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  • Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011: Analyzing the Reporters & Public

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    Tracking the online activity around topics, keywords, and / or brands is an essential piece to understand the who, what, where, when, why and how’s surrounding campaigns, conferences, product launches and events. By understanding online activity companies, organizations and brands can develop a structured strategy to build their community, effectively spread their message to their target demographics, increase their Search Engine Optimization, leverage user generated content, empower evangelists and much more.

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    Now in it’s tenth year, Microsoft Imagine Cup has been a global force to motivate the brightest young minds in the world to solve the biggest problems humanity faces by using technology. Watch the CNN coverage before the 2011 New York City World Finals.

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    Last year, Tenacious Ventures managed the Microsoft Imagine Cup corporate social media Facebook, Twitter and Flickr accounts during the 2010 Poland World Finals. Tenacious Ventures also submited an online analytics report to map out what happened online before, during and after the 2010 Imagine Cup World Finals.  From the Analytics and on the ground experience some problems surfaced that could be addressed in 2011:

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    • Trying to keep up with the tens of thousands of public posts online with one, centralized, corporate social media system was a very challenging and difficult thing to do.
    • Language barriers arose while interacting with all of the nations following the teams competing therefore limiting the virtual conversation to primarily english.
    • The difficulty of tracking and reporting on each competing team’s breaking events, answering questions and comments from all of the student competitors, parents, friends etc… all overwhelm a centralized system.

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    For Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 we launched a tagging, training and online tracking program for a team of 25 Microsoft Student Partners who were flown to New York City for the World Finals to be part for the first ever Microsoft Student Partner Social Media Team. Their role was to use the interactive and reporting powers of social media to shine a virtual light on the international teams they were assigned to.  This team was launched to cover the unfolding story that surrounded the teams competing in the largest and most world changing developer competition in the world. With a diversified team of reporters the online interactions could be localized using a combination of english and the teams native language. Meanwhile the corporate accounts reported on high level events around Imagine Cup and syndicated the posts from the social media team, students and other pertinent content.

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    Results:

    From the graph below we see that the Microsoft Student Partner Social Media Team (MSPSMT) accounted for 20.4% of the posts mentioning Imagine Cup during the period between May 29th through July 16th 2011. When this activity is compared to the posts around the 2010 competition we see that there was a 184.7% increase in posting overall. This increase was likely influenced by both, a higher adoption of social media and the presence of the MSPSMT.

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    Tenacious Ventures Report Imagine Cup 2011 Overall Content

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    From a regional perspective we saw a majority of the public Imagine Cup posts (58%) as well as the MSPSMT(52.7%) posts occur in the USA.

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    Tenacious Ventures Report ImagineCup Regions

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    In 2010 61% of all posts were from the USA. For 2011 there were only 58% were from the USA. With the 2011 Imagine Cup being hosted in the USA it’s amazing the number went down. This shows an increase in social media use in other nations around the world. Like before, this can be explained by further social media adoption along with the presence of the MSPSMT.

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    When we look deeper at the overall posts from the public mentions of Imagine Cup we see that 88.6% of posts are from facebook and twitter while the core content (Blogs, images, videos) makes up 8.2% of the total posts. This signals a focus on communication and conversation from the public as is typical for the public who takes on more of a content consumer and sharing role.

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    Tenacious Ventures Report: Imagine Cup 2011 Overall Mentions

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    When looking at the MSPSMT content numbers we see that there is 74.1% of posts from facebook and twitter with core content posts at 25.9% of total posts. This shows a heavier focus on core content creation with a bulk of it (22.7%) being images taken during the event.

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    Tenacious Ventures Report MSPSMT Overall

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    By viewing the MSPSMT posts by team member we can see how each students activity ramped up over time leading up to when they were flown into New York City July 8-13th. Note that the MSP’s names have been removed for privacy purposes.

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    Tenacious Ventures Report MSPSMT Teams Members
    Next we see the amount of Views, likes and interactions for content posted between May 29th to July 16th. Note that 77% of the content was posted during the event (July 8th through July 13th) and so respectively, the data more accurately represents the amount of activity generated during that time period of time.

