Google's job search page has been one of the search giant's often visited pages, and now Google has decided to spice things up by adding the service to Google+, making it easy for its 500+ million member base to search listings.
The Google Jobs board now lets users narrow down search results by using their Google+ profile data. This gives users a customized job recommendation list and quickly lets one apply for the job. Users also get the ability to follow with existing Google employees, sign up for job alerts, and the option to "star" roles.
I have found myself searching the Google Jobs page before with dreams of working at one of the massive employee friendly campuses. While we are on the subject of Google+, it would only be natural for me to plug the TweakTown Google+ page.
I'm a huge Facebook users, and upload heaps of pics on a weekly, or daily basis - but just how many photos were uploaded over the New Year's Day and New Year's Eve period? An insane, and record-breaking 1.1 billion photos.
The social network sees around 300 million photos uploaded on an average day, so that is a huge spike in uploads. The 2010 NYE and New Year's Day period saw just 750 million photos uploaded. Facebook's total collection of users' photos now exceeds 240 billion, which founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at the Graph Search launch on Tuesday.
All of these 240 billion photos will be indexed within Facebook's new internal search engine.
Facebook's big announcement today was the preview and beta launch of Graph Search, a new tool that will help you sift through the massive amounts of connections and data that Facebook has in its social graph. For the questions that can't be answered by Facebook's data, Bing will try and provide the answer from the Internet.
The current version is available in a limited preview for English users only. Zuckerberg stressed that privacy was an important issue when building the search engine. For instance, you should only be able to search for content shared with you, however, you can search for something like "TV shows watched by doctors" or "Music liked by people who like Mitt Romney."
The ability to do searches such as the examples above could allow researchers to sift through connections to see if there are any connections. According to Zuckerberg, there are currently 1 billion people, 240 billion photos, and 1 trillion connections in the social graph. How it works:
"Graph Search will appear as a bigger search bar at the top of each page. When you start typing to search for something, it will make suggestions of searches you're looking to perform and once you select the search it will return results on a page that you can further customize and filter."
Only "hundreds of thousands" of users will be getting the initial roll out of the Graph Search feature.
Myspace, the once king of social networking, has been hard at work completely redesigning the website and business model as well. The new design has been in beta for some time now, with only users who requested early access being able to participate, but now it's open to everyone.
The new site is bright, vibrant, and (thankfully) not full of glittery GIF images. Users can upload a "cover" photo as their background, "connect" to friends, celebrities, and entertainers, and even update your status. The social network also allows users to build playlist from what appears to be a music library that rivals Spotify.
As you can see above I did create an account for this article, and one interesting thing that popped up is that you can now sign up to the service by using Facebook or Twitter via OAuth. You can also access Myspace classic at the sign up page. Myspace says the redesign is focused around following artists and consuming content such as music, film and photographs.
Sending Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg a message on the service will now cost you a cool $100. The social network's Pay-To-Message plan has a normal price to message someone you are not friends of a mere $1.
We get it, Zuckerberg's official account most likely receives thousands of unsolicited messages a day, and that has got to be annoying. What we don't get is why the $100 fee. Facebook could block all non-friends from messaging Mark with no important messages lost.
Facebook has said that it would like to begin experimenting with amounts larger than $1 for its pay-to-message service, but we were thinking that it would be something on the order of $5-$10, not $100. What do you think about having to pay to message someone who is not your friend?
Bit of a quick one here folks as there's nothing really juicy on this one - but AllThingsD are reporting that Facebook have wanted to get in on the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 bandwagon today.
The social network have announced that they're hosting an event at its Menlo Park HQ next week, which asks reporters to "come and see what we're building". Facebook haven't opened their doors with warm hearts for quite sometime, so this should hopefully turn into something interesting.
The show starts at 10am PT, Tuesday January 15.
In what can only be described as a night of epic genius, teenager Jacob Cox Brown not only drove home from a party drunk, but he hit not one but two cars on the way home, left both scenes, and then posted about it on Facebook.
On his Facebook page, Brown posted "Drivin drunk... classsic but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry." Normally you would not post something like this for the world to see but Alcohol not only causes loose lops, but loose fingers as well.
Two of Brown's friends notified police of their buddy's post, and the police quickly arrested the teen. The police posted a press release which read "Astoria Police have an active social media presence. It was a private Facebook message to one of our officers that got this case moving, though. When you post...on Facebook, you have to figure that it is not going to stay private long."�
We live in a world of instant information, of constant connectivity, and one where we share almost every moment of our lives on social networks. A recent study reveled that you are able to follow 75% of the worlds leaders on Twitter.
