Flickr Teams Up with Pinterest for Better Photo Attribution

Flickr today announced that  it has partnered with the newly launched social networking site, Pinterest, providing users a new way to share Flickr photos, favourites, groups and galleries, in order to attribute them appropriately.

On the Flickr blog, Kay Kremerskothen, a Flickr community manager, announced that Flickr, having worked closely with Pinterest, will now allow users to easily share content to Pinterest.

Along with the other social networking buttons including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, the new social networking site’s social button will appear in the share menu above the photos. This button will only be visible if the Flickr user has allowed the photo or video to be shared with other users.

Flickr Partners With Pinterest for Better Photo Attribution

When a user pins Flickr photo to Pinterest, a proper attribution statement will be seen under the pin’s description. This attribution will contain the name of the Flickr user or photographer, the title of the photo, and a link back to the photo page on Flickr.

Whatsoever, this attribution cannot be edited, and taking that into consideration Flickr assures that pins and repins of their images will be credited and linked back as well, ensuring people can leave comments, fave the photo, or contact you directly on Flickr. Here’s how it looks in real –

Pinterest Photo Attribution

The attribution will be included for embedded photos as well. For instance, a photo that has been posted or embedded on a blog and then shared to Pinterest will still contain the attribution with a link back to the original Flickr photo page.

“Attribution is a work in progress and we’ll continue to add additional sources,” Pinterest said in a statement. The company is also today rolling out attribution for Behance, Vimeo and YouTube.

With this partnership, Flickr hopes that its users’ photos will get more visibility and exposure, and also make see a rise in the number of visits. Flickr also anticipates a significant pop in the rate at which images are pinned to Pinterest.

Mark Zukerberg Launches Organ Donor Feature on Facebook; Inspired by Steve Jobs

Facebook‘s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new feature for the social networking site, which he claims that it will help save lives of thousands of people all over the world. The new feature – Organ Donor, will enable users to register as an organ donor through the website and share their intentions with family and friends.

According to a press release published by Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, the new feature provides an ability to add your organ donor status on your Timeline, which may inspire others to sign up as donors as well. It is also said that there are over 14,000 people in the US are waiting for a heart, kidney or liver transplant, and millions of people worldwide are waiting for a similar organ donation. A huge percentage of people die, since the required organ is not available. Zuckerberg and Sandberg write:

Medical experts believe that broader awareness about organ donation could go a long way toward solving this crisis. And we believe that by simply telling people that you’re an organ donor, the power of sharing and connection can play an important role.

Zuckerberg stated that the idea was first inspired from his girlfriend Priscilla Chan, but the motivation to start the project came from his friendship with the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2011.

The organ donor feature lets users Facebook users share their experience and own personal stories with their friends on their Timeline. They can share the reasons why they opted to become an organ donor and how they did it. If any user on Facebook is interested in donating his/her organ to save a life, then Facebook has a provided a way to sign up for their state or national organ donor registry.

Follow the steps below to add that you’re an organ donor to your Timeline –

  • Click Life Event at the top of your timeline
  • Select Health & Wellness
  • Select Organ Donor
  • Select your audience and click Save

The new organ donor status feature is now available in the United States and the United Kingdom, and will eventually be rolled out to other countries in the future. Apart from this, Facebook also has other life-saving features like, sets of suicide prevention and anti-cyber bullying tools.

Here’s how the feature works –

Google Wave Officially Shut Down

Google has officially shut down Google Wave, a real-time service for sharing docs, sending emails and messages with friends and relatives. Google announced about the shutdown in November 2011, stating that – from January 31, 2012, all waves will be read-only, and the Wave service will be turned off on April 30, 2012. As a part of the shutdown, all Waves will be deleted automatically.

Google launched the online real-time sharing tool back in August 2009. That year, Google Wave was the most anticipated product of the year with people desperate to get their hands on an invite. Google Wave was then released to the general public on May 19, 2010. Despite the hype and intensive publicity, Google Wave failed to survive.

Google Wave was launched in order to compete with Facebook, however, the new networking site didn’t offer features as advanced as Facebook, and it is where it failed to pick up its user base.

Google Wave Officially Shut Down

Google Wave did have some great features in terms of collaboration and editing documents. However, users showed no interest, since they found the service confusing and perhaps not very intuitive. A year after the launch, Google realized that Wave was going nowhere towards success, and thus it finally announced that the Wave project was getting killed.

