Just last week, a British school principal threatened to turn parents of underage Facebook users into Child Protective Services. In yet another story of people in a position of power abusing Facebook, a Missouri high school principal has resigned after being accused of creating a fake Facebook profile and adding her students.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch claims that a former school quarterback is the one who publicly accused Losos of being behind the profile Suzy Harriston. "Whoever is friends with Suzy Harriston on Facebook needs to drop them. It is the Clayton Principal," Chase Haslett reportedly stated.
While not outright confirming that this is the reason that Ms. Losos has left the post of principal, the district has issued a statement saying they and Losos "had a fundamental dispute concerning the appropriate use of social media." Adding more evidence to the claim, the Post-Dispatch says there is no one in the state of Missouri with the name of the alleged fake Facebook profile.
It's not clear what she would have hoped to gain by doing this, or what she would say if she had caught someone doing something they shouldn't. KDSK TV interviewed students who had received requests from "Suzy": "A group of penguins trying to add me and I denied the friend request," said Jonah Lindblad, a Clayton High junior. "Suzy"'s Facebook profile picture was indeed a group of penguins.
Our Mobile App of the Day is rowi for Windows Phone.
Rowi is an easy to use Twitter app for Windows Phone with a clean and simple interface.
If you are a serious Twitter user or a beginner, this is the app for you! Instead of focusing on a big list of features, we built Rowi with the overall experience in mind. You'll find Rowi has a simple, streamlined, easy to use Metro interface that feels like it's part of Windows Phone. It performs better than any other Twitter app today.
== WHAT DO I GET WHEN I PURCHASE ROWI? ==
In addition to all the great features of Rowi trial, purchasing Rowi means you will not see any ads and you will get push notifications for mentions and messages.
== WILL I BE MISSING ANYTHING IF I DON'T PURCHASE ROWI? ==
Other than push notifications, no. The trial of Rowi is full featured with no time limits. You will get ALL the great features!
== LASTEST VERSION - WHAT'S NEW? ==
-Bug fixes and updated for the latest OS (Mango)
-Right to left (RTL) language support
-Context menus on lists of tweets for quick and easy access
-New settings to tailor Rowi to your needs
-Pin nearly everything as a tile to your start screen
-New column types like retweets and favorites
-Inline image previews
-Readability for better web browsing and "save for later" support
Google unveiled Hangouts on Air last year, but it was limited to just a handful of broadcasters, which allowed them to go live with friends or fans, for the entire world to see. These users have loved it, and have made the once small community grow into its own entity.
Today, Google have launched Hangouts on Air to Google+ users worldwide. This means that anyone can jump on, and go live in front of a global audience. Here's what you're abel to do:
- Broadcast publicly. By checking "Enable Hangouts On Air," you can broadcast your live hangout-from the Google+ stream, your YouTube channel or your website-to the entire world.
- See how many viewers you've got. During your broadcast, you can look inside the hangout to see how many people are watching live.
- Record and re-share. Once you're off the air, we'll upload a public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post. This way it's easy to share and discuss your broadcast after it's over.
Launching millions of live stations can't be done overnight, so Google are rolling out Hangouts on Air over the coming weeks.
I was sitting around a bonfire at my brothers house last week when my mate Daniel turns to me, laughing, and tells me to check out this new app on his iPhone called 'Viddy'. He said it was the Instagram of video. After showing me Snoop Dogg driving his car and just looking at the road, and various other videos - I could see it had the potential of being an acquisition target by Facebook, or similar.
Now Facebook founder himself, Mark Zuckerberg, has joined the ranks of thousands by signing up for the video sharing mobile app, Viddy. Zuckerberg posted up his first video under the nickname 'Zuck', which featured his dog, Beast, playing around in his house. Zuck's first video received more than 1,200 likes from other users, but this number should expand exponentially should Zuck share it on his Facebook page which sports 13 million subscribers.
A photo of his dog received more than 250,000 likes, with Viddy benefitting big time from such huge exposure. Viddy has also just hit 15 million users, but the celebrities joining the Viddy game are growing by the day. Viddy has just recently had a new injection of funding from rockstar investors such as Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Skull Candy's Jeff Kearl, Jay-Z, and more.
Ah, yes. Anonymous, the group that does these hackings in order to benefit the greater good. Social activism, justice. Well, a small group of coders from the larger hacktivist organization are coming together to program a new social music service that will collect music from around the web and allow it to be organized into playlists and share...anonymously.
That's right, a small group of coders from Anonymous are planning on creating a social music service, called Anontune, which will pull together music from various sources such as YouTube and SoundCloud and aggregate them so that they can be put into playlists and shared anonymously. Anonymous will not be hosting any of the music.
The whole project hinges on running a java applet which will provide the anonymity as well as the functions of the project. With running an applet from a group such as Anonymous comes some risk, so you do so at your own risk (read: I am not encouraging this behavior, nor do I or TweakTown necessarily approve of this behavior).
According to reports, the service is only 20% complete, so it still has awhile before its debut. The creators hope that the new service will change the way people engage with music. Think of it as an anonymous version of Spotify. The video above is the announcement from Anonymous. I love Anonymous for their entertainment value.
