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Google+ Chief Grounded From Twitter By Larry Page

December 16th, 2012 12:31 admin View Comments

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theodp writes Vic Gundotra, formerly Sr. VP of Social (and now, of Engineering) at Google, and head of the company’s social networking service Google+, hasn’t posted anything on his Twitter account since July 2011. Why? Responding to a question about his own social networking behavior at SMX 2012, Gundotra explained that he was asked by Google CEO Larry Page not to tweet anymore. ‘I was asked not to tweet again.’ Gundotra said (video). ‘I was asked not to do that by my boss [Page]. I tweeted a tweet about two companies [Microsoft, Nokia] that went viral, went very very viral and made a lot of headline news.’ So, what does it say when the Google CEO who reportedly tied all Googlers’ bonuses to social networking apparently finds it too dangerous to permit the head of Google+ to participate in social networking?”

Source: Google+ Chief Grounded From Twitter By Larry Page

World’s Creepiest iPhone App Pulled After Outcry

April 2nd, 2012 04:51 admin View Comments

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Hugh Pickens writes “Ben Grubb reports that an iPhone app that essentially allowed users to stalk women nearby using a location-based social networking service has been pulled from the iTunes app store by its developer after an outcry of criticism including a comment by Gizmodo labelling the ‘Girls Around Me’ app as the ‘world’s creepiest’ app and a comment in The New York Times Bits blog, which said it ‘definitely’ won the prize for being ‘too creepy’. The ‘Girls Around Me’ app utilized publicly available data to show a map with women who had checked-in to locations nearby using Foursquare and let users view Facebook information of those ladies if they had tied their Facebook account to their Foursquare account and if their Facebook account privacy settings were lax enough to allow any user to access it. The promotional website used for marketing the app states that the service ‘helps you see where nearby girls are checking in, and shows you what they look like and how to get in touch, adding ‘In the mood for love, or just after a one-night stand? Girls Around Me puts you in control! Reveal the hottest nightspots, who’s in them, and how to reach them.’ Foursquare yanked the Girls Around Me app’s access to its data, which in turn led to the app’s developer removing it from iTunes as it didn’t work properly. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, the company behind the app defended its creation: ‘Since the app’s launch till last Friday nobody ever raised a privacy concern because, again, it is clearly stated that Girls Around Me cannot show the user more data than [what Foursqure or Facebook] already does.‘”

Source: World’s Creepiest iPhone App Pulled After Outcry

World’s Creepiest iPhone App Pulled After Outcry

April 2nd, 2012 04:51 admin View Comments

Iphone

Hugh Pickens writes “Ben Grubb reports that an iPhone app that essentially allowed users to stalk women nearby using a location-based social networking service has been pulled from the iTunes app store by its developer after an outcry of criticism including a comment by Gizmodo labelling the ‘Girls Around Me’ app as the ‘world’s creepiest’ app and a comment in The New York Times Bits blog, which said it ‘definitely’ won the prize for being ‘too creepy’. The ‘Girls Around Me’ app utilized publicly available data to show a map with women who had checked-in to locations nearby using Foursquare and let users view Facebook information of those ladies if they had tied their Facebook account to their Foursquare account and if their Facebook account privacy settings were lax enough to allow any user to access it. The promotional website used for marketing the app states that the service ‘helps you see where nearby girls are checking in, and shows you what they look like and how to get in touch, adding ‘In the mood for love, or just after a one-night stand? Girls Around Me puts you in control! Reveal the hottest nightspots, who’s in them, and how to reach them.’ Foursquare yanked the Girls Around Me app’s access to its data, which in turn led to the app’s developer removing it from iTunes as it didn’t work properly. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, the company behind the app defended its creation: ‘Since the app’s launch till last Friday nobody ever raised a privacy concern because, again, it is clearly stated that Girls Around Me cannot show the user more data than [what Foursqure or Facebook] already does.‘”

Source: World’s Creepiest iPhone App Pulled After Outcry

MySpace’s Music Focus Pays Off

February 13th, 2012 02:45 admin View Comments

The social Web space is abuzz with new developments and entrants these days. Facebook’s IPO. The explosion of Pinterest. The rapid evolution of Google+ into a place where the president of the United State hangs out. One name you never hear is one that all the rage just a few years ago.

