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Here we go again with another one of those silly social media vs. blogs debates. The New York Times stirred the pot this time with an article called, "Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter."
Can you imagine ever reading only social media updates and no blogs? Share your thoughts.
I wrote an article a couple months ago, asking: What if Facebook goes search while Google struggles to go social? I looked at some of the things Facebook has done related to search, and made the case that the social networking giant has a lot of potential for becoming a bigger player in search in general.
According to Comscore data of U.S. users, Facebook saw its share of visitors between the ages of 35-54 drop 3.6% to 35.4%, while the share of visitors under 18 (up 1.2 to 11.1% and age 55 and older (up 1.9 to 13.2%) made the biggest gains. Twitter saw a 9.4%t gain in the share of 18-34 year olds visiting the site while those under 18 use fell 8 points to 9.5%. Here’s the chart:
Facebook has a new ad product that may be its most promising ad unit yet – the sponsored story. These ads are simply brand-related stories that users have already shared, but then paid for by the brand mentioned to appear in the ad space, as to attract more attention and engagement.
Will you be promoting your fans’ engagement with your brand? Let us know.
A few months ago Facebook officially did away with the idea of adding “boxes” of custom content to Facebook pages and instead forced users into adding “applications” as the primary way to add custom layouts, tabs and content.
While this change is old news and has been covered widely, Facebook continues to tinker with the interface and so I’ve been getting lots of questions again about the steps involved in adding custom content and thought I would do a quick tutorial.
The Academy Awards nominations list has just been released, and everybody’s favorite Facebook movie is up for 8 awards. These include: Best Picture, Best Direction, Actor in a Leading Role, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, and Music (Original Score).
Having heard about two decades worth of Trent Reznor’s musical offerings, I think the word "original" is a bit of a stretch these days, but the score did work for the film, if you ask me.
Now that the Mac App Store is open, we can expect to see apps start flooding the market. This includes the usual suspects, like Twitter.
Twitter introduced its new Mac app today, available in the Mac App Store. The company says it’s three times faster than its original version that was previously called Tweetie for Mac.
Facebook appears to be having some difficulty today as numerous people have complained about loading issues in different capacities.
Currently, we’re having trouble getting the site to load some people’s profile pictures, but based on tweets throughout the day, others are having other loading issues.
Here are some examples we’ve run across:
2010 has been a huge year for Facebook – arguably the company’s biggest yet. CEO Mark Zuckerberg was named Person of the Year by Time magazine, a Hollywood movie about the founding of the company was released in theaters, and attracted a great deal of critical buzz. The company launched the "open graph", possibly the most important feature the company has ever implemented, as it connects nearly the entire web to Facebook itself. Then there was the messaging product, the privacy fiascoes, and much more.
Facebook is now giving users a way to better filter their news feeds so they can really see the content they want. In the past, users have been able to choose whether they want to view "top news", which is a collection of updates that Facebook has deemed most important for you to see based on various algorithmic factors, or "most recent", which just showed you everything in reverse-sequential order.
Yesterday, Twitter released a number of top ten lists for trends in 2010. They showed off the top trends of the year in general, as well as the top in tech, news, movies, people, TV, and hashtags. Today, the company has released a list of what it has deemed as the top ten most powerful tweets of the year.
I’ve always seen a great deal of potential in Facebook’s advertising offering. The premise is that ads are highly targeted based on users’ profile information. Theoretically, the more a user adds info about the kinds of things they like, the better idea Facebook has about what they are actually interested in, and can serve ads accordingly.
Does Facebook serve you ads that you find relevant? Let us know.
Myspace and Facebook announced an integration today that pretty much confirms Myspace is a place for entertainment content more than it is a social network. Myspace users will be able to use Facebook Connect to bring Facebook info, specifically info about entertainment that they "like", into Myspace. The integration is called Myspace Mashup with Facebook. Essentially, it’s just like any other Facebook Connect/like button integration, but is geared towards Myspace’s content library.
Rumor has it that Facebook will unveil its webmail product on Monday. That means look out Yahoo Mail. Look out Hotmail, and more interestingly in the grand scheme of things, look out Gmail.
Facebook shared some things with us that it is doing to help people vote in the upcoming elections. "Tomorrow is Election Day and Facebook is committed to encouraging people who use our service to participate in the democratic process. As a result, Facebook is focused on ensuring that all of our users know where they can participate in this year’s elections," Facebook’s Andrew Noyes said in an email.
Twitter announced today that it has begun limited testing of its Promoted Tweets, announced earlier this year, in users’ timelines. For starters, they’re only doing this with partner Hootsuite for some users.
