August 19, 2010

Facebook Places Debuts For iPhone, iPod Touch Devices

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Facebook PlacesFacebook Places, a new option from the social network that allows users to “check in” to locations, debuted today with a focus on Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

The application, which became available on Wednesday night allows users to check into any location already in the company’s database, while adding new locations as they are discovered. Facebook users can then discover if any of their friends have checked into the same location, while also tagging their friends who are checking into the same location.

According to Dina Ely at Indyposted, the program is also slated to release for Google Android devices, the Blackberry Torch and the iPad. read more

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August 17, 2010

Share Your Best Tweet Based Stories With Twitter

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Twitter StoriesTwitter wants to show their users how the microblogging platform has helped others and for that purpose they have launched Twitter Tales a new offering that is meant to inspire and motivate others to use Twitter in fun, effective and interesting ways.

Twitter’s own communications staffer Carolyn Penner said on the company’s official blog that Twitter Tales is meant to display:

“a growing set of articles that highlights creative individuals and businesses from all corners of the world that help make Twitter awesome.”

If you have a story to share, you can send it to [email protected] and you could be one of the showcases stories. read more

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Twitter For iPhone: We’re Looking For A Few Good Ideas

The boys and girls at Twitter HQ tweeted out a request to the twittersphere asking for suggestions on ways to improve the official iPhone app.

If you have any problems/feature requests related to the new Twitter for iPhone app please let us know at @mobilesupport. Thx! (via @Tweetie)

While a few extra features like push notifications and filters would do wonders to improve the service, Twitter might want to consider adding these 5 critical features to the next update (some which are already being implemented by third party tweet apps). read more

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Down With the Blogging Parrots!

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This is a guest post by Joe Wiedenbeck, the owner of The Pampered Parrot and a guest blogger on many pet related websites.

144,217,571. What does this number represent? At the time of writing this, there are 144,217,571 blogs according to Blog Pulse. 52,055 new blogs and 964,971 new posts indexed in the last 24 hours. These numbers are quite astounding. Do we really have that much to say of importance as a human race or is 90% of this parroting and unoriginal? I have nothing against blogging or those who do it. In fact I am doing it right now (well not literally because you are reading this). I love to write as a hobby and I frequently guest post for others in the pet realm but I can’t help but look at these numbers cynically and think that something is amiss here.

Now I am not a mathematician and personally I almost did not do this for fear of being shunned by the Albert Einstein’s of the world, but this means that less than one percent of the blogs recorded by Blog Pulse were updated in the last 24 hours. This can mean a few things…

There are bloggers and ploggers. Yes I said ploggers, I just made it up and now it has officially become a word. read more

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August 16, 2010

Tumblr Sneaks Out Android App

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After conquering the iPhone as well as Blackberry smartphones, Tumblr has invaded the Android Market minus the official announcement.

This weekend, popular blogging site Tumblr has quietly released an official Tumblr application for the Android platform. [...]

The Tumblr Android application provides users much of the same experience as posting on the standard web. Android users can now post pictures, links, quotes, audio, video and basically any other mobile content you can think of right to your Tumblr blog. Also, the official Tumblr app includes the dashboard, which contains all of your content (both posts and drafts of posts) as well as the content of any people you follow on the Tumblr service. (Android And Me)

The Tumblr for Android app is very similar to its iPhone brother with the only major exception being that the former lacks twitter integration (a feature recently rolled out to iPhone Tumblrs).

Once again it looks as if Tumblr tapped Mobelux to create an official smartphone app (the latter was responsible for developing Tumblr’s official iPhone and Blackberry apps).

While Tumblr’s Android entrance will displease a few third party developers, having an official app will help the micro blogging service compete against Twitter as well as WordPress (both who are intent on conquering the mobile frontier).

(Image Credit: Sizzled Core)

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Facebook Removing ‘Boxes’ This Week, Offering A New Solution In Their Place

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Facebook Music WidgetOver the weekend Facebook posted on their Official Blog that they are in the process of removing ‘application boxes’ from the website, a move that will be completed on August 23rd. If you’re unfamiliar with boxes, they display third party content applications on a users profile so their friends can see what books they are reading, what games they are playing and what other applications they have downloaded and are currently using.

This news is nothing new for Facebook, in November they said the move was planned for user profiles. Facebook will now replace boxes with ‘applications tabs’ which are basically brand new pages that display the users third-party content.

