving issues between people from last three years and 80% of the couples I met said the same thing in one or the other way “We guess our sun signs are not compatible. Can you check that too?”

I just wanted to know what the hell that sun sign has to do with what you feel about your partner or what you are going to do in your love life? No offence but I have seen ‘compatible’ couples getting separated. No matter you check it from love calculator, online horoscopes, books or whatever. In end its only you and him/her which matters.

I know its not easy to be in a relationship for a long time with or without commitment as its human nature to look around again after a short period of time. It does not have anything to do with your DOB at all. Now, if sun sign does not have to do anything with it, then there should be a reason behind the success or break up. To understand the ways to good relationship, I think the following points will give you a hint:

  1. In a successful relationship, the partners do not hide things from each other. No matter if its a heart breaker, it is shared because if it comes into light via outside source then it will create bitterness.
  2. The partners play pranks and make life full of fun and spice. All time “I love you”, “I miss you”, crying for no reason or being over sweet, gives the live monotony and end up in a breakup. Have fun, go out, fight on stupid things, pillow fight, pranks, do stupid but hilarious things. This will keep the relationship alive.
  3. It is very important to make your partner a bit jealous sometimes. This attracts the attention but has to be done in very controlled way.
  4. Go out for dinner, drive, walk or whatever you want to do. Try to make full use of free time.
  5. Send smileys, one line emails and even send postcards, hand written letters or flowers once in a while.
  6. Do not make fun of partner on front of others. In private you can say or do anything but when others are around, always be on the side of your partner.
  7. Do not forget the dates. Sometimes they are important. Write them somewhere if you forget them easily.
  8. Click photos, keep them safe. Make a scrapbook :)

These are some points which can keep your relationship live. Remember everyday is a valentine day. Celebrate every moment :)

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Importance of Facebook Pages

This is a feature which almost everyone out there knows about and still either neglects or do not use properly. First let me explain what are facebook pages. Facebook page is just a feature provided by facebook for the users who want to make their business profiles on facebook. The facebook page can be of different categories and the information to be provided on the page will depend on the category you choose. There are two types of pages, one is community pages which can be about anything even a phrase or even a song and other are official pages which has to be formed by official representative of the company/firm/individual/band etc.

Facebook page, once made comes with a non share friendly URL which can be changed to a facebook username after getting 25 likes. The information about how to do it can be found on the previous post I posted.

Why facebook pages are important and more useful?

  1. Facebook pages are just like profiles and their updates get published on the wall of those who like the page.
  2. Facebook pages have the option to create event under them and it makes it easy to handle and invite all the members of the page.
  3. Facebook page have the option of discussion board so the purpose of making the group also gets solved here.
  4. There is no end time for the page and no limit of likes on the page till you are the official representative of the page.
  5. You can also add favorite pages which can be of your friend or the other pages you manage.
  6. There is no limit on how many pages you make.
  7. You can promote them with an ad on facebook.
  8. If you manage them properly they can give you leads and visitors for your website.
  9. You can update your page with Facebook SMS and Facebook Mail updates.
  10. You can add Like box on your website for the page.

So just give them a try and see what difference can you make in your business.

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New Paypal update for Indians

Paypal is one of the leading online money processing service which I guess 90% of online sellers and buyers from India are using. Few months back, after some guidelines sent by RBI to paypal, a lot of changes took place in our paypal account like PAN card number was required, personal payments was blocked etc. Now from coming 31st March 2011, paypal is again changing the rules and regulations as per asked by Reserve Bank of India a.k.a RBI. I recieved the following mail:

As part of our commitment to provide a high level of customer service, we would like to give you a 30-day advance notice on changes to our user agreement for India.

With effect from 1 March 2011, you are required to comply with the requirements set out in the notification of the Reserve Bank of India governing the processing and settlement of export-related receipts facilitated by online payment gateways (“RBI Guidelines”).

In order to comply with the RBI Guidelines, our user agreement in India will be amended for the following services as follows:

  1. Any balance in and all future payments into your PayPal account may not be used to buy goods or services and must be transferred to your bank account in India within 7 days from the receipt of confirmation from the buyer in respect of the goods or services; and
  2. Export-related payments for goods and services into your PayPal account may not exceed US$500 per transaction.

