Social

One evening you are chatting with that cutie you swiped right on, and suddenly you remember the perfect YouTube video to share with them. How should you share the video? Should you copy and paste the link? Should you post it on their Facebook or Twitter? Should you email it to them? Now you don't have to make these tough decisions. Google recently released native sharing for a small percentage of YouTube users. These users can invite friends into conversation threads. Friends can chat about the shared video right inside YouTube’s mobile app and reply with another video. The message threads... Read more...
Like a scorned ex-lover, the U.S. government might be very interested in your Facebook activity these days. According to a new transparency report published by Facebook, Uncle Sam and his merry band of freedom fighters asked the world's largest social network to provide information on 18,715 user accounts between July and December of 2013. This is by far the most requests of any country, with India coming in a distant second with 4,711 requests. Out of the 18,715 user accounts the U.S. government probed, it went on to request some specific user data for 12,598 of them, with Facebook granting just... Read more...
For the most part, we're taught from a young age to try and work well with others. Sharing, caring, and not hogging all of the spotlight is generally in one's best interest. So much for that. Yahoo has announced that it will cease letting users login to various services (including its popular Fantasy Football and photo-sharing Flickr sites) with anything other than a User ID from Yahoo. Previously, users were allowed to login via their Google or Facebook profiles -- a fairly standard practice across the Web. Creating a new ID for each site can be a hinderence, and enabling people to use logins... Read more...
Do you have a fair bit of "sway" among your group of colleagues? Do you have hundreds or even thousands of "followers" on various social networks? Are you the CEO, founder or Senior Editor of your organization? If so, Yahoo! has devised a way to target you with higher-priced advertising. Don't you feel special? Filed in late 2011 but finally published just this week, Yahoo!'s patent could scan social networks and other locations to give you an "authority" score - the higher it is, the higher the price advertisers will have to potentially pay to target you. A CEO of a company may be targeted with... Read more...
In a world currently full of nasty, technological patent wars amongst tech giants, there's been at least one instance of hand-shaking this week. Facebook and Yahoo, who were previously tied up in a bitter battle over patents, have seemingly worked out their differences. The pair has launched a "strategic alliance" in order to resolve the ongoing disputes, and that a new advertising partnerships will flow from it. Not to mention expanded distribution arrangements, and according to the release, this deal will "settle all pending patent claims between the companies." Here's a bit more from the newly-happy... Read more...
Here's a little nugget just in case you've been sleeping under a gigantic boulder over the past year: Twitter is taking over the world. As the social networking site continues to infiltrate more and more areas of our lives, YouTube has now caved and integrated a Tweeting function into its site.In the most recent wave of YouTube feature updates, users of the video sharing portal have gained access to a much needed Upload Progress Bar, a 'Simpler HD Parameter,' a 'Share to Twitter' button under the Share options, easier login via Google credentials, cleaner Watch pages, mobile access improvements... Read more...
Yahoo! is taking its cue from ... well, from everyone, and adding a whole new social aspect to its site.Sure, there already was e-mail and IM and a customizable home page, but now you can display your activity on/from many of your other social sites to your Yahoo profile.There are a slew of options - photos from Picasa, SmugMug, Webshots and Zooomr;  StumbleUpon, Furl and Ma.gnolia bookmarks; blog posts from Blogger, Bloglines, Travelpod, Tumblr, Vox and Xanga;  Last.fm and Pandora music playlists; your latest Vimeo and YouTube favorites; Twitter tweets; Yelp reviews; your PowerPoint... Read more...
Before you post photos of your night of drunken debauchery to your Facebook profile, you might want to consider what kind of impression it might make on prospective employers. And lest you think that baby-boomer-generation hiring managers wouldn't know Facebook if they tripped over it, think again: 22 percent of hiring managers say they research job candidates on social networking sites. It might seem like common sense for job hunters to keep their social networking profiles "clean," but hiring managers must not like what they are seeing, because 34 percent of those who research candidates on social... Read more...
Phishing scams grow more sophisticated every day. And as sites like banks and credit card companies become hardened against attack, crafty information thieves find ways to steal information further out in the digital landscape. Facebook users reported a phishing attack on Wednesday that is disguised as a message left for them from a trusted friend on their Facebook "wall," promising juicy pics, of course. The link looks like a standard Facebook link --if you don't notice the slashes have been replaced with periods.But the link leads to a fake Facebook login page hosted on a Chinese .cn domain.... Read more...
Are you ready to social network, Yahoo-style? On Friday Yahoo! started sending out invitations to Mash, its beta social networking site. Note that you will need an invitation to mash with the rest of us. Mash is different from other social networks in that you can start profiles for your friends and "open" your own profile to friends you trust, according to the Mash blog. What that means, exactly, is still a bit unclear. You can also reportedly customize your profile or friends' profiles with other apps, ala Facebook. "One last note before you jump in: Mash... Read more...