The time a newspaper described my graduate degree as a “Master’s in MySpace”

As some who know me might already know, I’m one of the first people in the world with a Master’s in Social Computing. I just came across an old interview from that time. Halai said he’s interested in learning how people use the Internet to express themselves and interact in part because of the differencesContinue reading “The time a newspaper described my graduate degree as a “Master’s in MySpace””

Facebook investing in people feeling inspired and positive

Facebook is investing in features that are bound to reduce “engagement” as it was measured the old way. The old metric was “time spent”. Now the new metric is time spent “with intention, being inspired and feeling positive.” Short-term investors saw this and decided that it’s a bad thing – as engagement goes down, soContinue reading “Facebook investing in people feeling inspired and positive”

Facebook friends visualization tool for Many Eyes

I wrote a small Facebook application that scans your friends list and finds how they are related to each other. It prepares the data in a format compatible with Many Eyes. You can visualize this data in Many Eyes to see the connections between your friends. About the visualization: The people on the left areContinue reading “Facebook friends visualization tool for Many Eyes”

A new paradigm: Social Investigation through Social Networks

Disclaimer: This post makes a reference to the death of a young girl in Mumbai. I never knew her but I wish that her soul rests in peace and I really hope her murderer is found and duly punished. However, this post is about the interesting phenomenon of ‘social investigation’ I have observed around thisContinue reading “A new paradigm: Social Investigation through Social Networks”