One of the benefits of having your own blog is all the archives that are accumulated over time. Web services, platforms, and social networks come and go, and so does your content when you choose to use them. But with your own piece of the Internet, you get to keep it all.
It’s always interesting to see what I was into and what I was thinking like years ago. Especially when it comes to predictions and forecasting. Especially with the technology, which moves so fast.
Here is, for example, something that I shared 5 years ago (to the day): On how Google+ will succeed. Now that never happened. In fact, almost the opposite is happening:
Horowitz made a point to emphasize, once again, that Google+ isn’t going away. Instead, he reiterated that the company will be offering “a more focused Google+ experience.”
In other words, Google+ has a core set of users that really do enjoy using the service. “Google+ is quickly becoming a place where people engage around their shared interests, with the content and people who inspire them,” Horowitz said.
More specifically, Google plans to continue to offer new features in Google+ and move “features that aren’t essential to an interest-based social experience” into existing products.
This just tells you how “trustworthy” is my opinion on things…
FotoJet is yet another online photo editor. Like many others it provides a simplified user interface for manipulating images. Two things in particular that I liked about this service are collages and social media banners.
Collage editing makes it really simple to combine multiple images into one (see the screenshot above). Social media banners greatly simplifies the creation of images that can be used for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube channel headers. No more searching for the appropriate dimensions, image sizes, and the like!
For a while now, whenever I post a new blog post to this site, and try to propagate it to my social network accounts, I get an error from Facebook – something about security and content policies this or that:
The automation broke a few month ago, but I never cared enough to do much about it. From then on, I don’t push all the posts to Facebook automatically, but a select few, with manual posting of the links.
Today, even the manual posting broke. I got this:
OK, I thought. Weird, but this happens. Gladly, the error message contains the link to let Facebook know about the problem. And so I do. Just to get to this point:
Now that’s not good. But then again what can I do? I guess it’s a good thing I still own all of my content and have my own place to publish it at.
Hopefully, this will get resolved all by itself soon. Or people will have only kitten pictures to look at…
If you are one of those dinosaurs, who still prefer to post content to your own web space and then share it on social media (much like yours truly), then here’s the Ultimate Social Media WordPress plugin (you are using WordPress, right?) that helps will those buttons, sharing, animation, and more. You can even choose how your site’s buttons will look like from 16 different designs.
namechk is a handy tool for those who’s looking for new domains and social network profile names. In one go you can see an overview of what’s available and what’s not.
Back in 2013 I linked to some (not so) surprising facts about social media. Two years is a lot of time and a lot of things has changed since. So here comes 100 social media facts and statistics for 2015. These spread from general statistics to service-specific ones, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and others. Unlike many other similar collections, this one actually links to sources for every single fact, and provides an easy one-click share to Twitter button. Here are a few to get you started:
- 189 million Facebook users are ‘mobile only’.
- There are 4 billion daily video views on Facebook.
- 50% of unique LinkedIn visitors access it via mobile.
- There is a 50% average increase in comments when a LinkedIn page post contains a question.
- Over 40 billion photos have been shared on Instagram.
- Google+ has 300 million monthly active users around the world.
- Google+ grows at a rate of 33% each year.
- Average time spent on YouTube per mobile session is 40 minutes.
- There are 300 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute.
For all those people who complain about my pictures of food, somebody else’s pictures of babies, Justin Bieber photos, and the like, here’s something to try: get rather.
This sounds like a handy tool for anyone who hasn’t been blessed with patience or can’t figure out the “unsubscribe” button.
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.
.. 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!