Foursquare lover? PlayStation Vita owner? Well, the Foursquare app has officially checked in to the US PlayStation Store, and for just 4.5MB, it can be yours. The app works over Wi-Fi, but the app does suggest you use 3G to help the Vita's GPS get the correct position of your check-in.
Foursquare's app is also said to be compatible with the Vita's rear touchpad and cameras, which is a nice bonus. Engadget have prodded around with the Foursquare app and report that it feels similar to the Facebook app released just a few days ago for the PS Vita.
Vita owner? Foursquare user? Be sure to leave a comment to let us know your experience with the Vita + Foursquare, there's over 1.2 million of you out there now!
Have you so far liked no ads on your Twitter feed on your iOS, or Android-based devices? Well, not for long! Twitter are now allowing promoted tweets to appear in the feeds of the iOS and Android apps, according to an announcement.
Promoted tweets are nothing new, but until now, they've only been shown on the twitter.com web client. Advertisers, at the moment, are limited to displaying tweets to people who already follow them on Twitter, but over the next few months this restriction will fade into oblivion. At the moment, iPads escape these ads.
This will of course annoy some Twitter users, because smartphones have been essential to Twitter's immense popularity, and until now, have been a safe haven from ads. Twitter's mobile apps do have some advertising, but only in a similar way that other smartphone apps do. Promoted tweets appear mixed in with the content a person chooses to receive, adding to the clutter.
Twitter only recently started a self-serve advertising program, and expects an injection of new ad buyers. All new ad buys will include mobile by default now.
Well, the chief over here at TweakTown would be happy - he's a check-in master on Foursquare, so is our currently hospital-bound VGA editor, where I've stayed away from the whole Foursquare thing. In the mean time, Google have quietly rolled out Latitude Leaderboards.
From the title, you should be able to tell. There's been an update baked into the latest Maps app, where Google have introduced another level of functionality. Check-ins now earn you points that get tallied up and are used to rank Google+ users on a global leaderboard, kinda like Foursquare.
The feature hasn't rolled out to everyone just yet, and only reveals itself after you check-in somewhere. If I used Google+ more, I think I'd probably get into it, but this is something I'd personally like to just 'pop-up' on my phone. For example, you walk into a store (say a McDonalds) and it pops up with a notification "would you like to check-in?" Clicking 'yes' goes into whatever check-in app you prefer (Facebook, Google+, Foursquare) and checks you in. If it did that, I'd use it.
Get to it, Facebook/Google/Foursquare.
Facebook for Timeline has been great for some, personally, I love it. It's not super-useful, but it looks nice going to a profile with Timeline. That's just me. According to new reports, Facebook will bring its Timeline profile pages to brands this month, starting in the US.
Facebook teased Timeline back in September of last year at their F8 conference, and at the time of the announcement, Facebook said they would wait to roll out the new feature for brands. Faebook Vice President of Marketing and Business Partnerships, David Fischer, has said that Timeline for Brands would be "consistent" with the Timeline look-and-feel, but would not be a carbon copy.
The new Timeline for Brands will start in beta, and have just a handful of partners, after which it'll roll through to others in stages. Facebook have of course, declined to comment. Facebook for Brands will be interesting to see, and what businesses can do with the new Timeline-equipped pages.
Our Mobile App of the Day is Tweetbot for iPad.
Tweetbot is a full-featured iPad Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it's the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like multiple timelines & smart gestures, there's a lot to love about Tweetbot.
Tweetbot for the iPad is everything you love about the iPhone app and more!
◆ Multiple Timelines. Quickly switch between your lists as your main timeline.
◆ Smart Gestures. Use Twitter more efficiently with time-saving and configurable gestures.
◆ Native Push Notifications.
◆ Customizable Navigation. Hide the navigation tabs that you never use.
◆ Support for multiple services like Read it Later, Instapaper, Cloudapp URL Shortening.
◆ Save drafts, add locations and POI's, attach photos/videos, manage your lists, and much more.
