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Facebook and the Silver Screen

October 1, 2010

Social Networking sites are blowing up. Twitter has rolled out its “New Twitter” which makes the Twitter interface even easier than it already is, and Facebook has adopted Skype so that you are connected to everyone on your Friends list by video and SMS at the click of your mouse. Our relationships have become digital.

Facebook has hit the big screen. With movies like The Social Network and Catfish, Facebook is more popular than ever. People have begun defining these movies as “the movies that define our generation.” It makes you wonder, does social networking define our generation? We are ultra-connected to everyone via the internet and our smart phones. Facebook is such a powerful tool that it is even influencing the silver screen, with Oscar buzz about each of these movies. So we ask: what makes these movies so universally accepted among the Tweeps of America?

"Don't Let Anyone Tell You What It Is"

Catfish: “Don’t Let Anyone Tell You What It Is”

With a guerilla marketing campaign that intrigues those who love stories of horror and romance, we are completely left in the dark with what this movie is about. What we know is that this movie hits home to a lot of people. In this digital age with online dating and Facebook “friends” that you meet, talk for an hour, and add on Facebook, the internet is the easiest (and most popular) way to meet someone and to fall in love.

The movie is filmed in a home-video-like way. It seems like it’s just a buddy and his friends goofing around trying to find a hot girl. It looks into his obsession with this girl that he meets on Facebook. The main character is a photographer who’s photo was reproduced in a painting by an 8 yr old girl who’s sister he falls in love with–although he never meets her. The previews show him chatting with her, exchanging pictures, photoshopping pictures of the two of them together, and building a seemingly meaningful relationship. He decides to go to her hometown and find her. We are left wondering if this film is a horror film, a romantic escapade, or a comedy. We cannot tell…but maybe that’s the intrigue?

Catfish has been hailed as a “must-see-film.” It shows insight into online and social networking relationships that seem real, even though human contact is never made. This can be related to by anyone of our generation whether they have participated in online chat room flirting, digital worlds (like World of Warcraft, etc.), Twitter, or even friending and chatting with people on Facebook that you don’t know. People have built relationships in this generation off of medias that previous generations would frown upon or discount. Catfish gives a more human side to the digital age. If you are a Facebook fanatic or have had any sort of online relationship (without ever meeting the person in person), this movie is for you. You will find something completely unexpected.

"You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies."

"You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies."

The Social Network: “You Don’t Get to 500 Million Friends Without Making a Few Enemies”

The Social Network is the movie to see. It traces the story of Mark Zukerberg and his journey to fame and fortune through making Facebook. Zukerberg supposedly is opposed to the raw truth this movie exposes like his law suit, him betraying his friends and the development of Facebook. It poses the question: do the ends justify the means?

Facebook defines who we are today. Not only do people use it to keep tabs on others, but also it has become the main form of communication for practically everyone. Mothers, fathers, grandmothers and distant cousins are reunited due to Facebook.

The Social Network gives insight into how Facebook was created, and in turn how the first decade of the millennium has been defined. Plus, the obvious irony that an anti-social nerd created the most popular social networking site ever is social commentary in itself.  Facebook has revolutionized the internet and how society interacts.

Do your parents Facebook or Twitter?

September 24, 2009

I found the following 30-sec Verizon commercial highly amusing:

Parents on Facebook and Twitter – it’s quite a predicament.

When Facebook first launched in 2004, it was an online social network strictly for college students to connect and keep tabs on each other. A private club of sorts for the college crowd. Once it’s popularity sky-rocketed though, that’s when Facebook started opening its doors: First to high schools students in 2005 (which drew protests from users) and then to the general public (which drew bigger, unhappier protests). Nonetheless, this expansion continued and nothing really affected the typical college user’s experience so the Facebook community continued happily on its way.

… That is until friend requests from Moms and Dads started appearing in user accounts.

