Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ Category

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…

[Update 2] Desperate: FaceBook Blocking Google+ Invite Links From Users’ Streams?

  • August 16, 2011 2:10 pm

Facebook has already garnered a reputation for being shady in not only how they use users’ information but how they control that information as well. And if reports of Facebook actively blocking Google+ invite links from friends’ streams is legitimate, that tarnished image is only going to get worse. As you’ll see after the break, one Google+ user noticed something strange when trying to share a Google+ invite link on Facebook — his friends couldn’t see it even though it was a public post. However, public posts before and after the Google+ post in question showed up on friends’ streams as usual. After reading of other people having similar issues we spent a little of our own traversing Twitter. Sure enough other reports have confirmed the above: That Facebook is now blocking Google+ invite links. Of course, this could be a local issue (though how we can’t possibly see). With that said, the move has already grabbed the attention of Google’s own Vic Gundotra. In short: somebody has some ‘splaining to do.

Last month Facebook made headlines for removing Google+ ads from Facebook as well as going as far as banning the accounts of people who published Google+ ads.

We’ve fired off an email to Facebook PR asking for acknowledgement and/or any other comments they’re willing to share. In the meantime, you’ll need to use an URL shortner to get around Facebook’s apparent Google+ ban.

Check out the video just after the jump…


As mentioned before, the nature of this “block” is apparently spotty. After further testing on our end we’ve found that it isn’t a blanket ban — we were able to get some Google+ invite links to show. Though we did also witness links that refused to display.

Update 2

Facebook has issued an official update stating that they could not replicate the issue on their end and to check the original articles/sources of the individual claims for clarity. They also had this to say:

We have seen the video but have been unable to replicate the experience it shows.

Newsfeed is an automated system that is designed to deliver the most relevant content to you and your friends. The technology evaluates hundreds of factors, including your relationship to the poster, the type of content, the click-through rate (where appropriate), and people hiding similar posts from their feed. In real time, it decides what to display to you and what to filter for both Top News and Most Recent. It also includes systems that attempt to identify and block spam. Links have a history of the most abuse and are given the most scrutiny. As a result of all of these factors, a given link may be shown or filtered to people differently at different times.

Common Sense Prevails: Twitter Refuses To Close Twitter Accounts Of Suspected London Rioters.

  • August 10, 2011 8:58 am

After reports began circulating that the UK government as a whole was starting to focus on RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger service as a potential “cause” for the continuation of the London riots, we immediately called out such a claim for what it is — B.S. As we highlighted yesterday, BBM is nothing more than a communication method. If BBM is shut down, the flowing of information between rioters will not stop, but instead move to other means. And while the London riots are in and of themselves serious, the much larger picture — that freedom of speech simply not be shut down at the government’s whim — is far more important.

With that said, it is reassuring to hear today via the Daily Mail that Twitter has outright refused to close accounts of suspected rioters. On the surface, it seems like a great idea to help slow down the spread of inciting language on the popular social networking service. But again, the larger picture is more important. Giving in to the UK government (or any government for that matter) would set a chilling precedent for free speech and possibly allow a cascading effect where the government can request/forcefully shut down any social/public service they see fit, public agenda or not.

At least for now, rioters (and free speech) can continue on…

**For the obviously obvious record: GS does not support the ongoing rioters in London, the damage they’re causing, or the lives they are taking.

Verbs 2.1 Bringing Facebook Support.

  • August 10, 2011 8:17 am

Facebook Messenger is all the rage right in the here and now. The Beluga-based app is simple and straight forward, taking the chat native Facebook app’s chat features and putting them front and center. That’s great and all but if you’re like us you’ve got at least a couple social chatting accounts you use. Having an individual app for each one is not only a pain, but inefficient too. That’s where multi-chat apps such as Verbs come in.

In it’s current form, Verbs caters to GoogleTalk, AIM, and MobileMe. Being the big Facebook chatters that we are, the lack of native support in Verbs means it is still, (correction: was) a backup chat app should BeeJive fail for any reason. That will soon change, however, as the latest Verbs 2.1 update officially brings Facebook support into the fold. Other features and a rough time frame for the update’s release aren’t dialed down just yet. But rest assured we’ll let you know once the update goes live.

In our opinion, Verbs is by far the best looking multi-chat app on iOS. Now that the developers are adding in more features, it’s getting even better. You can find out more on the Verbs website, or by following @Verbsapp on Twitter. Verbs and Verbs Pro (Push notifications) can be found in the iOS App Store for Free and a one-time fee of $4.99 respectively. And if by chance you haven’t heard of Verbs, check out our initial review.