Web 2.0 / Social Networking
A voice transcription feature is being tested in Facebook Messenger. The feature has been in services like Google Voice, and now Facebook is trying it out. With the feature, voice messages through Messenger will display transcribed text so that receivers can find out what the message generally is.
It has been said that if Dick Costolo leaves his position at Twitter and opens up a gap at the head of the company, Adam Bain will take over. Now, more rumors are coming out stating that Bain is at the front of the line to replace Costolo, but a replacement may not be necessary for quite a while. Analysts and journalists alike have said Bain could make for a better CEO, but that doesn’t mean Costolo is going anywhere immediately.
Twitter has experimented with a few new ways of advertising and one of them is placing sponsored accounts inside of user Following lists. A new test from Twitter for this ad placement was noticed by a number of people after actor William Shatner tweeted about it.
Facebook’s Year in Review feature for 2014 seemed like a good idea, and it was until it began displaying some heart-wrenching photos in celebratory ways. Year in Review is supposed to focus on popular photos from the past 12 months, but a popular photo is not necessarily a good photo that should re-appear.
Snapchat is combating third-party clients and that has resulted in some apps being removed from the Windows Phone Store. Snapchat users can no longer download third-party clients on Windows Phone, though it has been that way on Android and iOS for a while.
It’s a welcome relief to hear of #GivingTuesday, which follows Cyber Monday this year, on December 2. This is a day when you can focus on spending money without being a consumer. Imagine that!
Reddit CEO Yishan Wong left the company on Thursday, and while his departure was triggered by an argument about office space, he had generally become worn out because of the job. Wong wrote on Quora shortly after it was revealed he had left the company that he was “completely worn out,” and his job was “having significantly detrimental effects on [his] personal life.”
The power of Facebook’s 1.3 billion users is being applied to the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Facebook has added a donate button to its service so that users can quickly donate to the organizations combating Ebola. Money from the donate option in Facebook will go to the Red Cross, Save the Children, and the International Medical Corps.
An outdoor advertising campaign from Judd Branding has launched in New York and Chicago for Foursquare. This is the first time Foursquare has come out with an advertising campaign. Foursquare has announced it is also at 55 million users, whereas the last time it released user statistics the company reported just 50 million users.
The Vine application for iOS has been updated with improved sharing and discovery features. Vine’s app now lets people, regardless of the number of users they are following, find new videos on the platform. Following individual channels has been possible for a while, but that part of the iOS app has been upgraded with the latest update.
Like many people, Anna Stoehr wanted a Facebook account. She was eager to sign up, but in order to do so, had to lie about her age. No, it’s not because she’s too young, but just the opposite. Anna is 114 years old (yes you read that right) and Facebook’s registration process only recognizes birthdates up to age 99. So she fibbed-and promptly wrote a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about it. The oldest living person in Minnesota simply told him, “I’m still here!”
Despite the HTC First “Facebook Phone” flopping so hard last year that it prompted AT&T to halt sales mere months after the gadget’s introduction, rumors ran rampant recently as to Mark Zuckerberg possibly wanting a do-over.