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Facebook Analyzes the Impact of Love On Their Business

samzenpus posted about 2 months ago | from the like-me dept.

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c0lo writes "Facebook might understand your romantic prospects better than you do. In a blog post, the company's team of data scientists announced with hard numbers that hints at budding relationships before the relationships start. The two people enter a period of courtship, during which timeline posts increase. After the couple makes it official, their posts on each others' walls decrease—presumably because the happy two are spending more time together (and less on FB?!) A subsequent blog entry offers an insight on break-ups: it is the last of a series of 6 blogposts that ran last week on the "love" theme."

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Love to... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46266147)

Fuck Facebook.

Re: Love to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46266865)

No, duck beta.

Re: Love to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46267183)

Quack quack!

Re:Love to... (1)

minstrelmike (1602771) | about 2 months ago | (#46269105)

Fuck Facebook.

Must be because you Like it and want to romance it.
But from the article, it sounds like MarcZ already knows how much you want to make love to his software.

It's Been A Week (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46266155)

I've just removed the loopback slashdot.org entry from my hosts file, after a week of the beta boycott. Slashdot appears to be normal, right now. What happened.

Did they abandon the Beta plan or should I add the loopback back into my hosts file?

Re: It's Been A Week (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46266289)

I wish APK was here to guide me with setting up my hosts file... I want all sites to point to beta.slashdot.org!

You people fear change too much. Bring on the new!

Re: It's Been A Week (1)

Immerman (2627577) | about 2 months ago | (#46266501)

I've not nothing against the new, but Beta thoroughly eviscerated the comment system. I could even live with the lack of decent moderation, I tend to read at -1 anyway, even if I do have everything below 1 folded. But the changes to the comment system destroy slashdot as a conversational medium. All the extra whitespace and huge wide sidebars cut the width of comments to 1/3 which makes long comments practically unreadable, and it sounds like you don't get any notification of replys. What, I'm supposed to keep returning to my comments throughout the day to see if someone has replied? I don't think so. Slashdot eats quite enough of my time without that thank you very much.

Re:It's Been A Week (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46266365)

Traffic appears to have dropped pretty significantly over the week, but if Dice has come to its senses and decided to give the goose a reprieve there does not appear to have been any announcement to that effect.

Thank You. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46266513)

Hopefully they will not be pigheaded MBAs and bring about Slashdot's demise.

Re:It's Been A Week (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46266511)

Apparently they are just not redirecting you right now. The good old Beta [slashdot.org] is still lurking there, without any visible improvements being made to it.

Some of us are already partying at Soylent News [soylentnews.org].

Re:It's Been A Week (1)

Curunir_wolf (588405) | about 2 months ago | (#46267205)

Cool. This is what we need - alternatives, for when Dice decides to go full retard and implement their horrid new system. Will the /. community fracture, or will most of it land somewhere else?

Yecch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46269319)

Soylent News is visually hideous. The dark-red-on-gray color scheme is atrocious, comments (especially replies) are ugly, and the top header needs to go die in a fire. Not to mention that there's nobody there in the comments.

Complain all you want about Slashdot Beta, but at least it doesn't repeatedly stab my retinas like that site does. I give it a year or two that it'll still be around, tops.

Similar effect on Slashdot (4, Funny)

CadentOrange (2429626) | about 2 months ago | (#46266157)

Probability of Relationship is inversely related to Slashdot posting frequency.

Re:Similar effect on Slashdot (1)

tool462 (677306) | about 2 months ago | (#46268123)

If you run out the time axis long enough, you'll see it more reflects a bathtub curve than 1/x. I.e., in a long enough relationship, there will inevitably be a dramatic rise in posting frequency. Usually this is an indicator of a pending failure. When you see the onset of this increase, it's best to implement some redundancy. It may accelerate the failure of the first component, but ensures no disruption in service.

An Old Quote (4, Interesting)

avgjoe62 (558860) | about 2 months ago | (#46266181)

Why are there so many sad love poems as opposed to happy ones? When you're happily in love there are better things to do than write poetry.

I suppose the same applies to Facebook postings - when you're happily in love, there's better things to do than write on someone's wall.

Facebook sabotages relationships? (3, Funny)

Immerman (2627577) | about 2 months ago | (#46266525)

So, as a corporation governed by the bottom line, should we be expecting Facebook to subtly sabotage budding relationships to stimulate Facebook participation?

john kerry admits WMD 'weather' weapon fatal (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46266217)

should be banned forever... http://www.globalresearch.ca/weather-warfare-beware-the-us-military-s-experiments-with-climatic-warfare/7561

watch Frozen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46266235)

A Disney movie finally understands what "true love" is.

