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Early this morning, Facebook finally switched on Graph Search for all of its English-speaking users in the US. By expanding its test program that was rolled out in January from a few thousand users to a few million users, Facebook can now see how its new search performs on a massive scale.
Graph search is a tool that allows people to search Facebook's fast database using natural language searches to find almost anything the social network has ever indexed. An example of one search would be: "Photographs of my friends taken before 2005" or "restaurants in New York City my friends have visited and liked." Facebook would then return results based on your query.
I feel the graph search, while cool, is not really useful past searching for restaurants, photos, or places. I have been a member of the beta program since the week it was released and to be quite honest, the novelty wore off very fast. In the past few months, Facebook has modified the search so much that now most results are quite broad and not a specific as they used to be.
Yesterday, the popular image hosting service Imgur launched its very own meme generator in an effort to lure all of Reddit from several other meme-generating websites. This announcement comes shortly after Reddit banned links from Quickmeme earlier this week which was accused of running upvote bots and injecting malware via its images.
All of the most popular and least favorite meme images are preloaded into the generator, and a built-in gallery collects all the most popular memes created each day. During a quick scan through all of the memes, I noticed such timeless classics as Overly Obsessed Girlfriend, Bad Luck Brian, Scumbag Steve, Actual Advice Mallard, and everyone's favorite, Grumpy Cat.
With Imgur already one of the most popular image sharing websites on the Internet, not to mention Reddit's go to source for image hosting, we are sure to see thousands of more memes pop up everywhere. What's your favorite meme? Post the link below in the comments for everyone to see.
During today's Microsoft Build conference, CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Windows 8 is finally getting an official Facebook app. This announcement comes almost a year after the new Windows operating system was announced.
Facebook and Microsoft have partnered up to build a native app for the company's flagship operating system, and as a result, Facebook will default searches to Microsoft's Bing search engine. In return, Microsoft will deeply integrate Facebook into Windows 8.
There are also reports coming in that Facebook-owned Instagram will also be getting a Windows 8 app and that tMicrosoft hopes Twitter's Vine will follow suit. Ballmer also announced that Windows 8 will be getting an official version of Flipboard as well as an NFL Fantasy Football App.
Something that has been itching at me for quite a few weeks now is Facebook's 'Sponsored Results', but it's almost as if the social networking giant was reading my mind - most likely with the help of the NSA - and are now going to removing them.
Facebook will retract the annoying ads in July, and have been using them mostly for brands, groups and in searches since August of 2012. The social networking site decided to cut the ads after noticing that the marketers were using both the Sponsored Results and mobile app install ads in a similar fashion. Businesses will continue to use mobile app install ads, so don't expect too much of a de-clutter from your mobile social networking experience.
Twitter announced this morning that it has began opening up it's Twitter Analytics Platform to the public, a feature that was previously only open to advertising partners. This means that users can now track the "reach" of their tweets as well as track what country their post have the most reach in.
All of the data can be downloaded into a CSV file allowing users to build customized graphs, spreadsheets and presentations based on their actual Twitter analytics. At the moment all Twitter users should be able to access the data, but some accounts are experiencing issues. Twitter hopes to work out these bugs soon and says to keep checking back if you are having issues.
For about a year now Facebook users have been adding useless hash tags to the end of their post. I am sure I speak for many when I say this was probably the most annoying trend to ever hit the social network. Unfortunately we're about to see an onslaught of hashtags as Facebook has just enabled them to function similar to the way Twitter utilizes them.
Facebook says that starting today hashtags will be clickable on the social networking service that will function similarly to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest. When clicking on a hashtag, you will see a feed pop-up of what other people are saying about that event, or topic.
Facebook says that now you can:
- Search for a specific hashtag from your search bar. For example, #NBAFinals.
- Click on hashtags that originate on other services, such as Instagram.
- Compose posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results.
Facebook says that as always you believe control the audience for your post, including those with hashtags and that privacy settings can be adjusted in the normal fashion. They went on to say that hashtags are just the first step to help people more easily discover what others are saying about a specific topic and participate in public conversations. The company will continue to roll out more features in the coming weeks including training hashtags as well as deeper insights.
Tumblr users flock to WordPress after Yahoo acquires the popular blogging service and promises it won't screw things up
On Friday I reported on rumors that Yahoo was in talks to acquire popular social blogging service Tumblr for a reported $1 billion. As it turned out, those rumors were quite true as the deal was sealed over the weekend. The once king of the internet purchased Tumblr for a reported $1.1 billion US, of which all will be paid in cash.
Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's CEO, stated that Yahoo and Tumblr will remain separate entities and Tumblr CEO David Karp will remain at the helm of the massive blogging site. In the official press release, Yahoo said: "Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business." This announcement may have calmed some fears, but not all were sure.
WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg posted some tell-tell metrics on his blog last night that showed more than 72,000 post per hour were imported from Tumblr to WordPress last night, which was up from an average of 400-600 per hour. While this may sound like a massive migration, Tumblr says that it sees more than 75 million blog post per day, so 72,000 is but a mere drop in the ocean in comparison.
Early Thursday morning reports began to surface about rumors of Yahoo preparing a bid for social blogging site Tumblr. This would put the once king of search on the front lines of the social media war.
AllThingsD reported on Thursday that Yahoo was considering the acquisition of Tumblr for $1 billion. This is not the first time CEO Marissa Mayer has shown interest in Tumblr though. As an executive at Google, Mayer closely watched the blogging service loved by hipsters all over.
The rumors carry some weight as AllThingsD is usually spot on with its predictions on all things Yahoo, and there have been documented meetings between Mayer and Tumblr top execs including founder and CEO David Karp. While the acquisition seems imminent, we are left wondering what will happen to all of the Tumblr pr0n if Yahoo does take over.
Google has just debuted a completely new look for its social network Google+. The service is getting 41 new features or upgrades with the most noticeable being a complete facelift. Google+ will now feature a dynamic and modern multi column design that will allow users to explore post more in-depth than previously possible.
Also announced is a new hash-tagging system that will dynamically search relevant content on Google+ and will instantly add relevant hashtags to your post upon submission. When you click a hashtag it will show related items that are specifically sorted to the sources Google things you may prefer.
A new Google+ Hangout app was also announced that makes hanging out on your mobile device easier than ever. It allows users to easily enter into a text based group chat and quickly drop into a video call with the simple tap of a button. Google says that this new app along with the video calls will be free. Stay tuned to TweakTown for more feature updates as they become known!
Over the weekend, LinkedIn marked its 10th year of slowly pushing forward in a sea of social networking websites. The company itself was founded in 2002 by entrepreneurs Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly and Jean-Luc Vaillant, but the official website did not launch until May 5th 2003.
While some are quick to point out how small LinkedIn is compared to Facebook, Google+ or even what MySpace once was, LinkedIn is quite successful at what it does. Facebook and Google+ have the fun, photo sharing and interest sharing aspects of social networking covered, but what they lack is a place for professionals to market themselves. This is where LinkedIn really shines.
LinkedIn serves up employment history, online resume, and skill set postings of over 225 million members worldwide, with 77 million of those members being from the US. From an economic standpoint, the company employees more than 3,700 people worldwide and saw a total revenue of more than $300 million in 2012.