INFOGRAPHIC: Facebook Conquers The World

Despite that, Google continues to pursue Facebook with their Google +1 product, formerly named “Google Me” in the press. Clearly Facebook’s domination wasn’t an overnight thing, with early concerns about MySpace, who was the leader in social networking for a period of time. While this map misses a number of other less-dominant social networking sites, it has been interesting to watch the spread of the social web giant over time, something that the image below effectively illustrates.


For the past year Vincenzo Cosenza has been actively plotting Facebook’s increasing domination via a world map and last night he published an updated version of his map.

According to the updated statistics, Facebook is now the market leader in 115 out of 132 countries. As we all know, China and Russia continue to present some challenges however outside of China, Facebook is gaining serious ground just about everywhere. At this point it has become pretty much common thought that there is no way to defeat Facebook’s stranglehold on the social web.

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Foursquare: Despite 5 Million Users, It’s Still Dumb

Oh, did you really just eat lunch at Subway? Why the hell do you think anybody cares to know that? Foursquare is one startup that’s fueled by the idea that sharing the mundane details of our lives makes us feel more connected. Here’s a shocker for those who continue taking photos of their burger: nobody cares.

I apologize up front to my friends that checked in today on Foursquare: I still love you all. Trust me, I understand what it’s like to feel lonely sometimes. I have all these Facebook “friends” who take photo-ops with Princes and subsequently post those photos to Facebook to make me feel bad for having such a mediocre life. If you haven’t seen my office, let me paint a picture: I’m sitting at a desk by myself with nobody else around and a tear is dripping down my face as I sit in self-pity.


Foursquare Is DumbOh, did you really just eat lunch at Subway? Why the hell do you think anybody cares to know that? Foursquare is one startup that’s fueled by the idea that sharing the mundane details of our lives makes us feel more connected. Here’s a shocker for those who continue taking photos of their burger: nobody cares.

I apologize up front to my friends that checked in today on Foursquare: I still love you all. Trust me, I understand what it’s like to feel lonely sometimes. I have all these Facebook “friends” who take photo-ops with Princes and subsequently post those photos to Facebook to make me feel bad for having such a mediocre life. If you haven’t seen my office, let me paint a picture: I’m sitting at a desk by myself with nobody else around and a tear is dripping down my face as I sit in self-pity.

O.k., maybe my life isn’t that bad, but social media has gone too far. There are now countless tools that cater to people who are unable to have real social experiences. Let me paint you another picture to illustrate this. On Sunday I was sitting at brunch with my girlfriend when I noticed someone I knew sitting outside with his friends. In the midst of his conversation he stepped aside to take a photo of his coffee and post it to his numerous followers on Instagram. Are you kidding me?!?! This is not normal human behavior.

The latest social media “innovations” have gone too far in the wrong direction. Granted, Facebook was built so we can see how boring everybody else’s lives were, however at this point it has become a joke (hint: the real way to use it is as a photo album to share memories). Social media is not actually helping us become social. I’m happy saying that Foursquare is probably the most useless tool I’ve ever used because I know that there’s a bright future beyond the self-absorbed present that we live in. Read my lips (or my fingers that are typing this text): in the next 12 months we will see a massive wave of new “social” technologies that actually make us more social. Leer más “Foursquare: Despite 5 Million Users, It’s Still Dumb”

Facebook Vs Zynga: The Ultimate Showdown [Infographic]


Posted by Nick O’Neill

Ever wonder how the most popular online game developer compares to the world’s largest social network, the Platform which it built its fortune on top of? We decided to take a look at how the two companies stack up against one another. The image below depicts how the two companies would compare in a face off. We’ve broken down all the important numbers including funding, revenue, and more.

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Facebook’s ambition


Is this how the web looks to Facebook?

Ambition.

It’s the one word that kept coming up in conversations I had around the halls today at Facebook’s F8 event. Whenever I heard that word it was clear we were talking about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Compared to last week’s weak moves by Twitter, where its CEO barely even announced anything, yesterday’s moves by Facebook were huge.

OK, I heard another few words:

“Visionary.”

“Scary.”

“Huge.”

“Unbelieveable.”

“Blown away.”

“Zuck has balls.” or “Facebook has balls.”

“Big moves.”

Heck, listen to David Kirkpatrick, who worked for Fortune for more than 20 years and just finished a book, Facebook Effect, about Facebook. I catch up with him here before the press conference, which happened just after Zuckerberg and team made tons of announcements:

Listen to the words he uses: “This is not just another company, it is a transformational phenomenon.”

“It is really great, but it is really scary in some ways too.”

By the way, after I talk with David I talk with quite a few other movers and shakers in the tech press in that video so you can get a sense of how we all reacted to the news. Then, at about 20 minutes into that video you get to see the full press conference (I have the only video of it on the Web that I’ve seen so far).

Before I explain more about what I mean when I say Facebook wants to own your digital fingerprints, there are a few other reactions I want to get in here. The first is with a couple of guys from the National Hockey League. Listen to how excited they are about the new features they turned on yesterday on NHL.com. You can “like” every player there. Some players already have hundreds of likes in just the first few hours.

Then watch how Pandora’s CTO, Tom Conrad, describes Facebook’s moves and how Pandora is now much more social because of these changes. “Mark is right when he says Web experiences want to be social.”

Finally, head over to Facebook’s official site and watch some of the videos if you haven’t seen them yet.

WHY IS THIS SO AMBITIOUS?

These moves are ambitious for a few reasons:

1. It gets Facebook plastered all over the web. Already Facebook likes are on many many sites and I’d expect to see Facebook’s new social features to show up on at least 30% of the web’s most popular sites within a month.
2. It lets us apply our social graph “fingerprint” to sites we visit. You do this by adding social plugins to your site, which is pretty easy to do.
3. It lets us apply our behavior “fingerprint” to sites we visit. Again, by adding social plugins onto your sites.
4. Facebook gets to study everything we touch now and will bring a much more complete stream back to the mother ship. This lets them build new analytics features for publishers, too, as All Facebook’s Nick O’Neill writes, but now Facebook will have the best data on the web for advertisers to study.
5. Facebook gets us to keep our profile data up to date. Marketer Ed Dale nailed why this is such a big deal.
6. Facebook gets to overlay a commerce system, called Credits, on top of all this. Justin Smith of Inside Facebook writes about that.
7. Facebook has opened up to enable all this stuff to flow back and forth and has removed the 24-hour limitation on storing data gained from its API. This is probably the biggest deal for developers, Inside Facebook writes about that, but they’ve also made their API more granular so that sites can ask for, and get, very specific data instead of getting everything stored on a user. We’ll be talking about this for a while, because it actually has good implications for privacy.
8. All this new data will enable Facebook to build new kinds of search experiences, as All Facebook hints at in a post where they say Facebook is trying to build a version fo the semantic web. Search Engine Land goes further in detail about what these changes will mean.
9. It lets Facebook minimize the need for a “public” fan page, like mine. Inside Facebook explains more in detail why this is true. Mostly because they’ll spit all those bits over onto my blog, if I add the code to my blog (which I’m pretty sure I will).
10. Finally a stream of focused bits for the people who are actually visiting your page can be pushed back out to you, as Inside Facebook demonstrates.
11. They made the API much simpler and shipped a powerful graph API so more developers can build apps for Facebook (this has been one of the advantages of Twitter, for instance, because Twitter’s API was simple to figure out). Heck, you can even hit it from a web browser to see what it returns. Here is what it returns for http://graph.facebook.com/scobleizer (if you want to try it yourself, just include your Facebook name instead of mine). Leer más “Facebook’s ambition”