Later, it was announced that Wave was going to end up as an open source project hosted by the Apache Foundation. Wave did have a lot of great features for collaboration, and the move to open source was welcomed by many.

Now that Google has shut down Wave completely, visiting the page – will redirect you to a support page, where Google explains the two stages of closing down of Google Wave –

Stage 1: Google Wave is read-only — January 31, 2012

In this stage, you will no longer be able to create or edit waves. Marking a wave as read will also not be saved. Robots that try to write to a wave will stop functioning.

During this time, you will continue to be able to export your waves using the existing PDF export feature. You’ll still be able to read existing waves and access the Google Wave client.

If you want to continue using Wave, there is an open source project called Walkaround that includes an experimental feature to import all your waves from Google.

Stage 2: Google Wave shut down — April 30, 2012

In this stage, all the Google Wave servers will be shut down and you will no longer be able to get to your waves. Make sure to export any waves you want to save before that time.

For those users who really loved Google Wave and are interested in continuing to use Google Wave service, the service can be found at the Apache Software Foundation, where development of Wave has continued since 2010. You can take a look at it – Wave In A Box.

Start “Wrapp-ing” – Gift Giving Goes Social

Are you fond of giving gifts? Are you fond of receiving gifts? Well, if you are fond of either of these, Wrapp has made the process easier. Wrapp is a Swedish startup that has smartly capitalized and leveraged the gigantic social presence of people on Facebook to help them give gifts in a “fun and easy way”  to friends.  The company was founded a year ago. Since then, it has remained as one of the hottest startups. It officially launched operations in Sweden on November 15, 2011 where it hooked up with local retailers to not only gain initial publicity but also to help retail brands increase revenues, customers and grow their businesses in general. It gained venture capital from Atomico and Skype co-founder, Niklas Zennström, embarked the Wrapp board on the very same date of launch. This massively helped the company

The current COO of Wrapp, Carl Fritjofsson, describes Wrapp as  “a social gifting service to celebrate your Facebook friends with free and paid gifts through a simple and beautiful web and mobile application. Retailers are intrigued by Wrapp as it provides a platform to drive customers into stores and generates sales, through a performance-based business model without diluting brand value.



As clear as Fritjofsson states, the service can be used via both the web and mobile app, which is available for Android and iPhone. It started out quietly in central Stockholm and gradually started to attain massive exposure through the media. A couple of months into its launch, on March 12, 2012, it started operations in the UK, supposedly a market with a huge potential. One would think this might have created challenges for the company. To Wrapp’s delight, this was coupled with a launch in Norway days later. And they don’t intend to stop there! There are plenty of countries where Wrapp wants to establish a presence. USA, first up! After that, Canada, Italy, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Finland, Australia, Taiwan, Brazil, Poland and Turkey are major targets for Wrapp as of now. Their aim is to “go global”, stated the company’s co-founder, Andreas Ehn, at Stockholm University on February 15, 2012.

A number of famous retailers have partnered up with Wrapp. These include “Karen Millen, Coast, Pizza Express, ASOS, Warehouse, Dixon’s Elgiganten, Amazon’s LOVEFiLM and Stadium, Sweden’s largest sports retailer” and plenty more are to join the party.

Strategically thinking, Wrapp is on its way to become the first company that makes complete and effective use of Facebook without posing a threat to the social networking giant or any of the retail brands that work with it. Instead, Wrapp’s growth would be beneficial to Facebook as it can allow it to enlarge its user base.

Wrapp is on its way to be anywhere and everywhere. The upcoming days will belong to players who inspire and invite more people to be part of its eco-system. The odds indicate that this is very much within its reach. Wrapp inspires people to share, to give gifts that are yet to be given, show affection in a way yet to be shown, experience happiness in a new manner in an effortless manner.

You have an opportunity to show a token of affection to your friends in a new manner. For those of you who still anticipate Wrapp’s presence in your territory, they promise to land there soon.

Track Your Filed Reports on Facebook with Support Dashboard

Facebook is trying its best to improve security on its site. We have already seen the announcement of the all new Antivirus Marketplace, featuring the world’s best antivirus software products. In addition to that, the social networking company has decided to be a little transparent with its users. The company made an announcement today stating the launch of “Support Dashboard,” allowing users to track the progress of filed reports.

