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Facebook is testing a feature that lets users "subscribe" to other users. Nick O’Neill at AllFacebook shares an official statement from Facebook: "This feature is being tested with a small percent of users. It lets people subscribe to friends and pages to receive notifications whenever the person they’ve subscribed to updates their status or posts new content (photos, videos, links, or notes)."
Facebook may be going through some of the growing pains that Google went through earlier in its life. Google has always had to deal with link farms and link buying, polluting its search results, and has gotten better and better at keeping this under control over the years.
Twitter has launched its official iPad app. There’s a bit more to this than the standard mobile Twitter app.
"Twitter for iPad takes advantage of the iPad’s fluid touch interface, letting you move lots of information around smoothly and quickly – without needing to open and close windows or click buttons," says Twitter’s Leland Rechis.
You may recall that earlier this year, Facebook took a lot of heat over user privacy. While some may still not be satisfied, the company did release simplified privacy settings in response. Around that time, however, a project called Diaspora started generating a lot of hype as a potential, open alternative to Facebook as a social network.
MySpace has announced a new feature that lets users sync their status updates with their Facebook profiles or Pages, while also letting them share content from their MySpace page with Facebook friends.
"Sync with Facebook allows users to keep their friends on Facebook up to date on everything, including: sharing songs, latest photos, fun game apps, and more," says MySpace’s Jennifer Ruffner.
A great deal of attention has been put on what Facebook Places means for the future of other check-in apps. This discussion has been around as long as the rumors of Facebook launching a location feature, which have been swirling for quite some time.
Will you check in with Facebook Places? Let us know.
With its Open Graph announcement at F8 earlier this year, Facebook appeared to be launching an initiative to take over the web. It’s been pretty successful so far. You’d be hard pressed to name five mainstream sites that don’t have some kind of Facebook integration, whether that be the ability to log in with Facebook or a simple like or share button.
Yesterday, Digg gave publishers (including WebProNews) thousands of invitations to extend to their readers for the new version of Digg. Now today, Digg has begun rolling out the new version of the site to the mainstream.
Digg founder Kevin Rose announced today (via Twitter) that they’re going forward with the launch:
From time to time, we get a reminder of the true power of social media, and the fact that sometimes that power is used by evildoers. The latest example comes a CNN report about a Facebook "hit list".
According to CNN’s Arthur Brice, three teenagers in Columbia, who were on a 69-name hit list posted on Facebook, have been murdered in the past ten days. He reports:
Update: A Facebook spokesperson tells WebProNews, "This error isn’t specific to any one account. It’s generated when a person has been blocked a certain large number of times. In very rare instances, a viral campaign will develop instructing lots of people to all wrongly block the same person. The purpose of this system is to protect the experience for people targeted by these campaigns. We’re constantly working to improve our systems and are taking a closer look at this one."
Facebook Places is going to be huge for businesses. It already is. You’ve probably been hearing about all of the opportunities that come with check-in apps like Foursquare, Gowalla, etc. Facebook has half a billion users. This takes things to a whole new level.
Twitter announced a new feature today called "Twitter Tales". This is just a section to highlight stories from Twitter users about interesting uses of the service.
The official description is: "How do you use Twitter? We asked dozens of our users that exact question. What resulted from their responses is a series of quirky and inspiring articles. We call them Twitter Tales."
Many Facebook users have long awaited the arrival of a "dislike" button for status updates that they find dumb, repulsive, or just annoying. If you happen to see someone on the social network claiming to have found one, however, don’t buy it. It’s a scam.
comScore released its Video Metrix data for July today. According to this, 178 million people in the U.S. watched online video content during the month, watching an average of 14.7 hours per user.
During the month, Facebook moved up from the fourth position to the third position behind Yahoo properties, and of course Google properties at number 1. Facebook accounted for 46.6 million viewers.
According to a report from Kara Swisher at Boomtown, Facebook has acquired a company called Chai Labs, though this has yet to be confirmed by either company. Also not confirmed is the price, but it is estimated to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million.
Swisher speculates that the acquisition is more focused on acquiring talent, which would certainly fall in line with past Facebook acquisitions.
Facebook is launching a new live video cahnnel today called Facebook Live. This is the company’s official live channel, broadcasting from Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto.
"Facebook Live will provide a deeper, more interactive look into what’s happening at Facebook," a representative for the company tells WebProNews.
Twitter has launched its official Tweet button for publishers to place on their content. There are numerous unofficial buttons out there that publishers have been taking advantage of for quite a while, but now there’s one right from the company that counts tweets no matter how they were tweeted.
