During the F8 conference on Thursday, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage to introduce a host of new features that are rolling out to the social network. The major change is called “Timeline” and it takes advantage of existing pictures and status updates to create a more visual experience of “who you are.” As you scroll down your personal timeline, you’ll be able to view pictures and updates throughout the years. There is a new option in the upper right-hand side of your profile to quickly skip to a year in time too, and many of the features are also available on Facebook’s mobile applications. Read on for more, including a video of Facebook’s Spotify integration in action. More →
In conjunction with its Places service, Google is piloting a new, free feature for business owners. Being called Business Photos, Google is looking to supplement an establishment’s Places page with interior photographs. “Millions of potential customers visit Google every day to learn about places and businesses,” reads the company’s website. “Through scheduled photo shoots, Google is introducing a new way for you to showcase your business to the world.” In a handful of U.S. and international cities, business owners can apply to have a Google “photo shoot.” The search giant notes that demand will help them decide where to send its photographers. There is a video after the break explaining the news service, enjoy. More →
Notice anything different with Google today? No? Neither did we. As announced back in January, Google co-founder Larry Page re-assumed his role as CEO of the Internet search giant today. The company’s former CEO, Eric Schmidt, will move to the position of Executive Chairman. “We’ve been talking about how best to simplify our management structure and speed up decision making for a long time,” said Schmidt during the company’s Q4 earnings call back in January. “By clarifying our individual roles we’ll create clearer responsibility and accountability at the top of the company. In my clear opinion, Larry is ready to lead and I’m excited about working with both him and Sergey for a long time to come.” Page briefly held the position of CEO in 2001 before turning the reins over to the more seasoned Schmidt. More →
Yesterday afternoon, we told you about a non-working website URL indicating that HTC’s first LTE device on Verizon would in fact be named the Thunderbolt 4G. Well, it appears as though that non-working link is now live. The page reminds you that on January 6th “HTC will be the first to 4G. Again.” and will kindly take your name and email address to provide you with news on the cloaked handset when available. Don’t take our word for it, hit the read link and have a look for yourself. CES draws near… get excited.
About.me is a relatively new service, but it’s already attracting boat loads of users. Since September, About.me has let people reserve personal profile pages, and has just opened up to everyone. It’s an incredibly simple concept — have your own profile page that has a short bio, links to your different social networking profiles and services, and most importantly, a super high resolution image of yourself. In addition to being a great personal landing site, About.me offers a great suite of analytics items to track how much traffic you’re getting and from where, etc. Over 400,000 people have reserved their profile page names on About.me since September, and the company raised around $425,000 in funding according to TechCrunch.
The genesis of Facebook continues. Yesterday, via a blog post, the social networking site announced that it would be rolling out a new, more intuitive profile page for its users. The new landing page, which houses all of your personal details, offers a new introduction, featured friends, an improved way to share favorite music, movies, books, and television shows, and better photos and friend pages. The goal of the new layout is to enable viewers of your profile to learn more about who you are and who you’re friends with in less time. For example: where you work, live, and attend(ed) school, whom you are in a relationship with, and when you were born are now prominently displayed on your profile page.
The new feature will be rolling out to all users through the end of this year, but if you are anxious to try out the new goodies, you can head to www.facebook.com/about/profile and manually enable the new style. If you take the plunge, let us know what you think. More →
You may not love social network giant Facebook, you may not see value in their new messaging system, but — at this point — you really can’t ignore them. Further evidence of that fact comes from a recent report filed by Experian’s Hitwise group. As the report reads:
The amount of content consumption taking place on the popular social network [Facebook] has also grown substantially where nearly 1 in 4 page views in the US took place on Facebook.com for the week ending November 13, 2010.
Facebook also clocked in with just over 10% of all site visits in the U.S.; YouTube placed second in both categories with 6.39% of pageviews and over 7% of site visits. Those are some mind-bending numbers coming from the privately held company. Hit the read link to check out the full report. More →
Today, Apple posted its iPad 4.2 software update page to remind you of the improvements that the next iteration of iOS will have for your tablet device. For those who don’t know, iOS 4.2 will bring: multitasking, home screen folders, wireless document printing, AirPlay (streaming audio/video), Apple’s Game Center, a unified inbox, text search in the Safari web browser, as well as a handful of other modifications. The update is scheduled to roll out sometime in November. If you would like more details hit the read link to view the official Apple page. More →