StumbleUpon: Updated iPad App is a Must Have [Review]

Many internet users love to discover new content. One of the best ways to do that is through StumbleUpon. The issue is that many users are beginning to use their tablets and smart phones more than their computers, and StumbleUpon didn’t always have the best presence in the mobile space. It seems as though that changes today.

StumbleUpon has released an updated version of their iOS, specifically their iPad app. As I see it, this is now a must have app for the iPad. Since I got my iPad back in March, I have wanted something just like StumbleUpon. I use my iPad as a couch computer for browsing the internet and playing games. StumbleUpon helps me discover content I may not have found otherwise.

You are probably asking yourself why I didn’t use Stumble on my laptop then. I think that the screenshot above provides your answer. My laptop’s desktop is really cluttered. When I am on my laptop, I am working, chatting in TWiT’s IRC channel, reading news items, talking on Steam, and browsing the web.

The StumbleUpon iPad app is pretty, and it keeps my attention. When I sit down and use the StumbleUpon app, its all I do. I get he best experience I have ever gotten out of StumbleUpon, and all it took was the iPad. Who would have thought.

One of the big features of this redesign is the social integration inside the app. The “social bar” shows you if users you follow on Stumble have liked a page. If not, you will get a suggestion as to who to follow on Stumble.

As I said, I feel like this app is a must have for all iPad owners. I don’t use those words very often. I think the social integration is amazing, the interface is amazing, and I love it. I whole hearted recommend you go out and get it.

App: StumbleUpon for iPad
Developer: StumbleUpon
Price: Free
Score: 5/5 – A Must Have

Crowd-curated Social Data with CompanyCrowd

Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs announced the release of CompanyCrowd yesterday. CompanyCrowd automatically collects stories, media, and social content to create a living newspaper about the companies that are most important to you and your business.

CompanyCrowd provides a fast and easy way to leverage the wisdom of the crowd. It provides crowd-curated social data into one search index around specific topics, experts, and personalities for the company or product chosen.

company-crowd

Once you sign-in using your Windows Live ID or Twitter/Facebook credentials, you will get a page that lists all of the company pages you’ve created. You can click your page to view it, unpublish it to hide it from the gallery, or delete it to remove from CompanyCrowd entirely. To see other pages, you need to go back to the gallery. To create a new page (for a company and search keywords), you need to enter a few pieces of information to help locate content to populate your page. You need to specify four or more keywords that you use when searching for stories about your company or topic as well as the layout in which content will be displayed on the page. Remember to add the company or topic as one of the keywords. Once your page has been created, you can change your keywords at any time. On the page, you can use the Edit panel to help improve the content on the page or see the changes you and others have made via the History panel.

FUSE Labs work in partnership with several product and research teams at Microsoft to ideate, develop, and deliver new social, real-time, and media-rich experiences for consumers and businesses. These experiences give users new ways to create, connect, and collaborate with the people and information.

Google’s +1 Used More than Twitter’s Tweet Button

Google launched it’s “+1″ sharing button last month as a part of Google’s search engine and displayed the “+1″ button next to search results. It allows you “+1″ search results and advertisements that you like which will appear in  your  Google Profile. It was soon allowed to integrate in website and blogs just like Twitter’s “tweet” and Facebook’s “Like” button. And apparently, Google+ buttons were used more in number than Twitter buttons. Twitter, now has something to worry about.

In a recent study carried out by a SEO platform provider – BrightEdge, revealed that 4.5 percent of the sites it analyzed had adopted the Google +1 button, while the “tweet” button had a usage of 3.4 percent combining Twitter Share (2.1 percent) and Twitter Instant Follow (1.3 percent). However, Facebook’s “Like” button, remained on the top with 10.8 percent dominating the social share buttons.

Google's +1 Used More than Twitter's Tweet Button

Google’s +1 saw a growth rate of 1 percent, Twitter with 0.2 percent and Facebook with 0.3 percent when compared with the last analysis conducted in June, 2011.

Breaking down Facebook’s social share widgets, the “Like” button has been adopted by 10.8 percent while the “Like Box”, Facebook Connect and Facebook Recommendations had no changes with 6.1 percent, 1.9 percent and 1.3 percent respectively.