South African President Jacob Zuma (@SAPresident), UK Prime Minister Savid Cameron (@Number10gov), and even Russia's president Vladimir Putin (@KremlinRussa_E) have all taken to Twitter to be able to address the masses instantly.
"A total of 123 world leaders out of 164 countries have accounts on Twitter set up in their personal name or through an official government office," wrote Digital Daya in a recently released report. "In our last report in August of 2011 only 69 out of 164 countries were using Twitter."
Facebook had to temporarily disable its "Midnight Delivery" New Years message feature after a flaw in the features privacy settings were found. The issue was exposed early Monday morning by a technology student.
The new Midnight Delivery feature is designed to allow Facebook users to compose a message to their friends and family and have it delivered exactly at the stroke of midnight on New Years day. The issue was discovered when Jack Jenkins figured out he could expose private messages and photos sent by others by simply modifying the URL of his own message.
A Facebook rep told the website "The Verge" that "we are working on a fix for this issue now, and in the interim we have disabled this app on the Facebook Stories site to ensure that no messages can be accessed."
Foursquare have enjoyed a great 2012, seeing over 15 million new people joining the community, their 3 billionth check-in and have released over 50 new features but 2013 is going to see some big changes, and we're not even there yet.
Foursquare have unveiled a new "Privacy 101" document, which outlines how they build privacy into their 'product'. There are two changes so far, the first of which will display your full name. Until now, Foursquare has shown your full name, or sometimes your first name followed by your last initial. This would be a bit of a hassle, because when searching for friends you would sometimes see their full name in the results, but if you clicked through to their profile page it would not show their last name.
The second change is to businesses, where a business will now be able to see more of their recent customers which is a great change. At the moment a business using Foursquare can only see which customers have visited and checked in within the last three hours. This is great if a business owner is right there, all the time on Foursquare but there are plenty of businesses that wouldn't have the time to check their Foursquare until the end of the day.
Facebook has filled for trademarks for Poke, the app similar to Snapchat. The application was filed on Friday with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, the day before the app went live.
This is not the first time the company has trademarked the word "Poke" however. Since the early days of Facebook, the company held the trademark from 2006 until July 2011 when it let the trademark lapse.
Poke is the social network's latest app in which users can send text, videos and photo messages that self-destruct within 10 seconds, which is functionally very similar to the app Snapchat. That company's co-founder Evan Spiegel acknowledged Facebook's Poke with a brief statement on Friday: "Welcome, Facebook. Seriously."
Netflix are poised to introduce new social sharing features to US-based customers next year, just days after a Senate bill passed which allowed them to do so.
The company will begin pushing out the new feature in 2013 after the bill is signed into law by now second-term President Obama. For a while now, Netflix has let customers in Canada and Latin America to post what shows they're watching through Facebook's "frictionless sharing", which is the same method used to share what music they're listening to, or what they're reading.
It was only until that bill was passed that the Video Privacy Protection Act blocked Netflix from such social sharing features for video, as it was illegal. The new bill was passed by the House of Representatives, and then approved by the Senate, and has amended the VPPA so that customers can opt into sharing their video data using online means instead of requiring written consent.
Today we can share almost every aspect of our daily lives on Facebook. Where we eat, where we shop, even what our workout routine consisted of is easily share-able on the social networking site. Letting your friends see what you watched on Netflix however, has not been possible up until now.
It would seem that sharing your Netflix history on Facebook would be as simple as pulling some data from an API and integrating it with your Facebook account. Unfortunately, U.S Law prevented that from happening. The Video Privacy Protection Act, prevented Facebook and Netflix from sharing your video viewing history.
The new bill basically updates the old antiquated law and allows you to share your Netflix history with everyone who views your Facebook timeline. Social video sharing under the new bill will come with two stipulations: Netflix and similar companies will be required to give users a "clear and conspicuous" option to stop automatically sharing their views, and customers must be asked once every two years if they would like to continue sharing their views.
Congress only passed the bill after removing language that would require police to obtain a search warrant to access citizens' emails and other digital messages dating more than six months. Currently, police only need search warrants for emails younger than six months.
I don't know what has taken the largest social network in the world this long, but we should soon have drag-and-drop support for photo uploads on Facebook. Stop. The. Presses.
