January 25, 2013

Facebook Cuts Off API Support For Vine App

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Twitter Vine AppFacebook has reportedly cut off API use for Twitter’s newest social app Vine. The move comes less than 24 hours after Vine was released for wide scale use.

Twitter acquired Vine in October and launched the video-sharing service on its platform as a way to expand its multimedia offerings.

As part of the Vine application users are prompted to find their Facebook Friends, an option that now reveals a Facebook error.

While many networks including Foursquare rely on Facebook’s API for data collection, the Facebook API terms of services states that developers “may not use Facebook Platform to export user data into a competing social network without our permission.”

The wording of the social networks API allows Facebook to cut off any company it believes to be a direct competitor.

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January 24, 2013

Reddit Reveals ‘Top 500′ AMAs

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Reddit AMA Top 500 ListOne of the most popular features on social sharing website Reddit is its use of AMA (Ask Me Anything) showcases. During those events actors, comedians, politicians and other well known and lesser known people receive questions from Reddit users and then answer those questions.

AMAs have been used by everyone from President Obama to Arnold Schwarzenegger and now Reddit has chose to share its “Top 500″ AMAs of all time.

Reddit breaks each list down into different categories with Actors/Entertainers and the “other” categories dominating the list with 80 and 130 mentions respectively.  read more

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Google+ Launching New Feature To Flag Coworkers

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Google Plus for Enterprise usersGoogle+ has announced plans to launch a new enterprise feature which allows users to discover when they have connected to someone who works at the same company.

According to a Google+ blog post, if a coworker hovers over a person’s name they will see the company’s URL beneath the Google+ users name section.

Google+ has been long attempting to split up users via Circles, ensuring that coworker are kept separate from other family and friends on the growing social platform.

This newest move is being seen by some analysts as Google’s latest move to allow for better platform collaboration among Google+ enterprise users.  read more

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Facebook Mobile Was Most Downloaded App Of 2012

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Facebook MobileFacebook surpassed Google Maps in 2012 to become the most downloaded app of the year among iOS and Google Android users in the United States.

According to comScore supplied data the Facebook app also managed to win in terms of time users spent using its mobile apps. According to the report 23 percent of a mobile users time was spent on Facebook.

Facebook has long been a favorite app in terms of engagement and 2012 was no different.

While Mark Zuckerberg and team led the mobile download sector, Google still scored five out of the six most downloaded apps thanks to Google Maps, Google Play, app hub for Android, Google Search, Gmail and YouTube.  read more

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January 21, 2013

Bette Midler Tweets Presidential Inauguration While Hungover

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Bette Midler on TwitterWay to class up the $175 million Presidential Inauguration Bette Midler! The star of film and song took to Twitter on Monday where she said down with her family and tweeted about the Presidential event.

According to Midler she was with her family and they were all hungover.

So what exactly did Midler have to say about the inauguration. Here are some of her more memorable and confusing tweets:

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Tumblr Announces Panoramic Picture Support With Simple Theme Integration

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Tumblr Panoramic Photo views

Tumblr has announced panaromic photo support for all blogs located on its network. The new feature allows Tumblr users to share larger, more vibrant photos with very little additional work.

Now live on Tumblr.com the new panoramic photos appear in a specialized lightbox.

The panoramic shots fill the entire width of each blog post, as opposed to regular photos which typically occupy only the left-hand side. Users on desktop web browsers can also scroll through a pictures panoramic view from side to side once it is enlarged.

Smartphone users should turn their phone sideways to take full advantage of the new Tumblr support for panoramic photos. read more

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January 17, 2013

Foursquare Shows Off What 500 Million Check-Ins Looks Like On World Map

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FoursquareLocation based services app Foursquare has published a map of the world which showcases exactly what 500 million check-ins look like. The map focuses on check-ins implemented over the last three months.

The move to showcase its importance comes less than a month after financial research firm PrivCo claimed that Foursquare was having a hard time raising venture funding. PrivCo believes Foursquare will be purchased in 2013 for less than its total funding.

Foursquare is estimated to be collecting upwards of 5 million check-ins per day with many of its users located in tech savvy cities including New York City and San Francisco.

The location based service says its more than just about maps, Foursquare aims to provide amazing personalized recommendations” that businesses can use and users love. read more

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January 16, 2013

StumbleUpon Attempting To Streamline, Layoffs For 30% Of Staff

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StumbleUponSocial network discovery platform StumbleUpon has fired 35 of its employees, reducing 30 percent of its staff as the social platform attempts to streamline its business.

StumbleUpon spokesman Mike Mayzel says the firing were necessary so the company could become more streamlined [and] focused.”

In 2012 StumbleUpon continued to lose traffic referrals to Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit and other up and coming social stars. StumbleUpon traffic was down by more than half in 2012.

In an attempt to attract a new audience StumbleUpon underwent a major redesign in late 2012, utilizing many of the design features found on other Web 2.0 competitors. read more

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January 15, 2013

President Obama’s Inauguration Will Feature Its Own Mobile App

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Presidential Inauguration App

When President Obama is inaugurated for the second time on January 21, 2013 his inauguration will be met with the release of both iOS and Android apps.

The new apps were launched on Tuesday by thePresidential Inaugural Committee and feature several useful functions including a schedule of events and SMS texts for up to the minute proceedings alerts.

The new presidential inauguration will also be updated with photos and videos from Obama’s social media accounts. read more

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January 14, 2013

Twitter Might Help You Lose Weight, Study Finds

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Twitter Weight LossWant to trim a few pounds off your waistline? According to a new study Twitter is actually helping many users lose weight.

Published by researchers at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health the report claims that Twitter’s support system has given people the motivation they need to drop their extra pounds. The study examined an op-in weight loss program which encouraged Twitter users to receive and share information about weight loss and their own goals.

According to the study every 10 posts to Twitter by the test group results in another 0.5% weight loss per participant. While many weight loss intervention programs already exist, such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, they are often more expensive and time consuming for participants.

If this study holds true the next big weight loss fade could literally involve sitting down in front of your computer for a little bit of time each day. read more

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