Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ Category

Twitter finally starting to make their own money. *Update…not quite*

  • March 23, 2009 3:34 pm

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Twitter has been in our lives for several years now. Through those several years they have grown into an internet giant with millions upon millions of users everyday. One would think that an online outfit such as Twitter would be raking in tens of millions if not hundreds of millions of dollars. If you thought just that, you would wrong. Up until recently, Twitter survived solely on outside money not made by their own services. Today is a new dawn and the young Twitter we have grown old with the last several years is growing up and becoming more mature.

*Update* According to Tech Crunch, the companies being featured on Twitter’s ads aren’t paying a single cent.  Seems as if Twitter just wants to help out the little guy…can’t fault them for that.

Ensure your drunken nights turn out perfect with MySpace’s new In-Browser photo editing.

  • March 20, 2009 11:44 am

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MySpace is known for picture after picture of drunken party after drunken party, teenie boppers taking close to half a million pictures of the same mashed up face, and of course, your nerds-wannabe ganksta’s.  Often these fine individuals aren’t the best photographers or in many cases some other outside liquid influence is compromising their ability to properly hold a camera and take a picture.  If this is starting to sound like you or someone you know, or you just like to edit pictures, MySpace is rolling out a new feature that is sure to please you: In browser photo editing…

Yatca + Blackberry = Happy Tweets!

  • March 16, 2009 8:23 am

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Yes…another Twitter post.  This time though it revolves around the Blackberry world.  I’m pleased to announce Yatca for Blackberry, the latest and “yet another” Twitter client for the Candian born messaging giant (4.6+ deviecs only).  Yatca litteraly stands for “Yet another Twitter Client Application”…catchy!  Yatca’s claim to fame is the fact that it is tied into the Blackberries messaging services meaning all Yatca updates appear in your message inbox as well as giving you the ability to assign different profile settings for those alerts.  So Crackberry users and Twit-o-holics…are you biting?  If you have a 4.6+ Blackberry device point your BB browser here for the OTA download and start tweeting away.

*Yatca is ONLY for OS 4.6+ devices at this time!!!*

Source: Berry Review

Facebook 1.5 leaked for Blackberry Bold (OS 4.6)

  • March 15, 2009 7:58 pm

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Facebook and Blackberry go together like “lamb and tuna fish”.  Perhaps a better analogy would be more appropriate.  To each his own.  Facebook, the social networking mecca that is becoming an increasingly growing threat to MySpace, has a very popular app for Blackberry devices that made updating and tracking your Facebook account easy as pie.  The FB application hasn’t been updated substantially in many months so when word broke of the 1.5 Facebook update, everyone in Blackberry nation was in a frenzy.  Well good news folks as some brave soul has put it upon themselves to share their good fortune with the rest of us and has provided Facebook for Blackberry 1.5.

You can get the OTA here (compliments of PRP2) using your BB browser, or, if you want to download the installer and do it the ‘ol fashion way via RapidShare (thanks to BBGun) you have that option too.

 

Source: Berry Review

AT&T enabling OTA upgrades for Blackberries…soon?!

  • March 5, 2009 10:02 pm

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Plugging in an electronic wireless device to update anything just doesn’t make much sense in 2009.  If the developers can figure out how to do everything else wireless, why not firmware upgrades?  This gripe has been one of the biggest requests from Blackberry users…OTA upgrades.  Lucky AT&T users may soon have an answer to their requests as a leaked screenshot from deep within Big Blue’s death star offices shows that March 12th is the day of reckoning.  One peculiarity however is that the screenshot lists compatible devices for OTA upgrades as having OS 4.5 and above.  That’s odd because previous OS’s also have the ability built in…meaning this 4.5 requirement is an AT&T applied limitation…why?  Not quite sure really.  But I’m sure someone will provide us with an answer very soon.

Source: Crackberry

Facebook 1.5 for Blackberry leaked!

  • March 3, 2009 6:49 pm

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Boy Genius has been lucky enough to get his hands on the latest Blackberry 1.5 Facebook update.  What’s the gist of the review.  Mainly that while it does add some welcome features…2.0 couldn’t come soon enough.  Basically 3 major things were added in 1.5.

  • BlackBerry Message Application Integration:  FINALLY!  Now Facebook alerts, notes, messages, whatever are now able to be viewed in your inbox.  Now you no longer have to actually open your Facebook app.  ++1
  • BlackBerry Calendar Application Integration:  Another handy feature.  RSVP’d events and other calendar related items can now be shown in your Blackberry calendar.
  • BlackBerry Contacts Application Integration:  Rounding out the “big 3″ updates of the  Blackberry Facebook app is contact integration.  Your Blackberry contacts and Facebook contacts can now be shared.  You can choose exactly which contacts to “link” and “unlink”.

All in all it looks like a solid update.  Though, 2.0 should bring some really interesting features.  Keep working at it RIM.  For the full review, stop by BGR and take a minute to soak it all in.

 

Source: BGR

Twitter to start charging commercial customers?

  • February 10, 2009 10:44 am

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Because the U.S. economy is doing amazing (obvious sarcasm), individuals as well as corporations and institutions are hurting for money.  Twitter (a microblogging service…sort of like a mini-facebook if you will) is no different.  What is strange is that even after nearly 3 years of operation, they still don’t have any revenue model.  Odd for a company that is growing and as large as Twitter has become.  A company that uses vast amounts of data, has no revenue plan whatsoever, and given the current economic times is pushing Twitter to the edge monetarily.  What are they planning to do?

No more Facebookin’ in Apple stores

  • February 6, 2009 10:31 am

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The current economic situation is not leaving any part of the market untouched.  Apple, once seen as immune to the economic slowdown is in fact not immune.  However, walk into your local Apple store and you would beg to differ as the stores are always full of people.  The only problem: Those people aren’t buying.  Apple’s window shopper crowd is growing as the shoppers’ wallets are shrinking.  Apple loves people in their stores as it makes them look busy and maybe someone will pony up and buy something.  However, the window shoppers are spending a lot of time browsing the internet at the new “Apple Cafe”.  In 2007, Apple blocked MySpace on instore computers as to keep peoples’ time on each computer short as to allow as many people as possible to try out a Mac.  Well, while MySpace is still a social networking giant, Facebook is now the king of the crop.  With that change, Apple is having to adapt and has now added Facebook to the list of banned sites on Apple store computers.  They’re not trying to be snobby about it, they just want everyone to have a fair turn.  I don’t see anything wrong with this at all as they’re trying to be fair to everyone.  Hey window shoppers, while you’re in there, buy a laptop and go to the cafe across the street or go to the library if your pants are all in a twist.  So die hard Facebookers, is your life now in shambles?

*Update*

Seems as if the whole Apple/Facebook ban was false…mostly.  There is no “nation wide” ban on Facebook, however you will find a machine here or there that redirects to the Apple home page.  Oops…continue window shopping  folks.

Source: Alley Insider, Mac Daily News, Fortune

Meebo adds MySpace IM and Facebook Chat support!

  • January 5, 2009 8:09 am

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Meebo, a popular ad supported multi IM client has officially added MySpace IM and Facebook Chat to the list of supported services.  The two new services while not exactly hot items, are a nice added bonus.  Not having to actually be on Facebook or MySpace but still having the ability to chat with said users makes life a little easier.  Of course, in this day and age where just about everyone has a cell phone and use texting, the draw for desktop based chatting just doesn’t seem as exciting as it used to.  No world yet on when these two added services will make their way to the iPhone app.

 

Source: Cnet