The Illustrated Brief History (sort-of) of Social Networking

This is a fun set of illustrations of the evolution of social networking. It is commissioned by PeopleBrowsr, in celebration of the Advertising Research Foundation’s 75th anniversary. Not comprehensive, but somewhat, informative. From 1930 to 2011, highlights include:

  • 1930: The Notificator.
  • January 1978: Computer Bulletin Board System.
  • 1989: World Wide Web invented.
  • 1989: Online gaming service Quantum Link changed name to America Online.
  • 2003: The launch of Friendster, MySpace, LinkedIn.
  • 2004: “The Facebook” was launched.
  • 2006: Twitter launched.
  • 2008: Burger King viral video.
  • 2010: First tweet from space.
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Quora engineers accused of vandalizing a clone’s website

It started with a question, Is Qato a serious Quora clone attempt? Wait, what is Qato? On its Twitter profile, Qato is described as enterprise Q&A system, developed by DZone. It allows users to switch effortlessly between Quora, OSQA and StackOverflow themes.

Qato, the Quora look-alike

One of Quora engineers poked around the Qato website and discovered security vulnerability. He described his methodology:

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Over 111 million Facebook users in Asia on New Year’s Day; Slowing growth, Indonesia widens lead and South Korea on hyper-growth

As of January 01 2011, there are a total of 111.9 million Facebook users in Asia. The social network added almost 20 million new Asian users in the Quarter 4 2010. After increasing by 10 million users in the month of October 2010, Facebook experienced growth slow down between November 2010 and December 2010. Nevertheless, Facebook population grew by 21.4% in Asia in the last quarter of 2010.

In November 2010, Indonesia overtook the UK to become the world’s second largest market for Facebook (behind the United States.) In Quarter 4 2010, over 5 million new users from world’s fourth most populous nation joined Facebook. Indonesia also widened its gap with second-place Philippines over the last 3 months. In November 01 2010, the gap between Indonesia and second-place Philippines was 11,901,900 users. Now, the gap is 13,227,560.

Today, there are over 32 million Indonesians using Facebook. Philippines is behind Indonesia, with over 18 million, followed by India (16.9 million), Malaysia (9.5 million) and Taiwan (8.7 million).

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Facebook exceeds 100 million users in Asia; added 10 million users in October 2010

In the beginning of October 2010, there were a total of 92.1 million Facebook users in Asia. By end of the month, the figure has surpassed the 100 million user mark (specifically, 102.2 million). That’s an increase of 10.1 million users in a month or 10.9% month-on-month growth!

Indonesia continues to top the Facebook Population in Asia list with 29.8 million users. Although the country is fast approaching the 30 million user mark, the most populous Southeast Asian nation continues to show impressive 12.2% growth rate (the 10th highest among the Asian nations). During the month of October 2010, Indonesia registered the highest increase of % of Total Facebook Population in Asia, an increase of 0.3 percentage point, from 28.9% to 29.2% (India increased by 0.2 percentage point and Japan with 0.1).

Cambodia registered the highest growth rate at 24.6%, followed by Afghanistan (23.3%), Mongolia (19.7%), Japan (19.6%) and South Korea (18.9%). And Bangladesh joined the 1-million users group in October 2010. As of now, there are a total of 13 countries in Asia with over a million Facebook users.

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Facebook The Motion Picture [Movie Review]

Ah, Facebook… that online social network service where you can collect friends (most of whom you’ve never met or probably never will) like bottle caps and Poke and Super Poke them ad nauseum. Where you and your friends (those you actually know) can plan flash mob events and disrupt public places like malls and train stations and then tell everyone all about it via… . where else? Facebook.

But have you ever wondered how Facebook came about?

That is the focus of David Fincher’s latest film, The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin (of The West Wing fame, among others). It tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg, brilliantly played by Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, Adventureland), a student in Harvard who after being dumped by his girlfriend (played by Rooney Mara) sets about to find a new project to get him over his break-up grief.

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How Facebook can turn you into mindless drones?

I had a chat with a friend of mine the other day. He seemed down so I asked him if everything was OK, to which he replied that his week had gotten off to a bad start and it was making him depressed. Treading carefully, I asked if he would like to share. His answer shocked me.

“My friend defriended me on Facebook”, he replied.

He elaborated further, saying that this friend, whom he had known since high school and whom he had been contact with on and off throughout the years (as opposed to regular contact) had one day decided to reduce his Facebook contacts to only those he often stayed in touch with, and since he only met up or talked with this guy once in a blue moon, he ended up in the dreaded “Defriended” list. And he wasn’t the only one. A few other school buddies also didn’t make the cut and were equally depressed.

I thought this was utterly ridiculous but sensing that his sadness was genuine, didn’t make a fuss about it. But seriously, getting depressed because you were removed from someone’s contact list on an online app?

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Facebook Profile redesign, most mentioned on Quora

What does Quora community think about the impending announcement by Facebook? Profile redesign received the most mentions for the question What is Facebook going to announce at its press event on Wed. Oct 6 2010?. Other mentions include Facebook email, Skype partnership, and Events / Groups redesign.

We will find out soon. You can follow the announcement later on CNET.

UPDATE: It’s the introduction of new version of Facebook Groups, not Facebook Profile redesign. It seems no one saw this coming, not even TechCrunch.

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Quora added Posts, a microblogging feature

Quora just launched Posts, a microblogging feature (sort of). Quora is a Q&A site, popular for its quality contents and high-profile users (partial list here). With Posts, Quora users can now post messages, news and announcements to their Followers. You can post the message either from your profile page (‘Share your knowledge’ box) or click the “Post a message to your Followers” link on the landing page. Once posted, the message will appear on the updates stream of your Followers with links to your profile.

According to Adam D’Angelo, co-founder of Quora:

Posts are like answers without a question. They are useful for sharing knowledge or information that doesn’t fit into the question/answer format.

On how Posts are being distributed, he explained:

  • Normally, a post will be shown to all of your followers (the same way an answer you wrote would be).
  • If you put topics on your post AND set the visibility to “topic followers” then the post will only be shown to your followers who are also following a topic on the post.
  • If someone votes up a post, it will be shown to all of their followers.
  • If a post is really good, a topic admin can set it to be distributed to everyone who is following certain topics, regardless of whether they are following the author of the post. In the future, there may be an automatic system to do this based on the votes given.

Share your Knowledge on Quora

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Uncaging New Twitter for chirpier tweeting and greater monetizing opportunities

Twitter is making its website a destination portal, after all. Its latest significant redesign focuses on enhancing tweeting experience and creating more commercialization opportunities on Key changes include:

  • New design. The site has a cleaner timeline and a rich details pane that instantly adds more impact to individual Tweets while still maintaining the simplicity of the timeline. And, experience infinite scroll — you no longer have to click “more” to view additional Tweets.
  • Media. Now, it’s easy to see embedded photos and videos directly on Twitter, thanks to partnerships with DailyBooth, DeviantART, Etsy, Flickr, Justin.TV, Kickstarter, Kiva, Photozou, Plixi, Twitgoo, TwitPic, TwitVid, USTREAM, Vimeo, yfrog, and YouTube.
  • Related content. When you click a Tweet, the details pane shows additional information related to the author or subject. Depending on the Tweet’s content, you may see: @replies, other Tweets by that user, a map of where a geotagged Tweet was sent from, and more.
  • Mini profiles. Click a @username to see a mini profile without navigating from the page, which provides quick access to account information, including bio and recent Tweets.

(Source: A New Twitter)

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