The analysis was carried out for 10,000 largest websites showing a 33 percent spike in placement of the +1 button in the last few weeks. The report also revealed some more interesting analysis. Only 49 percent of the top 10,000 websites used either Facebook or Twitter integration.

The analysis also included how the social share buttons were rated on the basis of integrating them on the front page of the top 10,000 sites. 47.4 percent included link to Facebook profile while Twitter stood second with 41.8 percent. YouTube had a 16.77 percent decline with 16.75 percent and LinkedIn with 3.7 percent.

Google's +1 Used More than Twitter's Tweet Button

Few days back, after the launch of Google Plus, Google removed real time search results from its search engine as the contract between Twitter and Google, with respect to real time updates from Twitter, had expired. The deal allowed Google to integrate tweets into search results on the go. Google stated that is working on incorporating Google+ into this functionality and have temporarily disabled the feature.

We can expect more integration of +1s after Google+ API is launched and when Google+ comes out of beta. Watch out Twitter!

A funny video created by CreativeShed shows Hitler’s worry about the rise of Google+ and how Google+ is taking the world. Enjoy ;)

Get Free Facebook Shoes – Facebook Scam

Recently, there’s a new and unique scam that has been spreading across Facebook. The scam message titled – Get Your Free Facebook Shoes, Register Now with a link to a Google Blog. On clicking the link, you will be taken to the Blogspot page which has a fake Facebook page design. The user is asked to go through a number of steps before he/she can claim their “Facebook Shoes”.

Free Facebook Shoes Facebook Scam

From the Blogspot page, we can see that most “likes” were done by Indian users. This indicates that Indians folks are more attracted to such offers and fall for such tricks very easily.

Free Facebook Shoes Facebook Scam

Why it’s a scam?

First of all, it uses a fake Facebook page design. External pages that use Facebook’s design are always fake.

Secondly, with steps that ask you to “like”, click on ads and “share” – clearly indicates that the scammer wants to spread the message across and make some money out those ads.

Although I knew it was a scam message, I wanted to know where it leads the user after completing the sixth step (Step 6). Without “liking”, clicking on any ads and leaving the entire form blank, I just clicked on the “Submit” button. To my surprise it showed me a alert message stating “Sorry! Step 3 is not completed“. I was wondering, without even having completed the first two steps, why it just jumped to the third step. I checked the source code of the web page and found this!

Free Facebook Shoes Facebook Scam

Even after you “like”, click on ads, “share”, fill out the form completely, you will end up getting the same message no matter what you do. As you can see from the above code, the “Submit” button is hard coded to show the alert message always. So, even if you honestly complete all the steps or retry the steps again, you will end up getting the same alert message.

Unlike conventional scams, this does not click-jack and like-jack your Facebook account, but you will be tempted to do it by yourself. It is recommend that you DO NOT click on the link or share it across your news feed. There is no “Facebook Shoes” as such. You may report this scam to Facebook Security or mark it as spam.

We have complied a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook that you might want to have a look at. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about  Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Other popular and latest scams that are  reported  to be spreading rapidly on Facebook:

This Girl Must Be out of Her Mind but Also a Genious for Making This Video Facebook Scam

Scammers Take Advantage of Facebook Video Calling Service

Brother Rapes and Kills His Sister Shocking Video Facebook Scam

My First Baby Birth Video!Facebook Scam

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P.S. Thanks to  Jatin Sapra  for reporting the scam.

Google+ Spams Users, Runs out of Disk Space

In a quick succession, several Google+ users were bombarded with multiple email notifications spamming their inbox due to a coding error after which the service that kept track of Google+ notification system  ran out of disk space.

Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice-President of Social for Google, apologized on his Google+ account to those Google+ users who were affected because of the glitch.

Please accept our apologies for the spam we caused this afternoon.

For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications. Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over, and over again. Yikes.

We didn’t expect to hit these high thresholds so quickly, but we should have.

Thank you for helping us during this field trial, and once again, we are very sorry for the spam.

Google+ Runs out of Disk Space, Spams Users

Google+ is currently under field test and such bugs and errors are expected to follow. Google+ has currently closed down it’s sign up process and invite feature. There are over millions of users already on Google+, revealed Eric Schmidt on Thursday. When Google+ was announced, the invite process was open for quite a few time until it was closed due to insane demand of “invites“. Google then re-opened the social network to public for a shot period of time (Just for couple of hours).

