Google+ Link Sharing Makes Inviting Your Friends Easier [Free Invites Here]

Googe Plus Invites

Googe Plus Invites

Google+ is trying to make it much easier for their 25+ million users to invite their friends over to the social network and to accomplish that goal they have rolled out a new link sharing system.

The new social network update allows users to create a unique link which can be shared with up to 150 friends, as a user clicks on that link and signs up for Google+ they are automatically added to their friends Google+ account, ensuring a quick connection.

Users still have the option to invite friends by email, however the new link could allow users to also invite Twitter and other social network friends over to their Google+ accounts by simply offering a quick cut and paste solution. [Read more…]

Twitter Is Down, Company Acknowledges System Issues

Fail Whale on Twitter

Fail Whale on TwitterThe fail whale has been a mainstay on Twitter.com for the last hour (1:30pm Central).

On their status log Twitter acknowledged that they are having system issues:

“We are currently experiencing site stability issues. There may be intermittent issues loading twitter.com. We’re working to fix it as soon as possible.”

While Twitter is valued as a multi-billion dollar business they have a long history of running as if their service was being operated out of someone’s basement on a Commodore 64, recently they promised that a move to their own dedicated data center will solve their issues, hopefully that move arrives soon.

At this time the reason(s) for the system wide shutdown are not known.

Update: It looks like the site is back up and running for the time being.

 

 

Australians spending more time with social networks

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Social networking now accounts for the largest amount of total time spent online by Australians.

In a report released by comScore on The State of the Internet in Australia, Australians consumed about 22 percent of their time online in December 2010, up by 5.3 percentage points compared to the same month the previous year. This explains why Facebook is the top site by total minutes spent in Australia. Different sources place the total number of Australians using Facebook at 8 to 10 million active users.

Portals came in second at 19.7 percent and Instant Messengers accounted for 11.6 percent. Both shed points to social networking. Entertainment rose to 11.1 percent from 9.1 percent in 2009.

The report also revealed that group-buying continued to gain traction over the past year. Cudo of MSN leads the space with 418,000 unique visitors in December 2010. This landscape is expected to change with the entry of Groupon, known as Stardeals, in Australia.

Social site Shizzlr launches with funding from state of Connecticut

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Facebook is way ahead of the competition. Most of the social networks are now forgotten (though some people will disagree).

So, why would Nick Jaensch and Keith Besette set to develop Shizzlr.com, a site dedicated to college students and 20-somethings. Isn’t it that kind of exclusivity that Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, took during its early stage? Is Shzzlr.com just a copycat?

“Facebook is for every person you’ve met or have come across,” Jaensch said. “Shizzlr is for your actual 20 friends and the people you hang out with.” [Read more…]

Karma hits Zuckerberg via Lovely Faces

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Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook experienced karma first-hand as Lovely Faces, a dating website, featured 250,000 profiles of men and women whose photos were scraped without permission from the social network.

Lovely Faces founders Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico used an automated software that scraped the photos and profiles of Facebook users over a period of time. In a site that explains their purpose for Lovely Faces, the duo was very clear about their plan: steal 1 million Facebook profiles, filter them with face-recognition software, and post them on a custom-made dating website sorted by their facial expressions characteristics. Here’s a more detailed explanation on how they did it. They also have a video to go with it. [Read more…]

WatchMouse Enhances Social Media Transparency

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Social.DownorNot.comTransparency in reporting of major social network performance recently received a shot in the arm courtesy of WatchMouse. Using their Public Status Pages, WatchMouse now tracks 20 giant social networks’ uptime and other performance metrics at Social.DownorNot.com.

Specifically, users can view the performance speed and uptime of home pages, login pages, and APIs from Classmates, Del.icio.us, Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Friendster, Gowalla, Hi5, Hyves, LinkedIn, MySpace, Netlog, Orkut, Stumbleupon, Twitter, Xanga, Xing, Yelp, and YouTube. If upon automatic checking any site returns errors or takes longer than 8 seconds to respond, it’s marked as error and unavailable. The uptime percentage has its basis in the number of errors reported by such checks. [Read more…]

Netflix Pulls the Plug on Social Network

Netflix Community Features Disabled

Netflix Community Features DisabledIt’s been long time coming, since Netflix hammered the first nail in the coffin of the social networking features of their site this past spring. But Friday the end became reality as the doors closed definitively on Netflix community features.

The move comes just days after Apple launched its new product-based social networking service Ping in iTunes. Now Netflix admits the community aspects of their site were hardly used and their engineering resources would be better spent devoted to developing aspects of the site that are highly popular – such as video streaming. Whether Netflix’s poor experience blending products, services, and social interaction will bode unwell for Ping remains to be seen. [Read more…]

Six Apart launches TypePad Micro and official AVATAR online community

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typepad-avatarThe company behind TypePad today announced the launch of an official AVATAR online community, in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox, a month ahead of the release of James Cameron’s film on 18 December.

avatar.typepad.com offers fans a central place to read AVATAR-themed microblogs, other content from around the web, behind-the-scenes video, and integration with Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and other social sites.

Simulating Twitter and Facebook, but in an AVATAR themed environment, users can sign up and then follow other members, share notes, photos and videos. They can also create AVATAR blogs. [Read more…]

From Blog Comments to Social Engagement

There’s an interesting post at Read Write Web with a rather ‘misleading” title. It goes like – How Blogging Has Changed Over the Last 3 Years.  The article was referencing a study made by PostRank about off-site engagement on blogs and other content publishing media.

Actually, what the article was saying is that reader engagement on blog has drastically changed, not so much blogging per se. [Read more…]