I thought it was ridiculous when I saw an 8 year old with a cell phone last week, but apparently it's worse than I thought. A new study suggests that he was using Facebook on his phone as well, even though Facebook requires users to be 13 years of age or older. With all of the money and the technical prowess that Facebook has, shouldn't they be able to find an under-aged user?
Apparently not, or at least according to a new study released by Minor Monitor. I would like to point out the self interest that the company might have in a study like this. The study says that 38% of the kids on Facebook are under 13, with an incredible 4% being under SIX. I'll remind you we're talking about physical age--if it were mental age, I'm sure the number would be much higher.
It's incredible to think that parents either allow their kids on Facebook or don't know that they're on there. Three-quarters of parents surveyed in this study admitted to worrying about their children's safety on Facebook, but it doesn't appear to have caused them to prevent their children from using Facebook.
The most feared issue of Facebook is, obviously, Sexual Predators. It wins by a large margin against "Sharing too much info." 17% of parents, according to the survey, do not do any type of monitoring of the kid's activities on the site. 51% log-in using a username and password, which I believe is technically against Facebook's Terms of Service. See the full post for an info-graphic.
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 22.214.171.124, 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.
Google have added another notch to their social networking belt by updating their Google+ service, where it now handles photos better. Google have added an album organizer, which can sort, reorder, move and delete photos, if you wish.
The organizer can be access by the top level icon above the photos themselves, and once in the organizer, the images can be rearranged by ascending or descending upload date. The photos can also be reordered by selecting, dragging, then dropping them into a new position. Once selected, multiple images can be easily pulled into a different album or deleted from an album in bulk.
The Google+ changes apply to the desktop web version only, with iOS and Android users having a totally different interface.
Google have just rolled out their new design for the Google+ mobile site, and now pulls it more in line with the designs of the Google+ apps for both Android and iOS devices. iPad users should be quite happy, in some ways, with this new update, as they've been waiting for a native app for Google+ for a while now.
The new UI includes a visual refresh, and includes some new features to make it easier to use Google+ with the mobile browser. One of the biggest improvements is that now individual posts can be reshared with the click (or touch?) of a single button. Google+ rolled out some major localization just a few days ago, which made the service available in more than 60 languages including Zulu and Icelandic.
One thing still missine is an actual native iPad app for Google+. Right now, we have an iPhone app, Android app (of course) but the iPad-based users have to upscale the app, which doesn't look too good at all. A Google spokesperson has said that there is "no update" on the availability of an iPad app.
After making Timeline for personal profiles last month mandatory, Facebook have just rolled out Timeline for Pages. From now, businesses are being encouraged to make the switch starting today, as it will become involuntary on March 30th.
Timeline for business, brands and more will usher in something completely new for businesses to interact with customers. The large cover photo is a huge asset for businesses, where they can show off their product or service. After all, a picture is truly worth a thousand words.
I'll suggest that you check out our Facebook page now, as it has been updated to Timeline and looks quite amazing if I may say so myself!
If we listen to the latest data from comScore, Google+ users actually spent an average of 3.3 minutes per month on Google+ in January of this year. Comparing this number to Facebook, where they have an average of 7.5 hours last month, this is a whopping 136-times greater than the average Google+ visitor.
Google of course downplayed the super-low numbers, claiming that their own internal data shows much higher numbers, and that Google+ is actually growing. If we look at the other comScore data, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter all beat Google+ in minutes-per-month spent on the respective social networking websites. We have 17 minutes, 8 minutes, and 21 minutes for LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter, respectively.
Just 7.5 hours a month on Facebook? Well, considering I'm on the thing for 8 hours-plus per day, what am I? A super non-average Facebook user? Am I addicted? Not as much as some, I have friends and family who literally spend those 7.5 hours, in a single day, on a smartphone, and not get bored. I'm bored of Facebook in minutes, I just have it sitting in a Chrome tab, waiting for that (1) to show up and haunt me to check it out.
What about you?
Our Mobile App of the Day is GroupMe for Windows Phone.
GroupMe is the best way to chat with everyone you know. It's absolutely free, whether you're talking to a group of friends, or texting with one person. Best of all, it works on nearly every phone, via push or SMS. With GroupMe, it's easy to reach anyone, anytime, anywhere.
On GroupMe, you can catch up with your family, get a group together for a night out, coordinate with co-workers, or just gossip with a few of your closest friends. Think about it like your own private Twitter, just for the people you really know. Or like a faster, better reply-all email.
No matter how you think about it, "you won't know how you lived without it once you give it a shot." -Gizmodo
Now a part of the Skype family.
-Start groups with the people already in your contacts...no need to remember usernames or PINs.
-Whenever you or anyone else in the group sends a message, everyone receives it. The conversation starts instantly.
-The app uses your data connection by default, but when you have a poor connection, you can switch to receiving messages via SMS. You'll never miss a message!
-Chat online when you don't have your phone nearby at http://groupme.com
-Share photos inline-take them on-the-go or choose from ones you've already taken.
-Send a direct message to anyone who has the GroupMe app for free.