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While I like facebook, I am sick of the app spam crap...

I like Facebook, it's been a great re-connector for old friends, with the walled garden privacy settings being one of the main reasons for it's growth, which they are now trying to reverse without a care for the users, not surprising to hear 50% of people have accepted been duped with it and left the change to public.

They need it open to the public for the simple fact the search engines will index them, send them more traffic.

Many are still using the private settings, myself included, though I have given that some serious thought recently as it's only there I have set private, elsewhere online it's not the case, but then elsewhere online I am not connected to so many real friends, people I actually know in the "real world" and that makes it different.

I love the fact I can interact with local friends and old friends I haven't seen for years, most of them are set to private too, it's what got them comfortable with facebook in the first place...

But the apps, and fake groups and more crap are driving me nuts!

I have to groan when I keep seeing crap apps, stupid fake groups like "we won't pay to use facebook" which is just laughable! (HINT: facebook CAN'T afford to charge people and risk losing anything up to 350 million users!)

I remove almost all this crap from my profile and I know it will bother some who have posted and then seen me remover it and thought "oops".. now don't worry if that's you, nothing personal in it at all, I just don't want the crap all over my profile, I have seen friends profiles and they are nothing BUT that sort of crap.

But if you have set yours to open, are you comfortable with the fact every tom, dick and harry can see what crap gets posted to your profile?

Does it really reflect on you as a person, some say I should lighten up and chill, but my profile is this way for a reason and I write this so you who say "chill" can get an idea why I do it and why I don't want that crap posted on my profile, why I don't want to join crap fake groups which are "viral" in the way they are named, yet meaningless.

The apps and crap make you look sad, uninteresting in some sense, to some people!
Children's stuff!
Need I say more?

No offence to any person, it's just perception, and my perception is, in all honesty, influenced to a degree by the perception of many, do I really want others seeing that crap on my profile? No!

But... it gets worse, because people blindly click any old shit, they are spreading viruses, trojans and the like, I KNOW this because my PC stopped a trojan yesterday, and I do NOT click any old link, the problem was who's link it was, not that they did it on purpose or anything, just that it's FRIENDS... we tend to put more weight of trust on things relating to the person behind the link.

Natural, but it nearly caught me out.

I have to say I have always had friends contact me on facebook saying this has happened, my pc wont work, or similar, what do I do?

I always help, but why not all help yourselves...

Well, one thing, stop sharing crap, think about what you click a bit more before clicking it.
Use common sense!

Facebook is a haven for that sort of crap, so many users, so much "trust" between friends, so much ease of going viral... it's WHY they target it, and groups are created to simply build a mailing list so they can spam your inbox with CRAP!

The next thing you could do, is when you use an app and it ask you to send invites and such, really think about who you are sending them to, do they really want that whatever app invite?
Will it annoy them?
Does this crappy app really mean anything?

Then you may consider not spamming your friends with it.

Consider what others think, more so if your profile is open, consider what your profile looks like and how it reflects you.

Just a thought... ;o)

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Facebook screwed up, what they SHOULD have done...

I've been a bit off with a cold the last week or so, although having stayed in the loop I think it's been an interesting week or so with several things happening that caught my eye, mainly though was the stupid changes with privacy on Facebook, we should all call it faceache, that's certainly what it gives us.

No doubt millions of eyebrows went up when they realised what had happened.

I wasn't going to post about it, mainly because I shared several good links on my own facebook page for others to read, some missed it though, and some readers on here don't see my facebook page.

Then I realised I already shared what they should have done, they already had/have the right solution... they ignore what's right under their noses, I'll explain that in a minute...

On the week where that nasty scum who abused kids in a nursery then sent pics to perverts met VIA facebook I found this move very very distasteful, in fact facebook LOST trust, that trust they built up over the last few years dropped overnight.

Jason Calacanis asked a pretty strightfowrd question with...  Is Facebook being unethical, clueless or unlucky?

Before you go rushing to read that, my thoughts...

I think I tend to fall into the unethical argument, I felt it was a very sly move dressed with spin, IE they say one thing while it's actually the opposite, they say it was to give more control over privacy yet they changed it without saying so, if you think the pop up box give us a say... you will find it was already changed, they are banking on ignorance.

If it was two days between your last signing in and getting that pop up box it means your profile and it's contents were available to the search engines for those two days, enough for it all to be indexed!

In real terms facebook has been built on privacy, sharing with chosen people, family, friends co workers etc.

Most of the users are parents, family members, aunts, uncles, etc and don't mix much with "everyone" online.

Facebook's betrayal of your trust is immense... and they did it to several hundred million people!

It's like you invite your family, friends round to your home, then share your latest holiday snaps with them, after they leave and you go to bed, facebook come into your home and took the photo album outside and put it onto a magazine rack outside your  front door, that's the sight which greets you in the morning when you go to get your pint of milk from the doorstep!

A bunch of strangers and a possible pervert stood there rifling through your photos!