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    The top MSPSMT content poster used a combination of twitter and facebook to promote the core content (images, videos, live broadcasts and blogs) that they produced. The most significant part of this member’s style was using pictures posted to TwitPic and instantly shared on twitter and facebook to generate views. The pictures hosted on TwitPic generated approximately 12,360 views from this one MSP, that is 48% of all the photo views that the MSPSMT team received. Another unique trait that a few MSPSMT members did was reach out early on before the competition to interact with other MSPSMT team members. A further report explores the best practices that the Top MSPSMT members used to create and post content, interact and generate views.

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    Tenacious Ventures MSPSMT Views

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    One of the surprising stats was the average of 389 live video broadcast viewers that tuned in to the combined 10 broadcasts that two of the MSPSMT members initiated. This viewer number beats the average views per blog at 359. Furthermore highlighting the recommendation after the 2010 Imagine Cup that live streaming become a part of the Microsoft Social Media Team’s online arsenal to generate online views, conversation and interactions.

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    Overall the numbers show us that the first ever Microsoft Social Media Team at Imagine Cup 2011 was a success and is a work in progress. With the Microsoft Social Media team of 25, we improved upon the goals set from the 2010 Microsoft Imagine Cup report by:

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    • Expanding coverage of the competing teams
    • Bridging the language barrier
    • Expanding the reach of posted content to other countries
    • Increased overall amount of content being shared
    • Further built a community of technology evangelists between the Microsoft Student Partners, student competitors, peer groups, and general public by using the Social Media Team as a communication catalyst

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    This post and report was done by:

    Colin Christianson from Tenacious Ventures.
    Colin Christianson, Founder & CEO, Tenacious Ventures

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  • Seattle is the FIRST City to Enact the Charter for Compassion

    Seattle made history as the first city in the World to Enact the Charter for Compassion on April 24, 2010. Watch the what the Charter for Compassion is about in this video:

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    To celebrate the signing of the Charter for Compassion the Compassionate Action Network organized a huge event at The Center for Spiritual Living. For this event we built out a social media engagement team to interact with our virtual audience and the attendees at the event.

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    We had a visual dashboard put together to overview the event and the speakers on stage and display the tweets, blogs, pictures, videos and google search results that surrounded the whole event and each person.

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    I had the opportunity to interview Karen Armstrong, the TED wish recipient that gave birth to the Charter for Compassion. I asked her what she believed were the psychological bottlenecks that existed today that were holding humanity back from progressing forward. She divided her answer by addressing the ignorance that is in America and unsympathetic attitude most have towards other cultures and how in the east there is a growing animosity and hatred towards the west. The east sees westernized television and the materialism that we have. This makes them realize the standard of living they are in and ignites the animosity. In summary, the west needs to be sympathetic and more practical (less materialism). The east needs to be openminded and optimistic about the future.

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    Here is me with the Charter for Compassion that was signed by the Seattle mayor and local government officials.

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  • TEDxSeattle April 2010

    Many people have heard of TED.com. It stands for Technology Education and Design and highlights some of the most thought provoking leaders, professors, politicians, and activists in the world.

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    TED.com is my ‘TV show’. I watch it as much as other people watch sitcoms. When I heard that a TEDx event was being held in Seattle I was in.  The MCDM program (Masters of Communications for Digital Media) at the University of Washington, Seattle, decided to organize the event. MCDM landed the event at one of the most perfect places for it in Seattle, The Pacific Science Center.  This place is simply gorgeous. The event was a full day of events on April 16th 2010.

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    For the event we focused on launching a full social media campaign. This included a live video stream to the web, specialized tweeting, facebook updates, live blogging, live photography with tagging, and a live visual dashboard that brought all of the live feeds together in one place.

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    Each of the Speakers had their own tab on the dashboard that highlighted all the live content being created around them.

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    We had a media center with a big screen TV and computers setup for our team, speakers and guests to join the virtual conversation.  After a speaker got off the stage they could come over and see what people thought about their presentation and even interact with whomever made comments via video or text.

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    We had some great numbers from the stats.  Livestream reported that during the event, we had 4,227 unique visitors to our live feed — three times the amount of other recent TEDx events that used Livestream as their platform.  And these virtual attendees, primarily from the USA, Germany, Italy, UK, France, Canada, Brazil, India, the Netherlands, and Spain spent on average 10 minutes each on our channel — which is also higher than the average.

