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FACEBOOK, TWITTER TO BAN ‘ALL CAPS’ IN POSTS

Zuckerberg (Photo credit: biography.com)
Zuckerberg (Photo credit: biography.com)

SILICON Valley, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – It has happened to many of us on Facebook and Twitter. We unfriended and were unfriended; we unfollowed and were unfollowed. We even lost personal friends for good. ALL BECAUSE OF ALL CAPS.

Depite the efforts of social media sites to promulgate posting and tweeting etiquette, many netizens have insisted on writing in ALL CAPS, often triggering unhealthy debate and personal attacks. It is generally acknowledged that writing in ALL CAPS is the equivalent of shouting or screaming.

Today, social media giants Facebook and Twitter jointly announced that ALL CAPS will be banned from their networks.

“When someone tries to post a message that is written in ALL CAPS, the ‘send’ button will automatically turn grey and will be de-activated,” Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg says. “The only way to re-activate the send button is to change the post or message to lower case, or if necessary, caps and lower case.”

Twitter even considered banning all exclamation points and hash tags, but decided against it at the last moment.

The Adobo Chronicles would like to hear what our readers think of this new Facebook and Twitter policy, by using our comments section. And please, only use lower case letters in your comments.

FACEBOOK PLATINUM DEBUTS IN THE U.S., BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY

imageMENLO PARK, California  (The Adobo Chronicles) – You’ve probably wondered why many of your friends or family have not been liking, or responding to, your Facebook posts. Well, it’s because they’re not seeing it.

By some kind of algorithm, Facebook determines who gets to see your posts, and it’s not a whole lot, unless, of course, you boost your posts by paying some dollars. You can complain all you want, but business is business. Like everyone else, Facebook has to make some money, right?

But there is some good news for netizens in the U.S. This weekend, Facebook will launch Facebook Platinum, which, if you subscribe to it, will increase the number of people that will see your posts. But it is not free.

Platinum subscription will cost you $100 per month, but you can be assured that every single post from you will reach a minimum of 5,000 people, whether or not they’re your FB friends. The Platinum version will only be available in the U.S.  Facebook says it will consider offering this premium service to other countries depending on how well this new initiative is received in America.

So, watch out for your invitation to subscribe to Facebook Platinum.  And once you have it, don’t leave home without it!