Facebook's Graph Search will help us discover a slew of things based on the people we are connected to, their experiences, their likes, their relationships, etc. It's also using that data to push further into how we interact with the network beyond likes. Adjectives will be a big part of Facebook's future, the first of which I experienced today in terms of "reacting" to content.
We all need side projects. They keep the creative juices flowing. My side project is called Taapi, a social game that will help with conserving global energy.
Interesting story over at AllFacebook.com about brands not getting what consumers want in terms of content on Facebook.
It's no shocker to me, but we (consumers) want visual content. Links and funny status updates are cool and all, but we're a visual society. Our attention spans are very short and if our attention isn't snatched in a three seconds or so, we're moving on.
Thus, the importance of visuals.
Facebook announced today via a blog post that they bought the very popular Instagram, the photo sharing service that connects to a variety of social end-points (not to mention has a slew of cool filters).
This is big news, not only because the purchase price was $1billion and stock options, but because Instgram was setting out to be THE leading social app for mobile devices.
It was wildly popular on iOS and just recently, took a stronghold on Android.
Life naturally categorizes the relationship you create and maintain over the years: family, friends, co-workers, college buds, ex's, etc. Social media is no different. And, because folks like myself tend to collect people over the years, our social networks get very busy, loud, crowded and overwhelming at times.
It's nearly becoming unmanageable. I can't possibly following 1000+ people on Twitter and really know every single one of them. Add on Google+, Facebook, flickr, et al and all of a sudden, you have an ecosystem of people that fit into one category or another.
This is why lists, circles, groups, etc. are so important in keeping tabs on your social hive, as I call it.
At the end of last year, I lost my job. It was a pretty big shock, but one that I was prepared for, sort of. You see, I'm a worker. I get things done. I keep things simple, organized and focused. It is the only way I know how to do things. So when I found myself with about two months to land a gig, I put the following in action.
Apparently it's my FIVE YEAR Twitterversary. Wow. This thing's been on for 5 years? Can you envision it being around another 5?
Consequently, after the tweet, he wrote this about his twitterversary:
I read it and thought hey, I've been on Twitter nearly as long and I should probably reflect where I was five years ago today as opposed to today. Here are those random thoughts:
This is the time of year that predictions flood the web. I usually do a list of my own and was going to bail on it this year because I just didn't have the energy. However, over the past 24-hours, I've had a handful of people ask me where my list was.
So, in typical Big Guy fashion, here's the only 2012 prediction list you'll ever need to read:
Today the Globe has a story about the dilemma parents face with social networking.
[Social Networking] It’s become one of the most pressing questions for parents of children growing up in the digital age: When should they let their children join Facebook or should they be on the site at all? An estimated 7.5 million preteens - including 5 million under 10 - are part of the social network in violation of Facebook’s terms of service, according to Consumer Reports.
I have nephews and a niece who are under the acceptable age for signing up for Facebook, but are on Facebook. I see the interactions they have with their friends and family. Sometimes I find it strange. Sometimes I find it cool (mostly because I can keep up with how they are doing in school, athletic activities, etc.).