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Shrinking Your Social Network to Connections That Matter

March 28th, 2011

Mark Zuckerberg took our real experience to online presence. Facebook grabbed the world by the balls and the world embraced it. In the crescendo of an ever increasing members on Facebook and in the loudness of distributed human network over the platform, we can see a hint of a glitch that may eventually be repaired to help Facebook stay at it is or diminuendo is inevitable.

I am interested to share my status, photos, videos just like many million others on Facebook. I sometimes ask myself does it worth it? I took my time to go to the beach and I use extra minutes even hour to upload the photos and stay in touch on Facebook. Does it worth it? Letting hundreds of my friends know that ‘done this, done that’ experience adds to my happiness? No. I don’t understand the reason to get two lives (online and real) go in parallel. I am not against being social. But there should be a limit to us, a focus to some rather than telling the whole world about ones situation.

Most recently, we are found to be interested in a more closer network than before. GroupMe, Fastcompany, Fast Society, Beluga are on the forefront to achieve the goal of getting people be in touch with their close friends. A photo app that shares photos for friends at a wedding if they are close by 10 feet, is also an awesome app that how people are more interested to get connected to localized situation. Many of the new apps featured at the SXSW 2011 focused on group messaging. This shows how we are moving from a dispersed huge social network to a more confined and petite network.

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Facebook Community Pages – Connecting to Everything You Care About

May 21st, 2010

Facebook guys experiment new tech, functionality and features in a bigger scale that can shock their users as we have noticed recently with privacy issues and other open graph protocol related debates. I love the way Google does, experimentation by invitation only and roll out comes later.

As we can see from recent Facebook developments, it feels to me that Facebook is planning to be a hub of the web in regard to providing the information we need without using systematic algorithm as Google does but through very relevant, semantically integrated connections, like people, photos, activities, etc. Most of the functionality try to mirror Google’s approach but in a different manner. Also I believe Community Pages is one of Facebook’s strategy to create a wiki like, but more official information providing platform, in the same way Google tried using knol http://knol.google.com/k.

As seen so far, Facebook guys are working on finding any possible connections you have with the world around you and make it dynamic and accessible. Facebook community pages are one of these connections, that connect you to everything you care about, everything you want to do, everything you love to hear about and be able to see others who have similar interests.

It’s not the right time to speak a lot on the benefits of Facebook’s Community page. Neither it’s simple to forecast that we will have a better version. We have seen a dozens of applications deactivated or removed indefinitely and replaced with new ones.

Facebook Powered Web

April 29th, 2010

A new data model for the web is unfolding. It has been in the Facebook labs for some time. Participating sites are now integrating this model on their sites and rapidly building up relationships the so-called connections (e.g., friend relationships, shared content, and photo tags) and diving into the social graph, a representation of our relationships. This has a magnetic effect for the web at large. When a site’s visitor log into such participating sites, brings their connections/relationships to the site which will indirectly bring up the connections through content recommendations, friend’s activity, news feed, and status message notices. This shows how fast people are climbing to the same tree, the new Facebook data model and branch out and reach out to their networks of friends and connect with other Facebook objects such as photos, events, and fan pages.

Recently, it has also been rumored that Facebook is getting more popular than Google at least in the U.S. It’s partly because of online social connections are growing faster and widely spreading games such as farmville, partly Facebook plays on a more semantic, smarter web that creates a real online interaction with people. It seems that we are heading toward not Facebook but Facebook platform centered web, which means a lot of our important content we want to share, connections, and what matters us most hit Facebook than any other social site or simply any site in the future. Are you ready?

Facebook's Connections-based Web

Very soon, the Facebook platform is going to be the epicenter of the new web (in my opinion) should the new system is embraced with open hands by most constitutions and it will bring such an impact that never happened in the last two decades. Once the connections, relationships and objects are all related, established and intertwined, it is going be so easy to find the information you look for at your fingertips. You may not need to use keywords, rather you may trust the opinion of your friends/online relationships that you are connected with and care to pick up what you want, to choose out of many options. As Facebook’s Bret Taylor puts it in his blog, the underlying graph of connections just needs to be mapped in a way that makes it easy to use and interoperable.