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Facebook wants to be the No. 1 source for breaking news stories, and with over 1 billion members playing on the world's largest social playground, it's certainly feasible. What's lacking are resources journalists (or would-be journalists), but that's changing with the roll out of FB Newswire, which Mark Zuckerberg and the gang say will make it easier for news posters and newsrooms to find, share, and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce. In doing so, Facebook is taking a shot at Twitter, the go-to social networking platform for real-time news updates and breaking stories. These two sites have been keeping a close eye on one another, each one taking a page from the... Read more...
Life is a funny thing. What seems important one day and consumes all of our time and energy eventually fades into another chapter of our past. Sometimes it takes a major event to put these moments and decisions into perspective, and so it happened that way for Vic Gundotra, the driving force behind Google+, who today announced he is leaving the company. The death of his wife's uncle in a tragic accident served as a catalyst for his decision to leave Google. A truck hit and killed the man as he was riding his bicycle in L.A. to get lunch. During the memorial service, the man's daughter told a story about how she and her dad would talk every day on the phone, but rather than start each call with... Read more...
As Twitter looks to become a viable platform for mobile advertisers much like Facebook, there have been a series of changes to the service leading up to that goal, both behind the scenes and on the surface. Today's update falls into the latter category -- the recently introduced web profile experience is rolling out to all users worldwide today. Twitter first announced the revamped profile option earlier this month. Taking a Google-like approach, Twitter slow rolled the availability of its new profile features to users. Satisfied with what it's seen, the microblogging service is now ready to let everyone build a better, flashier profile page. Comparisons to Facebook can't be avoided. Not only... Read more...
Facebook isn't afraid to make a splash, hence the decision back in February of this year to scoop up WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock options. It remains Facebook's largest transaction to date, though it could prove a brilliant move in the long run, especially as WhatsApp keeps attracting more users. As of right now, WhatsApp is home to 500 million active users. "Thanks to all of you, half a billion people around the world are now regular, active WhatsApp users. In the last few months, we've grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are also sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day," WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum... Read more...
The U.S. government might not negotiate with terrorists, but it is willing to use social media as a tool to engage in conversation with jihadists and their sympathizers online. Why bother? The U.S. government hopes that it can convince potential terrorists to go in another direction. It's an ugly world the government's stepping into, but can it work? "We are actually giving al Qaeda the benefit of the doubt because we are answering their arguments," Alberto Fernandez, coordinator of the State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC), tells CNN. "The way I see it is we are participating in the marketplace of ideas." It's not a job for the faint of heart or anyone... 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 over 81 percent of those requests. These requests aren't necessarily an extension of the U.S. government's... Read more...
Teenagers change friends almost as often as some of us change our underwear. Any parent who has ever raised one or is currently trying to understand their teen knows this as well as anyone and have seen first hand how a best friend one moment can become a bitter enemy the next. These fickle beings also change their clothing style multiple times during their four-year high school career, but it doesn't stop there. Social networks are part of the roller coaster ride of popularity, too. Piper Jaffray just completed its 26th semi-annual "Taking Stock with Teens" market research project and one of the things the firm found was that the "popularity of Facebook is waning" among this text-happy group,... Read more...
It's been less than a year since Facebook implemented its online gift giving system, which allows Facebook users to purchase and send physical gifts to their friends and family on the social networking site. However brief it might have been, Facebook has already decided it makes more sense to push digital gift codes than physical codes, and so that's what the site is going to do. According to TechCrunch, 10 percent of the U.S. Facebook population will see a redesigned version of the Gifts page immediately, while the other 90 percent will start to see it in the next few weeks. For those that see it now, gone are physical gifts like teddy bears and flowers, and in their place are a variety of digital... Read more...
If the world came to end tomorrow because of a nuclear war, all that would remain are cockroaches and Facebook phone rumors. Lighting up more speculation on the latter, Facebook has started inviting members of the press to an event at its headquarters on April 4. It's headlined, "Come See Our New Home On Android." That doesn't necessarily mean a smartphone is in the works -- especially after Mark Zuckerberg recently went on record saying he has no interest in building such a device -- but according to TechCrunch's un-named sources, that's going to be the big reveal. Well, sort of. The sources say Facebook will unveil a modified version of Android with native Facebook functionality on the homescreen,... Read more...
One social site that doesn't receive nearly as much recognition as it perhaps deserves is Tumblr. Facebook, Google+, and Twitter dominate the headlines at times, while Tumblr quietly grows its userbase and post count to new heights. The latest milestone Tumblr crossed is that of 100 million blogs, up 100 percent from April of last year. Tumblr is also home to 44.6 billion posts nestled into all those blogs, and it's adding 80.6 million each day. It's now the 14th most popular site on the web (based on Quantcast data) and makes up 42 percent of the web's traffic in the U.S. "Tumblr celebrates creativity. We want you to express yourself freely and use Tumblr to reflect who you are, and what you... Read more...
One of the ways Facebook generates revenue is by dipping into the pocketbooks of social game developers. Not only is it lucrative, but it's a surging business, with the number of gamers willing to pay to play having risen 24 percent compared to a year ago, the social networking site claims. In an emailed statement to Bloomberg, Facebook revealed that desktop-game users on the site increased to 250 million from 235 million in October. It's a win-win situation, with more than 100 developers each having generated more than $1 million in revenue on Facebook alone last year. Image Source: Flickr (DonkeyHotey) These kinds of figures make it easy for Mark Zuckerberg to attract new game developers, whereas... Read more...
In what's likely to come as a surprise to no one, Facebook has called for an end to its close relationship with Farmville-creator Zynga. Unlike other game developers that use Facebook as their platform of choice, Zynga had access to promotional advantages that others didn't have. Essentially, if Zynga scratched Facebook's back, Facebook would repay the favor. This has paid off handsomely for Zynga, as it's been reported that a staggering 80% of its revenue has Facebook users to thank. Similarly, CNN Money states that 13% of Facebook's revenue in Q1 - Q3 2012 came from Zynga. Not long after the unveiling of its first game, Zynga became an inspiration to others hoping to cash in on the social networking... Read more...
If you’re still buying paper books at the bookstore, you might have a hard time with this one: athlete autographs are going digital. That’s right, trying to catch your favorite player’s attention is no longer the only way to get him to sign memorabilia. Start-up Egraphs.com is offering digital autographs from MLB players that pair audio with your signed image. Image Credit: Egraphs.com What with social networks, Egraphs make a lot of sense. Buy an Egraph for $25-$100, and you can share it on Facebook. The process is pretty simple, and it gives you a chance to share a little more with the player than you might if you leaned over a railing with a ball. You can send the player... 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...
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