Web 2.0 / Social Networking
Facebook has a new social network and the vast majority of you will not be able to use it. Unlike other social networks which cater to everyone no matter what their occupation is, Facebook Mentions is a social network geared towards public figures. The only people allowed to use Mentions are important celebrities, government officials, and other people who have, at some point, been widely talked about.
Mobile Twitter users are beginning to see Buy Now buttons in certain tweets, according to Recode, the publication that first spotted the buttons. The idea behind the Buy Now feature is that users are more apt to quickly purchase something if the time it takes to do so is very short. Plus, the buttons appear when someone has mentioned a product in their tweet, giving context to the potential purchase.
The number of social media interactions that an event sees has become a common way to figure out how popular that event actually is. Most people already know that the World Cup is huge, but Facebook has provided some statistics that prove that point even further. Since the World Cup began in early June, there have been 1 billion interactions on the social network about the event. Sporting events are always a big draw for interaction on sites like Facebook and Twitter, but the World Cup has really pushed people to become active on the site.
Snapchat has launched ‘Our Story’ an event-based photo sharing feature that builds upon the application’s Stories feature. Stories were first introduced to Snapchat in 2013, and they allowed users to send photos to people for up to 24 hours instead of just 10-30 seconds. The feature has been widely used, and now the same sort of sharing options are being given to entire groups.
LinkedIn, a social network for business professionals, has outfitted its Chinese network with support for Traditional Chinese. As the company tries to expand into new areas of the country, it will be useful to have support for Traditional Chinese, since not everyone speaks or writes on the Simplified version of the language. LinkedIn first launched its Chinese site, Lingying.com, in February but it had only supported Simplified Chinese at the time.
A vulnerability in TweetDeck has been patched after the application was hacked early Wednesday morning. The entire service was taken down for more than an hour as the TweetDeck team tried to figure out what allowed the hack to occur and how to fix the vulnerability. Most people who were affected by the hack were just confronted with random pop-up messages, but some accounts were used to tweet out potentially harmful messages.
I have enlisted the help of my amazingly talented coworker, Devon Razey, to illustrate the four predators all women have encountered on Tinder. Please send all compliments her way, as I have officially named her the Rembrandt of our generation.
Protests across Thailand have been helped along by social media websites like Facebook and despite denials from the country’s military, a recent Facebook outage was ordered by the government. Telenor–the company that owns Thailand mobile phone operator DTAC–has released a statement confirming the government’s involvement in closing access to just one website, Facebook.
NoHomophobes.com does nothing but track uses of the terms “faggot,” “dyke,” “no homo” and “so gay” on Twitter. Read our exclusive interview with the site’s creator, Dr. Kristopher Wells.
It was widely reported in May that Twitter was trying to buy SoundCloud, but eventually, other reports surfaced that suggested the social network had changed its mind. The “numbers didn’t add up” when Twitter looked more closely at SoundCloud but a new report from The Financial Times says that the company was also interested in buying Spotify and Pandora.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin told an audience at Re/code’s Code Conference that since he is “kind of a weirdo”, his involvement with a social network like Google Plus should have been limited and now, he is not working on social projects like that one. Brin says working on the company’s social network was “probably a mistake” and although he does use the network, he is generally not a social person.
Most online services now automatically use email verification to make sure that a new user has signed up with the correct email address but at least one service, Instagram, doesn’t place any emphasis on that extra layer of protection. Mashable has discovered that at least one man was able to access another user’s account because of a login bug, so it might be time for Instagram to make email verification mandatory.