The Incongruity Of Facebook’s So-Called Core Values

Dan Pontefract

Founded in 2004, Facebook went public a mere eight years later on May 18, 2012. At the time of this writing, the market cap of Facebook was $661 billion. It … Continue reading "The Incongruity Of Facebook’s So-Called Core Values".


George Siemens

Facebook is getting negative attention for (again) messing around with privacy. A small, but growing movement now calls for a Facebook exodus on May 13. Valdis Krebs argues that Facebook is toast due to its structural model, invoking the increasingly popular AOL reference: It is the structure of Facebook that foretells it a fate of AOL — a popular online site in the 1990s that grew quickly, with great promise and PR, and is now a much smaller collection of speciality sites.


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thinking about facebook

Harold Jarche

Facebook dominates online social networking. This is not the same situation as when companies once dominated TV advertising, as today even ad-driven Google has less influence on us than Facebook does. “The reason Facebook is important, in a way that TV ads are not, is that it’s a place that you interact with your social networks and information from your own information sources, plus pay-for-play stuff.

Is Facebook a Narcissistic Walled Garden?

Dan Pontefract

I left Facebook. ” No, I simply stopped using Facebook and I didn’t make a big deal about it. If someone sent me an inmail message via Facebook, I’d also answer those through the social hub feature of my Blackberry Z10. I’m sure the 100 odd people subscribed to the Flat Army Facebook feed are immeasurably better off. We got on to discussing Facebook and in particular new social norms. Where we differ, however, is with Facebook.

Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work?

Dan Pontefract

Somehow, the chatter gravitated to Facebook. Our accountant friend chimed in and said, “The partners and I decided this year to ban Facebook. Do you really believe Facebook — or any social media for that matter — is a time waster?” But I continued, “If Facebook is a time waster, what about lunch breaks or your fitness room?” Related Posts: I Unfriended You On Facebook. facebook social media

More facebook

George Siemens

One of the best descriptions of facebook that I’ve seen (on a blog comment somewhere) was: CIA+McDonald’s=Facebook. This formula addresses the secret and intrusive aspect of Facebook…and draws attention to broad appeal and exceptional ease of use/access. But Facebook is another matter – breaking trust with users by repeated violations of privacy (bypassing the opt-in approach generally expected with privacy changes).

Why I love Facebook

Euen Semple

For whatever reasons Facebook is where that currently happens most often for me. A great comments thread on Facebook, in large measure due to Louise Robey's first response. When I wrote the post I wondered if it was too business related for Facebook, almost succumbing to the conventional wisdom that Facebook is for friends, LinkedIn is for work. Well, OK, perhaps that is overstating it a bit.

The Facebook Research

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The Facebook experiments are actually very clever. Facebook has been tinkering with this content stream since day one. Facebook is an advertising company, and therefore the product it sells is the induction of beliefs in the users. Sure, it reinforces Facebook''s image as a somewhat greasy operation that will manipulate results in order to satisfy the needs of its advertisers (hence making it no different from Dr. Oz and your local news broadcast).

Facebook, filtering, polarization, and a flawed study?

David Weinberger

Facebook researchers have published an article in Science, certainly one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed journals. It concludes (roughly) that Facebook’s filtering out of news from sources whose politics you disagree with does not cause as much polarization as some have thought. The post Facebook, filtering, polarization, and a flawed study?

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Fake ad sources on Facebook

Doc Searls

Nearly all the ads I see on Facebook are ones like these two, next to Mark Zuckerberg’s latest post : Besides being false and misleading clickbait, they are not from They’re from [link] , and bait for a topic switch:to pitching a diet supplement called Alpha Fuel. The pages with the pitches are made to look like ESPN ones, logos and all. But they’re fake. I would think it can’t be too hard to prevent this kind of obviously dishonest and misleading s**t.

I Unfriended You On Facebook. Are We Still Friends?

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Facebook. My social media journey, like many of you, included Facebook at a time when most of us had no idea where social networking was heading. These and many other social networking sites and applications were merely pixels of imagination back when Facebook launched. As for Facebook, I’m conflicted. I don’t exactly know what Facebook is about.

