Items tagged with Social Network

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, both Facebook and Google should be blushing from cheek to cheek. After the introduction go Google+, the two social networking services have been copying features from each other, inadvertently helping the other to innovate and improve upon their own social playground. It's still happening, too. Witness, for example, a new feature on Google+ in which posts that are +1'd by people in your circles will appear on your feed. Facebook already does this by highlighting posts your friends like. On Google+, the person or people who +1'd a particular post that shows up on your feed will be displayed above the highlighted post. In doing so, you're exposed... Read more...
A compromised password for your social network account can quickly jump from an inconvenience to a nightmare, so services like Google have long offered two-step verification features to help you prove you’re, well, you. LinkedIn is finally getting in on the game with its own verification program, which sends you a text message when someone accesses your account from a new computer. If that someone is you, you enter a code and you’re on your way. If that’s not you, whoever has your password is stopped in his tracks. Two-step verification on LinkedIn from LinkedIn LinkedIn only makes you go through the two-factor authentication process when you access the service from a device... Read more...
Just as it's been for Facebook, mobile's proving a game changer for Twitter, the microblogging service that's home to over 200 million active users. In light of this, research firm eMarketer bumped its forecast for Twitter's ad revenue to $582.8 in 2013 before nearing $1 billion next year. That's up from $288.3 million in 2012 and $139.5 million 2011. More than half of Twitter's ad dollars -- about 53 percent -- will come from mobile advertising this year, eMarketer says. What's so remarkable about that figure is that Twitter generated virtually nothing from mobile ad revenue in 2011. Image Source: Flickr (Michigan Municipal League) These figures make it seem likely Twitter will go down the path... Read more...
If there's one thing that can make you feel old, it's a birthday, and it doesn't even matter if it's your own or for someone you know. Today is Twitter's birthday, as the microblogging site that took the social networking scene by storm turns 7 years old. Converted into technology years, that's roughly equivalent to a person turning 134! Twitter now boasts "well over 200 million active users" who collectively dish out more than 400 million Tweets each day. That's nearly 16.7 million Tweets per hour, 278,000 per minute, or a little more than 4,629 every second. Every tenth of a second, there are almost 463 new Tweets to sort through. We could break it down further, but you get the idea, right?... Read more...
Who would have thought an online, social scrapbooking site could be worth billions of dollars? Believe it or not, that's the case after a new round of funding netted Pinterest $200 million to play with, valuing it at $2.5 billion. Not bad for a site that was launch only two years ago. AllThingsD, which first reported the funding, said the round was led by Valiant Capital Management. Several existing investors also contributed funds, including Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, and FirstMark Capital. Pinterest is approaching 50 million users globally and now has 100 employees. For the time being, the site's rapid growth has eclipsed concerns that it's not really generating revenue... Read more...
It looks like Facebook is starting to find its way as a publicly traded company. The social networking site posted its fourth quarter financial results, which showed a 40 percent jump in revenue to $1.59 billion, compared to $1.13 billion in the same quarter one year ago. Facebook also noted its strongest quarter ever in terms of advertising dollars. The company raked in $1.33 billion in revenue from advertising, which accounted for 84 percent of its total revenue, and a 41 percent year-on-year increase. Facebook's efforts in the mobile space are clearly paying off. "In 2012, we connected over a billion people and became a mobile company," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. "We enter... Read more...
Remember all the “we don’t need another social network” griping when Google+ hit the scene in June of 2011? Fast forward to today and Google+ has 343 million users, making it second only to Facebook for social network size superiority, according to GlobalWebIndex. Social networks in millions of active users. Image credit: GlobalWebIndex Of course, Google+ still hasn’t caught up to Facebook. GlobalWebIndex estimates that Facebook’s 1 billion user claims are likely pretty accurate, making it not just the biggest social network, but comfortably so. And Facebook appears to be growing faster than Google+, too (33% for active user growth last year, compared to 27% for... Read more...
