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Finding interesting news stories on Facebook has become increasingly hard to do over the last few years, and that is mainly due to the dilution of the news feed caused by so many useless and noninformative pages. Today Facebook launched a new service that is aimed at making it much easier to find what news stories are trending on the service, and it's called FB NewsWire.
FB Newswire is powered by Storyful, one of the leading social content discovery services. The new service aggregates news content that has been shared publicly on Facebook originating from individuals and organizations from around the world. Facebook says that it has designed FB Newswire for Journalist and individuals in an effort to make the hot topics and trending news better accessible. As a long-time tech journalist, I can attest to how big of a role Facebook plays in story discovery, and will definitely put this new service to use.
"In Storyful, we're excited to have found a partner with a track record of understanding both the potential of the social web as a key resource for media as well as the tools that newsrooms need to utilize it. We're confident that their news expertise and best-in-class editorial team will help make it even easier for journalists to use compelling social content from Facebook in their newsgathering and reporting," Facebook said in a release. "News is finding a bigger audience on Facebook than ever before. Journalists and media organizations have become an integral part of Facebook, which is visible in features like Trending Topics, improvements to Pages, and recent changes to News Feed. Publishers are seeing the results of our commitment, with referral traffic from Facebook to media sites growing more than 4x in 2013, and we're excited to deepen our relationship with media organizations and journalists in the days to come."
For the last month or so, Twitter has been testing out a new profile page with select users, and today the company has released its new profile design to all of its users. The complete overhaul has taken Twitter from what many considered to be an outdated design, to a more modern look and feel that is on par with Facebook and Google Plus.
The biggest thing you will notice is that the new Twitter profile now spans the full width of the page, and looks a lot like Facebook's Timeline. Users can now upload a large header image similar in size to what Google+ allows. Users also now benefit from a mosaic-view of their twitter post, but a chronological view is also available. Additionally, users can pin a single Tweet to the top of their feed, which allows them to keep important tweets at the top.
As more and more people search for better paying jobs, or an advancement in their career, many of them forget to look internally in the very company they work for. LinkedIn is looking to make internal jobs more visible, and has today announced a new feature to its service that will display job openings within a user own company.
The new Internal Job Recommendations feature is designed to help companies display their job listing to their current employees better because it says that most companies assume their job listings are viewed by its employees more than they actually are. "We not only received more internal applicants coming from LinkedIn, we also saw them moving through the process. And it's been unbelievably simple," said Recruitment Sourcing Manager Lee Robinsonfrom the Westpac Group.
Scamming the system via "like baiting" on Facebook post has been a problem for a long time and today Facebook has announced plans to put an end to these confusing and annoying post once and for all. For those who do not know what "like baiting" is, let me explain. Like baiting is when a person or page or group post an image or post and ask you to "like" the post if you agree, or "share" the post if you disagree, and to "comment" if you agree and disagree. This format changes from post to post, but the basic concept is the same.
Additionally, these post often contain links to nefarious websites, or websites that are aimed at causing the user to accidentally click on advertisements. Facebook is using algorithms to measure how many times people who visit links, like the original post, and is using this data to determine whether or not a post is a "like baiting" spam post. Facebook says that it is punishing posters who frequently publish these type of post by decreasing their reach over a period of a few months. This will result in Facebookers seeing less of these post on their news feed and that is something I think we can all appreciate.
Twitter has returned from the dead in Turkey today as the Constitutional court rules for the second time that the ban violated freedom of speech rights. Late last month, Turkis Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, imposed the ban on the social networking service and stated that he would "wipe out" twitter from his country for good. Unfortunately for him, Turkish citizens found several workarounds, which led to the country blocking Google's DNS service and YouTube as a result.
This entire fiasco was sparked over Twitter suggesting that some members of the Turkish government might be corrupt, which caused the Prime Minister to virtually silence the service. Last week, the Turkish Constitutional Court issued an injunction that was supposed to lift the ban, but it did little good. Today the court passed down a second ruling that stated that the ban on Twitter violated Turkish citizen's rights to free speech, and forced regulators to reinstate access to Twitter.
If you have spent much time on Google+, you like many others, have probably noticed that here isn't as much going on there as there is on other social networks. Google is apparently trying to show people that there are visitors to its social network.
It has enabled a view counter on the profile page of the Google+ service. The number of views shows up beside the number of subscribers you have on the profile page, below your picture. The views number is an aggregate amount of views for posts, photos, and the profile page.
The number should prove or disprove the theory of many that they are wasting their time on Google+. I can see some brands or people not wanting the number of times their content has been viewed showing up. Those people can opt to turn off the views counter.
If you are a big twitter fan, the service has announced some updates that will make it a bit more social. On networks like Facebook, you can attach multiple photos to your posts and tag people in the photos that you want to see it. Twitter hasn't had that capability.
In the past, it was one photo per tweet and if you wanted someone to see it, you had to use the trusty "@" to do the trick. Twitter announced this week that it was adding two new features that will change all that. The new features include the ability to tag people in photos that you are posting and put multiple photos in a single tweet.
Twitter also now supports up to four photos in the tweet. The cool part about support for photo tagging is that you can tag up to ten people in a single image and not use any of your 140 characters to do it. If you are tagged in a photo, you will receive a notification.
This afternoon Twitter went offline and has remained in "maintenance mode" for the last 20 minutes or so. TweakTown has confirmed that the outage is worldwide with users in the US, UK, Australia, and Asia not being able to connect. When visiting the desktop and mobile versions of the site users are presented with the image below.
At the moment the outage is unknown and no official word has been given as to why the outage is occurring. I have reached out to my contacts at Twitter and am awaiting a response. In the mean time the TweakTown news team will continue to search for reports of what is causing the outage and will update this posting with anything that we find.
Facebook has groups for just about any subject you can think of. Some of the most popular groups are those that are used rather like classified ads where people can go and post the items that they no longer want and sell them. Anyone who has visited these sites knows that many of the items for sale are guns.
Facebook is cracking down on who can see the guns posted for sale on its pages and taking steps to stop illegal gun sales from happening. Facebook says that from now on any page listing guns for sale will be shielded from minors.
Some gun control advocates feel that Facebook isn't dong enough. They want Facebook to ban any advertisement for the unlicensed sale or transfer of guns in the US. In most states, you are supposed to have a license to sell firearms. Currently Craigslist and eBay both prohibit the listing of weapons so Facebook is one of the few outlets that people have.
Twitter is currently showing off another user profile redesign in its test channels, with the redesign looking like the lovechild of Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest.
The new look features support for large header photos (up to 1500x1500 pixels), left-aligned profile images, and flat content cards to represent each tweet. It is a far cry from previous designs, where tweets can be be seen side by side, which is a massive change to how Twitter has worked up until now.
We don't know when this will be rolling out to the general public, but I would dare say it would be sooner, rather than later.