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2013
Facebook Yanks Data From Yandex’s New Wonder App, A Graph Search Competitor
January 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm 0

San Francisco - In a surprising turn of events over the weekend, social network colossus Facebook Inc is clearly appearing aggressive in implementing its policies and is giving no data love to Yandex, a Russian search engine that released a mobile application, Wonder, that was something like Facebook's graph search mixed with Siri.

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2013
Twitter Unveils Video-Tweeting Service Vine App For iOS
January 28, 2013 at 10:56 am 0

Los Angeles -- Brevity is the soul of Twitter, and the 140 character micro-blogging outfit has kept it alive in its video-tweeting service. On Thursday, Twitter unveiled Vine, a New York startup that the company acquired last October, an addition to the social network that allows users to embed six second videos for iPhone and iPod Touch that lets anyone create and share short looping videos within their tweets.

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2013
Facebook Unveils New Conversion Tracking Tool For Advertisers
January 28, 2013 at 9:46 am 0

San Francisco -- Relentlessly striving to help marketers better track sales, social network humongous Facebook on Tuesday took another stride in making its advertising more accountable for media buyers; launched a new conversion measurement system across its global footprint, allowing advertisers to measure the return on investment of their Facebook ads by tracking user actions such as registrations and shopping cart checkouts motivated by people seeing the ads.

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2013
Bing Tags Get A Boost, Now Displayed In Public Results
January 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm 0

San Francisco - In a fresh move that encourages people to "tag" content in a convenient way, software behemoth Microsoft on Tuesday announced it is expanding its Bing Tags feature to a broader audience: Moving on, Bing makes another nudge in that direction, making content you tag more visible to public. (more…)
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2013
Twitter Bestows More Companies With “Certified Product” Stamp Of Approval
January 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm 0

Los Angeles -- In a fresh move to further expand its Certified Product program, micro-blogging outfit Twitter on Thursday gave its official blessing to another nine new companies to its Certified Products Program, adding to the 12 already given Twitter's TCPP stamp of approval.

Last year, Twitter introduced a Certified Products Program, a sort of list of companies using Twitter data in approved ways. So now, Shoutlet, Adobe Social, Percolate, and others can keep selling their Twitter services without fear of being shut down.

However, today, the micro-blogging company said that it separated those companies into three sections including engagement, analytics and data resellers, and has appointed Zach Hofer-Shall as head of the program. He will be heading up the continued expansion of product certification and adding new categories to the three above.

Moving forward, the new group include companies in two of the program's key verticals: Engagement and analytics. There are nine new partners with today's announcement, including companies like Spredfast and Sprout Social, as well as Adobe Social and Percolate.

In short it means: The TCPP is basically Twitter's way of saying, “Hey! We like what you are doing with our data. Here is a gold star.” Sorta like Facebook's Preferred Developer Program.

But, otherwise it means , it is Twitter's way of signaling to every other developer out there that this is the sort of stuff you should be doing with Twitter's data. Helping businesses figure out how to make good tweets, or creating products that help with understanding the mess of data flowing through Twitter's pipes on a minute-by-minute basis.

A list of new partners was announced today as well:

Especially, these restrictions is equally important for the entire ecosystem of folks who rely on Twitter's data. After Twitter made it clear that it does not want developers creating third-party Twitter clients--like, say, Tweetbot--the company has been making an effort to guide developers in the “right” direction.

Not surprisingly, the Certified Products Program is more than just a marketing tool for these partners and for companies looking to use Twitter data more effectively, it is a signaling device used by Twitter to point developers at the kinds of products that it wants them to be building.

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2013
Bing Enhances Social Sidebar With Five Times More Facebook Content To Your Searches
January 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm 0

New York -- Barely two days after accomplishing a big partnership with Facebook's new Graph Search, Bing on Thursday announced that it is expanding its social sidebar with more robust Facebook integration with Microsoft's search engine to the already social-heavy Bing experience launched last year.