Back in March 2011, Facebook introduced the social reporting feature, which allows users to report a problem to Facebook and also engage a member of their community to help resolve the conflict. However, until today, we didn’t know what exactly happens after we have submitted a report – whether it has been reviewed, or simply ignored. This is where Support Dashboard comes into picture.

Support Dashboard is yet another portal that is basically designed to track the status and progress of the reports that you have filed. With this new feature, you can know whether Facebook employees have reviewed your report, which Facebook claims that they evaluate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in dozens of languages.

Facebook Support Dashboard

For instance, if you think that someone has uploaded a photo that violates Facebook’s community standards, then you have an option to report it to Facebook. Once done, you can switch over to Support Dashboard to check if the report has been taken into consideration or not. You will be notified once your report has been reviewed by the Facebook’s User Operations team, and also check for additional details in your account settings.

However, if there are no actions taken by Facebook, then it encourages users who feel uncomfortable of any content posted by their friends, to address them directly via Facebook Messages, or have them blocked.

“Because Facebook is a diverse community, it’s possible that things people post can be disagreeable or disturbing without meeting the criteria for being removed. If the content is not removed, the reporter also has the option to message, unfriend or block the person who posted the content. “

At this initial stage of Support Dashboard, the feature will include reports of photos and timelines only. However, the company has planned to incorporate more types of content in the future. The new feature has been enabled to most users. Wait for a day or two, if you don’t see the Support Dashboard option in your Account Settings yet.

Facebook Introduces Antivirus Marketplace

The social networking giant – Facebook has announced the debut of the new Antivirus Marketplace, a one-stop portal that will offer free downloads and (six-month) licenses to antivirus software and also make use of the URL blacklists, which will help prevent users from visiting malicious links. This is a partnership between Facebook and the world’s biggest antivirus and Internet security companies like Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos, and Symantec.

The free downloads and six-month licenses available via the Antivirus Marketplace are:

  • Microsoft: Microsoft Security Essentials
  • McAfee: McAfee Internet Security 2012
  • TrendMicro: Smart Surfing and Titanium
  • Sophos: Anti-Virus for Mac, Home Edition
  • Symantec: Norton AntiVirus
Facebook Antivirus Marketplace

“The AV Marketplace enables people to download six-month licenses to full versions of anti-virus software at no charge. Facebook’s global community can now download for free powerful software to protect their computers from current and future viruses, and content security threats providing hundreds of millions of people free access to anti-virus software.”

In addition to this, Facebook also announced that is has partnered with the security firms in order to use their URL blacklist system, and eventually add them to its own security system. This is a very interesting move from Facebook, providing its users an additional layer security of by blocking access to malicious download links and sites.  The partnered companies will also provide essential educational materials via the Facebook Security Page.

Facebook states that, “Our URL blacklist system, which scans trillions of clicks per day, will now incorporate the malicious URL databases from these security companies to augment our existing level of protection. This means that whenever you click a link on our site, you benefit not just from Facebook’s existing protections, but the ongoing vigilance of the world’s leading corporations involved in computer security.”

Through the Antivirus Marketplace app, Facebook expects to keep its users safe and away from possible threats and malware attack, and help them share virus free content throughout the Facebook network. The marketplace is accessible from the Facebook Security Page, or you visit the page by using the link –

Guys Share Your Favs with Gentlemint

A lot of us are very familiar with popular pinning site “Pinterest”. It’s the perfect time waster and frankly, can be downright informative. However, with all the fashion and make up tips, home decorating, etc…, Pinterest can be a little on the feminine side. Guys you might want to check out a more masculine alternative. Gentlemint is a “manly social site” where guys can share things that guys like.


Gentlemint is the brainchild of two co-workers, Glen Stansberry and Brian McKinney. The two decided one day that they would build a “manly social site”. They decided just for fun that they would build a website to its completion in just one day. When the day was over they published and haven’t looked back since. Glen and I shared a few emails back and forth a while back and it sounds like they have a lot planned for the future. At the heart of it though, I believe the guys just wanted to do something manly and fun.


Pictured above, you get a glimpse of what the Gentlemint screen looks like. It is very similar to Pinterest with the tiled pictures. When you click on the pictures you can save it to your Mint or share it on Twitter and Facebook. Clicking on the picture takes you out to the original website where the picture came from.

