This is 1 Billion accounts, right? Not 1Billion people. Fake accounts, duplicates, pets, and accounts deader than Elvis don't count.
I wonder if Zuck made the annoucement the the style of Doctor Evil?
It's official: Facebook is like a chair. Or a plane. Or a nation. And it's apparently especially true now that the dominant social network has passed the 1 billion user mark. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on the site today that it was "very special" for him to be celebrating having so many people connecting together on his website …
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Who cares how they measured it. A billion is an arbitrary milestone, which happens to be a round number in base 10, which we use because we have 10 fingers.
I suspect we'd all be using holodecks and backing up our consciousnesses by now if humans had 8 fingers. IT would be so much easier in base 8. Piano music would not be as good, however.
Alas, the thumb is a finger, both my (by now rather old) vertebrate morphology and animal physiology books agree on that.
The fact that genus Homo has a frontal finger that is opposable to the plane of the extremity, and as such referred to as a "thumb" in non-boffinish, or the rather restricted "medical" manuals of morphology exclusively dealing with the anatomy of our specific (sub)species, does not any less make it a finger, just a highly specialised one, in which we're not even unique.
As far as Crapbook is concerned, peeps can take it or leave it. For my personal purpose of keeping in contact with a gaggle of 14-24 yr olds when it comes to organising events and shoutcasting updates to my humble website regarding those events, it works adequately. Anything really private or sensitive is dealt with in the appropriate manner, which is not on or through Crapbook.
To Each Thing Its' Appropriate Use, etc..
I'm reminded of the dangers of sitting on a chair from Pete and Dud's 'Dirty Uncle Bertie' sketch..
"Roger, in order for you to be brought about, it was necessary for your mother and I - to do something. In particular, it was necessary for your mother… it was necessary for your mother - to sit on a chair. To sit on a chair which I had recently vacated, and which was still warm from my body. And then, something very mysterious, rather wonderful and beautiful happened. And sure enough, four years later you were born."
'"Anyone can sit on a chair," a soothing female voice informs us. Essentially, that is why "Facebook is like a chair".'
Ignoring whether or not the comparison is fair or just plain nonsense, putting it that way around is reasonable - but the advert actually claims that's why "chairs are like Facebook", which I see as something of an Apple move.
Next week, Facebook will be suing furniture manufacturers for copying their idea of creating something people can use to get together and talk.
thats not such a bad statistic... i have over 600 pages liked and i have liked countless articles/posts... i would think i have likes closer to 10k things over the years... But still do i care? no... what exactly can they do with my data of 100 likes of gangnam memes over the last month?... confirm that i like gangnam style?
Disclosure - I am not a social networker.
The thing that struck me most about this ad was that everything in it, happened in the real world.
Real tangible 'things'
This ad portrays how Facebook would like you to see it.
The reality of Facebook is someone sat in front of a computer screen / phone / tablet tapping away on a keyboard.
The advert would have been much more accurate if they had set up the shots like this:
scene 1: a bus stop full of people in the dark hours of the morning/night. all their faces are glowing a disgusting blue colour from their LED backlit devices. (LEDs have massive efficiency in the blue spectrum and not much else, all the other colours have to be produced by phosphors). Anyway these blue glowing people are basically not going to talk to each other under any circumstances, and the advert needs to portray the pure isolation of this.
scene 2: typical male masturbating furiously at pictures of good looking women on Facebook. He has a 21 inch monitor so his face is glowing blue as fuck and you can see all the sweat and grease on there.
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