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Facebook’s Graph Search Similar to AOL

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Facebook has now created Graph Search a service to help users find anything through Facebook such as updates, photos, and more similar to AOL’s program.

Back in the dial-up days AOL was king, and internet users had to pay a monthly fee. Facebook can be compared to AOL, due to the lengthy amount of times users spend using the service.

Facebook has loads of data that it can share with people but getting it out wasn’t easy till now. It’s Graph Search has made it possible, so that anyone can delve into that data and find the information Facebook has stored.

Users can now search for friends by their interests, photos, activity, and status updates.  Theoretically, Facebook could be used as a dating service, if isn’t already, to help users find mates by certain categories.

Graph Search has by no means made Facebook its own self-sustaining network.  Google is still the search engine juggernaut and Amazon is known as the marketplace of the internet, but with Graph Search, Facebook could become an online social Sandbox.

Facebook is slowly putting the pieces together to become its own living community: diverse means of communication, news distribution, commerce, entertainment, media sharing, and even application development.

In the future you could plan a trip completely through Facebook from buying your tickets to booking your hotels and flights.

Google uses a complex formula to find and record data, whereas Facebook has compiled its data by studying the way people connect online.

Graph search is giving Facebook the opportunity to bring it forward into the future as a self-sustaining bubble in the internet.

New 2011 Facebook Features: Dislike

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New 2011 Facebook Features: Dislike

New 2011 Facebook Features: Dislike

Every few months (sometimes weeks) Facebook launches new or updated features to their social media website. Some good, some bad. Some people will never notice, while others will leave you banging your head against the wall. 2011 has made way for some new, highly annoying, poorly functional Facebook updates… but still no “Dislike” button 🙁

Facebook’s New Photo Gallery

Facebook’s new photo gallery viewing panel is terrible, and I still have yet to discover any real benefits from the change. The previous Facebook photo gallery was a simple list of thumbnails that could be clicked on to view the larger scale of the photo. Now when the thumbnail is clicked it opens in the same window inside of a pop-up box.

The problem is that you can no longer edit your own photos from the new layout unless you open the image in a new window. The new gallery also prohibits you from right clicking to download. You now have to click a “download” link on the page. However, you can still right click to download if you open the image in a new window or tab.

Facebook’s New Shift+Enter Comment & Message Posting

This one has literally driven me nuts. Previously when posting to walls, commenting on status updates, or when sending messages, there was a “Post” or “Send Message” button that had to be clicked in order to post the comment. Now, hitting “Enter” on your keyboard will prematurely post whatever you’re typing. HURRY! Now you have to click the “X” to edit it before someone else posts, otherwise you’ll be stuck having to copy it, delete the post, paste the comment back, make your edit and then repost it by clicking “Enter” again!

I just got a headache.

On top of that, now I find myself hitting enter + shift every time I type in emails, word documents, blog posts, etc. Shaking my head.

Facebook’s New Auto-Tagging

Auto-tagging in posts. Still banging my head against the wall. I have lots of friends named “Chris.” Who doesn’t? Now Facebook changes and tags everything that starts with “Ch” in one of my friends named Chris. And may the Lord be with you if you have any friends named Theresa, Thomas, or anything that starts with a “Th.” Good luck ever considering the usage of the word “The.”

The strange thing is that auto-tagging is not consistent, but when it does occur, trying to remove the link and change the word back is like trying to recode the algorithm for Google. It usually ends up being easier to just delete it all and start over.

At a minimum, maybe they could provide the option to turn auto-tagging on or off. I think they would find that many Facebook users would be turning it off.

Facebook Loses Messaging Titles

Again, I’m not sure what purpose is being served by disallowing a Facebook user to enter a message title. There is a way to get to the feature, but currently when you click on a Facebook user’s profile, and then click “Message” the option to add a message title is not displayed. Personally, the title typically determines whether or not I’m going to open a message depending on who it is from. What was the logical reasoning for removing this feature?

Still No “Dislike” Button

With all of these changes that have come out, I figured that we would have seen a “Dislike” option by now. The Facebook community has been requesting it since 2010, but instead we’ve gotten all of these frustrating feature updates.

Facebook Phone

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Is Facebook Building A Phone? | The Facebook Phone

Is Facebook Building A Phone?

A lot of people have been wondering if Facebook is building their own phone to compete with Google’s Android, and Apple’s iPhone. Reports suggest that Facebook is secretly building a phone that will heavily integrate Facebook with the phone’s core features, such as the contact list and messaging. Facebook currently makes an application for most, if not all major phone operating systems such as the iPhone, Blackberry and Android platforms. In order for Facebook to integrate further into phone operating systems, they will have to create their own so they can have complete control over the phone’s operating system.

