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Facebook math: friends and strangers theorem

The theorem of friends and strangers can eb explained by using the Facebook analogy. Given six people on Facebbok and you’re one of them, you can either be connected or not with any of the other five. Between these six persons you can draw lines (red – not friend, green -friend) and you get 2^15 = 32 768 different combinations of all these 15 lines.

What can we say about these combinations? Can we get some rules out of this chaos? It turns out that given these six persons there will be always 3 people that are friends OR always 3 people that are not friends. Simon Pampena explains why in the video from above.

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What happens when you like your own Facebook post or comment?

This: you show that you are a total douche. Let others like your comments and statuses. When you like your own status that tells a sad story about you: you’re either terrifyingly alone or a narcissistic douche. In any case, you don’t need to cry out loud asking for people’s attention by liking your own posts. No way.

When you’re liking your own status is like you would curl up very-very hard and then kiss your own butt.

Mr. Beam says the same thing, but in a more fashionable way. Seriously, don’t click Like on your own posts.

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Veritasium: how Facebook is ripping us off

It is a known thing that Facebook pushes the envelope by asking individual account holders to promote their personal statuses in order to gain more visibility. The issue is more poignant if you are a Facebook page admin.

Here Derek Mueller, from Veritasium, explains how Facebook takes your money to bring you more likes, likes of which many are fake, and then hides some of your content in order to make you buy more likes.

It seems that Facebook is not hiring click farms, but instead guys from click farms simply clickthrough and like many pages in order to hide their false likes under a rain of seemingly natural likes.

Facebook knows this, but it won’t let you delete/block such fans in bulk. In return you get many fans, low engagement and even lower exposure. Well done, Facebook!

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Why Facebook’s #hashtags are lame: #failbook

I try to write mostly about science, techy or geeky stuff, but sometimes I can’t hold back from more personal blog posts. One of my sayings are: “blogger is, blogger does”. This is why i say that Facebook’s hashtags are dumb, lame and otherwise another way to annoy people.

Are #hashtags bad?

No way. As a concept and because of the way they were used since their inception, as search and topic aggregators, hashtags have been always useful. Using hashtags in Twitter and Google+ and not overdoing it can be mostly beneficial since anyone searching for that topic can see your posts in the stream.

Using hashtags means, usually, that you understand how the network works and you want to provide value. You will mostly use one or two hashtags per status update or post and then move on.

Hashtags are, more than you would believe, a symbol of internet culture, a landmark that sets the birth of another way of communicating with each other. Planes have been using names with hashtags (see #nerbird from Virgin America) for awhile now and some even went on to say that they’ll name their children after popular hashtags.

Why I hate Facebook with hashtags

When Facebook announced (via) that they will be inserting hashtags into our Facebook lives I did not like it. First they insert emoticons in the status updates and bring the lame Hi5 back to life, then they copy Twitter (again!) and use hashtags.

They are useful, for topic search, aggregators and as machine learning signal, but Facebook, why? Now I can say thank you for making sure that I do not feel special in any way while being logged into Facebook.

Google+ and Twitter have hashtags, why not Facebook? Because darn Facebook is trying to catch these other two by the tail and does not show that it wants to be ahead of the curve. Dafuq means “ahead of the curve”. No idea, neither does Facebook. #failbook.

The status updates area has become cluttered: insert person you are with, location, picture, emoticon and now hashtags. On top of that ask a dumb question like “what’s on your mind?”. Nothing, just posting here a link. No need for you to know what I think. Unless you read it here.

Hashtags would have been a sign that Facebook is smart, but due to timing, hashtags show that Facebook is struggling to be everything for everyone. I don’t like that. You lost the hastag race, Facebook? Invent something new, but don’t copy others again.

No, I won’t use hashtags. Maybe just to make some fun and to hijack hashtags for fun in Facebook. #angry


The rise and fall of online empires – infographic

BitRebels created this interesting infographic about the rise and fall of online empires, but it left me a bit wondering. Wondering why they think that an online empire can last only for 11 years and why Google is not mentioned there.

Of course, we could say that Google comandeered the creation of this infographic, but that would mean that we are a bit off. What strikes me is the fact that Yahoo and AOL still exist and they are almost well, thank you. AOL is more than 20 years old and Yahoo 16 years old. They might have faded, but that didn’t stopped AOL from buying TechCrunch with a “meager” $40mln.

The history of Digg should be a lesson for all: if something works, don’t tinker with it. After Digg did a massive redesign without taking to much into account what the users wanted, it had died off. The diggers had gone to other social networks. I would like to see how would Reddit fare in about 5 or 10 years from now.

A good read for each one of us should be The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, by Tim Wu. An excellent book that explains how such an empire is built, how it evolves promising idealistic goals and then how it dies off because it won’t want to adapt to the new times they’re in.



Going retro with style -Twitter, Facebook and Mass Effect 3 in the 80s

Neatomara shared a nice video about Twitter in the 80s. In this post you will see Facebook and Mass Effect 3 like they would have been described almost two decades ago.

The ideas are nice and they really depict that era. How would you do a search in 1900s with Google? You would’ve sent an mail to Google Postal Services and then received a reply after 30 days, That is fun.

Fascebook in the 90s. Via [Gizmodo].

Mass Effect as Saturday Cartoon. Via [Neatorama].