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    We saw overall content on all media types mentioning TEDxSeattle go up slightly before, during and then mellow out after the event.

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    On our TEDxSEA flickr account photos had 10,000 + views with the bulk of them during the event.

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    Then with the links we tweeted out during the event we drove 944 clicks from 21 different countries.

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    I was very satisfied with our team and what we were able to accomplish online. This new live media strategy can scale out to increase the ROI that event organizers and sponsors get out of events. This can also be bridged to companies that wan to spur campaigns online around their products. What I love about it is we’re opening a window into these geographically isolated events and making them accessible to the whole world, not just to view, but to interact with us.

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    For more information or to see the videos go to the TEDxSeattle.com website.

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  • Twestival Seattle March 2010

    As part of the Twestival Seattle planning board I coordinated the live media for the March 25th 2010 event. We have a live video stream setup to interview people that were showing up at the event. For anyone in Seattle the venue we were at is a MUST SEE! We had the event at Emerald City Trapeze.  Spring Creek Group was one of the events sponsors that covered whoever wanted to get on the trapeze and fly. I ended up trying it out and did a backflip off into the net!

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    We were able to raise $10,000 dollars to give to Concern Worldwide. This had more meaning to me since I had just got back from doing some live media out of Haiti. I was able to see where this kind of money actually goes and whom it benefits. I was glad to be a part of such an amazing event. Of all the Twestivals around the world we raised the 2nd highest amount of money.

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    Thanks to Richard Wood, LeagalAdmin for the photos on flickr!

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  • Live Feed from Port au Prince, Haiti; March 2010

    I had the opportunity to go to Port au Prince, Haiti March 13th to 18th with We Hear Your Voice sponsored by StartupWeekend.org and Piryx.com. My initiative was to put together an intelligence report on what the internet connectivity was like there on the ground and get a live interactive feed setup the night we arrived so we could interact with the SXSW after party Piryxtopia, sponsored by Piryx.com, StartupWeekend.org and Microsoft.

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    I emailed cell phone providers, ISP servers, looked into VSAT possibilities and emailed other non-profits on the ground to assess the situation.  We had options but the connections were unreliable.  We ended up getting in contact with the Mission for Hope Haiti where it sounded like I’d have the bandwidth I needed.  As soon as we arrived at the Mission for Hope I asked questions about the internet so I could test and get setup.
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    I was able to get a live video feed through on our preliminary tests. During the start of the show we lost our video and had to go voice only.  The host at the party asked us questions about what we were seeing on the ground in Haiti so that the crowd could hear what was happening. After our stay at Mission for Hope, we moved to a central location in downtown Port au Prince near the epi-center of the quake. It was night and day difference. The city was in ruins. we stayed in one of the houses that was still standing while houses around us were fully or partially collapsed. I was with an amazing team of people that included the founders of We Hear your Voice, the director of the Emmy nominated CNN Heros episodes, an audio technician from Spiderman 2, EVP Development of Parlay Media, local police escorts and military access to every zone we went into.
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    Here is a video that I edited together of the flip cam videos I took with some as well from the co-founder of We Hear Your Voice, Justin Yarborough.
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    While I was there I got to know a local by the name of Marc Gregoire. He also goes by DJ Gre. He had an internet connection over a WiMAX vonage connection. People form the neighborhood can around and paid him to use the phone.  The last night we were there he threw us a party in the streets by wiring up a speaker system to a car battery and plugging his laptop into it so he could DJ for us.  Another car parked perpendicular to the sound truck and it made a square dance floor.
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    I had an amazing time. Feel free to look through some of the photos:

