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I have to admit, I scour the entire interwebs for news, virtually each and every day and up until now, I did not even know about Orkut. Orkut is a Google-owned social network, that gets overshadowed by its own rival, Google+ and other players such as Facebook. Orkut is still massively popular in India and Brazil, where more than 80-percent of its 66 million active users come from, as of October 2011.
Google have just released a native Orkut client for the iPhone, which is available for free from the App Store and includes the usual feature set like updating your status, and checking your scraps and messages to browsing your friends' profiles and uploading photos.
Facebook had its first live theater performance on Monday, Effi Briest takes the social networking 'stage'
Facebook has previously held presidential debates, Twitter has had live concerts, but now theater has taken the social networking stage. Berlin's Maxim Gorki Theater used Facebook to host a live theater experience on Monday, which is what they have called, Facebook's first performance.
Maxim Gorki Theater used Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest, and performance a special adaption for the "online Facebook stage", reported Reuters. A spokesperson for the theater told Reuters:
We were really pleased to try something new and innovative, and have learned a lot about how we can use the internet for our productions. Facebook can't replace the stage, but it offers some really interesting opportunities to perform theatre online.
They really broke through with something new, by offering status updates, shared photos and wall posts between characters, all part of the interactive experience. During the show, audience members voted for their favorite wedding dress option and contributed to a love letter exchanged between characters. But, the audience were warned that Facebook chatter during the show was 'discouraged'. The performance narrator sent "silence in the theater, please," messages, kind of like a virtual dimming of the lights.
Facebook in their quest to take over the world, are giving away Timeline personal cards for a limited time and while supplies last in an effort to help users promote their profiles and a new partnership with moo.com.
200,000 sets of 50 cards each (5,000 per day) are being given away for free, on a first come, first serve basis. In order to get your Timeline business cards, follow these steps:
1. Visit your Facebook Timeline profile.
2. Click the About link under the basic personal information section.
3. Navigate to the Contact Info section and mouse over the small business card icon.
4. You should see a message from Facebook that says, "We've partnered with moo.com to make it easy to print your very own set of custom business cards. The first box of cards is on us."
5. Click Print Cards to proceed.
Before typing this news, I tried it myself and they're sold out today. At only 5,000 per day, it's going to be next to impossible to order them. It may seem like a gimmick, but customizable Timeline cards could be a great way to network with new contacts.
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.