Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment
This whole Facebook research thing is pretty interesting. Here’s a couple of other articles that discuss whether or not this really was a big deal:
As Flies to Wanton Boys
Facebook’s emotional experiments on users aren’t all bad
Why You Should Never Read the Comments
There seems to be an inverse correlation between how much of an article someone actually reads and the strength of his or her opinion about it.
The Problem With Facebook
I’m not a Facebook user, so I didn’t realize that a user’s posts don’t reach all of their friends. The Facebook feed behaves like the front page of Reddit, where popular (usually lowest common denominator) content makes up most of what you see. No wonder I always overhear users complaining about their feeds. This may be old news to most, but it blows me away.
Myspace’s UX-Induced Death
A little bitter and direct, but there’s truth in here about how user research can be misunderstood and misused. Similar mistakes can be made when using business stakeholders as a resource for requirements definition.
Pandas and Lobsters: Why Google Cannot Build Social Applications
An interesting theory on why Google can’t seem to figure out the social web.
Web App Masters: A Simple Ladder of Engagement
Notes on a lecture detailing Twitter’s new sign-up process. They detail how Twitter has defined their users and their behaviour. This user research informed their new sign-up process. So as an obvious-but-worth-stating-anyways follow-up to my last post, Twitter didn’t just implement a gradual sign-up process, they studied their users and then designed a process that better matched usage of the service.
Infographic of the Day: Privacy on Facebook Is Vanishing
Great infographic of the evolution of privacy on Facebook.
Facebook Breached My Privacy, And Other Things That Whiny, Entitled Dipshits Say
Terrible article on Facebook and privacy. The problem with what Facebook is doing is that they are changing the rules of the game while trying to hide that fact from its users. Facebook knows that most of its users have no idea about what’s public, what’s private, and the implications of generating and sharing information through Facebook, and they are trying to exploit this in order to assert their dominance over the internet.
Video: Facebook Security Hole Lets You View Your Friends’ Live Chats
Violate your friends’ privacy while you can! Facebook doesn’t feel bad about violating their users’ privacy, so why should you?