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.
CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo has revealed some statistics about Twitter's insane growth. Twitter now has over 100 million active users and that signups via iOS have tripled since the launch of iOS 5. It was only back in June that Twitter was hitting 200 million tweets per day, but this number has expanded out to 250 million tweets per day. If we rewind back to January 2011, there were around 100 million tweets per day.
Quite the growth, huh? Costolo revealed the stats during an interview at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. With those 100 million active users, half of them login daily. Costolo says:
We had 30% of our monthly active users loggin in every day at the beginning of the year. Now it's over 50%.
At this pace, Twitter's growth is around 40-percent quarter-on-quarter. The numbers, millions of users, and tweets per day, while interesting, don't really impress me as much as the tidbit on the iOS 5 impact on Twitter. Apple integrates Twitter directly into iOS 5 and for Costolo to reveal that Twitter signups via iOS 5 have tripled sine the update to iOS, that is insane. A 300-percent increase in signups via iOS 5 devices, in what, a week? Wow.
Zynga is holding a press event tomorrow in San Francisco dubbed "Zynga Unleashed", where it is expected to share its plans on how they're going to use Facebook's new HTML5-based mobile platform. Facebook's platform was announced this afternoon and runs on Apple's iOS devices as well as across the mobile Web. It will allow game developers such as Zynga to connect versions of the same application on PC and mobile devices.
In order to achieve this, developers will build applications in HTML5, rather than the commonly used Adobe Flash technology. Zynga is expected to launch "selected titles" tomorrow, with other developers set to follow such as EA, Moblyng, Storm8 and Wooga. Zynga are quite on what they're bringing to the table tomorrow, saying to AllThingsD they "will have HTML5 games coming soon the Facebook's mobile apps site".
After months of speculation, opinion, leaks and other events, Facebook have today launched what people have expected: a mobile app platform as well as Facebook for iPad. Before this, Facebook users had to use their computers for gaming and app needs (or obsessions) where now, they should be able to play and participate from almost any device with a web browser. This experience amplifies if you're on an Apple iOS-based device.
It was rumored that Facebook were totally against Apple, with iOS 5 having Twitter integration but this news is joy to the ears of Facebook and Apple users. The reason is simple. Facebook apps and more importantly, games, don't work on phones or tablets because iOS devices don't support Flash. Facebook has now helped a select group of developers, Audiovroom, Branchout, EA, Flixster, Gilt Groupe, Huffington Post, Moblyng, Storm8, Wooga and Zynga, all create HTML5-based versions of a selection of their apps and game titles that will work within Web browsers.
Alright, we were a little too hasty in our previous news post saying that Spotify would be the provider of music on Facebook.
It turns out that Spotify is just one of the partners that will provide music playback on Facebook. It will be very easy for you to discover what songs your friends are playing and listening to via the ticker notification system. All you will need to do is click on the song and the song will playback on the music service which you use and it will play in the area where you usually see the chat window.
This does make more sense - if Facebook did just use Spotify, it would only work in countries where the service is supported. Mark quickly mentioned that he thinks all music should be free as in his opinion it enables users to discover new music which will encourage them to buy more in the long run. That's an interesting theory since nowadays if you are in the right part of the world; you don't need to pay a cent for the music you enjoy.
Let's just hope in this social web we live in these days, the revenue models used by Spotify and others work and the record companies and music producers are happy with their earnings. We saw it with Napster back in the day and we all know how that worked out.
While checking out the new Facebook Timeline introduction page we posted about just recently, we spotted a Spotify app in the Timeline.
This suggests and somewhat goes along with rumors over the past few weeks or so that Facebook will be teaming up with Spotify to bring music playback to Facebook.
According to the Timeline introduction, you'll be able to play music from the Facebook website and the music you listen to will be shared on your timeline, so that your friends can see what you are listening to and also listen along at the same time.
We will find out soon enough. The Zuck has discussed music during his F8 keynote yet.
Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his F8 Developer Conference keynote introducing the Facebook Timeline.
It's a way of seeing your whole life story on just one page. It's not yet clear if the Timeline will replace traditional profile pages or if it will be an additional type of profile page.
