Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ Category

Google+ iOS App Updated, Adds Re-sharing Ability, Fixes Bugs, Saves Planet.

  • September 6, 2011 4:54 pm

Hey you Google+ loving iOS users: There’s an update! Google+ version is now live in the App Store. The most important addition is the option to re-share other users’ content. To re-share a post, simply tap it like you would normally to +1 it and look down near the comment box for an arrow. Click on that and you’ll see an option to re-share.

Bug fixes and performance improvements to notification refreshes (among other things) as well as circle creation have also been tweaked. All in all a worthy update for Google+ iOS users.

**For those of you running iOS 5 beta 7 (and we’d assume most other iOS 5 beta versions), Google+ appears to be fully functional after our brief hands-on.

  • Download Google+ from the iOS App Store — here

Microsoft Denies Collecting User Location Information Without Consent.

  • September 5, 2011 3:21 pm

Just in case you were wondering, previous reports (and a new lawsuit) from last week claiming Microsoft was tracking user location in Windows Phone 7 haven’t gone unanswered. Today the company hit back, saying they don’t in fact track users.

Microsoft is investigating the claims raised in the complaint. We take consumer privacy issues very seriously. Our objective was — and remains — to provide consumers with control over whether and how data used to determine the location of their devices are used, and we designed the Windows Phone operating system with this in mind. The data captured and stored on our location database cannot be correlated to a specific device or user. Any transmission of location data by the Windows Phone camera would not enable Microsoft to identify an individual or ‘track’ his or her movements.

Windows Phone 7 users: Feel any better or is this “locationGate” all over again?

Foursquare + Monopoly = Foursquareopoly (Read: Awesomeness!)

  • September 2, 2011 2:39 pm

We’re pretty big fans of Monopoloy. (Alright, we’re obsessed.) And we love us some Foursquare action. Combine the two and you’ve got Foursquaropoly.

Developed by Sean Tiraratanakul, Deanna McDonald and Jaclyn Shelton, Foursquaropoly takes location-based check-ins/information from Foursquare and gives players the ability to buy and sell properties as well as collect rent from other people who check into their properties. If you ask us it sounds like a great way to make Foursquare even more addictive.

We’ll be sure to keep Foursquaropoly in our sites. In the meantime, check out the video of Foursquaropoly in action after the break…

Facebook To Become Streaming Media Hangout Come September 22nd?

  • August 31, 2011 8:37 pm

For some time rumors have swirled around Facebook either making their own music service or partnering up with someone else. Come September 22nd at the social networking giant’s F8 conference, the truth may finally be set free. But unlike past rumors, the actual announcement may prove quite surprising…

Rumor: Facebook For iPad Dropping At September 22nd F8 Developer Conference.

  • August 28, 2011 12:44 pm

This past Thursday, Facebook announced their f8 developer conference. While the conference will already be one of Facebook’s biggest, most important conferences to date — with a potential IPO in the company’s near future — it is rumors that CEO Mark Zuckerberg will officially announce/launch Facebook’s iPad app that have the most buzz.

For now we’ll have to merely guess for Zuckerberg (and Facebook) aren’t letting on to what the September 22nd event will cater to specifically.

Google Just Killed Their Best Social Platform. Good-bye Slide.

  • August 25, 2011 11:55 pm

Hopefully you weren’t planning on getting cozy with Google’s Slide-made services. Google just killed them off. All of them…

Google Upgrades +1 Button. Now Shares Directly To Google+. Announces +Snippets For Publishers.

  • August 24, 2011 2:43 pm

Google’s Google+ onslaught has been like a steamroller constantly gaining momentum (and features). But something was missing — direct sharing. Thankfully that feature is now here. Today Google officially announced an expanded functionality for the +1 button that includes the ability to post directly to your Google+ profile wall. On top of that, Google+ users will be able to add their own comments and select the circles they’d like to share with. Sharing is simple. Just click on the +1 button as you do now and click on the “Share on Google+” text in the small box and you’re good to go.

Before today, clicking the “+1″ button put a link on your +1 tab on your Google+ profile. That’s great and all. But we’re pretty sure we’re not alone in admitting we never look at someone else’s +1 tab. What we (and many people) have requested is a Google+ button that acts much like the Facebook share button — popping up a window to allow the user to post directly to the Google+ page, mention friends and add their own content. And now we have it!

Besides the expanded functionality of the +1 button, Google also announced the new +snippets. +snippets is essentially publisher controlled share option that includes an image, link and short description of what you’re sharing. In other words: it’s the exact same thing as above with out custom user added content.

If Facebook wasn’t already hurtin’ for something new and exciting, they sure are now. Full-on sharing via Google+ is now rolling out! Google says that both expanded +1 functionality and +snippets will be live for everyone by the end of the week. If you’re like us (read: impatient) you can get the aforementioned features activated right this second by signing up for Google’s platform preview service.

Demo video of the new features after the break…

Facebook Announces Massive Privacy Changes, Cedes Check-in Victory To Foursquare (For Now).

  • August 23, 2011 3:27 pm

Survive earthquakepocalypse? Good. Share it on Facebook. But before you do, you may want to know that Facebook just pushed out some rather large changes to user privacy settings. But don’t worry, this time the changes are actually pretty useful, if not a straight ripoff of Google+’s own feature list. Get the full rundown after the break…

German Data Protection Commissioner Orders Removal Of Facebook “Like” Button From Institutional Websites. Fines For Violators.

  • August 19, 2011 1:21 pm

German state institutions within Schleswig Holstein’s have until the end of September to remove Facebook Like (German: Gefällt mir) buttons under a new privacy push by Thilo Weichert, the head of the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection. According to Weichert, the data that is transmitted across the ocean to Facebook’s U.S. based servers includes far too much information about the user and violates numerous European and German privacy laws.

“A broad individual and for members even a personalised profile. Such a profiling infringes German and European data protection law. There is no sufficient information of users and there is no choice; the wording in the conditions of use and privacy statements of Facebook does not nearly meet the legal requirements relevant for compliance of legal notice, privacy consent and general terms of use.”

Weichert is urging German citizens to “avoid clicking on social buttons” and to “avoid setting up Facebook accounts” as well as threatening state institutions who don’t remove the offending “Like” buttons from their websites by the end of September with several different penalties ranging up to a 50,000 Euro fine.

Facebook has already responded to Weichert’s claims, stating that they are well within Germany’s (and Europe’s overall) laws regarding consumer privacy.

Gadgetsteria’s take: Weichert is overstepping his boundaries. If an individual consumer doesn’t agree to Facebook storing the data they receive, they don’t have to click on the button. No one’s holding a gun to anyone’s head…