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Our dark side on Social Media

A few days ago I found this picture shared by an Italian musician on Facebook.

It’s a newspaper article about the systematic killing of stray dogs in Ukraine. Because of the European soccer championship, the journalist says, the Ukrainian government ordered the massacre of 30.000 stray dogs. The origin is the work of the photographer Andrea Cisternino.

What I find extremely interesting is not the fact itself. Take a look at some reactions on Facebook.

What am I supposed to think? That animal lovers are racist?

I think that we do not consider that what we write online is public for anyone to read. I think that what we may say in a moment of rage shouldn’t be something your aunt and your employer can read two years from now. I also think that we have the pointless tendency to blame the easiest target available. I hope these people don’t really believe in what they wrote.

Besides, I wonder whether this kind of stuff is related to the Social Media platforms or not. Is Facebook made to show the dark side of people? 

Who uploaded the picture said that Facebook is a great way to make information. I see people distorting this information in any way they like. Is there something wrong in this process? The whole conversation is online here.


New Features for page admin on Facebook

Facebook is adding new features for page administrators. We’ll now have different admin roles:

  • Manager
  • Content creator
  • Moderator
  • Advertiser
  • Analyst

The Manager has the most permissions and  is the only admin who can access admin roles. Details here.

Moreover, we’ll be able to schedule posts. Well, we could already do it with other tools, but still.

In addition to that, we’re now able to promote the updates for extra cash. More info here. We’ll see how Facebook users will react to promoted posts in their news feed.


Facebook ADs are getting expensive

Facebook is making significantly more money per ad now, charging 23% more per 1000 impressions than at the start of 2011.

Still, ads pointing inside Facebook cost 29% less, and ads that specifically ask users to become a fan of a Page cost 45% less than those linking anywhere else. Why is Facebook offering this incentive? Because internally pointed ads keep users on the site where they can continue to be exposed to ads.

Moreover, Sponsored stories are getting a 46% higher CTR, which is a win-win situation both for investors and Facebook itself.

Where is all this going? If prices keep rising, we’ll see which new advertising markets investors will invade. Twitter, for instance.


Social Media ROI: case histories + links

The same old story: can you translate your Social Media campaigns into numbers, profits, revenues? Are the measurable metrics meaningful by themselves?

If you need to start from scratch, read this.

Case histories:

More info:

 


Map of Social Networks worldwide

What’s going on in the world of social networks?

As far as June 2011, Facebook is hitting Africa and the Middle East.

Brasil seems the only one still focused on Orkut, and Russia is divided between V Kontakte and Odnoklassniki, which are both pretty unknown in the rest of the world. In Italy we still have a strong presence of Badoo.

Twitter is in 2nd place in many other countries, followed by LinkedIn.

Further analysis on Vincos.


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