How would that make anyone feel?

As someone said.. they are the foxes guarding the hens!

They are indeed preying on peoples ignorance, how many of the 350 million people got confused and did nothing about it?
How many of them millions don't even realised what's been done?

Even if it was only a paltry 5%, that's a HUGE number of people.

So, why did they do all this really?

Traffic, and money, NO other reason, they wanted profiles to be indexed by search engines which would create traffic, traffic they would like to monetise because they are useless at monetising in reality, how can anyone with 350 million users struggle to monetise it??

They have had crappy apps do better at monetising then them on their own site!

Yet, it's a dilemma, they created a closed walled garden which was the main reason for that huge growth in the first place, now they realise it is also a hindrance to their own monetisation plans, so they tried to slyly trick us into it think it wouldn't kick up a stink, daft move!

So, what should they have done?

Lets look at this from their point for a second, they wanted this purely so they could expand their reach using search engines and also as a way to battle twitter, which is in my view could have happened IF they got it right.

The already have the twitter rival in Lite.

Let me explain, when I first saw lite, my immediate reaction was to think, "wow, well, if they let us have both lite and normal facebook, yet seperate them completely they could probably dent twitter in a huge way".

Not only that, a rival with an already bigger userbase than twitter! 350 million!

At the moment, every facebook user has a lite version, there is an option to make lite default but it's just that, a smaller neater version of the facebook we already use.

What's stopping them from keeping lite as a standalone platform with slight differences than the normal facebook set up?

Nothing! Less excuse now when they already have the great friendfeed team on board who know a thing or two about all this stuff.  It's all in place already!

Here's how I would set it up...

Don't copy twitter, beat them at their own game.

Keep the main facebook is it is, have the settings so we do have complete privacy control and we decide in total what gets shared and with whom, keep the friend limit as it is or lower, 5000 is too many anyway IMO.

Have lite set up with no friend limit and have it default as open, but let people have the option to deactivate it completely, if they don't want to use lite, let them choose to not use it.

Have the option to import all friends on your main facebook who use lite into your lite friend list, have the option to use the lists feature like we can on the main facebook and the option to have one list set to private... this could be the friends from your main facebook set up.

Have the option to cross post from lite to the main facebook but not the other way round.

Make lite work in real time like friendfeed does, use facebooks own fb.url shortner on lite and give us the metrics to use and work with so we can improve our lite experience as we go along.

Make lite a great addition to facebook not a small alternative.

That's what I would do. What do you think?

P.s If facebook use this, a beer or two would be nice as a thanks Mr Zuckerburg!

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Facebook, on the way to rivalling google!

There has been some interesting changes lately, namely facbook buying friendfeed, while also creating a new lite version of facebook, not yet rolled out to the masses but looking interesting though, from the screenshots I have seen it looks better on the eye, more of a "facebook looking twitter"... or what twitter would have looked like if facebook bought and integrated it.

Instead they leapfrogged twitter and bought a far better product and team with friendfeed.

Facebook are banking on more people making their profiles open, public, via the privacy settings which I feel they should have started thinking about ages ago, most people don't want public profiles, they take advantage of the "walled garden" set up, which is why most people only use it for their real friends.

This is the double edged sword left from the original "college campus" set up from which they started, people saw it as a more private place to share and connect. The fact people used their real names played a big part in the growth and knowing it was private... yet it's something I feel they have left for too long, people are using facebook differently to any other site they may use and many won't want their stuff being public, being indexed by google on other words.

The new search facebook implemented is another step towards the opening up of facebook. They know they miss out on a ton of traffic from google, which means targeted traffic and that means better monetisation.

With the real time search added they are in fact positioning themselves to rival google, with googles help whether google like it or not.

The one thing they have to sort out is the lame limits, if they ant facebook being more open then they should bank on people being more social, meaning commenting on more, sharing more. If they keep these lame limits and bans that are so vague, they will make people less likely to be open with their stuff, which is not helping facebook at all, the more open and social the users are the better off facebook would be... it's a two way street. Show a bit more respect to the users and they will act accordingly.

Facebook are also making changes to their email system, now they have the smart guys from friendfeed who also created Gmail while at Google, just maybe big improvements will be made. Their current email system reminds me of the crap AOL... you leave them and you lose the lot.

So what does all this mean for you, the facebook user?

Will you open up your facebook to the masses?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below...

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If you have to even ask...



.... wtf am I doing??

Then you gotta start to change things

Yeah I ask myself that at times! .

A few lies here and there from others start to make me question things, well yeah I have "moaned" (in their perception) about friendfeed, facebook twitter etc over the weeks and I am not the only one to do so, the thing these liars miss is they prove the point by doing the very thing I supposedly "moaned" and "attacking" people..wtf?

Listen up you that lie about me, spread crap, I have never "attacked" anyone on these sites.. show me where I have... take your own advice and back ya shit up.. ie, man up or shut it.

Let me get this straight once and for all.