Who needs magic mirrors anymore (1)

fintux (798480) | about 2 months ago | (#46266287)

"Facebook, Facebook, on the wall
Who is the fairest of them all?"

Re:Who needs magic mirrors anymore (1)

Immerman (2627577) | about 2 months ago | (#46266583)

Mark Zuckerberg. You should totally bang him. Just give me a moment to analyze your recent selfies to see if you qualify.
--Facebook

Re:Who needs magic mirrors anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46266599)

MTV Asia has an app [mtvasia.com] that will scan your Facebook profile and identify who the best match for you is among your friends. It allows you to specify male, female, or both, but it doesn't appear to take into account what your friends' specified on their profile as their gender preference, so you might find yourself in an unrequited match.

boycott? (1, Interesting)

memnock (466995) | about 2 months ago | (#46266439)

So am I the only person who is back after a week of choosing not to visit the site?

Re:boycott? (0)

dysmal (3361085) | about 2 months ago | (#46266669)

Ditto. I was gone all week and came back to see a bunch of my comments modded down as troll and off topic. Currently i'm responding to a comment with a score of 3. I wonder how badly it'll get dropped.

Re:boycott? (1)

dysmal (3361085) | about 2 months ago | (#46272967)

Impressive. It's appx 12 hours later and only down to a 2 and meantime i've had most of my comments modded down as troll and off topic. Now i've got bad karma. Oh to teh noes!

Re:boycott? (1)

Hillgiant (916436) | about 2 months ago | (#46270241)

Post volume seemed to be the same last week as it was the week before and this week thus far.

There was significantly less bitching about beta.

I still recommend alterslash.org for all your slashdot skimming needs.

Is it still man who 'has to' make the first move? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46266773)

Funny system in a world of so called gender equality. Ask the female cuntbag why she'll never ask a guy out?

Re:Is it still man who 'has to' make the first mov (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46266963)

As long as guys want sex with a woman, she is in control.

She is more educated (60% of graduates), controls more wealth (80%), and makes the relationship decisions (70% of divorces are filed by women).

Guys need to step up. Go to college so you make more than she makes, get out of the basement and into the sunlight, eat healthier, exercise.

If you don't, she'll find someone who does and then it's later, loser.

Re:Is it still man who 'has to' make the first mov (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46267191)

Spare him all this irrelevance (are you a woman?), all you had to say was: "YES, men will always have to ask the woman out."

Re:Is it still man who 'has to' make the first mov (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46269033)

LMAO

Re:Is it still man who 'has to' make the first mov (1)

nhat11 (1608159) | about 2 months ago | (#46274667)

Is there a reference for the 70% of divorces are filed by women?

Oh hell.... (1)

3seas (184403) | about 2 months ago | (#46267773)

FB is looking into a match making service and testing the market... That's all this is. and if it works. MS will follow... no doubt claiming it was there first...... and that is a match made in...... well hell...

I think most of us figured this one out already. (1)

BlueKitties (1541613) | about 2 months ago | (#46267781)

There's always "those two" who start posting on each other's walls, obviously as just an excuse to chat, and then when they finally hookup they stop posting because they're too busy making out. Usually the Facebook mingling accelerates slowly -- The guy posts, the girl responds (or doesn't respond, so the guy takes a hint.) Etc. When marriage finally ensues, and the two live together, they leave Facebook almost entirely. Of course this is a reflection of the general social behavior of people. When we're young, we mingle with a lot of people until we find a mate, then drop out of the social sphere partially or fully. I've long suspected the highly social nature of teenagers and young adults is (partially) a social function to find romance, even if it's unintentional. Most people who have ran in various social circles will find there's some pseudodating within coed friend groups, where one pair will spend a bit more time with each other, which then either escalates into a real relationship, or the peliminary psuedodating fails and never progresses to real dating -- I.e. they start "posting on each others walls" a lot, until they drop out of the social circle (Facebook.)

Re:I think most of us figured this one out already (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46270365)

When marriage finally ensues, and the two live together, they leave Facebook almost entirely.

That's not entirely true. Eventually, they come back, change their profile picture to one of their newly-sprung offspring and start posting updates that their single friends now need to pretend are interesting.

Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46267873)

Finally, a quantifiable comparison between the powers of love and hate.

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