We seek your understanding as we continue to employ our best efforts to comply with the RBI Guidelines in a timely manner.

We regret any inconvenience caused to you and hope the advance notice will enable you to plan your future use of our services accordingly.


The PayPal Team

Now after this mail, there was a link which moves the reader to FAQ related to this:

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why will PayPal not allow me to receive more than US$500?
Starting 1 March, 2011, PayPal customers in India will not be allowed to receive payments for any export-related goods or services for an amount exceeding US$500 per transaction. This change is to ensure that we continue to comply with the RBI Guidelines.
Q: Why will PayPal not allow me to keep money in my PayPal balance?
Starting 1 March, 2011, PayPal customers in India will not be able to keep money in their PayPal account balance. Instead, all money received into a PayPal account must be transferred to a customer’s India bank account within 7 days from the receipt of confirmation from the buyer in respect of the good or services. This change is to ensure that we continue to comply with the RBI Guidelines.
Q: Will my customers be able to complete their checkout with their PayPal account balance?
We’re glad that you offer PayPal to your customers. Unfortunately, we will not allow customers in India to send money from their PayPal account balance starting 1 March, 2011. This means that your customers will need to link a credit card to their account in before sending you money with PayPal. This change is to ensure that we continue to comply with the RBI Guidelines.
Q: The customers on my website are not able to complete purchase or pay via PayPal. Why?
Starting 1 March, 2011, PayPal customers in India will not be allowed to receive payments for any export-related goods or services for an amount exceeding US$500 per transaction. If you are listing products greater than US$500 per transaction then you may need to seek alternative methods of payment. This change is to ensure that we continue to comply with the RBI Guidelines.
Q: What is meant by receipt of confirmation from the buyer in respect of goods and services?
As an exporter of products or services abroad, you need to ensure that your buyer has received the product or services as per specifications set out on your website. As an exporter of goods, you may withdraw the balance to your bank account in India upon reasonable consideration of shipping time and other clearances such as excise and customs for the destination country. As an exporter of services, you may withdraw the balance to your bank account in India upon receipt of payment from your buyer into your PayPal account.

So from now on, I can receive money from US buyers but it should be less than USD 500 and it has to be withdrawn to an Indian bank with in 7 days. Another thing is that if we have money in paypal we can not transfer to another paypal ID. Overall the doors of recieving money are being closed and strictly watched by RBI. I know and understand the concern of RBI regarding black money and money used by anti social elements  but doing all this will make us to look for another payment options.

Anyway, I am not going to stop using paypal atleast for recieving money but for sending money to others, I think I need to look for a better alternate method as Credit Card will charge me a lot when I send money from INR to USD. RBI can see that the work is hard for them but does not notice the loss they are putting on us.

Suppose I receive USD 25 in seven days then I have to withdraw them and give INR 50 to paypal as paypal asks for fees for less than INR 7000/-. I won’t be able to send my paypal balance to my domain panel which I always used to do.

I hope paypal and RBI will find some way out for this otherwise there will be a lot of chaos in Indian web market.

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Importance of a logo

A logo is just not any other image or graphic you use with other stuff in your website or on your business card but it is the identity of your work. Logo is basically a graphical representation which contains text or graphics or both. There are also so many websites and softwares which provide an option to create your own logo. These sites or softwares are better known as logo maker. They are not only quite easy to use but also provide the user the ability to work on their own choice of colors and graphics. Though some people prefer to get the logo done from an expert who may charge between USD 20 to USD 200 or even more for the logo depending on what kind of work they need.

Logo is important and can not be avoided as a corporate identity. No matter you make it on your own or get it done from some designer, the main thing you should keep in your mind is that you have to make sure that the logo should reflect your work, name and identity. The color combination should be selected on the basis of the niche of the work you do. For e.g. it is recommended to use bright color logo when you are working in the field where the main target is children. Keeping some simple points in mind can help a lot in making your identity strong on the basis of the logo.

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