Web 2.0 / Social Networking
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.
The U.S. has been gripped with fears about an Ebola outbreak happening here, and not surprisingly, this has resulted in a number of Ebola hoaxes going viral. Although some of them are really too absurd to believe, they’re still getting spread by people who don’t take the time to check things out and who have a distrust of the government, CDC and media. Here’s a rundown of the most popular ones.
Reddit has acquired Alien Blue, one of the most popular third-party clients for the site. By acquiring Alien Blue, Reddit now has its own official application for iOS, and an updated version of the application is now available on iPhone and iPad. The company says the acquisition decision was made because Alien Blue is already the most popular Reddit app on iOS. Due to its popularity, buying Alien Blue made more sense than developing an app internally from scratch.
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.