It seems new and exciting changes are coming to the world of Twitter. While the company has been trying lots of different tactics to generate revenue from what is essentially a free-for-all in terms of what it costs and how it functions, Twitter will soon introduce the syndication of promoted Tweets across different platforms, as well as an “Instant Timeline” feature for new users. Is this finally the year Twitter will become profitable?
First, the syndication news: Twitter announced today that it has partnered up with Flipboard [...]
The new, work-focused social networking experience from Facebook is launching today, TechCrunch reports. Accessible via the main Facebook site, but also packaged into an Android and iOS app called “Work,” the new service will be available as part of a limited roll out while Facebook tests everything out.
According to the report, businesses will be able to create their own Work networks and give access to their employees. From there, posts and messages can be shared among that limited network, walled off from the rest of Facebook. [...]
Facebook has been declared “the social network to end all social networks” by Shareaholic, a social media analytics and publishing firm.
This past June Facebook reached an all time high with a 23.39% share of all visits to the 300,000 websites that Shareaholic networks. This means that roughly a quarter of the people who visited Shareaholic websites were referred there through Facebook. Where do other social networks fall in? Pinterest follows in second with 5.72% with Twitter in third at 1.03% leaving all other websites below [...]
Boxes started out an idea to help people organize their stuff in a really sleek and easy-to-use to design. What it’s turned out to be, however, is social network for collectors and fashionistas, plus a whole lot more.
The iOS app, which officially launched last summer, allows you to catalogue all of your items in an interface that connects through social sites Facebook and Twitter. As a result, photos of items like shoes can be shared and viewed by people in your circle. The company is also building an e-commerce [...]
The dust has settled on the Grand Facebook Emotion Experiment, in which the social network automatically filtered what 700,000 users saw on their newsfeeds for the span of a week in 2012 based on whether posts contained negatively or positively charged words to see if that affected those users’ posts. Since many users saw Facebook’s experiment as manipulative, the company’s chief operating officer has issued another apology for the experiment.
According to a post on CNET, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg spoke yesterday to Indian [...]
By now you’ve probably heard the news: Facebook has been messing with your mind.
Over the weekend, Facebook was in the headlines when it was discovered that the social network had performed a bit of a social experiment on its users. For a week in early 2012, Facebook’s algorithms manipulated the news feeds of roughly 700,000 users by showing them more positive or more negative posts, all in an effort to determine if that would have an effect on the positivity or negativity of those users’ posts after the fact.
The results [...]
Today, Amazon announced a new partnership with Twitter, allowing users to add items to their Amazon shopping carts by simply replying to certain tweets with the self-explanatory hashtag, #AmazonCart. It’s a new way to buy stuff, and it’s no surprise that it’s come from that hotbed of online retail innovation, Amazon.
According to the retailer’s announcement page, the #AmazonCart hashtag only adds products to your account’s cart—the purchase still has to be made by you within your account on Amazon’s page. But adding products is [...]
You may not have heard of Skout but it’s actually one of the oldest and largest mobile (iOS and Android) social networks. The company is in its eighth year of operation and has 220 million users in over 180 different countries. Skout focuses on helping connect people, allowing users to make new friends in their local area as well as around the world. I recently sat down with Skout at this year’s SXSW to learn more about the app and the future plans of the company.
A video posted on the YouTube account of science channel Veritasium has been picking up steam in the last few hours, as it seems to provide evidence that Facebook’s page promotion services are fraudulent, generating revenue for itself while actually limiting the exposure of content-providers’ posts to their legitimate fans.
Veritasium’s creator, Derek Muller, explains that he paid Facebook to help spread his content throughout the social network by clicking the “Promote Your Page” banner that’s offered to anyone who makes a [...]
When you think of cutting edge technology and new apps, you don’t tend to think of senior citizens using them, but you should. Seniors represent a significant and growing proportion of the market, expected to reach nearly 20% of the population by 2030, and technology startups are starting to take notice. Tapestry, an app that aims to directly market to seniors, enables them to connect with their families in an easy way.
The Tapestry app, previously only available on Android, has been released on iOS, allowing seniors to [...]