Friday Social Round up: 9/11 Memorial, YouTube lasts longer and Facebook to Face the Music?
9/11 Memorial App
It's hard to believe that it has been 10years since 9/11. While New York City prepares for the 10th Anniversary, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum which will be on eight acres of the World Trade Center, have made a memorial Facebook App.
The memorial will honour the nearly 3000 people killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the bombing of 1993. The 9/11 memorial Facebook page says "The Museum will display monumental artifacts associated with the events of 9/11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of the 2001 attacks and the aftermath."
The Facebook app allows you to download the 9/11 memorial image, so you can display it as your profile picture. It also allows you to dedicate one of your status updates to the memory of one of the victims. You can either use your own dedication or have one auto populated and then shared on your wall.
YouTube Last Longer
Link shortening company Bit.ly released a blog erlier this weeek that demonstrates that different kinds of links have a different life span depending on where they are posted.
Bit.ly Chief scientist Hilary Mason has used 'Half-Life' to explain patterns of how people clicked on 1,000 populat Bit.ly links posted on various sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as looking at links that have been shared via email or instant messages."
Hilary Mason explains that in this instance 'half-life' is "the amount of time at which [a] link will receive after it has reached its peak"
Obviously the links content has an effect on how the link is viewed. News articles for example, will have a shorter 'half-life' as the stories can lose relevance quite quickly, where as something less time sensitive such as a dog riding a motor cycle, tend to have a longer 'half-life'.
Mason found that the type of links are not the only influential factor of a links longevity. Where the link is posted also has an effect. Bit.ly found that a link posted on Twitter will have a shorter 'half-life' by, on average, 24 minutes than Facebook, with links in emails or received through instant messaging trying slightly longer.
Mason also found that although there were slight variants between Facebook, Twitter and Email/IM activity , they all follow a similar pattern. More than likely this is because of the way we interact with these platforms.
YouTube by contrast, has a different clicking pattern, with the link having a longer 'half-life' of 7.4 hours compared to the others which average on 3 hours.
Of the experiment Mason said “You could say that Twitter is the best way to post something if you want people to see it quickly, but one platform isn’t necessarily better than another. We’re just showing that the platforms have different dynamics.”
Facebook are rumoured to be announcing it's plans to add a music service at it's F8 conference later on this month.
It has been reported that Facebook will team up with online music services Spotify and Rdio. The feature will apparently allow the services to post yo Facebook pages.
According to Wall Street Journal Facebook is looking at streaming services rather than the current trend of cloud services, which are currently used by Google, Amazon and Apple's iCloud. Cloud services allow users to remotely access their own collection.
Apparently some services are developing Facebook specific players which would allow the user to listen to music without leaving Facebook. This could be very beneficial to those who are unable to download software on their machines.
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