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Monday, September 26, 2011

Facebook Timeline & Creativity








The new Facebook timeline interface, once referred to as “profiles,” is by far the biggest change Facebook has made to date. In fact, there is a possibility that Facebook has not only changed “profiles” within Facebook, but changed the definition of profiles overall. The ability to save and explore everything in one’s life through a timeline is absolutely brilliant.

If you already have access to the new Facebook timeline interface, then it might be a good time to consider a new and exciting profile picture - this time on a much wider scale.

It has been less then a week since Facebook announced the new Timeline feature and already I“ve seen some really great looking timeline photos to welcome people to the new “profiles.”

I was hoping to find a few services to help one get really creative with the new timeline photos by now, usually we are really fast to build those tools (like this one, for example http://picscatter.com/) that support drastic changes or real game changers. But I didn't have much luck so till then, here are some cool, already-existing timelines, to keep you inspired.

The Creative (photo credit)


Hidden message (photo credit)

















Food Porn (photo credit)
















Apple Fanboy (photo credit)

















The Geek (photo credit)

















Simply Clean (photo credit)
















Dog Lovers (photo credit)
















The Timelinest (photo credit)
You can use this Photoshop template to create and test your cover design (851x315px)
http://files.designer.co.il/facebook_timeline_cover_template.psd

















And my own timeline story - made with instagr.am photos

















I’m sure we’re going to see more awesome examples soon. Let the fun begin!
posted by Orli Yakuel at 8:27 AM 10 comments

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Do You Filter Content or People?

I don't know if you’ve felt it as well but over the last month I've noticed that fewer and fewer people are commenting on my posts no matter where they are, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and even own my own blog.

I'd like to think it had nothing to with me...

I do think something has changed. I don't think people filter content anymore, they simply filter their friends. if you are anything like me, you start your day by reading the news feeds you have subscribed to or feeds from your friends. In the beginning, it was mostly blogs we subscribed to but now that it’s friends’ updates, or people you know, the way we read content has changed. Honestly, do you ever really read everything in your stream on Twitter, or do you just scan it quickly by looking for friends’ profile pictures first?

The same applies to Facebook. It is more than likely, and probably makes sense psychologically, that by now, you go through your stream faster than before and by looking at the most active friends, ones that you best familiar with and most interested in what they have to say. Little by little (and it maybe subconsciously that you do so) you narrow the list of content so you are able to consume it better.

As a result of this change in consumption behavior people seems to respond less on their friend’s posts, and those looking for interaction need to be satisfied with only a like or +1, and maybe a share (sometimes so fast you can’t really believe they have read the whole post).

Are we that kind of user generation? I think we need some kind of innovation here.. it reminds me of the strong era of RSS Readers. It was great while it lasted, but then we got bored and moved to other kinds of feeds suggested by our friends. Are we ready for a new kind of content sharing behavior? What do you think?
posted by Orli Yakuel at 6:21 PM 6 comments

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Thank you Michael Arrington







Six years ago, a few of my friends suggested that I start a blog.

Only Michael Arrington said I should blog in English. I remember telling him:

Mike, I have zero experience writing posts in English. He responded: “I don’t know any Hebrew that already gives you some advantage over me...”

This was the push that gave me the confidence to start my own blog.

In addition, Mike visited my blog regularly, and supported my posts many times. Whenever I discovered a new interesting web2.0 service, he often posted about it on Techcrunch along with full credit to my blog in the post. I can’t ever thank him enough for doing so because it was a component of my success and gave me a lot of exposure I would’ve never otherwise had. I know about other small tech blogs that Mike supported along the way and I’m sure they feel the same gratitude that I do today.

Reading all the recent hateful posts about Techcrunch and posts personally attacking himself makes me feel sad and less confident of this industry. From my personal experience, from a friend’s perspective and having been a Techcrunch reader since 2005, I can gladly vouch that Techcrunch was Mike’s labor of love. The guy simply loves startups. It is what excites and drives him. I know of many startups that received more than just a post, but also, a place to stay while in SF. I can only imagine how many succeeded because of the Techcrunch coverage and the exposure.

Excuse me, if I don’t share the same feeling as some of you do about Michael Arrington. I am very secure in what I’m doing today, but if it wasn’t for Mike’s advice and support, I probably would not be where I am today.

Thank you, Mike for the great friendships over the years. Thank you for believing in me and teaching me so much about the new web and blogging in general. I’m sure it is not easy to let go of Techcrunch but hopefully we can keep looking towards the bright side here: You can’t stop writing, so there’s still that and your knowledge & and ability of finding the right companies to invest in will serve so many startups on a global level I actually think it is thrilling to see what you’ll do next.

Enjoy your new journey.  

posted by Orli Yakuel at 8:29 AM 9 comments

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