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Facebook historical IPO marks the beginning of this year

Facebook Historical IPOAlmost eight years ago Facebook was in its beginnings stages being developed and nurtured by CEO Mark Zuckerburg. Despite its humble beginnings in a Harvard dormitory room, Facebook soon exploded past everyone’s expectations and has become an integral part of people’s social lives.

Facebook has made news and headlines many times before and it is doing it again – albeit for somewhat different reasons. Facebook is filing to become a publicly traded company and will allow people to buy shares on the stock market as of Wednesday. Since Facebook literally represents the social network for this era, its initial public offering(IPO) will be historical and astonishing to say the least.

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Why Facebook is too Cluttered ?

Facebook is ClutteredTake a look at your Facebook account (yes we’re assuming you have an account because the majority of the living/breathing world has one) and really look at your friends list. If you are an average Facebook user you probably have a good couple hundred friends eagerly waiting to have their feeds littered with your posts and in turn littering your feeds with their posts as well.

This nonsensical circle of littering is making Facebook unbearable for some users – the annoyance at having to look filter their feeds, to sift through hundreds of friends to find a particular name, and to be spammed with crappy invites and requests all the time is turning some people away from Facebook and onto more sophisticated social networking platforms.

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Facebook was the Most Searched US Term in 2011

Facebook SearchOut of the 1,000 top search terms throughout this past year, Facebook was #1 in the U.S. It is the third year running, and a 46% increase over 2010, coming in at 3.10% of all searches for 2011. If you include variations on the term facebook that occurred in the top 10, the percentage is 4.42, and is only a 24% increase over the 2010 results.

Youtube jumped from third to second between 2010 and 2011. Facebook login followed in third place. Fourth was craiglist, followed by

Clearly, social networking phrases were most dominant for 2011, as could be seen by their piece of the pie: 4.18 percent of the total 50 top search terms, a 12 percent increase over 2010.

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Facebook is finally making some Changes – 45 to be exact

  • 24/12/2011 at 17:29 by It's a Gadget Staff
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FacebookAfter a number of protests and reports on Facebook’s blatant violation of user privacy, Facebook is finally being forced to change. One of their biggest mandatory changes is due to an audit by the DPC (Data Protection Commissioner) from Ireland. In order to comply with the recommendations in the 149 page audit Facebook is making a total of 45 different changes that will be implemented in 2012.

So what are these changes going to entail?

Well, most of the changes Facebook is going to make will deal with how Facebook handles and retains user data. On top of that, Facebook will also ensure that it is educating its users more thoroughly on how Facebook will be storing their data. Unfortunately for Facebook several of their new changes will require a significant amount of technical work (undoubtedly why their due date is a bit later).

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Social Site Hi5 was bought this week by Tagged

hi5 logoOver the past few years Facebook hasn’t just dominated its competition, it’s crushed it. Facebook has over 800 million users worldwide and it continues to grow – this complete domination of the social networking system has made it near impossible for other social sites to survive. Sites such as MySpace and Hi5 were desperately attempting to hold onto their last few shreds of members before they were eventually sold off.

Before Hi5 was sold Alex St. John, the president and chief of technology officer at Hi5, attempted to pivot Hi5 into a social gaming website as the race to social networking dominance was already over. After two years of social gaming, the Hi5 executives decided that it would be better off to sell Hi5 to Tagged, but this was undoubtedly done at a huge loss. MySpace, when it was sold lost $545 million in value from when it was initially purchased, unfortunately the price at which Hi5 was purchased is unknown.

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YouTube revamped their Design by adding a Homepage and More

  • 04/12/2011 at 16:54 by It's a Gadget Staff
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New Youtube Design 2011This week millions of YouTube users were surprised to be greeted with a completely overhauled new look on the video site. It is the biggest redesign in YouTube history and has made the users homepage look more like a social media site. Not only does the YouTube page look like a social page, but it also integrates both Google + (of course) and Facebook into the mix as well.

The overall layout is sophisticated with the activity feed dominating the page in the center, a navigation bar on the left, and a nice stream of recommended videos on the right. The recommended videos are chosen through a complex algorithm that takes all of your current subscriptions and also factors in what videos you have watched recently – what comes out is a nice tailored list of videos that will likely catch your fancy and keep you browsing through YouTube from video to video for hours.

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Tag Suggestions – Facebook is Playing Games with their Users

  • 15/06/2011 at 23:09 by It's a Gadget Staff
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FacebookAlthough over 100 million labels are tagged to photos daily on Facebook, the company felt it was not fast enough, so they claim. They built and rolled out their Tag Suggestions feature to suggest to your friends that they might want to tag you in one of their photos, because they have found someone who looks a lot like you.

Facebook, failed to notify anyone of the new feature, which would not have been so bad had they not enabled it by default and buried the on/off switch in the security section. They had hoped there would not have been so much backlash over yet another underhanded tactic against their own users. This is not the first and it certainly will not be the last.

The more photos of yourself you upload, the better Tag Suggestions will be able to recognize you in other people’s photos. This implicitly means that it might mistakenly suggestion someone else’ face in a photo for your name. Although the program will not actually tag anyone in a photo, it will try to convince others to. Tagging is still left up to people who post the photos and Facebook swears that Tag Suggestions will only be made to people who are listed as your friends.

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