Posts Tagged facebook

How many squares can you see?

Only 12% of people got the right answer to this puzzle. I know this because I pulled the data out of the facebook comments and analysed it myself. This is what this blog post details. So, answer it yourself before reading on because the answer’s in bold if you scroll past the image. Spoiler alert.

I saw this image and caption on facebook recently:

Everyone here at my place is talking about this right now.
The best answer we have is 24. How many squares do you see?

I like these sort of puzzles, so I spent a few seconds enumerating all possible combinations, double checked and went to post a comment to that effect. I then saw that it had 40926 comments, and I was surprised to see that none of the ones I could see on screen had the right answer, so I decided to pull out some data from the comments to see what the answer-space looked like. I was very surprised by the results.

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Why Diaspora won’t beat facebook, but you might.

“Diaspora, the ‘anti-Facebook’, is doomed”, says Milo Yiannopoulos of the Telegraph.

I agree, but not for the reasons Milo gives. He says Diaspora will fail because:

  1. Facebook’s really big.
  2. Zuck’s invested in it.
  3. There’s a lot of competition.
  4. Facebook’s well funded.
  5. Diaspora hasn’t launched yet.

I think those are simply the problems that any startup is bound to face – indeed, the situation was largely the same when facebook launched against the giant that was myspace, or when Microsoft decided to enter the same market as IBM.

But the topic itself is an interesting one. An investigation into how a startup might challenge Facebook’s dominancy will doubtless reveal some insights into more general approaches that web endeavors can take to sweep away their competitors.

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Top 2009 Facebook Status Trends

As google release their annual zeitgeist, and many other sites prepare interesting stats on web usage, facebook have today done the same and released an fascinating insight into the top facebook status update topics of 2009:

Facebook Status Trends
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Facebook Chat Smilies

After the runaway success of my facebook chat history video (45k views, 100 ratings on youtube) I thought I’d follow up with a video explaining all the chat emotes you can use in facebook. There are some cool emoticons there.
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Facebook Chat History

A little video I made with some instructions on how to get facebook chat history, even if your friends are offline.

It’s always really annoying when you remember that a friend sent you a cool link but they’re not online any more. With this facebook tweak you can bring up the chat history.

Important: To get your facebook chat history back, you need to be logged in and online on the chat box. If you’re offline it won’t work.

Facebook only stores chat history for a few days though, so there might be no history to retrieve.

This is an extension of my facebook hacks page.

PS: Sorry the text is so small on the vid, put it fullscreen and you can read it better :0)

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Facebook Username Vanity URLs

This has been brewing for quite a few days now, but when you next log in to facebook you’ll see that it’s official: We’re going to get usernames:

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Hacking Facebook

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Hacking Facebook with Javascript

now updated for the latest (March 2010) version of facebook!

Because facebook relies so heavily on javascript, and because we can type javascript into the address bar, that means we can “poke” into the workings of facebook to do things that we wouldn’t normally be able to do. It’s not “hacking” exactly, but it employs the same sort of skills hackers use when looking into applications. The best part is that because it’s all using the same control codes (or “API”) that facebook uses, there’s no way for facebook to find out you’re doing it, so it’s totally safe! (I think…) Besides, we’re not going to be doing anything too dodgy, just a few little tweaks ;)

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