Indeed, this study suggests that half of all parents sign up with Facebook at least partly in order to see what drugs their kids are taking, who they are consorting with and what they really think about, well, their parents.
An excitable 43 percent of parents admit that they check their kids’ Facebook pages every day.
Some 92 percent of them make it so easy for themselves by openly becoming Facebook friends with their kids.
Josh Constine highlights an interesting opportunity for Facebook and their “Articles Related To” feature — a personalized newspaper.
Social Readers continue to pop up, but serve up random content at times based on your social graph’s reading preferences. For Facebook, it makes sense to bring the content together and aggregate the most popular content from your newsfeed.
It’s too early to say if a news discovery initiative would overtake popular newsreading apps like Flipboard or Zite, but it’s certainly worth monitoring. Facebook hasn’t exactly been successful in driving engagement on startup-inspired apps (Snapchat/Poke, Places/Foursquare).
The product’s potential is undeniable: Socially speaking, Graph Search is a friend finder, a dating service, and even a way to learn things about friends and family that you never thought to ask. But there’s almost an uncanny valley we’re approaching of knowing too much about a stranger, and whether that information becomes repulsive or liberating will come completely down to a few pieces of design.
Remember Facebook Questions? Well, Facebook hopes you probably have forgotten already, as it appears to have phased out the Q&A component to their site.
Q&A naturally made sense for the social network, as interactions within the news feed quickly had the ability to reach incredible-sized audiences with every interaction.
The press was quick to position Facebook Questions as a potential Yahoo Answers-killer and direct Formspring competitor. Quora was never really threatened as the feature tended to focus on polling and opinion rather than authoritative answers.
Facebook Questions certainly didn’t seem to hurt the company — I recall seeing a few of these posts in my timeline from time-to-time. But it’s possible that Facebook didn’t want to put any more time into developing what could have been a game-changing feature that wasn’t going anywhere fast.
(via Marketing Land)
Amazon is one of many companies that pay Facebook to generate these automated ads when a user clicks to “like” their brands or references them in some other way. Facebook users agree to participate in the ads halfway through the site’s 4,000-word terms of service, which they consent to when they sign up.
Not feeling all too great about Facebook these days, especially after this poor guy’s update about personal lubricant turned into a Facebook ad.
Prior to this whole incident, many people were likely unaware that their status updates could be used in this way. But it’s a huge warning sign (as if we really needed another) to watch what you share on the social network.
Of course, there will be users who will miss this story altogether. So don’t expect these types of embarrassing moments to stop anytime soon.
Facebook is a company of technologists, not marketers. If you wanted to bet on someone succeeding in the marketing business, you’d bet on technologists only if they could invent some new way to sell; you wouldn’t bet on them to sell the way marketers have always sold.
But that’s what Facebook is doing, selling individual ads. From a revenue perspective, it’s an ad-sales business, not a technology company. To meet expectations—the expectations that took it public at $100 billion, the ever-more-vigilant expectations needed to sustain it at that price—it has to sell at near hyperspeed.
A whole lot of companies.
Of all places that this feature could be found, the last place I would think of would be the New York Times. Alas, it’s a fun 15-second time suck that does provide some context to Facebook’s value.
Kanye West and Jay-Z fans, rejoice.
CrayBook is a Chrome Extension that turns the “Like” button on Facebook into a “Dat Shit Cray” button. If liking on Facebook wasn’t already cool enough, this plugin will certainly revolutionize your experience on the recently-IPOed social network. It was created by the GoPollGo team.
Now if you’ll pardon me, I’m going to go get in my zone.
It’s not supposed to compete with Facebook, but even declaring itself out of the social network race won’t stop So.cl from a fail of a launch.
When “video parties” are the standout feature and you “experiment” with search by making searches public, it can’t bode well for fast user adoption, much less user interest.
And even worse: So.cl has been live for months, according to Tom Warren. Yet another mediocre social network — and while it may have a chance — the initial buzz does not seem positive.
I think it’s the beginning of the end of the valley as we know it. Silicon Valley historically would invest in science, and technology, and, you know, actual silicon. If you were a good VC you could make $100 million. Now there’s a new pattern created by two big ideas. First, for the first time ever, you have computer devices, mobile and tablet especially, in the hands of billions of people. Second is that we are moving all the social needs that we used to do face-to-face, and we’re doing them on a computer.
Steve Blank, Serial Entrepreneur and Professor at Stanford and Berkeley, on what the Facebook IPO means for Silicon Valley