Recently i've been playing around with Facebook 'Notes' & people tagging.
altho i guess it's obvious, i had sort of overlooked the fact that 'Notes' are pretty much the equivalent of 'Blogs' for Facebook (see my earlier brief post on Status = Twitter, Share = Del.icio.us).
However, there are a few important differences i'm still discovering... one diff is that it's very easy to 'people tag' a Note, and provide a very visible way for your
blog post Facebook Note to get discovered by your friends & contacts.
i think this mirrors some points i made in another previous post on Marketing Facebook Apps... namely that it's REALLY IMPORTANT to people tag content in Facebook so it has association to specific individuals, which thereby connects to the social graph & provides relevance.
I don't know if Facebook has anti-spam algorithms built to prevent excessive "people tag spam" in Facebook, but some of my experiments tagging people on Facebook Videos and Facebook Notes are showing up in other folks' feed rather obnoxiously (sorry atish), similar to Dare Obasanjo's post about Scoble hijacking his feed (note: Scoble claims to have over 4,000 "friends", whereas right now i only have ~600, still pretty large but not extreme, and about the same amount i have in LinkedIn).
i'm pretty sure the reason i'm N Yr Feed so much (even when the "volume" is dialed down) is due to the fact that i'm "over-clocking" the normal Facebook feed prioritization algorithm by adding lots of people tags to selected content, and then magnifying that effect even further due to the slightly larger-than-average friend network i maintain (guessing average is ~100-200?). also possible Notes & Videos aren't used as often as other content, so i'm "dominating" less frequently-used feed story categories more than most folks (except Scoble). not sure about that, but seems plausible.
my guess is eventually some alpha-geek Facebook engineers will dial-down the magnification on the high-end, and i'll only be slightly more visible than average. also, other folks will discover these tricks, and the market will 'settle' a bit further. still, i'm pretty sure this technique will work well for some time to provide above-average feed visibility. (note: you can also use cocoa krispies for eyeballs, and that will also attract attention ;)
in any case, i think it bears repeating:
* If you want your content / apps to get distributed virally (ie, show up prominently in the feed), you don't have to go all Super-Spammer on the invites... the feed works quite well to promote item visibility via the social graph. people discover items via the feed and/or tagging, and they adopt.
simply include people tags so that the item has reference points to the social graph. this provides visibility both to the people you tag directly AND ALSO indirectly to other people connected to the people you tag.
having performed this experiment manually with Notes & Videos & Share, i'm more convinced than ever this can be simulated in Facebook Apps by choosing the right frequency & content for app notifications / requests with embedded people tag references.
(again, sorry if my tinkering is jamming your feed. it's only because i care ;)