Archive for the 'Social Networks' Category

Europe: Facebook is down – GDP goes up

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Today seems to become a more productive day for this planet – Facebook is / was down in large parts of Europe and parts of Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Reduced procrastination, less bandwidth clogging with nonsense message and no more constant distraction for millions of people.

Today’s blackout comes after Denmark had end of last week “by mistake” blocked/censored access to more than 8000 web sites including Google and Facebook. If this continues people might actually do something productive and the GDP will go up. With the Internet DNS system continuing to be in such a fragile state such events could soon become a frequent feature…

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Humor: Facebook’s new Timeline feature explained

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Finally the ultimate background info on Facebook we’ve all been waiting for.

If you’re not paying for it you might not be the customer. You might be the product being sold.

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Advertising: Whopper Sacrifice

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A great viral advertising idea. For every 10 (virtual) friends you defriend at Facebook you get a free Whopper from Burger King (U.S. Residents only).

Finally someone is putting a price tag to virtual friendship (1/10 of a burger – xxx calories, xxx USD) and a way to bring all these SEO spammers to a better use. So far more than 12,000 friends have been un-friended.

Interestingly they have chosen Facebook and not, for example, MySpace. Maybe because they want to sell some Burgers as well.

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Data Visualization: Virtual Worlds

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Marketing research company K Zero has published some interesting diagrams on virtual worlds. The first visualizes the virtual worlds by registered accounts and their development since 2003. It also includes some virtual worlds currently in development.

The second diagram shows the involvement of companies and their brands within these virtual worlds.

While the diagrams are very informative we are missing…

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Micro-Blogging: Tumblr documentary

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If you’re looking for a different point of view on micro-blogging – here’s a “documentary” on Tumblr. Users are talking about follower, real life meetings, why they are using etc.

Mostly sarcastic but also asking the the right question: Why do you spend so much time on tools like that – or what is it you’re missing from your life…

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Segway adds a social element to its gliders

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Companies around the world – in an effort to create communities of users around their products – are picking up social networking approaches at a fast pace.

Earlier this month Segway has started to create a network and communications around their self-balancing scooters, allowing users to communicate, create groups, find like minded people around the world or just in their local area, discuss the latest news and share their experiences.

Like Nike and other consumer good companies, Segway with its “Segway Social” network is hoping to attract future buyers by providing them…

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