MySpace has been losing traffic since 2008, when Facebook first surpassed it on Alexa. Last year, the company was sold for $35 million by News Corporation, who bought it for $580 million six years earlier. Its new owners, Specific Media, have tried to reposition the site as an online entertainment hub rather than a full-fledged social network. If early numbers are any indication, the refocus appears to be working.

For the first time in quite awhile, MySpace has some good news to report. Since December, it has added 1 million new registered users. That may not sound like much, but it begins to reverse the downward spiral the site has been in for the last few years.

If this particular trend line continues to move upward, it would suggest that the site’s music-centric gamble was a wise one. It would certainly make sense, given the site’s history. When MySpace first came onto the scene in 2003, it was used by independent musicians to share music and connect with fans, who quickly flocked to the site. By 2008, the site attracted nearly 80 million unique visitors per month and was considered the preeminent social networking service.

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Specific Media’s new strategy aims to capitalize on MySpace’s roots while building new features and functionality to help better reposition the site as a music hub. Even as the site’s popularity has declined among the general population, it continued to be big among bands and other musicians.

Over the years, the site has amassed a library of music containing over 42 million tracks, which positions it quite competitively with the likes of Rdio and Spotify, even if MySpace’s content leans heavily toward unsigned and independent artists.

Is this enough to turn things around for MySpace? The site won’t return to being the social behemoth it was before the rise of Facebook, Twitter and Google+. By more aggressively carving out this niche, its new owners could at least allow the site to grow and build a viable, more focused business.

Source: MySpace’s Music Focus Pays Off

EPIC Sues FTC Over Google’s Planned Privacy Changes

February 8th, 2012 02:54 admin View Comments

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angry tapir writes “The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, asking a court to force the agency to take action against Google over planned changes in the company’s collection of personal data. EPIC, in briefs filed Wednesday, asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to require the FTC to enforce a 2011 privacy agreement between the agency and Google over the company’s fumbled rollout of its Buzz social networking service.”

Source: EPIC Sues FTC Over Google’s Planned Privacy Changes

FTC Expands Its Google Antitrust Investigations

January 14th, 2012 01:54 admin View Comments

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New submitter smithz writes “Bloomberg is reporting that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is expanding its antitrust probe of Google Inc. to include scrutiny of its new Google+ social networking service. Google this week introduced changes to its search engine so that results feature photos, news and comments from Google+. The changes sparked a backlash from bloggers, privacy groups and competitors who said the inclusion of Google+ results unfairly promotes the company’s products over other information on the Web. Before expanding the probe, FTC was already investigating Google for giving preference to its own services in search results and whether that practice violates antitrust laws. The agency is also examining whether the company is using its control of the Android mobile operating system to discourage smartphone makers from using rivals’ applications. Google is facing similar investigations in Europe and South Korea.”

Source: FTC Expands Its Google Antitrust Investigations

The Facebook Phone Is Here…But Wait, It Already Was

November 21st, 2011 11:20 admin View Comments

Facebook Logo_150x150.jpgToday, AllThingsD announced that the Facebook HTC phone is really coming. It’s called Buffy, and is expected to arrive in the next 12-18 months. It is “planned to run on a modified version of Android that Facebook has tweaked heavily to deeply integrate its services, as well as to support HTML5 as a platform for applications, according to sources familiar with the project.”

While the Buffy news seems striking, it is actually just confirmation of Facebook’s serious leap into the mobile space, which has already been in the works for more than a year.

