Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ Category

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+ 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 We have backwards, outdated laws to thank for that.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!

New Facebook Music “Listen With Your Friend” Feature Revealed By Careless Tweet.

  • September 21, 2011 9:22 pm

A potential major part of Facebook’s F8 event that starts tomorrow was just leaked. Facebook’s new creative director, Ji Lee, tweeted out the statement to your right earlier tonight.

The “Listen with your friend” feature in ticker is blowing my mind. Listen to what your friends are listening. LIVE.

It goes without saying Lee deleted the tweet just a few minutes later. But it’s too late now. The cat is out of the bag.

Tomorrow Facebook will officially take the wraps off of a number of new Facebook features with the biggest rumored to be centered around music, music streaming, scrobbling, live song sharing between friends and more. It’s going to be a busy day…

Google Announces 100th Feature: Open Registration. Bonus: Features 92-99; 101-107 Detailed!

  • September 20, 2011 12:53 pm

Google’s social networking baby, Google+ is officially open to all! Dubbed the “100th feature”, open signups mark the end of the field trial status and start of the official beta period. On top of the open signup announcement Google also revealed many other new features today. Jump on in for the full rundown of features 92-99 and 101-107…

Facebook Launches New Twitter-esque “Subscribe” Button.

  • September 14, 2011 1:42 pm

Twitter’s more public following abilities have left Facebook’s more personal approach to social networking almost playing catch up at times with both companies beginning to compete in each others’ markets. While Twitter still has a long way to go — and amidttingly probably won’t ever fully get to — in copying certain aspects of Facebook, Facebook just released a new feature that is a direct nod towards Twitter.

Over the next few days, Facebook users will begin to notice a “Subscribe” button on the top right of their feed (see above). The real beauty of the Facebook Subscribe button, however, is how customizable it is. For individual users there is the ability to turn off Subscribe features so no one can follow you or your content without your approval — just like it’s always been. But the real magic happens if you leave subscription services on…

Xbox Live Fall Dashboard Update Brings Awesomeness To Your TV

  • September 9, 2011 9:23 pm

Way back in 2008 we had a nice little update to our Xbox 360 Dashboard that actually made you feel lik you were playing on a Next Gen console. Here we are 3 years later and it’s about time we feel like the rest of the Windows world. With the Windows Phone 7 out and in some pockets everywhere, and Windows 8 on the verge, Microsoft wants their entire lineup to feel like a tiled social dream. They bring this idea to their highly successful gaming platform in hopes to make your gaming easy and less clumpy. Hopefully most of you have a 360 and know what it is like to try and find content on the thing. Sometimes items are hard to find, and for the n00b out there, locating a video or game content can get difficult.

Microsoft is here to save the day, once again. Later this year (“Fall”) our Xboxes will be getting a much needed update. With a new design, enhanced performance and some pretty nifty social integration, Microsoft hopes we will have a one-stop shop for all of our media needs. Will Microsoft be able to bring television and movies into the mix to actually provide us with 1 solution for everything we might need? Hop on in to find out!

Infograph: Google+ “Killer Facts And Statistics”

  • September 8, 2011 11:04 am

We’re huge fans (and users) of Google+ ’round these parts. What better way to show our G+ love than with another one of our favorite things — Infographs! Curious as to what would classify as “killer facts and statistics” about Google+? Teaser: Google+ apparently cost Google $585 million and 500 dedicated employees to create.

That and more can be found in the full-size infograph lurking after the break…

Cross-Platform PingMe A Legitimate BBM/Kik Competitor?

  • September 8, 2011 9:51 am

Both dedicated and cross-platform chat apps are a dime a dozen these days. A few notable contenders such as Kik, WhatsApp and LiveProfile stand out amongst the rest. Though ultimately each app varies little from one to another with the biggest difference lying in the user interface. To us, Kik is the best looking cross-platform chat app. The only problem is that it isn’t quite as useful without BlackBerry support. Too bad RIM had to can support for it.

But if you’re open to the idea of another cross-platform chat app, we think you’ll like PingMe…

Microsoft, Google Renew Real-Time Search Deal.

  • September 6, 2011 8:40 pm

Internet users looking for a legitimate real-time search engine can fine safe haven with Microsoft’s Bing. After rumors began circulating earlier this summer of a potential $30 million deal between Microsoft and Twitter comes news today that the two have officially partnered once again. The specific details of the renewed deal were not divulged, nonetheless it is the end result that is most important — continued real-time search results in Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

Google and Microsoft had similar offerings in the real-time search business until a few months ago. A couple months back Google chose not to renew a deal with Twitter. While unfortunate initially, it paves the way for a better Google product — the news of Google and Twitter’s fallout was before Google released Google+, a quickly growing social network. With a setup that allows it to operate in a very Twitter-like way, it’s very possible Google purposely pushed Twitter out in order to make room for future integration of Google+ content within Google search results, instantly making Google+ content a lot more useful, relevant and important.