social networks

Social networks trends of 2014

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You are lost with the existing and emerging social networks wondering which social network to use in which context?

Don’t panic and check this video out.

If one trend is clear, new social networks tend to be only focused on mobile usage.

Do you aka-aki?

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Combine Facebook and twitter and Google Latitude. You have aka-aki.

Operated by a Berlin, Germany based company, aka-akiaka-aki is an online community that puts social networking on the street. That’s why aka-aki does not only consist of this community website but also includes a mobile phone application. Using the GSM, Wi-Fi or GPS information which ever is available, the aka-aki mobile phone application shows you details about people belonging to your circle. In the city, in the region or up to 50km away. For instance, when other aka-aki members are there, your mobile phone will show you a photo, mutual friends etc.. Even other functions associated with an online community like writing messages, saving friends, etc. will work while you’re on your way using the aka-aki mobile phone application.

Going into some details, aka-aki shows you on your mobile phone the profiles of people in your circle. You also see which friends in the community are online at that moment and may exchange mails with other members. You can also use aka-aki to show people around you, who you are and what you like by adding stickers to your profile. You can create and maintain your profile at the aka-aki community website. There you may also check whom you recently met while out and about, since aka-aki logs the encounters. And probably more of things still to come.

Installing it on the iPhone is a straightforward task as the application is available from the App Store. Some quick information and your account is created.

While the application is obviously big fun to use, who knows what can be done with it and the stored information especially when in wrong hands? Google Latitude raised some scepticism, why should it be different for aka-aki? Not sure I really want to use it.

State of the Twittersphere

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Do you twitt?

A recent study provides some interesting insight of the State of the Twittersphere based on about 500,000 accounts tracked by Twitter Grader.

  • Twitter has lots of newer and less active users
    • 70% of Twitter users joined in 2008
    • An estimated 5-10 thousand new accounts are opened per day
    • 35% of Twitter users have 10 or fewer followers
    • 9% of Twitter users follow no one at all
  • There is a strong correlation between the number of followers you have and the number of people you follow.

Check out the whole study:

Twitter is currently a free and ad-free service but is now hiring a product manager to find a business model and revenus. Interested? Read their job description.

Facebook blackout

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A Facebook group calls for a one day Facebook blackout on december 15th. This group has a quite strong momentum as it is reaching 900.000 members, 700.000 members planning to “attend”.

Why? A protest against the Facebook administrators: “Friends account deleted, limited in sending message or poking, stupid new layout”.

How many members will this group reach? Is a one day really relevant? Will this change any thing?

Probably not as it looks more as many other groups creating a short term buzz.

Facebook in real life

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Poke, Write on your wall, Show picture to everybody, etc.. Would we accept in the real life what we accept on Facebook? Probably not, have a look at this brilliant video from the BBC Three show ‘The Wall’…