Facebook, Infographic

Is the fall of Facebook upon us? [Infographic]

facebook social media dislike Oooh, how dramatic. In a swirl of black smoke and a tornado of facts and figures, this infographic paints a pretty bleak picture of the future of Facebook. But is it really all doom and gloom for the social network? Hardly. It has 955-million monthly active users (less a few million fake accounts), and more than half a billion people log into Facebook every day -- and it's not exactly the easiest site to log out of, either. Thanks to all ...

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Crowdfunded social network App.net raises $800k

App.net It may not be the most successful crowdfunding project in history, but it is causing a serious stir. Subscription-based Twitter alternative App.net has raised US$803 000 in a self-imposed period of funding from 12 315 backers. The network describes itself as a "real-time social service where users and developers come first, not advertisers". That putting users and developers first comes out of a frustration with some recent changes made to Twitter that have left some developers feeling alienated. "We believe ...

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Tencent looks to grow in other emerging markets as China gets saturated

It's not exactly a state secret that Tencent has dominated the Chinese social media scene over the past few years. Now though, that market is becoming saturated and the company is looking beyond the Great Firewall for the next phase of growth. Speaking to Paidcontent, the company's GM for national ad planning Sophia Ong admitted that it was starting see slower growth in the Chinese online market. “Since this year, we’re starting to sense the signs of a slowing down,” ...

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HuffPost Live: HuffPo launches streaming video network

huffpost live The Huffington Post is bent on world domination I am sure. Earlier this year, founder and Editor-in-Chief, Arianna Huffington began to conquer the world by rolling out versions of the Huffington Post around Europe. Now it's video time, the news site has launched its own video streaming network. The new network hopes to use HuffPo's community and social platform to encourage conversation from community members around the world, who can to join in live via webcam. "We have reached a moment ...

Google, News

Google+ to let you get your vanity URL on in the near future

Google Plus Black Oh look, a new feature on Google+ that its users will actually appreciate. Google today announced that it will start rolling out vanity URLs for its social effort. That makes a big change from the random assemblage of numbers and letters that everyone's become accustomed to. According to Google, it made the change to make it easier to find people and brands and celebrities to make big announcements: Today we’re introducing custom URLs to make it even easier for people ...

Google, News

Down with piracy: Google search to demote sites with copyrighted content

online piracy Some say that the best place to hide a dead body is on the second page of Google search results. Thanks to the new updates to its search algorithm, it looks like some of the main sites which host copyrighted content are set to end up in that unknown territory -- or at least as far down in the results pages as possible. According to Google's Senior Vice President of Engineering, Amit Singhal, from this week onwards, the top secret search ...

News

Google ready to lose $275m in Motorola deal

Ouch. If you're a Google investor, avert your eyes. Turns out that Motorola buyout is going to cost the company US$275-million. In a regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Google said that the majority of the money would be spent on ensuring that the Motorola employees whose jobs Google is culling will be well compensated. According to the internet giant, which is set to kill about 4 000 jobs at Motorola, it will provide “generous severance ...

Video

Call Me Maybe Chatroulette version raking up the views on YouTube

Ok, if you who braved it and watched the chatroulette version of Carly Rae Jepsen's catchy single "Call me Maybe" then you already know how insanely disturbing the whole thing is. If you didn't you should. Despite being mentally scarring, it's quite funny. The video stars Steve Kardynal in varying skimpy outfits (mostly bikinis) serenading a collection of guys and some girls on the video chat service Chatroulette while doing some rather provocative dance moves. The video which was uploaded ...

News

Google to remake Motorola in its image, cut back on staff

Google's acquisition of Motorola was one of the biggest tech stories of 2011. Now that the paperwork's cleared though, we can begin to get a clearer picture of what the internet giant plans to do with the company. The first order of business, apparently, is to fire nearly 4 000 Motorola employees. According to The New York Times, Google will cut the tech company's staff numbers by 20% and close a third of its 94 offices worldwide. Holding true to ...

Social media

What should you do when personal and corporate brands collide?

social media marketing Should employees have unlimited access to social media during office hours? If staff have access to social media how can time spent online be used constructively for business? What happens when an employee’s personal brand becomes bigger than their employer’s brand? Millions of previously “ordinary” citizens the world over have discovered how to leverage social media tools to publish and share content online, rapidly establishing themselves as thought-leaders in their chosen field of interest. Many of these individuals are now recognised ...

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