Flickr on Saturday rolled out an update to its iOS app. The new update includes the ability to add hashtags to photo titles and descriptions.
For years Flickr has allowed users to add and search for “Tags” but the industry in general has moved towards the Twitter friendly hashtag setup.
Flickr isn’t the first social network to jump on the hashtag bandwagon, Facebook owned Instagram also offers the tags, as does Pinterest. Facebook is believed to be preparing a hashtags based search function of its own.
Just like other networks users who click on Flickr hashtags are brought to a search page populated with other hashtags of the same type.
Flickr has also announced the ability to enter its weekly photo challenge by tagging worthwhile pictures with the #FlickrFriday tag. read more
Facebook is preparing to introduce Hashtag support for wall posts, following a move already institute by Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and various other social networks.
The # symbol is a popular way for users to share common threads. For example users may talk about President Obama by using the hashtag #PresidentObama.
The move not only allows Facebook users to share a common thread, it allows Facebook to create a better social search platform that is now dependent on a common statement type.
With Graph Search already at the forefront of Facebook’s efforts to better its own search platform the hashtag support will come in handy. For example, users can create conversations which might be discovered for one search term and ultimately lead to deeper searches. read more
In late 2012 Netflix announced plans to bring Facebook sharing to its platform in early 2013. On Wednesday morning Cameron Johnson, director of product innovation at Netflix, announced the new sharing service.
On the Netflix blog Johnson writes:
“Starting today, Netflix members in the U.S. can share their favorite shows and movies on Netflix with friends by connecting to Facebook and agreeing to share.”
Using Netflix Social is simple, just connect your Facebook accounts and you’ll fine two new social rows of titles added to your Netflix homepage. The rows included Friends’ Favorites and Watched By Your Friends lists.
Default sharing happens only on Netflix with users needed to choose if they share viewed TV shows and movies on Facebook. read more
Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley believes the company can survive in the local search business by pulling in API data from third-party developers who use the company’s platform to generate location based data.
Speaking at a keynote presentation at South by Southwest Crowley explained:
“If people think it’s all about mayorships, that muddles the story. We’re starting to put a lot of that stuff in the background.”
Foursquare currently provides its API to more than 40,000 developers who utilize the company’s 50 million points of interest.
Among Foursquare’s users are the Twitter-owned Vine, Facebook’s Instagram and mobile network Path. read more
In February 2013 Google showed off its newest feature, the YouTube One Channel. The design was created to give YouTube pages a Google+ profile page feel. The new design brought with it a featured banner at the top of the page, and a trailer video for visitors that have not yet subscribed to a creators channel.
The YouTube One Channel platform was released in beta but is now available to all YouTube users.
Speaking about the new release product manager Jeb Havens writes on the YouTube blog:
“The main focus of this update is to make your new channel look great on browsers across all screens and devices. It will also help you convert more visitors into subscribers with a slot for a channel trailer, and you can customize how you organize your videos and playlists so it fits your programming strategy.” read more
YouTube is rumored to be preparing a new music streaming network that would rival industry leader Spotify.
According to Fortune the video sharing website wants to provide free songs mixed with advertisements or the option to hear song without ads for a monthly fee. Spotify currently offers ad free listening for $4.99 via Desktop and $9.99 via mobile devices.
To add value to the service Google is expected to add a digital locker at Google Play for Android. By adding the extra option the company can round out its music services for different types of users, thus creating an online experience that provides more benefits to customers. read more
Remember when Dropbox was breached over the summer and users received spam to their Dropbox email addresses? On Thursday another breach apparently sent even more spam to many of those same addresses.
The user emails are used specifically for the cloud storage service and the breach is rumored to have begun two day ago.
Several Dropbox users say the spam they are receiving appears to be coming from fake PayPal email addresses.
While it appears that the addresses could have been obtained by Dropbox itself, the company has not confirmed the type of breach experienced. Concerns are being raised over the potential breach of customer passwords and user files.
At this time Dropbox says it believes the email addresses were obtained over the summer and that a new breach has not been discovered at this time. read more
Viddy on Thursday announced a major update to its video sharing program. The move is meant to help the company fight back against Twitter’s Vine application.
The new update allows users to create stop-action recording, add filters to their videos and even develop YouTube annotations for Viddy recordings.
In a company statement Viddy’s team announces:
“We are very excited for all of our Viddy community members to see what we’ve been working on and to start having fun with the second generation of our mobile social video app.”
Viddy has been attempting to take on Twitter’s Vine by adding further YouTube integration and introducing an Explore tab so users can find popular videos that have been shared by others. Viddy also allows for Facebook and Twitter sharing with a simple share button configuration. read more
Instagram has passed a huge milestone, announcing that it now serves more than 100 million monthly active users.
Announced in a blog post by co-founder Kevin Systrom, the news of the tremendous milestone arrives just 28 months after Instagram launched to much fanfare.
In mid-January Instagram announced that it has reached 90 million monthly active users (MAUs). The 90 million mark was the first time Instagram had ever officially revealed MAU data.
News of the 100 million users milestone and the company’s growth of nearly 10 million users in one month arrives after the company’s announced TOS changes caused an uproar and promises of fleeing the photo-based network. read more