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Blog posts tagged 'Hacking'

Ken DeeterSoftware engineer at Facebook

Live Commenting: Behind the Scenes

Posted about 7 years ago
blog post · Data · User Experience · News Feed · Backend · Hacking · Testing

Commenting on Facebook content has been an asynchronous form of communication. Until now. Live commenting, which we rolled out to all of our users a couple weeks ago, creates opportunities for spontaneous online conversations to take place in real time, leading to serendipitous connections that may not have ever happened otherwise. Read more...

Tim StankeEngineering at Facebook

Announcing the Facebook 2011 Hacker Cup

Posted about 7 years ago
blog post · Data · Culture · Compute · Hacking · Recruiting

Hacking is a central part of Facebook's culture. Whether we're building the next big product at one of our Hackathons or creating a smarter search algorithm, we're always hacking to find a better way of doing things. Read more...

Yishan WongEngineering

Inviting you all to Hackathon

Posted about 8 years ago

As you might be aware, one of Facebook's oldest and greatest traditions is the Hackathon. Sometimes the best way to find out if an idea is good is to try it out, and that's part of what Hackathon lets us do. Read more...

Tim StankeEngineering at Facebook

Facebook on TopCoder

Posted about 8 years ago
blog post · Culture · Compute · Hacking · Recruiting · Academics

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Joel SeligsteinSoftware engineer at Facebook

How to Hack Out an Election Counter

Posted about 9 years ago
blog post · Culture · Web · Hacking · News Feed · User Experience

As part of a team flushing out Facebook’s 2008 Election campaign designed to get more people to register to vote and then actually vote, I was responsible for the message on top of the News Feed. We had our design and messaging ready to go as the weekend before election day was approaching. The message was up and ready to be turned on. During the week, someone had suggested that we create an “I voted!” button that a user could click and tell his or her friends about the patriotic action of the day. I was excited; clearly this would encourage more people to go vote so they could tell their friends. So I buckled down, flushed out a News Feed and Minifeed story, and checked it in with plenty of time before Tuesday. On Sunday someone threw out an idea to have a counter that people could watch and see that their vote was indeed being counted on Facebook as well. The election team decided this would be awesome functionality during a quick chat on Monday morning. I had about 12 hours to design a counter that could handle millions of clicks and live update via ajax regularly enough to be exciting on millions of browsers at the same time. Here’s the last-second solution I came up with. Read more...

Pedram KeyaniEngineering Director at Facebook

The All-Night Hackathon Is Back!

Posted about 9 years ago
blog post · Culture · Web · Mobile · Hacking · Performance · User Experience · Chat

Every few months, our engineers unleash their talents in one epic, all-night coding session. These are the Facebook Hackathons. They start with takeout Chinese food around 8 p.m. and end with a dawn breakfast at any pancake house or donut shop that will have us. In between, dozens of Facebook engineers create working prototypes of projects that they always wanted to build but couldn’t ever pursue during their regular hours. Hackathon XI – also known as The Presidential Hackathon – will take place the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 5. Read more...

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