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April 25, 2011

Facebook Adds New Features To “Groups”

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Facebook LogoFacebook on Monday rolled out several updates to their Group feature that makes it easier to share content with small networks.

As part of the updates Administrators for groups now have the option to implement a “new member approval” system, allowing Admins to ensure that groups do not grow larger than they would like to administer.

Also added is the ability to share entire albums with group members, rather than going through photos one by one as was the case with the older Groups setup.

Groups can also now implement the Facebook Questions system which was left off the last update to the Groups system.

Finally a Group Search function has been added to the mix which allows users to perform searches within each group they are participating in, allowing for a much more streamlined option. Users should be aware that this final feature is rolling out to different members throughout the week and may not be available in your account immediately. read more

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April 12, 2011

Evernote Adds Social Sharing Tools For Windows Users

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Everynote Twitter SharingWindows users who take advantage of the Evernote app will be happy to learn that the program has once again been upgraded.

This time the company is focusing their efforts on social media options for the note taking program after following up their recently heralded web app redesign.

Among social sharing options are the ability for Windows users to share notes (a first for the company). Users can choose to share individual notes through Facebook, Twitter and email at this time, while entire notebooks can also be shared for more open access to documents among workgroups. read more

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February 1, 2011

Justin.tv Preparing To Launch Social Video Sharing App

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Justin TV LogoJustin.tv in March will launch a new mobile app called SocialCam which will allow users to more easily upload their videos to their favorite social networks.

The announcement comes just 5 months after Justin.tv launched their first Google Android and iPhone apps, both which will receive the new SocialCam option.

Justin.tv developers quickly learned that nearly 90% of live broadcast videos from their first app were actually watched after they were posted online, leading them to look more closely at social sharing .

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January 18, 2011

StumbleUpon Has Best Day Ever

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StumbleUpon LogoSocial link sharing website StumbleUpon has something to be proud of this week, the company has announced that this past Monday they set a new personal best for shares/second with stumblers visiting 320 links every one second, equivalent to 27.5 million stumbles in just a single day.

StumbleUpon shared their new record via Twitter and also announced that they sent more than 700 million visitors to other sites during the month of December.

StumbleUpon, much like Reddit, has received an increasing number of visitors after Digg.com revamped their website, leading to anger among many visitors of that social discovery website.

StumbleUpon has also benefited from an increase in active visitors which surpassed the 13 million member mark this past month. read more

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January 4, 2011

Reddit Aids In Slow Death Of Digg In 2010, Increases By 230%

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Reddit Logo Vs DiggWhile we watched Digg stumble from their perch in 2010 upon the release of their new interface, another popular social link sharing website Reddit, saw traffic numbers increase by more than 230% from January through December.

Reddit announced January 2010 pageviews of 250 million, while December pageviews brought in 829 million views. If you’re doing the math, that’s a 231.6% increase in just 12 months.

Adding insult to Digg injury, Reddit execs also announced that the average “time spent on site” stats have vastly improved, from 12 minutes and 41 seconds in January to 15 minutes and 21 seconds in December.

To put Reddit’s meteoric rise into perspective, Digg in July received 200 million pageviews with many indicators pointing to a shrinking user base that appears to be working in Reddit’s favor.

It also appears that Reddit growth has no plans of slowing, the company recently increased the number of servers they are running from 50 to 119, while memory capacity was bumped from 16TB to 48TB and delivery capacity was pushed form 10.1 trillion bytes to 44.4 trillion. read more

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