Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants & Reviews

Facebook data suggests people from higher social class have fewer international friends

22/01/2016. Category: Media. Topic: .

New study using Facebook network data, including a dataset of over 57 billion friendships, shows correlation between higher social class and fewer international friendships. Researchers say results support ideas of ‘restricting social class’ among wealthy, but show that lower social classes are taking advantage of increased social capital beyond national borders.

A new study conducted in collaboration with Facebook using anonymised data from the social networking site shows a correlation between people’s social and financial status, and the levels of internationalism in their friendship networks – with those from higher social classes around the world having fewer friends outside of their own country. Read more…

The year of standoffs – 2016

05/01/2016. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , , , , .

2015 paved the way for a year of standoffs in 2016. There just might be a showdown in the patent wars between Apple and Samsung and Microsoft and Kyocera. The EU might draw the final line in the privacy battle with Google and Facebook.

Countries are fighting Big Pharma while the pharmaceutical companies are, at the same time, battling each other over patents. Read more…

The cloud isn’t as robust as we think

05/10/2015. Category: Media. Topic: , , .

It’s not just Facebook that goes down: the cloud isn’t as robust as we think

The computing cloud we have created supports much of our day-to-day office and leisure activity, from office email to online shopping and sharing holiday photos. Even health, social care and government functions are moving towards digital delivery over the internet. Read more…

Facebook pages – work less, pay more

07/02/2014. Category: Media. Topic: .

You absolutely MUST HAVE a Facebook page. If you have a website, a blog or any business for that matter, you simply cannot do without social marketing and, in particular, a Facebook page.

In fact, back in April 2013 Facebook published a post titled “The Importance of being ‘Liked’ On Facebook, stating –

When someone clicks your page and likes it, that also flows out to their feed to all their friends. So 1,000 people like your page, and if each of them has a 100 friends then multiply that and you get 100,000 people that could see your page.

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‘It’s Pretty Much Impossible’ To Protect Online Privacy

16/04/2013. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , , , .

From online companies tracking users’ digital footprints to the trend for more and more data to be stored on cloud servers, Internet privacy seems like a thing of the past — if it ever existed at all. RFE/RL (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) correspondent Deana Kjuka recently spoke about these issues with online security analyst Bruce Schneier, author of the book “Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive.”  Read more…

Do you like your Facebook friends?

21/03/2013. Category: Media. Topic: .

Your dressed-up friend uploads a photo to Facebook – she’s looking real smart in the new outfit, ready for a big party. You click Like.

The party went well. Lots of fun. Lots of drinks. Lots of laughter and hugging. Your friend uploads the party photo. Everyone on it is a bit red-eyed, lipstick smeared, some unknown characters in the background showing signs. You chuckle, click Like and post a comment.  Read more…

Facebook Graph Search vs Google

28/01/2013. Category: Media. Topic: .

Let’s be honest, Facebook search sucks. Always has. But now that they’ve introduced their new search engine, Graph Search, they promise you will find what you’re looking for. Time will tell.

What you can be sure of for now is that their arch rival, Google, is having a very close look at developments. After all, Facebook has more than 1 billion users, stores more than 240 billion photographs and has more than a trillion connections.  Read more…

Facebook stock price today

07/06/2012. Category: Media. Topic: .

Facebook - The Social Network

The Facebook stock price today is $26. The initial public offering priced the stock priced at $38 but on the morning of the opening on May 18 the price went up to $42, closing back at $38 by end of day’s trading. Since the IPO, the stock has dropped as low as $25, more than 30% from the initial offering.

Since Facebook has gone public it has been a target for short sellers who have dropped the value by $27 billion, a quarter sliced off its initial $104 billion value. Ouch!  Read more…

Facebook Buffy Phone

23/11/2011. Category: Gadgets. Topic: , , .

Facebook Buffy Phone

You get the product, then the video about the product, then the book, the cap, the t-shirt, the mug, the chewing gum and then the phone. The latter gadget is the obvious addition for any brand that aspires to be noticed everywhere all the time.

So it’s only obvious that a brand as big as Facebook would have a phone. It’s be rumored for some time that there will be a Facebook phone and now it seems closer than ever, under the project code name “Buffy.” Read more…

Google Plus and the Empty Restaurant Theory

30/06/2011. Category: Media. Topic: , , .

Google Plus

Your favorite restaurant – the one you believe to have absolutely the best food in town – might not be the busiest eatery and you may often have wondered why. After all, it even has better seats and greater decor than the ones you know of. You’ve told your friends about it, suggested it at meetings and even stumbled their website yet people pass it en mass to go to some gitty place down the road. Read more…

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