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It's SXSW time and with it comes some changes to social networking giant, Foursquare. Foursquare have started rolling out the changes ahead of the official start of the event on the 11th.
The changes are somewhat different to what you'd expect and creates an evolving step toward something exciting for Foursquare. Version 3.0 brings a bunch of changes which are listed below. I'm sure Facebook won't be far behind this, Zuckerberg's fist must be shaking in the wind right about now.
Facebook's head of U.S. agency relations Sarah Personette revealed a joint event held by Obilvy and Buddy Media a bunch of statistics on global usage for Facebook. According to Facebook, they have 149 million Americans actively using the site with 70-percent of those users logging in daily.
Personette also revealed that France has 22 million active users with 65-percent returning daily, the UK has 29 million active users and Canada fills it's void with 19 million active users. From the picture above, we can see that my home country Australia has 10 million active users with 66-percent returning daily. Not bad at all, Facebook. Poke.
The crew of Facebook is celebrating the social networking site's seventh birthday and it looks like they've gotten themselves a major present. It looks like they're moving from their current digs in Palo Alto, CA into the former home of Sun Microsystems in San Mateo, CA.
The current Palo Alto headquarters is nearing 2,000 employees which apparently has the current campus bursting at the seams and ready for expansion. The former Sun Microsystems property fits the bill, since they left the property after being acquired by Oracle. A press conference has been scheduled for February 8th to make the official announcement and give more information about the future of Facebook.
The eyes of the entire world have been glued to the troubles plaguing Egypt and its people. Apparently Kenneth Cole thought that using this current event to advertise their new spring collection was a great idea. He released the following tweet, which has since been removed but not before the Twitter world went into an uproar:
Yeah Kenneth Cole, definitely too soon. Apparently the tweet cannot be blamed on an employee with bad taste because the tweet was signed with the -KC of Kenneth Cole himself. Thousands of angrys responses have since hit the Twitter universe. He has since posted an apology on both Twitter and Facebook, but this is just one more instance to learn from for the rest of us. Remember kids, think before you tweet. The Internet always remembers.
I'm not a reader of TIME Magazine. The last time I picked an issue up was when I was in the doctor with my kid and that issue was 27 years old. TIME magazine picks a person of the year each year without much in the way of an explanation of what good the person has actually done according to some.
This year Facebook leader and creator Mark Zuckerberg got the nod. I guess I can get behind this a bit considering the dude just gave have his personal fortune to charity. I can see the reasoning for the choice a bit; Facebook has changed the way that we interact.
Google has been wanting to place it's flag in the social network land for a little while now and currently the internal codename for their upcoming social project is "Emerald Sea".
But, that name could now be old and replaced by "Google +1" or "Google Plus One". It's unknown if it'll be one or the other but right now it is a decision between both of those names. The +1 comes from the same mind set of Facebook's Like and Twitters Retweet.
The rumors for Skype & Facebook are happening again with a snippet of Facebook code as pictured below:
Tal Alter, who develops Facebook apps discovered the code dubbed VideoChat while digging around during development of his own app. He said that the code "appears to have everything needed to introduce video chatting functionality".
Wow. In September, Twitter had 145 million registered users - as of this month it has expanded out to 175 million registered users, an increase of 30 million in just 2 months - not to count, it has added a total of 70 million users since April.
It's impressive - considering Twitter had 58 million users in 2009 and 503, 000 users in 2007 - the growth is great. Twitter could be celebrating New Years with 200 million users.
Where's this growth coming from?
As much as seemingly zillions of people love Facebook, the chat function leaves quite a bit to be desired for some. Facebook's possible answer? Teaming up with Skype to bring SMS messaging and video and voice chatting to Facebook Connect.
Rumor has it that Facebook and Skype are close to putting together a deal that will allow Skype users to integrate their accounts with Facebook Connect, letting users use the much more popular Skype interface to video or voice chat with their Facebook friends. No word on whether it will be available on the mobile platform as well as PC, but we may have our answer when the Skype 5.0 beta hits in a couple of weeks.
According to sources at Mashable, a leading social media news site, Twitter has something hatching right now. Even a Twitter company tweet suggests to confirm it in part.
If the rumor turns out to be correct, Twitter will bring images and videos to tweet posts. Twitter has been text only forever and if a tweeter wanted to include multimedia in their tweet post, they would use an external service like Twitpic for hosting and linking to images.
Obviously the proposed and we repeat rumored changes would have the folks over at Facebook worrying a little. The inclusion of multimedia in tweets blurs the line of difference between the two mega social networks. According to the story by Mashable, Twitter plans on making things more clear during a company press event due to be held at 7pm US EST.
16:38 US PST UPDATE: It's confirmed. New Twitter.com going live soon!