Then Facebook users everywhere just scratched their heads (or yelled into a pillow) and debated on what to do:

Option A) Accept and give your parents a window into your personal/social life complete with pictures, comments and updates on what you’ve been up to on Saturday nights.

Option B) Decline and face persistent badgering on why you don’t want to be friends with your parents… do you have something to hide? Are they an embarrassment? Why don’t you want to keep in touch while you’re away from home?

Option C) Ignore and face the same consequences as Option B above.

And really, this is not just an issue that plagues college or high school students anymore. Facebook users in their 20s-30s (maybe even 40s) face similar scenarios as the Facebook community demographic begins to expand and include older people interested in exploring these new online fads – aunts, great uncles, grandmas, even your parents’ closest friends start sending you friend requests.

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Facebook… the film.

September 23, 2009
"The Social Network" stars and their real-life counterparts

"The Social Network" stars and their real-life counterparts

Variety shared that Columbia Pictures is currently making a film called “The Social Network”… it’s a film about the creation of Facebook by Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a few of his college buddies. Casting for the film is apparently final with Jesse Eisenberg nabbing the central role of Zuckerberg with a boyish face that oozes geek charm. He’s not too big of a Hollywood household name yet, but most people will recognize Eisenberg from the upcoming horror-comedy “Zombieland.”

Other Hollywood names that have signed on include Andrew Garfield who will play Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder and Zuckerberg’s former BFF. We anticipate the film will be laden with ample drama and “bro”-mance capturing the disintegration of this friendship and Saverin’s falling out with Zuckerberg. It’s likely this plot will be interwoven with lessons about how greed corrupts or something as Facebook goes from humble beginnings as Harvard’s “Hot-or-Not” equivalent to the global social networking site and financial success it is today.

Even Justin Timberlake is involved since he will be starring as Sean Parker, Facebook’s founding president and the Napster co-founder.

Impressive? Um. So-so, bordering on not really. With two leads that are lesser known, and Timberlake who’s definitely talented and popular, but has yet to prove himself in film – don’t count on me to get too excited. And let’s not forget that at the end of the day, it’s still going to be a film about the creation of Facebook. A story that’s forgettable at best, right?

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Social networks and their one-liners

August 31, 2009

A friend recently showed me a spiffy site called Wayback Machine – basically it’s an internet database that archives old web pages starting from 1996 onward. They have so much stored from all over the web… I started searching some popular websites to see what past versions looked like. (Apparently YouTube in 2005 had a thick, dark grey border and web 2.0 style tabbing. Visually, I kind of prefer it to the current design.)

Naturally, I also had to search Twitter to see how their pages have changed since their massive jump in popularity in the past year or so. Especially since their most recent homepage updates were released just this past summer in July. Wayback Machine archived the first Twitter page version in 2001 and as expected it was very simple – no cute logo and no bird. (Actually the Twitter bird mascot didn’t show up on pages until recently, really.) Looking through the Twitter page archives, I realized that Twitter used a tagline in their old homepage that I never noticed (or never realized was their tagline). This tagline/question appeared in almost all their old versions: “What are you doing?”

It was even on the last version of the Twitter homepage before their summer face-lift. However for some reason, now that Twitter is all the rage it has decided to drop this quick and easy tagline and opt for something more flowery and optimistic: “Share and discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world.”   

Before this summers new unveiling

Before this summer's new unveiling

After

After

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Twitter goes to Hollywood?

August 24, 2009

twitter hollywood

First, let me just say I haven’t seen “Inglourious Basterds” yet. I seem to be a week behind on my new releases considering I just went to see “District 9” this past weekend. (INSERT TANGENT: Yes, the buzz is right. Excellent overall, though there are a couple plotlines where you really have to stretch your imagination… eerr, and beware of slight motion sickness at the beginning because of the quick cuts and camera shots while running. Probably just me though – I’m sensitive.)