At present, when you search on Bing, the right-hand sidebar provides “Social Results” with your Facebook friends' “Likes,” photos and profile information, given that your Facebook account is linked. But with today's expansion, Microsoft claims significantly more content from your Facebook friends' is now searchable in Bing's sidebar, assuming you link the two services together.

For example, Microsoft asserts that this appended social data will make it easier for Bing users to see who and what is related to their search, In short, the company is further hoping Facebook friends can help you add even more context to your search.

“Beginning today, each person will see an average of five times more Facebook content from their friends in the sidebar,” a spokesperson for Bing said in a statement. “This includes the addition of status updates, shared links, and comments from your friends, so it is easier to see who and what they have shared related to your search.”

Emphasizing on some handy features of this update, the company executive said, “With the inclusion of status updates, shared links and comments to the sidebar, it is now easier to see who knows and what they have shared related to your search. So when your friends are not around, Bing is the perfect stand-in,” says Bing Corporate Vice President Derrick Connell in a blog post.

For instance, if you do a search for “Seattle Seahawks,” you will be able to see comments, pictures, posts and much more from your Facebook friends. This includes being able to discover something new with Bing's “Friends' Photos experience” in full-screen.

Below is how it looks:

“Bing also entitles you to control all your search experience,” says Connell. “We honor all of your existing Facebook privacy settings, nothing is shared automatically, you only see what your friends give you permission to see (through their Facebook settings) so you only share what you want to share.”

Moreover, Bing has also removed the need to hover over a friend to view more info. Everything is now laid out in the sidebar and there is a “+” icon that lets you see more information if needed.

Apart from the above, there a couple more tweaks that Bing made. Microsoft also underlined that its social sidebar features enthusiasts from Twitter, Foursquare, Quora, Klout, and Google+ and more on the sidebar. The idea is to “surface people who may have valuable insights” on whatever you are searching for.

As a matter of fact, this continues a strong relationship between Facebook and Microsoft, a partnership that dates back to 2007 when Microsoft invested $240 million in the social network.

Briefly, if you want to search Facebook, you will be using Graph Search in the future. If you want to search the Web, you can find Bing's results blended in with Facebook, or you can search Bing and get Facebook results mixed in.

Here is the new social sidebar in action:

 

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2013
Facebook Awards Penny-Pinchers With Free VoIP Calling To iOS Messenger App In The US
January 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm 0

Los Angeles - Earlier this month, flourishing social networking giant Facebook unfurled a limited beta of sorts that introduced voice messaging and voIP calling in Canada. Now, in a move that is sure to tempt its youth audience, Facebook gives away voice calls in its Messenger for iPhone app. Calling all teens and penny-pinchers, as U.S. Facebook Messenger users now have a brand new way to make free voice calls to their social network friends. (more…)
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2013
Twitter Unveils “Oscars Index” To Track Social Sentiment Of Nominees
January 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm 0

New York - In a fresh move to monitor partisans of Oscar nominations, popular microblogging service, on Tuesday introduced its Twitter Oscars Index, an interactive tool to track social sentiment of the Academy Award nominees ahead of the Feb. 24 trophy show-and so far Zero Dark Thirty is scoring well below its fellow best picture contenders. (more…)
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2013
Facebook Unveils “Graph Search” To Search Friends’ Likes And Past Statuses
January 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm 0

Los Angeles -- Early this week the net was abuzz with news that the popular social networking giant Facebook might announce an indigenous phone, but on Tuesday, the company finally unleashed its search capabilities dubbed as “Graph Search” that could be a real game changer at the world's leading social media network in a budding challenge to Google, LinkedIn, Yelp and other Internet firms, according to one analyst.

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2013
Instagram’s New Privacy Policies Becomes Effective This Week
January 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm 0

 

San Francisco -- In a surprising turn of events, the baffled photo-sharing site Instagram, owned by Facebook, has sent an helpful e-mail to users, reminding them that an earlier version of its policies that caused such a ruckus back in December will be replaced with the new terms of service and privacy policy that would go into effect this Saturday, January 19th (but without the clause that caused most of the fuss).

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