Sophos reported that high profiles sufferers like Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC’s News’s Technology Correspondent, was bombarded with emails. Jones  tweeted “Getting zillions of Google+ emails, including duplicates which is apparently a bug. Already dubious about its usefulness…”

Google+ Runs out of Disk Space, Spams Users

However, the glitch did not cause much inconvenience to users as Gmail’s threaded view feature got all emails under a single thread. But for those who used third-party email clients definitely faced a lot of problems with multiple barrage of notifications. Google states that the Google+ team is working hard to fix/kill bugs and ensure that its infrastructure is fast and reliable when it is publicly open.

There have been spammy Google Plus invitations that are spreading viral all over the Internet. There are people who are selling Google+ invites which are fake. Please be aware that Google+ is free and there is no need to buy invites. Please be patient until Google+ is  opened  to public again.

By the way, we have been using Google+ for weeks and you might want to read through our series of articles which will be helpful to you when it comes to using and understanding Google+.

Breaking News – Leaked Video of Casey Anthony Confessing to Lawyer! Facebook Scam

In the most recent case of Casey Anthony, who was accused of killing her 2-year old daughter, Caylee Anthony, and dumping the child’s body in a wooded area near her house, has been sentenced to one year in jail and $1,000 in fine on July 7, 2011. Although Casey Anthony was not guilty of the murder, she was charged for four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

Breaking News  Leaked Video of Casey Anthony Confessing to Lawyer! Facebook Scam

Since the case received national media attention in the US with media calling it “the biggest rating draw in recent memory”, scammers on Facebook have taken full advantage of it by publishing a scam post on Facebook about Casey Anthony confessions and a link to download the video chat app. If you come across these two scam messages, please ignore them or remove/delete them from your Facebook wall.

The scam message titled – “BREAKING NEWS – Leaked Video of Casey Anthony CONFESSING to Lawyer!” with a link and a description – “Click To See (watch) – She can’t be retried, double jeopordy.. OJ all over again!” is one among the fast-spreading scams on Facebook where the scammer promises to show the leaked video of Casey Anthony confessing to her lawyer.

Breaking News  Leaked Video of Casey Anthony Confessing to Lawyer! Facebook Scam

If you happen to click on the link, you will be redirected to the infamous age verification page with the “Jaa” button. Though it is mentioned that you need to click “Jaa” twice to confirm your age, there is no such button anywhere on the page. However, clicking the “Play Video” button will click-jack and like-jack your Facebook account which will post and “like” the message automatically on your Facebook wall.

Breaking News  Leaked Video of Casey Anthony Confessing to Lawyer! Facebook Scam

The Finnish translation on “Jaa” is to “Share”. That is exactly what the scam message does when you click on the “Play Video” button. This clearly indicates that the scammer’s intention is to share the message with your friends and not to “verify your age”.

After the message is updated on your wall, you will be redirected to a fake YouTube page asking you to complete a set of surveys after which you will be shown the video.

Breaking News  Leaked Video of Casey Anthony Confessing to Lawyer! Facebook Scam

Please be careful that there is no video shown even after completing the survey. Scammers trick users to complete surveys in order to earn money/commission. Sometimes, scam message may ask you to click on a link to download a video. Trying to download the video or any other files may lead to malware attack that could grant access to all your credentials like credit card details and email id to the scammer.

There is no such video of Casey Anthony confessing to her lawyer that exists. It is recommend that you report the message as spam and remove/delete it from you Facebook wall. You can also report this to Facebook Security.

We have complied a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook that you might want to have a look at. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about  Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Other popular and latest scams that are  reported  to be spreading rapidly on Facebook:

This Girl Must Be out of Her Mind but Also a Genious for Making This Video Facebook Scam

Scammers Take Advantage of Facebook Video Calling Service

Brother Rapes and Kills His Sister Shocking Video Facebook Scam

My First Baby Birth Video!Facebook Scam

99% People Can’t See This Video For More Than 25 Seconds Facebook Scam

Update Google Plus through SMS

Google Plus has been making waves ever since it was announced. Within just two weeks, it has managed to amass millions of users, and millions more are desperate to get in. The biggest strength of Google Plus is its engagement factor. Google has finally made a social product that’s genuinely fun and addictive to use. As a result, we are seeing people like Kelvin Rose ditch their blogs in favor of Google+.

