August 28, 2010

CollegeOnly Picks Up Where Facebook Left Off

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CollegeOnly isn’t reinventing the wheel with their new social network, instead they’ve went back to the good old days of Facebook when only College students with a valid college email address could join the network.

The networks founder told Mashable that he started the network because as Facebook continues to grow:

“College students are less likely to upload photos or post what they are up to with parents and potential employers looking on.”

How protected is the site? Even the sites founder is not allowed to join outside of being able to moderate the site and checking out the success of features added to the network.

The site makes this promise to students:

“Our site is the only one that is free from parents, potential employers, and other folks that shouldn’t see what you are up to on a Saturday night or at any given point during the day.”

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Google Acquires Angstro, GoogleMe Seems To Be Shaping Up Nicely

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Rohit KhareGoogle today announced the acquisition of social-graph and  news content startup Angstro.

According to ReadWriteWeb, the Angstro website describes themselves as:

“Inspired by the angstrom unit of measure (0.1 nanometre) named after Swedish physicist Anders Jonas Angstrom, Angstro represents the ability to hone in on highly focused, relevant news across professional networks. Where search engines such as Google and other news aggregator services have immense infrastructures that return a huge array of random results, Angstro analyses a wide breadth of information from multiple data sources to deliver very few, yet very intelligent results.”

With the acquisition The L.A. Times is also reporting that company co-founder Rohit Khare has been hired to help mold the companies newly forming social network. Khare is a respected Internet researcher and will help Google form the look and feel of the new network. read more

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4 Reasons Why Reddit And The Cheezeburger Network Need Each Other

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It’s no secret that Reddit (considered by many to be Digg’s biggest rival) has not not fared well after being acquired by Condé Nast, it’s current parent company.

Between the hack attempts and the lack of corporate support, it’s very clear to the geekverse that Reddit is the red headed step child of Condé Nast (pun not intended) and under its current leadership the site could become extinct through neglect.

However there is a glimmer of hope for the zealous community as Ben Huh of the Cheezeburger Network has offered to take Reddit under his wing (and yes he is serious about the offer).

Hi TDWers, I’m Ben Huh, and I run the Cheezburger Network (which includes The Daily What, if you were too Prop 19’d to notice). I have made this offer privately to a few people associated with Reddit, and I’ll say it publicly now:

I believe that Reddit is one of the best communities I have seen on the Internet. I also believe that Reddit would benefit from more resources and less corporate interference. We can offer all of the above. And we’d love to buy Reddit and all those pesky troublesome users that we love so much.

Condé, we’ll be waiting for a call.

Cheers,

Ben Huh.

Although a marriage between Reddit and Cheezeburger might sound strange (as Cheezeburger emphasizes images while Reddit is more of a geek community), there are actually 4 reasons why these two odd sites would compliment each other. read more

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August 27, 2010

iPhone: BlogPress Makes WordPress Blogging Fun Again

The creator of BlogPress has just rolled out an update to their universal iPhone/iPad blogging app which now includes support for Squarespace and Tumblr.

However the greatest feature thus far is BlogPress’s inclusion of HTML support, which makes BlogPress the perfect tool for bloggers seeking to create content from their iDevices without firing up the laptop.

For those wondering whether they should consider purchasing BlogPress for $2.99 (especially in the age of free official apps) here is an in depth overview highlight key features (both old and new). read more

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All About HubPages – An Interview With Jason Menayan

This is an interview with Jason Menayan, the Director of Marketing at HubPages.

Q: For our readers that are unfamiliar with HubPages, why don’t you give them a brief description.

HubPages is a social content community where authors write about what they know and love, with over 900,000 topical articles (what we call “Hubs”) published by over 170,000 authors. The breadth of topics, vibrancy of our content base, and constant weeding out of substandard content ensures that great-quality content enjoys quick provisional ranking by the search engines, and a steady stream of revenue-generating traffic for years after publication. Our authors earn via Google AdSense and other advertising-/commission-based vehicles, with many earning hundreds of dollars a month on what they’ve already published, and more than a handful that are earning thousands every month. We’re the 57th largest site in terms of US traffic (according to Quantcast) and get more than 28 million visitors monthly. read more

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August 26, 2010

Five Freemium Features Needed For Facebook

Facebook LogoDespite Google’s global grip on our planet, Facebook has emerged as one of the premier sites not under the search giants influence (minus a few mobile details of course).

