Twitter Selected Content Blocking by Country

twitter bird icon Twitter has announced their ability and intention to block selected content by country.

We haven’t yet used this ability, but if and when we are required to withhold a Tweet in a specific country, we will attempt to let the user know, and we will clearly mark when the content has been withheld. As part of that transparency, we’ve expanded our partnership with Chilling Effects to share this new page, which makes it easier to find notices related to Twitter. There’s more information in the Help pages, both on the Policy and about Your Account Settings.

Saying Good Bye to Summify

I’ve been using Summify,  a social networks summarizing tool. It connects to all of your feeds Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds and automatically summarizes which stories, news, and updates are the most important and relevant to you.  This was done by using an algorithm to automatically select the most important stories and deliver your personalized aggregated news to you via e-mail digest, on the web, or through an iPhone app. Continue reading

Pinterest Pin it! Button for WordPress.com

pinterest “After a lot of work and some test trials, I figured out a semi-easy way to insert a pin it! button into my wordpress.com blog. I wrote a post about it that gives step by step directions. Hope this helps my fellow wordpress.com-ers! Follow the steps below to add a Pin It! button to any wordpress.com blog post. I have to warn you, this is time-consuming if you want to add a button to every post or every photo.” via Pinterest Pin it! Button « WordPress.com Forums.

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Google Search is all over Your World

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If you are concerned about your privacy and what your online “friends” may have shared about you that wasn’t appearing in simple searches before, then take note of Google Search, plus Your World is being been rolled out for people who are signed in and searching on www.google.com in English.

We’re transforming Google into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships. We began this transformation with Social Search, and today we’re taking another big step in this direction by introducing three new features: Continue reading

Daily Dot | Maryland judge dismisses Twitter harassment case, misses the point

Rest easy, Twitter trolls: Harassing someone with mentions on the microblogging network is now officially protected as free speech—possibly because the judge responsible doesn’t fully understand Twitter.

via Daily Dot | Maryland judge dismisses Twitter harassment case, misses the point.

It’s possible: Facebook Share and Like buttons at the same time (update) « WordPress.com Forums

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This is an updated version of the instructions originally provided by user jcryle here. The modified step appears in italic.
► Follow these short, easy directions to set it up on your blog:

1) Your Dashboard

2) Settings

3) Sharing

4) Under “Available Services” click “Add a new service”

5) For “Service Name”, type in Facebook

6) For “Sharing URL”, copy this link ► http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=%post_url%

7) For “Icon URL”, copy this link ► http://cdn.iconfinder.net/data/icons/Classy_Social_Media_Icons/16/facebook.png

8) Click the “Create Share” button

9) Drag and drop your Facebook SHARE button to either the “Enabled Services” section below the “Available Services” OR over to the right with the WordPress SHARE button.

10) Near the bottom, in the Button Style drop-down menu, select “Official buttons”, save everything at the bottom of the page and you’re all set.

You now have both the SHARE and LIKE options available to you at the bottom of your posts.

It’s possible: Facebook Share and Like buttons at the same time (update) « WordPress.com Forums.

YouTube gets a makeover

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On December 1, 2011 YouTube got a makeover inluding  a new homepage, Channel design and a fresh coat of digital paint. Here are three ways these updates aim to improve your YouTube experience:

1.  A new homepage – You can now create your own, personal, customizable YouTube Channel line-up,  customize your homepage’s feed; even link your YouTube account to Google+ and Facebook.

2.  Simpler, customizable Channels – There’s a new Channel design and now there are four new Channel templates too.

3.  A new overall design –  Feedback  on the  experimental design called Cosmic Panda insulted in a cleaner and simpler design, with a consistent gray background, bigger video thumbnails and a more streamlined watch page.

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Discussion:

What do you think about these new features? Have they improved your YouTube experience?

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Brief Updates for Google Plus Watchers

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“Of course I know that it’s important not to waste your time. So the following list of things that you should be doing on Google+ will keep you both productive and effective, not just entertained.”  Read  10 Productive Tasks You Should Be Doing On Google+ Right Now.