The ONE and ONLY reason I have written complaint post on here is because I CARE about it, I USE the places. I contribute, so want the experience to be as good as possible.. who doesn't??

If I never cared, I wouldn't say anything about it, I'd let you get on with it and say jack shit!
I care... so if I feel a point should be made which may improve the overall experience for everyone, I will make it... and I don't expect to be attacked for it.

So.

YOU that attacked me and told lies are hypocrites, by attacking me and others in the very threads started about the post made complaining about it, not only mine, others too. THAT makes YOU the stupid one.

I like these sites but doesn't mean I can't also state my opinions on them on my own blog... be they good or bad, if you are looking for 100% positive fluff, look elsewhere, life simply isn't like that.

I can't believe the idiots and they are in the minority, and yes they are a bit of a different "mob" to the worse places, but they are still idiots. I'd rather not bother with them, but when they attack you personally with lies... you gotta say something.

If any other these post, threads whatever improve the place isn't that a good thing?

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Scaling down the conversation...or why friendfeed annoyed me!

Recently I have talked about friendfeed and some of the pet peeves I see with the "mob mentality" there and lack of interaction in general unless you are one of the "crowd" and yes there is one, I don't care what they say, my experience tells me different.

Friendfeed is still full of geeks really, I am not a geek although I do love to learn new things... like I jumped into friendfeed via twitter.

It is not an easy place for some people to get to grips with, more so if they struggle to use twitter, or only use facebook etc but with facebook stealing ideas and features from friendfeed I do think more facebook users could use friendfeed without so many problems. But I'd not want to lead them into friendfeed as it is if my own experience is anything to go by, I am not saying I had a bad one, just I have seen the ugly side of it and it's not good.

Lead my real mates to a pack of wolves? No thanks...

Not to say they are all like that, far from it, but the wolves are hunters, they are trolls...

Yes we can control alot of what we see there and such, but new users wouldn't know that or know how to do it without being told, helped.

I do think some of my real friends would enjoy the features of friendfeed and possibly enjoy it as I did when I first started there. Granted, some of my own experiences there will be my own fault, no problems saying that, I am not perfect but what I do know is that I am perceived very differently on frienfeed than I am on twitter and facebook. That is partly down to the other people, I reacted differently because the experience itself was different.

No-one can deny friendfeed is different.

So, spending time with my youngest son here, having less time online writing and socialising has given me alot of food for thought, I got to looking at a few stats, thinking about how the places made me feel, how they impacted on me, who made me feel good and bad.

I recently scaled down those I follow on twitter and it made a big difference although I have been quiet there of late like I have everywhere it's still made an improvement, less noise and a better flowing stream.

I didn't like what I saw regarding friendfeed to be honest and now it's the main reason I decided to make big changes which should help not only myself but those real friends who do join friendfeed.

See I love the way friendfeed works and do think it is a great place to be, it has many more good uses than bad shit, you find interesting things there and have some good discussions and there are some people there who I will always subscribe too.

So last night I decided to scale the friendfeed experience down for myself, using filters to separate those I know I will always follow and those I am not so sure of. Some are just being blocked cos they are arseholes and trolls.

The point is to make it an experience I can enjoy and share with real friends who are willing to try it out and not just "put up" with the experience I am having there now. I don't give a rats ass if this bothers some on there because they contributed to me not enjoying it so much. They are not real friends so sod them!

With the ability to have rooms and filters there is no reason for me to not have a "local" set up where us locals can participate and create our own little community... like facebook gives us but with more control and less hassle!

The small is the good... the big is just noise!

So to the real friends of mine, should you want to try friendfeed, sub to me once joined and I will sub to you too and we go from there.

Those who already use friendfeed, how is it fairing up for you?

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Wow facebook, are you really that blind?

Just a short one for now, I have been busy with a few things which I need to get done, I briefly checked out my RSS reader to see what's happening regarding the blogs I read...

Seems I'm not the only one who has stated the obvious about facebook, then again this is simply to silly to miss!

How can they get something so simple so wrong?

Any thoughts?

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Facebook, grow up a bit, you need to ...

It seems to me facebook are starting to change their ways a little, though not enough for my liking simply because of the way they continue to treat their users, the most important aspect of the whole business.

Treating your users like children is NOT the way to go.

There are now far more of the older generation on there, I would say 90% of the friends I have on facebook are 25 to 45 (my own age group), 5% under 25, 5% over 45 ... just recently it's been shown that the older generation (over 55) on facebook is also increasing, are they going to treat them like kids too?

Then again that's no surprise whan facebook was started by a college student for college students, ie little more than kids themselves.

The growth of facebok has been pretty explosive yet they have not changed their mentality with it, well the owner is what 24, 25 ... say's alot really about why they need to "grow up" as a whole.

I have now seen dozens of people delete their accounts out of frustration and YES I debated on doing it myself, it's something I will do if things don't improve for the users, no-one likes to be treated like a kid and facebook is NOT the be all and end all!

