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The male dominance in Google+

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After its launch, Google+ attracted a lot of attention. During its first weeks, many people unsuccessfully waited for an invitation that allowed them to join the new social bandwagon, that some analysts pointed as a potential threat to Facebook.

Nevertheless, it seems that most early users from Google+ came from the techie and nerd communities.

You just have to take a look at the top of the list of Google+ users with most followers to reach that conclusion: instead of Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber, there we will find Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Sergei Brin.

This data comes from Google+ Statistics Website, maintained by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, co-founder of Twitter Counter, which also brings some interesting information on the male/female ratio of Google+ users: men account for 88% of the user base, against only 10% of women (and 2% of “other”). That’s a HUGE difference, indeed.

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Fahmi Fadzil

Repeat one hundred times on your Twitter!

Fahmi Fadzil

(Disclaimer: I’m not sure if this news is correct or just a hoax or a publicitary stunt)

Anyway, story is, Fahmi Fadzil, a political adviser to Malaysian government, has been obliged to post one hundred times in his Twitter account, an apology to a Malaysian media company, as part of an agreement.

Apparently, in January, Mr. Fadzil posted on Twitter that a friend of him, a woman who worked to Female Magazine, edited by BluInc Media, had supposedly been abused by her bosses.

Despite later retracting from his accusation, the company asked him for unspecified financial damages for libel, and a public apology. His lawyer, Johan Syahredzan, announced that Mr. Fadzil has reached an agreement with BluInc Media in order to withdraw the demand. The agreement obliged him to apologize 100 times over three days through his Twitter account.

Mr. Fadzil, who has more thant 4,500 Twitter followers, started to comply to the agreement today.

The post says:

“I’ve DEFAMED Blu Inc Media & Female Magazine. My tweets on their HR Policies are untrue. I retract those words & hereby apologize”.

At the beginning of every tweet, Mr. Fadzil puts its number: “1/100”, “2/100”, etc. Right now, it has already reached 23/100.

We should indeed be careful about what we post online!

And I don’t know why, but this curious story reminded me of Monty Python’s “The Life of Brian”.  :)

The Real Life Social Network

This is a very nice presentation by Paul Adams, a Senior User Experience Researcher from Google, author of the book Social Circles.

In the presentation, he talks about how current social network sites (e.g., Facebook) are still far away from representing people’s  “real life networks”, and how the gap between those “real life social networks” and the “virtual social networks” can be bridged.