The secrets of Facebook’s legendary hackathons — revealed! We’re talking kegerators, Zuck’s hammock — and coding!
He may be the man behind Facebook’s actual Little Red Book, but the cultural czar heading the company’s Analog Research Lab is more than thrilled to let employees create their own cultural destinies.
Taking customer engagement to the next (creepy) level: This pizza chain follows its Twitter followers back — by stalking them in real life.
From rooftop bashes and acquisition talks to staff clashes and layoffs, Hipstamatic’s founders and ex-employees describe the startup’s losing struggle to keep pace with Instagram, Facebook, and others in the white-hot photo-sharing space. Read the three-part series from start to finish.
Melissa Chow’s Like-a-Hug—a vest that gives you a squeeze when a friend likes something of yours on Facebook—sits somewhere between harmless smartphone vibration and creepy gadget caress on the haptic spectrum.
The Rock didn’t want to do the social media thing. Then he met Amy Jo Martin. Now he has 7.2 million friends and 3.4 million followers—here’s how to follow his lead.
Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and the long march toward our wallet-less future.
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As part of our social media roadmap in the September 2012 issue of Fast Company, we asked social media’s savviest users about their best practices. Use this guide to share their rules, then add yours, and we’ll keep charting a course through this rocky terrain.
Silenced By Twitter, Thunderclap Returns With A Bang On Facebook
The Kickstarter-style messaging platform that Twitter shut down less than two weeks ago is back. This time it’s taking its flash mob approach to Facebook—and taking calls from the White House, Al Jazeera, Glenn Beck’s crew, and the United Nations.
They were doing just fine before, but Facebook’s biggest minority owners are about to be catapulted into a far more elite bracket. As we ponder what they’ll do with with new millions (or billions in some cases), here’s a look at what got them where they are today.
“Our aggregate, quantifiable numbers, as well as knowledge of our brands’s ad spend, show the speed at which brand advertisers are investing into Facebook. Companies that spent $1 million last year are spending $5 million this year. Companies that spent $10 million last year are upping spend to $25 million or more.”
“I like design with a purpose. I’m not there to design for myself.”
So what did the designers at Google actually do not just to make their product so much more beautiful, but so much more beautiful than Facebook? Co.Design talked to Google+ lead designer Fred Gilbert to unpack the subtle brilliance behind their awesome redesign—a redesign that was completed in less than two months—and his notes are full of lessons that could hone the experience of almost any product.