Tag Archives: Facebook
As an analog native who still remembers receiving birthday cards delivered by the postman, I’m really impressed by how efficiently digital communications tools like Facebook and Skype enable people to acknowledge another person on their special day with a birthday greeting.
So how do people prefer to send greetings today? In what is admittedly a very unscientific survey, it seems most use Facebook’s post to wall or timeline feature – at 77%, Facebook knows how to engage people and it shows. A few, 3.6%, used Facebook’s chat feature, a more private way to send greetings.
It might be wise to say up front that I’m ecstatic over the launch, albeit, in limited test, of Google+. Google+ is already a significant improvement over Google’s other, often forgotten social site, Orkut, and seems to demonstrate that Google has learned a lot from its other previous social efforts like Friend Connect and it’s twitter-like Buzz.
Google says it is currently focusing on consumer usage of Google Plus, which explains the absence of business profile support. Unfortunately, Google seems to have underestimated the mixed professional and social use of social networking sites today: many potential users cannot create a profile with their primary email address as addresses associated with Google Apps aren’t currently supported. This is kind of surprising as one would have thought that Google itself is in this situation, but their internal version of Google Apps must have an extended feature set!
The Facebook News Feed contains a selection of highlights from Facebook friends, pages to which a person is connected on Facebook and, to a limited degree, groups. The news feed receives significant visibility in Facebook due to its prime location in the central column of a Facebook user’s home page and its ongoing updates. The News Feed content consists of news and posts from friends and pages, friend requests, tagged photos & notes, responses to event invitations and notifications of group memberships.
The News feed is actually divided into two streams: Top News and Most Recent. The Top News stream, the default, contains selected highlights deemed by Facebook to be the most interesting and relevant, while the most recent stream, visible by clicking on a link, contains almost all of the current activity of friends and pages. It seems that about half of Facebook users click to view the most recent news. The Most Recent updates are limited to activity from 250 pages and friends but you can remove this constraint by choosing the Edit option at the bottom of the page.
There is a wonderful saying that one hears in big companies, particularly when discussing Knowledge Management – KM initiatives, “if only we knew what we know“. It is unlikely that Google is exempt from this problem, but their data-driven culture has launched several information dashboards which aim to overcome this problem by facilitating internal and external communication of data, from Google service statuses to internet statistics.
Search engines are great in helping us find something when we suspect that there is an answer out there somewhere, to borrow a phrase from X-File’s Fox Mulder. Yet search engines aren’t very helpful when you don’t even know or imagine a resource exists. This article aims to help insure these mostly lessor known Google tools and resources get the visibility they deserve.