It's no secret (wrote about it on here) I've had issues with them like tens of thousands of others and all because of stupid rules and lack of clarification on them.

You want limits and rules to be respected, spell them out clearly!

It's a two way street so you have to do YOUR part too facebook, that means respecting the users.

You also have to be fair on how you implement it, I can promise you this, there was a 16 or 17 year old girl in the national papers not that long ago who admitted spending ALL her waking hours on facebook with her 5000 friends, I bet she has NEVER been blocked, and yet she must have used faceboook WAY more than I have!

As a user I have the right to express an opinion on this and I only want, just like everyone else, a better experience on facebook, not have to walk on eggshells.

The stupid limits, once you have been blocked (usually without warning) and then unblocked, you should never be blocked again UNLESS the users, IE your friends, COMPLAIN about you.

Do you think facebook, that you know me better than my OWN friends?
No I thought not!
Not ONE complaint to facebook from my friends, and yet they have blocked me twice!

What part of being "social" do you not understand facebook?

I'll spell it out, the MORE social the users are, the better!

It's no secret facebook are losing money, THAT is the problem you should be dealing with, not pissing the users off, let the users do the job of "policing" their own experience and the friends they have, they are NOT stupid!

If some friend spams the crap out my profile with some porn or other crap, or starts insulting me or friends and getting abusive it's, "remove from friends" and BYE BYE ... pretty simple.
I don't need YOU doing that for me.

YOU get on with what you screwed up with from the start, monetising the damn place!

Tip, ads don't work FULL stop! (Beer icon over there)

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Heading for the gate of facebooks walled garden



Having written previously about facebooks walled garden, lame rules, guidelines and lack of help when needed, I hoped not to have to do it again.
The fact they will block you without question or explanation, then unblock you... only to do it again later because you still don't know what the limits or rules are as they never told you the first time is to me lame.

They should clearly know after the fist time you are not a spammer, abuser, nor did you clearly offend anyone as no-one complained, the fist block was 6 days, this one has been 12 so far!

It's the worse way they could deal with it in my opinion, not that mine counts for much anyway.

Why punish those who actively help grow your business?
Why punish good users on a user generated site?

Why bother?

Therefore facebook now turns into an outpost for me and nothing more.

I will never again help others join the place and help them get to grips with it, not that I don't want to help friends but anyone who has helped others knows it is not easy for everyone and there will be lots of comments back and forth as they learn, which means commenting too much, that's likely to end up in another block and more damn frustration.

No thanks...

I am sorry to say to you friends on facebook, I won't use it the way I did and now it will be an outpost for things I share with you.

I am heading for the gate out of the walled garden known as facebook!

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Facebook = AOL...a lame walled garden!



Facebook, a strange set up with the walled garden that reminds me of the AOL days.

It's lame, yet I can also see why they have done this, as Jesse mentioned on a friendfeed thread they have control over it all ... the fact it's a walled garden means they should be able to sort the spammers from the real people fairly easily, yet they are lame when it comes to this sort of thing, nothing stopping a spammer getting banned then setting up a new account..

You give to facebook, they take away from you.

The Iframe they use is also a bad idea in my eyes, they stop people commenting on my blog itself by shoving that "comment" link on the Iframe leading people to leave comments on facebook, yeah selfish bastards.

How is that fair? WHY am I building their business up only to be kicked in the teeth like this?

Shame really as I was starting to feel like facebook will be my main social site, having real offline friends on there makes it so much different to other social sites.
There is a possibility I was "reported" by someone, if so, what a chicken shit.
But facebook won't share this with us, so it makes it hard to change anything.

They need to open up this set up more, start being honest with us all, clarify their lame rules and limits, else they will just drive people away like AOHell did.

I am very close to dumping it completely.

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Can you make money online then? Probably not...

I just wanted to know how to make money online, so I did what most would do, I went and searched for it, it was the dream of being able to make money while sleeping that got me asking and looking in the first place.

In doing so I got sucked into the internet marketing forums, which was a good and bad thing, good being it taught me alot and I became friends with some great people, I got started doing something because the friends gave me the confidence to just do and I knew I'd get nowhere if I never did anything!

I met people who had already done the things I were thinking about and shared their experiences so we had the benefit of being able to avoid any mistakes, we also had the benefit of other people understanding what we were feeling and going through. We were all in the same boat, as they say!

The bad side was the murkiness, incestousness, pitch-festy nature of the niche, to much misinformation that gets spouted in them by people who haven't a clue, too much taking advantage of noobs, newbies, whatever term you are familiar with.

I don't give a shit about any "marketers" who say otherwise, I have SEEN it with my own eyes and I KNOW many of you do take advantage, raping their wallets / purses etc while filling them with crap that gets them nowhere, it seems you don't really want them to succeed ... just keep giving you money!

The reason I feel most will never make money online, because of the crap information and misleading shit the IMers have shoved down peoples throats, some of it just plain lies!