Facebook announced the launch of new "Friendship Pages". These contain the public Wall posts and commetns between two friends, photos in which they’re both tagged, events they’ve both RSVP’d for, etc.
These pages will be visible to others if they are friends with one of the people, and have permission to view both people’s profiles.
Facebook has been running a series called "Building Social for Business". Past entries can be viewed here.
Today, Kevin Barenblat, CEO of Context Optional, will be at Facebook’s headquarters at 3:30 Eastern (12:30 PT) to talk about how businesses can best use Facebook, and answer questions from the audience.
You can actually submit questions as well.
Some people really like Facebook’s new Groups feature. Influential tech blogger Robert Scoble could hardly praise the feature enough. He used the phrase "massively cool" more than once in his description. He’s not alone. Many are welcoming the opportunity to separate their friends into different groups and communicate in different ways with them (like chat, email lists, and integration with third-party apps).
Twitter has changed its entire search architecture, and nobody noticed for weeks until they pointed it out. It must be successful right? It’s supposed to be so powerful that it can index about 50 times more tweets per second than Twitter is currently getting. That’s a lot.
Twitter is no longer using the technology it originally acquired from Summize, which became Twitter Search. Twitter’s Michael Busch explains the new technology:
As you may know, Facebook made three major announcements today: a new Groups feature, a way to download all of your Facebook profile information, and a Dashboard to see how apps are using your data. For as simple as these things are, the company took a great deal of time explaining them and their thought process behind each feature.
Facebook made three major announcements today. These include: a way to download your Facebook info, a new dashboard for applications you use, and a new Groups feature. The theme each of these was presented under is that of giving users more control.
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Twitter announced today that its launching the anticipated Promoted Accounts feature. The company is also making its Promoted Products (which also include Promoted Tweeets and Promoted Trends) available through partners.
Promoted Accounts are being launched as part of Twitter’s "Suggestions for You".
The Social Network led the box office over the weekend. The film, which opened on Friday, took in $23 million, opening in 2,771 theaters, according to BoxOfficeMojo.
The film grossed more than doubled the number 2, 3, and 4 movies – Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and The Town. There were only two other major releases to open at the same time: Case 39 and Let Me In. These both brought in only just over $5 million a piece.
Facebook has introduced 3 new features for Photos. These include high resolution images (storing bigger pictures), a new viewer for browsing photos, and a new uploader with better tagging.
Facebook is rolling out support for print-quality, hi-res photos. They’re increasing the size of the photos stored from 720 pixels to 2048 pixels on the largest side or 8 times bigger overall.
There have been several pieces of interesting news regarding Twitter. For one, the company stopped verifying accounts, as it has done for celebrities and companies for some time. The company is working on a new system to replace this.
Details about this new system remain a mystery, but Twitter says it will be better. The company’s support team posted the following tweet (hat tip: The Next Web):
It’s not often I get the opportunity to write movie reviews for WebProNews, because it’s not often that major motion pictures are released about subjects within our general scope of coverage. I had the opportunity to attend a screening of The Social Network last night, so it seems appropriate that I offer my thoughts about the film here.
Facebook was down for over 2.5 hours for some users, according to a post from the company. A post in Facebook’s engineering notes says:
The key flaw that caused this outage to be so severe was an unfortunate handling of an error condition. An automated system for verifying configuration values ended up causing much more damage than it fixed.
Facebook has launched some new features related to controlling game updates seen in the news feed. Before, Facebook users could hide an application story or block it completely, but now game stories will only post to the news feed if you’re actually playing the game.
Let’s take a look at some points made around the Blogosphere.
Twitter launched Fabric, its mobile platform for app developers, last year. It’s comprised of three modular kits that address stability, distribution, revenue, and identity. One of those, which addresses distribution, is Twitter Kit. At launch it included native tweet embeds, a tweet composer, and Sign …
Square announced that 100 local business owners in the U.S. are getting its new reader, which enables them to accept chip cards and mobile payments like Apple Pay. According to the company, these businesses are the first set of local businesses to have access to …
A couple years ago, Google launched a tool for comparing car insurance in Europe, and finally launched it in the U.S. earlier this year. At an AdWords event in May, the company announced the expansion of this feature to mortgages in the U.S. under the …
We’re now days away from Black Friday, and everyone is sharing stats related to the holiday shopping season. We just looked at Pinterest’s holiday shopping pin stats. Now we turn our attention to a Google infographic about how to prepare an AdSense site and ads …