Quickpost: Digging into the new Facebook ‘Trending Topics’ feature

Yesterday, ‘Facebook trending topics’ feature showed up on my personal Facebook profile, as it might have on some/all of yours as well.

Here are some observation about the ‘Facebook Trending Topics’ feature I want to share:

1. The trending topics do not seem to be tailored by regions (unlike Twitter) – this will probably mean that if a video goes viral in countries like Brazil or India, it will show up on your list of trending topics in other countries (whether or not you are interested in that content). Here is a snapshot of a video going viral in India becoming a trending topic all over the world?!
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2. The trends seem to be highly influenced by the link posts – A large part of all the posts in the ‘Trending Topics’ feed is links. Also, it appears that the part where it says ‘Why a topic is trending‘ is just the title of the most shared link post. (I don’t know why I was expecting more from the ‘Why’ part of ‘Trending Topics’ feature when it was announced – maybe I was looking for some application of text mining technologies)

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3. A brand can get into the ‘trending topics’ feed (not the list, but the feed) by mentioning the topic in their statuses or by posting a link related to the trending topic. This, in a way, calls for real time online marketing – if I see Warren Buffett trending and (suppose) I am managing  some Financial Firm’s social media, I can post a blog about Warren Buffett and get into the trending feed. Or I can just make a Facebook post mentioning Warren Buffett and try to gain some engagement/new fans from there.

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4. The ‘New Stories’ button – unlike your personal new feed, the ‘trending topics’ feed has a ‘New Stories’ button. – It leads you back to the top for the newly updated posts revolving around the topic.

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If you have observed something more or new about this feature, please do share it in your comments!

I am now trying to find ways to leverage this feature to help brands increase their ‘reach’ – the question is, even if we succeed in increasing the ‘reach’ and ‘engagement’ using this feature, is the Facebook Insights ready to trace and measure engagement/reach gained through this feature? – do share your thoughts!

PS. An achievement for Facebook would be a ‘Personalized Trending Topics’ list/feed based on the Pages I ‘Like’ and the content I ‘share’. – I think it would be more relevant and of value to me as a user.

*Update*

After reading more about the feature, I realized that the trending topics are actually personal to each person and that everyone will see different topics based on his/her interest – that is actually cool! Check out this link for further read.

PASS Business Analytics Conference Keynote Day #1

Really interesting perspective on BI with the powerpoint example- yes, it ultimately boils down to simplifying the knowledge. Thank you for introducing two new tools to your data enthusiast readers like me- Data Explorer and Geo Flow. Looking forward to learn more through your series of blogs on PASS Business Analytics Conf. ’13 this week!

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In this post, I’ll summarize the PASS Business Analytics Conference’s Keynote Day #1:

The structure of the Keynote:

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One of the NEW challenges that Data Pros face today is complexity involved in building a BI solution. Following slides nicely represent the challenge from the Tools standpoint:

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Microsoft’s Goal is to SIMPLIFY the above situation

NEW Tools:

> Data Explorer (Excel add-in)

> Power View in Excel 2013

> Geo Flow

Key Take away from the demo’s was:

Power View is a great tool that you could use to extract insights from data.

E.g. Insights about Music Charts from Germany:

Now combine the power of Power View…

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Big Insights & Advanced Analytics

Facebook and Twitter has become an integral part of most of our lives. On average, Facebook users spent more than 10.5 billion minutes per day on Facebook during January 2012, excluding mobile devices. This comes out to 12 minutes and 26 seconds per user. Facebook crossed 1 billion users in August 2012. While Twitter surpassed 500M users this July 2012 and this number has quadrupled in last 2 years.

While consumers may think of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare as places to post musings and interact with friends, companies like Walmart and Samuel Adams are turning them into extensions of market research departments. And companies are just beginning to figure out how to use the enormous amount of information available. The unit, now called @WalmartLabs, looks at Twitter posts, public Facebook posts and search terms on Walmart.com among other cues, to help Wal-Mart refine what it sells…

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