The one thing about this IM was it fired you up, you start to chase that dream of making a success of becoming an internet marketer who makes a good income, or at least you think you can do, in reality most people sat on the forums discussing it instead of doing it. (Regardless, some did take action, not only that they left the forums too, I don't blame them either!)

It's not long until you're working all day at the day job, getting home, having some food then jumping on the PC until early the hours of the morning doing this or that ... then grabbing a few hours sleep before getting up for the day job again ... and so on!

That crazy feeling of not being able to switch off in order to sleep, I now see people saying on facebook. ;o)

Put simply, it's all addictive, it sucks you in, the difference though is the IM niche makes you think like a marketer with added thoughts of psychology, human behaviour on and offline etc, it got you thinking about the "herd" so to speak, it's good and bad again. :o)

Nevertheless, I do see it happening with friends on facebook now, some are up until early hours of the morning, knowing they have to get up for the day job just a few hours later ... but to make it worse I have even had a few there ask me about how they could make money online.

That's ok, the question I ask them is "do you want to be sucked into this or do you really want to make money online?

There is a big difference!

You either will make money online or you can't! ;o)

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The state of my social life!

Having been ill, I have not posted for over a week, not easy trying to write something worth posting when you have the flu, not something I am too pleased about although just to look at it positively I got busy in other ways to take my mind off the sickness including trying something new, namely tumblr, which is a neat little blogging style platform anyone could use, which I will post about another time. ;o)

The main thing these last ten days being stuck indoors missing out on the nice weather (I did grab a few quick pics though) is that with the added lack of sleep, it gave me plenty of time being "social" online. Nothing new to me being social but I got the chance to look at things on a deeper level in several ways, with stats on traffic, the quality of that traffic and the general feel of being social on these sites, the community feel etc. I found a few surprises for myself and learnt a few things I would never have had otherwise.

Facebook for me has always been to connect to the people I genuinely know offline, old friends and people who live near me etc, as it is with most people, after all it's what the original intention was with facebook. There has been some cracking pictures popping up of us in our schooldays and surprisingly from old school friends I never expected to hear from again. This is the beauty of facebook for me, it's memory lane and I get the impression from my friend there it's like that for them too.

So facebook I am still in two minds about, I won't stop using it as I love the fact I can socialise with old friends living elsewhere and local people I see anyway offline. I don't use it like some use it for business or other, using it the way they use other sites by which I mean connecting to anyone and everyone, as happens with myspace and having more followers regardless of what they are like is seen as being "better" than having fewer.

That could change with the friends list function now added as I could create a new list for the friends I know online from other social sites and see how that plays out. I am always one to try, test things for myself and see what happens. The one thing people have to get away from is taking what others say as being "gospel" or "the right way" and test things for themselves.

It's the "marketers" I never really wanted to add to my facebook list as I know what will happen as it does elsewhere...they game it and non stop promote whatever they are promoting at that time. In one sense they ruin it. I had enough of that in the forums thanks. :o)

The recent (stolen?!) changes to facebook have made it far more interactive although it can still be improved in some ways, which it probably will over time. One missing thing is the real time updating which would stop us having to click "home" to refresh the page...even then the one problem is everything is buried way down the page which means people will miss things added to that item, over time it gets worse.

For example I post a link, two or three people comment on it within minutes and it's getting eyeballs...it soon dies down and gets buried and weeks later I comment on it again, then the notifications show up on only those two or three that commented on it originally, they will be the ONLY ones to see it, everyone else misses it as they will should any of those two or three comment on it again. A flaw there.

One other thing is when some app has been used by a friend, ie a "quiz" they will often do another one while on the app page, I then decide to "hide" the "quiz" when their post shows in my stream, great, except they did another and that shows and I have to hide each one, then someone else does a quiz and it happens again, it really should have been "hide all quiz's" rather than just that one.

Overall I feel I am still testing facebook out for what else I can do with it other than connect to real friends but also feel these changes were a huge step in the right direction. The fact that facebook has doubled it's user base in less than a year from 100 million to 200 million is astonishing. Just beware of what you post there, assume the world IS watching...with tagging on pictures etc you can easily have something seen by someone you would rather not see it.

Twitter, although still so simple it's now so frustrating and so... dying! Before you twitter fans bash me hear me out...I have been using it since march 2007, so a fair while and long enough to have seen the changes, of how it's used and also the people who use it, without stereotyping anyone to insult or otherwise, it has changed whether we like it or not just due to those who use it.

Not so long ago it was such a diverse range of tweets going through the stream sharing great stuff and with a great community feel to it...but with the recent worm issues I am loathe to check out any link on there now. The lack of security on there means it will be a target for spammers and idiots.

The recent celebrity twitter craze due to the mass media coverage twitter has had, (priceless coverage too, triggered by celebs no less!) had quite an effect both good and bad in my view. It's great when you think how it's connected the celebs to their fans in a way there has never been before, and as often as the celebs chooses to be connected, whenever and wherever they are.

