Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

Historic Figures Facebook Status

October 3rd, 2010 1 comment

These are pretty hilarious Facebook status updates from Galileo, the Church, Ben Franklin, John Hancock, Charles Darwin, Isaac newton, God, Adam and Eve, Julius Caesar.  By the way, did anyone go see The Social Network? What did you think?

Abraham Lincoln Facebook Status
Galileo Facebook StatusBen Franklin Facebook Status
Charles Darwin Facebook Status
Isaac Newton Facebook Status
God Facebook Status
Ancient Asteroid Facebook Status
Julius Caesar Facebook Status

Docs by Microsoft and Facebook

April 22nd, 2010 No comments
Docs by Microsoft and Facebook

Docs by Microsoft and Facebook

Look out Google because Microsoft and Facebook are teaming up to challenge Google Docs online document sharing.

Microsoft Docs looks like a real threat to Google Docs because simply Microsoft still makes a better word processor than Google. Facebook’s crowd sourcing and social networking platform creates a true online desktop and utility for productivity. Docs also have a simple domain name that people can remember

Google needs to respond with a true social networking strategy by merging their Gmail, YouTube, and Picassa audience to a single destination to share and communicate more seamlessly. They have made a pathway so far with integrating Buzz into Gmail. It was disappointing, however, that Google Wave was still a separate destination that needed another active conversion for adoption. Furthermore, their UI across different sites like Gmail, YouTube, and Picassa do not have similar look and feel.


Screenshot: Facebook 3.0 iPhone App

August 16th, 2009 No comments
Facebook 3.0 iPhone App

Facebook 3.0 iPhone App

Facebook App v 3.0 is in the approval process for the App Store. Already Joe Hewitt (app developer) is working on v 3.1. Here is the a screen shot of the new version the Facebook app.

It looks like the this version comes with much needed improvements most notably video uploads with the iPhone 3GS. It will also come with a better News feed much like the Facebook site with the ability to “like” items.

Apple shouldn’t have a problem approving this app since there isn’t really much that AT&T would object to that would compete with their business. Version 3.1 is expected to support push notifications as a lot of users are hoping Facebook will become the unified communication platform.

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Google Is Gunning For Facebook

August 9th, 2009 No comments
Google Accounts

Google Accounts

Google is scared right now. Their advertising business is doing just fine. However, what they currently lack is an effective “crowd sourcing” strategy which is going to be critical in order to leverage future monetization opportunities. Crowdsourcing is loosely defined as a gathering of an online community to interact, engage, and share. In other words, Google needs a relevant social network beyond its Orkut social network brand which while popular in India and Brazil has not caught on in the United States or the rest of the world.

The threat Google faces right now is Facebook’s continued massive growth and this is really putting a thorn into Google’s side. Unlike most social networks Facebook culture is characterized by the use of real names  This leads to realistic profiles, audience, behavior, metrics that can usher in real advertising dollars.  MySpace has a “crowd” but in numbers only  (and mostly band spam), too much advertising and the advertising is usually lacking relevancy.  Twitter also has a massive crowd but I cannot imagine them being able to sustain themselves longterm with such a limited feature and so many spam accounts.  Twitter also lacks static features like profile image gallery, videos, and personality interests to become an effective “social desktop” for the internet.

The secret sauce in Facebook’s growing success is the use of authentic identities which provides a higher level of social proof than other social networks. One of the major commercial challenges in the internet is the problem of verifying legitimacy, filtering spam, protecting against viruses and mining unstructured information across the globe.  Much of this can be managed by focusing on connections between “real people”.  When you get a Facebook request from a person with their full names, it looks like this:

Facebook friend request
“John Doe, you received a friend request from Jane Smith”

MySpace, Twitter, Google friend request
“John Do, you received a friend request from xooosweetboi”

Obviously, a connection with a real name is more likely to be legitimate. Case in point, our own GadgetMETER website now has a Facebook page. We have a real audience there. Since we added the Facebook Friend Connect widget on our sidebar, you can now see real people who are fans of this site. This provides GadgetMETER with a level of social proof that assures audience,  which  is a quality qualifier by the number of real fans. We experimented with Google Friend Connect but our fan responses seemed to indicate a lack of familiarity with it, particularly since it’s not connected to or identified with a particular social network.

Google Accounts and YouTube
YouTube just might just become Google’s savior in the crowd sourcing space since it is one of the top destination sites.  If they can successfully convert YouTube audience to legitimate Google Accounts with real names they’ll have a shot.

Real Name Leads to Monetization
Google CEO Eric Schmidt has hinted about Google’s intention to move towards micro-payments. Facebook is rumored to be working on this as well.  Micro-payments can be effective in charging  smalls amount (say $0.02) to view or participate in a hot discussion or other piece of content.. The amount is so minor that it would provide a frictionless path towards an impulse purchase. Once its scaled, publishers and the network itself can profit immensely. However, getting people to pay for anything online requires real names attached to a merchant, social networks are notoriously horrible at this.  Google already has Google Checkout it needs a real audience there, and YouTube could be the ticket.