While its 500 million plus users appreciate the fact that Facebook is free, truth be told the social network can not rely on Facebook gaming credits and advertisements forever (especially if the world enters a double dip recession).

Although it would be foolish for Facebook to charge users to access the site (as that would benefit the upcoming Google Me), there are at least a five freemium features they could offer which might help Facebook keep the lights on. read more

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Free iPad Scam Targets Twitter, Facebook Users

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Facebook Phishing ScamsTwitter and Facebook users may want to act especially wary of any “free iPad” offers that come their way, according to PC World a new scam has circulated that states:

“u have to check out this website its glitchin right now and sending out ipads to everyone for free!”.

The messages look legit, having been sent according to IntoMobile from “hacked Twitter or Facebook accounts” that may include people from your very own friends list.

Once the link is clicked users are taken to “better-gifts.net” which asks users to enter in their information to receive items from various companies. Once a user enters in their personal contact and other information, they have immediately given up their info for malicious uses.

Both of the social network sites involved are aware of the issue and have reset the passwords for accounts that may have been hacked. While both companies say the issue affects only a small number of accounts, it’s still worth paying close attention to if you receive this type of offer. read more

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Facebook Promises Improvements To Chat Application, Ditches IE 6 Support

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Facebook Chat LogoTwo years ago Facebook released their “chat” application, an option that allows Facebook users to talk to one another when logged into their accounts, since that time very few worthwhile improvements have been made to the program outside of some bug fixes. However in the last several weeks the program has become faster and more stable, with Facebook on Wednesday announcing improvements in the “coming weeks.”

Among the biggest considerations so far will be new features that Facebook promises were not possible with other legacy browsers and their older technologies and which will offer a “new experience” for Facebook chat users. If you weren’t aware, Facebook Chat is one of the most used applications on the social media website.

The other big news is that Internet Explorer Version 6.x and it’s archaic infrastructure will no longer be supported by Facebook as they attempt to remove buggy versions that can’t support the new technologies they are beginning to role out. Since Facebook realizes some users will need time to download a newer version of the browser software or an all together new browser, the change will fully take place on September 15th. read more

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Google’s History: A Visual Look at the Search Engine’s Timeline

Ever since its launch in 1998, the company founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, has continued to grow and always expanded more and more. Today when thinking of Google it isn’t just a search engine anymore but also one of the biggest advertising platform world wide (the biggest?), a software distributor and a mobile phone manufacturer. Google is rumoured to venture even further and recently announced Google TV, an operating system for television sets. Only yesterday the company announced that it is positioning itself better in the VOIP and telephony space as well. Nobody knows when the company will stop to acquire and expand its services.

The Blog Herald team had a look at the history and timeline of Google and all this info was compiled in an infographic.

Timeline of Google's history and expansion

Thanks to the team of Infographiclabs who created this infographic for us.

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August 25, 2010

WordPress Releasing Social Plugin Next Week?

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Following the footsteps of Blogger and OnSugar (a Drupal blog service), it looks like Automattic has finally embraced social buttons for WP.com fans.

While this feature was long overdue, Automattic has also announced that they will be porting this feature for those who choose to self host.

Starting today there is a new way for your readers to share the posts on your blog with friends. This feature allows you to add sharing functionality from a range of services to the bottom of your blog posts. […]

We have also added stats for all activity around this feature so you will be able to see what content people are sharing and on what services. Check out the sharing support article for more information on getting setup. Note: We will also be realizing [sic] this as a WordPress.org plugin next week. (Official WordPress Blog)

Although WordPress.org fans can already install various social buttons (like Twitter and the Facebook Like button) via plugins, more often than not the buttons are an eyesore.

As one can see in the video below, Automattic’s implementation should help resolve that issue by presenting a more elegant interface. read more

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