The bad side of that is the fact there is now so much "celeb stalking" going on which has lead to some people ignoring almost every other tweet on twitter, I have unfollowed people due to every single tweet they make being to a celeb...not what they did when I first followed them so there is no need to follow them anymore and it is getting worse with even more celebs getting on twitter.

Like I say it's great they are on there but they will for the most part due to sheer numbers never see your tweet buried among the thousands, so if you are a celeb follower, don't forget to connect to others you follow else you end up losing more followers. With twitter it seems everyone say's it's a numbers game, so I am sure you don't want to lose your followers. ;o)

For me, I am happy to follow most on twitter giving anyone a chance to be in my stream but if you tweet crap, spam, etc I will unfollow you as I don't care for that really, whether you follow me or not, don't assume I have to follow you just because you follow me as I decide that. Yes I do follow a few celebs on there too, just those who DO interact and use it well.

I am getting away from posting on the twitter website itself as I see the damn fail whale (over capacity) page more than not! Another problem due to it's sudden rise in popularity. Along with the all to often small problems twitter seems to have like the missing tweets etc. I don't feel I am using my time well ON twitter, I feel it's better spent elsewhere where I can also post to twitter with ease. (tumblr as mentioned at the start allows this)

Twitter for me is on it's way out due to it's limited use and functionality. It needs more than it has to be really useful and beneficial. Only time will tell us if this changes in a way it matters, I see they are adding search etc but it's still so little.

I am a little dissapointed to see the problems they have had over the last week or so but then I think they could have even dealt with them problems better than they did, the worm was never even noticed by twitter for a while, if it was they never mentioned it for about 12 hours, it was those ON twitter who spread the message that it was infecting twitter users. THAT to me is lame.

I am using twitter less and less now due to it all, although I will still use it because I have made some friends on there, I will just use the actual twtter website itself less and less as other places allow me to do that and gain so much more at the same time.

Friendfeed on the other hand looks to be the real gem of the three here in many ways, for me that is, no idea what would it would be for you...but from my time there it seems to be the one that the others want to be. The place is simply head and shoulders above twitter and facebook are almost stalking friendfeed as a lab! (which should say alot)

Facebooks recent changes were taken (stolen?!) from friendfeed as I have mentioned in an earlier post, written around the time of the facebook changes themselves. Friendfeed has recently rolled out a new look in beta which I have to say I much prefer to the old style and smartly they did it after facebook made their (stolen?!) changes. ;o)

The biggest benefit to me is the fact it is more interactive with more commenting going on than it seemed before and it's the commenting that matters to me, as that is the interaction going on. It's easy to sit there and just "like" everything to build up your likes count...quite another thing to be commenting on everything.

There IS a tendency for some of the known names to shout out when possible how much they have "liked" things, as if that makes them some sort of "better user" than others, this is now leading to others "liking" everything just to get their own count up, sadly...while it also in a way does have some form of bookmarking and searching benefit I feel it has alot less merit than the amount of comments made.

It's comments and post that show you are interacting there and being social, not likes alone. Don't get me wrong the community there is superb, way better than the feel on twitter, facebook is different for me just due to them being the community I live with offline.

Friendfeed users share some great stuff and I often see things first there rather than anywhere else due to the sheer range of different style feeds that it allows to come in, even if it originates from twitter I will more likely see the tweet in friendfeed.

It is almost becoming my RSS reader in one sense, although I still use google reader to read feeds, I tend to scan more nowadays with so much crap posted it gets harder to filter out the good stuff, whereas on friendfeed the good stuff I often read in my RSS reader is already shared and liked by others who may also subscribe to the same RSS feeds as me...so I can filter them on friendfeed easier using the search with set criteria of number of likes or comments.

Another great thing is the ease in which you find other interesting people to subscribe to, as they make comments and like on other peoples things I would never see otherwise I can check how they interact on here and make a quick choice.

Because of this this your experience on friendfeed is better quality than it is on say twitter, as on twitter you have to follow someone to get a feel of how they tweet and then every so often "clean up" your following list to trim the people you don't rate worthy enough to follow. You are constantly following and unfollowing to refine your twitter experience while still trying to gain followers overall.

Twitter IS a popularity contest in that sense. You want more followers, just as I do of course because it does matter in the sense of reach.

On Friendfeed it doesn't.

Quality over quantity for everyone on friendfeed. Less is more as they say. I subscribe to more people on frienfeed than people subscribe to me and that's great as I get the stream I want. I am not fussed if they don't subscribe to me, if I want them to subscribe to me I need to be worthy of being subscribed to, but it's not that important as it doesn't take away from your experience of friendfeeds great community or the great things you will see shared and posted.

Friendfeed is still in beta and knowing how the team of just 11 people who run it have interacted with us there regarding the feedback etc I won't be surprised to see things improve before they roll it out of beta...a lesson the twitter owners could have done with taking notice of.

