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Facebook: Too Popular? August 19, 2009

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Media.
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You have to laugh at the litigious nature of our American cousins at times. On the same day that I receive this year’s email about the “Stella Awards” outlining the outrageous successful lawsuits of 2009, I also see an article in the press about a class action against Facebook for essentially being too popular.

Among the plaintiffs are the following:

  1. A woman who joined Facebook in the very early days when it was largely confined to the college campus at Berkley who has a problem with everyone in the rest of the World seeing her information.
  2. A photographer and an actress who argue that Facebook shouldn’t be sharing photos they uploaded to their profiles.
  3. An underage boy (11 years old – requirement is 13) being able to signup to the service.

I have some simple solutions for all of them and will hopefully save the US court system (and Facebook) several millions.

  1. Unsubscribe
  2. Unsubscribe
  3. Parents supervise & unsubscribe

Is that all just a little too simple, or am I missing something? 🙂

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

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Stats on Social Computing Technologies & Organisations looking for Vista Alternatives February 10, 2009

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Advocacy, Analysts, Blog, Commentary, Survey.
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In recent days there have been a few interesting stats about the common Social Computing technologies such as Facebook, My Space, LinkedIn, Flickr etc.

These include the following diagram that highlights use of these technologies by Gender and Age Group…

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And this recent Australian survey, which I find to be very enlightening…

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A recent article on Google’s GMail being poised to take over marketshare from Microsoft Hotmail was also interesting…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

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Social Networking Etiquette – Two Great Articles December 8, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Media.
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Two great articles in CIO Magazine this week outline the Dos and Don’ts for using LinkedIn and Facebook.

Interestingly, these are the two Social Networking technologies that I predominantly use on a day to day basis.

Like many, I largely have LinkedIn for managing my purely professional network; suppliers, clients, vendors, industry colleagues etc. Facebook on the other hand extends into my social circles, but maintains a somewhat professional face. (pardon the pun)

The two articles in CIO magazine are quick 5 point Dos and Don’ts for both these technologies. I agree with all the points made, and for people who have not spent much time in either, the articles are good primers.

You will find the articles here:

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Facebook Social Networking Visualisation – Project Palantir November 24, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Futuring, Media.
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This is an interesting Visualisation demo for Facebook usage.

Have a look at the video demonstrating communications and volumes of comms between the various places on the globe.

Interesting to note the large tracks of this planet that still do not exhibit much traffic on the web, or more specifically, have not evolved to significant Social networking use.

I also couldn’t help but like the Project title… Speaks to my LOTR interest. Clever title.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net