Facebook Engineer Mocks Princeton Study

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Recently, Princeton published a controversial study claiming the imminent demise of Facebook. In response, Mike Devlin, a Princeton data scientist, wrote a scathing and sarcastic criticism of Princeton's research methods. Rather than address the Princeton study directly, Devlin applied the Princeton logic to Princeton's own Google trends data (the data they used to predict facebook engagement), and predicted mockingly "Princeton will have only half its current enrollment by 2018, and by 2021 it will have no students at all". From here, Devlin's satire only gets more creative. Next, … [Read more...]

Watch Popular Google Searches in Real-Time: How To

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Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall for the world's biggest search engine? With 5 Billion (with a B) searches per day, Google is the best indicator out there of what's hot. One google product makes it easy to watch Google's most popular searches in real time. Whether you work in social media and need to keep up on the latest trends, or you just want a live wall of searches in your office for fun (Why? Because it's awesome), Google's hot trends tool makes it easy. *Since you'll find this article useful, sign up for our email newsletter, to find even more fascinating articles, … [Read more...]

This is What 1 Billion Friends Looks Like On a Map [Photo]

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Have you ever wondered what billions of connections, mapped out looks like. Mark Zuckerberg today released a map of the world, represented in friend connections on Facebook. The more friends you have in your area, the darker it is. The map also links each friend, creating an almost-magical view of the world. A few Things To Notice First of all, this map makes clear just how far we have to come in making the world smaller. Most connections are clearly within the same country, and even the same region. Will this map change as we become a (excuse the oxymoron) more global earth? Secondly, … [Read more...]

Dear Blackberry: Don’t Be Stupid

Periodically I will write open letters to tech companies, usually chastising them for interface, or some form of glitch. Now I write to Blackberry to chastise them for a marketing mistake, which really could be corrected. Now, here's my letter: Dear Blackberry, Rumor has it you're releasing BBM for iPhone and Android on September 20th. You know what else is being released on September 20th? The iPhone 5S. Let me know if you see the problem yet. I get the whole "it's hard to compete in hardware" thing, and that you're selling assets and becoming a software company in some sense, but … [Read more...]