Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ Category

Twitter Announces Photo Sharing Service And Revamped Search Function.

  • June 1, 2011 2:59 pm

Following previous rumors that Twitter was in the process of launching their own photo sharing service comes a new announcement from Twitter’s own blog detailing just that. While the new service doesn’t have a specific name, Twitter revealed that the new photo sharing service is being hosted by Photobucket. Look for the new photo sharing service to be launching “over the next few weeks” on as well as the company’s official mobile apps.

Twitter also revealed a revamped search page that will not only show more relavent tweets to your topic, but display photos and videos alongside your search results as well. Building off the new search functionality is Firefox with Twitter which allows you instant search results by simple typing #hashtags or @usernames into the search bar.

Video of the new social goodness after the break…

Twitter To Launch Self Branded Photo Sharing Service For Deep Integration In iOS 5?

  • May 31, 2011 9:36 pm

Over the last week we’ve heard a lot of rumors and speculation claiming that Twitter is going to reveal their own photo sharing service sometime this week. Almost immediately people cried out at how Twitter was further destroying their 3rd party ecosystem. But despite current claims otherwise, Twitter reportedly sat down with several 3rd party Twitter photo sharing service developers as far back as January and told them about their (Twitter’s) plan to move into the same space. The general consensus is that the 3rd party devs will move to other “white-lablel” areas and possibly even receive continuing help from Twitter (with what or how we’re not sure).

Of couse, it’s perfectly ok to assume Twitter is moving into this space just because they can. Hell, they just dropped $40 million on TweetDeck to keep competitors off their back and lock in power users who’ve long complained Twitter’s own offerings are too simplistic and don’t offer enough features. The real treat, however, is something much more important on a broader scale — deep iOS 5 integration.

BlackBerry PlayBook Gets Its First Reputable Twitter App: Blaq

  • May 31, 2011 5:11 pm

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RIM may have promised an official Twitter client some time this summer, but developers aren’t sitting down twiddling their thumbs waiting for RIM to act. To date, we have yet to see any one PlayBook app that has really *wowed* us. But a new Twitter app by the name of “Blaq” comes pretty close. While Blaq isn’t perfect, it’s the first example of a well designed, easy to use app for the PlayBook — something RIM needs desperately more of.

Being the first good Twitter app leaves the bar set pretty low. Thankfully Blaq hits the ground running with support for realtime streams, native and editable ReTweets, in-app notifications, ability to view full user profiles, username auto-completion, web and image previews within Blaq, URL shortening with the custom shortener, support for all 211 services (full list here), and photo posting.

While we give Blaq go on our PlayBook (look for a review later this week), owners of BlackBerry smartphones (where Blaq has been available for some time) are encouraged to drop a line after the break and let us know what you think of Blaq on the smartphone side of things.

Facebook Prepping Big 1.6 Update For Android.

  • May 31, 2011 10:14 am

To say the Facebook Android app is lacking would certainly classify as an understatement. It’s two short steps from full on failure. (We’re not hatin’ either, the iOS version is just as terrible.) But things will soon change if the upcoming 1.6 update is as awesome as some say it is.

Using a test pool of over 1,000 Reddit comments, the Facebook team has developed the latest 1.6 update to be the best yet. Besides the plethora of bug fixes, improvements to timelines, video uploads, the ability to like comments, pages support, and increased notifications options will all see the light of day in the near future.

Currently the 1.6 Facebook app is in private beta. With that said, interested readers can visit this page and fill out a short questionnaire for a chance to be included in the beta team. We can only hope the iOS app receives some improvements of its own, namely in the departments of speed and “not having to press ‘done’ 50 times for it to clear notifications”.

Facebook Creating Design Team For Desktop Facebook App?

  • May 30, 2011 10:13 am

Facebook has so far remained distant from the tablet — dare we say — fad sweeping the world, while making huge strides in the smartphone world. The company has long maintained that tablets as they’re intended, don’t need an app. They say HTML 5 and the traditional website are the better options. But as we’ve seen in countless examples (example: Official Twitter iPad app) dedicated apps can be many times better than the “normal” website could ever be, HTML 5 included.

But while tablets — and on a larger scale mobile devices — continue to explode in market share and overall growth, the traditional desktop scene is declining. So why is Facebook working backwards and hiring a bunch of desktop developers? It’s all very confusing to us as Facebook is sending mixed signals. One day they’re boasting of the future joys of HTML 5 and non-native apps, and the next day they’re hiring an entire team for desktop applications. The desktop user base is admittingly much larger. However, mobile devices and social networking will continue to grow in the coming years adding to the confusion.

While we love apps when done well for any platform, we’re having trouble figuring out exactly what Facebook is doing. Have an idea? Drop us a line after the break…

Android 2.3.3 Update Now Rolling Out For Sony Xperia Play And ARC.

  • May 26, 2011 10:44 am

If a fresh set of 1′s and 0′s and new version number weren’t good enough, Sony Ericsson has packed a few treats into the new Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) update currently rolling out to Xperia Play devices — deeper Facebook integration.

Specifically, users will now be able to add Facebook calendar events to the local calendar on the device, “Like” currently playing music tracks, and of course share updates and images more easily thanks to dedicated Facebook share options throughout the OS.

But what good would an update be without more mundane bullet points?

  • Improved battery life and WIFI stability
  • Bugfixes
  • Improved touch responsiveness
  • Increased HD video recording performance (ARC only)

Let us know if you run into any issues…

Yahoo Mail Upgrade Brings Social To Your Inbox.

  • May 26, 2011 7:22 am

Like it or not, Google’s Gmail service is a seemingly insurmountable giant. With that said, there’s only so many ways to re-invent the wheel — in this case email in general — so many features you can add, and so many UI tweaks you can push out before the supply of creativity runs dry. But naysayers be damned, Yahoo is pushing ahead, and pushing Facebook and Twitter into your inbox…

Twitter CEO: TweetDeck Acquisition For Enterprise And Power Users. Development To Continue.

  • May 25, 2011 12:08 pm

Months of speculation finally culminated yesterday with reports that Twitter had officially closed the deal to acquire popular 3rd party Twitter app, TweetDeck.

Today, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo gives further insight on Twitter’s official company blog into the acquisition as well as answering one of the biggest questions revolving around Twitter’s motivations for purchasing TweetDeck thus far: Why?

In short: TweetDeck is for enterprise and power users. Bonus — Twitter will continue developing TweetDeck apps and services apart from their own core apps and services. Everyone happy? Full response after the break…

And That’s That: Twitter Closes $40 Million TweetDeck Deal.

  • May 23, 2011 11:30 pm

In early May news broke that Twitter was dumping up to $50 million on popular 3rd party Twitter service and app suite, TweetDeck. The move was seen as a way of keeping quickly growing Ubermedia from picking up TweetDeck themselves and launching a potential Twitter competitor (as the company has mentioned a time or two before).

Today Twitter crossed the last t’s and dotted the final i’s to officially close the deal. TweetDeck is now officially owned by Twitter.

As we originally stated back in early May, we hope Twitter adopts and rolls out TweetDecks features within Twitter’s own apps and supported feature set are rather lacking. TweetDeck was a power users’ dream. Will Twitter continue TweetDeck’s legacy and cater to a growing hardcore user base?