Facebook's head of U.S. agency relations Sarah Personette revealed a joint event held by Obilvy and Buddy Media a bunch of statistics on global usage for Facebook. According to Facebook, they have 149 million Americans actively using the site with 70-percent of those users logging in daily.
Personette also revealed that France has 22 million active users with 65-percent returning daily, the UK has 29 million active users and Canada fills it's void with 19 million active users. From the picture above, we can see that my home country Australia has 10 million active users with 66-percent returning daily. Not bad at all, Facebook. Poke.
The crew of Facebook is celebrating the social networking site's seventh birthday and it looks like they've gotten themselves a major present. It looks like they're moving from their current digs in Palo Alto, CA into the former home of Sun Microsystems in San Mateo, CA.
The current Palo Alto headquarters is nearing 2,000 employees which apparently has the current campus bursting at the seams and ready for expansion. The former Sun Microsystems property fits the bill, since they left the property after being acquired by Oracle. A press conference has been scheduled for February 8th to make the official announcement and give more information about the future of Facebook.
The eyes of the entire world have been glued to the troubles plaguing Egypt and its people. Apparently Kenneth Cole thought that using this current event to advertise their new spring collection was a great idea. He released the following tweet, which has since been removed but not before the Twitter world went into an uproar:
Yeah Kenneth Cole, definitely too soon. Apparently the tweet cannot be blamed on an employee with bad taste because the tweet was signed with the -KC of Kenneth Cole himself. Thousands of angrys responses have since hit the Twitter universe. He has since posted an apology on both Twitter and Facebook, but this is just one more instance to learn from for the rest of us. Remember kids, think before you tweet. The Internet always remembers.
I'm not a reader of TIME Magazine. The last time I picked an issue up was when I was in the doctor with my kid and that issue was 27 years old. TIME magazine picks a person of the year each year without much in the way of an explanation of what good the person has actually done according to some.
This year Facebook leader and creator Mark Zuckerberg got the nod. I guess I can get behind this a bit considering the dude just gave have his personal fortune to charity. I can see the reasoning for the choice a bit; Facebook has changed the way that we interact.
Google has been wanting to place it's flag in the social network land for a little while now and currently the internal codename for their upcoming social project is "Emerald Sea".
But, that name could now be old and replaced by "Google +1" or "Google Plus One". It's unknown if it'll be one or the other but right now it is a decision between both of those names. The +1 comes from the same mind set of Facebook's Like and Twitters Retweet.
The rumors for Skype & Facebook are happening again with a snippet of Facebook code as pictured below:
Tal Alter, who develops Facebook apps discovered the code dubbed VideoChat while digging around during development of his own app. He said that the code "appears to have everything needed to introduce video chatting functionality".
Wow. In September, Twitter had 145 million registered users - as of this month it has expanded out to 175 million registered users, an increase of 30 million in just 2 months - not to count, it has added a total of 70 million users since April.
It's impressive - considering Twitter had 58 million users in 2009 and 503, 000 users in 2007 - the growth is great. Twitter could be celebrating New Years with 200 million users.
Where's this growth coming from?
As much as seemingly zillions of people love Facebook, the chat function leaves quite a bit to be desired for some. Facebook's possible answer? Teaming up with Skype to bring SMS messaging and video and voice chatting to Facebook Connect.
Rumor has it that Facebook and Skype are close to putting together a deal that will allow Skype users to integrate their accounts with Facebook Connect, letting users use the much more popular Skype interface to video or voice chat with their Facebook friends. No word on whether it will be available on the mobile platform as well as PC, but we may have our answer when the Skype 5.0 beta hits in a couple of weeks.
According to sources at Mashable, a leading social media news site, Twitter has something hatching right now. Even a Twitter company tweet suggests to confirm it in part.
If the rumor turns out to be correct, Twitter will bring images and videos to tweet posts. Twitter has been text only forever and if a tweeter wanted to include multimedia in their tweet post, they would use an external service like Twitpic for hosting and linking to images.
Obviously the proposed and we repeat rumored changes would have the folks over at Facebook worrying a little. The inclusion of multimedia in tweets blurs the line of difference between the two mega social networks. According to the story by Mashable, Twitter plans on making things more clear during a company press event due to be held at 7pm US EST.
16:38 US PST UPDATE: It's confirmed. New Twitter.com going live soon!
I am not into the social networking scene at all. I really don't want to know what my friends had for breakfast or the results to the umpteenth poll they have taken. I don't like Twitter. I want more space to say what I think. Twitter is wildly popular though and as such, it was only a matter of time until other sites popped up like Twitter.
Microsoft ha s unveiled its own Twitter style site today called MSN Juku in China. The software giant calls the service a "local innovation developed in China." Users can interact with contacts on Live Messenger with messages of 140 characters or less.
Juku is in beta right now and is likened as much to Plurk as Twitter. Other features of Juku include games and users can win prizes from playing the games. The little blue paper airplanes really remind me a lot of the blue Twitter bird.
I am not a big fan of social networking. I have a Facebook account and the only time I go on is when people friend request me. If you are on my Facebook friend list, that's why I never comment on your profile. I am only there because my wife forced me, which is how married men get into lots of stuff they aren't interested in, like holidays with the in laws.
Screen shots of a new PS3 update have been spied on the Sony UK website that point to a new update that will add Facebook integration. Facebook is a big deal to lots of people with over 300 million users it's the largest social networking site online.
