Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

Trading and Poker

February 15th, 2011

Recently I discovered Texas Hold’em Poker on Facebook. I never really enjoyed playing poker very much, but to my surprise it is pretty interesting. Why? Because the more I play poker the more I realize how it is like trading.

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As I play, I immediately relate many things I have read about trading to what is happening in the game. It seems that many the information in books about trading is totally applicable to poker.

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Will Sears be the Next Facebook?

November 3rd, 2010

Huh? Sears and Facebook in the same sentence? Sounds weird, doesn’t it? Well, it’s true. Sears is gunning to be the next Facebook. It is integrating various social networking functionality into the shopping experience.

Sears may have been a boring old company in the past, but it is reinventing itself for the future.

Is this Social Shopping thing a good idea?

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Lessons from Facebook Tycoons

May 31st, 2010

As I continue to play Tycoon$, the popular Facebook game, I am struck by how useful it is as a learning tool. Many people write it off as a stupid or unsophisticated game, but I think that it holds many lessons for those of us who discover them. It is interesting to see how things have changed since my first post.

One interesting thing that has happened is that inflation has taken off within the game. Prices are up about 25% in the last month. What has caused this massive inflation?

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Tycoon$ Facebook Game

April 3rd, 2010

Recently,  I discovered the Tycoon$ game on Facebook. It is an economic simulation game, where you build a business and grow your “empire”. It is still in beta, but I found it very refined and completely bug free.

One thing that is really interesting about the game is that it gives us insight into how markets and economies work. Most people who make the rules for an economy (politicians) do not really know the effects of their policies. They have an idea about what they think is right, or what they think will happen. However, these ideas are based on opinion, or the unproven theories of economics.

What can we learn from such a “game”?

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Powerful Lessons from Mafia Wars

September 26th, 2009

Recently (I know, I must be the only one who was not playing!) I discovered the phenomenon of Mafia Wars. I call it a phenomenon for two reasons:

  1. The game (and games like it) are a paradigm-shifter for online games.
  2. We can learn so much from them.


Why is this game so powerful? Why is it a paradigm-shifter?

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Internet Revoultions are Accelerating

June 18th, 2009

Recently there has been so much talk about Twitter. And Facebook. Before that it was YouTube. The rates of adoption are greater than anything mankind (and womankind) has seen before. It got me thinking.


If this is the web 2.0, perhaps it took a few years to mature. Let’s say 3 years. So it started in 2006. That means web 1.0 which really got started in 1995, was 11 years old in 2006. So web 2.0 is happening perhaps 2 -4 times faster than 1.0. I don’t know how much longer 2.0 will last, but 3.0 is on the horizon.

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