Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ Category

From The Plex: Episode 7

  • December 5, 2011 7:15 am

It’s time for the latest 60-second burst of Google related news compliments of Google @ at Glance co-Founder, John Hanlon (Google+).

The news: Google’s move from the old “new” black navigation bar to a more compact dropdown menu style, addition of thousands of new movie rentals via YouTube, and President Barack Obama’s new Google+ account.

Catch latest episode of “From the Plex” after the break…

You Can Now Join Google+ Hangouts Via Phone.

  • December 1, 2011 2:09 pm

Wish you could make voice calls right within Google Hangout sessions? Now you can! Announced by Google’s Jarkko Oikarinen, users in the U.S. and Canada can now hit the “Phone” button within Google+ Hangout windows and bring in anyone via phone. The feature will be free through 2012.

The Google+ machine keeps churning along…

AOL Releases Updated AIM App - 15 Year Olds Everywhere Ask What Aim Is!

  • November 17, 2011 1:29 am

AOL got saucy today and updated their once crazily popular messaging app - AOL Instant Messanger. If you remember back in the day when you would turn your computer on and then hear that archaic fax noise? After being alerted you had Mail you would troll the chat rooms looking for n00ds and to meet some people? Yeah, well around that time you were able to communicate via application in immediate on the spot chatting. It was almost like using a phone, but you didn’t have to be annoyed with voices - minus the ones of your mom yelling at you to come eat or go to bed.

Anyways… AOL released one snazzy looking update today in all realms. The update comes to pretty much anyone with some sort of device. AIM for the iPhone, Mac OS X, Windows, Android as well as the web app all received the polishing, breathing new life into the fading application. Tons of new features and an entire new design give AIM the much needed push to get people to dust off their AIM username and see who is still on their Buddies list. I personally haven’t used an actual AIM client in probably 10 years. Of course I’ve used iChat which utilizes my AIM username, but still, I honestly wasn’t aware AOL was still rocking it hard.

Hop on in for a list of updates and features, as well as some more sexy photos!

An Unexpected Marketing Campaign via Social Media

  • November 16, 2011 8:36 am

Blue Nile is using social media to its advantage by creating a fun and interactive way to promote their engagement rings. “Are You Manly Enough?” No, I’m not questioning you, that is the name of their new marketing campaign.

The campaign is encouraging men to submit a story or a video showing their masculinity and why they deserve to win. The winner receives a free Blue Nile engagement ring and a trip to Manhattan with their significant other to propose at the Nasdaq’s opening bell on Black Friday.

Blue Nile’s ad promoting the sweepstakes has been uploaded on YouTube and Funny or Die’s site. They also used their Facebook page to get the word out to the 116,364 people who “Like” the page and countless others who view it.

When you think about advertisements for jewelry the first thought that comes to mind is probably of a cheesy commercial you saw or a straight forward ad telling you the price. Blue Nile took this “Are You Manly Enough” campaign in a completely different direction by adding humor and encouraging people to actively participate. They understood that using social media for an ad campaign would require a different approach for a few different reasons…

Foursquare Launching Revamped Web Site Beginning Today.

  • November 15, 2011 2:34 pm

Visited lately? Yeah, us either. But beginning today you might want to reconsider. Foursquare is rolling out some big changes. Our favorite new feature (among many) is a giant map that can be pulled down to show a more visual picture of your immediate surroundings and is expanded upon with a nifty box in the top right which shows time based suggestions of places to visit. As Foursquare explains it:

“Load it up at 11:30 and we’ll start suggesting great lunch spots nearby, and in the early evening we’ll switch to places for dinner. On Saturday afternoon, we’ll show you some great weekend activities.”

Other new features include:

  • You can now comment (and see comments) right on the homepage.
  • Looking for celebrities or brands to follow? We present some you may like on the right of the homepage.
  • When your friend checks out your check-in detail screen, it now shows your points (a much requested feature!).
  • Because we built this all using modern web standards, it looks awesome on other devices, like your shiny new iPad.
  • Photos are bigger and prettier.

Besides the new features, is a lot more polished and organized. Will it drag you away from your mobile device? Unlikely, unless you carry your computer around with you everywhere you go. But as far as making Foursquare a place people stick around on for more than just a quick check-in, by giving it some sort of “sticky” nature like G+, Facebook, or Twitter, the new changes certainly encourage just that — we’ve spent more time on in the last 30 minutes than we have in the last 30 days.

Gallery of #new4SQ screenshots after the break…

From The Plex: Episode 5

  • November 12, 2011 10:51 pm

Want a good weekly recap of everything Google but short on time? Awesome. All you’ll need to spare is a mere 1:22 — “From The Plex” Episode 5 is now live, compliments of Google At A Glance co-host John Hanlon. No need for a snack (no time to chew). Hop on in…

[Update] Google Begins Rolling Out Google+ Fan/Brand Page +1 Badges.

  • November 9, 2011 3:32 pm

Google just released Google+ brand pages unto the world a couple of days ago. The only problem was that there wasn’t any quick and easy way to allow people one-click +1/add-to-circle functionality — that is until today when Google rolled out Google+ Brand/Business Page badges. The new badges come in two different sizes and allow a user to +1 and add the specific site’s brand page to their circles. Other static options include a simple G+ square logo that takes users to the particular site/brand’s Google+ brand page.

The brand/business page badge functionality is currently rolling out to platform preview partners, and will hit full-scale release in the coming days/weeks.

We’re working on getting ours set up here at Gadgetsteria. In the meantime head on over to the official Gadgetsteria Google+ Fan Page and give us a +1. If you really like us, toss us into one of your circles too!


The new Google+ Fan Page badge is now live. Give us some G+ love and drop us into one of your circles!

Update 2

We got a bit excited. The Google+ Fan Page badges will only be visible to people specifically signed up with the Developer Preview Group. Sorry everyone.

Interview: Gadgetsteria Talks With Tom McLeod Of Crosswalk.

  • November 9, 2011 1:38 pm

Crosswalk is a newly launched, still in private beta app discovery service for iOS, and soon, Android. We’ve already given you a glimpse of this potentially awesome service. Now we’re bringing you one of three co-founders and CEO of Crosswalk himself, Tom McLeod.

Tom was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his surely busy day and answer a few questions we had for him regarding the formation of Crosswalk, how it’s better than other options on the market, and where Crosswalk might go in the future.

See you on the other side…

Follow Gadgetsteria On The New Google+ Brand/Business Pages!

  • November 7, 2011 10:26 pm

It took Google several months, but finally — Finally! — Google+ brand/business pages are here. You know what that means? More buttons for your to click on!

You’ll notice in the “Follow Us” section we have two Google+ mentions — One is the actual Gadgetsteria Google+ Follow Badge that leads to the official Gadgetsteria Google+ profile while the other is a simple +1 button. Both are equally important yet sadly disconnected in a way.

Just do us a favor and click on the buttons…