Kamis, 18 Februari 2010

Social Faceoff: Google vs. Facebook vs. Twitter Buzz

Gmail users: We hope to add the discussion about Buzz Google Account

Four months ago we asked in our web FaceOff series for the desired social network between the two current giants: vote Twitter versus Facebook. The results were pretty close, although Facebook Twitter squeezed in a 48% to 40% victory. Now there's a whole new game in town.

Google Buzz (Buzz Google) is the new slim, and on Google (Google) great pressure on social networking site conforms to the mobile social services. We know that even days before the start of the buzz, but it is a good time to explore the opinion of Mashable (Mashable) readers still seem to.

You have the opportunity to spend some time with buzz? Do you like the service? Are there parts that you do not it from? If your character from other social networks or complement? Give us your vote for the best social services in the poll below, and you tell us why your favorite selected winners.

Facebook is the Web's Ultimate Time Sink [Stats]

The average American Internet user spends more time together on Facebook than on Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Microsoft, Wikipedia and Amazon. Think about that for a moment.

New figures from Nielsen released today confirms what we've known for a while: Facebook (Facebook) is the number of times a Web sink. It is interesting how much time we spend on the largest social network in the world today than it was six months ago.

Already in June 2009, Nielsen estimated that the average American users spent four hours and 39 minutes on Facebook per Mo. The approximately 9.3 minutes per day in a 30-day month. In August this figure had increased to five hours and 46 minutes and 11.5 minutes per day.

In January 2010, but increased the time that the average person spent on Facebook, more than seven hours. Every American Facebook users spent an average of 421 minutes per month on Facebook, more than 14 minutes per day. Even if you shave a comb the time on Google (Google) (1:23), Yahoo (2:09), YouTube (YouTube) (1:02), Microsoft / Bing (Bing) (1:35) Wikipedia (Wikipedia moved) (0:15) and the Amazon (0:22), the reports still Facebook.

As you can see from the above tables, there are a few other interesting statistics (the average number of people visiting Web sites rose from 8.4% during the time the men were dropped on the PC by 8.2%), But history still seems clear Facebook rapid increase.

How much longer can we sink into Facebook? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Facebook launches new privacy settings for Facebook Apps

Facebook has a new privacy options for users with more control over their Facebook applications and websites with Facebook Connect. The changes follow new privacy controversial revision of December.

In a message on the Facebook blog, the world's largest social network have shown that it added: "granular" control of content shared by applications. The changes are designed to allow users to change your friends' updates for some applications, but also for third-party applications and Web sites Facebook Connect.

Seesmic (Seesmic), for example, will soon be more privacy features, in particular so that the users for status updates only for the buddy lists you specify.

From Facebook (Facebook) blog:

"There are privacy options so grainy, the audience for any content that you shares through personalization applications. Just select the category of persons from the drop-down menu near the lock icon shares Publisher on your homepage or a profile, or the evidence when application sharing or Facebook Connect sites will appear.

For example, you might not want all your friends to the humorous greeting card you have written only one application. Now you can perform these functions are only visible from a few friends. "

View a result of the changes, further evidence of applications ask you to change your privacy. Overall, this update may appear legitimate and less controversial than in December, pushing for more public profile. We wait for the new settings to play a final decision, though.

Facebook Analyzes How Relationship Status Impacts Happiness [STATS]

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and it apparently had the data team at Facebook thinking: Does being in a relationship (as defined by Facebook relationship status) really make individuals more happy? The results, which are detailed on Facebook’s blog aren’t quite as black and white as you might expect.


Facebook () already has a methodology for measuring the overall “happiness” of its users. It basically looks at how many positive words people use in their status updates (for English speaking users). This results in the USA Gross National Happiness Index.

For this particular study, Facebook looked at the use of positive and negative words in status messages over the course of one week in January. The data team was then able to filter the results based on sex and relationship status (as defined by Facebook).

The Results

The results aren’t entirely unsurprising: People who are in relationships do seem happier than those who are not in relationships. However, there are some important areas of distinction. For instance, the people that seem the most unhappy are those that either don’t disclose their relationship status or those that are in an open relationship.

An open relationship dwarfs widowers and “it’s complicated” by a pretty significant margin for both men and women. However, those that don’t disclose their relationship at all are about 50% more negative than everyone else.

In the end, while this data is certainly interesting, it’s only scientific insofar as it is a reflection of what people choose to share in their status updates. Obviously, that’s not going to be a strong — or even defining — indicator of how people really feel, regardless of relationship status.

What do you think of this data? Do you find yourself more or less happy when in a relationship as opposed to being single? Let us know!

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