Google-Plus

If you are one of those folks who are already hooked, and you are from India, then there is some good news for you. Now you can update your Google Plus status, on the go, via SMS. All you need to do is send an SMS to 9222222222 with your message text.

You can even specify post visibility while updating via SMS. Here are the modifiers you can use:

  • @[circle name] – To share your update with selected circles.
  • @extended – To share your post with your extended circles.
  • @public – To make your update visible to everyone (including search engines).
  • @[email address] – To share your update with a particular person.

If you don’t specify anything, your post will be shared with everyone in your circles.

It’s slightly odd that this feature is currently available only in India. Normally, the focus during early field testing is strictly on US residents. However, Indians might also represent the ideal demographic for this feature. India is a country where mobile phone penetration is very high, but smartphone penetration is low. Additionally,SMS is dirt cheap. The Indian masses will almost certainly appreciate this feature. But, the question is, how many of the masses are using Google Plus? In these early days, it’s mainly tech and social media enthusiasts who are dominating the social graph.

Why Google+ Can’t Replace Your Blog

We all know how well Google+ has been received by the early adopters and geeks. Ever since Google made entry to the Google+ club exclusive, people have been clamoring to get invites. I, myself, have been using it since it launched and I really love it.

You can check out our reviews of Google+ here:

Everything+: How Google+ Changes (And Will Change) The Social Landscape

Google Plus After One Week: Can it Challenge Facebook?

Today, Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg, announced that he would be forwarding his personal blog to his Google+ profile.

Kevin Rose:“Decided to forward http://kevinrose.com to my Google+. G+ gives me more (real-time) feedback and engagement than my blog ever did.”

While I agree that Google+ is an awesome service, and that it’s finally good to see a competitor to the almighty Facebook, moving your personal blog to Google+ is a very bad idea.

While it may be easier to maintain your Google+ account, and way cheaper (actually free), you still need your own personal space on the web.

Here’s why!

1. You won’t make any money off it

While you do save hosting and domain costs, you also cannot make any money off your Google+ account. Except maybe by doing paid status updates (which I’m sure will come soon), which is sure to piss off your circles.

2. Google WILL make money off it

This is what annoys me more. While you definitely won’t be able to make a dime off your Google+ profile, Google definitely will. Google has confirmed that it will be bringing ads to Google+. Like Facebook or Twitter, I don’t think they will be offering any cut to you for the visits you get them through your profile.

3. The novelty will wear off

While it’s still exclusive, everyone wants to get in. After a while, it might become boring. Most social networks die that way. They become uncool. It happened with Friendster, Myspace, Orkut and now as some are suggesting, Facebook. And once it does, you won’t see the same levels of ‘feedback’ or ‘engagement’ on your Google+ profile. In which case, you are screwed, because…

4. You might not be able to get off

Suppose, that Google+ doesn’t manage to make it. It may seem unlikely now, but it is a possibility. Once you have invested your energy in your Google+ account, you may have to migrate to some other platform, or maybe your own blog. Google may even offer you a way to export your posts, but how will you build up your link equity again? You will have to start from scratch again, which any blogger will tell you, is very difficult.

5. A blog is a blog

Twitter is great for sharing short updates, Facebook is great for stalking people, rearing virtual cows and building virtual farms, Google+ is great for compartmentalizing your friends into different circles, and selectively share content, but a blog is a blog. Nothing can ever replace your own blog. No social service, however cool it may be, can ever represent you on the web as well as your own personal blog can.

Besides you can always share your blog posts on Google+ to get more traffic from your circles if you want.

I think Danny Sullivan pretty much hits the nail on the head when he says: “With respect to +Kevin Rose, you should no more move your blog to Google+ than you should have to Geocities. Tap into social networks, use them to build your engagement, sure. But your own domain is for life. Google+ is not. Tomorrow, Google could close it, and while you can export your content, you cannot export all that link equity with it. Your posts will 404; that’s not engagement. That’s annoying. Being master of your own domain isn’t just a funny Seinfeld episode. It’s common sense, and it shouldn’t be forgotten the moment a new flavor of social media Kool-Aid comes along.”

