Application usage changes in the past week

About a week ago there were only about 200 of my Facebook friends who were sharing feeds on Google Reader. Today about 900 are, out of about 3,600 total. You know what changed.

This app has already helped me find some great new feeds. It’s interesting to see what you all are reading and sharing through Google Reader.

That app has gotten a lot better in the past week too, so I wonder what the numbers will be a week from now?

By the way, I’ve removed some apps from my Facebook Profile to make my profile even more useful to you.

What makes Facebook more useful than other social networks? The application platform and you have to look no further than the Google Reader Shared Items Application to see why.

UPDATE: hmmm, now I know why Microsoft was rumored to be buying Facebook. Turns out there’s already more than 17,000 employees on Facebook (that’s out of 70,000 employees).

Comments

  1. You sure about that? I was taking a look today, and I think that figure is just people who installed the application. (Which is still impressive, but doesn’t indicate people actually sharing.) Notice the users of the app who haven’t specified their shared feed get Mario’s items as their default shared feed. That creates the impression that more people are sharing than in actuality…

  2. You sure about that? I was taking a look today, and I think that figure is just people who installed the application. (Which is still impressive, but doesn’t indicate people actually sharing.) Notice the users of the app who haven’t specified their shared feed get Mario’s items as their default shared feed. That creates the impression that more people are sharing than in actuality…

  3. Well Robert, I must say looking at users like yourself whose opinion I trust when it comes to what Web application I should use is the reason I choose or don’t choose Facebook apps. Traditionally, I go look at top ten lists of most popular applications. But now I rely more on my trusted friends network on Facebook.

    For example, when I saw your comment that said, “I’m removing Facebook applications that don’t work” and then I saw you actually removing applications, I knew to stay away from them because there were “Scoble tested and not approved.”

    I think that’s amazing that there are 17,000 Microsoft users on Facebook. Question is will they pay the high price for it now given their recent costly acquisition of aQuantive?

    Regardless, I have a post like you about why I think Facebook is kicking ass.
    http://www.sparkminute.com/?p=213

  4. Well Robert, I must say looking at users like yourself whose opinion I trust when it comes to what Web application I should use is the reason I choose or don’t choose Facebook apps. Traditionally, I go look at top ten lists of most popular applications. But now I rely more on my trusted friends network on Facebook.

    For example, when I saw your comment that said, “I’m removing Facebook applications that don’t work” and then I saw you actually removing applications, I knew to stay away from them because there were “Scoble tested and not approved.”

    I think that’s amazing that there are 17,000 Microsoft users on Facebook. Question is will they pay the high price for it now given their recent costly acquisition of aQuantive?

    Regardless, I have a post like you about why I think Facebook is kicking ass.
    http://www.sparkminute.com/?p=213

  5. Gabe: I just trolled through the list and most have their own shared feed. I do see several who don’t, though, but it’s a sizeable number nonetheless.

  6. Gabe: I just trolled through the list and most have their own shared feed. I do see several who don’t, though, but it’s a sizeable number nonetheless.

  7. One of the things about the net that bothers me is the perpetual “hot” app or service. By the time a service hits the user threshold for usefulness, there is yet another “hot” app or service and people then jump ship for the latest thing.

    Since none of the current apps or services offer what I’m looking for, I use none of them.

    What I want is a single unified site from ONE provider that offers

    - web site / blog
    - live camera ability (on/off as I see fit)
    - instant messaging
    - ability to share bookmarks / files instantly
    - tagging, searching, and saving of EVERYTHING
    - works equally well on all platforms

  8. One of the things about the net that bothers me is the perpetual “hot” app or service. By the time a service hits the user threshold for usefulness, there is yet another “hot” app or service and people then jump ship for the latest thing.

    Since none of the current apps or services offer what I’m looking for, I use none of them.

    What I want is a single unified site from ONE provider that offers

    - web site / blog
    - live camera ability (on/off as I see fit)
    - instant messaging
    - ability to share bookmarks / files instantly
    - tagging, searching, and saving of EVERYTHING
    - works equally well on all platforms

  9. 17,000 out of 70,000 uber-geeks who spend their entire day (And night) online, signed up for facebook? that doesn’t really tell me anything except that (gee) it is about 1/4th as popular among the digerati as, say, google (or windows).

  10. 17,000 out of 70,000 uber-geeks who spend their entire day (And night) online, signed up for facebook? that doesn’t really tell me anything except that (gee) it is about 1/4th as popular among the digerati as, say, google (or windows).

  11. Half of those on visible on Sean’s blog as being in Microsoft aren’t in the GAL..

    If 50% is false, then its only 8,500. With nearly as many contractor’s as full time staff – if you then cut some 40% off that number.. giving you only 5,000 or so staff as a reasonable estimation of all those on facebook.

  12. Half of those on visible on Sean’s blog as being in Microsoft aren’t in the GAL..

    If 50% is false, then its only 8,500. With nearly as many contractor’s as full time staff – if you then cut some 40% off that number.. giving you only 5,000 or so staff as a reasonable estimation of all those on facebook.

  13. “Wreck” above has a nice wish list but he/she forgot the major caveat: it has to be used by all your friends, or compatible with everything else. A site that only offers social media within the silo of that site will never take over the world.

  14. “Wreck” above has a nice wish list but he/she forgot the major caveat: it has to be used by all your friends, or compatible with everything else. A site that only offers social media within the silo of that site will never take over the world.

  15. Well, after hearing (reading) you talk incessantly about Facebook, I went there and signed up for an account. Now I am desperately trying to figure out just precisely what I could hope to use it for… care to enlighten me?

  16. Well, after hearing (reading) you talk incessantly about Facebook, I went there and signed up for an account. Now I am desperately trying to figure out just precisely what I could hope to use it for… care to enlighten me?