Facebook have confirmed to none other than ABC News that they have been running limited trials of an updated Timeline that shifts the news feed into a single column, replaces the thumbnail navigation with simpler-looking tabs and also makes all profile page information available when scrolling.
Also included in this otherwise bigger update than it sounds, is there would be new privacy shortcuts, activity log and untagging tool should be going live tonight.
Twitter confirmed today that it has began the process of rolling out a new feature that will allow users to download their tweets. The feature had reportedly been rolled out this feature to select users earlier this month but now the feature should be avaliable to everyone.
Users can activate the feature by going to Settings. There they can check off an option to request your Twitter archive. An email with instructions on how to access the archive will be sent when it's ready to download.
The feature is set to fully deploy over the next few months so not all users will be able to download their tweets today.
The Unabhaengiges Landeszentrum fuer Datenschutz (ULD), Germany's data commissioner, has ordered Facebook to remove its real name policy, accusing the company of violating German data protection laws which give users the right to use pseudonyms online.
Both Facebook's US and Irish offices are included in the regulators report, noting that it has "instructed the two companies by decree to [amend the policy] and ordered the immediate execution of orders," which Facebook has said it will fight "vigorously."
Facebook comes under fire from time to time for its insistence that users only create accounts with the real full names. Facebook has even went as far as setting up a system for other users to report those who violate the real name rule.
As Twitter CEO Dick Costolo promised, the bird-themed social network are finally letting some users download a complete archive of their digital tweets.
This new option hasn't reached everyone yet, with select users seeing the new feature rolled out, which will let you enable an option hidden in the web client's settings page under the heading "your Twitter archive".
The archives don't look too bad at all, as they've been wrapped in HTML and organized by the month. So if you want to rewind all the way back to 2006 and have a look at those tweets that will most likely make you cringe, begin your preparations!
If you are a Google+ fan (we are!) then things got really exciting for you today. Google launched many new features for the service today including the ability for Android users to back up the full sized photos taken by their phone.
While Google+ has always allowed users to backup their Android phone generated photos, the size was capped around 4 megapixels. Today's update removes that constraint and allows any size image to be uploaded. The caveat being that free storage is limited to 5GB with additional storage space being available for purchase.
This new backup feature is no doubt partially the result of Android 4.2's new "Photo Spheres" feature which creates 360 degree panorama's. This update allows users to share these extra large images on their Google+ photo stream.
This time of the year, everyone likes to take a moment and reflect on the highlights of the past 12 months and Facebook just made that much easier. Today Facebook released a personal Year In Review to each of its one billion users. Users are able to view your top 20 moments of the past 12 month this simply by visiting facebook.com/yearinreview.
We are still unsure on how Facebook is deciding what constitutes a "Top Moment", but we are sure that it involves likes, comments, and shares. We have seen some reports of users top moments just being random unimportant post that got a fair number of likes or shares. A personal example was when my Alma mater lost a football game to a rival school. It was not that big of a deal to me, but Facebook deemed it as one of my top 20 moments of 2012.
Sources contacted Facebook and asked about the personalized Year In Review, and Facebook responded: the idea is to "give people an interactive experience to look back at 2012. People will notice stories they have forgotten about it, which makes it more nostalgic."
You may have noticed this already, but photo-sharing service Instagram has halted all Instagram and stored gallery Cards from Twitter. At first it was reported as a temporary problem, but has been confirmed to be here to stay.
Instagram has officially stopped all photo integration with Twitter, so now your links to photos will work like normal, but there is no way to quickly preview them through Twitter.
Just a few days ago Twitter removed Card support from the social networking site, but today's move is a little more drastic. I guess this is what happens when the bigger social network buys you out, they don't want you flirting with the competitor at all, huh?
Quick, close the Facebook tab that you have open on your browser, remove the Facebook app on your phone and get into Microsoft's latest social network, Socl. Socl has just launched, and is a social networking project from Microsoft's FUSE research group.
There was a beta up until its launch that was limited to a handful of people, but now anyone who sports a Facebook or Microsoft account can sign up for free. Not that most people really care, as Facebook has (for most of us) become such an integral part of our everyday lives. I think Microsoft, and even Google, will find it next to impossible to combat this without some fundamental changes in their respective social networks.
Socl looks nice, but I'm so invested in Facebook it's hard to switch. Who knows how much longer Socl will be here for, but since it has an official launch, and it's Microsoft, you can probably place bets that it'll be around for a little while longer yet.