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fbDownloader Provides Easy Way To Download Facebook Photo Albums

Downloading entire albums from Facebook can be a bit laborious and time consuming. fbDownloader is a desktop application which allows you to easily download Facebook photos from your albums, tagged images and your friend albums. You can check for albums from your profile or a friend’s profile(s) and download it with a single click. Just login to your Facebook account and select the images/albums to download.

 

 

 

You will require giving fbDownloader app access to your profile in order to grab images from your profile or friend’s albums.

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Once done, you can download your tagged photos, personal albums or friend’s albums by selecting an appropriate option from the left side of the main interface.

Once the albums are displayed, click the Download Album button (present below each album) to being downloading the album. You can select a destination folder from the Change button. By default the albums are saved in the Windows default Pictures folder.

Similarly, you can head over to the Your Friend’s Photos option, select a friends name from the drop down menu and click See Albums to begin viewing and downloading his/her album(s).

fbDownloader is a hassle free application that allows easy downloading of albums from Facebook. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

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How Can Indians Earn Money Online?

How Is It Possible To Earn Money Online?

It’s not rocket science to make money from the internet. All you have to do is become dedicated, have a bit of skill (or learn one if you don’t have a skill set that could be monetized), and then follow some sound advice.

What you do is, you trade your time for money. If someone needs some tasks to be done and you could carry that out, they pay you for doing it. It’s simple economics at work here.

Caution: Beware Of Earn Money Online Traps –

Since online you don’t see the other person or can’t even verify the identity, you are more susceptible to being fooled. I can’t list all companies that I am suspicious about nor is it possible for anyone. What you should be doing is apply due diligence while taking up a job online to earn money. If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

Stay away from promises that offer you a lot of money for very little work. No one in his or her right mind will give you money that easily. If someone is going to pay you, they will see to it that they get the maximum worth for their cash.

Some Popular Methods To Earn Serious Cash Online For Indians –

Idea #1, Content Writing: When you are trying to make money by writing content, you write articles based on a keyword. You will be paid anywhere between 50 cents to two dollars per 100 words you write. The standard for non-native writers is one to two dollars per 100 words.  When you are starting out, you’ll probably have to work for lower rates.

Idea #2, Virtual Assistant: Since the rate of pay is low for Indians compared to US or UK people, many foreigners would like to hire Indians to be their virtual assistants for an hourly or monthly fee. You may be given tasks such as transferring files, uploading images, finding information on the internet, writing articles, creating accounts and so on. Make sure you fully understand the scope of work before you accept the offer.

Idea #3, Consulting: Do you have a skill that could be sold as a consulting service? Maybe you are good with marketing. Other times you can provide stock market advice or financial planning that could fetch you decent amount of money. I do SEO consulting and made most of the money that way.

Idea #4, Web Designing & Development: Are you good at Photoshop? Can you make logos and banners? Can you set up HTML websites and work with PHP Content Management Systems such as WordPress? If so, you have a skill that is in high demand online. You can either charge per hour (Standard rates are ten dollars an hour), or charge per project.

Idea #5, Information Publishing: You set up a blog and continue writing articles. Once you start getting visitors to your website, you could sell advertisements on your website or make money via advertisement platforms like Google’s AdSense.

These ideas are only a guideline and an icing on the cake compared to the opportunities out there. There are other methods too, which can make you a bit of money. However, I recommend staying away from them because either most of them don’t pay or you have to work so hard that working as a waiter for a day in a hotel would be far more profitable than doing such online work.

Preferable Skill Set For Making Money Online

  1. Web designing/development
  2. Ability to write and speak good English
  3. Focused and self-motivated
  4. Willingness to learn, adapt to changing situations and work on deadlines
  5. SEO

Earn Money Online Opportunities That You Should Stay Away From –

  1. Pay per click jobs that offer you small amount of money per click. Some fake sites even offer hundreds of dollars per clicks. But as you guessed right, they are fake and will never pay
  2. Pay to read emails/SMS/complete surveys. Don’t bother with these. They won’t either pay or you will reach payout only by the time you reach heaven
  3. Data entry jobs for Indians. I don’t have experience with such jobs, but people who have done these kind of jobs say that they never pay
  4. Any kind of online job that requires you to pay money to them to get work (Total scam. No legit company will do this no matter how convincing their reasons maybe)
  5. Anything else that makes you wonder whether it’s really true

On Overcoming The Experience Barrier –

You must have heard the saying No work without experience. No experience without work. It’s a catch 22 situation and applies to online jobs as well.

