September 22, 2011

f8 and the Rebirth of Facebook

Did you guys see the news that came out today? Yesterday's changes on Facebook are just the start of something major. Today at f8 Mark Zuckerberg presented what will be coming in the next few weeks. Check out the big changes headed for your Facebook:

What do you think of Timeline? It's interesting and I am excited to experience all the other changes first hand. I've never really thought about how much of a role applications played into Facebook. Companies like NetFlix and Spotify are connecting now too in ways unlike before. (See the last video, about the 5 minute mark to see a bit.)

A taste of the 2 hour keynote presentation from f8 this afternoon.

It's been interesting working at a web design firm that has a focus on social media for their clients. It just makes a point in how social media has impacted our lives. Companies rely on it to connect with their customers just as much as we rely on it to keep connected with each other. 

I was reading some information today about how consumers view the "like" button for companies. It's interesting how different generations think about it. The older you are the more you expect out of "liking" a company, such as discounts, the ability to know about new products and services before everybody else, coupons, or whatever. Then I got to thinking...What about those companies that have 50,000 people that "like" them? How the heck do you give that many people special treatment just because of a "like" button? But there's the generation gap I guess. The younger you are, the more you want to share your individualism by what you "like" or just to support the companies you enjoy. I "like" things because I like to support my favorite brands/stores/organizations/etc. Why do you like the companies/services/organizations that you well..."like?"

The new interface will definitely be a change and I'm sure people will HATE it. But just remember, with how fast technology changes, the programs that use that technology have to change just as quickly. And there's always competition out there and if you want to stay number one, you must be innovative. If you stay the same for too long you get left in the dust. 

Social media has changes our lives...forever.

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