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Facebook is working on a real-time analytics dashboard to let users determine which content is getting the most attention from visitors. As described in an educational session on Wednesday night in Facebook’s Seattle office, the service is built atop HBase and tracks about 100 metrics.

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Facebook is working on a real-time analytics dashboard that will let users determine which content on their pages is getting the most attention from visitors. As described in an educational session on Wednesday night in Facebook’s Seattle office, the service, which tracks both impressions and actions  for plugins and newsfeeds, should be valuable to companies seeking to maximize the effectiveness of the marketing efforts on the popular social media site. However, the highlight of the session was the infrastructure underlying the forthcoming service.

The session video gives plenty of details, but here are some highlights. The analytics service tracks about 100 different metrics; is built atop HBase, with support from two Facebook-developed tools called pTail and Puma; and it aims for less than 30 seconds of lag time, a goal it has met a majority of the time during testing. It’s interesting that Facebook is becoming such a big user of the Hadoop-based HBase database, but the company line thus far is that the Cassandra NoSQL database it developed a few years ago just can’t hang with HBase when it comes to reliability and performance. HBase also underpins Facebook’s recently launched “social inbox” feature.


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  1. This real time analytics is very useful. I take note of the ‘impressions’ from all of my page posts. Great video.

  2. I have an online retail portal http://www.egully.com and we actively use Facebook to reach our customers an do promotions and ads. With this new feature on Facebook we get a instant result of our various promotional postings. This helps in designing our other campaigns lik email-marketing, ads on partner site etc. I have found this new Facebook tool quite good and helpful

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