Archive | September, 2011

Cleaning out my closet…

11 Sep

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…or rather putting some stuff to it. And I paused as I sort out them books just to take a picture and blog about it. You know me, I should’t put off tasks lest they get forgotten. Like these books…and that drawer.

The Case of teh Stupeds

10 Sep

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Today had been pretty usual except for several fails that caused inconveniences along my way.

– went to pick up money from Cebuana Lhuillier that’s one ride away from my dorm. Left the phone that has the text message of the remittance’s reference number at home, since I copied the same in a paper. What I brought with me was my Globe phone, no load. Upon arriving at the branch, I was told that the reference number lacks several numbers. I have to go home since I could not call my mom. Then I realized I have no money with me to cover the fare home, so I walked.

– upon arriving home I checked the text, I mistakenly left out the last 4 digits when I copied it. I passed time before deciding to return to the branch, this time an hour before their closing time. I brought with me the Sun simcard with the text message. Once outside I realized I left my Globe phone at home. I had to return to get it.

– I arrived there, and checked the copied list. Oh darn, I forgot to add the missing digits to my list. I thought of alternatives like going home, only to realize again that my money is not enough. I thought of searching the text messages for the complete reference number, only to realize that the message was not saved to the SIM but rather to my other phone. I thought of calling the sender, only to find that she’s not registered on my phonebook! Good thing she’s in my archive, so I managed to call her from my phone that’s threatening to go lowbatt. I did get the cash eventually.

– I bought an internet card to get a day’s worth of decent blog posting. When I got home, I found that the modem I specifically ensured that I will bring home this weekend, has no SIM card. And I remembered last time that I removed that card for some experimentations with the modem. Darn!

Cumulative stupidities like these does not beleaguer me often so I am a bit overwhelmed at the occurrences of the day. I just hope it doesn’t rollforward to some serious screw-ups. Lols.

Facebook Algorithm

1 Sep

Most Facebook users think they see all their friends in the news feed and everything is okay, they just think some are just not posting. Well it might not be the case. 

Facebook use algorithms, whether it be to select what is the top news, what friends to suggest or what photo memories to show but the most disturbing fact is that there is also an algorithm for the people who appear in your news feed whether it be in “Recent Post” or “Top News”. In fact that old friend you haven’t spoken in a while could be not appearing in your news feed when he/she is posting.

I studied the algorithms behavior for two months be observing without doing any test but by simply doing business as usual. What I noticed is I was always seeing the same persons, which were the persons I wanted to see but there were missing some so I was wondering. I checked on the Facebook application for iPhone and iPod

Touch and there was no filter, no algorithm, I was seeing everyone. But on the website I was not getting any post of the people I was adding even after posting a message to their wall for the new friendship. So I asked myself what the algorithm was considering for making someone appear in your news feed and noticed some important key points. 

First important key point is interaction! You must interact with that person, comment on his posts, like his post and yes this would implies visit his wall if you can’t see him in the news feed. The more interaction, the more it will make the algorithm understand that you are real friends and want to see each others posts in the news feed.

Second important thing to notice is that links are more valuable than status updates. Your posts are more likely to make it through the filter if you post links, videos and images. Facebook is a data mining source and you must remember that.

Third important factor is people who are stalking you will make you appear in their news feed but not the other way around. If you are stalking someone’s profile the algorithm will understand one thing, you want to see more of that person but unfortunately not the status updates, what you will get is photo memories in the upper right section of the page.

Fourth important key point is people you are tagged with in photos are also more likely to appear in your news feed as they are considered close friends. So a lot of pictures with you and X will make you see each others in the news feed and yes more photo memories.

Another factor is related to the chat. If you engage in a chat with someone the algorithm will remember you chatted with that person and will make that person a person you see in the left window of who is online. The algorithm select who it will show you is online depending on with who you chatted and who are considered your best friends. So yes indeed chatting could increase the odds of getting both chatters seen in the news feed.

Also the search engine with Facebook have a algorithm. The closest friend will appear first if you type letter ‘A’ for example it will be your good friend Alex showing first, not Antoine that you haven’t spoken to in months. The closest you are to the person, the closer they are in the search results.

Now some days ago I tested the algorithm with someone I added. For two days we commented on each others posts by visiting walls, liked our posts and even send some messages. After two days we couldn’t see each others in the news feed and I must admit it was a surprise for both of us. You may now wonder how to get the control you want on who you can see in your news feed now? I will explain everything you need to know about getting some control over that algorithm.

The place you will spend your time to do so is at the bottom on the home page (news feed), scroll down and on the left you will see Edit Options. Click on it and this with bring you to the “News Feed Settings” window. On the left you can manually add people you want to see in your news feed and on the right you can block people you don’t want to see in your news feed. So far so good but there is more. At the bottom of this window you can see “Maximum Number of Friends” this is a variable you can set yourself to let you allow how many posters you want to have in your news feed. Increase it to a very high value and you shall see more people automatically. The interesting part thought is “View Recommended Friends”. If you open this menu it will show up the people you should be currently seeing or most likely to be seeing based on the algorithm highlighted in light blue. This is the actual suggestion for your news feed filter and probably is looking at what you are getting right now in your news feed. Now you can click on everyone you want to appear in your news feed and even the pages you want to appear in your news feed. One thing you must keep in mind is that the suggestion is not showing everyone if you have a lot of friends or pages so it is a wise idea to manually add in the previous menu the person you really want to see.

So there you have it folks, you now have more control over that Facebook algorithm! Now that you can see the one you want to see it’s time to interact with them, post interesting links, and also telling them about this should help too! Enjoy more control over your Facebook!

– I will update the blog as to the name of the author.