Anyways, I’ve been excited for “Inglourious Basterds” ever since I first saw the trailer during previews for “Angels and Demons.” Over-the-top violence, quirky dark characters, history that doesn’t require knowing anything about actual history… I was sold. (Not to mention the fact I’m a huge Tarantino fanboy.) I expected a masterpiece. Hence my confusion when I read the LA Times review for the film with the tagline: “Quentin Tarantino’s WWII movie has blood, but its heart doesn’t beat.” Ouch.

I like the LA Times, but I don’t trust film critics. I read the review. The guy (Kenneth Turan) seemed to know what he was talking about, providing convincing evidence to back-up his argument. I thought, well I guess it won’t make that big of a splash then. I read the review on Friday, the 21st.

48 hours later, I see that “mini” reviews of “Inglourious Basterds” have taken over Twitter. It’s still going on actually. It’s been talked about so much that it’s jumped to Trending Topic status. (Huzzah! Joining “District 9″on the most popular list I might add.) The tweeple have spoken and the consensus is clear – everyone thought the film was terrific. (Just a few tweet examples: “Tarantino’s best since ‘Pulp Fiction'”, “Best film I’ve seen this year”, “Watching ‘Inglourious Basterds’ again for the 2nd time” … the list goes on.)

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Fingerprint Authentication for Facebook?

August 19, 2009

TrueSuiteIEEE Spectrum tells me about an upcoming software by AuthenTec that makes me feel like our world is finally moving toward Spielberg’s “Minority Report.”

Fingerprint authentication technology is no longer going to be reserved for secret high clearance government facilities – instead for us Average Joes, we get to use fingerprint clearance for accessing email, logging into social networks like Facebook or Twitter, and anything else that requires a password.

AuthenTec’s TrueSuite software is adapting fingerprint authentication into a means to make our computer activities more convenient. How? Picture this scenario: Your laptop is installed with this software. On your laptop, you swipe your ring finger (right hand), your Gmail pops up. It’s already logged into your inbox. You swipe your index finger (right hand), you’re looking at your Facebook newsfeed. You swipe your ring finger (left hand), you’re looking at your eBay bidding account.

Different fingers can be used to authenticate different accounts with TrueSuite. On its own, any of these functions are multi-step. (For example, even checking Twitter requires that 1) you wake up your laptop, 2) start your OS, 3) navigate to a browser, 4) go to the Twitter site, 5) login with password. On laptops more than a couple years old this can mean you’ve aged 20 minutes before you find out what was in Ashton’s latest tweet to Demi.

TrueSuite reduces this into a finger swipe.

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Top 5 Facebook apps that make business 2.0

August 14, 2009

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Ever try browsing Facebook applications for your business’ fan page? There’s something like 20 pages of applications to look through. No thanks.

So for your convenience, we’ve put together a list of what we think are the 5 best Facebook applications to make your business fan page 2.0 awesome. They’re guaranteed to make your fan page more robust and stand out among the crowd! (We hope.) Fans will flock to your site and your numbers will triple! (Probably not.) But really… these apps are available so why not take advantage of them?

Most Facebook applications that businesses would be interested in average around 2.5 out of 5 stars. This is actually a pretty solid rating considering many apps are developed by third parties (so sometimes experience glitches). Some apps have a 1 star rating which raises an eyebrow and are probably best avoided. The ones we’ve included in our list meet the average and most rate higher. They’re also high in monthly active users. Enjoy!

(And if none of the below strike your fancy, it never hurts to consult pages of similar businesses to yours and see what apps they’re using.)

1.  Define Me (2.6 stars/5)

An application that will provide your fans some interactive fun with a hint of danger (for you). The idea is users get to think up words to describe your business which then appear in a large cloud. More popular opinions are of course shown bigger in the cloud. It’s a great way for the community to get an honest assessment of what your business does and what the perceived culture is like. Also useful as organic branding research. The danger comes in since it allows anonymous users to define you – which sometimes results in unexpected/interesting cloud terms.

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