September 28, 2012

Klout Finally Adds Facebook Pages Support

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Klout Facebook Page

Facebook pages are now integrated into Klout scoring. In announcing the new feature Klout feature the company predicts that users with a Klout score between 70-80 has an average of 13,000 users talking about their Facebook page.

By connecting your brand or organization’s Facebook Fan page your Klout conversation increases and hence your score goes up.

The announcement comes just one month after the social media metrics website pushed out a new look and updated Klout scores.

Joe Fernandez, founder and CEO of Klout tellsMashable:

We went from about 100 variables that we were looking at to over 400.Were looking at a bunch of new stuff.

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September 27, 2012

10 Biggest Fan Drop Offs Based On Facebook ‘Fake Likes’ Purge

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Lady Gaga on FacebookThis past week Facebook began to remove fake accounts from its network and with that removal many Fan Pages inevitably lost “Likes.” As expected most of the biggest “losers” in the Facebook purge were popular Facebook pages created for the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Justin Bieber.

In fact asMashablepoints out Lady Gaga lost enough fans to fill Madison Square Gardens three times.

Facebook announced plans to purge fake accounts earlier in the week, citing the need for the network to keep its integrity in check.

Celebrities were at the highest risk of losing fans since out of the top 500 pages on Facebook seven of the top 10 belonged to celebrities.

The biggest loser however is social gaming network Zynga which lost massive fan numbers forTexas Holdem, CityVilleandMafia Wars.Those three games were the only non-celebrity pages to reach into the top 10 on Facebook. read more

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Facebook Bug Creates Wall Posts That Can’t Be Deleted

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Block SomeoneWant to post a message to a friends wall that they can never delete? If you follow the steps for a recently discovered Facebook bug that impossible to delete post is a possibility.

Here is how the bug works. Once you block a person on Facebook they can no longer see content that you have posted to the social network, that include posts you have made to their wall. Since they can’t see the post you put on their wall they can’t delete it. Sure you can’t post again to their wall but they also can’t delete your posts.

Facebook in all fairness does warn users of this possibility. When attempting to block a user the following message displays:

Blocking means you wont be able to see or contact each other on Facebook.” read more

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September 26, 2012

Social Media’s Biggest Blunders [Infographic]

Social Media BlundersWhen it comes to using social media all companies, politicians and celebrities are not created equally. In fact some companies and people would have been better off had they never made the social media blunders they attempted to master.

Remember Anthony Weiner? We can name at least one part of the former U.S. Representative you probably remember. How about Woody Harrelson’s awful Reddi AMA (Ask Me Anything) segment that he tried to gear towards his upcoming movie?

And its not only people! There was the Red Cross employee who accidentally tweeted#gettingslizzerd from the charitys official account when they thought they were logged into their personal account.

Also guilty of outright stupid tweets and Facebook posts areRagu, Nestle and Kenneth Cole among others. read more

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September 24, 2012

Social Media Will Distract You At Work [Infographic]

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Social Media DistractionsRed e App wants social media users to realize that their daily work time is being interrupted constantly because of Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms.

In its findings the company found that the average working is interrupted by social media websites once every 10.5 minutes. The study also found that it takes employees 23 minutes to return to their assigned task.

Putting those numbers into perspectiveRed e Appestimates that social media use is now costing American companies $650 billion per year.

Based on findings the company asks”

Is it possible to be too connected in this digital age?

And responds simply with:

Research data indicates, yes. read more

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September 21, 2012

Facebook Photo-Tagging Suggestions Feature Terminated In Europe

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FacebookFacebook users in Europe should be noticing by now that they can no longer use the photo-tagging suggestions feature on their account. The site removed the feature after complaints were raised from privacy regulators across the EU.

News of the photo-tagging suggestion feature shutdown was made byIrelands Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) Billy Hawkes who issued a report this morning regarding Facebooks compliance with organizational recommendations that were suggested in December 2011.

Speaking toMashablea Facebook rep revealed:

As our regulator in Europe, the Irish Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is constantly working with us to ensure that we keep improving on the high standards of control that we have built into our existing tools.

This audit is part of an ongoing process of oversight, and we are pleased that, as the Data Protection Commissioner said, the latest announcement is confirmation that we are not only compliant with European data protection law but we have gone beyond some of their initial recommendations and are fully committed to best practice in data protection compliance.

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September 20, 2012

Groupon Plans Credit Card Processing Service For Merchants

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Groupon and Merchants

Social shopping website Groupon has announced plans to offer a merchants app. The product which mimics itself after payment processor Square allows customers to install a plug-in device on their iPhone in order to create a point of sale terminal.

The shopping application also serves as a Groupon scanner, allowing customers to redeem their Groupon purchased deals.

To secure customers Groupon is promising a quick turn around in which all purchases are processing overnight, providing customers with near immediate access to their funds.

Each transaction will range in price from1.8 percent to 3.25 percent of each transaction alongside a15-cent fee. Much like traditional credit card processors the cost of each transaction will very with swiped transactions costing less than keyed transactions. Business and rewards cards will also come with extra fees. read more

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September 19, 2012

Facebook Integration Added To Mac OS X Mountain Lion Update

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OS X Lion Facebook IntegrationFacebook and Apple have teamed up to further integrate the world’s largest social network with the recent Mac OS X Mountain Lion update.

Mountain LionVersion 10.8.2 incorporates Facebook sharing with various system components and Apple created apps.

OS X users simply sign into their Facebook accounts through System Preferences at which time they gain access to new abilities. The integration closely mirrors the setup already offered by Twitter integration.

Some of the apps that now include integrated Facebook sharing includeSafari, Preview and Contacts.

Apple has also integrated sharing capabilities with the Notification Center so apps do not need to be directly accessed to offer sharing capabilities. read more

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September 18, 2012

FreelanceWritingGigs.com Launches Guest Content Forum, Helps Writers Gain A New Audience

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FWJ Forum PostBlogHerald is part of a larger conglomerate known asSplashpress Media, a network that services niche websites from parenting and writing to social media and internet news. One of the sites in the SPM family is the popular freelance writer website FreelanceWritingGigs.com. We are now proud to announced that freelance writers to that site have the opportunity to gain some exposure for themselves across the Splashpress Media network!

The guest posting program is simple to take part in, just visit the FWJ contentFORUMand then click over to theLooking for a guest authorsection. In that section you will see various sites we are currently offering for guest post opportunities. You will notice that each section has its own requirements which match the content of the website.

Among some of the popular sites users can choose to write for includeApple Gazette, BloggingPro, 901AM and others.

Guest bloggers simply submit their content and the SPM editorial team picks the best content for the sites offering guest blogging opportunities. read more

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How the Restaurant Industry Can Take Advantage of Blogging (And Why Its Not Yet Happening)

It is no secret that creating a website for your restaurant is crucial. More and more consumers are turning to the Internet to find information on a place to eat, and so most restaurant websites include pictures of the restaurant and the food, hours and location, contact information including links to social networking accounts, and of course the menu. However, there is one aspect of a company website that the restaurant industry seems to be missing: a blog.

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