Approach your users. That’s Growth Hacking.

I launched less than 3days ago a Chrome extension that had for purpose adding Voice commenting capability to Facebook, Talk&Comment.

Well – it was highly welcomed. And loved, and for a moment, people were happy and playing around with their christmas gift.

But the nerd that I-am, kept tracking every event and user action there is, trying to understand the users. I even added some users on Facebook just to get their reaction. Continue reading “Approach your users. That’s Growth Hacking.” »

Heroku: The TOP5 legit use cases.

A Quick note about Heroku

Heroku is good. Like, Really good. He’s my best-virtual-friend. And if you’ve never used it, you’ve been missing on a lot. And you should start here. To sum it up in a sentence, it’s a Platform as a Service build by and for developers that makes the product lifecycle easier to handle from build to deploy & run. It supports Ruby, Java, Scala, NodeJS, Clojure, and Python. That’s super Awesome. But it comes with side effects: expensive (for production) and not highly flexible (for out of this world apps).

Here’s 5 reasons where using Heroku is a legitimate choice. Continue reading “Heroku: The TOP5 legit use cases.” »

What you should know about Facebook Voice Audio Comments: Delivering Happiness.

A Brief History of the Evolution of Communication.

A few days ago, I was bored to death in a coffee shop. Mainly because everyone was talking out loud.

But they were talking.

Not texting (except a few nerds), but TALKING. Voice talking.

It’s kinda the natural way we communicate. I won’t get into the details of how communication started, you can read it about it here when you’re done reading this, but evolution dictates that what started with cave paintings should end with thought message passing, not texting and writing, going through sound communication.

The Great Alexander Graham Bell changed the way we communicate with sound, but, we took a “Historical detour”.

A “Historical detour” in Communication

Modern time Telegraphy started with Telegrams. Voice channels we not that cheap back in the 19th century. Actually, they were none until June 2nd 1875. Commercial ones started a few years later. Continue reading “What you should know about Facebook Voice Audio Comments: Delivering Happiness.” »

Fix Vagrant and VirtualBox

If you just started using Vagrant (which I highly recommend), and on the last version of OSX (or any other system as a matter of fact) + VirtualBox, it’s highly likely that you’ll stumble on an error during your first `vagrant up` :

mount -t vboxsf -o uid=`id -u vagrant`,gid=`id -g vagrant` /vagrant /vagrant
Stdout from the command:

Stderr from the command:
mount: unknown filesystem type 'vboxsf'

The sharing isn’t setup. A bit frustrating. And you’ll need to install Guest Additions on the box (and that’s not straightforward if using Vagrant).

Turns out, the fix is quite easy.
Continue reading “Fix Vagrant and VirtualBox” »

JobFinder.ma – The Big WHY.

It started a month ago …

On July 24th, I was having coffee with a friend.

We talked a bit about employment opportunities in Morocco, challenges, perspectives … but mostly, problems.

One problem that came up was the huge fragmentation in the job market. More accurately, the fragmentation in the job offers/listings/postings. Then he said :

I wish I had a system that notifies me whenever a job opening that concerns me is posted, anywhere.

I was amazed by how simple the phrase sounded, but also, but how big the problem was.

At the moment, I was working on approximately 3 different projects and running almost 10 experiments.

I dropped everything. Continue reading “JobFinder.ma – The Big WHY.” »

Create hashtags for Facebook. Then create the Hashtags killer.

A few months ago, (Jan, 12) I created Hashtags for Facebook : a Chrome extension that adds the Hashtag functionality to Facebook with trending topics support, location and whatnot.

Little did I know that the idea would be adopted by Facebook – eventually it was just a question of time.

Exactly 5 months and some users later, on Jun 12, Facebook launched officially its hashtags service. And I launched a Hashtags killer … for Facebook, after a friend suggested it.

If you ask why, just look #at #difference #between #this #part and this other part : it’s exactly what it does. And for someone with ADHD, life becomes easier to navigate through.

Download Facebook Hashtags Killer from the Chrome Webstore.

Could the secret to Infinite Renewable Energy lie in a simple equation ?

Dear reader, if you’re looking for a deep insight, maybe an “aha!” moment, read along. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a secret tasty recipe, I recommend this show.

A (very) brief history of Energy.

We have been trying to harness energy from Nature’s own existence since our earliest ancestors. Energy was then knows as Fire. They started making fire with a stick, then a bow drill, then rocks.

Obviously, that wasn’t enough for them.

Our great grandfathers kept looking mercilessly for other, most sophisticated ways to create The Ultimate Fire. One that could keep the cave warm, the food grilled, and the enemies away. Continue reading “Could the secret to Infinite Renewable Energy lie in a simple equation ?” »

Get 1 Billion users, Turn into a Puppet Master : The Facebook paid messages.

When you fire up a Facebook page, you have at least 5 ad blocks. I mean, this could go up to 9 ad blocks + sponsored stories and and …

But we all know it; we are starting to develop an Ad-blindness across the interwebs.

But guess what, apparently Facebook isn’t profitable enough via ads. Or so investors think.

Now if you want to send a message to someone you aren’t friends with, you either pay $1.00+, or your message gets filtered (sent to the Other Inbox no ones knows about). I was shocked. Especially that friending people now is more strict than ever.

Facebook Paid Message

Facebook Paid Message

I personally don’t care. I’m not even a big fan of using the social media bullshit, but It got me thinking. Continue reading “Get 1 Billion users, Turn into a Puppet Master : The Facebook paid messages.” »

Android is dead. Long live Android.

So you’ve heard : Andy Rubin stepped down from being SVP of Android at Google - and Sundar Pichai (SVP of Chrome/Apps) is taking over the reigns. Starting March13th 2013.

Andy will take a position within the GoogleX project (read below).

The big question is,

Why Andy Rubin stepped down ?

Since Andy Rubin founded Android Inc. in 2003, he has been the Android father figure. Even after the big Google acquisition in 2005, he was deeply involved in Android matters; from thinking the product through to making critical decisions and handpicking Android speakers and developer relations team.

I mean, it’s clear that he has been very passionate about his product/baby.

And if you’re a startupper/product guy, you know how hard it is to abandon ship. This could be due to three reasons : Continue reading “Android is dead. Long live Android.” »