You can download Tweetbot for iPad directly from the App Store on your iPad, or here.
Facebook have introduced apps for Timeline, in the form of Foodspotting, Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest, Rotten Tomatoes, Pose, Kobo, Gogobot, TripAdvisor, and more. This allows you to enhance your timeline with apps that help tell your story, in the way you want it to look.
Once an app is added, you can update your timeline with activities as they happen. For example, if you like design, shopping or fashion, you can add the Pinterest or Pose apps, to make your favorite items part of your timeline. There are other apps that make your timeline, pop, such as food-centric apps and travel-centric apps.
Facebook promise that there'll soon be apps for all interests, which will launch over time. After you've added an app, you can remove posts directly from timeline, as well as edit your settings from your personal Activity Log. It seems Facebook is slowly becoming an internal Internet. Just like Step Brothers, there's SO MANY ACTIVITIES!
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.
Ah, Microsoft. Late to the game with tablets, phones, consoles and now social networking. They've got phones going well, just not in sales. Consoles are in their stride, tablets from most reports are set to kick arse. But social networking? Enter "Socl".
Internally tested under the name "Tulalip", which is named after a group of Native American tribes, Socl promises to head butt Facebook and Google+. It features a three-column layout with a social search bar sprawled across the top, basic navigation on the left panel, your news and activity feed in the middle, and a "video party" feature on the right-hand side.
Socl does things a bit different with its tagging feature, allowing users to tag topic of interest and later receive updates on those interests. Microsoft is also making social searching a big part of Socl. The bar up top allows you to enter either a search term or status update, with friends being able to comment on either. Bing will of course be the search provider for Socl.
Google have finally opened the flood gates to Google+ to business and brands, not just individuals. The new feature is being called "Google+ Pages", and there seems to be little different between a Page and an individual account.
You're able to add Pages to any of your regular Circles, and Page owners are able to post as usual and take part in Hangouts. Pages also turn up in Google search results, which is quite handy. Google have also introduced a new Direct Connect as well that allows you to specifically search for Google+ Pages, to do this type "+Google" or "+Angry Birds" in a Google Search box and you'll be directed to the respective page.
Both features rollout on a limited basis starting today with Google promising everyone will have it soon.
Zynga's next entry in their "Ville" franchise, which includes FarmVille, FrontierVille, and CityVille, is CastleVille. The latest game allows players to built mini-empires from castles, craft art and armor and trade, and defend your kingdom in a medieval world. The game was created by the Zynga Dallas team, which was part of Zynga's acquisition of Bonfire Studios.
The game starts off by letting you choose your character and build your look. Zynga Dallas director Bill Jackson says that this is the most expansive character building feature to date, with dozens of looks to choose from. The games objectives is for you to build the castle of your dreams and transform the the unexplored land into your own kingdom. There are many characters you'll meet along the way, who are all involved in the storyline of the game.
With multiple social networking sites available now that give you the ability to share anything and everything about the goings on in your life; be it personal or working (or in most cases, both), some of you might be left wondering where the best place is to post your status. Or even if you have it down to a fine art already, what you'll see below should only cement what has already become common practice for much of the well embedded social networking community across the board.
There is now a quite comedic, yet accurate flowchart spreading around detailing what sort of status updates should go where. I think most of you would agree they've hit the nail on the head with this one!
Facebook are eyeing down a fine worth $139,000 after an Australian law student discovered that Facebook held 1,200 pages of personal data about him, much of which he had previously deleted. Max Schrems, 24, requested a copy of his data after attending a lecture hosted by Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg whilst he was on an exchange program at Santa Clara University in California.
Facebook sent him a CD of his data and Schrems was shocked to find information through his three years of having an account despite having deleted most of the information. Among the 1,200 pages of data were rejected friend requests, information regarding incidences where he had removed friends from his list and his entire conversation history.
Also included in his personal data CD were images that he had removed tags of himself, every event he had attended and every event he never responded to, poked and email addresses of people he'd corresponded with.