The history of rock music, presented in Facebook news feed style

Thursday, 10 March, 2016

The history of rock music seen by way of a Facebook news feed… now there’s one news feed that I’d actually like to see more content on.

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I want to be alone with you on Facebook and talk about the past

Thursday, 6 December, 2012

Maybe this is why I’ve gone off the world’s favourite social network in the last year or two… compared to something like Twitter, where things happen very much in the here and now, Facebook is bogged down in the past:

If I look at everyone I’m following on Twitter, by and large they are peers I’ve known for the past few years in my current circle of friends, people that excite me with new ideas, music, and art, and lots of humor. On Twitter, I have no idea where most people grew up, what schools they attended, and they are similarly in the dark when it comes to me. You get to know more about the people you follow day by day as their comments and ideas fill my picture of what makes them tick.

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The Facebook empire… but before, after, or during the dark ages?

Monday, 17 October, 2011

The UnFacebook World by Ian Wojtowicz

By juxtaposing a NASA satellite composite photo of the Earth at night, with Facebook’s friendship map, Ian Wojtowicz has produced an image (full size 3.9MB) showing cities and regions – seen in yellow – whose inhabitants do not generally use Facebook. Although virtually absent in some places, the social network still has an incredibly vast reach.

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Choosing Facebook friends: do you favour popularity or privacy?

Wednesday, 7 September, 2011

When it comes to friends or contacts, for some users of social networks it’s all about the numbers, that is, the more friends the better, especially for those who feel being popular, or at least appearing to be that way, is important.

But researchers at Arizona State University have found that unfriending some of these “friends”, particularly those with scant regard for the privacy of themselves, and other network members, increases the feeling of security and well being of those who are more privacy conscious.

It turns out that unfriending the least discreet friend increases your security by an average of more than 5 per cent – worth it for a casual acquaintance, but perhaps not so easy if your best buddy is a blabbermouth. “There are some friends you cannot remove, irrespective of their vulnerability,” admits Gundecha.

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Real time Facebook friending in real life

Monday, 27 June, 2011

How do you think you would fare if you tried to strike up friendships with people – who are pretty much strangers – as you might add them as friends on Facebook, or follow them in Twitter style… in real life?

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Facebook once ran from servers, now it runs from data centres

Thursday, 14 April, 2011

Computer data centres, clusters of servers that power the likes of web hosts and search engines, are probably places few of us give much thought to, but the new Facebook facility in the US state of Oregon is particularly impressive… especially considering the whole site once ran from a couple of servers in a dorm room at Harvard University.

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And then he cut around to the use of framing in the Facebook film

Monday, 28 March, 2011

An indepth analysis of the filming and production of the The Social Network, accentuating the relationships (networks) between the main characters and the other players in the story.

Part of the visual strategy (and joy) of “The Social Network” is to convey the “networking” among characters within the frame and between shots – while rarely placing Mark in the same focal plane as other characters, to emphasize his alienation even (or especially) when others are around him. So, for example, as Mark is hacking together Facemash, various friends and roomies come and go in the background – plopping down on beds or the couch, chipping in bits of information (it’s Shark Week, we learn), perching barefoot in windowsills… When Eduardo misunderstands Mark (a cleverly revealing character moment for both of them), it’s funnier because of the reaction of the drunk guy flopped upside-down, out of focus, behind Mark. He – or someone – has been hanging out back there all night.

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Lunch with a behind schedule Sean Parker is all part of the brand

Wednesday, 9 March, 2011

Lateness is part of the personal brand of Napster founder, and former Facebook president Sean Parker, and is one aspect that screenwriter Aaron Sorkin did, unquestionably, nail in his big-screen representation of the prolific entrepreneur in The Social Network.

“The lateness thing is part of my branding almost but, in this case, I’d planned on getting here on time,” he says. “I had to go by the house to pick up some things. I was trying to find a belt to come over here and it’s like a nightmare. I’m crawling through this ET-like maze of plastic sheeting.” He waves his arms around to portray the scene and gives a wide-eyed, high-pitched laugh, somewhere between a giggle and a whinny.

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Not a dramatisation this time, the making of The Social Network

Monday, 7 February, 2011

Hopefully this will be included on a DVD version of “The Social Network”, once it is released locally – the film is still showing in Australian cinemas so the DVD is probably still a way off – a documentary about its making, which – for now – can be viewed online. Put aside an hour or so to see all four parts, the making of is just as engrossing as the film itself.

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Remember when writing Facebook code wasn’t a process?

Thursday, 20 January, 2011

Based on observations and comments made by Facebook programmers, Yee Lee has listed key aspects of the social network’s code development process… it’s sure come a long way since Mark Zuckerberg toiled in a university dorm room writing it by himself.

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