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    • Food and water distribution (I was wondering ideas on how to improve this. The water flows 2 times per week from the government and fills reservoirs in peoples homes. Other water flows into the streets to flush garbage and sewage. People in tent cities and on the streets catch this water into buckets and use it.) Jobs could and should be created around this vital need.
    • Building temporary housing and setting sanitization standards in the camps, through education and by routing wastes to sewage systems.  There were feces in the streets and people would go to the bathroom on the sides of buildings.
    • Rubble Recycling. There is rubble everywhere. I saw kids collecting and cutting bricks with a machete to resell to people rebuilding houses. Also they collect re-bar and bend it to sell. If there were a better system in place to recycle the old rubble and turn it into new building materials that would be a viable business.
    • Construction and Clean-Up. There is a need for lots of construction and rebuilding that follows good building codes. Most Haitians neglect the codes and hire friends to build there homes. This contributes to the amount of houses that collapsed.
    • Education system. I met teachers and students that both wanted to be in school, but they had no place to go. I wondered what type of education system could be launched in Haiti while the rebuilding is happening. I have high hopes for online education. Haiti has a strong internet infrastructure that is marked up by the main companies that have somewhat of a monopoly on the system. I can’t help to think how could this system could aide with education through the web.
    • Build a plastic recycling center. Not sure what this takes but plastic bottles and trash is EVERYWHERE. They put it in large piles and burn it. After coming back my bag and I wreaked of burnt plastic. If a recycling center and collection system were put in place with incentives (like money), then I know lots of the street beggers would revert to recycling to make money.
    • Internet cafe’s and phone call centers. There was a high demand to use the phone first and foremost. Then second was to use the internet. I sat at an internet and phone cafe that had one phone and one ethernet connection. All day people would come and pay to use the phone. The people there had a WiMAX receiver and a Vonage phone system they were using. The internet speed was about 500kbps download and 50kbps upload.

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    These are very underdeveloped ideas, and some are made off of not enough information. Lots of research would have to be done to truly qualify each one.
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  • IABCSeattle Communications Management in the 2010s

    The IABC Seattle event was February 25, 2010. Tenacious Ventures was there live streaming and recording the event. There was a great line up of speakers tackling the topic of social media. How will you successfully navigate the changing PR and media landscape? What steps will you take to build greater trust with your key communities? What changes will social computing bring to your internal communication practices? How will you protect your brand and reputation online?
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    The first Speaker, Jim Desler, Director of Global PR operations at Microsoft, started off the morning with a current and forward look at external communications and the impact of social media on media and PR. He addressed questions such as: How is the PR and media communications landscape changing? How will your ability to engage directly with your customers change your business?

    Jim Desler, P1 Changing World of PR, Media and Global Communications at IABCSeattle Feb 2010 event

    Jim Desler, P2 Changing World of PR, Media and Global Communications at IABCSeattle Feb 2010 event

    Ethan Yarbrough, President of Allyis, gave an AMAZING presentation in my opinion. He touched on the psychology that companies need to be aware of in a changing communications landscape. His presentation was titled, Pronouncements to Conversations: Internal Communications in the Age of Social Computing. He addressed the questions: What is the role of social computing in internal communications in helping companies achieve their internal communications goals? Does the rise of social computing create new opportunities for more effective internal communications?

    Ethan Yarbrough, From Pronoucements to Conversations at IABCSeattle Feb 2010 event

    Blaine Millet spoke about how companies can integrate social media into their business. He covered an overview of what social media networks he thinks are the best to target.

    Blaine Millet at IABCSeattle Feb 2010 Event

    The last event of the day was a panel titled, Protecting your Digital Assets: Using Social Media to Influence and Manage Online Reputation. The panel was moderated by Mónica Guzmán, newsgatherer for Seattlepi.com. Panelists included Shauna Causey, PR Manager, Comcast; Bill Hankes, VP of Corporate Communications, RealNetworks; and Bill Schrier, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle.

    Panel on Social Media/Reputation Feb 2010

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    Have any thoughts, comments or questions? I’d love to hear your feedback!

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  • Feb. 2010 SMBSeattle: Social Media Measurement and ROI

    This morning’s Social Media Breakfast Seattle was a great event! We heard from Neil Beam from AT&T and Tac Anderson from Waggener Edstrom talk about “Social Media Measurement and ROI”.  Below is the intro video for the event I did as well as the recorded live stream of the show.

    Social Media Breakfast Seattle Pre-Event Video

    Neil Beam and Tac Anderson Talk ROI

    Thanks to our sponsors Tableau Software and Microsoft Broadcast!

