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After Facebook for iPhone, Android and mobile web were updated with Facebook's latest feature, Timeline, it is now time for the iPad to enjoy its time in the sun. According to 9to5Mac, Facebook is looking at launching Timeline for iPad in mid to late January.
But, why the delay versus the other devices getting Timeline? Well, last-minute bugs have been said to be the culprit as to why it didn't hit the iPad. Right now you can still access the new Timeline interface on Facebook.com on the iPad, but it is nowhere near the same as it is on the iPhone or Android-based phones.
It has been reported that the iPad version of Timeline is very smooth, and intuitive and a 'fusion of the web and iPhone/iPod touch versions'. A source told 9to5Mac:
The app was already delayed once because of bugs. So, it would not be surprising for the update to be delayed once again.
Google has just passed the 62 million user mark in their social networking site Google+. They're also seeing a very tidy 625,000 new users each day and Paul Allen has a prediction for 2012: Google+ will have 400 million users by the end of next year.
Paul Allen says that the huge growth in support for Google+ could be:
The holidays, the TV commercials, the Android 4 signups, celebrity and brand appeal, or positive word of mouth, or a combination of all these factors, but there is no question that the number of new users signing up for Google+ each day has accelerated markedly in the past several weeks.
Facebook have now unveiled Timeline to the world, and its now available anywhere in the world. Once you've noticed it, you'll have a 7-day review period, where you'll be able to flick over everything on your Timeline to make sure its all good, before anyone can see it.
If you approve the Timeline, you can make it 'live' to the world before the 7-day review period. If you decide to wait, it will automatically go live after the 7 days. If you want to view your Timeline as another person to see what it will look like, click the little gear menu at the top of your timeline, and click "View As." You can choose to see how your timeline looks to a specific friend, or the public.
As you start strolling through your timeline, you may or may not want certain things shared. These things can be removed by rolling over the timeline, clicking the star expand it to two columns and then clicking 'Hide from Timeline." The privacy dropdown can also do something similar, where you could just allow "friends" or "family" to view the posts you choose.
Facebook with their hundreds of millions of users, can pretty much do whatever they want and they've now started testing a new premium ad offering that allows pages to post a coupon to their fans and then use that post as an ad unit on the Facebook homepage.
Users who notice the ad, or the page post, can click "Get Coupon." From here, it can be posted to a user's Wall, they'll then receive an e-mail from Facebook with the coupon and an option to share it with friends.
Facebook said that pages who are part of the limited test can offer discounts that customers can either redeem in-store or online. This new venture from Facebook is different to their Check-In Deals, which is a self-serve promotional tool that allows businesses to offer coupons to people who visit a location and check-in with Facebook.
Twitter today are introducing a new version of Twitter, they've simplified the design to make it even easier to follow what you care about, connect with others and discover something new.
This new design will be on both Twitter.com and mobile phones, so that you have a similar experience no matter the platform you're on, anytime, anywhere. They've also updated TweetDeck so that it's consistent with the new version of Twitter.
There are now four new tabs that bring you instantly closer to the things you care about, visit fly.twitter.com to learn more about these in detail. The new Twitter should rollout over the coming weeks, but you can see the new just-updated versions of mobile.twitter.com, Twitter for iPhone, and Twitter for Android. Twitter are working on other apps, like Twitter for iPad, and will release news when they arrive.
Facebook have just clicked the 'start ignition' button on their Timeline feature today, where it will eventually rollout to everyone on Facebook. New Zealand is the first place to get it, with other regions will get it in the "near future."
If you don't remember what Timeline is, it's a way to illustrate your entire life, in a graphical way. Some people criticize Facebook for just being made up of "here and now", where major life events are pushed to the bottom of a person's feed and thus, forgotten over time. Timeline doesn't do that, Timeline brings those events back, mapping them on a graphic that tells the story of a user's life, from birth to the present day.
Now we can all enjoy super-spammy updates from people, with longer than usual copy/paste status updates, oh joy! Today, Facebook have increased the maximum character count in status updates from the current 5,000 to over 60,000.
The longer status updates appear in the Live Ticker the same as any other status update usually does, but it truncates in News Feed after 400 characters. This is to obviously save every single post from being a huge post, if that were to happen on your feed.
Facebook have used a weird example of the new character limit saying that a user could share a novel on Facebook in nine status updates by using the new character limit. Like I want to see that.
Ah, Microsoft. Late to the game with tablets, phones, consoles and now social networking. They've got phones going well, just not in sales. Consoles are in their stride, tablets from most reports are set to kick arse. But social networking? Enter "Socl".
Internally tested under the name "Tulalip", which is named after a group of Native American tribes, Socl promises to head butt Facebook and Google+. It features a three-column layout with a social search bar sprawled across the top, basic navigation on the left panel, your news and activity feed in the middle, and a "video party" feature on the right-hand side.
Socl does things a bit different with its tagging feature, allowing users to tag topic of interest and later receive updates on those interests. Microsoft is also making social searching a big part of Socl. The bar up top allows you to enter either a search term or status update, with friends being able to comment on either. Bing will of course be the search provider for Socl.
Google have finally opened the flood gates to Google+ to business and brands, not just individuals. The new feature is being called "Google+ Pages", and there seems to be little different between a Page and an individual account.
You're able to add Pages to any of your regular Circles, and Page owners are able to post as usual and take part in Hangouts. Pages also turn up in Google search results, which is quite handy. Google have also introduced a new Direct Connect as well that allows you to specifically search for Google+ Pages, to do this type "+Google" or "+Angry Birds" in a Google Search box and you'll be directed to the respective page.
Both features rollout on a limited basis starting today with Google promising everyone will have it soon.
Zynga's next entry in their "Ville" franchise, which includes FarmVille, FrontierVille, and CityVille, is CastleVille. The latest game allows players to built mini-empires from castles, craft art and armor and trade, and defend your kingdom in a medieval world. The game was created by the Zynga Dallas team, which was part of Zynga's acquisition of Bonfire Studios.
The game starts off by letting you choose your character and build your look. Zynga Dallas director Bill Jackson says that this is the most expansive character building feature to date, with dozens of looks to choose from. The games objectives is for you to build the castle of your dreams and transform the the unexplored land into your own kingdom. There are many characters you'll meet along the way, who are all involved in the storyline of the game.