Why Is Google Pushing Google+

There will be no escaping Google+

By on February 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

There will be no escaping Google+

Google’s attempts to more aggressively push its Google+ social network have been controversial but we shouldn’t expect them to stop anytime soon. The New York Times has a nice explanation of why Google+ is so vital to Google’s future advertising revenues and why it’s willing to risk annoying its user base to help get Google+ more regular visitors. More →

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How Much Does Facebook Know About Me

Undeniable proof that Facebook knows way too much about your life

By on February 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

Undeniable proof that Facebook knows way too much about your life

There are times when we think that Google and Facebook really want to be Santa Claus, i.e., they see you when you’re sleeping, they know when you’re awake, they know when you’ve been bad or good, etc. Facebook data scientist Carlos Diuk late last week revealed that Facebook has come up with a way to predict when you’re about to get into a relationship with someone based just on the number of interactions with them leading up to the time when you change your status from “single” to “in a relationship.” More →

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Baby Names Facebook

Another sign of the apocalypse: Couple names their baby ‘Facebook’

By on February 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM.

Another sign of the apocalypse: Couple names their baby ‘Facebook’

New evidence that not everyone is cut out to be a parent emerged recently when a couple in Mexico named their newborn baby “Facebook.” The poor child, which will someday be the target of endless ridicule, is also now the target of a new federal law in Mexico that has banned parents from using any one of a collection of 61 different names when naming their children. The law banning the names went into effect on Monday after officials scoured baby registries across the country for the best of the worst. Among the banned names are “Facebook,” “Rambo,” “Juan Panties,” “Lady Di” and “Circuncision,” which translates to “Circumcision.” The Associated Press reports that the goal of the law is to help protect children from being ridiculed and bullied, and the very fact that such a law has to exist should frighten us all.

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Naked Snapchat Videos

This iOS app promises to keep the naked Valentine’s Day videos you send from being shared

By on February 12, 2014 at 2:56 PM.

This iOS app promises to keep the naked Valentine’s Day videos you send from being shared

As Snapchat has grown more and more popular, it has increasingly become a target for hackers and developers looking to help users save messages that are supposed to be deleted once they are viewed. In other words, those looking to keep their naked Valentine’s Day sexts from being shared should probably look elsewhere if they want to avoid having their illicit V-Day messages spread like wildfire the next time they have a fight with their significant other. Enter ZipaClip, one of many private text, video and picture messaging services that promise to do what Snapchat no longer can: do what Snapchat is supposed to do and keep your private messages private. More →

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Secret App iPhone

Viral hit ‘Secret’ is the stupidest app I have ever seen… and I can’t stop using it

By on February 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM.

Viral hit ‘Secret’ is the stupidest app I have ever seen… and I can’t stop using it

I cannot tell you how much I dislike Secret, the latest social iPhone app to “go viral” and spread through the handsets of early adopters across the country. In a nutshell, it’s anonymous subtweeting, but without Twitter (if you don’t understand what I mean by that, consider yourself lucky). The app was created by Square’s former technical lead David Byttow and others, and it allows iPhone owners to share text posts and images completely anonymously with their circle of friends and associates.

I hate it. And I can’t put it down. More →

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Opinions
Dangers of Twitter Facebook

Precarious permanence: Cementing your legacy 140 characters at a time

Precarious permanence: Cementing your legacy 140 characters at a time

By on February 4, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

It pains me greatly to acknowledge it, but blurting out whatever comes to mind on Twitter, Facebook or any number of social channels is a terrible idea. You already knew that, of course, but I’m talking about something more serious. Pecking out a furious tweet with a couple of typos is fairly embarrassing, but lately I’ve become fixated on the long-term consequences that are yet to be fully realized. It’s a notion I haven’t been able to shake since Justine Sacco was hastily fired from her job in December of 2013, and I’m not entirely certain that the world at large paused long enough to digest what that sequence of events truly described.

