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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.