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  • Feb. 2010 ChicMeetsGeek Event Videos

    The San Francisco based ChicMeetsGeek event on February 4th 2010 was a HUGE success!  I love the event’s goal to bring together the Chic crowd and Geek crowd.  There is a large convergence happening in many industries right now that is being driven by the web and social media.  The Fashion, Athletics, Music, Film, Television, Travel, Fine dining, etc… along with the Web Development, Programming, Social Media, Video Game, etc… Industries are being forced through competition to further their communication and relationships with one another.  In my mind, ChicMeetsGeek epitomizes that convergence and acts as a catalyst to further it’s inevitable marriage.  I give the founder, Carol Tran, mad props for pulling the vision, branding, speakers and event together.  She’s been able to surround herself with an incredible team of supporters that all play a role in making the event the HUGE success that it is.
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    Pre-Event Invite Video

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    Feb. 4th 2010 Chic and Geek Speakers

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    SalsaMania Dance Performance

    (See below for links to Specific Speakers)

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    SalsaMania Performances:

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    Thanks to all the Sponsors that made the event possible!

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  • Social Media 101: Eastside Entrepreneurs

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    On September 25th Joe Kennedy founder of the Eastside Entrepreneurs network hosted a Social Media 101 event on the Microsoft Campus.

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    The conference was to learn how and why to get your business connected online. We had experts such as Chris Pirillo, Andru Edwards, Jake Ludington, John Cook, Eric Weaver, Joshua Dirks, Warren Sukernek, Jason Preston, Shauna Causey, Joe Kennedy, Kevin Urie, and Edith Yeung speaking about various topics.  I covered the event by streaming it LIVE to the web. Below are both parts.
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    Part 1/3

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    Part 2/3


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    Part 3/3

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    The event was written up in an article for King5.com by tech reporter Renay San Miguel.

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    Thanks to the sponsors for supporting the event: Comcast Business Class, Microsoft Local Engagement Team, Cyberstreams, Lighthouse, Seattle Computing, Social Media Club Seattle My Buzz Social Media Analytics, BizTechDay

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    Special Thanks went out to: Kenji Onozawa, Colin Christianson, Dave Manningsmith, Kevin Henry, City of Bellevue, Laura Adams Guy, Pam Hoelzle, Veronica Wei Sopher, Redmond Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Eastside Entrepreneurs

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  • My facebook Categorization / Filter Process, Led Me to a Bug

    This is a bug report / email that I sent to facebook. I setup lots of filters on my friends so that I can choose what demographics, Industry, past groups of friends from school, area of expertise they are in etc… to keep up with what they are all up to. My list has grown to 36 filters with each person, on average, being in 4 filter categories.

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    Below is the basics of the problem with screen shots. Basically if the list runs off the screen you can’t scroll to select the lower filter or else it will glitch up and select the wrong one.

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    As seen below the list of filters runs off the screen.

    List Drops Down Off the Screen

    List Drops Down Off the Screen

    I can scroll down to select the filter that is off the screen but when I select it…As trying to select Social below….

    When Scrolling To Select, I Select Social

    When Scrolling To Select, I Select Social

    The system puts a check next to Music instead. Grrrrrrrr…

    It Bumps Up to Select the Wrong Filter

    It Bumps Up to Select the Wrong Filter

    As a result I have to Hide my Dock below along with the navigation bar and bookmarks bar in the browser.

    So I hide the Navigation and the Bookmarks Bar (Sometimes the Dock at the bottom too)

    So I hide the Navigation and the Bookmarks Bar (Sometimes the Dock at the bottom too)

    Then I am able to select the filter that I want without scrolling down and voila! I have taken 30 seconds to do what should have taken 3 seconds!  So based on the Life Expectancy Calculator I have 54 years left.  I average about 3 new friends a week, so at 2815 weeks in 54 years left I will have added 8,445 new friends. That’s 228,015 seconds or ~63 hours of my time gone just to play with the settings if facebook doesn’t fix this bug. Come on facebook, be a pal.

    Then I can get to the filter without scrolling.

    Then I can get to the filter without scrolling.

    I love the filter concept and know I use it more thoroughly than the average user.

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    In the future people should be able to add themselves to filters so when I add them as a friend they already have recommended filters / categories.  facebook could standardize some for people to select based on demographics, the Industry we work in, and job.  Or find a way to automate this by crawling a persons profile to determine the topics, linkes, and things they like center around.  That way when I want to see search results or filter my friends, I can easily select the “daily social newspaper” that I want.  Blogs already have these categories / tags. Profiles and Individuals should too.

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    P.S. Twitter I would love you if you did something like this too instead of having the 3rd party apps do it.

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