For those who were off preparing for the holidays, here’s a synopsis: Sacco fired off an admittedly less-than-glamourous tweet before boarding a long flight that was devoid of Wi-Fi. Hours before, she was relatively unknown from a celebrity standpoint. As she was passing through customs at her destination, it became clear that she no longer had a job.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve come to realize that her undoing wasn’t necessarily what she said, but where she said it. More →

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Facebook Mobile Advertising Platform

How Facebook plans to tear down Google’s online empire brick by brick

By on January 24, 2014 at 8:55 AM.

How Facebook plans to tear down Google’s online empire brick by brick

Facebook has ambitions that go well beyond being just a social network. In fact, the company has designs on becoming a ubiquitous online powerhouse with clout that’s at least on par with Google. Sriram Krishnan, who works on Facebook’s mobile ads platform, now writes that he and his team are “running a small test to explore showing Facebook ads in third-party mobile apps,” which would represent a major expansion of Facebook’s reach in the mobile advertising world. More →

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Facebook Princeton Study Response

Facebook gives best possible response to ridiculous Princeton study

By on January 24, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

Facebook gives best possible response to ridiculous Princeton study

Earlier this week we highlighted a study from Princeton that used Google search trends to predict that Facebook would lose 80% of its users by 2017. The study seemed so flat-out ridiculous to us that we gave it our coveted “WTF of the Week” award… and apparently we weren’t alone in questioning its methodology. Facebook data scientist Mike Develin has decided to use similar methods to give Princeton a taste of its own medicine and “prove” that Princeton’s enrollment will crash all the way to zero in less than a decade. More →

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Google+ Unwanted Invitations Criticism

Man who wrote entire book on Google+ has no idea how to stop it from spamming him

By on January 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

Man who wrote entire book on Google+ has no idea how to stop it from spamming him

It’s one thing to be a frustrated Google+ user. It’s another thing to be a frustrated user who happened to write an entire book on how to properly navigate and use Google’s social network. Kevin Purdy, the author of Google+: The Missing Manual, took to Twitter on Thursday to rant about how he had no idea how to stop total strangers from sending him invitations to events that he had no interest in attending. More →

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WTF of the week: Princeton researchers say Facebook will lose 80% of its users by 2017

By on January 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

WTF of the week: Princeton researchers say Facebook will lose 80% of its users by 2017

We’re used to zany Wall Street analysts making wacky predictions about the tech world, such as the amazing prediction made by Money Map Press analyst Keith Fitz-Gerald last month about a merger between Microsoft and Apple. It’s a little bit rarer to see WTF-worthy tech predictions coming out of established universities that nominally have reputations to uphold as respectable learning institutions. Nonetheless, The Guardian reports that some researchers from Princeton are projecting that Facebook will lose a whopping 80% of its user base over the next three years alone. More →

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Facebook Declining Teen Usage

Facebook’s ‘teen problem’ may not be as bad as you thought

By on January 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Facebook’s ‘teen problem’ may not be as bad as you thought

While Facebook may have a “teen problem,” it may not be as bad as a report from iStrategy last week suggested. According to a report from GlobalWebIndex, Facebook’s usage among teens dropped 2% from Q2 to Q4 in 2013. That is not nearly as nearly as sharp a drop as the 25.3% drop among high schoolers from 2011 to 2014 that was reported in iStrategy’s report. More →

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Facebook Mobile Apps Collection

Facebook still wants to take over mobile with standalone apps

By on January 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM.

Facebook still wants to take over mobile with standalone apps

Even though it failed to take over home screens on Android with the Facebook Home experiment, Facebook is still very much interested in the mobile ecosystem, where it plans to launch several standalone applications this year, The Verge has learned. The company issued major updates for its Messenger app on iOS and Android recently, and Instagram, still a popular photo service, has received its own update not long ago. But Facebook is not done when it comes to mobile apps. More →

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