Sharing a website that you like is very easy to do. There is a link at the top of the website that says “Add to the Mint”.  When you click it, you will see the screen pictured below. You can either copy and past a URL into the link bar on the left, or you can use the “Mint it!” button by dragging it to your browser’s toolbar. When you see a page you want to share, just click the button and it starts the process for you.

Mint It

Gentlemint has a lot of potential and is a great place for guys to look at stuff they like. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t just a site with a bunch of bikini clad swimsuit models. As a matter of fact, I see more swimsuits on Pinterest than I do on Gentlemint. It really is a site where guys share some pretty cool stuff. Right now you have to request an invite to use the service. This isn’t about being exclusive as much as it is about managing growth. The site has grown so fast that the founders had to slow it down a little so they could keep up.

I look forward to future improvements for this “manly” site. Hopefully, they can get their revenue stream steady so they can keep growing. When you go to the site, be sure to check out their blog so you can keep up with what’s new. Happy minting!

Personal Branding Matters

Strategists recognized the concept of branding as being powerful and influential. While traditional branding was associated with companies and products, the inception of LinkedIn took the concept of branding further to a personal and professional level.

An interview with the co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, disclosed his insights pertinent to “how the start-up of you” is correlated with personal branding. Hoffman underpins the importance of a brand and justifies his thought with a number of reasons.

He states one should think about relating with people. They need to realize they “live in a networked world where people Google” them as they are surrounded by “relationships that exist over decades”. People have started to think of an individual as someone “they come to with an opportunity” or “someone they come to for a quest on expertise”. He further affirms that people consider whether a person is someone “they want to work with” or not.

Why a brand matters?

Hoffman stresses that there is substance behind a brand and not just the image. People consider one’s capabilities, how one has succeeded, how one’s relationships are with people and whether one has worked with them in good ways.

All these causes attribute to the fact that the “brand-of-you” is one part of “the-start-up-of-you”. For more inspiration, here is the short clip:

Those of you who still do not have a LinkedIn profile, you might soon be signing up there.

One Minute on the Internet

The digital world is much more complex than you think. And guess what? This claim will not assume status-quo. In the forthcoming days, months and year, we will witness a larger penetration in connectivity and digitization. Content will be getting richer not only in terms of quality but also in terms of quantity. These claims are backed by eye-opening stats from Intel Corporation underpinning happenings that take place in “one minute” over the internet. Here is how it goes:

What happens in an Internet Minute?

  • 639,800 GB of global IP data is transferred
  • 6 new Wikipedia articles are published
  • 1300 new mobile users are subscribed
  • 20 people become victims of identity
  • 204 million emails are sent
  • 47,000 apps are downloaded
  • 100+ new LinkedIn accounts are created
  • $83,000 of sales happen on Amazon
  • 20 million photo views on Flickr, out of which 3,000 are new photos
  • 320+ new Twitter accounts are created and 100,000 tweets occur
  • 277,000 logins on Facebook and 6 million page views happen
  • 2+ million searches on Google
  • 1.3 million views on YouTube and 30 hours of new videos are uploaded
60 seconds on the internet

This doesn’t stop here! Predictions for the future are even more shocking. Intel Corporation suggests that by 2015, the number of connected devices will outnumber the total human population of the planet by two times.

Time just got faster!

Twitter Lights Up the Path for a Better World of Patents

Twitter has revealed its plan to introduce fairness in the world of patents and is making the first move with a draft of the “Innovator’s Patent Agreement” or the IPA. Twitter holds a bunch of patents and wants to make sure that the actual innovator who worked on the patented technology has a say in lawsuits involving the patent.


Adam Messinger, VP of Engineering Adam Messinger, VP of Engineering at Twitter writes on the official Twitter blog, saying,

The IPA is a new way to do patent assignment that keeps control in the hands of engineers and designers. It is a commitment from Twitter to our employees that patents can only be used for defensive purposes. We will not use the patents from employees’ inventions in offensive litigation without their permission.

Twitter dreams of a world where innovation is not hampered by patent trolls. It dreams of a world with proper use of patents. According to the IPA, the innovator’s rights to a patent remain even after they are sold to a third party. This ensures patents are not misused by trolls and this is a significant improvement over the current disoriented world of patents. However, one important pint to remember here, is that the ownership of the patent still lies with the patent owner, and the inventors are only a part of the decision making process, in case of disputes.

Twitter is undoubtedly being a trendsetter in this case. However, for this model to gain a respectable amount of acceptance, more companies should embrace it.