Before Facebook, there was DeanSpace

David Weinberger

This was before Facebook, remember. Here’s a four-minute video from July 13, 2003, of Zack Rosen describing the social networking tool he and his group were building for the Howard Dean campaign. DeanSpace let Dean supporters connect with one another on topics, form groups, and organize action. This comes from Lisa Rein’s archive. I’m sorry to say that I’ve lost touch with Lisa, so I hope she’s ok with my uploading this to YouTube.

[2b2k] That Facebook experiment

David Weinberger

I have an op-ed/column up at CNN about the Facebook experiment. Just as a quick example, I’m not convinced that the Facebook experiment was as egregious as the headlines would have us believe. All I’ll say here is how struck I am again (as always) about the need leave out most of everything when writing writing goes from web-shaped to rectangular.

Moron Facebook

Martijn Linssen

Actually, I mean “More on Facebook,” but as I was once accused of using fancy headlines to draw clicks (to this site with no advertising), I thought I would play the part and see if that behavior makes any difference. Also, this isn’t about Facebook at all. I opined recently that the problem with asking: “Why isn’t our enterprise platform as easy to use as Facebook” is that we use these platforms for vastly different purposes.

Face Off for Facebook?

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Friday, 23 April 2010 Face Off for Facebook? Theres a lot of talk about Facebook. Theres a lot of numbers about Facebook too. I think that the average Facebook user is just digitally gossiping, and doesnt care nor contribute at all Update 12th October 2010 12:37 CET: I found out that only uses US data, not worldwide. And especially that last medium made me wonder: where on earth are those Facebook users?

On Facebook and dying.

Euen Semple

So what has all his got to do with Facebook? I am grateful to those friends who have had the courage to share their experiences there on Facebook, and grateful to live in a time where we have platforms to share such experiences in ways that we might not otherwise I am currently listening to John O’Donahue reading his wonderful book Beauty.

After Facebook fails

Doc Searls

Making the rounds is The Facebook Fallacy , a killer essay by Michael Wolff in MIT Technology Review. Facebook, with its 900 million users, valuation of around $100 billion, and the bulk of its business in traditional display advertising, is now at the heart of the heart of the fallacy. Meanwhile, here’s what Michael says about the utopian exhaust Facebook and its “ecosystem” are smoking: Well, it does have all this data.

Working in the Facebook salt mine

Euen Semple

But given the fact that most people don't use RSS and following blogs isn't as straightforward as it might be, and the fact that I currently get the best responses and conversations on Facebook, I will continue to repost my blog posts there. In my own modest way I'm helping to keep Facebook interesting, helping them to make money. I blog because I enjoy blogging. I have been doing it for so long that I can safely assume that I will always blog.

With the launch of Infinite Office Facebook is making a play for virtual reality offices

Trends in the Living Networks

From today’s suite of virtual reality and augmented reality product launches by Facebook, one of the most interesting was its announcement of Infinite Office , allowing users to work on multiple screens in a virtual/ augmented reality space.

LinkedIn is not Facebook so Please Think Twice About Your Updates

Dan Pontefract

To those that are beginning to utilize LinkedIn like Facebook, my apologies in advance, but I’ve been removing you from my network list. If you’re going to post a graphic (or get sucked into the idiotic hope of a larger email network by playing along) you might want to try a function known as ‘spell check’ Dan''s Related Posts: My 1800+ LinkedIn Network Graphically Mapped I Unfriended You On Facebook. social social media social networking facebook linkedin

Does Facebook have Aspbergers?

David Weinberger

Facebook has settled a class action lawsuit and officially ended its “Beacon&# program that posted into your feed news of what you’ve bought at other sites. It was odd when Facebook introduced Beacon. The cheap irony is that Facebook exists because it enables its users to create and maintain intimacy (ok, intimacy of a sometimes weird new form), yet it seems not to be able to read the signals of intimacy.

Facebook And Apple CEOs Ask Us To Serve Humanity. Will We?

