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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Another one succumbs to advertising.

Ahhh slowly but surely all these social networks are getting worked! Yes believe it or not your Tumblr is ad-free no more ladies and gentlemen. On Monday, 22nd Tumblr announced that it will now serve ads on its Iphone and Android apps.

The move allows Tumblr to take advantage of the rapidly growing mobile advertising market, forecast to increase by 65% to $2.1 billion in the U.S. alone this year.

To me this is a very solid decision. While people love having these social networks they sometimes forget that somewhere somehow something has to be paid for! And hey if seeing a couple ads ensures that I’m able to continue to use these sites for free then I say why not?


Source: Mashable

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Aggregate your sports news!!

As most of us know can tell you we all love our second screens, be it your tablet, IPad, or Iphone. It allows us to tweet and multitask while we tune into some of our favorite sports. For those of you who are sports fanatics you’re going to love this Sports News App.

 

A Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup is catering to that trend with a new tablet app that aggregates real-time tweets from 1,000 media sources and 2,000 players. So if the game is on or you just want to see the chatter surrounding your favorite teams, and even better it’s free.

 

The app includes content covering NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL teams. You can pick your favorite teams to get timelines of updates, analysis and links from the app’s various aggregated sources. Now isn’t that amazing!!?


Source: Mashable

Earth’s very Own Facebook?

It’s Earth Day people and we should appreciate this beautiful planet we live on. How would you all feel if the Earth became more social? Yes I’m talking about the Earth having a facebook. What are some of the things you would include or put on it’s timeline?

To see some of the work done in this attempt check out this comic by Nitrozac and Snaggy at The Joy of Tech imagine Spacebook, the solar system’s social network, and all the entities that would use it. (Who knew Mars was so conniving?) Sounds pretty cool to me.

Source: Mashable/Google Images

Knickstagram Your Playoff  Support

Instagram is making a big impact and spread its popularity among sports teams, players, brands and fans. So the Knicks has just launched an instagram specific microsite to collect fan photos from Madison Square Garden and around the world during the team’s 2013 playoff run.

 

This is the first of its kind and may serve as a great way to connect sports teams even more with their fans. The site is called Knickstagram.com and will aggregate and post all Instagram fan photos that include the #Knicks and #KnicksTape hashtags, which are popular among fans of the team.

 

This seems to be a cool innovation one I think many more sport teams should and will take advantage of in the coming months. How do you feel about it?


Image: Google

Twitter’s Singing a New Tune

Well people Twitter is going musical on us. Twitter recently acquired a social musical startup called We Are Hunted. For those who are curious We Are Hunted focuses on the top trending music on social media, and the Twitter Music app will likely do the same — plus suggest what other tunes you might like based on what you’ve listened to, and allow you to buy tracks via iTunes.

It is reported that this app is supposed to be launched soon but there’s some discrepancy about which platform it would be available to. According to a report by CNet it will only be available to IOS but AllThingsD’s sources don’t specify.

Since the app would not require you to have a Twitter I’m skeptical about how much the app would thrive just by affiliation. And also if it’s only being released to IOS how long would andriod users have to wait for the new app experience? Comment Let Me know.

Image courtesy iStockphoto, mstay

Facebook is after your Pockets!

Facebook is after its users money now. This should come as no surprise to anyone since its been a longtime coming. The Billion plus users on facebook now has the opportunity to message celebrities personally, granted they have to pay of course.

 

This is all part of Facebook’s pay-to-message-celebs program which was launched back in december. The program has now been expanded into the UK and 36 other countries, according to The Guardian. “It is being tested among a very small percentage of users.”

 

I don’t see this program taking off, users aren’t able to reach certain celebrities like Rihanna and are forced to pay from 1$ to message people they don’t know to 100$ for prominent figures like Mark Zuckerberg. This maybe just me but I don’t see a lot of people willing to pay all that money to possibly be responded to by a PR person of some sort.


Image: Google images

See your Alerts, and Text messages on your wrist!!

 

We all know that they are coming and we’re still waiting. For those who have no clue what I’m talking about it’s smart watches. As many of the big names in the tech industry keep them under wraps Link me has just opened the gateway.

 

LinkMe is a bluetooth-enabled device that lets users view incoming text messages or social-media alerts on their wrist. They send a message with their smartphone via an app, which in turn, will be displayed on LinkMe.


This piece of technology looks like it is sure to go far and make a big impact but this is just the first of many wrist devices to come our way I’m sure.

Image/Source: Mashable

Facebook is putting up a good fight.

 

Since the launch of facebook most people like myself were excited. Here we were a social website which came along and established its dominance as a social network that catered to a lot of our online needs to connect.

 

Fast forward a couple years, if you’re anything like me Facebook has now become dull and simply un-entertaining. With over a billion users and users like myself Facebook must now find ways to stay on top and constantly find ways to keep the audience interested.

 

This brings us to their newest thing “Facebook Home” -a new homescreen and app launcher for Android — and the release of the first-ever Facebook phone manufactured by HTC. Yes Facebook now wants to have a larger presence in the mobile department. This seems a bit late to me but can prove to be beneficial by allowing facebook to improve its mobile ad targeting. It might not do as well as they hope but then again it can prove to be a great platform for ads targeting mobile users. Only time can tell I suppose, in the meantime we can look forward to the impact this will bring to social media.


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Instagram Proving its Dominance as a Photo Sharing App.

After being exclusive for i OS today marks 1 year since Instagram migrated over to the Android  Naturally they celebrated by announcing on their blog that within that short amount of time almost half of its users come from Android.

 

As of February Instagram has over 100 million active monthly users which continues to grow at a rapid pace. And the push to Android fueled that fire gaining them over 1 million users within the 1st 24 hours.

 

Instagram the photo sharing app came in and dominated by making mobile photos beautiful and a way to share them quickly and simple. While simplistic it played a huge role in pushing mobile technology.


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Google+ Keeps on Giving

So for my lovely Google lovers out there Google as you know late last month Google gave developers the ability to add Google+sign ins to their sites. Sounds familiar well that’s because you may be use to it, its something that has already been done by sites like facebook. It allows you to sign into places using your Google+ credentials.

 

However on Tuesday the company extended that feature by allowing developers the ability to:

 

  • Add trusted authentication to apps and sites.

  • Allow web users to automatically download their Android app.

  • Customize their app experience using Google+ profile info.

  • Enable users to share interactive posts with friends.

  • Write app activities that only appear when they’re relevant.


For developers who are interested in checking out the new features you can get started by reading Janrain’s or Gigya’s getting started guides.

Soource: Mashable/ Google Images