The news of the games shutdowns was announced by Zynga CEO Mark Pincus and they follow in line with the company’s attempts to downsize staff numbers while focusing on the company’s more popular and profitable titles.
Despite the popularity of video, photo and text destruction apps such as Facebook Poke and Snapchat, it actually turns out that recapturing those messages is a very simple process, even after those apps delete a users messages.
While both of the apps alert a user when screengrabs are taken, it turns out that simply connecting a smartphone to a PC or Mac can offload those messages without alerting the sender. In the case of iPhone users a third-party file manager such as iExplorer is required. [Read more…]
Mark Zuckerberg and his team at Facebook need to work much harder if they plan to kill off temporary message delivery service Snapchat. While Facebook’s Poke app debuted at No. 1 in the Apple App store it has now fallen out of the Top 25 downloadable free apps.
Launched last week the Facebook Poke app allows users to send messages which are quickly deleted after viewing.
Josh Constine at TechCrunch does bring up a good point, many customers may have received new iPhone devices for Christmas and therefore downloaded device essential apps before downloading fun apps. Essential app downloads could have very well pushed Facebook Poke out of the top 25 iOS downloads list. [Read more…]
The holiday season is upon us and in celebration of that special time of year the team at Synthesio, a global social media monitoring company, has put together a fun infographic with the top holiday trends in social media.
The firm researchers social media chatter and found that the United States was in first place with 63% saturation, followed by the UK with 30 percent of holiday chatter and France with 4 percent. Far behind was China with 1 percent.
Reporting firm eMarketrt predicts that Google will generate $339 million in mobile ad revenue in 2012, a large increase fro the company previous estimates that ranged from $45 million to $100 million.
The firm notes that Facebook is expected to grab an 18.4% of the mobile ad market compared to Google’s current 17% share. Google is also expected to be down from 23% of the mobile ad market in 2011. [Read more…]
Shouting the praises of his company Hulu CEO Jason Kilar notes:
“We are closing on a big 2012. On behalf of the Hulu team, I would like to share some of our results. We’re so thankful to our customers and for the trust they place in us each day, which is enabling us to deliver the below results.” [Read more…]
Nielsen Ratings has been called antiquated and out-of-touch with today’s media landscape, Twitter on the other hand offers semantic results that web browsers create through millions of interactions. Together the two company’s hope to create a TV measurement system that brings ratings to the twenty first century.
The new ratings metric will debut in Fall 2013 and while the Nielsen’s rating system will remain in place it will be complemented by new Twitter data that is presented on top of the SocialGuide platform created by NM Incite.
YouTube users now have the option to share videos they upload on Google+ by selecting that option directly from the upload interface. Once uploaded the videos are automatically showcased in a “videos” tab on the users Google+ profile.
In order to use the new service users must like their Google+ and YouTube accounts under their real name. The new process is very similar to what is already used for Picassa photos sharing.
For Google+ users who do not want to use the service the tab can be hidden.
After opting in to the service the users videos then read “YouTube” and when clicked users will be sent to YouTube rather than watching the embed on Google+, a sly way for YouTube and Google to share multiple pageviews per video engagement. [Read more…]
Flickr on Wednesday announced a set of its own photo filters, the platform was created by the Aviary, the same company that provided an SDK package for Twitter’s recently announced photo filters.
On its blog Aviary writers:
“Now, all Flickr users, on web and mobile, can make their photos look amazing with Aviary’s tools, filters and effects.”
Aviary’s software development kit (SDK) works across various mobile operating system. The system is funded by Spark Capital, Jeff Bezos, Reid Hoffman and Walgreens. [Read more…]