The Timeline page allows you and your friends to see all of your recent activity all the way through to when you were born. There is a simple year bar which allows you to go back to a certain year in your life to see what you or your friends were doing then. As for adding content, you'll be able to upload old photos and video etc and select a date from when that event occurred.
After a quick lucky guess, I found the Facebook Timeline preview page which introduces the new product. Check it out here.
We are unsure when Facebook will rollout Timeline, but in Mark's speech he said that they will be rolling out a bunch of new products today, so money is on sometime later today.
With those haunting memories going back to 9/11 almost 10 years ago, a time when those memories are most particularly vivid is just around the corner once again, marking a full decade since the horrific event in New York unfolded.
As such, in collaborating with The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Facebook will be asking members to acknowledge this time by updating their profile photos or dedicating their statuses in remembrance of all the victims who lost their lives.
Facebook for iPad has been a long time coming and between you and I, it should've been here weeks after the iPad launch 18 months ago. But, are we edging closer to social network goodness on the iPad? Possibly... It looks like we might see the iPad app unveiled at Facebook's "f8" developer conference which is being held in San Francisco on September 22. The f8 conference is aimed at getting Facebook app developers together or people who want to integrate their website with Facebook in order to showcase Facebook's newest feature additions.
At the last f8 conference, the "Like" feature was unveiled which let you spread the word about a website, brand, product, video or anything else of interest to your Facebook friends. This years f8 conference is being held at the San Francisco Design center which will be the largest stage ever used for an f8 event, which is leading people to believe Facebook is set to unveil something quite large.
Latest figures out of the social networking giant, Facebook, show an absolutely mind-blowing 1 trillion hits a month. For those who don't quite grasp just how large that number is, 1 trillion is 1,000,000,000,000... wow. In comparison, YouTube only takes 100 million hits a month.
Behind both of those giants, Yahoo.com receives 78 million page views per month on average. As Facebook continutes to grow, more and more people are joining, young and old. PC, Mac, mobile, tablets, everywhere.
Google+, when will you hit 1 trillion hits a month?
Google's got the gaming bug as of today with the launch of a new games section. There's a stack of decently mixed up titles already available to help reel in folks and spend more time on its social project.
By clicking on a button at the top of your stream, you'll get to the list of titles now on offer, including some bigtime favourites like Angry Birds as well as being able to get info on game updates from circles, invites from friends, titles being played by your contacts and a shared high scores system to add to the competitive, addictive nature of the section.
Google says it's still in the process of rolling out the games page to everyone, so some of you might not yet see it, but it should be a quick rollout and you'll be able to let your fb farms wither away in favour of a new lease of life on the other side.
Anonymous has had quite the resume built up, responsible for attacks on the Pentagon, News Corp and others have now set their targets on Zuckerberg's love child, Facebook. Anonymous have vowed to destroy Facebook on November 5 citing privacy concerns and the difficulty involved in deleting a Facebook account. Anonymous hopes to "kill Facebook," and the "medium mof communication [we] all so dearly adore."
The full announcement is below (and in the full post of this news) for your reading pleasure. Let's just hope V for Vendetta is not involved because we all know what happens on the 5th of November.
A plague of spam is occuring right now via thousands of hacked Twitter accounts which advertises a weight-loss product. It is not known how all these accounts have been hacked, but given the mass that's been affected and the amount of spammy msgs, it would seem the users' passwords have been stolen.
Below is what it looks like :-
...with the link pointing to a website that advertises an Acai Berry dietary supplement.
Needless to say, if you've spotted the above message coming from your own account, you should immediately change your password.
Another way to help prevent this kind of thing happening to you in future is to log in to your Twitter account, click on "Settings" in the upper-right dropdown menu, then choose "Connections" or "Applications" and "Revoke Access" which will revoke Twitter access to any suspicious apps thereon.
Google+ are hitting some great milestones every week it seems, with digital marketing monitor comScore Inc. estimating that Google had more than 20 million unique visitors since it opened its doors on June 28. Google of course has a long road ahead of them if they want to catch up to the footsteps of Facebook, with more than 750 million active users [according to their own statistics].
But, the king is never king forever. MySpace was one the "in-thing" and is now a faint memory in the ever-changing world of social networking. Google+ still remains an invite-only arena which would seem to stop its growth but it seems that the limited access is causing it to help its marketing and people want to be included in the exclusive Google+ network.
