Facebook can become a never ending abyss of words, pictures, links and videos. How many hours are spent soullessly trudging, scrolling and stalking through friends? How many hours are spent looking through friends photo albums? A friend of mine once joked that Facebook should give its users time rebates. The world has been crying out for an application and here it is, TimeRabbit.
If like us here at SEO Web Marketing you have ever wondered how much of your life has been spent trawling the endless cyber gallery of Facebook then worry not, TimeRabbit has the answer. The new service has been provided to measure your Facebook usage. The TimeRabbit service measures usage in hours on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. The new software was developed by the team at Breakpoint Software Development. It works as a stand-alone application on windows formats in order to manage your Facebook usage in hours.
Surveys have shown that the average user of Facebook spends roughly seven hours on the platform a month. The average is higher in other countries. Russians were reported in 2011 to be spending approximately 10 hours on the platform per month. It is true that there is other browser plug-ins designed to monitor usage. The difference being TimeRabbit is compatible with all major web browsers and is a desktop appliance.
Upon logging into Facebook the TimeRabbit application starts a timer automatically. The timer stops five seconds after clicking off the site. It can also detect when the user is idle. These TimeRabbit features generate an accurate account of Facebook usage. The programme allows users to view their “lifetime statistics”. Showing exactly how many hours have been spent or wasted as the case may be on the platform.
The owner at Breakpoint, Kuba Udymowski-Grecki hopes the programme may help users to beat their Facebook addiction.
TimeRabbit may encourage you to delete your Facebook so here are several things you should do before leaving the social media platform.
- Ask for your contacts information. Consider how much of your communication occurs on the platform. Make sure you have other modes of contact with people when you leave. Whether it is through phone text or even email. With people you are worried about losing contact with, download their contact information.
- Ask for the birthdays of your friends. Facebook has in many ways become the trusty personal organiser when it comes to birthdays. Take action when leaving. Ask your friends for their birthdays and store them separately.
- Use the Cloud to store information. A great site offering online storage is; Backupify.com. The service provides both free and paid online storage options. The free option provides 1GB of free online storage. The paid option provides up to an impressive 25GB of storage. Backupify uses the Amazon Web Services (AWS) to store files. This is the most secure online format. It provides high security and an up time of 99.9%.
- Check your connected Apps. Some apps and websites use your Facebook details. Examples of these sites include: Pinterest, Foursquare, Pandora, Instagram and Spotify. When you delete your Facebook account, you can also lose your access to these sites. Some of the sites do allow you to modify your access mode. Allowing you to change to either your email or your Twitter handle. An example of a site which won’t allow you to change signing in details is Spotify. Before deleting or deactivating your account it is important to bear in mind the implication it will have on your over applications.
- Download your Facebook information. The platform has developed a format whereby you can download all of your Facebook content but still delete your account. Simply go onto your account. Click onto “account settings” then choose the “general” option in the left hand side column. Next click on “download a copy of your Facebook data”. Finish by clicking “start my archive”. The information downloaded is available in three formats.
- Activity log: A complete history of your Facebook activity. Including posts commented on or liked, apps used and every search you have ever conducted.
- Downloaded Info: This is the timeline information. Including: Posts shared, photos, messages and conversations you have had in chat and a full friend list.
- Expanded Archive: Additional and miscellaneous information. Account details such as passwords, cookies and apps subscribed to.
Due to the sheer volume of data it is important to store it in a safe and secure place, in case you want to access it at a later date.
- Finally optimize any SEO before leaving. If you are leaving Facebook, ensure you have enough activity on other platforms to enable you to be found by friends and potential employers.