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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.
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Talk Date: 02/2010
We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits -- from happiness to obesity -- can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don't even know.
Nicholas Christakis explores how the large-scale, face-to-face social networks in which we are embedded affect our lives, and what we can do to take advantage of this fact
This Talk is VERY information-dense. I would advise watching the entire video, if time is available.
If your friends are obese, your risk of obesity is 45 percent higher...If your friend’s friends are obese, your risk of obesity is 25 percent higher...If your friend’s friend’s friend, someone you probably don’t even know, is obese, your risk of obesity is 10 percent higher. It’s only when you get to your friend’s friend’s friend’s friends that there’s no longer a relationship between that person’s body size and your own body size.
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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...