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A plague of spam is occuring right now via thousands of hacked Twitter accounts which advertises a weight-loss product. It is not known how all these accounts have been hacked, but given the mass that's been affected and the amount of spammy msgs, it would seem the users' passwords have been stolen.
Below is what it looks like :-
...with the link pointing to a website that advertises an Acai Berry dietary supplement.
Needless to say, if you've spotted the above message coming from your own account, you should immediately change your password.
Another way to help prevent this kind of thing happening to you in future is to log in to your Twitter account, click on "Settings" in the upper-right dropdown menu, then choose "Connections" or "Applications" and "Revoke Access" which will revoke Twitter access to any suspicious apps thereon.
Google+ are hitting some great milestones every week it seems, with digital marketing monitor comScore Inc. estimating that Google had more than 20 million unique visitors since it opened its doors on June 28. Google of course has a long road ahead of them if they want to catch up to the footsteps of Facebook, with more than 750 million active users [according to their own statistics].
But, the king is never king forever. MySpace was one the "in-thing" and is now a faint memory in the ever-changing world of social networking. Google+ still remains an invite-only arena which would seem to stop its growth but it seems that the limited access is causing it to help its marketing and people want to be included in the exclusive Google+ network.
I'm currently selling invites for $500 a piece if interested, sarcasm of course.
Paul Allen's Google+ account has a new public post, saying that membership may pass 18 million today. Allen says that there have been 750,000 sign-ups on Monday alone which brings the total user base to nearly 18 million. Last week saw two days in which Google+ saw 2 million sign ups per day, but the exponential growth slowed to roughly 1 million new users a day. Keep in mind that this growth is all without Google actually marketing Google+ through any of its other channels such as Google search, YouTube or Blogger.
Google says when this happens, we should see millions of people joining Google+ on a daily basis for quite some time. Chairman Eric Schmidt says the vision Google have is to integrate Circles and sharing with all other Google properties. Google haven't started marketing Google+ because they're still trying to get the product "right." Google say they're paying attention to what customers are saying and responding quickly to try and improve the service.
If you'd like to take a look at the quite large post Allen made, check it out here.
After having just become apparent that Microsoft are the new owners of domain socl.com, earlier today it was discovered that a teaser landing page was running on that domain which appears to be a new social search service by Microsoft, as indicated in the screenshot of it below :-
A short time later, it was pulled and replaced with the following statement.
Thanks for stopping by.
Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web.
We didn't mean to, honest.
While many would argue Google still has quite a ways to go if it wants to play on the same level as Facebook in the social media realm, its recently launched Google+ extension is certainly off to a flying start, now looking to be in the midst of a population explosion.
A statistical analysis by founder of Ancestory.com, Paul Allen along with Facebook app maker FamilyLink.com has highlighted an astonishing rise in numbers recently, reaching 7.3 million last Sunday and likely hitting 10 million today. Assuming that Google doesn't pull its invitation button (made active on Sunday), it's also been carefully predicted that it could well hit 20 million users by this coming weekend.
During Facebook's "Awesome" event that is going on now at Facebook's HQ in Palo Alto, CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced "Video Calling".
It is a partnership with Skype and integrates into your current Facebook experience rather seamlessly. All you need to do is pop up your friends list in that chat area in the bottom right of the screen and select a friend. Then click on their name and click the "start a video call" camera looking icon.
For the first time you are asked to download the Facebook Video Calling Plug-in which is small and downloaded and installed very quickly. I'm going to give it a try right now! One last thought, now that Microsoft own Skype, does this mean we will see more Facebook and Microsoft joint efforts in the future?
Google have quietly launched Prizes, a social-based site where users can post a task or question, offer a prize and allow others to join in and suggest something or help them out and in return, earn real money. The contest creator will receive their work that they had asked for and in return the winner will take home real money. Prizes takes your Twitter or Facebook accounts and signs you up for prize-winning, user-created contests.
For example I've just signed up and someone is asking "Plan my romantic honeymoon in Italy" and is offering $50 for the suggestion. People would either suggest something for their honeymoon, or vote for someone else's suggestion. Whichever suggestion gets the most votes and ultimately wins, walks away with a cool $50. Another is "Plan a hassle-free trip for me and my 1 year old". They're going on their first plane flight and it's close to 13 hours non-stop, so you can imagine the $10 on offer is well worth it for them and their young 14 month-old baby girl.
Well, well. Mr Zuckerberg is currently the most followed user on Google+ according to the Google+ Statistics counter. Mark has 21,213 followers versus the Google CEO, Larry Page who has just 14,798 followers. Google co-founder Sergey Brin has just 11,629 followers and me? Well, I don't even make the list which is disappointing. This is a lesson in "follow Anthony from TweakTown's Google+". Ok everyone?
Google+ Statistics creator Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten says that Mark's popularity is due to "He has the most friends in the world, they made a movie about him, and he is more handsome than the Larry and Sergey." I don't know, he looks kinda nerdy... what do you think?
Just six months through 2011 and Twitter has smacked into another milestone; its users are tweeting 200 million times per day. Doesn't sound impressive? That's 1 million tweets per week. Rewind to 2009 and we were seeing 2 million tweets per day. Just a year ago? 65 million tweets.
If we put this into perspective, Twitter say this is equivalent to a 10 million page book in tweets, or 8,163 copies of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, each and every day! If you were to read this much text, it would take an astounding 31 years. Twitter also released the top Trending Topics for the first half of 2011:
As you may well know by now, Google introduced its social network platform last week called Google+. It was only opened up to a select group of people at the start, then others managed to find their way into the system by way of a little invite trick. The trick required that you have a Gmail email address, though.
Now obviously convinced of its readiness for the general public, Google has decided to open up its new social website to the general public.
It's still going by the name "the Google+ project" which still suggests it's in its early stages, but Google and its engineers and staff have been playing with Google+ for around 8 months now, according to an employee of Google who mentioned it during a "hangout". It's tuned rather well, but still has many featured to add in the following days, weeks and months.
Once you are all signed up and get your head around things, remember to "plus" TweakTown to your network.
UPDATE 10:51 US PST: Just to make it clear, you don't need a Gmail address to join now (via the invite trick), but you still need a Google account to join. Get in fast while you can!