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10 Ways Leaving Facebook Changed My Life

10 Ways Leaving Facebook Changed My Life

I would like to share with you the 10 ways in which leaving Facebook have changed my life, maybe you would be inspired to leave as well, or maybe you would reconsider your Facebook use! Read more »

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A Case for Asking People to Keep Their Mobiles ON

Too often when attending talks or conferences people are asked to turn off their cellphones in order to not disturb the environment there. While I do agree that hearing an out-of-tune symphony is ring tunes... Read more »

Web 2.0’s Incremental vs. Radical Innovation!

As the Wikipedia defines it, innovation is “a new way of doing something” and “an important topic in the study of economics, business, technology, sociology and engineering.”

But what is the true meaning of the infamous term “innovation” in Web 2.0? Do large companies realize the real value of innovation or only claim to do so in their desperate efforts to gain market share and increase their profits? What happened to the days when real innovation gave companies a competitive advantage? Do consumers sincerely differentiate between incremental and radical innovation? And what are the disadvantages of masked imitation?


Amongst the many passions I have, besides writing and reading, watching movies seems to be at the top of my list. After conducting some research and taking some time to ponder upon the title of this post, I came to see the correlation of this topic with the Batman movie: Bruce Wayne masked as Batman to help make the world a safer place. Yet, we live in reality and there is no such thing as giving without wanting something in return and when anything, in this big bad world, is masked as something else, it is usually a bad sign!

How is Burce Wayne here relevant to my discussion about imitation masked as innovation?

I urge you to take a step back and look at large companies utilizing Web 2.0 in a different light!

And I am sure the list can go on and on.

In the fast world we are currently living in, sometimes we tend to ignore the value of our experiences; overlooking the overall benefits we are seeking in order to make our lives a little bit easier and less complicated! Consequently, I believe that we have reached the point where radical innovation is placed on equal grounds with incremental innovation although they are far from being the same!

As I see it, incremental innovation could be as little as masked imitation! It is, at most times, short-termed and more profit-oriented. Furthermore, incremental innovation is used by larger corporations who might not have the right tools, creativity or knowledge to create new original cutting-edge products/services yet have the financial capabilities to execute and implement them!

I’m not a great fan of Facebook’s management or team, yet, looking back at what Facebook has been able to do throughout its years of operation, I can safely say: Yes! Facebook has been applying radical innovation! It is creating from scratch unique solutions that match its users wants and needs and even exceeds their expectations in some areas.

It’s true that most radical innovations are actually discrete accumulations of much smaller improvements yet they have the ability to be life changing, and those seem to have seized to exist these days!

Moreover, it is granted that big ventures require big efforts but isn’t that what large corporations are all about? What I don’t seem to grasp is how are they settling for small when they have the potential to score huge?

I blame us! I blame the users of products and services especially in the field of technology and Web 2.0. We are always asking for more yet continuously accepting less! Where did all the research and development to reach perfection go? When will we come to appreciate the real power we have as consumers? When will the time come to stand united against giant companies and say: “Enough imitation! Bring us something new or you are out!”

**Great thanks to the image by ~jjjohn~

Facebook’s Evolution: Biting off Chunks of the SN Market!

How long is Facebook going to stay, as I may call it, “The Big Boss” when it comes to Social Networking sites? Are Facebook’s continuous efforts to bite off chunks of the social network market proving to be successful and how much of the chunks can it digest? Are there any currently available sites which can confidently say they are competing at the same level with Facebook?

Founded February 4, 2004 with the aim to “Give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected”, we have been more than aware of, and even impressed with, how Facebook has been on top of the game since the beginning. By taking chunks of the social networking market and offering a more comprehensive service and wholesome user experience to its users, Facebook its proving, day by day, its commitment to improvement and innovation through researching its current and potential customer needs and creating features and applications that meet them accordingly!

  • Facebook added the photos features. This, coupled with their SN platform, provided a great method for people to share private photos and even for professionals to use it as a portfolio and in turn gave Facebook a chunk out of the social photo sharing segment such as Flickr.
  • Moreover, Facebook added a videos service allowing people to share videos between friends and with better privacy options. So, that’s how Facebook took a chunk out of the social video sharing market, like Youtube.
  • In August 2006, Facebook Notes, which currently has 21,456 fans and proved to be highly social and easy to use, was introduced allowing Facebook to obtain a chunk of the blogsphere market.
  • In February 2007, Facebook added a new gift feature to the website, which, in my humble opinion, was a way to obtain a segment of the online greeting cards market.
  • In May 2007, Facebook acquired a chunk of Web 2.0’s mashups market segment by launching its SN platform.
  • In July 2007, Facebook allowed users to post attachments to their walls, which was most likely an attempt to replace or dilute the use of e-mails thus biting of a chunk of the e-mail users market.
  • In another conquest, Facebook introduced fan pages and groups that highly resemble forums thus allowing Facebook to take out a chunk of the social forums market.
  • What about Facebook chat? Well, it seems that it was a try to take a chunk of the instant messaging market (I can’t assert how successful this was, but I’m sure many people tried and are still using it!)
  • On December 2008, Facebook opened the gates with “Facebook Connect”. This in turn helped FaceBook take a chunk of the Open Authentication systems like OpenID.
  • Now, I come to the news article that got me thinking about writing this piece, the latest Facebook conquest was: Obtaining a chunk of the micro-blogging market, the one Twitter is it’s king, through opening status updates. A new application, RSS Feeds, makes use of this new feature.

What do you think would be the next market chunk Facebook is going to bite off? And will the following step be integrating music and playlists into the default Facebook site rather than an added application?

P.S: Thank you swardraws of Flikr for the sandwich photo.

Social Network Brainwashing! Be Vewy Vewy Caweful!

Are we gradually metamorphosing into brainwashed entities probing social networks to find a place where we can belong? Are we now the new breed of social networking junkies too blinded by our addiction that we are unable to see the intangible threads of silk wrapping us into the “web”? How and when did our lives […]

Facebook protesters, you’ve got punked!

DO NOT write more articles about the redesign of Facebook, you’re playing right into the trap. The trick Facebook is using on us is an example of the art of reverse psychology. They tie us and our friends with a great service; annoy us with a forced redesign, which in turn forces us to rebel […]

The Zuckerburg God Complex: We Sympathize But We Will Never Empathize!!!

This article is dedicated to the sole purpose of demonstrating pure empathy for Zuckerberg and genuine care for the Facebook community in efforts to try to correct the numerous mistakes that are being made in the name of social networking! Ranging from Facebook’s thrive to make more money using the Facebook beacon and moving...

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The Facebook Trap!

Almost 2 years ago, or maybe even before that, I started a Facebook account because everyone I knew was talking about it! I felt the need to check it out, see what all the fuss is about! In less than a month I had added and accepted around 200 “friends” and within a period of […]

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Facebook vs. Animal Shelters!

We can find a community almost everywhere! Nature is a great example of a wide range of different communities; take beehives as one example and a herd of sheep as another… But what factors transform a community into a social network? While pondering on the idea of social networking, over and over again, I found […]

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