Most of us try to take up freelance work in domains where we have some experience in. Still lot of people can try out completely different niches as well. Say a programmer can take to writing gigs. A writer may take up web designing projects.

The problem arises when the clients asks for references. If you don’t have any work experience, chances of you getting the gig is less. So, how do you ensure that you prove to the employer that it’s worth handing over the project to you?

Here are some ways you can do it:

  1. Do pro bono work. Rack up some testimonials from clients about your work. Even though you might not get paid for the initial one or two projects, the testimonials and reference would greatly help you land future projects.
  2. Create something that you can show to your clients. Do you want a web design project? Create a website and add it to your portfolio. Do you need writing gigs? Publish your articles on article directories like ezinearticles.

On Faking Experience –

Sadly, many people fake experience and skills. This especially happens in the SEO industry. Everyone online seems to be an SEO expert. You’d find people who have never done SEO for themselves providing consulting services.

When I was interviewing for a SEO related position in the startup I currently work, I came across many people who were employed for over a year in various SEO companies in India, and they didn’t even know the basics of SEO; so much for all the SEO companies out there!

My humble advice for anyone who plans for fake experience and knowledge- you may be able to pull it off for a few projects. However, it won’t last! Don’t try to learn things at the expense of your client. They are paying you hoping you are an expert in what you claim to do.

Requirements To Receive Money For Indians From Online Jobs

It’s not just enough that you earn money for jobs. You need to be able to receive them to make use of it. Sadly, Indians have many restrictions when it comes to sending and receiving money.

  1. You will need a bank account where you will receive the money.
  2. Get a PayPal account. Most online job sites and people who contract you prefer to pay via PayPal. It’s free and you need to provide a valid PAN number in order to withdraw money to your bank account.

Make it as easy as possible for the client to pay you. If you are introducing roadblocks, then expect the client to go with a local provider just because it’s easier to use them even though they might be costlier (been there, done that).

FACEBOOK: New iOS app loads faster and looks slicker

Facebook has launched a new version of its iOS app this week, which it promises will load faster, look better and provide users with a more reliable mobile experience.

The new version of the app, Facebook 5.0, is twice as fast as the older iteration when it comes to everything from scrolling through your news feed to opening photos.

Zuckerberg took to his page yesterday to show off the new app and wrote:

“We just released a new Facebook app for iPhone and iPad and it’s a lot faster. Our team completely rewrote it from the ground up to focus on speed. It’s a big step forward.”

A Facebook rep spoke to the All Facebook blog and said:

“We’ve rebuilt the app from the ground up, so now the app opens much faster, and your news feed and notifications load right when you open Facebook.

“As you scroll down your news feed, all of your friends’ stories appear faster than ever. A banner lets you know when new stories come in, and you can tap once to immediately see the latest updates.

“Tap on any photo and it opens right away. Pull down to close it with a single swipe.”

If you don’t already have the app (we secretly envy your life), then you can download it via iTunes for free. However, we imagine most of you will just need to check your updates to make sure you have the newest, fastest and shiniest version.

6 Effective Ways to Get More Instagram Followers

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1. Upload Only the Best Photos (And Not All at Once)

It almost goes without saying, but the first step to Instagram stardom is simple: take beautiful pictures. The images that get the strongest response on the service tend to be especially attractive, interesting and well-composed photographs. While it may be tempting at first to snap a photo of every meal or every time your cat finds its way into an empty box, redundant photos of the more mundane, day-to-day stuff won’t grab much attention.

Nick Bilton, the lead writer at the New York Times Bits blog, has an especially active account, with over 39,000 followers.

“When I first started using Instagram I tried to use it as a sort of photo diary: updating pictures of drinks, my dog, or a fun evening out,” Bilton told us. “I soon realized that Instagram is better served as a place to surface artistic, beautiful photos. Maybe it’s the filters, or the community, but people tend to really enjoy and respond to beauty on the service.”

