Last month, Facebook announced the open-sourcing of Hack, a programming language it developed for HHVM that integrates seamlessly with PHP. Earlier this week, the social network held its first-ever Hack Developer Day.
How did Facebook manipulate the Hive storage format to enable it to deal with a data warehouse that stores some 300 petabytes and takes in about 600 terabytes per day? RCFile (record-columnar file format) wasn’t enough, so enter ORCFile.
How is Facebook able to quickly process the sort of queries about users and their friends generated by features such as Graph Search, despite the fact that the relevant data may be stored on several different servers? Software Engineers Alessandro Presta and Alon Shalita offered an example of how the social network uses graph-processing system Apache Giraph to handle those tasks in a post on its engineering blog.
The next posts from pages to be targeted in Facebook’s ongoing efforts to maintain the quality of its News Feed will be: posts actively seeking likes, comments, or shares; photos and videos that are repeatedly shared; and deceptive, spammy links.
As previously speculated, the Federal Trade Commission approved Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp, stressing that WhatsApp must honor its commitment to maintain its pre-Facebook privacy practices.
The awards season for the two most important centers of the English language theater is in full swing. The Olivier awards were presented this week in London and the Tony nominations are days away in New York. As the season continues to heat up, we decided to check in with two industry professionals and find out what makes each “community” unique. Stage producer Lou Spisto, who has worked on Broadway and the West End, believes, as do most producers, that there are differences when producing in London and Broadway. Nancy McCrea, Agency Development Manager for AKA, a well-known agency that specializes in theater marketing for Broadway and London, offered further insight on the differences between these two centers of the commercial stage. Read more
An infographic from Facebook marketing expert Jon Loomer, published in January, has been rendered obsolete by the social network’s changes to the designs of its News Feed and desktop pages, so Loomer updated his infographic to account for the changes.
On Election Day 2010 in the U.S., Facebook featured an “I Voted” button that users could click to display a message that they had participated in the election, and a study by the University of California San Diego found that those messages drove an additional 340,000 or so voters to the polling stations. The social network extended the initiative for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in India, which began Monday and run for nine days, with results to be announced May 16.
Facebook scored high marks in a recent report on the “green Internet” by Greenpeace, as the environmental organization called out the social network’s transparency on environmental issues, its usage of renewable energy at its data centers, and its creation of the Open Compute Project.