This Girl Must Be out of Her Mind but Also a Genious for Making This Video – Facebook Scam

Facebookers, be cautious. A message with a video link and a sexy image (thumbnail) might just appear on your Facebook wall that might tempt you to click on the link. The message is a scam and it might be shared and “liked” by your friend who must have fallen for it. The new Facebook scam titled – This girl must be Out of her Mind but also a Genious for making This video with the  description  – After they took her life away she decided to do genious revenge! is spreading on Facebook like wildfire.

This girl must be Out of her Mind but also a Genious for making This video

This particular scam first originated in January and then in March this year. Now the scam has made a come back again, and users on Facebook, as always, are tempted by the title and description of the scam by which they would click on the link provided in the scam that automatically “likes” and “shares” it on their Facebook wall.

The scam asks you to confirm your age by clicking “Jaa” twice. There isn’t any “Jaa” to click on, but clicking the “Play Video” button will certainly click-jack and like-jack your Facebook account.

This girl must be Out of her Mind but also a Genious for making This video

After you have  clicked  on “Play Video”, it will then redirect you to another page asking you to prove that you are a human by completing a 30 second test.

This girl must be Out of her Mind but also a Genious for making This video

It would then ask you to complete a survey which promises to display the video thereafter. There is no video after you have completed the survey, so don’t bother wasting your time in completing any surveys.

Like every other scam, this scam too has altered titles/messages. Here are the following alternate messages/titles:

!!!!hey lol check out this girl, i cant believe this video :DD

hey lol check out this girl,she i cant believe this video :DD

This Babe Must Be Out of Her Mind but also a Genious

This girl must be Out of her Mind but also a Genius for making This video!

Clicking such scam messages will automatically like-jack and click-jack your Facebook account without your knowledge. Sometimes, it may lead you to download malicious files into your computer that might enable scammers to access all your credentials including credit card details and email id.

In most cases, after clickjacking  and likejacking  your Facebook account, you will be directed to a survey page where the scammer promises to show you the video/image after completing the survey. However, there will be no video/image shown after you have completed the survey, since it is all fake

It is recommended that you DO NOT click any links on such scam messages. The best way to deal with this is to ignore it or delete/remove it from your Facebook wall. To remove a post from your Facebook wall, just click on the “X” mark on the top-right corner of the post. You may also want to Mark it as spam, so that your friends and other Facebookers are not affected.

Here’s an article  on  Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.  We have also complied a list of  Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook for you to look through and avoid.

P.S. Hat tip to Amit Banerjee  for reporting the scam and sharing the  screenshot.

Scammers Take Advantage of Facebook Video Calling Service

Few days back, Facebook integrated the new video chat service (officially called as Video Calling), powered by Skype which was made available to all Facebook users within 24 hours of it’s announcement. Many users on Facebook are still not aware of the new service announced by Facebook, since there was no announcement made on the user’s profile unlike how it was made when Facebook announced its new user interface.

With all the hype and attention that the Facebook video chat has got, scammers have already taken advantage of it by creating a fake video chat application. And users who are not aware of the officially announced video calling service, will definitely fall for this trap.

Facebook Video Calling Scam

The new scam application – Video Calling: Talk to your  friends  face to face, which is a replica of the official Video Calling feature was created in order to enable video chatting with Facebook friends without having to download and install the official application file.

With this, the fake application tricks the user by asking him/her to approve the application and grant permissions to access personal information, to post messages on wall and access posts in News Feed.

Facebook Video Calling Scam

When a user grants permission to the application, it automatically posts a message on the user’s wall and leads to a survey site.

Spammers mainly earn money/commission when they get users to answer such surveys. Sometimes, it may also lead to download of malware programs which may expose your personal details to the scammer without your knowledge.

It is recommended that you do not click on such scam messages and remove/delete any wall posts referencing “Video Call” or “Enable Video Calls” immediately. You can also report such scam messages or fake applications to Facebook Security.

If you are unaware of the Facebook’s new video calling feature and want to set up the official Video Chat with Skype, then check out How to Access Official Facebook Video Calling Service.

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