- Facebook @ 5 (years old & 200 millionth user)
- Twitter follows users and converts to mentions
Haven’t seen third-party apps make the conversion yet – tweetdeck, twitbin etc still using “replies” … I love love love that Twitter is paying attention to user conventions though – a strong sign that this network will be stay relevant for at least a bit longer.
- 5 elements of a successful Facebook Page
I’ve been very vocal about my position that electing not to have a Facebook Page is similar (albeit on a smaller scale) to electing not to have a webpage. That said, part of having a page is going beyond “fill in the blanks” and setting up as a proper marketing/brand vehicle. See my earlier post “Facebook Page Best Practices (for higher education)”
- The Rapid Growth of Twitter (and the statistics to proove it!)
“1,382% year-over-year growth in February 2009.”
- New Facebook app lets you find untagged photos through facial recognition
I haven’t had time to test this yet, but it has big implications and ties back into my privacy/identity focus when i was at UWO
- Fan a Facebook Page via Text Message
This is amazing – especially if vanity url’s become easier to get!
Note for higher ed: Most schools get a sort of vanity URL i.e. university-of-western-ontario – maybe this will work for you?
- Number of Facebook users over 35 nearly doubles in last 60 days
- Follow @BaltimorePolice
This is my newest favourite follow – close tie with @MCHammer though.
- Yahoo! launches Sidelines as Twitter monitoring tool
If you want to monitor Twitter but don’t want an account – this is the app for you!
- Check your “name” across social networks
I spent a lot of time this week thinking about usernames as domains/.coms. We’ve already seen twitter accounts started “in the name of” politicians and celebrities, followed by “The Real Stephen Harper” etc – but if you have a brand (be it personal, institutional or corporate), I recommend you get out there and get your best handle registered across the key networks.
- Personality Grader by Hubspot
I’ve just been really enjoying the free apps being put out by these guys – this one is as neat as the rest.
- Summary of the e-Expectations survey
This is a big one for higher ed – @rachelreuben summarizes this year’s e-expectations presented at a conference by Noel Levitz.
- Facebook, YouTube at work make better employees!
We all tend to rot away in our desk chairs, so it makes sense that a brief mental break via social network or YouTube would help us survive the day. I find that I don’t spend chunks of time on personal email or social media – but rather just like having them in the background for a scan – to keep my brain from exploding?
Thank you, Internet, for a very interesting week.