Bloggers misinterpet Facebook’s status data as secrets to popularity

Yesterday, Facebook released the results of an internal study about the status updates of its users. In it, the found a high correlation between a user’s popularity and the tone of his updates. Unfortunately, some tech journalists, such as David Murphy at PC World, took this to be the secret to popularity on Facebook.

As anyone who’s taken Psychology 101 in college will tell you: correlation != causation. This is especially true in this particular case since a significant percentage of Facebook user status updates are non-public and are invisible to other users who aren’t friends. This means that the decision to friend request another user is overwhelmingly likely to be independent of the other user’s status updates.

How to deal with site growth?

I’m getting the sneaky feeling that the pro site is at the limit of bulleted links it can take without becoming terribly cluttered. Any ideas? I’m open and listening 🙂

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New professional website sections added

I’ve added a few new sections to my professional website:

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Program Experience – detailing the different aircraft programs I’ve been privileged to work on

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How to deal with site growth?

I’m getting the sneaky feeling that the pro site is at the limit of bulleted links it can take without becoming terribly cluttered. Any ideas? I’m open and listening 🙂

Technorati Tags:

New professional website sections added

I’ve added a few new sections to my professional website:

Outside the Office – showcasing my extracurricular team-building activities

Program Experience – detailing the different aircraft programs I’ve been privileged to work on

Blog – A link to what you’re reading here 😉

Reading List – A tabulation of the industry publications I keep up with