Too busy in Facebook to blog today…

July 14, 2007 at 10:09 pm 5 comments

I thought that statement in-and-of-itself worthy of a blog post…I played quite a lot with Facebook today (adding friends, trying out apps, joining groups, etc).  I have to say, I’m impressed.  Opening up FB to developers has created a wealth of apps (a few quality issues not withstanding) that are interesting from a social connections and commerce standpoint.  My favorite of the day:  iLike.  There also seems to be a huge # of what look like pretty useless apps, but the long tail is emerging and it’s fairly easy to let democracy (and your friends) before you help you find the better apps. 

Get with it…if you aren’t using it already, now’s a good time to give it a try. 

sean

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  • 1. Susan  |  July 15, 2007 at 11:10 am

    My issue with Facebook though is the closed community it is building. For example, blogging in the IT world makes topics, issues exposed not only to the fellow geeks in the world but to management.

    What does Facebook do to embrace and ensure that people not yet in a community feel welcome…and at the same time.. expose issues to Companies that customers are seeing?

    It’s like the difference between nntp to email to web forums to blogging to facebook. Each one serves a purpose.

    Is Facebook truly a democracy of social connections and commerce? Or a web 2.0 CRM app that webifys if you will a larger “Six Degrees of separation of Kevin Bacon” ?

    Blogging to me is still the Open Thought Journal to the World. Facebook is personal CRM.

    To me it’s different.

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  • 2. Deirdre Walsh  |  July 16, 2007 at 8:10 am

    I’m addicted to iLike, Sean. I hope it inspires more “recommended for you” functionality that offers both free and product-related content for the technical community. Instead of free songs, we could offer white papers or code. Additionally, in the purchase section, we could suggest add-ons or other items based on the users browsing or purchase history. Finally, it easily connects users without forcing social interaction. You can see what people of “like mind” are interested in without a lot of searching.

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  • 3. Dick Kusleika  |  July 19, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    “Get with it…if you aren’t using it already, now’s a good time to give it a try.”

    Sean, I always do everything you say without question. I signed up for FB and browsed around a while. My high school wasn’t listed and I didn’t recognize anyone from my uni. I did find a group from my city and looked around that. What am I supposed to be doing here? You know how MySpace sites are full of inane chatter from 15 year olds? FB seems to be full of inane chatter from 25 year olds.

    Ten minutes in and I’m failing to see any value in this. I’m sure it’s me and not the site or the concept. I need the “Facebook guide for the 38 year old males who don’t care what color your cat is” guide.

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  • 4. Sean  |  July 19, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Too funny…well, the first problem is you do everything I say!!! You are the sole member of that club (I’m not even in it!). In a way, your description of facebook (a place for inane chatter from 25 year olds) might be the best I’ve seen yet in distinguishing it from Myspace 🙂

    10 minutes though is a full test drive. A social network with no social network is no fun at all – no matter the age. I added you as a friend (hopefully you’ll accept). sorry, this isn’t a very prestigious club either:) But spend a week, add a good chunk of friends and see what happens. My favorite aspect so far is connections I have made with people I haven’t spoken to in a long time. With regular use, I see lots of “soft” benefits to me, but one guys favorite retro t-shirt is anothers (let say my spouse) lame excuse for for being a old geek (I still love my old Foxpro t-shirt from ’93).

    sean

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  • 5. Betsy Weber  |  July 24, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    I’m right there with you, Sean! It’s completely addictive!

    I joined Facebook recently and it’s cutting into my blogging and email time! But, that’s not necessarily bad. I’ve found a lot of great business contacts on there and useful groups to join for work.

    So, it’s been fun for me socially as well as beneficial for business.

    Now if I could just get a few more hours in the day…

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