Social Me – an analysis of your life on Facebook

Social Me

One of my Facebook friends recently posted a status with an analysis from Zeebly about his Facebook usage. I thought it was neat and I decided to try it out myself here. It’s pretty amazing how much information can be extracted from our Facebook page. I find it so fascinating that Facebook and other social media sites have changed the way businesses are marketed.


Take This Lollipop and Get Ready to be Creeped Out!

Take This Lollipop

A new site called Take This Lollipop is just in time for Halloween. It starts off as a seemingly innocent page that dares you to take the lollipop by clicking the familiar “Connect with Facebook” button. After you have given it permission to access your information, it shows you a customized video that depicts a creepy man stalking you through your Facebook. He goes through your Facebook profile with crazed eyes, and goes through some of your Facebook photos (the photos change if you do it multiple times). He then proceeds to look up your location on Google Maps. He is then seen driving to track you  and a photo of you can be seen on his truck’s dashboard. After the short video, a countdown begins.

I thought this was implemented extremely well. It went viral over this week and there was a lot of speculation over whether or not this was an advertising campaign. It turns out that this was a neat little project that director Jason Zada decided to do for fun.

It served as a good reminder to think twice about the information you share. The “Connect to Facebook” button is sometimes clicked mindlessly without a second thought about what you are actually sharing. It’s also a great way to get in the Halloween mood!

Google Plus – My Initial Thoughts

I’ve recently been invited to start a Google+ account and I happily obliged. I’m still trying to get used to layout and I’m sure I haven’t discovered all the features yet but it seems pretty neat. I’m not sure how fond I am about the whole “circles” idea. I found it sort of difficult to categorize the people I know. I understand the practicality but at the same time I didn’t like asking myself whether a person was a friend or simply an acquaintance.

Google+ is very similar to Facebook as many have noted but have some particular features such as the circles, sparks and hangouts. I still haven’t had the chance to play around with these features yet but I’m very curious to see how this will all turn out. Only time will tell if Google+ will be a success.

Is Social Media a Fad?

Social media is a category of sites that is based on user participation and user-generated content.

That’s just one of the definitions that I was able to find. There are countless different ways to describe social media but they all have to do with a social aspect of sharing information. The information can come in the form of video, audio, text or multimedia.

I must admit that I have had my doubts on social media at some point. I was concerned that it was just a phase that many people were going through and once people decided that the cons exceeded the pros people would to decide to leave and find another fad. With all the recent concerns with privacy and personal information, I was wondering if it was a good idea to continue jumping on all the social media bandwagons or if I should be more reluctant.

I personally use YouTube, Flickr, Wikipedia, Digg, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Blogger, and WordPress on a regular basis. It feels like there is always a non-stop flow of information and there are always more ways to access even more information. It seems like a shame to block out these portals of free information and I think as long as you are always aware of what you’re doing you will be safe.

The video below has some really interesting facts and figures about social media and it really does a wonderful job in making us believe that social media is not just a fad, and that it is actually a revolution. It’s worth your 4 minutes and 23 seconds, you’ll learn some interesting facts that you didn’t know.

Paid to be a Walking Billboard

Almost everyone has a t-shirt in their closet that they bought with a giant logo on it. I’m no different. We are all “walking billboards” in some way. We advertise for companies when we use their product. It’s interesting though, because we pay them to advertise for their product. Well, Jason Sadler from I Wear Your Shirt has it all figured out. He realized they could actually make money wearing t-shirts and being a paid walking billboard.

Jason Sadler

Jason Sadler, the founder of I Wear Your Shirt

Starting January 1, 2009, Sadler charged $1 to wear a company’s t-shirt and advertise it for a day. Every day after that, it would cost $1 more, until it would cost $365 for Sadler to wear a shirt for December 31st. In 2010, he started charging $2 for January 1 and he added another t-shirt wearer, Evan White. Needless to say, it has been a total success. They have sold out every day for 2010 already and other businesses are eager to start signing up for 2011.

There’s also the option of being their monthly sponsor. For just $2500, you can be featured on their website and be on their daily social media mentions. Speaking of social media, I Wear Your Shirt does a lot of it. It makes sense; you can’t just wear a company’s shirt and have no one know about it, it would defeat the purpose. They tweet on Twitter, take videos for YouTube, upload their pictures to Flickr, and blog on their I Wear Your Shirt site.

I also find that it’s a little ironic that you can buy an t-shirt for $15 dollars on their store site. There’s only 100 left, they say. All I can say is: Why didn’t I think of that? It’s okay though, one day I’ll think of something equally as brilliant.

Facebook – Like it?

It’s a wonder how this solid blue rectangle with simple text on it has become something of a symbol. It was just 7 years ago that the word would conjure up absolutely nothing. It would have just been an awkward compound word that didn’t make sense. Today, Facebook brings up millions of users (500 million users as of July 2010) and connections from all over the world.

Many businesses have been able to take advantage of Facebook and use it towards their company. Some companies have even emerged because of Facebook (think Farmville). I think it’s all quite fascinating and amazing.

Facebook has gone through many changes through the years. Through layout changes and the whole concept of “being a fan” has now been adapted into “liking” pages. The word like has never been such a powerful word. It’s almost as though Facebook has revolutionized the word. What does it mean to be liked? For companies, it’s a very good thing. Many businesses have followed the trend and made their own page dedicated to their business. Users can “like” their page and they can potentially get deals and rewards that you can’t otherwise get. I have also seen many cases where a company will enter you for a chance to win a prize if you like their page (I admittedly have done so on several occasions in hopes of winning the much discussed iPad).

This is an example of another win-win situation for companies. With so many users on Facebook, the chances are high that your target market is somewhere within the Facebook users, so why not communicate to them? With very active and updated feeds and notifications, you can be sure that people will hear what you have to say, and the moment you say it.

The speed of it all is outstanding. It even beats e-mail in speed. Your consumers can also communicate back an instant you say something, or better yet, they can “like” what you say. Facebook creates a perfect environment for businesses to communicate with their consumers, and it makes it quick and easy too.

Of course, Facebook isn’t done there. Have you noticed all the Facebook ads on the sidebar? That’s another story though.