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Google have just flicked the switch on various changes to their social networking site, Google+. Google+ has received a total overhaul, including layout, navigation and feature changes. There's now a new navigation ribbon on the left side of Google+ which includes draggable icons for your profile, photos, hangouts and other Google+ apps.
Google are also pushing the sharing of large photos and videos, from anywhere on Google be it YouTube, search, and more. Google also decided to give Google+ a new Hangouts page, meaning you don't have to set them up specifically or bump them into your stream.
Also included is a Twitter-like trending box in the upper right corner of your homescreen, this ties in with the full-network-trending Explore page. This new fresh dab of paint could give Google+ another injection of users, but I'm guessing it will just keep the same users interested longer, as Google continue to hand-mould their social networking site into something wonderful, and more useful. I really need to use Hangouts more, we should do a TweakTown hangout one time soon!
Google saw 61 million visits to their social networking site Google+, which is a 27-percent month-over-month increase from February to March. The results come from Experian Hitwise, where they provided chart (pictured below) showing the growth Google+ has enjoyed since June 2011.
This data comes after Google CEO Larry Page claimed in a state-of-Google blog post that Google now has 100 million active users, this is 10 million more than the figure he shared with analysts in January. But, what defines the word "active", to Google?
According to some comScore data, users spent just 3.3 minutes on Google+, compared to 7.5 hours on Facebook. Quite the difference. Google asserted that 50 million users access "Google+-enhanced" products daily, and that 100 million do so once per month. Google+-enhanced includes YouTube, Google Play and google.com.
It's not every day that you get a trophy, so when you get one, you usually want it to be cool and interesting to display, right? Well, Twitter's Employee of the Month trophy is just that: cool and hilarious to display. The trophy in question was given to Charles Magnuson who is the 'Support Triage Captain' at Twitter.
At the top of the trophy, the hind quarters of what appears to be a donkey stand proud. A little further down the trophy, the words "You Kick Ass!" are engraved, which furthers the belief that it is a donkey on top. Magnuson notes that he was given the award after his name was drawn out of a hat. I can't say this enough...Coolest Trophy EVER!
Everyone that I know pretty much uses Facebook daily. They spend more time on Facebook than they do getting sleep. I'm guilty of it too, but is there really a problem with staying in contact with all of my friends? Experts believe that Facebook could be worse than alcohol or cigarettes. We outline the 5 possible issues with Facebook below.
1. Eating Disorders
Facebook, according to a new study, makes people feel bad about themselves. The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt found that more than 50% say that seeing pictures of themselves and others on the site "makes them more conscious about their own body and their weight." This wasn't just females either, as 40% of males said they comment negatively on their own pictures.
2. Low self-esteem and depression
This is similar to eating disorders as it deals with something similar to poor body image. Several studies have shown that posts by our friends make us feel worse about our own lives due to us comparing ourselves to them. Experts suggest limiting the number of friends you have and un-friending those that brag the most often.
Twitter users on BlackBerry-based smartphones can rest now, Twitter has been updated. Twitter for BlackBerry has hit version 126.96.36.199, and with it, brings a bunch of new features. First up we have an entire new layout, BBM Connected App Integration, Twitter Photo Service Support, Automatic Link Shortening, and over Wi-Fi, promoted Tweets and improved notifications.
Twitter for BlackBerry's stand out feature (to me) would be the ability to uploaded photos to pic.twitter.com directly from your BlackBerry's camera, or as you're typing or tapping up a tweet. Twitter for BlackBerry 3.0 can be downloaded in the link below, but you must have BlackBerry 5 installed as your OS before you can do so.
Older version of the BB OS such as 4.6? Sorry, you can only use version 2.0 of Twitter. Boo.
Download Twitter for BlackBerry 3.0 here.
The FaceBook Data Team has published an interesting new study based upon U.S. Facebook data from 2010 and 2011. The data concerns the changes in relationship status and the trends associated with them. Some of the trends and results of the study are obvious, such as February 14th being the highest gain in new relationships, but there are less obvious results, such as the trends for the most common break up day. The best part? This data is separated into 3 distinct age groups.
Today, being Friday (in the US at least), is the most common day for breakups for people older than 25, so be on the watch for a breakup. But if you're single, don't fret, because Monday is the statistically highest day for new relationships. For people under 25, Thursday is the highest day for breakups, probably because they want to be able to go out Friday night and party.
Ah, Facebook. You constantly-evolving entity of a social networking site. Facebook only just rolled out their updated photo viewer which sports higher-resolution photos, up to four times the size of before, but have also just thrown in a new tool that enables users to quickly filter out content that hasn't been posted by close friends.
Facebook's web-based portal is now capable of suggesting friends based on interaction frequency, reducing the need for users to manually peruse their entire friends list. This new tool is an extension of Facebook's Close Friends and Acquaintances feature, where it helps users focus on status updates from their closest, and dearest friends.
The new tool is available right now, which you can access from the Friends page under the Acquaintances list as "See All Suggestions".
Facebook have just rolled out its best photo update to-date, where they'll now display photos in high-resolution and allow the feature of full-screen viewing of images. The pictures will of course be much clearer, crisper, and higher quality than ever before.
The latest version of Firefox, as well as Chrome users, can view the full-screen photos by clicking the arrow in the top right corner. The last time Facebook updated its photo viewer was back in February, where the photo interface appears in a pop-out box with the caption information and ads displayed in the right sidebar.
Facebook knew that the photos weren't in good enough quality, where Facebook engineer Ryan Mack said in a blog post that he started working on the photo updates as soon as he noticed the coloring was off in his photos. Mack said:
Inside the Sydney Opera house I took a photo that I just couldn't wait to share with my friends. But when I uploaded it to Facebook the seats ended up looking way too red. It was a subtle change, but it bothered me enough to investigate.
I've long wondered why Facebook haven't increased the resolution support of their photo viewer, with so many people slinging around DSLR-based cameras, then uploading their snaps to Facebook, where it becomes kind of pointless. There should be a meme for that.
I've never quite understood why FaceBook has a poke option, nor why it seems to have such a high appeal with FaceBook users. I imagine that it is meant to bring some sort of "real" contact back into something that is purely digital with no physical contact. Thanks to two inventors, however, there can now be real physical contact that is initiated by a lowly FaceBook poke.
Jasper van Loenen and Bartholomäus Traubeck have invented a machine that translates a digital FaceBook poke into an actual poke, albeit by a machine. Simply strap it to your body in a location of your choosing, and the machine will jab you every time you get poked on FaceBook, almost like it were a voodoo doll.
Exactly six years ago, the first tweet ever was posted by Jack Dorsey, co-founder of the popular micro-blogging service Twitter. This makes today Twitter's sixth-birthday. The public debut of Twitter is technically July 6th, but the service was clearly running as the first tweet was placed today. Incredibly, the micro-blogging service now has over 350 million registered users, with 100 million posting regularly during 2011.