August 2, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Well gosh, Facebook’s numbers aren’t as high as they’d have JOE PUBIC believe. That was probably a typo! Per Mashable:
In a March filing, Facebook claimed about5% to 6% of its accounts — or 40.3 million to 50.7 million — were fake. The company also says it bans at least 20,000 accounts daily and estimates about 600,000 accounts per day are compromised.
20K bans per day, a year and a half after Tumblr supplanted Facebook as the hot new trend in teen trolling. I wonder what that number was in 2010, at the peak of RIP stuff. THE WORLD MAY NEVER KNOW.
June 5, 2012 § Leave a Comment
The details of this BuzzFeed article are less important than that glorious headline (well not really, the article is actually pretty funny, particularly Matt Buchanan’s use of the phrase “dick algorithm” in the fourth paragraph). For those of you in the audience who aren’t 12 year old boys (I’m including myself in that category, thankyouverymuch), here’s the SFWish backstory:
There was always a shadow hanging over Chatroulette, and it was in the shape of penis. At least half of all encounters on Chatroulette were not with the smiling face of another human, but with a penis. Drooping or erect, hanging alone or being gently stroked by a hand. It’s part of what killed it. And it’s something that Sean and Shawn (Parker and Fanning, of Facebook and Napster fame, respectively) very much want to avoid with Airtime, their new video chat and sharing service that’s somewhere between Chatroulette — you can talk to semi-random people! — and Skype — but with your Facebook friends as a buddy list. Plus you can share videos you like with the person you’re chatting with.
But hold that thought, troll. Chatroulette this is not, as the following list of prohibited behaviors will attest. Airtime users will be banned for:
Nudity or partial nudity
Obscene or vulgar behavior
Sexually suggestive behavior
Harassment or hate speech
Behavior that makes the reasonable User uncomfortable
Submitting false reports of abuse or misconduct
Doing something that interferes with another’s uninterrupted use and enjoyment of Airtime
Impersonating other people
Recording content and distributing it without permission
In other words, from using it? Yes, probably.
May 21, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Yes, this news is several hours old. I HAD SEVERAL HOURS OF ERRANDS TO RUN THIS MORNING, GET OFF MY NUTS. Re: Facebook’s 12% stock slump, Brian Barett of Gizmodo keeps it simple:
There’s a perfectly good explanation for all of this. The truth is, Facebook’s been heading for a tailspin since the very first trade.
Full article here; the tl;dr version is that banks are the worst, and the stock market is make-believe.
May 16, 2012 § Leave a Comment
It’s already been a bad news bears week for Facebook. And the IPO doesn’t happen till Friday! From Ross Newmann:
Since its inception, Facebook has traded in an invaluable currency – it was undeniably cool. Ordinary consumers loved the company because it was radically transforming how they connected with friends, and investors fell over themselves trying to get a piece of its unprecedented growth. That narrative has rightly held up for quite some time, but it’s coming to an end. When Facebook announced the Instagram acquisition, many feared that Facebook (supposedly a company with its finger on the zeitgeist) would wreck the newer and “cooler” Instagram. This 12 year old summed it up best when she said, “Facebook is stupid and for old people.”
Facebook’s party just isn’t cool anymore, and the ads that pay for it don’t really work that well. The party’s over, and it’s no fun when all your friends figure that out right before your birthday IPO.
Full article here.
April 19, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Later today I’m going write a thing about research aimed at moving targets. It is weird, I will write, and has the tendency to give one an ulcer. It is also very interesting — you can’t get too comfortable with anything you do, at any moment something might come along that threatens to smash your precious conceptual framework to bits, so you’d better take a page out of CalTrans‘ playbook and retrofit the shit out of that shit. This is especially true now, given the changes that are just beginning to twinkle on the horizon. Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic discusses some of these changes (and/or the potential for change, the dust isn’t just still settling but hasn’t all been flung into the atmosphere quite yet), particularly in relation to social media. Excerpt below:
Decades ago, the answer was, “Build the Internet.” Fifteen years ago, it was, “Build the Web.” Five years ago, the answers were probably, “Build the social network” or “Build the mobile web.” And it was in around that time in 2007 that Facebook emerged as the social networking leader, Twitter got known at SXSW, and we saw the release of the first Kindle and the first iPhone. There are a lot of new phones that look like the iPhone, plenty of e-readers that look like the Kindle, and countless social networks that look like Facebook and Twitter. In other words, we can cross that task off the list. It happened.
What we’ve seen since have been evolutionary improvements on the patterns established five years ago. The platforms that have seemed hot in the last couple of years — Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest — add a bit of design or mobile intelligence to the established ways of thinking. The most exciting thing to come along in the consumer space between then and now is the iPad. But despite its glorious screen and extended battery life, it really is a scaled up iPhone that offers developers more space and speed to do roughly the same things they were doing before. The top apps for the iPad look startlingly similar the top apps for the iPhone: casual games, social networking, light productivity software.
For at least five years, we’ve been working with the same operating logic in the consumer technology game. This is what it looks like:
There will be ratings and photos and a network of friends imported, borrowed, or stolen from one of the big social networks. There will be an emphasis on connections between people, things, and places. That is to say, the software you run on your phone will try to get you to help it understand what and who you care about out there in the world. Because all that stuff can be transmuted into valuable information for advertisers.
That paradigm has run its course. It’s not quite over yet, but I think we’re into the mobile social fin de siècle.
Full article here.
April 13, 2012 § 2 Comments
The cat = internet
The guy holding the camera = Facebook
April 12, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Journey, everybody! Also, having watched Chris put together a handful of supercuts in the last few weeks, I can say that this video is the result of A LOT OF HOURS OF WORK, and/therefore hats off.
This quote, taken from Gawker article about how Teen Vogue is trying to make wearing PJs to prom a thing, possibly as a cruel joke, made me laugh much harder than it should have:
That’s how I’d go about it too. Release a few choice quotes to select media outlets (the school paper, the morning announcements, Teen Vogue) about how my popular friends and I plan on schlepping up to prom in just any old thing. How anyone who doesn’t wear pajamas to prom is clearly a desperate try-hard. How there is liiiiterally noooothing woooorse than not wearing pajamas to prom.
Dear god, am I suddenly a fan of Teen Vogue now? Guess I have to be. Gif related, it’s how I imagine that pitch meeting.
In other look-ma-no-standards news, here’s a thing that made me laugh — people trying to communicate with their favorite restaurants over Facebook. My personal favorite:
April 10, 2012 § Leave a Comment
March 15, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Here’s a thought, guy on FWD who’s pondering how to “subvert” the long marketing arm of Facebook’s datamine operations, why don’t you, you know, stop using Facebook. I mean if it’s so terrible and intrusive. Per Mr. Buchanan:
So Sarah and her fiance have been engaged for almost a year, and they’ve declined all that time to check that relationship status box, to make their relationship easily machine decipherable, loggable, analyzable. (“A profile field can’t possibly contain the moment that we got engaged.”) At the same time, they still used Facebook as tool to tell other people — humans — that they were engaged in way that, theoretically maybe, only humans could decipher: vacation photos and a picture of a ring with a telling caption. A mild form of resistance, maybe — pushing back against the machine, even as one stands inside of it, admiring the decor — but a form of resistance nonetheless.
Speaking of that, here’s a thing I wrote for Modern Primate about the –rarely-discussed– Facebook disconnect option.