News Corp.'s social-networking site Myspace launched a redesigned website as a part of its efforts to regain the market share it lost to other platforms such as Facebook.
The new website, which focuses on sharing music, games, videos and other media, will target Generation Y (youngsters). Site's new features focus on finding and suggesting media, which shows a shift from its earlier focus- connecting with friends.
Loose-lipped Google CEO Eric Schmidt once again triggered criticism after he said that those who do not like Google Street view Cars photographing their houses, could just move.
In an interview with CNN, Mr. Schmidt was responding to the public reaction to Google’s camera-mounted cars which photograph houses around the world. Speaking on the topic, he said, “Street View, we drive exactly once . . . So, you can just move, right?”
The privacy group Truste, is said to have carried out a survey which suggested that a lot many parents made sure that they monitored their kids' social networking accounts regularly.
While 35% of the parents kept a daily check, nearly 72% of them kept regular check. While 105 of the parents concluded that they did this secretly, almost 18% of them said that they were embarrassed.
The lawsuit filed with a San Francisco federal court Nancy Graf of St. Paul in Minn. demands monetary relief for 218 million Facebook users, whose personal data was shared by Zynga.
Co-lead attorney for the class action, Michael Aschenbrener, said, "This appears to be another example of an online company failing the American public with empty promises to respect individual privacy rights.”
Skype has partnered with Facebook by integrating its Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) apps with the popular social networking platform to allow its users to hook up with their Facebook friends.
The newly introduced Skype version 5.0 allows Skype users to make calls to Facebook friends directly on mobile or landline phones. The new service also allows users to send SMS messages or make free Skype-to-Skype calls to their Facebook friends. In addition, it features a Facebook tab and integrates Facebook’s news feeds.
Greater Manchester police on Thursday turned to social networking platform Twitter to let people see the wide range of matters they deal with on daily basis.
The police department created three Twitter accounts to accommodate the assortment and quantity of tweets.
The police department tweeted a report of man holding baby over bridge, but when police attended it was man holding a dog that does not like bridges.
Even before the first tweets began emerging at 5am, the police had dealt with 214 incidents since midnight and were detaining 101 people in the cells.
Social networking platform Twitter’s "tweets" with embedded links receive 19 clicks as compared with just 3 clicks at Facebook's shared links, a study carried out by marketing firm SocialTwist revealed.
Considering the percentage of traffic enjoyed by Facebook and Twitter, the study is astonishing. Facebook accounts for 78 per cent of traffic among all social networking platforms, while Twitter enjoys just 5 per cent of traffic.
Facebook has unveiled yet another feature that enables users to interact with small groups of people, like their family, high school friends or colleagues with the aid of Groups.
Groups will help bond closely with groups and at the same time will see more uploading of photos, videos and other information to the site with new controls to administer them.
It is said that the current feature will be a concern for users as it will offer lots of information about the users, which further could be directed to marketers and others.
Social networking platform Facebook has been awarded a patent for its new location-sharing service, called Places.
At no. 7,809,805, the patent called "Systems & methods for automatically locating web-based social network members," covers the method for determining user location based on status update and SPS identification.
Patent on location-based Places, which has broad implications for the industry, may prove to be a powerful weapon in the hands of Facebook.
Experts have warned that primary school-aged children are more prone to fall prey to online predators because they are flouting Facebook website age restrictions.
Under the peer group pressure, children as young as eight are creating Facebook accounts without the knowledge of their elders.
Facebook’s age restrictions prevent children under 13 years from signing up to the popular social networking platform, but children lie about their age to get through.
Evan Williams, the microblogging service Twitter's co-founder and chief executive, stepped down from his post so that he could focus on product strategy to make the platform more profitable.
Mr. Williams, who had been heading the social networking site since 2008, announced his resignation on Twitter blog, saying the site required to meet its potential as a profitable company.
Revealing his move on the blog, Mr. Williams said, "Success to us means meeting our potential as a profitable company that can retain its culture and user focus while having a positive impact on the world.”
Arguing against the claims made by Iran, a 'New Yorker' writer expressed that social media would never give birth to social revolution.
Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker writes that as per the social networking evangelists, Twitter and Facebook will escort a new age of global civil rights engagement. Giving instances to add to the facts, they talk about last year's protests in Moldova and Iran, which they blamed was triggered by flammable tweets.
After hitting the United States and the United Kingdom, Facebook’s controversial location-sharing service Facebook Places is now available in Australia.
Social networking site’s new service, which was rolled out in the United Kingdom earlier this month, allows users to check-in at shops, bars and restaurants. Users can share their location their facebook friends via mobile devices such as iPhone. They can keep tabs on movements of Facebook friends.
The number of unique people visiting the social networking site, Twitter every month, has finally been able to exceed MySpace’s, in the month of August.
Marketing research Company, comScore extracted the information that even though Twitter came at the third place amongst the social networking site’s group, on the overall top 50 properties’ list, it held the bottommost rank.
The lead taken by Twitter outdoing MySpace was by marginal level, which was 96 million versus 95 million.
The Social Network, a film that discloses the undisclosed fact about the development of Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, hits cinemas on Friday, October 1.
The upcoming film, written by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and directed by Academic Award Best Director nominated David Fincher, depicts the black side of the popular social networking site’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’ rise.
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