I became forever terrified upon discovering " Take This Lollipop ," an interactive video that launched two weeks before Halloween, yet still continues to haunt millions on the Internet. After giving the application permission to access my information (something my generation often doesn't think twice about), a blue lollipop appears on the screen with a razor in the middle. Slightly concerned, but mostly intrigued, I click the piece of candy. Let's take a tour of the video. As of this morning, "Take This Lollipop" has been liked by 9,976,146 people, making it the fastest-growing Facebook application ever — a result the video's creator never expected. Jason Zada is also responsible for " Elf Yourself ," a viral online campaign for Office Max that has earned than 164 million views.
Posted by venessa miemis on Friday, March 4, 2011 · 4 Comments As part of the Future of Facebook Project and Open Foresight process , we’re asking the crowd for their opinions and forecasts on the same 15 questions we’ve asked our interviewees. Questions are posted on Quora , but can also be answered here on the blog or on our Facebook Page .
Editor's Note: Venessa Miemis is a social technologies analyst, blogging at Emergent by Design . Alvis Brigis is a writer/producer/CEO currently working on stealth startup Swarmado . This project has been made possible by the generous corporate patronage of Innotribe and crowdfunded Kickstarter donations . By Venessa Miemis and Alvis Brigis – Special to CNN We live in stormy times.
On a cold Friday evening in February two years ago, with a historic blizzard bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard, a small crowd of people bundled into a New York University lecture hall to hear a talk that would become something of a legend, a shot heard 'round the Internet. Emily Berl A longtime champion of the free-software movement, Columbia Law School professor Eben Moglen predicts Facebook will be extinct in a matter of months.
Today Facebook announced two innovations – a visual Timeline view for parsing your entire history on Facebook, and Lifestyle apps for recording every minute detail about your daily activities – whose genesis I reported on back in May . I certainly had no idea the result of Facebook’s hire of Nicholas Felton would be a substantial overhaul of Facebook’s functionality. As I reported at the time:
More than a million people have now used our Wolfram|Alpha Personal Analytics for Facebook . And as part of our latest update , in addition to collecting some anonymized statistics, we launched a Data Donor program that allows people to contribute detailed data to us for research purposes. A few weeks ago we decided to start analyzing all this data.
Posted by venessa miemis on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 · 44 Comments In a world characterized by increasing complexity and accelerating change, we need tools that help us understand future possibilities in order to make more informed decisions today. The field of Futures Studies, or Strategic Foresight , has already developed many such tools, but they are still not commonly utilized by the general public.So, I’ve partnered up with a colleague, Alvis Brigis , to help elevate the ‘futures thinking’ meme. We’re developing a process called Open Foresight, which aims to serve as an updated model for harvesting collective insight, generating scenarios, and creating strategic roadmaps into the future. By combining available data, opinions from the experts, and the conventional wisdom of the crowds, we’ll be able to analyze a topic from a wide range of perspectives and viewpoints.
This Guide looks at how to use Facebook for Social Learning – that is to build a community, communicate, collaborate with others, as well as share information and resources. In addition it looks at how it can be used for more specific formal, social learning events and programmes. GETTING STARTED Getting started with Facebook THE BASICS Building Community Communicating with others Sharing links and resources Keeping up to date Problem solving
With over 600 million users and a valuation of over $70 billion, Facebook is the world's dominant social networking platform. What are the challenges a social media company of this size will face? What are the strategic moves it should make? How can Facebook users take advantage of the platform and its increasingly rich social graph?
Posted by venessa miemis on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 · 2 Comments Facing fierce competition, Facebook is working nonstop to gain users, add features, monetize more effectively, and embed its platform anywhere and everywhere. The “ Future of Facebook: Technology ” is the fifth video in a six part series exploring the implications of social networking technologies on our lives. Using the Open Foresight model , we’ve generated forecasts by combining expert opinion with insights from the public. All content is licensed under Creative Commons , making it free to remix and reuse, with attribution. Add your voice to the mix by creating a video response on the futureoffacebook youtube channel , sharing your thoughts on twitter with the hashtag #fofb, posting on the Facebook page , or putting in your 2¢ on our Quora questionnaire .
Posted by venessa miemis on Friday, May 25, 2012 · 8 Comments Will the distinction between the online world and the offline world soon dissolve? Might our physical world soon have a Facebook-powered augmented reality layer? Will we become nodes and sensing objects in a new kind of location-based web experience? And what role will social networks play in climate change?
Posted by venessa miemis on Monday, August 13, 2012 · 2 Comments How long will Facebook be around? Is Facebook prepared to defend against clever new startups? Can Facebook successfully transition to mobile? How will Facebook cope with Augmented Reality? Open Foresight and The Future of Facebook team are pleased to announce the completion of the Future of Facebook interview and video series featuring the likes of David Kirkpatrick (author The Facebook Effect ), Kevin Kelly (author What Technology Wants , co-founder Wired), and science journalist Rita J King .
Understand Do you know who your engaged fans and followers are? Do you know what other communities your fans and followers interact with? Do you know what motivates them to participate?
Alors que la notion même d'activisme sur Facebook faisait rigoler l'année dernière, les ONG se professionnalisent et commencent à prendre leurs marques sur le réseau social. Le 4 février 2008, 12 millions de personnes ont défilé contre les FARC, un groupe paramilitaire colombien. 40 fois la manif du 23 septembre dernier ! Pourtant, aucun syndicat n’était là pour pousser les participants dans la rue. Un million de voix contre les FARC a été lancé par un programmeur colombien de 28 ans uniquement sur Facebook. Son groupe, ouvert fin janvier 2008, a rassemblé des dizaines de milliers de membres en quelques jours. La couverture médiatique a accompagné l’effet boule de neige.
In this scenario, FB never really goes away — it is so commonplace and so basic that it's like having a phone number — but it is no longer relevant. It's purely a utility, and nobody really cares about it unless FB screws something up. This is what facebook is to me at this point. I started in 2004 when my college got added to the list, and use to love it, but now have grown to loath it. I still have the profile but have removed all of the fat, including apps, my interests, favorite movies, books, etc.