Two employees at Facebook, Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos, are the ones supposedly behind the phone. They both have experience with creating operating systems. Hewitt helped to create the Firefox web browser, and also created all of the Facebook applications for the iPhone. He has since stopped developing for the iPhone, but he knows mobile devices and he knows operating systems.

Papakipos also has an extensive background that helps with working on this project. He used to be the person in charge of the Google Chrome Operating System until last June, when he quit and went to work at Facebook. Papakipos is considered a top notch developer and could easily handle a number of programming jobs available at Facebook.

So why would Papakipos leave Google to come work at Facebook? It would have taken something very interesting and unique, perhaps development on a Facebook phone to lead him to Facebook.

So what do we know about this phone currently? Not too much. We don’t even know when it will be announced.

Speculations say it would probably be a lower end phone that is extremely affordable and accessible by many types of people. Instead of calling your friend’s phone number, you could simply call their name to talk to them. How does paying for your phone bill with Facebook credits sound? There are a ton of possibilities this idea brings to the table.

We will bring you more information on the Facebook phone’s future as more information is made available.

How to Increase User Participation on Your Blog: Part 2

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How to Increase User Participation on Your Blog: Part 1

PART 2: How to Increase User Participation on Your Blog

In our last post we looked at some simple ways to increase participation and traffic on your blog. In this post, we will look at some more simple ways. Together, both posts combined can significantly improve traffic if done right. Content plays a big part of attracting and keeping visitors to your site, so let’s look at some ways we can improve the quality of the content you write.

Evaluate Content within Your Posts

Make sure the posts you write are compelling and full of original content that is worthy of people’s attention. Your job should be to write content that makes the user want to share it with other people. If the posts you write now aren’t doing this, trying writing about other topics. Try differentiating yourself from all the other bloggers in your industry and write about things they don’t write about. If you’ve had success with some posts and not others, go back and read the successful posts to see what you did differently.

It may be hard to read your own writing and see what you need to see in order to make these changes. Try asking a friend or family member what they think, what they would change, and what they don’t like. Don’t take all their advice, but utilize the things you think may work.

Become a Guest Poster for Other Blogs in your Industry

This is without a doubt one of the easiest and quickest ways to promote new blogs. Find other bloggers in your industry and ask them if you can guest post on their blog once a week or perhaps even a couple times a month. It’s a win – win situation: they receive new, fresh content and you draw people’s attention to your blog and writing. Many blog owners will be open to this, especially for the new content they will be receiving. Make sure the quality of content you send in is top notch though, as it will increase the chances of your content being posted on their blog. Other benefits to this include possibly getting a link from their blog to yours, a higher recognition of your name in your industry, growing your writing skills, and the ability to network with other blog owners and people in the industry.

You probably won’t receive substantial amounts of traffic from single guest blog posts here and their, but if you have a constant stream of postings to multiple other blogs, it will add up over time. Any links you receive to your blog from others will help with any Search Engine Optimization efforts you may be doing to your site, and networking within the industry is a huge plus.

Try asking a couple of authors in the industry if they would be comfortable with letting you guest post. If you don’t see any guest posts on their blog already, simply ask them. They may have never had the thought occur and might be completely comfortable with the idea.

Utilize Social Media Websites

A single post on the right social media site at the right time can generate thousands of visits to your site over the course of just a few days. Another added benefit is backlinks you will receive to your site from other bloggers picking up the link from the site. There are tons and tons of social media sites to submit to, and you can probably find industry specific sites depending on what industry you write about. Major sites such as Digg, Reddit, and Stumble Upon are harder to have success with, but the success gained from those sites will be greater than the niche sites.

Sites such as Twitter and Facebook are also great sites to share your content on. Create a Facebook fan page and start gaining fans for you blog. Always remember to share your newest post with your Facebook and twitter followers, the retweets and shares come in handy.

New users of these sites may find it hard to receive votes for the content on these sites, even when their content is of high quality. Using these sites are much easier when you already have traffic to the blog or if you already have networked extensively on the social media site. Keep constantly submitting original, unique, and compelling content though and eventually you will have success.

You may be able to contact other bloggers or people in the industry, and ‘trade’ votes with each other. When you submit and articles, they vote for yours, and vice-versa. If you have a niche site, it may only take a couple of these trades to have your content trending on whichever site you choose.