October 16, 2012

Facebook Announces New Mobile Security Initiative

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Facebook SecurityFacebook is increasing its focus on mobile security, promising to work towards a more secure platform that protects users from malicious URLs, scams and other threats.

Starting today users can download virus scan software from the likes ofvast!, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defens and Webroot. Those programs add to the company’s computer downloads which includes software fromMicrosoft, McAfee, Norton, TrendMicro and Sophos.

In anofficial blog postFacebook writes:

As with our existing partners, these seven companies will help protect Facebooks community of over a billion users by improving our URL blacklist system.This system scans trillions of clicks per day, and before each click, the system consults the databases of all our AV Marketplace partners to make sure the website you are about to visit is safe.

Facebook launched its security initiative six months ago with the hopes of lessening the reach of virus and malware programs being discovered on its network. Among the company’s initiatives is the AV Marketplace, a system that allows users to download a six-month license for the virus scan program of their choice and at no cost. read more

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Twitter Study Reveals The Secret To More Followers

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Twitter stats by followersIf you want more Twitter followers you need to send out more tweets. That’s the basic premise behind a new study which examined billions of tweets in order to unlock the secret to obtaining Twitter followers.

Performed byBeevolve the social analytics research including analyzing 36 million user accounts with 28 billion tweets. On average the company was able to examine 794 tweets per person over a three year period.

The study found that people who send between 1 and 1000 tweets have on average 51-100 followers. People who tweets at least 10,000 messages have obtained 1,001 to 5,000 followers and people who send 15,000 tweets or more tend to have between 100,001 and 1 million followers.

There are of course exceptions, such as celebrities who can receive hundreds of thousands, even millions of followers just by sending their first tweet. read more

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October 15, 2012

YouTube Records Broken As Felix Baumgartner Breaks Skydiving Record

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Felix SkydiveFelix Baumgartners supersonic freefall was not only a record breaking skydive attempt that broke the speed of sound with the human body, it was also a record breaking YouTube sensation.

Broadcast live on YouTube the social video sharing website revealed that the jump is now the live stream with the most concurrent views ever on YouTube.”

At the time of the jump 8 million concurrent live streams were broadcasting at one time. Those concurrent views were broadcast over the Red Bull YouTube channel.

At one point it was Baumgartner who held the record with 7 million concurrent views, but his Sunday attempt just sent that number shooting higher. read more

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Top Blogger Smartphone Apps

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Because of the seemingly countless mobile s made for just about anything you can think of, writing blog posts, using social media, and checking website traffic stats for your business outside of desktops and laptops have become possible. Indeed, blogging has now entered the domain of mobile phones.

If youve never experienced the freedom of blogging anywhere, then its time you do. To get you started, here are the top blogging s that you should get for your smartphone. read more

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October 12, 2012

Foursquare Monetization Coming In The Form Of Targeted Ads

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Dennis Crowley Talks Foursquare Ads

Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley is bringing monetization to his company’s location based service with the help of monetized ad spots that are targeted to certain user groups, such as repeat customers.

Crowley was speaking at thePando Daily event in New York on Thursday night where he announced the discounts program. Users will find discount ads under the Explore tab. According to Crowley the Foursquare ads will betargeted just at local, and exclusively on mobile.

At this time the trial period will include around 25 customers includingBest Buy and Old Navy. If users respond favorably to the sponsored ads more will roll out in the future.

Foursquare waited to release the program because the company will still figuring out how to more effectively understand their collected user data. According to Crowley:

We just now have the tools to build the recommendation engine, to build the dashboard.” read more

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October 10, 2012

4 Key Points on Cloud Computing

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cloud-computingCloud Computing is a buzzword that has been floating around the web over the past few years and certainly even the least tech-wise of us all have encountered the technology at some level. Whether it’s through the use of common web services or devices at your place of work. The technology is impossible to avoid and is now a critical component in our daily personal and business lives.

Cloud computing is leveraging the now much lower costs of internet bandwidth, hardware and network infrastructure to deliver network services to economies of scale. Essentially, pooling resources to deliver cost-effective internet-based services to businesses and for personal use. So technical implementations and services which cost hundreds and thousands of dollars a decade ago are now available for a few dollars per month.

So, are you leveraging the power of this ever-evolving technology? If not, here are 4 reasons why you should seriously consider. read more

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YouTube Asking Customers To “Blow Whistle” When Publishers Fail To Show Closed Captions

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YouTube Law submission form
All television stations under an FCC mandated released this Summer but provide their TV content with closed captioning enabled. Now with the law in effect YouTube is going after its publishers to do the same. To reach its goal YouTube is asking for “whistleblowers” to report content they believe should feature closed captions.
The videos that should include closed caption can be reported via aspecial web form. The form is forwarded to the content provider which in turn must answer the complaint. Once an answer is given YouTube forwards the content providers response back to the user.

Abusing the form comes with the following warning:

Abuse of this webform may result in termination of your YouTube account. read more

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October 9, 2012

Twitter Eyes Its Own Video Hosting Service

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Twitter Online VideoIf Twitter rumors are correct the social media micro-blogging service could soon replace third-party developers TwitVid, yFrog and VodPod while offering its own self-hosted video service. The company is rumored to currently be working on a service that would complement the photo sharing option the company rolled out earlier this year.

First reported byMike Isaac of AllThingsDhe claims:

Twitter is considering building its own video-hosting technology.”

Isaac further ads that the move is meant to remove third-party video hosts because of compatibility issues:

While these video services take some of the heavy lifting off Twitter, they also create difficulties. For one, Twitter has no control over the changes others make to their products. Yet often, Twitter must deal with the fallout when these changes occur. read more

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October 8, 2012

Facebook Rolling Out ‘Want’ Feature For Photos, Hopes To Capture Internet Purchases

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Facebook Want ButtonIf you have “liked” an item on the internet up until this point you could share it with your friends just like you would posts, likes, photos and comments, but the “transaction” so to speak ended there. That all changed on Monday when the company began rolling out ‘collect’ and ‘want’ options for photos.

Fans of a product can now list products they want and even buy products that are within a collection they find on a friends account.

Facebook is not attempting to become an online retailer, instead it will send customers directly to the online stores e-commerce page. read more

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How To Write Comments

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Commenting is often an important part of being visible on the internet. Doesn’t matter if you’re trying to build a popular blog or a profitable online business, you still need to find a way to get people back to your site or blog.

There are many techniques to do that, some work better for bloggers, and some for online business owners. Even though the goals are different, commenting can boost your popularity and expertise in general if you do it often enough.

However, only because you’re doing something often doesn’t make you good at it. And when it comes to commenting, there’s one important thing everyone should focus on … that is not looking like a spammer.

This may sound obvious to you. I mean, you’re probably not a spammer and you only submit comments when you actually have something to say, so you might think that this post doesn’t concern you. However, are you 100% sure? read more

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