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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!
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has confirmed the launch of a new Facebook feature/product which is set to be announced next week. Now, before you start salivating about what it could be, let's think. Could it be something to combat the huge positive launch of Google+, could it be video chat? Maybe the rumored iPad app?
It could be a photo-sharing app for iOS, or a total change for the site itself. The news comes from Reuters, with their editor reporting that Zuckerberg confirmed to inquiring reporters at their Seattle-based office that Facebook plan on launching "something awesome" next week.
Chief Executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg told reporters in a visit to Facebook's Seattle office on Wednesday that the company planned to "launch something awesome" next week.He said the project had been developed at the 40-person Seattle office, Facebook's only major engineering center outside of its Palo Alto, California headquarters.
If you have gotten an invite into Google+, you'll know just how cool it is so far. I've been using it most of the day and I must say I'm very, very impressed. I can definitely see the potential for not only Google here, but for users in general. It feels more secure, very stable and very well made, many features that other social networking sites don't have like video chat. Hangouts is surprisingly cool, with Cameron and I currently video chatting (he may or may not be naked, join our Hangout to see) and it "just works".
It took all of five seconds to get into the room, flawless is an understatement. You're able to view YouTube videos together, smilies in chat are pretty cool as they transform from the text to an actual smilie, and tagging also works if you use it like Facebook, @Anthony, etc.
Once you've been invited, feel free to add the TweakTown staff to your circles and we hope to bring you some TweakTown themed Google+ action soon! How does a "Hangout" and drinks with TweakTown staff and readers sound? Leave your thoughts, email me or +1 me! Come +meet us now! :)
Google+ has been launched today and it is quite the bundle of joy. Included are multiple parts which create one large social networking web of connectivity, social fun and constant information on friends and more specifically the friends you want to know your whereabouts or specific posts.
Included are four major sections, +Circles, +Sparks, +Hangouts, +Mobile. First off +Circles is all about sharing what matters, to those who mean the most to you. Not all relationships and friendships are equal, +Circle allows you to create a "circle" which allows you to add the people you want to it and share what's new or something cool you found online. Instead of going out to all of your friends at once.
Facebook is rumored to start holding hands with Spotify on a music-streaming service that could be launched within a fortnight. It is currently going through testing and when launched, Facebook users will see a Spotify icon appear on the left of their newsfeed, along with the usual icons for photos, events and CityVille.
Once that icon appears, clicking on it will install the service on their desktop in the background and will allow users to play from Spotify's library of millions of songs through Facebook. The service goes one step further since it's on a social networking site, by letting Facebook users listen to music simultaneously with their friends over Facebook.
I just finished up some news and tweeted them, thought oh yeah I'll look at my Twitter and see what's going on - heart stops. Oh my god, my time line is empty, I've been hacked! I thought it were ironic as yesterday I talked about hackers and just now I posted about the iOS 4 hack... Alanis Morisette would be laughing at me right now.
But, status.twitter.com is reporting that some users might be experiencing empty timelines, myself and a friend are definitely feeling it. Twitter says:
We're currently experiencing an issue where some user's timelines will appear empty until new tweets come in. The older tweets will eventually begin to display as well. The team is aware of the issue and working to resolve it.
Normally I wouldn't bring the world of reality TV to TweakTown, but this news is quite hilarious. I've been watching snippets of Dancing with the Stars (#dwts) and its funny. The show features a bunch of 'celebrities' and they dance. If you haven't heard of it, then start painting that rock you live under in a better colour. Anyway, the show feels rigged because the three (to me anyway) main stars are Manu from My Kitchen Rules, Lara Bingle (I'm sure you all know her) and Damien Leith (Australian Idol winner). These 3 seem to dance the best and I'm sure they were picked up by producers months in advance and told to get practice, now.
During the show, I hear the word "Twitter" at least 3,219 times and have noticed they have "live" tweets scrolling down the bottom of the screen. These tweets are nearly all positive tweets, hash-tagging various dancers and the show itself (#dwts). SMH has picked up on this and has had various results. The accounts that are tweeting are new (created just hours before #dwts aired) and have been inactive since. Strange, huh?
California residents David Gould and Mike Robertson had previously filed a lawsuit accusing Facebook of sharing their names and privacy information with advertisers, violating Facebook's privacy policies and a host of other Acts. The lawsuit came out of a Wall Street Journal report that revealed that popular Facebook apps like Farmville were sharing very private information with advertising and information tracking firms. Whoops.
So these two jumped on this with a lawsuit, but some weird stuff is happening. Yesterday San Jose, CA U.S District Court Judge James Ware shot down Facebook's request that the lawsuit be dismissed because Gould and Robertson hadn't followed some random bureaucratic procedure. Nice try, guys. Ware however threw out 8 of the 9 claims that the plaintiffs had filed (also preventing them from re-filing all but 5).
So uh......I got nothing. Not like I went to Law School, so I can only imagine how this is going to turn out. See the court docs here.