All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘social networks’

Facebook Tests Subscriptions, Will Launch Remote Log-Out

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)."

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Does Facebook Face A Google-Like Issue With “Like Farms” and “Like Buying”?

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.

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Twitter Releases its iPad App with iPad-Specific Features

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.

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Facebook Gets Click-Based Search Relevance Patent

Facebook has been granted a patent called "Ranking search results based on the frequency of clicks on the search results by members of a social network who are within a predetermined degree of separation". Here’s the abstract:

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Facebook Sues Teacher Resource for Using the Word “Book”

Update: WebProNews reached out to Teachbook for comment. Read Teachbook’s full response here. See comments from Facebook in the comments section of either article.

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So-Called Facebook Alternative Diaspora Gets a Launch Date

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.

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MySpace Users Can Now Sync Accounts with Facebook Profiles, Pages

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.

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LinkedIn Recruiter Gets New Search Filter Features

LinkedIn has launched new search filter features for LinkedIn Recruiter. The company has taken advanced search and refinement filters that have been available, and added them to some new places.

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Facebook Talks Questions, Lists, Mobile

As usual, Facebook is making its way into a lot of headlines for a lot of reasons. While many of them have to do with legal issues, some are also based on the social network itself and other areas of innovation.

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Facebook Places, the Competition (Including Google) & Your Business

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?
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Facebook Tries To Own “Face” And “Book”

As you may have read, Facebook is suing Teachbook for using the word "book" and being a competitor. To put it in Facebook’s exact words, the company’s Director of Policy Communications, Barry Schnitt, tells WebProNews:

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Why Stop at the Web? Facebook to Take Over the World?

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.

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New Digg Rolls Out to Mainstream [Updated with Walkthrough Video]

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:

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MySpace Cleans Up its Profiles

MySpace has introduced new profiles for users, musicians, and celebrities. The goal, was to "clean things up", so MySpace is offering a newly designed MySpace profile and a theme gallery.

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Google Social Network Lets Users Keep Conversations Separate

Google has launched some new features for its Orkut social network, which is popular in Brazil and India, though it has been trumped by Facebook in India according to new comScore data.

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Murders Organized Using Facebook

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:

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You Can’t Block Mark Zuckerberg From Your Facebook Profile

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."

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LinkedIn Updates iPhone App

LinkedIn has announced the launch of LinkedIn for iPhone version 3.2, which the company says makes it easier to stay up to date and find important changes happening in your professional network.

The app comes with some changes to how LinkedIn displays profile updates from connections. You can see more info about what changed from All Updates or Profiles.

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Using and Attracting Customers with Facebook Places

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.

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Facebook: Location, Auto-Suggest and Fighting Spam

Word around the Web is that Facebook will be announcing its long-awaited location feature today. While this has still not been confirmed, a mysterious account appeared on Twitter today, for @FacebookPlaces.

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Tales from the Twitter Side

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."

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Don’t Click the Link for the Facebook “Dislike” Button

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.

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Facebook Creeps Up the Charts as 178 Million Americans Watch Online Video

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.

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LinkedIn Adds New Features to Recruiter

LinkedIn has launched a couple new features for LinkedIn Recruiter, aimed at making it easier to manage projects and talent. They have added one-page project management and the ability to set reminders on profiles.

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Facebook Acquiring Search Company with Google Connections

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.

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LinkedIn Gives Group Managers New Powers

LinkedIn has launched some improvements to how groups are moderated. There are six basic changes.

Group managers can now delete threads directly. This helps them actively fight spam by deleting content from the "more" tab in the thread.

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Facebook “Bug” Providing Names With Email Addresses: Fixed

Update 2: The issue is reportedly resolved.

Update: Facebook is already fixing the issue. AllFacebook got a statement from the company saying: 

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Facebook to Broadcast Live Announcements, Celeb Events

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.

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Twitter Launches its Official Tweet Button

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.

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Will a Redesign Provide MySpace With a Fresh Spark?

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."

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Why Amazon, Google and Facebook Will Drive More Online Sales for Businesses

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. 

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Facebook Gets 1 in 6 UK Page Views

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.

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Twitter Launching Another User Discovery Tool? Doesn’t Look Like It.

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.

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Facebook Takes Privacy Adjustments Mobile

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 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.

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MySpace Improving its News Feed?

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.

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Facebook Launches Update for Android App

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:

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WebProNews IT Team Confirms Facebook “Leak” Not Much of a Story

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.

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Twitter Launches New User Suggestion Features

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.

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Personal Facebook Info Reportedly Leaked, Gawker Invades Zuckerberg’s Privacy reports that a directory containing personal details of over 100 million Facebook users has surfaced on a file-sharing site. That’s about a fifth of Facebook’s total user base.

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LinkedIn Now A Place to Seek Legal Insight Related to Your Industry

LinkedIn has been spotlighting some new apps that third-parties have been building for the professional social network. For one, they shared Creative Portfolio Display developed by Behance. They are also sharing Legal Updates.

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LinkedIn Gets an App to Display Portfolios

There is a new LinkedIn app called Creative Portfolio Display. The app lets users in creative industries like advertising, fashion, design, architecture, film, photography, and digital media, access tools to manage and showcase their portfolios.

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Facebook Makes Improvements to the Like Button

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.

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Facebook Tweaks the Homepage Navigation

Facebook has made an adjustment to the left-hand navigation on the user’s home page. The company says this aimed at making it easier for users to access the fundamental parts of the social network.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Talks Legal Battle, Won’t See “The Social Network”

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.

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Twitter Talks About Its Mission to Be More Reliable

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.

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Facebook Gets 100 Billion Hits Per Day

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.

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Facebook Hits its 500 Million Mark, Launches Stories App

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.

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Facebook Has New Suggestions for New Users

Facebook has launched a new feature for suggesting pages of interest to new users. New people who join Facebook will be presented with a list of Pages that other people in a "similar demographic" like.

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Facebook Offers Scholarship to Female Computer Science Students

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.

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Facebook Testing Facial Detection for Tagging in Photos

Facebook is testing some new features for photos. One such feature is a new way of tagging people.

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