Facebook: The News Feed Upgrade

The link below is to an article that takes a look at the news feed upgrade for Facebook.

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Facebook: Loosing the ‘Cool’ Battle

The link below is to an article that looks at Facebook’s future.

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Facebook: Is It Over?

The link below is to an article that explores the possibility that Facebook may be dying. What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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Article: Why Do People Unfriend Others On Facebook?

OK, I know you all want to know the answer to this question, ‘why did _____________ (enter name) unfriend me on Facebook?’ Well, the answer to that question may lie in the article linked to below. And I thought it was simply because they weren’t really your friend.


Facebook: Email Outrage

  1. Facebook just doesn’t learn. If there’s something that Facebook should know by now it’s that the social network’s users don’t like things being forced upon them and having their settings changed without notification and permission. Yet despite this, Facebook has done it again and changed everyone’s default email setting to that of a Facebook email address. Poor form Facebook, poor form. It really annoyed me to find it so today, but thankfully I have processes in place that should warn be of such Facebook ineptness before too much harm is done. Not so for all, so hopefully this story will bring awareness to others, as well as providing information as to how it can be corrected.

Decline of traditional media

Should the threat to traditional media from the internet really be a cause for concern?

The new social media — blogging, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and YouTube are current faves — revolutionising the publishing world, for better and worse. Let’s look at both the better and the worse in perspective.

The current tsunami of personal choices in communication is slowly draining the profit from mainstream media. These media traditionally depend on huge audiences who all live in one region and mostly want the same things (the football scores, the crossword, the TV Guide, etc.). But that is all available now on the Internet, all around the world, all the time.

One outcome is a death watch on many newspapers, including famous ones like the Boston Globe. As journalist Paul Gillin noted recently: “The newspaper model scales up very well, but it scales down very badly. It costs a newspaper nearly as much to deliver 25,000 copies as it does to deliver 50,000 copies. Readership has been in decline for 30 years and the decline shows no signs of abating. Meanwhile, new competition has sprung up online with a vastly superior cost structure and an interactive format that appeals to the new generation of readers.”

Traditional electronic media are not doing any better. As James Lewin observes in “Television audience plummeting as viewers move online” (May 19, 2008), mainstream broadcasters “will have to come to terms with YouTube, video podcasts and other Internet media or they’ll face the same fate as newspapers.”

Radio audiences have likewise tanked. Overall, the recent decline of traditional media is remarkable.

Some conservative writers insist that mainstream media’s failure is due to its liberal bias. But conservatives have charged that for decades — to no effect. Another charge is that TV is declining because it is increasingly gross or trivial. True enough, but TV’s popularity was unaffected for decades by its experiments with edgy taste.

Let’s look more closely at the structure of the system to better understand current steep declines. Due to the low cost of modern media technology, no clear distinction now exists between a mainstream medium and a non-mainstream one, based on either number of viewers or production cost. Today, anyone can put up a video at YouTube at virtually no cost. Popular videos get hundreds of thousands of views. Podcasting and videocasting are also cheap. A blog can be started for free, within minutes, at Blogger. It may get 10 viewers or 10,000, depending on the level of popular interest. But the viewers control that, not the providers.

The key change is that the traditional media professional is no longer a gatekeeper who can systematically admit or deny information. Consumers program their own print, TV, or radio, and download what they want to their personal devices. They are their own editors, their own filmmakers, their own disc jockeys.

Does that mean more bias or less? It’s hard to say, given that consumers now manage their own level of bias. So they can hear much more biased news — or much less. And, as Podcasting News observes, “Social media is a global phenomenon happening in all markets regardless of wider economic, social and cultural development.”

Understandably, traditional media professionals, alarmed by these developments, have constructed a doctrine of “localism” and, in some cases, called for government to bail them out. That probably won’t help, just as it wouldn’t have helped if the media professionals had called for a government “bailed out” of newspapers when they were threatened by radio, or of radio when it was threatened by TV. Video really did (sort of) kill the radio star, but the radio star certainly won’t be revived by government grants.

Still, the news is not all bad. Yes, new media do sometimes kill old media. For example, no one seriously uses pigeon post to send messages today. But few ever thought birdmail was a great system, just the only one available at the time. However, radio did not kill print, and TV did not kill radio. Nor will the Internet kill older media; it will simply change news delivery. Sometimes in a minor way, but sometimes radically.

Media that work, whether radio, TV, newspapers, books, blogs, or any other, thrive when there is a true need. Today’s challenge is to persuade the consumer to look at alternatives to their own programming decisions.

Denyse O’Leary is co-author of The Spiritual Brain.

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TOO MUCH INTERNET: Way Too Much Time on His Hands

This guy has way too much time on his hands and has a serious dose of Internet overkill – how many of us are beginning to suffer a similar fate?


Facebook application Scrabulous has apparently been given a makeover in an attempt to head off a suit by Hasbro, who own the US rights to Scrabble. The new look game is now called Wordscraper and comes with a completely new look, including circular tiles and new rules.

The re-birthed game is already appearing on US and Canadian profiles, but is yet to appear on Australian profiles – at least I haven’t seen it yet.

Perhaps it will bring with it new fortunes in the games I play with a notorious ‘wordsmith’ from Wagga. I can but hope. J


Since joining Facebook some time ago I have found it to be a very interesting and revealing place. I have discovered all manner of things about people that I thought I knew and I dare say, some have found out things about me that they didn’t know. It is a very revealing place this Facebook.

Often we live lives that are guarded in many ways, whether it be some secret sinful habit or some aspect of our lives that only a select few have an insight into. Whatever it is, at some point the guarded often becomes the unguarded and the secret the revealed.

I am sure there is some good in this, as there is undoubtedly cause for concern in certain circumstances also. Misunderstood patterns of behaviour can perhaps become clearer as a ‘friend’ observes interaction with other ‘friends’ within the Facebook environment via ‘The Wall’ or some other Facebook application. Certainly the ability to maintain contact during what would previously have been lengthy periods of non-contact is something that most users of Facebook cannot fail to appreciate.

However, the Facebook environment does reveal certain disturbing aspects of some with whom we have varying degrees of interaction. Perhaps it is a person we thought we knew but only ever had the occasional chat with, only to find on Facebook that we didn’t know him/her as well as we thought. Then there is that person with whom we have shared many a social outing, only to find that there are some hidden aspects of their life and/or personality that shock us.

It is a very interesting place is it not?


Like many people I have come to enjoy a game of Scrabulous or two on the social networking site Facebook. However, this could soon be coming to an end as Hasbro Inc is currently suing the makers of the online version for infringing on their property rights as the owner of the game Scrabble. Facebook has itself been notified of the suit and has been requested to no longer host the Scrabulous application. So it would seem that the days of Scrabulous on Facebook are numbered.

The suit has been filed in the Federal Court in New York and it names Scrabulous creators Rajat Agarwalla and Jayant Agarwalla, as well as RJ Software as the defendants in the case.

Though I enjoy playing my online friends in Scrabulous I have to say that I am constantly amazed at how many ‘unrecognisable’ words are passed off as words in my constant defeats. Perhaps the demise of Scrabulous will mean the end of my misery at the hands of those who traffic in made-up words.