Dan Pontefract

Purpose apple facebook humanity mark zuckerberg purpose Tim CookDuring each spring, politicians, c-suite executives, movie stars, rock singers and authors are carted out in front of newly minted graduates to deliver “the commencement.

Facebook vs your IT department

Euen Semple

Walter Adamson posted a really interesting article about the scale of Facebook and the way it is able to support terrifyingly large amounts of information, constant high levels of activity, and global reach to 1,000,000,000 people with almost 100% uptime on comparatively modest resources.

Facebook and fear of failure

Euen Semple

At the same time my friend Laurent posted this update saying that no one takes any risks with what they share on Facebook any more and that it is going to die soon because the content is becoming bland and boring. Facebook is like Twitter, or any online platform for that matter. I was mulling over ideas for a post this morning about the mix of excitement and fear that I feel before doing any public event let alone a big commitment like the trip I'm beginning this week.

Facebook’s conspiracy theory

David Weinberger

I’m reposting it with his permission, FYA (for your amusement): I have been using Facebook for a while with an account name which is the Finnish equivalent to “Ano Nymous&#. I have tried not to tell anything to Facebook about myself. Herkko Hietanen , a Berkman Fellow, posted this to a mailing list.

Learnlets » Facebook Apprenticeship

Clark Quinn

Facebook Bullying: An Open Letter to Zuckerberg, Schrage & Goler

Dan Pontefract

But, alas, I’ve recently developed petulance for one of the world’s finest creations … Facebook. According to Google , Facebook now occupies the #1 visited website with 540 million unique visits in April, 2010 (after removing Google itself from the research). Aside from the recent Facebook privacy flak , there is not a burning platform for Mr. Zuckerberg, Ms. Bullying and Facebook. It needs to be addressed … by Facebook.

ParentsOfBoys created, new Facebook page Gets Good response

Nine Shift

And our new Facebook page at parentsandboys is generating a lot of interest, likes, followers already. A new citizens organization is being planned by myself and co-author Julie Coates called It is just two weeks old. With 100,000 young men probably dying again this year, same number as died in 2018 from the despair of being denied college, the issue is on our minds.

40% of the search traffic to is because of the term ‘facebook’

Dan Pontefract

First of all, I suppose I should thank Mark Zuckerberg for coming up with the term ‘ facebook ‘ Wow. Second of all, I suppose I should have written a book about ‘ facebook ‘ and called it “Flat Facebook: How To Get More Hits To Your Website “ Seriously. If I look at the entire list (you can too by viewing this PDF file ) I reckon 40% of the searches have some version of the term ‘ facebook ‘ as an entry point into this site.

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Facebook Groups: their own Trojan Horse

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Thursday, 7 October 2010 Facebook Groups: their own Trojan Horse When Facebook announced their Facebook Groups yesterday, I had a funny feeling. Well, you are now allowed to download your own stuff, and there now are Groups on Facebook Downloading is what you think it would be, and Groups also are what you would think it would be. A typical Facebook whoopsey-doopsey? Business or Pleasure? -

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It’s Facebook Week on Share&Learn

Jane Hart

It’s Facebook Week on Share&Learn 15-19 August. Each weekday there will be a discussion on a different aspect of using Facebook for learning. Mon 15 Aug – Using Facebook for personal learning/professional development. Tue 16 Aug – Facebook groups and learning. Wed 17 Aug – Facebook pages and learning. Thu 18 Aug – Facebook in the classroom/workshop. Fri 19 Aug – Other uses of Facebook for learning. Join the Facebook and Learning group.

Withdrawing from Facebook?

David Weinberger

Marhsall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb doesn’t trust Mark Zuckerberg’s explanation of why Facebook is defaulting more towards publicness : What makes Facebook think the world is becoming more public and less private? But blogging is tiny compared to Facebook! Not very many people write blogs, almost everyone is on Facebook.

