Web 2.0 / Social Networking
Multiple publications have now confirmed that Facebook is asking the European Union to review its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp with the hope that doing so could limit any potential trouble with smaller regulators in individual European countries. By going to the federal level first, Facebook must only convince one regulatory body that the acquisition is perfectly legal and legitimate.
According to a new report by eMarketer, Twitter will end up growing quite a bit over the next few years and will reach as many as 400 million users by the year 2018, four years from now.
Facebook is taking a page out of Google Plus’ playbook by providing users with a better understanding of who they are sharing posts with. Unlike before, due to an update Thursday, new Facebook users will share with friends by default rather than the public. Since very few people change their privacy settings or even know how, sharing being set to public had been an issue and led to people over-sharing.
In case you’ve been wanting yet another way to rank yourself against your colleagues, LinkedIn is rolling out a new feature that lets you see how you stack up against your connections in terms of profile views. The How You Rank feature lets you know where you stand in comparison to all of your connections and also lets you know if your views have been increasing or not.
Facebook video ads, whether you like them or hate them, will be rolling out to users who are not in the United States. Beginning today, users in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK will begin to see video ads pop-up when they are using the social network. To many people’s surprise, the US rollout has actually been less annoying than expected, so international users may not have too much to complain about.
Facebook is providing users with a new way to get information about other users. With its “Ask” feature, users without a set relationship status can be asked to provide one by other users, something that may or may not be awkward.
A mute feature has finally been integrated into the main Twitter apps for iOS, Android, and Web. Third-party services have offered mute for quite some time and after some users began to receive a mute button earlier this month, it became clear that Twitter was looking to include the feature as well.
Recently, Google updated Google+ and introduced a new feature that displays the users views on Google+ profiles — both pages and individual user profiles. All you have to do is open up your profile, and just below the you profile name, you’ll find out the number of times your profile has been viewed.
The Bitcoin world is trying not to panic at the news popular Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox has abruptly disappeared. Two weeks ago they halted withdrawals due to what they called “technical issues” regarding suspicious activity. Then on Sunday the company’s CEO Mark Karpeles quit the board of the Bitcoin foundation and all of Mt. Gox’s tweets were deleted.
Facebook has been making what seems like constant tweaks to their newsfeed for a while now, and most of them have prompted reactions varying from frustration to fury from page owners. Facebook Pages, once known as Fan Pages, provide a gathering area for fans of brands, celebrities, TV shows, movies, products, and more.
About a year ago, friends Amy Spalding and Kevin Fanning decided to revive a perpetually maligned Facebook feature by starting Poke Friday. “From the very start the idea was to reclaim the idea of the poke,” says Kevin. And reclaim it they have.
Nearly every day I see a story about how teens and tweens are abandoning Facebook in droves for other social networks because it’s become lame to them. They’ve got a point. And I propose that all of that is just fine.