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JOSH CONSTINESunday, via TechCrunch
When Mark Zuckerberg called for a “Space Hackathon” to decorate Facebook’s massive new headquarters at 1 Hacker Way, he probably didn’t expect employees to take him so literally. A few scurried up to the roof with some tar paint, and now there’s a 42-foot wide QR code on the roof that’s visible from space.
Scanning it opens the new FB QR Code Page on Facebook which may host puzzles, jokes, and other flavor to humanize the company. For now you’ll need an airplane or Facebook security badge to get a look at it first-hand, but once indexed it should appear on your favorite satellite mapping website.
When the Hackathon was announced, most employees imagined beautifying the campus with posters and spray paint murals but Mark Pike had something bigger in mind. “It started with a comment on Zuck’s post. I wrote, “Hack yeah! I’d like to paint a gigantic QR code somewhere so we can RickRoll online maps, or point people to our careers site, or send them to a ‘Clarissa Explains it All’ GeoCities Page” Pike says.
At 8pm the night of the Hackathon, Pike and 5 others started on the project. By midnight they had a crew of 30, but it would take until daylight to see whether they screwed up the layout. An employee hacked a Canon camera’s firmware, strapped it to a home-made remote-controlled “frankencopter”, and flew it over the roof.
When it landed with the photos the team finally found out the code really works. Facebook let us on the roof to check it out, and it’s pretty epic. You can try scanning the big picture above with Scan for iOS, QR Droid for Android, or most other QR apps.
What started in a dorm room has matured into one of the world’s most powerful companies. Now there are database architecture and business models to worry about. But with a silly 42-foot wide QR code on the roof, Facebook proves it’s still young at heart.
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-JON ORLIN, via TechCrunch
In 2010, TechCrunch broke the news that Facebook was going to release a “Like” button for the whole darn Internet. Now, TechCrunch has learned Facebook is considering a “Hate” button as well.
According to Facebook’s S-1 filing, users are now generating 2.7 billion Likes and Comments per day. With the Hate button, Facebook expects to at least double that. The S-1 noted “popular Pages on Facebook include Lady Gaga, Disney, and Manchester United, each of which has move than 20 million Likes.” Many inside the company think the Hates could easily top that.
When the original Like button was announced, Mark Zuckerberg made a bold prediction there would be over 1 billion Likes across the web in just the first 24 hours. Sources at Facebook say Mark is estimating 2 billion Hates on the first day. Facebook studies have shown the sad fact that people hate things on the Internet more than they like things. There’s also an internal debate on whether the new button should be called “Hate” or “Dislike.”
Since the tiny Like button makes up such a huge part of Facebook’s revenue, the introduction of the Hate button could raise Facebook’s valuation further ahead of the IPO.
Facebook has already shown they are open to changing the Like button. Earlier this month, Facebook Mobile changed the 2-Click Like button with a 1-Click Like bar.
The company has also experimented with the “Fax” button, as TechCrunch was also the first to notice.
Other buttons under consideration are the “Meh”, “Love”, “Who Cares”, and “+11″ but there is also a fear this could lead to a button explosion.
Our sources say the Hate button is not a sure thing. It’s being heavily debated inside the social networking company. This new feature would fit with Facebook’s mission to “build tools to help people connect with the people they want and share what they want” whether that’s love or hate.
While the product and sales teams favor the idea, many inside Facebook oppose it. That view is best summed up by Robert Scoble who wrote “I really hope we never see a hate button that gets wide adoption. The world has enough hate as it is.”
Since Facebook is in their quiet period ahead of their IPO, Facebook had no official comment on this report.
Your school and social media
Is it important for you to know that your school is using social media? For most of us, we may care or not. But let's look at some of the benefits of having your school tuned into social media. If you attend a large university your may not be fully aware about all the events going on. With social media, your school post, blog, send invitation, or simply perform a status update about particular events. With that knowledge now posting in your social network you have been given an opportunity or choice. An opportunity or choice for you to decide whether to attend or decline, but none the less an opportunity to be given a choice.
Let's put this into perspective. You are computer science major at SJSU, and have been looking to have an opportunity to network yourself with Google. However you have no connections to Google whatsoever. With your huge school load you simply only have time to do your projects, homework, and hit up Facebook from time to time. In the next few weeks SJSU is hosting a career fair open to only computer science majors and Google will be the spotlighted company. In scenario #1 SJSU does not post to Facebook, their website, Twitter, or even send out an email. Only those who have walked by the career center will be aware about this awesome event. In this scenario your MAJOR opportunity has walked by. In scenario #2 SJSU blogs, posts, and updates on Facebook, their website, Twitter and other social media sites. Your being a member of Facebook see this once in a lifetime opportunity and take full advantage of it.
In essence scenario #2 sounds like a winner. Although it was a cheesy scenario, very similar scenarios happen on a frequent basis. It may not be initially important to you, but it may be extremely important to those around you, or even the you in the future. You just never know. It is better to be equipped with social media than not at all.
Don't Give up on Social Media
As you may have read from previous blogs social media is extremely important. However there are individuals, business, non-profits, and organizations that are struggling with getting social media going. Yes, social media may be a little tedious to get started, but once it is up and running the wealth of benefits are totally worth it.
Jason Fox, Marketing Manager, and Howard Chung, VP Business Development, provide a nice 2:22 minute video on "Don't Give Up on Social Media." Within the video they go over the important aspects of social media and they also go over the "networking" aspect of social media. Check out the video to get a better understandin!
