If you’ve read my previous articles, then you know I’m a Facebook (FB) bull. I’ve always thought that Facebook had what it took to succeed where other similar social sites like MySpace have failed. To my point, they have accomplished the following very quickly:
- Obtained a massive user-base applying social psychology to grow very quickly (link)
- Embraced Mobile As a Primary Platform (link)
- Targeted Social Advertising and Massive User Engagement (link)
Specifically, they can handle the growth and every move they make is well considered in light of the impact on their user base. They’ve now proven they can monetize their users.
I’ve been following the Netflix Prize for years. This is the contest that gives all comers a chance to try and beat the formidable Cinematch algorithm that Netflix uses to give customers highly targeted recommendations. According to a recent email, Netflix may be preparing to announce the disqualification of the leading team “BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos” who submitted results that beats Cinematch by the contest’s goal of 10%.
I joined Twitter a little over a year ago and have been learning how to be a good twitizen ever since. I would follow people that were interesting or who were talking about topics that interested me. When I first joined, it seemed to be populated mainly with real people but as time passed I started seeing twitter accounts that were automated. I would follow someone and within seconds or minutes I received a direct message thanking me for following them. I know that Twitter has an API but I couldn’t imagine that everyone I was receiving the direct messages from knew how to do that.