When posting photos to Instagram, it’s best to be selective, Bilton added. Rather than publish every photo you take, publish only the best ones, and do so with moderation. If you publish all of your best photos in one burst, some of your followers may miss them, and those that don’t might get annoyed that you’re flooding their stream.

Publishing photos selectively will also make it more enticing for others to follow you. If they see your name pop up somewhere on Instagram and click through to your profile, they’re going to see your most recent photos. You’ll be better off if the last few images are high-quality shots, rather than shaky concert photos you published in rapid-fire succession.

2. Pay Attention to What Works

To get a better idea of what type of content works well on Instagram, you’ve got a few tools at your disposal. First, make a habit of regularly checking out the “Popular” tab in the app to see what kinds of photos make it there. You’ll notice a few patterns: there are almost always a few skylines, an adorable pet or two, some HDR shots and at least one attractive female.

Aside perhaps from the self-taken glamour shots, most of the photos on the “Popular” page share one of a handful of qualities: bright colors, unique angles or interesting use of contrast. Even subtle humor can pay off, be it Harry Potter-related jokes or Angry Birds Photoshop jobs.

Don’t just copy other users’ ideas, but do become familiar with the type of material that wins the “Popular” designation and try working some of those elements into your own images.

Another way to gauge what works is by analyzing your own stats. Instagram analytics services like Statigr.am help put things in perspective with all kinds of historical data about your account. Among much else, Statigr.am shows you which of your own photos have received the most “likes” over time, and which ones received the most comments. Try to look for consistent trends in your own most popular images and try to capitalize on those strengths moving forward.

3. Use Hashtags, Especially Popular Ones

Much like people on Twitter, Instagram users make use of hashtags to tag and categorize content. Tagging your photos gives them another opportunity to be found. For example, if I take a photo of a skyline and tag it with the very popular hashtag #sky, that photo will show up alongside thousands of others on the page for that tag.

Instagram’s native iPhone app doesn’t tell you which tags are the most popular, but the third party site Webstagram provides a list of the top 100 most frequently-used tags. The most popular hashtag on Instagram currently is #iphoneography, which is broad enough in meaning that it can be used pretty liberally. Other popular tags include #sky, #cat, #dog, #flower and #sunset. Tagging your photos with these hashtags, when appropriate, can increase the odds of your images being seen by others.

Even if a photo has already been published, you can go back and add hashtags in the comments. We tried this on a number of our old photos, focusing on some of the more popular hashtags, and we immediately started getting new likes and follows, in some cases on images we had posted several months prior.

4. Follow Others

One of the actions most likely to garner new followers on Instagram is following others, not unlike the way Twitter sometimes works. At the very least, it will call the other’s attention to your profile and if they like it, they’ll likely follow it. Of course, there are no guarantees. But in general, if you routinely follow new people, you’re bound to get some return follows.

Don’t just bulk follow a bunch of random people and hope they’ll follow you back (another behavior common on Twitter). Rather, take the time to find profiles containing images you like the most. The “Popular” tab is a good place to start. It’s also worth perusing the profiles of users followed by some of the people you already follow.

5. Geotag Your Photos

 

Like using hashtags, geotagging provides another data point that can be used to categorize and display content. On Instagram, each defined location has its own page, which includes a map of the location and any photos taken there. Thus, anybody who publishes a photo from that same location (or views a photo taken there and taps the location’s name) will see your image as well. If they tap through to your profile and like what they see, you’ve got yourself another follower.

In addition to the official iPhone app, there areseveral third party Instagram apps that display photos by location.

6. Like and Comment on Other Photos

One of the easiest ways to grab the attention of like-minded Instagrammers is to generously “like” the photos that catch your eye, whether they be in your existing feed or outside your network. If you have a compliment or comment to make, don’t be shy about it. Taking the few seconds it requires to comment on another user’s photo can drive new viewers to your profile.

Of course, don’t get spammy. If you genuinely like and comment on photos that you find interesting, funny or aesthetically pleasing, chances are the person that took them (and their followers) might appreciate the kind of images you’re posting.