The update also will add the ability to change the color of your gamercard too. This update doesn't excite me nearly as much as the Netflix integration. There is no word on when the update will hit, but I bet it's not far off since screens are being posted already.
Providing you're a resident of the U.S. Seagate is giving you the opportunity to win one of their Barracuda XT 2TB hard disks which includes a SATA-III (6Gb/s) interface and 64MB cache, along with ASUS' P7P55D Premium motherboard which includes SATA 6Gb/s support for further good measure to entice registrants.
The contest is being held on Seagate's Twitter page whereby all you have to do is tweet the hashtag #stxcudaxt which will automatically register you for a chance to get one of these drives into your hands freeeee.
The contest began on Oct 15 and will come to a close at the end of the month, with the winner being announced on November 2.
Only takes a second to register and you've gotta be in it to win it. Good luck folks!
Are you attached to Twitter? Can't get away from your Facebook updates? Do you need to update no matter what you are doing? Well then AdelaVoice has the product for you.
Most people that I know that use Twitter or Facebook in a, umm shall we say obsessive manner, have Twitter on their Phone now. They have the ability to let you know such ground breaking news as, "on the bus heading home" or "having coffee, it's hot" all without needing to fire up a computer.
But there is something missing from this, what if they are stuck under a car? Or have fallen down a well and are hanging on for dear life? This is where the Lighthouse SQ7 comes into play. They have leveraged the voice recognition available in Webkit they have added voice recognition to this handy little device.
Now you can shake the world with such tweets as "Oh dear, I seem to have fallen down a well" and "Oh no a car has fallen on me, it's heavy"
In today's episode of short attention span theatre we will show you how to expand your attention from a mere 2 seconds to a staggering 3.5.
To do this all you need to do is expand your twitter from 140 characters to 200. I am not sure why you would want to do this. After all most of your followers would not be interested in anything that would require them to read an additional 60 letters and/or spaces.
But as this must be in some sort of demand a company in New Zealand has found a way to do it. What they do is allow you to put your "tweet" into their web page and convert it to a slimmer version using Unicode characters. This makes your tweet look like a letter from a bad TV movie killer but does allow you to drone on about all the little things you are doing.
The companies name is Maxitweet and as an enjoyable diversion you can also view the best tweets ever on their webpage.
Alright, it is time for some humor. In the list of "really stupid things to do" right at the top would be adding your boss to facebook and then complaining about your Job.
This one goes up there with telling your wife that "yes that does make you look fat" and the ever popular, I just go to Hooters for the food"
Apparently a work ethically challenged employee decided to complain on her facebook page while still in a trial employment period. This is after she added her boss as a friend. The complaint was short and of the usual rant type. It expounds on the horrible things she has to do at work "Sh*t Stuff" and proceeds to call her employer a "pervvy wanker".
Her boss' reply was not so short, it started off bad and got worse from there ending with "you can come in whenever you like to pick up any stuff you've left here. And yes, i'm serious"
Now I feel for anyone that is out of work right now but this actually deserves some sort of stupidity award.
Feel free to laugh.
Source thanks to the people that told me about this one.
There is some rather concerning news for Facebook users. It seems that a new Blog called FBHive has revealed that they can unmask certain personal information in a Facebook profile even if the user has elected to keep it private.
This could be a bad thing as it can lead to Identity Theft and potentially expose minors to who otherwise might be protected from predators. FBHive has not released details of the hack nor has Facebook confirmed the exploit at the time of this writing.
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Security holes are nothing new to social networks: last year, Facebook plugged a leak that exposed members' protected photos via the Facebook mobile site, and another hole was discovered about a year ago that exposed members' birth dates.
Admirably, FBHive has not shared the details of the newly discovered hack; more disconcertingly, it said Facebook has done nothing since it alerted the social network to the issue earlier this month.
"We are not malicious hackers, by any means, and our skills are far from advanced," the post read. "We here at FBHive are fans of Facebook, but when a security hole as big as this is discovered and brought to (Facebook's) attention, it shouldn't take 15 days to fix."
Windows Mobile has finally released a FaceBook application that allows you to be addicted to Facebook no matter where you are.
The app which allows you edit, amend and update your profile, send video, provides dull messaging support, and even call from a person's Facebook page. It should work on Windows Mobile 6.0, 6.1 or 6.5.
The application is free, but you might want to invest in an unlimited data plan before using.
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Microsoft have announced a new Facebook client for Windows Mobile phones, and you won't have to wait for Windows Mobile 6.5 in order to use it. The free app will work on any 6.0, 6.1 or 6.5 smartphone, touchscreen or non-touchscreen, and will allow full messaging, video and photo uploads and integration with the handset's phone features to place calls direct from Facebook profiles
Rumor has it that Apple is trying to purchase Twitter, slapping down a bid of nearly $700 million.
Twitter has become a nearly overnight sensation, all by simply allowing users to do nothing more than update thier status. Apple most certainly isn't the first to attemp a buyout of Twitter, however it the rumor is true, it most certainly will be the highest bid to date.
Many companies are struggling with finding ways to turn social networking sites profitable, however Apple may not be interested in that aspect. Apple may more than likely be after the "open" functionality that allows thir party site to interace with it.
Apple is always one to try and jump to the forefront of technology and the social networking trend is something many Apple users are all over. Don't hold your breath though as nothing is official at this point and may just turn out to be pure speculation.