The friendfeed team consist of a few ex google workers who while there worked on the Google mail or gmail as it's known so I feel we are not seeing the best of it just yet. If things carry on the way they are going it's going to be a good ride.

For me friendfeed is really turning out to be a great little place that has so much usefulness as well as some great users who make the place what it really is, a great community.

How about you and your social activity?

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Facebook makes quick changes

Following on from the last post it seems only 24 hours later they add new changes as explained here.
Looking at the home page you will see that there is now "+create" link, this is what I meant about creating own list on last post like in friendfeed.



No idea if there are limit to how many list you can create, but clicking on the link a box will pop up looking like the one shown here, create a name for your list and then choose who to add to it ... like what?

You could have a family list, a workmate list, a niche list (common passion, ie music fans) , old school friend list, college friend list... and so on. 

This enables you to mange things better as you gain more friends etc while also allowing you to now actively add people you wouldn't have otherwise added.



Also, I mentioned in the last post about the annoyance of the hide function being the wrong way, instead of hiding apps it hid people, you will notice the button on the top right of each "post" made instead of the normal X. 

A better set up this way, not to point out Peter below or anything, but instead of hiding Peter, I could if I wanted to, hide the app.



Some better improvements and also they have acted on it fast.
Look out for more because I doubt they have stopped adding to it yet.

How do you feel about these additions?

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Why facebook was right to ignore the moaning

Seems to be a lot of moaning on facebook about the recent changes with the home page, not for the first time either as I remember the same people moaning at the last change, which they are now saying the last set up was great ... they got used to it didn't they?!

Which was always going to be the case anyway, they knew it and those who use other social sites also knew it, facebook changed things for good reason, they run a business to make money online!

Businesses are meant to make money and where else but the data they collect are they going to be able to get money?
Ads from that data maybe? 
Pretty targeted ads too? 

Someone mentions laptops on my profile and this shows!



Part of business is to improve am I right?

Well they tried to do that by looking at buying twitter, which if you use twitter can understand the reasons, facebook failed as Ev (@ev on twitter) refused to sell, so whats the next best thing?

Nick "proven to be good ideas" and implement them into facebook itself maybe?

Not only from twitter.

When you look at my profile on twitter you see that below on the right hand side. A link to my blog, a short bio and my twitter stats, like how many followers I have and how many I follow, and the amount of "updates" which are the actual 140 character "tweets" themselves.



Ignoring the favourites tab for now, as that is just those tweets you want to save, rather than share, bit like your own tweetb'mark, a handy tool to keep in mind though while tweeting.



When I look at it, once logged in, I see the same as shown which now also shows a little box that swaps with others when you refresh the page, which you need to do to update the stream, it swaps with other little neat things you use with twitter, like twitter search etc.

This is something I can see added to facebook sometime, a search using tags or keywords which will pull up what you want to see related to that but from friends rather than facebook wide, even the tags on pictures, comments, likes etc...

On the bottom of that is the home and replies tabs, that is all there is to twitter, so it is good and bad in a way, the home stream is like a hose of tweets if you follow alot of people, and the reply stream are just the tweets aimed at you, in other words they start with @robsellen in my case. Great if you tweet a question and get alot of replies.

While twitter is great it has some serious limits to what you can do with it and I think they will add more to it.

But on friendfeed which is in so many ways very different to twitter they already have some great features which twitter should adopt as well as facebook, which if you look at it facebook already have started to do.

Looking at my friendfeed page I see this on the left which shows the lists I have which all show in their own streams, as you can see I have one for twitter which pulls all tweets to friendfeed so I never really have to go to twitter. Better though is the fact you can use twitter and then come to freindfeed and see others in friendfeed expanding the conversation around a tweet you made.

These list you can create are endless, you can do whatever you want, even follow people who don't use friendfeed! By that lets say I know your twitter user name but don't follow you on twitter, I can add the RSS from your twitter page (that is below the box on the right) and add to my friendfeed, so I will see your tweets without you even knowing. :o)



As you can see you have "rooms" too, all in their own streams which if you had a "niche market" could utilise well by creating a room solely for that market.

Um ...

What'cha think?

Think they will start adding something like that to facebook? 

Maybe it will show on the sidebar as seen below on your own home page...you'll  have to keep an eye on that. ;o)

I'd not be surprised to see it though.



Less apps, more feeds!!!  :o)

Agreed?

They missed a trick with removing the "live" feed from the last set up and I have no doubt it will pop back up on here before long.

On that friendfeed page of mine there are icons which show you what RSS feeds I have used in freindfeed, as seen below, often on my facebook page you will see something I posted on twitter, that's then gone to friendfeed, then to facebook, and I only had to post a tweet on twitter!



Something facebook are already adding as you see below...

Just simply add whatever RSS feed you want to add to it and it will do the work for you.



Utilising RSS feeds this way means you can share you things so much easier without having to even go to facebook!