Rumors about this very Facebook-branded HTC phone circulated back in January, and Facebook shot them down. At Mobile World Congress last February, HTC launched “Facebook Phones” a.k.a. the HTC Salsa and the HTC ChaCha, which offered deep integration with the social networking service. Facebook access was baked into HTC’s Sense user interface.

In July, Facebook unveiled a mobile application called Facebook for Every Phone, which is designed to work with 2500 feature phones across cellular carriers worldwide.

Just last week, Facebook partnered with French cellular operator Orange. As our own Dan Rowinksi reports, Facebook is aiming “to bring cheap cellphones with dedicated Facebook functionality to emerging markets in Africa and Europe. Three devices will have a special F button for unlimited Facebook access to 15 countries beginning in the fourth quarter of 2011.”

The Facebook phone was imminent, considering the fact that Apple baked Twitter into iOS 5, at which point it became even more clear that there was never going to be Facebook integration into iOS 5. Will Facebook finally make its mobile move?

Tell us what you think of Facebook’s mobile foray in the comments.

Source: The Facebook Phone Is Here…But Wait, It Already Was

LinkedIn Hurries To Address Privacy Stumble

August 12th, 2011 08:33 admin View Comments

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swandives writes “LinkedIn will make changes to a ‘social advertising’ feature that has been criticized for using members’ names and photographs in advertisements on its website. Amid mounting criticism, the social networking service says it has been ‘listening’ to its users and ‘could have communicated’ its intentions with the new ad feature more clearly. As a result, it said, it will change how the advertisements appear. If a LinkedIn user ‘follows’ a company or service on LinkedIn, the ad feature can display the user’s name and photo in advertisements for that company. LinkedIn said its goal was to deliver more useful ads, but some LinkedIn users complained it was a privacy violation, particularly because they have to opt out of the feature rather than opt in. It will be interesting to see whether the changes affect stocks, especially since the network’s IPO in May, when shares closed at more than double the initial price, prompting concerns over another dot-com bubble.”

Source: LinkedIn Hurries To Address Privacy Stumble

Trade of Google+1 “Likes” as a Business

July 26th, 2011 07:34 admin View Comments

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siliconbits writes “Selling Google+1 “likes” is gradually becoming a rather lucrative business, helped by cheap labour and ever-falling internet access worldwide; the trend is not unlike what we saw previously with Twitter & Digg during the days except that this has a more widespread implication for SEO and could turn the nascent social networking service into a massive headache for Google as many try to game the system. Google+1 selling sites like Googleplus1supply, buygoogleplus1 or Blackcatseo have cropped up during the last few months — amongst so many other websites — with the sole aim of selling Google+1 “likes” to publishers and businesses.”

Source: Trade of Google+1 “Likes” as a Business

How To Move Your Facebook Photos To Picasa (Soon, Google Photos) In A Flash

July 6th, 2011 07:03 admin View Comments

I’m sure there’s more than one way to easily transfer your Facebook photos and albums to Google’s Picasa service (which will apparently be renamed Google Photos soon, according to social media industry blog Mashable). If you know of a good method for moving from one to the other, do share it in a comment below, but I would like to highlight one that launched very recently.

The aptly named Move2Picasa.com website lets you connect to your Facebook account, after which all your Facebook photos and albums will be migrated over to Google’s Picasa service. Note: sans captions, comments and whatnot.

It admittedly took a couple of hours for me to get my Facebook photos transferred, but for people who don’t mind the wait and would like to move only their photos to Picasa / Google Photos, this is a more than adequate solution.

Evidently, the more photos you (and others) migrate, the longer the wait. Another caveat: it’s all or nothing – you can’t migrate specific photos or albums at this point.

Needless to say, once your photos are in Picasa, sharing them with Circles (or the world) on Google’s brand new social networking service, Google+, can be done in a snap.

The web app was built by AmiWorks’ Aman Kumar Jain and Amogh. According to the website, roughly 300,000 photos have already been transferred to date.

Source: How To Move Your Facebook Photos To Picasa (Soon, Google Photos) In A Flash

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