“What if from the outset, Google+ was never supposed to simply be a competitor to Facebook? What if Google wasn’t bringing the fight to Palo Alto, swords drawn and ready to take them on. No no, Google’s vision was much, much bigger than that, and it comes down to one thing. Advertising.”  Read  Google+ Was Never a Facebook Competitor

Related post: Facebook or Google Plus?

The Lifecycle of a Web Page on StumbleUpon

You may have heard the stat that StumbleUpon drives more traffic referrals than any other social media site. We wanted to shed some light on this by describing the lifecycle of a web page in StumbleUpon, especially how long you could expect the average web page to keep getting visitors.

via StumbleUpon | Official Blog

Related post: Stumbleupon Changes Coming Soon

 

Facebook and eBay Social Shopping Experiences

online mallToday the executive of eBay, the world’s largest internet marketplace, and the executive of Facebook, the world’s largest social-networking platform, unveiled a new partnership.  Facebook, is tapping eBay’s commerce platform to create new social shopping experiences for hundreds of millions of consumers. Continue reading

Facebook or Google Plus?

google plus iconIf you are a regular reader of this blog then you are well aware of my antipathy when it comes to Facebook. However, I have been considering joining Google Plus. For the last month I have been reading all I could find on both so I had some information upon which to make an informed decision. Below are excerpts from some articles I would like to share. What I’m looking for now is feedback from those readers who do have a Google Plus account. Continue reading

Between My Ears: Why Facebook’s ‘Frictionless Sharing’ violates HTTP

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Facebook has this new feature, whereby the act of simply reading a web page, under certain conditions, gets it posted to your news feed, for your friends to see. Here’s how ReadWriteWeb puts it:

With these apps you’re automatically sending anything you read into your Facebook news feed. No “read” button. No clicking a “like” or “recommend” button. As soon as you click through to an article you are deemed to have “read” it and all of your Facebook friends and subscribers will hear about it. That could potentially cause you embarrassment and it will certainly add greatly to the noise of your Facebook experience.  Facebook calls this ‘frictionless sharing’.” Continue reading

Stumbleupon Changes Coming Soon

stumbleupon iconIf you are a Stumbleupon member as I am, you will have received the email I have posted excerpts from below. In my case, it doesn’t look like the changes will impact me much if at all. I have never joined any Stumbleupon groups. As I did not spend time and effort on customizing my site there I don’t mind that my theme will be changed. I’m not clear on whether or not the Blog Posts/HTML Reviews change will affect me and I don’t have a photoblog but others may have a different read on this. Continue reading

New WordPress.com Admin Bar Draws Attention

winds of changeWordPress.com is on continuous roll-out. Changes to the code are being made many times daily and new features are being introduced, while existing functions and features are being improved and upgraded.  Changes to the WordPress.com Admin bar and/or dashboard took users by surprise and  A Shiny New, Simplified Admin Bar was announced. Continue reading

WordPress.com: From Subscribe to Follow

WordPress.com bloggers have always had a strong sense of community and many tools for social networking both within the WordPress.com community and with other bloggers have been introduced for our use.  Not to be outdone by those other sites that have click and follow buttons WordPress.com has introduced incremental changes to the former “subscribe” function. The first change occurred when “subscribe” link on the Admin bar visible to all logged in WordPress.com users changed to “follow”. Continue reading

Google+ added to Google Social Search

google button Today, Google began adding Public Google+ Posts to Google Social Search.

Remember, to experience this updated feature, you’ll need to be on Google+ and also make sure that you’re logged into your Google Account when you search. In addition, only public posts on Google+ are visible in search results. Private posts on Google+ aren’t.

