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Facebook has launched a new app called mentions that is very exclusive. In fact, we normal folk can't get our hands-on the app at all right now. The Mentions app is aimed only at actors, musicians, and other influencers and it is designed to help them discover and join conversations on Facebook.
Facebook only allows people who are verified public figures to get their hands-on the app and it is designed to display mentions to let the famous person know what the public is saying about them. Mentions also gives tools to make status updates, post photos, and videos like the normal Facebook app.
Another big feature for the famous person is the ability to host live Q&A session from within the app right from their iPhone. Facebook does have plans to make mentions more widely available in the future.
Facebook is trying to increase its position in the ecommerce world in the US with testing kicking off on a new buy button that lets people buy products on the social network. Facebook says that the buy button is being testing with a few small and medium size businesses in the US right now.
The button will be available on both the mobile and desktop versions of the website. The social network says that none of the credit card data shared with Facebook will be shared with other advertisers when completing a transaction. For now, Facebook isn't taking a cut of the money made during the purchase for itself according to a source.
A third party processing company processes all credit card transactions made on Facebook. Presumably, in the future once the test of the buy button proves effective Facebook will want a cut of the money.
One of the things that irritated many people who wanted to try out the Google social network Google+ since the service launched was that you had to use your real name. For many of people using their real names wasn't such a big deal, but for those who aren't known by their real name is was a problem.
That requirement to use your real name became even more annoying when Google started to use Google+ credentials to leave comments on YouTube videos. The reason for this was the idea that people would be less likely to troll if they had to use their real name.
Google has now made an about face three years after the launch of Google+ and issued an apology to users and is now letting people sign up with whatever name they want to use. You can now register an account with most any name you want; presumably, Google will still block names with naughty words in them.
About a week ago we mentioned that Facebook had ran an experiment to see if it was able to change the emotional state of its users by showing them only positive or negative posts on their newsfeed. The experiment resulted in an ITC investigation in the UK. Many users of the site were understandably upset that Facebook had tried to manipulate their emotions.
Another result of that experiment is a new campaign that has launched in response that is challenging Facebook users to quit the site for 99 days. After the 99 days is up, the campaign wants you to come back and report on how it affected your mood.
Three months is a long time to go without access to Facebook for some people. For some extended families, Facebook is one of the few ways to keep in touch. The campaign asks participants to post a time-off image as their profile page and post a personal countdown so friends know what's up.
Brazil's crushing 7-1 FIFA World Cup defeat against Germany has broken Twitter records to become the most talked about sporting event of all time on the social network.
Out of 10 trending topics on Twitter, six were about the match, and the fifth goal of the match spurred 580,601 tweets in just one minute. 35.6 million tweets were sent total during the game. The previous record was held by another World Cup showdown - Brazil against Chile - at 389,000 tweets per minute, with the record before that held by 2014's Superbowl at 382,000 tweets per minute.
Some users pointed out Germany were scoring goals quicker than they could hash out their tweets, as the BBC points out, while mocking Photoshop pictures also quickly made the rounds. One tweet from user @tomcmmiller put a cheerful Angela Merkel in place of Brazil's famous Christ the Redeemer, and another showed the Redeemer weeping morosely, as pictured - credit to @WorldCupProbs.
Twitter has added buy now buttons to some tweets that are about products. This means that shopping on twitter appears ready to launch. The first evidence of the Buy Now buttons has surfaced on products via a shopping app called Fancy.
The Buy Now links in the tweets pictured above reportedly didn't work. You can also see that the prices on the products in the tweets are insane with a pair of shoes for $170 million. Clearly, these are placeholder products put there for testing.
It is presumed that these links, which leaked via the twitter mobile app, weren't meant to go live. Officials from twitter and Fancy didn't offer any comments on the leaks.
Facebook is the biggest social network out there and as such, it has the ability to reach a huge amount of people each day around the world. Facebook has reportedly run an experiment that saw it mess with the newsfeeds of hundreds of thousands of users on its network in an attempt to see if it could alter the emotional state of the users.
The experiment reportedly used 689,003 Facebook users without their knowledge. In the experiment, Facebook allegedly tweaked the newsfeed algorithms of the users in the experiment so that they saw an abnormally low number of positive or negative posts.
According to the team who ran the experiment, the people who saw more negative posts produced more negative posts themselves. The experiment also found that when the people saw more positive posts, made more positive posts themselves. Facebook says that this experiment was conducted for a single week in 2012 and none of the data use was associated with a specific person's Facebook account.
We all know that Facebook is in business to make money. It's easy to forget that the social network isn't there just to let you quote random saying from the web and let you keep in touch with people you probably don't want to see in the real-world. Yesterday Facebook was down for about half an hour, and for some it was the longest half hour of the day.
The short outage reportedly cost Facebook $500,000, which suggests that the site rakes in about a million dollars an hour during normal operation. That $500,000 figure came from Facebook's quarterly earnings report for Q1 that showed $2.5 billion made in ad revenue, working out to about $1.16 million an hour.
At one time Myspace was the most popular social network out there. It didn't take long after Facebook launched for that to change. Today many people have abandoned Myspace and the aging social network is trying to change that.
Myspace has been sending previous users old photos that they uploaded to the site in an effort to lure them back to the social network. Emails that previous users are receiving reportedly include one or two old photos accompanied by a tagline.
Privacy has always been a big concern when it comes to social networking, and Facebook has been at the frontlines of both sides of the privacy debate. Back in 2009 Facebook introduced a new default option to let the entire world see your post, but that lead to several outcries from privacy advocates. Today it appears as if those cries have been heard, and Facebook has made some adjustments to fix this issue.
Facebook now defaults all new users post and images to the "Friends Only" option which means that those pieces of content will only be visible to that users friends, and the public will not be able to read or see them. Existing users will see their settings remain the same, but Facebook is notifying them of their current privacy settings and asking them if they would like to change them. Facebook is calling this a Privacy Checkup, and the message will appear in the form of a popup when existing users post a new post.