Users third-party apps will still show in their real-time stream of information until it scrolls off their profile page, however if a third-party application was used to show the information friends will need to go to your third-party app page to read what you engaged in after it leaves your stream.

As Richard MacManus of ReadWriteWeb states, the move from boxes to tabs does offer Facebook a big change, it makes their pages look more like a browser platform, mimicking the likes of Firefox and Chrome. Since Facebook now sees their site as a platform for the rest of the web, the move makes sense in that respect. The move also helps Facebook avoid the downfall of MySpace in which they became overrun by third party widgets which made the site cluttered and unusable to many visitors. read more

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August 15, 2010

Twitter Broken, Allows Posts Larger Than 140 Characters

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Twitter Character LimitIt was revealed yesterday that a bug in Twitter would allow enterprising individuals to send Tweets longer than 140 characters.

The bug was first exploited in the Twitter Development Talk Google Group when Chris White gave a step-by-step account of how to allow for the new Tweet length.

The process was simple, visit http://twitter.com/share?url= using Firefox and then put your Tweet in after the “?url=” section of the URL and click enter.

The users Tweet box will then show the http://t.co/ shorted URL, click on the tweet button and your full length message will now be sitting in your Twitter account.  read more

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August 13, 2010

The Twit Network Movie. “What Is The Fail Whale!”

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Twitter - 'The Twit Network' Parody TrailerThe Social Network will debut in theaters later this year and with it will come the portrayal of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a sex crazed insane businessman and programmer, but what about the guys at Twitter? For tweet loving fans there’s now the parody trailer for The Twit Network.

Okay, so it’s not really a movie, but rather one of the best attempts I’ve ever seen to parody the trailer of a real movie. From the crazy hyped up music (parodying the song Creep by Radiohead), to some of the funniest dialogue I’ve heard in a while, this is a great trailer, so much so that I would actually pay to see a full length comedy movie based off the trailer.

Just realize, this story in no way, shape or form tells the true story of site founders Jack Dorsey, Ev Williams and Biz Stone, but it’s a great tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the Facebook story.

Here’s the Twit Network parody trailer: read more

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August 12, 2010

Squarespace Dethrones WordPress On iPhone

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After initially exposing the world to their iPhone app, it looks like the boys and girls at Squarespace have released an update that will make WordPress fans jealous.

While the Squarespace iPhone app already allowed users to view their blog’s stats, the team decided to go one step further in order to make the iPhone app truely useful for those blogging on the go.

Comment Moderation. This has been a very long time coming, but hey, anything worth doing is worth doing well, right? Moderate existing commentsreply to comments, approve comments, mark comments as spam, and email comment authors directly from the app.

Push Notifications. Yes, this is technically part of comments, but it deserves its own bullet. New comments and/or comments awaiting moderation will now send a push notification to your device. New comments will also pop a pretty badge onto the app’s icon if you ignore the push notification. (Official Squarespace Blog)

Note: Emphasis theirs.

Other features mentioned include various improvements when editing a post, as well as the ability to (finally!) create a blog post in landscape mode. The video below displays Squarespace’s comment moderation in action, which is similar to WordPress’s iPhone app. read more

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TweetMeme Helps Twitter Roll Out Official Tweet Button

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After news surfaced about Twitter rolling out an official button, the micro blogging company has finally unveiled their shiny new button for the masses.

While an official Twitter button was inevitable, the fact that Twitter chose to partner with TweetMeme was (refreshingly) surprising.

Today we’re launching the Tweet Button to make sharing simple. It lets you share links directly from the page you’re on. When you click on the Tweet Button, a Tweet box will appear — pre-populated with a shortened link that points to the item that you’re sharing. [...]

You may have seen similar buttons on blogs, news sites and other places that let you share content on Twitter. These have been created by third parties. Most notably, a company called TweetMeme created a popular “retweet button” for publishers. They’ve already made it easier to share links on Twitter and have helped a tremendous number of publishers get their content into Twitter. We’re pleased to be working closely with the good folks at TweetMeme and, from here on out, they will be pointing to the Twitter Tweet Button. (Official Twitter Blog)

What distinguishes Twitter’s official button from many third party options is the fact that after someone tweets your post, you can suggest users accounts for your tweet loving reader to follow (as seen in the video below). read more

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