Have you found yourself feeling sad, depressed, or even unusually angry lately? Maybe you need to stop checking Facebook for awhile. A joint study conducted by two German universities found that Facebook envy is a real thing, and perhaps as many as one out of three people actually feel worse and less satisfied with their lives after visiting the site. The researchers said that vacation photos were the No. 1 cause of resentment, accounting for more than half of all envy incidents. After that, social interaction was the second biggest cause of envy, as Facebook users compare the number of birthday greetings, likes, and comments to those of their friends. Do photos like these make you sad, depressed,... Read more...
Once again, Facebook is reworking its privacy controls in an attempt to address what some feel is the social networking site's Achilles Heel (a major blemish for a company that's considered one of the best to work for). In addition to giving users more tools to play with, Facebook is also focusing on making it easier to wield its privacy controls. "We continue to strive toward three main goals: bringing controls in context where you share, helping you understand what appears where as you use Facebook, and providing tools to help you act on content you don't like," Sam Lessin, a director of product for Facebook, explained in a blog post. One of the updates include new Privacy Shortcuts located... Read more...
Who says Microsoft's too giant a corporation to be flexible when it comes to acquiring new firms? While even the massive Skype acquisition feels fresh in the minds of technology enthusiasts, Microsoft is now spending on yet another: Yammer. You may not have heard of Yammer in the consumer space, but businesses have been using it increasingly. In a nutshell, it's an internalized Twitter. Imagine a Twitter where only a set of private, invited guests were allowed in; that's -- generally speaking -- what Yammer acts like. And clearly, Microsoft wants precisely that in its own portfolio. With a huge stake in enterprise, it's pretty obvious how Microsoft could take a tool like Yammer and integrate... Read more...
It's said that a fool and his money are soon parted (just ask Nokia), but is Microsoft being foolish spending over a billion dollars to acquire Yammer, essentially a private social network for the enterprise? Time will tell, and while nothing has been officially announced yet by either Microsoft or Yammer, The Wall Street Journal heard from "a person familiar with the matter" that it's a done deal. Assuming this goes through, one can only wonder what Microsoft is thinking. One scenario WSJ thought of is adding more social features to Microsoft Office, even though SharePoint provides some of the same features as Yammer would. "Yammer is a secure, private social network for your company," Yammer... Read more...
Earlier this week, hacker collective Anonymous decided that it would found its own social networking site after being shut down on Google+. The site, which is (temporarily) named Anon+, will give users freedoms that sites like Facebook and Google+ will not, according to developer/hacker "Higochoa." Higochoa is part of a team of 12 to 15 other developers, plus freelancers, who are building the site. Like the other social networks, Anon+ will allow members to create profiles, add friends and communicate, as well as give users total control over who they share information with. The big difference is that the entire site will be anonymous, which is not allowed on the other networks. The site will... Read more...
We've known that technology and automobiles have been growing closer for some time now, and Toyota is clearly riding that bandwagon for as long as it's going. The company just announced a new cloud computing initiative with Salesforce.com that will result in a new social network service, enabling owners to become "friends" with their cars, and receive heads-up reminders (similar to tweets) for maintenance reminders. Granted, Chevy's OnStar system could already do something similar, but the more the merrier! The deal will mean that Japan gets it first, with electric cars being the first to integrate into the network. Plug-in hybrid vehicle support is on schedule for 2012. The project will be called... Read more...
Google may still be considering a dive into the music realm, but they aren't considering going head to head with Twitter or Facebook, despite rumors. Google has shown in the past that they aren't scared to battle with the best. Google TV challenged the entire DVR model, and Android has obviously done well against iOS. And some were suggesting that Google Circles would be coming soon to get the company into the social networking game, which is hotter than ever these days. The news emerged at the South by Southwest conference in Texas. Google’s Chris Messina, who was rumored as being one of the frontrunners to lead up Circles, confirmed that he didn't know what any of the rumors were about,... Read more...