To learn more, check out our help center. May your searching be tasty!   The latest update to Google Social Search: Public Google+ Posts

Bottom line: Google Social Search continues to operate as before. Things shared socially at places like Twitter and Facebook by those you’re connected with may appear with annotations and rank better in results.  The main difference is, as Google’s post says, is that things you share on Google+ itself are now part of the mix. — Google+ Public Posts Coming To Google’s Social Search Results

Google+ has been on quite a ride in its first 6 weeks of existence. It obtained 10 million users in just two weeks and is now said to have over 20 million users. The overall reaction has been positive, but since the platform is currently invitation-only, the early adopters have mostly been the tech savvy crowd. Google+ Makes Splash in Social Sector, But Will It Last? Social media and search leaders react to Google+

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Google + The Next Big Thing in Social Networking

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Google Plus has a very clean looking interface that’s not entirely dissimilar to Facebook. It keeps the new Google toolbar that is normally displayed on Google’s search site at the top of the screen, but changes the icons around to give you access to more collaborative items (Gmail, Calendar, Documents, etc.).

Google+ Contacts and Circles

One of the major changes from Facebook consists of the way that G+ handles your contacts. In Facebook, you only have the option to add people as “Friends.” Once you’ve done that, you can group them and play with settings, but it’s quite complicated and easy to miss the minute details. In G+ you add people to circles, and whenever you post anything, you choose which circles see the info. It’s incredibly easy and very smooth. Much of G+ is drag-and-drop capable, so the interface is very easy to use.

Your Google +  WebPage

When you first open G+ after creating your profile, you are greeted by a three column webpage, like Facebook. The far left column displays your profile picture and name, your various “Stream” options, your “Sparks,” and the chat dialog box.

  • A “Stream” is like a news feed in Facebook. It shows all of the posts from the people in that circle. You can specify what you see in your main feed by narrowing the feed down to different circles.
  •  A “Spark” is an interest of yours. When you want to be kept up to date on something on the web, merely search for that term in the sparks search bar and add it to your interests. You will be notified whenever anything new is posted on that topic.

The center column is much like Facebook’s “News” column; this is your main stream. At the top of this column resides the option to “Share what’s new…” via text, photo, video, or link.

  • The status box is very similar to Facebook, and gives all of the same options, although there are some improvements. The link option is the most noticeable change. If you post many links, you will like this option. Not only can you choose what picture it pulls from the website, you can remove the summary statement as well. The photos and videos buttons give you the option to drag-n-drop to create an album, and the video button allows you to post YouTube videos. You can also share photos directly from your phone, using your PC, if you have an Android phone.

The right column shows the people in your circles, suggestions of people you might know, the “Hangout” option, and some other options from Google.

  • The “Hangout” option is, while not revolutionary, a very solid and nicely put together option. You can text chat, video chat, watch YouTube videos simultaneously, and host and participate in video conferencing. One of the convenient, and slightly amusing, features of G+’s video conferencing is the option to mute individual people.

Your profile on G+ provides all of the standard options, plus the ability to link accounts from Facebook, Yahoo, Flikr, and others. You can also modify each aspect of your profile to set which circles can see what. You can change the visibility of tabs (such as your photos and videos) and allow only certain people to see them. That infamous +1 button that’s popped up everywhere on the internet is finally showing its worth. Everything that you’ve +1’d shows up on your profile under the +1 tab.

Google + Photo Album Feature

The photo album feature in G+ is greatly improved from Facebook’s. If you have used Google Picasa then you will be familiar with the album view option in G+. It shows one main photo with all of the others down at the bottom of the screen, allowing you to browse an album easily without constantly exiting the photo viewer.

Google + Notifications and Takeout systems

The last features that I’ll cover are the Notifications and Takeout systems. The notification box in the top right corner of your screen shows a number that corresponds to however many new notifications you have. When you click on it, it opens a drop down box in which you can read and respond to the notifications. You also have the option of opening all of your notifications on one page.
The Takeout feature is a backup system for your account. It allows you to download all of your data as a zip file and store it in case anything ever happens to your Google account.

Google + Performance

Right now, G+ is very fast and seems to be quite stable. The best option seems to be using it with Google Chrome, although I haven’t had any problems with Firefox 5. My main browser is Opera, and there are quite a few glitches and unusable features (namely notifications and drag-n-drop.)