Some other features "nicked" from friendfeed are the "likes" which is a significant thing that many are not grasping fully, look at that with the possible search function in mind... 

What do I mean? Lets say for instance you are somewhere looking at something to buy, for instance you want a laptop, you are not sure what you want, you log into facebook and type in "laptop" in the search on facebook and it pulls up all the results for "laptop", (friendwide or facebook wide, whatever they use) and you notice some search results are "liked" by a huge amount of people, many of them your friends... would it sway your choice?

Another feature from friendfeed in a sense is the new "highlights", which on friendfeed is known as "best of the day" as you can see on the top right of on a profile page both on friendfeed and facebook.



Getting something liked alot, or commented on alot, will get your item showing on the highlights part of all your friends home page, depending on their friends, if similar then yes you will get to the top of it.. 

Something that could be abused a bit, but hey let's see how it goes. ;o)

Another thing from friendfeed which they got completely wrong was the ability to "hide" things, on friendfeed you hide whatever it is, for example tweets from twitter, so you will see less of them from everyone, on facebook they screwed up by making it hide everything from that person instead of the app itself, like the damn quiz app that's taken over my own stream at times! 

You can "unhide" the person on the bottom of the page as seen below...



I read on facebooks own blog that this will be changed to hide apps rather than people.

A good move in reality.

So, while I can see why people moan, they don't like change is the bottom line, you can see they are doing it to benefit you but benefit them more, which is why they are right to ignore the moaning, it's a business thing.

The changes are better and needed to make facebook more interactive for the users, and they make it better for them to monetise it.

People go so far as to insult the creator of faceook on the facebook blog...idiots!

I have a few things I dislike about facebook, one is the "walled garden mentality" they have.

If you click a link the website opens in an iframe which to me is a joke, a bad ignorant move.

If I want to go out of facebook and look at a site I should just be able to do that, I know I can click the x in the top of the iframe and it will go to the page, but there are thousands who don't know that.

Overall I think facebook made some good improvements and they will still improve it over time.

Quit ya moaning, if you don't like it, go create your own social site! :o)

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"Facebook sucks..."

A little to much information out of us for my liking, did you see the terms of service? No...

You allow them to gather info about you from "anywhere" online...blogs, forums whatever.
That is another reason why facebook has such targeted ads.

They ain't daft are they. ;o)

The applications are created by just about anyone who can, they are allows to pull info from your profile to work but I'll bet they get a wealth of info and use from it. Just a worry about WHO these people are.

I also worry about the fact these people are smart enough to put "bot" tracking or otherwise onto you.
I am sure something from an app effected me.


I like using facebook, but with the "big brother" aspect, and the fact it is so accessible to anyone including bosses, potential bosses etc you do have to be at least a little aware of what you share etc.

But then facebooks whole success boils down to ONE thing...

That is it uses "real names" unlike myspace etc where you use what you like.
The fact it's using your real name is the reason why so many "real" friends can find you, and you can find them.

I have been amazed at how many people I can trace on there, old school friends and even old work friends.

Even those who names I forgot...as they are on other friends list, often known by nicknames, the faces soon tell me. ;o)

Facebook has definitely made the world a bit of a smaller place.

If used well you could maximise facebook for a variety of reasons.

Marketers exploit things. Often badly. I can see why people shun them in many ways.
The key is to make it less like marketing. Subtle will work.

A marketer will market what they can to make money...that is the sole purpose for them, money.
It shows.

But...

An artist? A photographer? An author?

Whatever you are you will have to market in some sense.

An artist marketing their passion is alot different to a marketer flogging pictures. ;o)

The Internet gives you a pretty level playing field.

Facebook and other social sites can only help you reach out better.

The biggest winners are facebook themselves.
Smart buggers hit the bullseye!

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"Lots of changes"

Lots of changes...some unexpected ones too.

Having had a chance to look about online at the "old haunts" I have seen a fair few changes, some for the better, some for the worse and some just unexpected.

Mind you, it is to be expected really considering what it is like online, the time element alone is strange.

Like dog years!

Sad to see the end of a few forums which I used often.
Seems the social networking side of it has exploded and also in some way I feel had a knock on effect on the forums.

That's how it looks to me, could be wrong, I often am. ;o)

Social networking sites like facebook have been a great asset on the whole, finding friends from a long time ago has been a revelation really...happy days.

Good to see the blogs I read still going well, with some good nuggets for me to catch up on. ;o)

As for my blogging, I am still going but will consider revamping the site, maybe have a main page... and this blog on a subpage, IE, robsellen.com/blog but I am not sure yet.

That would enable me to use the domain better. ;o)

It's all in the pipeline and I will go for it as I feel this blog is and should be my main priority online.

Most say, and I agree you should have some form of focus for your blogging, but I am not sure I can do that, or if I do what the main focus would be.

I like to write about most things so I should, which is after all what blogging is about.

Is it the blog or the person behind it that matters?
To who? You, me?

Any thoughts?

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