Facebook is looking for users of its newly launched Slingshot photo sharing service app to join a panel and take part in a three month study for research.
One of Facebook’s team members that helped to run secret psychological experiments on some of its users has now written a note explaining the motivations behind their efforts, adding an apology for how its scientific paper on the research describe their efforts.
In a post on his own Facebook page, the paper’s co-author Adam Kramer stated the company wanted to run these tests because they care about the emotional impact their network has on its users. The company decided to run the experiment in January 2012 on over 600,000 users without their knowledge. Facebook changed those users’ news feeds to highlight either positive or negative posts from their friends.
The results of that experiment were published earlier in June in Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences but came to light this weekend. Some Facebook users have since expressed concerns about how the company conducted these efforts. In his post on Sunday, Kramer wrote:
We felt that it was important to investigate the common worry that seeing friends post positive content leads to people feeling negative or left out. At the same time, we were concerned that exposure to friends’ negativity might lead people to avoid visiting Facebook. We didn’t clearly state our motivations in the paper.
Ultimately, the goal of their efforts in 2012 was to make Facebook a better service for users, according to Kramer, and they created their experiment without any intention to upset anyone. He added:
I can understand why some people have concerns about it, and my coauthors and I are very sorry for the way the paper described the research and any anxiety it caused. In hindsight, the research benefits of the paper may not have justified all of this anxiety.
Kramer hinted that Facebook might change how it conducts this type of research in the future, stating they are “working on improving our internal review practices.” If you feel you simply can’t trust Facebook anymore, there is a way to delete your account from their network.
How do you feel about Kramer’s explanation on these secret experiments that were conducted without the awareness of some Facebook users?
There is a new update in the pipeline from Facebook which will make it easier to tell your friends what you are watching or listening too. Users will be able to tag music they are listening to or what they are watching in a status update. The system works in the same fashion as that of the moods feature that was released last year.
Reddit is officially entering the mobile game, in a post advertising a job, Reddit admins have revealed that the website has finally begun the process of working on their own mobile apps. While there are third party developers in the market already, Reddit will look to come in and take a large slice of the pie away from them with an official offering.
Are you waiting for an official Reddit app to be released instead of using a third party alternative?
Ah, Google+, Google’s attempt to take on the world of social media and to take the fight to companies like Twitter and Facebook although they may claim they are not in direct competition with them. Google has been trying to force G+ down the throats at people for some time now, pretty much forcing people to get a G+ account if they want to use any of their other services such as YouTube.
However, such has the uproar been over integrating Google+ and YouTube that well known YouTubers have made their voices known and it seems there may be a break through on the horizon.