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Latest figures out of the social networking giant, Facebook, show an absolutely mind-blowing 1 trillion hits a month. For those who don't quite grasp just how large that number is, 1 trillion is 1,000,000,000,000... wow. In comparison, YouTube only takes 100 million hits a month.
Behind both of those giants, Yahoo.com receives 78 million page views per month on average. As Facebook continutes to grow, more and more people are joining, young and old. PC, Mac, mobile, tablets, everywhere.
Google+, when will you hit 1 trillion hits a month?
Google's got the gaming bug as of today with the launch of a new games section. There's a stack of decently mixed up titles already available to help reel in folks and spend more time on its social project.
By clicking on a button at the top of your stream, you'll get to the list of titles now on offer, including some bigtime favourites like Angry Birds as well as being able to get info on game updates from circles, invites from friends, titles being played by your contacts and a shared high scores system to add to the competitive, addictive nature of the section.
Google says it's still in the process of rolling out the games page to everyone, so some of you might not yet see it, but it should be a quick rollout and you'll be able to let your fb farms wither away in favour of a new lease of life on the other side.
Anonymous has had quite the resume built up, responsible for attacks on the Pentagon, News Corp and others have now set their targets on Zuckerberg's love child, Facebook. Anonymous have vowed to destroy Facebook on November 5 citing privacy concerns and the difficulty involved in deleting a Facebook account. Anonymous hopes to "kill Facebook," and the "medium mof communication [we] all so dearly adore."
The full announcement is below (and in the full post of this news) for your reading pleasure. Let's just hope V for Vendetta is not involved because we all know what happens on the 5th of November.
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.