Facebook Seminar

First I want to say thanks to my group: Kian Boon, Dhiviya, and Boa for a good presentation. It was funny for 2 things: first, Boon was right to feel that we would present first and second, the presentation time limitation was almost ignored. Anyway, it’s not that important because I have seen a lot of things, maybe more than what I expected.

The first thing, as introduced, was the professional style of those come from outside Soc. They have brought a new awareness and a useful experience on the marketing work, which significantly affects the application’s live but usually underestimated by Soc citizens.

Second, I could see the diversity of applications developed on a social platform introduced in many aspects, some of which are in quite details. Let’s again take a look at the selected apps in my own view:

1. Elven Blood Β – 24k+ active users

Content: It is a old style game, what interesting it has is only the story which is wholely new written by the designer and good enough to once reach millione eyeballs. But because it’s the only point, people stop playing as the story was not extended.

Program aspect: I am just wondering how it handles a very large data transaction rate in such a very fast way. Is it the brilliant database implementation or powerful servers or any other technologies like advanced HTML as they (the Indian company) say??

Commercial: it earns money via advertisements. I was informed, but not impressed.

2. Whopper Sacrifice – 88K+

Idea: yeah, as our proffessor said, it’s really only a clever marketing campaign.

Implementation: The only thing new I am still figuring out how the app removed friends from the friends list. It sounds like a light thing, but really requires a certain smart level.

3. Graffity – 2.1M+

Idea: this must be simple is good. From the idea to user interface, it’s quite clean and has got just enough controls. But I believe the success comes because of its right strategy in people nature: people love drawing.

Implematation: again the data scalability issue. How they can store such huge data Β or retreive thoudsands, even millione records in some seconds, along with much many other transitions is still a mystery (to me). I believe it must be something high-tech.

4. Friends for sale 2.3M+

This kind of ideas is so evil, but really fun. It’s kind of doing what sounds fun but cannot be done in real life to friends. Just because of that, many people are using it now.

5. GEO challenge 3.7M+

Simple idea + good game design = good application

6. Pet Society 6M+

I am wondering the performace of MTV Cribs when many users log in at the place at once.

7. Causes 19M+

Its success seems to be no wonder. A community idea must be widely supported.

After all, as I am glad to see some sample success ideas for social apps. No matter how complicated, how evil, but the more suitable and practical it is, the more it becomes successful (sounds not very new)

The seminar also raises my awareness in many common issues when engineering an apps used by many people; and also many other things, such as Singaporean friends are the ones who can speak faster..


7 Responses to “Facebook Seminar”

  1. 1 kevin February 3, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I m the first !

    good observation that singaporeans speak faster. .

    ‘This kind of ideas is so evil, but really fun. It’s kind of doing what sounds fun but cannot be done in real life to friends. Just because of that, many people are using it now.’

    Defnitely this must be why it is so popular. It is because of something they cant do it real so it can manifest in the online world.

  2. 2 huihui February 4, 2009 at 9:39 am

    haha, khoa, u’re truly a programmer! It’s great to hear from your side what you think when you see these apps being done. Perhaps you could find out how these people construct these apps, so that you’ll know how to handle the same issues too! *winks*

  3. 3 dhiviya February 4, 2009 at 10:22 am

    well, back home during JC & prior to that, when we interacted with some visitors from Europe/US..they used to find the rate at which we speak very fast…only after coming here i realise, that s’poreans speak faster…initially i had to concentrate really hard to understand…but now i’ve gotten used to it….

    But i seriously find Dr.Ben’s english to be the fastest i ve ever heard…he starts off with a normal speed, then it accelerates and at a certain point my brain shuts down and refuses to understand what he says πŸ˜›

    Of course working with ppl from all backgrounds was a great experience…I generally prefer working on my own…but after working with awesome teammates for both assignments, I realised that I was very comfortable working in a team, unlike my previous experiences…..

    Cheers to Archana,Yu Ming,Jiayang,Boa,Kian Boon,Dang Cao Khan!

  4. 4 Kar Meng February 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I agree with the point on Dr Ben’s speed!! hahaaa… It amazed me on Day 1 of this module! Like Speedy Gonzalez, cannot stop! Well, in a way, it forces me to listen “harder” so as to catch up on what he said, haha..

    As a Singaporean, I rather think fast is of no point if nobody understands our Singlish.

    I felt that effect in China when I first arrived. My Chinese colleague understood my Dutch colleague’s English, but simply has not clue on my Singlish! That REALLY stunned me and made me wake up my idea, hahaa..

    After all, as I am glad to see some sample success ideas for social apps. No matter how complicated, how evil, but the more suitable and practical it is, the more it becomes successful (sounds not very new)

    Yup, we thought that charity organizations should leverage the power of Social Media, hence the presentation on Causes. =)

  5. 5 Zhou Wenhan February 5, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I know I tend to speak very fast. Mainly I think the reasoning is that my mouth is trying to catch up with speed that the mind verbalise and thinks. SO have to control and slow down. Oral communication is like dial up and telepathy will be broadband!

    Anyway, for scaling, i think thats a field that is rarely explored because most of us never successfully enough to get there. But scaling will be an important skill to have in times to come.

  6. 6 Boa February 6, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Aha, I can tell the difference between sci and non-sci students clearly from your writing πŸ™‚ Your writing is full of statistics, formula and simple but to the point comments~ And this is the style that I enjoy πŸ™‚


  7. 7 bitbot February 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    In my opinion, the reason why Friends for Sale is so popular is not so much because of the silly things you can do to your friends but rather the feeling of wanting to feel valuable.

    If you notice, the value of a person in Friends for Sale is counted using $$$ and they are tapping on an inherent need of the user which is to feel valued and loved πŸ˜€

    (which also explains why users are constantly asking people to buy them in the Friends For Sale forums!)

    Su Yuen

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