Facebook as a blogging platform

Euen Semple

As people have moved into places like Facebook and Twitter the energy has moved away from blogging to some extent. I, like many bloggers, used to post links to my blog posts on Facebook or Google+. So I started posting the entire content of my blog posts on Facebook and Google+. Blogging is still one of the most useful and fun things you can do. I still blog at The Obvious? because that is my home on the web and the space I am in control of.

Applying platform strategy to Facebook Instant Articles

Ross Dawson

Probably the most reported aspect of my opening keynote at INMA World Congress in New York last week on Creating the Future of News was my response to an audience question about how publishers should think about Facebook’s new offer to publishers to host their articles for mobile viewing. “The danger is that publishers become overly dependent on Facebook for distribution, with no guarantee that the favourable terms will continue.

Radical Honesty in Facebook?

Euen Semple

I often think of that book in the context of Facebook. This can make Facebook a source of comparison and jealousy. Is being more honest on Facebook a case of washing our dirty laundry in public or an opportunity for psychological maturity - or something in between? Many years ago I read Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton. In it he describes the psychological benefits of having no secrets. None. We all have a tendency to want to share the good bits in our lives.

Facebook Apprenticeship

Clark Quinn

Jay Cross has an interesting post about using Facebook in the organization, and makes a connection I hadn’t seen (and wish I had :).  He’s citing another post on FaceBook and the Enterprise, where JP Rangaswami posits that Facebook can be used to allow individuals to track what their bosses are doing, as role models. I’m not sure Facebook is the right tool, but a combination of tools might make sense and Facebook’s APIs might make it possible.Â

Facebook and the fear of being judged

Euen Semple

Interesting to read a BBC story that there have been 10 million interactions on the subject of the Scottish referendum on Facebook. It confirms my sense that our use of Facebook is maturing and moving beyond just sharing images of cats. This got me thinking again about why we find the idea of "Facebook for work" so challenging. This is bad enough on something that "doesn''t matter" like Facebook but all the more significant in the world of work.

Comparing Facebook influence to Twitter's: #FBRATE

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Friday, 7 May 2010 Comparing Facebook influence to Twitters: #FBRATE In a previous post I did the math on Facebook Share, Facebook Like and Twitter ReTweets, and their ratio I then did the math on probable Facebook users (which I found to be at half of what Facebook claims itself), and Twitter users, before calculating their relative ratio. Because I think the Internet bubble was small compared to the Facebook bubble.

Violate copyright? No Facebook for you!

David Weinberger

According to TorrentFreak , a leaked AT&T training doc indicates that starting on Nov. 28, if a customer is flagged 4-5 times for copyright infringement [according to faceless algorithms], AT&T, Comcast, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon will block access to unspecified “popular sites” until the customer completes an”"online education tutorial on copyright.”

Can Facebook-informed algorithms know you better than your mother?

Ross Dawson

The personality-assessment algorithm was solely based on Facebook likes made by participants, with results compared to the assessments of people who know them well. The post Can Facebook-informed algorithms know you better than your mother? This morning I was interviewed on the national breakfast program Sunrise about whether algorithms can assess our personality better than those who are closest to us. Click on the image below to view the segment.

Anti-Male Feminists to extort Facebook Next

Nine Shift

Next prediction: the anti-male feminists will extort money from Facebook for another STEM camp type educational program. The article today in USA Today had anti-male feminists (boys should be raised like girls) screaming NOT that 85% of K-12 teachers are female, but that Facebook employees are 70% male.

Facebook's IPO: The social business implications

Dion Hinchcliffe

With Facebook preparing for its IPO this week, some major changes are coming for the company. This same changes create competitive opportunities and all new challenges for the company. Here’s how going public will affect the social media industry

Facebook’s shark-jump advertising moves

Doc Searls

I just looked up facebook advertising on Google News , and got these results: More Facebook Ads Are Coming, Your Friends Will Finally Hit Delete. Now, Facebook is doing a pretty smart thing here rolling out the more prominent advertising along with an updated user experience, but will… Facebook’s New News Feed Is a Binder Full of Advertising The Atlantic Wire -4 hours ago. Facebook Isn’t Your Platform. Facebook is there right now.