Web 2.0 / Social Networking
The verified status on Twitter is always something people want to get, and since Twitter caters to its more popular users, a few new features are being rolled out just for the special group of people who have earned the verified checkmark. Twitter will now send notifications to verified users when they are following another verified person who has returned the favor. If a verified user is accessing Twitter via the iOS application, they can also view all of their verified followers in a pre-made list.
Last week, in its biannual transparency report, Twitter detailed the volume of requests from global governments for account data and content removal demands. Simply put, the rate of growth of these requests is on the rise.
Europe vs. Facebook, a privacy campaign currently spreading to fight the social network, recently started a new initiative to get all users outside of the U.S. and Canada involved in a class action lawsuit against Facebook. Since launching just last week, that class action suit has reportedly attracted upwards of 11,000 adult Facebook users.
SocialRank, a Twitter analytics service that launched in February, has been upgraded significantly to helps companies and brands gather more insight and value from their social media.
Twitter is currently working on a new feature that lets users know what certain hashtags mean.
Snapchat’s move to rebuff a $3 billion acquisition by Facebook may have seemed a complete folly up until recently, but Snapchat could have made the right decision. According to a recent report from Bloomberg, the messaging application may now have a value of $10 billion, as it continues rounds of talks with several investors – Alibaba among them – about additional funding for the burgeoning company.
After its acquisition of info learning startup Madbits, Twitter will be shifting its focus towards images.
Facebook will be shutting down its Gifts service so that it can concentrate on helping businesses sell their own products instead. Facebook Gifts will be coming to an end on August 12, which means users will no longer be able to purchase gift cards, chocolates, or teddy bears for their friends. This is no great more »
User profiles in LinkedIn’s mobile app will be undergoing a design overhaul to make pertinent information about its members stand out.
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.