It’s easy to forget that Facebook has its roots in gaming. Remember how annoying it was to receive those notifications from your friends to play Farmville and Words With Friends? No, I don’t want to help you milk your cows or try to beat your high score. I just wanted to creep on my friends in peace, social gaming be damned.
It was a big week of announcements for Google as the company hosted their annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco. From a Google+ redesign, a new messaging app, and a Pandora-like service, Google reminded everyone that they’re not a company that likes to sit around. Also in this podcast, we talk about building custom PCs, leaving the Apple cult for Android, the resurrection of Steve Jobs, and Yahoo’s rumored desires to acquire Tumblr.
As always, thanks for listening.
It isn’t easy having a billion friends. Just ask Facebook.
Wall Street wants more profits, users are constantly threatening to leave with every new update, and Facebook Home is such a disaster that AT&T is calling an end to the HTC First after just one month.
The stakes could not be higher at Facebook headquarters. The company has made one thing clear though about what its future depends on: mobile. Getting there hasn’t been so easy. In recent years, the company’s strategy in spearheading mobile growth can be summarized into three main tactics: strangle, buy, copy.
In this week’s episode of the PlaceboCast, Joseph and I discuss the unveiling of Facebook’s “phone”, T-Mobile getting the new iPhone, and the upcoming release of iOS 7. Apologies in advance for the brain fart at around the 38:22 mark. I’m so glad we aren’t doing video recordings yet.
As always, thanks for listening.
We’re back with a followup to our debut podcast. Thanks again for everyone who has provided feedback to us so far. Joseph and I are pretty excited about this new style of blogging and we hope that you find it interesting to listen. If I can’t convince Joseph to write me a blog post, might as well record a podcast with him!
If you’re enjoying the podcast so far, there are several ways to subscribe. You can download an mp3 audio recording and listen to it on your computer or mobile device. There’s also a dedicated RSS feed for the latest podcast. If you’re wondering if you can subscribe via iTunes, here’s the situation. I submitted the podcast two weeks ago after publishing our first post. I have yet to receive any followup emails, so the submission process is still up in the air. I’ll be sure to update this post if it gets approved!
As always, thanks for listening!
Earlier this month, Facebook announced a new feature that lets users promote their latest status updates to a larger audience. Say you’re celebrating a birthday or wedding. Facebook will place your post higher in the news feed and show it to a bigger audience so that more of your friends and subscribers will actually see it.
The downside? It would cost you about $5.
A couple months ago, rumors were once again populating the web about Facebook’s plan to build a dedicated Facebook phone. As reported by The New York Times, Facebook was already hiring former hardware and software engineers at Apple who had worked on the iPhone.
Such a device may never see the light of day if it is indeed being worked on. In the meantime, designer Tolga Tuncer drafted some mockups of a Facebook phone which was featured on Yanko Design.
And I thought the Samsung Galaxy Note was too big for your pocket! This thing could be used to paddle a boat! Not that you have a boat to paddle anyways…
Facebook advertising doesn’t work because they focus on showing you ads based on who you are, not what problem you are trying to solve.
Is advertising on Facebook worth it? Zuckberberg and Co. will no doubt continue to answer that question in the months ahead. Wall Street has been at best dubious with these concerns, with the company’s stock already trading 20% below their IPO price.
In contrast, Google is raking in billions through advertising on its search engine. That’s what Somer says is the difference between the two companies. Facebook presents ads based on your gender, age, and your location. Google presents ads when you are trying to buy a new camera.