Actually, Twitter is working with TweetMeme on this one. TweetMeme has been offering probably the most popular version of the tweet button for publishers. Twitter says TweetMeme will be switching over to the official Twitter button anyway.
MySpace has a new design for the user home page, which is available today on an opt-in basis, but should be rolled out completely by August 19th.
MySpace tells WebProNews, "The new user homepage prominently displays the activity stream and simplifies the content discovery experience. As users log-in to MySpace, there is a prompt to opt-in for an early look at the new homepage."
A couple weeks ago, Amazon launched a new feature that lets users tap into their Facebook network. Users can find recommendations from friends, see upcoming birthdays and their friends’ wishlists, find gift ideas based on Facebook profiles or get purchase ideas from profiles based on friends with similar interests. This has the potential to be very powerful, and might in fact be indicative of how social media will drive e-commerce going forward.
According to research from Experian Hitwise, Facebook accounts for one in six page views in the UK. It’s the second most visited site.
In July, Facebook made up 7.14% of all UK Internet visits, according to the firm. It accounted for over half (54.48%) of all visits to social networking sites. Google UK was the top dog at 9.59% of visits.
Update: It turns out that the shout out account is just an internal one for Twitter employees. Twitter gave The Next Web a statement saying, "W we can say is that it’s not a product. It’s an internal account where Twitter employees ‘give props’ to each other. " They didn’t acknowledge the TwitterOnNotice account, but it’s likely an internal deal as well.
Facebook announced that its privacy settings can be better controlled from anywhere you access the social network. They are rolling out mobile privacy settings via m.facebook.com/privacy. You can also go to the settings page and click "change" next to "privacy settings" from there.
It’s interesting that it’s taken this long to do so, considering how the privacy changes were launched back in May, but better late than never, I suppose.
MySpace appears to be working on a new feature that could help give it a much-needed boost in consumer enthusiasm. From the sound of it, it’s almost like Digg meets the Facebook News feed (or Reddit meets Twitter, if you’d rather look at it that way).
Either way, it involves users voting content up and down, while giving them a way to tap into updates on topics of interest.
It was recently discovered that Mark Zuckerberg had begun using an Android device. Many Android users were hopeful that would lead to the company improving its Android app, which has been less than perfect.
Whether Zuckerberg’s Android use was the driving factor or not, Facebook has indeed launched a new update for its Android app. A Facebook spokesperson shared some of the notable features of the update:
Facebook has put a lot of people on edge about privacy in recent months, and while some of it may be legitimate concern, a lot of the discussion is simply getting blown out of proportion.
Twitter has begun rolling out a "Suggestions for You" feature that helps users find people to follow. You may be familiar with a similar feature on Facebook.
"With more than a hundred million users on Twitter, there are sure to be at least dozens of accounts out there that will reflect your interests. The trouble is finding all of them," the company says.
Facebook announced today that it is releasing some new features for the Like button social plug-in. There is now commenting for the iFrame version, publishing to connected users via the Graph API, and "more robust" analytics.
"Now, when a user adds a comment to the iFrame version of the Like button, a larger, more prominent story will be shared with the user’s friends. In the past, we’ve seen comments result in increased distribution and referral traffic," says Facebook Platform product manager Austin Haugen.
This week Facebook surpassed 500 million users, but that’s not the only reason the world’s largest social network is making headlines.
This post from O’Reilly Radar breaks down where Facebook’s half a billion users reside by region. Asia appears to be the fastest-rising region for Facebook users, currently sitting at 17% of the social network’s user base.
Facebook announced its 500 million user milestone yesterday, and along with that announced some other stats like how it gets over 100 billion hits per day. This was revealed in a post in which the company talked about how it scales with its massive growth.
Facebook of course announced today that it surpassed 500 million users, but the company has shared a few more stats today as well.
Facebook gets 100 billion hits per day. It has 50 billion photos. It has 2 trillion objects cached, with hundreds of millions of requests per second and has 130TB of logs every day. This is all according to a post in Facebook’s Engineering Notes.
Facebook was expected to announce that it reached 500 million users this week, and sure enough, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced it today.
Facebook has also launched a new app called Facebook Stories. This lets users share and read hundreds of stories about how they’ve used Facebook, categorized by themes and locations around the world.
Facebook has announced a new scholarship, the Facebook Grace Hopper Scholarship, which it will award to 5 women university students excelling in Computer Science, to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. The conference takes place in Atlanta from September 28tht to October 2nd.
Facebook is testing some new features for photos. One such feature is a new way of tagging people.
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