Google +  My Take on the Future

I think that Google Plus has a very good chance of becoming the next big thing. If Google plays their advertising right, and markets towards the younger crowd, I think that they will have a viable and strong social networking community. The main features missing right now are the options for business and website accounts, like Facebook’s Pages. If Google builds those in, I think they can compete quite well with Facebook.

Hold on Facebook, you’re in for a fight; there’s a new kid on the block, and he’s cool.

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Facebook Like Box for WordPress.com

facebbok iconWordPress.com social networking features are being added continually.  If you are one of those WordPress.com users who has eagerly been awaiting a Facebook like box you can use on your blog — the waiting is over.  Look at you widgets page and discover a new addition  that’s bound to make you smile.  Appearance > Widgets

I must have missed the announcement. Does the Facebook like box widget now operate on WordPress.com blogs without the software stripping the code out?  Yes, we now have a Facebook like box widget that can be used  on WordPress.com blogs.  Note that the Like Box only works with Facebook Pages (and not Personal Profiles).

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WordPress.com provides:
You can post a Facebook badge in your sidebar.

You can also enable sharing buttons on your posts, pages, and index pages.
Also note  you can have Facebook like  and share buttons on your posts.

You can use a Twitter widget.

You can post a twitter follow button.

You can set up Publicize and publish to your Facebook profile page.

Alternatively, you can use Networked Blogs  or RSS Grafitti for posting to Facebook walls if you prefer.

Twitter Acquistions Include BackType

backtypeBackType provides basic social media measurement free of charge and this information is a resource for brands, businesses and internet marketers.   The free product is used by thousands of people every single day; the TweetDeck API, which Twitter acquired in May, provides the same functionality to developers, and is also used heavily.

On Twitter you find real-time conversations and information about every subject imaginable from all over the world and Twitter has now acquired BackType, which illustrates two important trends at Twitter.  First, Twitter is continuing to collect under its direct control features that had been offered by third parties. …  Second, the move highlights the increasing value of measuring social influence. — Twitter buys influence with BackType acquisition

We’re thrilled to announce that BackType has been acquired by Twitter! We’ll be bringing our team and technology to Twitter’s platform team, where our focus will be developing tools for Twitter’s publisher partners.

Our vision at BackType has always been to help our customers understand the value of engagement on Twitter and other social platforms. We also created BackTweets to help publishers understand the reach of their tweets and content, who they are reaching, and how Tweets covert to web traffic, sales and other KPIs.

BackTweets will now be offered for free, but we will not be accepting new signups. The API will be discontinued.

BackType Comment Search Engine

I began using BackType in 2008 when it was a new service ie.  a search engine for comments and I use it to track mine. What I noticed is that the results included republishing full comments  and there was no opt out.    Many were extremely unhappy with the aggregation of duplicated content. BackType became the target of  webmasters for scraping and republishing full comments  but time passed and the BackType service continued to morph and evolve.

BackType Connect Plugin for WordPress

In 2009 the BackType Connect Plugin for WordPress self-hosted blogs. It provided the functionality of BackType Connect to the WordPress comment system, displaying comments from other blogs, Twitter, FriendFeed, Digg, Reddit.

BackTweets

In 2010 the BackType Connect WordPress Plugin was retired and Disqus, powered by BackType could be used for the same functionality. The inclusion of Tweets in real-time search results and a new widget for BackTweets, resulted from extending BackType API to include more Twitter data by putting its influence algorithm to work on Twitter usernames.

BackType Today

twitter bird iconBackType provides the ability for brands and companies to  measure the social networking capabilities of individual Twitter users and track how Tweets travel through the network. BackType assists with understanding the business impact of social media by measuring impact on revenue, page views, sign ups, downloads and more.

Techcrunch reports BackType currently assists more than 100 companies with their social media analytics,  ranging from The New York Times to startups like Bitly, HubSpot, Hunch and SlideShare. What remains to be seen is how other startups that also provide social impact tracking like Klout proceed now that Twitter has BackType’s analytics capabilities.

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