Fixing Twitter

Fixing Twitter – here’s a reasonable rant on what’s wrong with Twitter and how to fix it.  Product managers and marketing people should definitely read.

Second–and this one is obvious to almost everyone–Twitter needs to focus on realtime events. When I open Twitter during a major debate in the US, or when a bomb has exploded in Bangkok, there should be a huge fиcking banner at the top that says “follow this breaking event.” It shouldn’t just search for a hashtag–it should use intelligent algorithms to show me all of the relevant content about that event. It should be the place you go to learn about what is happening in the world right now. When something major happens in the world/your country/your city, you should be trained to immediately and automatically think, “open Twitter to get updates.” This is so obvious to me that I wonder what Twitter’s product team has been doing—are they over-designing a solution to this? It’s so simple. 90% of the UI and 80% of the search functionality is already in the app.

One billion people …

.. visited Facebook in a single day! I have a hard time wrapping my head around that.  I remember the Web before Facebook existed.  I remember when Facebook reached a total of billion accounts.  And now, we have a billion active daily users. Wow!

Apart from everything else, the amount of engineering that went into creating the platform, growing the features, and keeping it up and running is beyond comprehension.

0 to about 11,000 employees in 11 years.  Wow!

Message from Richard Stallman … not

I nearly had a heart attack … it took me a couple of seconds to realize that this was a prank…

Well played, well played …

P.S.: For those of you who don’t know who Richard Stallman is – shame on you. :)

P.P.S.: Easy for you to spot the “bot” part here, but I saw on this on the mobile app, which was more insisting on the name rather than the handle.

Paphos court orders Facebook to remove offensive comments


Cyprus News reports that :

The Paphos District Court has issued an injunction against social media giant Facebook, ordering the company to remove a number of offensive comments posted on a local business profile, aimed at a local man.

The comments, posted on February 4, accuse the man of criminal activities. The original post was still on Facebook on Wednesday morning.  It has over 1,000 shares.

Charalambos Savvides of the Ch. P. Savvides & Associates LLC law firm, which handled the case, told the Cyprus Mail that Facebook was not only required to remove the comments but also take steps to ensure that future related comments were taken down immediately.

In-Cyprus has a few more details:

The case concerns comments on Facebook made against a bar owner from Paphos who became the target of a hate campaign which attracted thousands of users who shared and liked the page. The man in question was, according to those who had got the ball rolling on popular social media site, committing various crimes around the town and especially against competing bars.

He was also accused of being a police informant that was getting special protection in the town despite his ‘known illegal activities’.

The man has denied all the allegations against him.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

Evernote Hello vs. Facebook Hello


facebook hello

Facebook is launching a new app – Hello:

Billions of calls are made everyday on mobile phones and people often have very little information about who’s calling them. Today we are starting to test Hello, a new app built by the Messenger team. Hello connects with Facebook so you can see who’s calling, block unwanted calls and search for people and places.

I seem to remember another app with the same name and somewhat related functionality – Hello from Evernote.  Apparently, this one was discontinued earlier this year.  Surprising, given that some people called it the best business card scanner app.

evernote hello

The functionality of the two apps is not exactly the same but similar enough.  Given how little time passed between the “death” of one and “birth” of another, I wonder if this is a coincidence or part of a greater plan.

An Analysis of Foursquare’s Popularity After Removing Check-Ins

Junkyard Sam runs a quick “Analysis of Foursquare’s Popularity After Removing Check-Ins“.  Very well pointed out.  The split of Foursquare with Swarm was a mistake.  As a constant user of the app I felt bad about it.  I still use Swarm occasionally.  And I can’t remember the last time I loaded Foursquare.  I wish they’d merge them back together.  That was fun.


You are what you share

Sharing an idea you care about is a generous way to change your world for the better.

The culture we will live in next month is a direct result of what people like us share today. The things we share and don’t share determine what happens next.

As we move away from the top-down regime of promoted movies, well-shelved books and all sorts of hype, the recommendation from person to person is now the most powerful way we have to change things.

Seth Godin

Why Waze is so incredibly popular in Costa Rica

Why Waze is so incredibly popular in Costa Rica – excellent story, which, I think, is pretty applicable in Cyprus too.  There aren’t many people here.  And there are even fewer sensible street addresses.  We are landmark driven navigation country too.