We’re happy to be organizing the Home brewer’s competition at this year’s Cadillac Craft Beer Fest!
We hope you will share this link with your friends and those who may be interested in entering the competition!
CLICK HERE FOR RULES AND REGISTRATION!!
Bit Social’s own “Josh the Intern” will be one of the esteemed judges of the competition!
We’ll be there working the tent all day so stop down and see us! Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at the Cadillac City Park
According to Lars Backstrom, engineering manager for Facebook, the average user has about 1,500 stories filtered through their News Feed on a daily basis. However, only 20% of them ever make the cut to be seen on your News Feed.
So how does Facebook determine the 20% you actually do see?
In an attempt to answer that question Facebook, at a special event held at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, explained how the system has moved from manual knob-turning during the early days based on anecdotal feedback from users to the systematic algorithm that you see today. Another change to the Edge Rank algorithm looks at the last 50 interactions and places a higher emphasis on friends or pages the user has interacted with the most recently. These changes are not yet rolled out over all devices, Backstrom says.
Facebook once again repeated its goal: to give users a customized feed highlighting the stories that it assumes users will find the most interesting. The system assigns a score to each story and places the highest scoring stories at the top of the News Feed.
The scores are determined by the combination of a number of factors, such as the relationship you have with the poster, the times shared, the number of comments and the number of likes that the story has accumulated.
In the past, every time a user refreshed their feed the latest stories moved to the top. Even if they had a lower score than previously displayed stories. The ranking process has been changed to allow older stories that went unseen to join the new stories displayed at the top of your feed.
Facebook hoped that this change would increase interactions on their site and so far this seems to be the case. A study by Facebook found that this new system led to a 13% increase in stories read and a 5% increase in interactions such as likes, shares and comments.
You may be one of the many people in the world who would like it if the “inappropriate” pictures that you posted were only able to be seen by only the people that you want. You know, those pictures that you do not want your employer or your uber-conservative aunt to see. Well as they say, “There’s an app for that.”
Secret.li allows users to upload pictures to Facebook and apply filters that render it a mass of unrecognizable pixels. You then have the option of making it viewable for a set period of time to an approved group of people. The picture will still be viewable as an image on your newsfeed but any unapproved person looking at it will only see a colorful blob that was once an image. It will remain on your timeline until the time frame that you have set expires and then it will delete itself both from Facebook and the app.
SEE ALSO: FACEBOOK GRAPH SEARCH
To access this service requires users to be logged into the app which will need access to your Facebook account. You can find it on the app store.
There is nothing preventing people from taking screen shots of it and reposting it.
We looked for it on Google Play but it appears to not be available for the Android platform as yet. If you find it or use it let us know below!
A few months back Facebook announced that it will be radically changing your news feed. The changes will feature a lot of fresh features including larger images, multiple feeds for different interests and a more consistent user experience across mobile devices.
This brings up the question, “How can I be an early adopter and get the new news feed today?”
Well, there is actually a site where you can go and sign up for the changed news feed. Just go to facebook.com/about/newsfeed. There you will see a button inviting you to try the new look. Just click and Bam! Done! Now you wait….
Just how long you’ll have to wait is not clear however. Facebook said in a big press event that the new look will begin rolling out to users the same day. Some people will be able to begin exploring the new features almost immediately while others will have to wait much longer.
With the use of the updated news feed there will be several different options available to be included in your news feed. This is designed to give the user the option to select from multiple feeds each focusing on a different category. The categories will consist of close friends, general friends, photos, music and games. A chronological news feed will continue to be an option.
Photos, according to Facebook, now account for fifty percent of all news feed stories. There will be an increased emphasis on optimizing newsfeeds for pictures and it will be a part of the redesign’s mobile focus.
Leave a comment below letting us know if you have it yet and what your thoughts are on it.
The social media giant, Facebook, is dramatically changing the way its users advertise. Right now Facebook offers 27 different ways to advertise. Many of these are redundant or inefficient. In order to address this issue Facebook is dropping or changing more than half of the ways to advertise.
The biggest change will focus on how the Sponsored Stories advertisement works. Up to now Sponsored Stories has worked by generating content for you to see based on what your friends have “liked”.
In the coming months Facebook will phase out Sponsored Stories and will replace it with Social Context. Facebook will automatically add social context to ads to help streamline creation of ads and improve performance.
In late June, ad units will have a more consistent visual display intended to reduce the number of formats marketers have to select from. This will make it easier to run many different ad formats and test which one works best. This will also help to optimize desktop and mobile interaction.
Fidjo Simo, a product manager for Facebook, in a blog post stated, ”As the services we provide to marketers have grown, so have our new products; while each product may be good on its own, we realized that many of them accomplish the same goals. ”When we work with a marketer, we always start with their business goals … our vision is that over time, an advertiser can come to Facebook and tell us what they are trying to achieve, and our ads tools will automatically suggest the right combination of products to help them achieve it.”
via [brandwatch & insidefacebook]
Trolls are no longer relegated to living out their mean lives harassing hapless travelers. Thanks to the internet, trolls have escaped their mythological homes and are infesting a website near you. Their methods have changed but their goals remain the same; to cause chaos, harass and generally just be a nuisance. This raises the question; how can I slay the troll residing on my website?
Know Your Enemy
Critics are people who will visit your website and will be very critical of the products or services that are offered. These people may have legitimate complaints that should be addressed and resolved promptly. Many times once the issue is resolved these same people will turn into the greatest asset a company can have. The happy and loyal customer who will tell lots of people. Word-of-mouth is priceless.
Trolls are people who may or may not have a legitimate complaint. A troll will consistently post negative, disruptive and inflammatory remarks with the goal of provoking an emotional reaction. They will post ridiculous or contentious questions, mocking or veiled sarcasm or anything else they can do to cause your online users to suffer.
Create a Page Rules Tab
One of the best things a site admin can do is to create a page clearly stating the rules regarding the behavior of its online users. This will help to set a clear example of the rules of conduct and make your page a more civil place for public interaction.
Don’t Feed the Trolls!
One of the worst things you can do as a site admin is to confront the troll in a public forum. The troll lives for this kind of drama and will thrive on it. Make it a policy to starve the troll by ignoring it. This, of course, does not work all the time because some trolls are more trollish than others. They may manage to get others to respond to them even if you do not. When this happens there are few other options than to ban them. If the trolls have been nuisance enough that they have been banned then it is likely that you will want to delete their posts. While deleting posts can remove the inflammatory remarks, the censorship of your website can cause a host of other problems more damaging than anything the original post could have done. Be very cautious when removing material and consider the consequences before you remove it.