I'm currently selling invites for $500 a piece if interested, sarcasm of course.
Paul Allen's Google+ account has a new public post, saying that membership may pass 18 million today. Allen says that there have been 750,000 sign-ups on Monday alone which brings the total user base to nearly 18 million. Last week saw two days in which Google+ saw 2 million sign ups per day, but the exponential growth slowed to roughly 1 million new users a day. Keep in mind that this growth is all without Google actually marketing Google+ through any of its other channels such as Google search, YouTube or Blogger.
Google says when this happens, we should see millions of people joining Google+ on a daily basis for quite some time. Chairman Eric Schmidt says the vision Google have is to integrate Circles and sharing with all other Google properties. Google haven't started marketing Google+ because they're still trying to get the product "right." Google say they're paying attention to what customers are saying and responding quickly to try and improve the service.
If you'd like to take a look at the quite large post Allen made, check it out here.
After having just become apparent that Microsoft are the new owners of domain socl.com, earlier today it was discovered that a teaser landing page was running on that domain which appears to be a new social search service by Microsoft, as indicated in the screenshot of it below :-
A short time later, it was pulled and replaced with the following statement.
Thanks for stopping by.
Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web.
We didn't mean to, honest.
While many would argue Google still has quite a ways to go if it wants to play on the same level as Facebook in the social media realm, its recently launched Google+ extension is certainly off to a flying start, now looking to be in the midst of a population explosion.
A statistical analysis by founder of Ancestory.com, Paul Allen along with Facebook app maker FamilyLink.com has highlighted an astonishing rise in numbers recently, reaching 7.3 million last Sunday and likely hitting 10 million today. Assuming that Google doesn't pull its invitation button (made active on Sunday), it's also been carefully predicted that it could well hit 20 million users by this coming weekend.
During Facebook's "Awesome" event that is going on now at Facebook's HQ in Palo Alto, CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced "Video Calling".
It is a partnership with Skype and integrates into your current Facebook experience rather seamlessly. All you need to do is pop up your friends list in that chat area in the bottom right of the screen and select a friend. Then click on their name and click the "start a video call" camera looking icon.
For the first time you are asked to download the Facebook Video Calling Plug-in which is small and downloaded and installed very quickly. I'm going to give it a try right now! One last thought, now that Microsoft own Skype, does this mean we will see more Facebook and Microsoft joint efforts in the future?
Google have quietly launched Prizes, a social-based site where users can post a task or question, offer a prize and allow others to join in and suggest something or help them out and in return, earn real money. The contest creator will receive their work that they had asked for and in return the winner will take home real money. Prizes takes your Twitter or Facebook accounts and signs you up for prize-winning, user-created contests.
For example I've just signed up and someone is asking "Plan my romantic honeymoon in Italy" and is offering $50 for the suggestion. People would either suggest something for their honeymoon, or vote for someone else's suggestion. Whichever suggestion gets the most votes and ultimately wins, walks away with a cool $50. Another is "Plan a hassle-free trip for me and my 1 year old". They're going on their first plane flight and it's close to 13 hours non-stop, so you can imagine the $10 on offer is well worth it for them and their young 14 month-old baby girl.
Well, well. Mr Zuckerberg is currently the most followed user on Google+ according to the Google+ Statistics counter. Mark has 21,213 followers versus the Google CEO, Larry Page who has just 14,798 followers. Google co-founder Sergey Brin has just 11,629 followers and me? Well, I don't even make the list which is disappointing. This is a lesson in "follow Anthony from TweakTown's Google+". Ok everyone?
Google+ Statistics creator Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten says that Mark's popularity is due to "He has the most friends in the world, they made a movie about him, and he is more handsome than the Larry and Sergey." I don't know, he looks kinda nerdy... what do you think?
Just six months through 2011 and Twitter has smacked into another milestone; its users are tweeting 200 million times per day. Doesn't sound impressive? That's 1 million tweets per week. Rewind to 2009 and we were seeing 2 million tweets per day. Just a year ago? 65 million tweets.
If we put this into perspective, Twitter say this is equivalent to a 10 million page book in tweets, or 8,163 copies of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, each and every day! If you were to read this much text, it would take an astounding 31 years. Twitter also released the top Trending Topics for the first half of 2011: