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[Computational Complexity] Impact of Facebook platform on CS enrollment

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  • GASARCH
    (Guest Blog by Amir Michail) As you may know, the Facebook platform was launched recently amid great excitement. This API allows developers to integrate their
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      (Guest Blog by Amir Michail)As you may know, the Facebook platform was launched recently amid great excitement. This API allows developers to integrate their web applications with Facebook, a popular social networking service, particularly among students.

      So why is the Facebook platform interesting? And what does it have to do with CS enrollment?

      Web 2.0 entrepreneurs aim to attract millions of users to their service. The Facebook platform facilitates this by creating a highly viral environment for spreading a web service by leveraging the social network graph. In particular, when a Facebook user uses an application, his/her friends in the social network graph will know about it automatically and they might use it too, thus automatically informing their friends, and so on.

      The Facebook platform may very well boost CS enrollment. After all, who cares about an uncertain job market when what you really want to do is to pursue your own startup and make millions?

      For more on the Facebook platform and its potential, see this excellent keynote by Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg:excellent keynote by Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg

      Now a question for you: as educators, what can you do to take advantage of this phenomenon to increase CS enrollment?

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      Posted By GASARCH to Computational Complexity at 8/22/2007 02:16:00 PM
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