Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ Category

Tumblr Rolls Out Huge Update To Blog Customization Section.

  • October 6, 2011 12:22 pm


If you happen to have a Tumblr blog and haven’t stopped by the customization options in the last few days/weeks, now might be a good time to re-familiarize yourself. The company just pushed out a huge update (see above). Not only is customizing your tumblr blog wholly easier and faster thanks to the split-screen view, the layout looks a million times better.

With that said, some people just don’t like change. (Ask any normal Facebook user.) Thoughts?

Facebook Timeline Rollout Delayed By Timeline.com Trademark Lawsuit.

  • October 3, 2011 12:22 pm

Ready for Facebook’s new Timeline view? If you haven’t taken the manual approach yet you’re going to have to wait a bit longer. What was supposed to start rolling out over the next few weeks has been delayed until an as of now unspecified date. The reason? Another lawsuit.

The lawsuit was revealed late last week but is already quickly moving along. So far the judge overseeing the lawsuit, Edmond Chang, has ordered Facebook to delay the mass public rollout of Timeline though has stopped short of enforcing a request by Timeline.com asking that Facebook actively block developers from singing on and being able to view the new Facebook Timeline view. With that said, Judge Chang has mandated that Facebook must track how many new “developers” sign up and log in through the Open Graph-powered Timeline feature — a number that is already over 1 million and growing by 100,000-200,000 per day.

Timeline.com’s biggest complain: Facebook’s Timeline feature will “destroy their business”. Ridiculous indeed.

Facebook: Getting Cozier With Developers

  • September 29, 2011 12:32 pm


Last Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg and company delivered a thorough preview of the future direction of Facebook, the world’s most popular social media site. The site will see a drastic change in the next few months. Its purpose will not be different, but they way that users interact with the new tools will surely change the scope of Facebook. The powerful addition of a timeline, verbs and apps will spell opportunities for social media innovation, iPhone app development and tons of new ways for users to interact…

This Is Facebook’s Project Spartan (And It’s Coming Early Next Week).

  • September 29, 2011 7:10 am


Facebook. Project Spartan. Close the books. TechCrunch has scored the final scoop. Someone at Facebook accidentally let the new HTML 5 “Spartan”-ized Facebook out to roam before it was ready. TechCrunch is

We can't wait because let's be real with each other -- Facebook's mobile app sucks. Here's to hoping Spartan is better.

In other news: Facebook's official iPad app (which has apparently been done since May) will also drop the same day as Spartan, early next week.

Another shot after the break...

New Google+ Features Outed Hidden Code.

  • September 27, 2011 11:49 am

Google+ is growing incredibly fast. The most recent estimates put the number of users at over 50 million! An impressive feat when you consider Google+ is still a baby, only a few months old. But despite its young age, Google is pushing their developers to the max getting new features prepped and out the door. Last week we took a look at a handful of new and exciting Google+ features. But as exciting as mobile hangouts and Google+ search are, there are four upcoming features that are even better: Google Voice/Google+ Integration, Google+ Wall Writing, Google+ Experts, new sorting options for Google Post/Messenger photos, and Google+ Presets.

Hop inside…

What Facebook Integration In iOS 5 Could Look Like (If Apple And Facebook Kiss And Make Up)

  • September 26, 2011 10:23 pm


Facebook and Apple aren’t the greatest of friends. The most recent example of the two companies’ ongoing feuding can be seen in the failed Facebook integration with Apple’s Ping social music service. If you recall, Facebook support was yanked at the last second — literally the night before Ping launched. Since then we’ve seen glorious tales of iOS’s more social nature with the “other” social network, Twitter. While Twitter is part of our hourly routine, there are many people who haven’t the slightest clue what it actually is — Get those people a new rock with a window! — and would much rather prefer Facebook integration.

So what if Apple is working on Facebook integration in iOS 5? The above images (compliments of Macrumors) are allegedly showcase just that. Though we’ll be painfully blunt and tell you to stop holding your break now. You’ll be dead from such stutnts long before Apple actually releases the aforementioned integration. But if they did surprise us on the rumored October 4th iPhone 5 event date with some extra social flare tossed in to iOS 5 at the last minute, it would likely look something like you see above, minus the spelling mistakes of course.

For the sake of social junkies everywhere we hope the two sides can come together. Besides, they both have a very potent shared enemy — Google+. Competition folks.

In other Facebook/Apple related news: Mashable has been tipped about a potential release date for that elusive Facebook iPad app — the iPhone 5 event supposedly being held on October 4th. If this is a sign of a new friendship perhaps that iOS 5/Facebook integration might just happen afterall.

Facebook iPad App Engineer Leaves For Google Mobile Team.

  • September 26, 2011 2:07 pm


Facebook’s iPad app has apparently been feature complete for weeks. But for some reason or another Facebook hasn’t actually launched it. F8 came and went without a mobile announcement in sight. SAI is reporting constant, unnamed delays. So we wait. Because of this, now ex-engineer Jeff Verkoeyen (the guy who developed the Facebook iPad app) has left — for Google’s mobile team.

The announcement came by way of his blog.

While we wish Jeff the best in his new ventures, we hope even more that Facebook pushes out the official iPad app sooner rather than later. (Or have we already passed that point?)

Google+ For iOS Updated. Mobile Hangouts, Improved Notification Settings, And More!

  • September 23, 2011 11:39 pm


A few short hours ago Apple pushed the latest Google+ 1.0.4.2326 into the App Store. The most note worthy updates include mobile Hangout support from right within a user’s timeline, more robust notification controls/settings, and several other goodies.

Hop past the break for the full changelog…

Round-up: Facebook Timeline, Music Sharing, And More!

  • September 22, 2011 4:47 pm


Facebook dropped a bombshell today — many bombshells in fact. The upcoming Open Graph powered Facebook is an entirely new animal that once finely tuned, will revolutionize how we share and interact across the open web.

Two of the biggest announcements today revolved around music and video sharing. The former will see partnerships with a handful of streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, and Mog while the latter will feature heavy weights Vevo and Netflix to name a few. The most interesting aspect of it all is how music/video content will easily and seamlessly integrate with users’ timelines, how it can be shared between users, and the doors it will open for music/video discovery.

Through all the good news today is a small hiccup — the coveted Netflix integration within Facebook doesn’t work in the U.S. yet. We have backwards, outdated laws to thank for that. But according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, a bill is already weaving its way through congress with verbiage specifically designated to making Netflix + Facebook 100% legal.

Finally, the hugely hyped sharing app/service, “Color” was reborn today. Soon Android and iOS users will have a much better, re-designed Color app that pulls heavily from Facebook while also deeply integrating with said social network. Specifically, the app makes use of four key features: Feed, Timeline, Friends and Inbox. Basically, think of this new Color as a sort of Facebook-y/Instagram/Picctu mashup for the masses.

There’s so much more to cover, though. So hop past the break and check out the in-depth videos!