Peek-a-boo! There's a decent chance that many, many more people will be "seeing you" if you aren't careful with your Facebook privacy settings, which were just recently overhauled by the powers that be. But many folks aren't exactly happy with the changes. When you think "privacy overhaul," you generally assume that the company you're dealing with is making changes to enforce stronger privacy rules and keep snoopers further away from your data. In the case of Facebook, it's actually encouraging less privacy.Granted, that makes sense when you think about what exactly Facebook is. It's a social networking site. It thrives from people being able to see other things about other people. In fact, that's... Read more...
Twitter is huge. Facebook is enormous. MySpace is still a serious powerhouse. The bottom line? Social networks are a force to be reckoned with, and Americans are spending lots and lots of time on them. In a new study released this week, Nielsen reveled that United States citizens are spending more time than over on these sites. In fact, it found that the number of minutes that Americans spent on these sites doubled (doubled!) in the past year. Crazier still, Nielsen Online discovered that "the number of minutes Americans spent on social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Blogger, Tagged, Twitter and LinkedIn grew 83 percent from April 2008 to April of this year." Year-over-year, Facebook has... Read more...
Besides being a low-ranking Marvel Comics super-villain, Trapster is a free application that went live on the App Store last Friday, allowing users to share information real-time on speed traps.Besides the iPhone (naturally the highest-profile device in the bunch), the app runs on GPS devices like Garmin and TomTom, as well as on smartphones such including Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and Nokia S60 and N95 and other Java/J2ME phones.   How does it work? You click on button in the app or call a toll-free number to report a speed trap. Other user's phones will alert them as they approach the trap. Trapster learns the "credibility" of traps based on how many users agree with the report. Trapster... Read more...
YouTube may rule supreme in the melded world of online video and social networking, but Microsoft has a new trick up its sleeve that it hopes might steal some eyeballs away from the competition. Launching today in 20 countries and 12 languages is Microsoft's Messenger TV service, integrating online video directly into Microsoft's Live Messenger application. "Watching online video is no longer about one person in front of their computer, it's now a social experience. Users can now share a selection of free content and watch it at the same time as their friends through Messenger TV."Microsoft has partnered with a number of popular content providers, such as MTV, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, National... Read more...
Today, October 8, at 8:00AM Pacific Time, Intel launched a new Web 2.0-inspired Web site. Similar to Digg, it offers a forum where people can submit and vote for their favorite software company or product.You can go to the site, register, set up an account and start submitting stories, sites, etc. They are most interested in software companies, but they are also interested in technologies in general. The site has the following categories: Digital Home, Mobility, Enterprise, and Healthcare which are, of course, the same as the various “platforms” Intel supports. There’s also an Other category, naturally. Much like Digg, you can vote up a story, or “bury” it.This site has been used internally at... Read more...
MTV is launching a social network, which makes sense, given the youth of its audience.  What's different about this social network is its focus on activism. The site, Think.MTV.com, is designed to be a resource for social and political issues, aiming to inform as well as let users connect with other like-minded people on issues from the environment to sexual health and discrimination. It will let users create pages, as on other online social networks Facebook and MySpace, and upload photos and videos, some of which may be aired on MTV's online or cable network. In order to sign up for Think.MTV, you either have to have... Read more...
There has been much concern over the security and privacy of social networking sites.  Much of the flak has been directed at the sites themselves.  But a study run by security company Sophos showed, once again, that the real security hole, lies in users.By creating a  fake ID around a green frog name "Freddi Staur" (which is an anagram of ID Fraudster), and inviting 200 real users to be its friend, Sophos showed just how easy it is to get private info. Without any "hacking" whatsoever, the tub toy managed to acquire a treasure trove of personal data. About 73 people were willing to post their birthday, while others willingly included places of birth, employers' names and addresses,... Read more...
It's called social networking iTunes-style.  Today Apple unveiled web widgets designed to facilitate social networking between iTunes users.  It allows customers to share their purchases, reviews, and favorite artists. Called My iTunes, the service includes three flash-based widgets that use a customers account information to create customized lists of music based on that users purchase history. The widgets can be placed on a user's blog, Web site, or social networking profile.Three widgets are currently available: the first lists recent purchases; the second shows music that the user has reviewed on iTunes; and the last shows a "tag cloud" of the artists the customer has purchased through... Read more...
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