56 Things I Wished I’d Known When I was Younger

  1. I wish I’d known that failure was an option.

  2. I wish I’d known there’s a difference between friends and drinking buddies.

  3. I wish I’d known honesty, in all situations, is always, always, always the best policy.

  4. I wish I’d known how to grow a pair and be more assertive.

  5. I wish I’d known how to feel comfortably weird about being a little weird.

  6. I wish I’d known how much my mum and dad really loved me, and all the warnings I got came from a place of love.

  7. I wish I’d known that my thoughts don’t have to dictate my life.

  8. I wish I’d known that home really is where the heart is.

  9. I wish I’d known that intelligence is not something you’re born with, it’s something that can be worked on.

  10. I wish I’d known that being positive can really change your thoughts which can indeed change your life.

  11. I wish I’d known how to be myself more and not tried to imitate Tom Cruise’ (Top Gun) confidence (Although singing, ‘You’ve lost that Loving Feeling’ to girls sometimes did work :) )

  12. I wish I’d known that the jacket of life could be altered to suit me.

  13. I wish I’d known how to say No!

  14. I wish I’d known that the phrase ‘just try it’ should apply to everything we do in life.

  15. I wish I’d known that not being perfect is okay, and, in fact, striving for perfection is an impossible task.

  16. I wish I’d known that not being ‘well off’ didn’t mean I didn’t have a rich life.

  17. I wish I’d known that losing myself in a book wasn’t a substitute for living.

  18. I wish I’d known that my thoughts actually control how I feel, and how I feel affects the way I see the world.

  19. I wish I’d known that sex is a physical act and that love is something different altogether.

  20. I wish I’d known that having two strong sisters was a blessing.

  21. I wish I’d known that formal education was only one option in life and not the only, or best,  option.

  22. I wish I’d known that starting a business didn’t require as much planning or money as I’d thought.

  23. I wish I’d known never to settle for second best, whether it be in relationships, product choice, or employment.

  24. I wish I’d known that loving yourself was a pre-requisite to truly loving others.

  25. I wish I’d known how to plan my finances better.

  26. I wish I’d known that everything I ever stressed out about would not matter one year later.

  27. I wish I’d known that TV numbs the mind.

  28. I wish I’d known that my mistakes would define me as the person I am today.

  29. I wish I’d known that perfection is never going to happen.

  30. I wish I’d known never to actively participate in gossip, it’s the black death of the soul.

  31. I wish I’d known that nobody can be changed, no matter how hard you try to change them.  People change because the pain of changing is less than the pain of not changing.

  32. I wish I’d known how to express my love more.

  33. I wish I’d known that my regrets in life stopped me from moving on.  When it’s done, forget it and move on.

  34. I wish I’d known that helping others was the real path to helping every area of my own life, business, and personal.

  35. I wish I’d known that change is inevitable, and rather than fighting it, I should have befriended it.

  36. I wish I’d known not to waste my time and mental energy on people who didn’t matter in my life.

  37. I wish I’d known that life is a balance and I dictate the ratios.

  38. I wish I’d known that it’s okay not to know everything.

  39. I wish I’d known to live in the moment, and not in the future or the past.

  40. I wish I’d known that trusting myself would allow great things to happen.

  41. I wish I’d known that not all people are bad, but not all people are good either.

  42. I wish I’d known that what’s right for me is not necessarily right for others.

  43. I wish I’d known that although responsibility can seem scary, when embraced it gives understanding acceptance and choice.

  44. I wish I’d known that one of lifes skills is to be able to spot genuine people.

  45. I wish I’d known that things have to come to an end to be able to experience new, exciting things in the future.

  46. I wish I’d known that learning doesn’t finish when you leave school.

  47. I wish I’d known how to trust my instincts more.

  48. I wish I’d known that the world is as big as you allow it to be.

  49. I wish I’d known that I had choices, and my route may need to change but perseverance always got me through.

  50. I wish I’d known that the world does not owe you any favours, you have to step up to the plate and be counted.

  51. I wish I’d known that happiness is not defined by financial wealth.

  52. I wish I’d known the importance of working out what was right for me.

  53. I wish I’d known that all actions, always have a consequence.

  54. I wish I’d known that my needs and desires would change over time.

  55. I wish I’d known that doing what I wanted to do was not necessarily me being selfish.

  56. I wish I’d known that where you are born does not dictate where you will end up in life.

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“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.” 

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