... We have pretty much reached a point where #Facebook enjoys 50 percent market penetration of all 2 billion Internet users in the world. Historically, Facebook usage plateaus whenever it reaches 50 percent of a country's online population. With so few countries left to conquer, I believe it's likely the social network has finally reached the limit of its usefulness as a platform for expression.
Outside its well-trimmed gates, the pseudonymous Internet will continue to grow and thrive...
(though they did it in a sneaky way)As usual.
... the ability to decide which email address to show or hide on a user's profile predates Timeline. Users have been able to do this since as early as 2010. What's new is the confusing second setting we discussed above. Further, we've heard from users that this setting has been live for them since last Monday, if not earlier.
Facebook is most often criticized for revealing too much of user's information, not for hiding it. But when it comes to email, things get complicated for the social network. In 2010, Facebook and Google were involved in a public dispute over the issue of how email contacts should be used. Facebook would not allow users to export their friends' email addresses, but it helped Gmail users manually download their Gmail contacts and then re-upload them to the social network. Facebook also allowed users to import their friends' e-mail addresses when they were using Microsoft or Yahoo services.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center wrote the FTC today urging the agency to investigate Facebook’s decision to display @facebook.com e-mail addresses under the ‘Contacts Info’ section of users’ profiles...Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) Facing a Few Too Many Hurdles
“People are upset about this,” Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said in an interview. “There is a big problem with users being forced to default to Facebook’s e-mail.”
And why wouldn't you want to buy into the hottest social networking site after a dip? Facebook is the internet's second-most-visited website (Google is first), and when you're a website, more eyeballs means more profits because it means more banner ad clicks, right?
Ehhh.... yeah, if this was 1999. And therein lies the core of the problem with investing in Facebook Inc. When its growth was skyrocketing one to three years ago, clicks and profitability per user didn't really matter. Now that growth is slowing though - and the stock will now need to start justifying its price - things like earnings and clicks matter. And guess what? Not only is FB not the greatest in the world when it comes to monetizing the web, it's getting a little worse.
Facebook's new unified e-mail and its implementation is causing unwanted changes to users' address books; worse, the changes have gone unnoticed by users and vital communication is being lost...LOLZ!
We now also see that the interception of people's e-mail communication with Facebook's new change is deeply problematic and potentially grave...
This is bad news for users that have expectations around e-mail communication by changing their e-mail addresses, intercepting and redirecting their communication elsewhere...
When two people don’t have a female friend in common, there are more broken relationships (54.5 percent) than persistent ones. For triads involving two women (one of which is the mutual friend), the unfriend rate drops down to 33.8 percent.Why Do People Unfriend Others On Facebook?
The United Kingdom university studied more than 34,000 relationships on Facebook, examining why they dissolved...
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Contact synchronization on devices is performed through an API. For most devices, we've verified that the API is working correctly and pulling the primary email address associated with the users' Facebook account. However, for people on certain devices, a bug meant that the device was pulling the last email address added to the account rather than the primary email address, resulting in @facebook.com addresses being pulled. We are in the process of fixing this issue and it will be resolved soon. After that, those specific devices should pull the correct addresses.BTW, notice how long it took 'em to come up with the BS excuse of "uh oh, whoopsie, it's an API bug."
Facebook EdgeRank, as you would imagine, is much like Google’s PageRank – in showing the most relevant content to the end-user.However, the articles below are still interesting simply because I sincerely hope other socnets won't endeavor to FAIL quite as epically as FB has with EdgeRank:
I guess in the end, I hated being one of those people who bitched constantly about Facebook, only to continue using it. That mentality just seemed insane – I know that if I put my hand in the toaster, bad things will happen, so why would I continue to do that? There’s a number of reasons why I decided I’d had enough...Why I Quit Facebook
The reason I'm writing today is to explain to you why I quit.There are a multitude of reasons that I quit. Some are personal, some impersonal, but I consider all of them valid...Why You Should Leave Facebook (And How to Do It)
... Facebook is re-defining what friendship means, in ways that many feel are unwholesome, and driven purely by profit motive rather than what is actually best for users. It can also be an incredible waste of time. Only you can decide if it's worth it, but don't let the fear of lost friendship stand in your way. You'll find, if you overcome that fear, that there really was nothing to fear but the fear itself.
... "Why I Deleted My Facebook Account,"... marks the latest installment in the burgeoning genre of Facebook-quitter confessionals. Call them the de-Facement diaries...
... The tales of social de-networking read like self-help books: I thought I was happy, but I was hurting myself and others around me. Here's how I got better and you can, too. They also imply that leaving Facebook is something surprising and bold. And two years ago, when a handful of techie early adopter-types became Facebook's early defectors, perhaps it was.
But these days, discontent with Facebook seems more the rule than the exception. More than a third of Facebook users are spending less time on the site now than they were six months ago, a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found, and Facebook's U.S. user growth rate in April was the smallest ever since comScore started tracking the figure four years ago. According to a forthcoming report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index, "customer satisfaction with the site [Facebook]is falling." Even Sean Parker, Facebook's first president and an early investor in the company, said he feels "somewhat bored" by the social network...
... Our source says Facebook's next $10 billion business (which would be its first) takes place in the top-right quadrant. In this business, Facebook will sell ad inventory on third-party sites and target it using its own data AND third-party data.
Our source calls this business "FaceSense" because it will compete with Google's ad network, Ad Sense. Ad Sense does about $2.5 billion in revenue per quarter; hence our source's $10 billion figure.
On January 20, 2011, Google announced that Schmidt would step down as CEO of Google, but continue as the executive chairman of the company, and act as an adviser to co-founders Page and Brin. Page replaced Schmidt as CEO on April 4, 2011.Quite frankly, Eric Schmidt kept missing the boat on social. So, Larry finally got fed up & said: "F this! I'm running the show now."
... As of April 2012, there have been no substantive changes to the usefulness or non-advertising nature of [Craigslist]—no banner ads, charges for a few services provided to businesses.Former eBay Chief Describes Efforts to Acquire Craigslist
The company is believed to be owned principally by Newmark, Buckmaster, and eBay (the three board members). eBay owns approximately 25%, and Newmark is believed to own the largest stake.
It’s been an "septimana horribilis" (horrible week) for social networking giant Facebook.OK. This thread is done. Case closed.
First, Facebook got its keister handed to it by Google+ in a customer satisfaction survey. Then another report showed that Facebook is bleeding users...
Long story short: It appears that Facebook’s incredible user growth has plateaued, and this while other networks like Google+ and Pinterest are growing rapidly.
But despite the echo chamber’s assumption that Facebook is sitting pretty with nothing to worry about, I believe Facebook is a dead man walking, and needs to radically change its entire business model to survive.
... we were right in that respect, as even the analyst who released the report, admits it was total hype. It was aimed at selling the stock, and it successfully accomplished that goal, with no regard to the investors who lost millions in the nearly worthless shares. But as we have stated before….Always be cautious of optimistic analystsYaaay! Boooo!
“I don’t know how I feel about Facebook asking me to upload a copy of my government issued ID, especially the part about “we’ll permanently delete your documents. When have they ever permanently deleted anything?”
A new technique could help companies like Facebook make money from your data without putting it at risk....BTW, guess which company will try to use this if it proves feasible? (hint: I bet it won't be FB)
Larry Page led Google Inc.in its early days, but he and co-founder Sergey Brin, both in their late 20s, were persuaded to bring in technology industry veteran Eric Schmidt to provide "adult supervision" in 2001 when the search company was still privately held.P.S. Moar lulz! + EPIC lulz! = Serious Business.