Archive for the Social Media Category

Some people should be banned from using the Internet

M1’s chairman, Mr Teo Soon Hoe, passed away last Sunday, 14 Dec. The news was reported by news outlets like Channel NewsAsia and Yahoo Singapore. While some netizens offer their condolences on the Facebook post, a few netizen use it to complain about M1 and ask if there’s any discount.

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Seriously, some people should be banned from using the Internet.

Liam Neeson to endorse one lucky winner’s ‘particular set of skills’ on LinkedIn

It’s not everyday you see companies use LinkedIn to run their social media campaign. Most social media campaigns are done on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Well, Twentieth Century Fox is having a marketing campaign for the upcoming movie Taken 3 using LinkedIn.

One lucky winner will have his or her ‘particular set of skills’ on LinkedIn endorsed by Liam Neeson aka Brian Mills, an ex-CIA operative in the movie Taken 3.

Unfortunately this contest is only for residents of United States. Sigh. How I wish Liam Neeson can endorse my very particular set of skills that I have acquired over a very long career in Social Media. Haha.

If you are from the US, head down to the LinkedIn page and take part in the contest. Good luck.

Gangnam style “broke” the YouTube counter

We all know that Psy’s Gangnam Style is the most watched video on YouTube. Gangnam style was the first YouTube video to hit 1 billion views in December 2012 and reaches 2 billion views in June this year.

Well, something interesting happened last week. The Gangnam style video “broke” the YouTube view counter. The counter was originally a 32 bit integer. Which means it can count up to 2,147,483,647 views. Nobody expects a YouTube video to reach that number of views…… well, that is until Psy gave us Gangnam style.

So to cater for the ever increasing view count, YouTube have upgraded the counter from 32 bit integer to 64 bit integer. This means the YouTube view counter is now capable of reaching 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 views. It might seem enough for us now but hey, you never know when another viral video hit that view count.

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But seriously, who is still watching the Gangnam style video? And how much advertising money is Psy earning from YouTube?

Stickers now available on Facebook comments

In case you haven’t notice, Facebook just enabled stickers on comments. Yes, that stickers you use on your Facebook Messenger app. Facebook stickers are now available on timelines, groups and events comments.

As a page admin, I’m so glad that Facebook did not enable stickers on Facebook page comments.

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And as usual, whenever there is a new Facebook feature, expect it to be abused over the next few weeks. I already have a status update with more than 60 Sticker replies.

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Facebook conducted emotion manipulating social experiment on users

For one week in January 2012, Facebook altered its News Feed algorithms for 689,003 randomly selected users to gauge if exposure to emotions led people to change their own posting behaviours.

The researchers conducted 2 experiment. In the first experiment, Facebook reduced the positive content of News Feeds while the second experiment reduced the negative content of News Feed.

The results show that for people who had positive content reduced in their News Feed, a larger percentage of words in people’s status updates were negative and a smaller percentage were positive. When negativity was reduced, the opposite pattern occurred. These results suggest that the emotions expressed by friends, via online social networks, influence our own moods, constituting, to our knowledge, the first experimental evidence for massive-scale emotional contagion via social networks.

Wait a minute. You mean Facebook actually manipulated our News Feed to see how it affect our emotions without our prior consent? Even though Facebook have all the legal rights to do so in their User Agreement, it is still unethical to do so.

Just because we joined your social network doesn’t mean that we agree to be a lab mice.

There is no way to opt out of this sort of experiment. Facebook doesn’t even tell you if you were part of it. It just assume that it has the divine rights to manipulate its users’ emotion. This is not right. What if the user suffer from depression?

While some users might protest against this unethical behaviour, Facebook is most likely going to get out of this whole saga without a scratch. Everything will be back to normal in a few weeks time.

End of the day, what makes me worry the most is that Facebook has the capabilities to manipulate our emotions through what it display on our News Feed. I’m never a fan of the aggregated News Feed. While Facebook claims that they are aggregating our News Feed to give us what is relevant, what is stopping them from aggregating our News Feed to manipulate our emotions and thoughts?

And the worst thing is that even when we found out that Facebook is using its users for experiments, there is nothing the users can do about it. There is no good alternative social networking platform out there.