Why Is Facebook Page Reach Decreasing? More Competition And Limited Attention

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Every Page on Facebook wants everything they post shown to everyone. But people only read a limited amount of News Feed per day. There simply isn’t room for everything, and the competition for feed space is intensifying. The total number of Pages Liked by the typical Facebook user grew more than 50% last year — a new stat that came from a 45-minute interview with Facebook’s head of News Feed.

The surplus of content and lack of space forces Facebook into the role of the ‘bad guy’ for filtering the feed in an attempt to show the most relevant posts (plus some ads). And so far, Facebook has done a terrible job of communicating how and why it filters the News Feed. The result is widely shared criticism like Eat24′s breakup letter to the social network that saw the company delete its 70,000-Like Facebook Page in protest of fewer and fewer…

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Bitcoin “Is Heading Towards a New High”

etoro, the social investment site featured an interesting advertisement on my facebook page.

It claimed that

["Bitcoin is heading toward a new high" -Yahoo Finance.]

then adds:

Believe in Bitcoin?

Aside from the dated claim (new high while the market today is below $600/bitcoin) and its reference to yahoo finance without any link, can you read what it says on the bottom right?

Fees are charged in US dollars

Fees are charged in US dollars

Twitter Says It Is Standing By Its Users In Turkey, Hopes To Have Access ‘Returned Soon’

Wahyd Vannoni:

#turkiye #turkey

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Help appears to be at hand for advocates of free speech in Turkey, where Twitter access has been cut off after the Prime Minister accused it of helping people spread false information about him. Twitter has announced that it is standing by its users and working on restoring access soon.

Today, the site and its users in the country saw a huge wave of support from around the world, as people rallied around the social network to protest the blockade. The Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdoğan, said he wanted to “wipe out” Twitter and other sites that have been critical of him and a corruption scandal that has been brewing.

In Turkey, the blockade has had many loopholes for those who want…

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Microsoft Now Offering $100 Discounts To Get Consumers Off Windows XP

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

As Windows XP winds down, Microsoft has a problem: People still use the operating system. Many people. Given that support for Windows XP ends on April 8, the number of days left in which the OS is mostly safe to use are all but spent.

To combat that, Microsoft has been offering discounts, in increasing increments, to induce consumers to get their backsides off the bench and into a computer that will be safe. So, Microsoft is handing out $100 discounts on a number of computers, including the Surface Pro 2. How is this economically feasible? All the machines cost $599.

As ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley points out, the new computers come with “90 days of free support for their new Windows 8 devices from Microsoft.” Call that the Here’s How New Windows Works period.

The danger here is that, once general support for Windows XP ends, everyone not paying…

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FireChat For iOS Is A Hyperlocal Anonymous Chat Network That Doesn’t Need An Internet Connection

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

We all know that chat apps are pretty hot right now and there are plenty of companies hoping for a WhatsApp-like exit. For the most part, all of those apps are pretty similar, but FireChat , which is launching today, adds a new and fun twist to this genre. It’s a hyperlocal chat network for iOS that even works when you don’t have an Internet connection.

It makes use of the Multipeer Connectivity Framework in iOS 7, which allows developers to discover Multipeer-enabled services on nearby iOS devices using Wi-Fi, peer-to-peer connections and Bluetooth. Because it relies on these techniques, the range is around 100 feet, but because of the mesh architecture behind FireChat, the actual range of the network around could be much larger.

FireChat Screen Shot - Beach

There have been some similar apps like this, but they all relied on the users being on the same Wi-Fi network. In a stadium or…

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Google To Pay $15 For Each New User With Debut Of Google Apps Referral Program

Wahyd Vannoni:

How much are you worth to google?

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Google announced today the start of a new referral program for customers of its online office and productivity suite, Google Apps, which will encourage the company’s current users to recommend the service to others in exchange for a $15 bonus per user.

The announcement was made via a brief post on the Google Enterprise Blog. The initiative, explains the blog post, is meant to continue and encourage the word-of-mouth referrals that are already taking place, as businesses recommend Google Apps to others in their network.

Today, the Apps suite is used by 5 million businesses, according to the service’s website, and includes a series of products, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.

Unfortunately, despite the announcement of the program going live, the page which will reportedly offer more details on how the program works is currently returned a 404 error message.


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London Fitzrovia

Views of Fitzrovia, London