Facebook Stops Testing ‘On This Day’ Feature

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OnThisDay650On this day, Facebook confirmed to sister blog Inside Facebook that its test of its On This Day feature, which started in July 2013, is now over.

On This Day showed users content from, as its name implies, the same day in past years, including life events, birthdays and popular posts from friends.

Facebook did not offer Inside Facebook any details as to whether it planned to test the feature again or roll it out.

Readers: Did any of you have access to On This Day? What did you think?

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What’s Really Killing Your Online Career? Sitting all day.

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By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist

Everyone I know is killing their online career and they’re not even aware of it.

It’s not because they are using the wrong social media strategy.

It’s not because they don’t have a strong enough call to action.

And it’s certainly not because they’re aren’t blogging enough.

It’s because they’re abusing one activity over and over again: the S-word.

You guessed it, SITTING.

For over a year, I’ve been working day and night, pressing my butt into my chair and cranking out illustrations and words as if the world were about to end. It worked for a while, but there’s only so much “soft” damage your body can take before it starts revolting.

So I visited a doctor friend of mine because I was constantly exhausted and lacked motivation. My limbs also hurt which seemed odd for someone in his late twenties. My friend told me I had to change my diet and more importantly, get moving. He said sitting without exercise was like arsenic — a few drops might just make you go a little pale, but continued exposure will bring a visit from the Grim Reaper. Yeah, he’s got an odd sense of humor. But I wasn’t laughing–  he was talking about my health, or lack thereof.

Since I’m a bonafide webaholic who trains his butt muscles more than anything else, I knew I had to change. I don’t want the Grim Reaper to knock on my door anytime soon, so I consulted everyone in my network who knew anything about workouts for chair grinders.

Responses flooded my inbox. Anything between prison-yard workouts to walking the dog.

I want to reveal the ones that I apply on a daily basis, because they drastically impacted my health for the better. Besides that, the daily exercise and change of habits even had a few positive side effects on my online career.

Here’s the workout I use to battle my “chair-itis” and avoid killing myself prematurely:

What I do to get up

Wake up, d’uh. I’m NOT a morning person, so I have to push my alarm as far as possible from my bed the night before or else I just hit the snooze button and lull back into la-la land. Which kills my routine.

Once I drag my body out of bed, I do exercises for at least 30 minutes, preferably 45. I do thirty-fifty push-ups, a minimum of thirty squats and various aerobic stretches for arms and legs. Stretching is the alpha and omega workout for chair grinders like us.

How I wake up to 100%

I have passed on coffee since the day I was born. I prefer a cold shower that rejuvenates my body after the workout. This is uncomfortable in the beginning, but after a month of daily practice, you’ll miss it. I swear.

How I became more productive

I visit my emerald-green park ’round the corner and walk a minimum of five kilometers (approx. 3 miles) in swift steps. I’m not walking, but I’m not jogging either — it’s the golden middle. Just enough to sweat a bit.

After this daily ritual, I ABC (Apply Butt to Chair) and hammer my beaten keyboard. Whether I’m illustrating for a client and or unleashing my words for upcoming novels, my productivity has skyrocketed because of these exercises. After every two hour chunk of sitting, I hop up and stretch for five minutes. I may even repeat some of the morning exercises to get the blood flowing again. You have no idea how much of a difference a five minute stretch-workout can make. Anything movement-related to interrupt the long spells of sitting can help.

Conclusion

Sitting is a sinister way of dying — it’s slow and steady.

When you read this post, I’m pretty sure you’ll be sitting. I’m also sure you’re sitting all day for a living, so what exercises do you perform to keep your body fit ? Share ‘em in the comments area. I want to learn some new moves ;)


Mars Dorian describes himself as a creative marketeer with a moon-melting passion for human potential and technology. You can follow his adventures at www.marsdorian.com Original illustration by the author.

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