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...]

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...]

What if Facebook Updates were Reality? [Video]

Facebook Updates are a pain, we get it. No need to incessantly write a status update complaining each time it changes, which is seemingly every week. Only weeks after the first 2013 facebook update, an updated profile/timeline, facebook is working on rolling out their recently announced new layout, one based on a more modern design and with a greater focus on search. But one brilliant facebooker/filmmaker, also behind this brilliant video on honest cable companies, decided for his latest video to imagine what life would be like if run by Facebook. What would happen if our lives relied upon … [Read more...]

New Flickr Redesign is Really “Snappy”

Today Flickr unveiled an incredible redesign, featuring minimalist designs elements, and some awesome new features. The new look, expanded storage, and full resolution feature are all part of an effort by Yahoo to revitalize the dying social photo network. The new design is minimalist, featuring a dark interface, full screen photos, and none of the clunkiness of the old design, which seemed circa 2006. It resembles its' new cousin, Tumblr, in a way. Yahoo has just purchased Tumblr, a photocentric minimalist social network that seemed to be gaining real tranction, for a billion … [Read more...]