Farmers use Social Media!!!
Farmers are using Twitter and Facebook to share the real time ranching story with the public audience targeted directly to their consumers. Farmers are feeling that there is a large disconnect between farmers and consumers. Farmers are under the impression that consumers are losing sight of the process of how food is brought to their tables. This also provides the consumers to understand where and how their food is grown.
Additionally, consumers are allowed to connect with farmers to ask questions about processes and how tos. Overall, farmers are simply trying to communicate with their consumers to rid the fog of uncertainty about farming. Check out the YouTube video below :
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Non-profits and organizations use Social Media too...
Businesses are not the only ones taking advantage of social media, non-profits and various other organizations are taking a strong foothold as well.
Non-profits and other organizations alike post on the web to ensure a message or idea is communicated out to the public. Similarly to businesses, if this message or idea isn't targeted to a audience or is unable to be found, the message becomes useless and totally ineffective. To prevent this particular incident social media plays a huge role.
Social media portals such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other networking sites allow messages, updates, and ideas to be viewed by thousands of individuals at a time. The nice aspect of sites like Facebook is that the audience does not have to go to the message, the message comes to them, in this case their Facebook update feed.
Staying in tune with social media brings in a wealth of benefits for both businesses, non-profits, organizations, and general individuals. Social media is no longer an option, it is a must!
Below is a video how non-profits can attract donors using social media
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Many of us have a social media presence -- a virtual personality made up of status updates, tweets and connections, stored in the cloud. Adam Ostrow asks a big question: What happens to that personality after you've died? Could it ... live on?
As editor in chief at Mashable, Adam Ostrow covers the tech, trends and people driving the evolution of the Web.
...the fact of the matter is...all of us today are creating an archive that's...different than anything that's been created by any previous generation.
Right now there are 48 hours of video...uploaded to YouTube every...minute...200 million Tweets being posted every day...the average Facebook user is creating 90 pieces of content each month...But today we're all creating...rich digital archive that's going to live in the cloud indefinitely, years after we're gone...I think that's going to create some incredibly intriguing opportunities for technologists.
...Deb Roy...was able to analyze more than 90,000 hours of home video...as machines' ability to understand human language and process vast amounts of data continues to improve, it's...possible to analyze an entire life's worth of content...that we're producing...And...it's going to become possible for our digital personas to continue to interact in the real world long after we're gone...
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Talk Date: 11/2009
Location/Event: TED Global 2009
TED Posting: 11/2009
We worry that IM, texting, Facebook are spoiling human intimacy, but Stefana Broadbent's research shows how communication tech is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules.
Stefana Broadbent watches us while we talk (and IM, and text). She is one of a new class of ethnographers who study the way our social habits and relationships function and mutate in the digital age.
...something that I see happening is...a sort of "democratization of intimacy"...that what people are doing is, in fact...with their communication channels...are breaking an imposed isolation that these institutions are imposing on them...in a very simple way: by calling their mom from work, by IMing from their office to their friends, by texting under the desk.
...an average (Facebook) user...has about 120 friends. But ...talks to, has two-way exchanges with, about four to six people...Academic research on instant messaging also shows 100 people on buddy lists, but fundamentally people chat with...less than five. My own research on cellphones and voice calls shows that 80 percent of the calls are actually made to four people.
...some sociologists...feel that it's a closure, it's a cocooning, that we're disengaging from the public.
if we just step back 15 years...when you clocked in to an office...there was no contact for the whole duration of the time, there was no contact with your private sphere.The phones were there. But the expectation was once you moved in there your commitment was fully to the task at hand...to the people around you. That was where the focus had to be.
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Talk Date: 06/2009
Location/Event: TED @ State
TED Posting: 06/2009
While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.
Clay Shirky believes that new technologies enabling loose collaboration — and taking advantage of “spare” brainpower — will change the way society works.
...there is a curious asymmetry here...media that is good at creating conversations is no good at creating groups. And the media that's good at creating groups is no good at creating conversations.
The Internet is the first medium in history that has native support for groups and conversation at the same time. Whereas the phone gave us the one-to-one pattern, and television, radio, magazines, books, gave us the one-to-many pattern, the Internet gives us the many-to-many pattern.
...(when) all media gets digitized, the Internet becomes the mode of carriage for all other media, meaning that phone calls...magazines...(and) movies migrate to the Internet...Put another way, media is increasingly less just a source of information, and it is increasingly more a site of coordination, because groups...can now gather around and talk to each other as well.
...members of the former audience, as Dan Gilmore calls them, can now also be producers and not (just) consumers.
Facebook Games and Apps
Who doesn't have a Facebook account these days? And who doesn't like to play a few games to relax after a stressful day? Facebook has been such a huge part of social media, it's unbelievable. Because Facebook is such an interactive medium for individuals, many people are attracted to it and visit it on a daily basis, it is just as important as checking your email. Besides visiting the website to keep yourself updated to what is going on in your friends' lives, there are now many games you can choose from to play on Facebook. What you might have downloaded on your smart phone as an app has become available to play on Facebook. These games usually gives people the opportunity to interact with other Facebook users, for example, there is Tetris Battle where you can compete with other Facebook users in the game of Tetris. There is also Words with Friends, a game that became so popular on smart phones that it found its way onto Facebook. What better way to consolidate your social life onto one website, Facebook fulfills it all.
Ninja Gaming has rated the top 10 Facebook Games