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Catholic Church Announces New Pope Francis on Twitter for the First Time

The whole world was waiting for a cloud of white smoke to come out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, and is it did a loud cheer emerged out from the thousands of people gathered at the St Peter’s Square. It was a similar situation in the online world when the official and verified Pontiflex Twitter account tweeted “HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM.”

Within a matter of time, the tweet was retweeted and added to ‘favorites’ by thousands of followers, with several replies pouring in every second. The tweet “HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM,” is roughly translated into “We have a Pope Francis.”

New Pope Announcement on Twitter

This is first time ever a Pope was officially announced on the social media site, simply proving how informative and important Twitter can be in terms of spreading breaking news as quickly as possible to the world.

The Catholic Church set up the official and verified Pontiflex Twitter account during the service of Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict, immediately after he stepped down due to health issues, deleted all of his tweets. We are yet to be clear if the Catholic Church will follow the same procedure every time a new Pope is elected.

Twitter Music to Be Launched on iOS Very Soon

A year back Twitter acquired We Are Hunted, which was one of the World’s leading music discovery services. Now, the social media company is planning to offer music as a service alongside the micro-blogging service with the use of same technology used by We Are Hunted.

Since the acquisition, Twitter has been working on the technology used by We Are Hunted to develop a standalone app called “Twitter Music” on iOS, a person familiar with the situation told CNET. The app is designed to suggest artists and songs to listen to, and it personalizes music based on the Twitter accounts the user is following.

The songs will be streamed to the app via SoundCloud. Earlier in February, We Are Hunted founder Stephen Phillips tweeted the following test message, perhaps using the test version of the app.

Twitter Music

According to CNET writer Casey Newton, explained that:

“Twitter Music uses four main tabs. ‘Suggested’ recommends songs and artists based on a user’s follower graph — artists they are following, and artists that other people they follow are following. #NowPlaying brings in links to songs tweeted by people you follow who tweet using that hashtag.”

The app is expected to be launched by the end of this month, and will directly compete with Facebook’s music section of its new News Feed.

Update: We Are Hunted is now taken offline and visitors to the site are now greeted with a message stating, “We Are Hunted is not available at the moment.”

New Timeline Update – You Can Now Customize Your Facebook Timeline

Less than a week after rolling out a brand new News Feed design, Facebook has now announced a new update for its Timeline, which features a simplified layout and redesigned sections for things that ‘users care about’.

The new update will enable users to customize their Facebook Timeline and will make it easier for them to organize the things they like on their “About” page. Along with the photos and friends, the new redesigned sections will give users one place to add music, movies, TV shows and books that interest them.

For instance, “if you’re a movie buff, you can add your favorites to your movies section or use apps like Flixster and Netflix to share what you’re watching”, says Facebook. Users can manually tweak their pages on what apps they want to be displayed. Also, apps now get extra space on the page in other areas, with some now appearing under a user’s “About” tab.

Customize Facebook Timeline

Here’s a look at what the new timeline officially looks like. Facebook says that the new updated Timeline will be rolled out to a random set of users before they make it available to all users across the globe.

New Facebook Timeline Update

The “About” section, including friends, photos, and application activity are all placed on the left hand side of the Timeline. This is, however, customizable according to the user’s liking. The right-hand side of the Timeline now consists of the new status update box along with the latest posts.

Facebook has stated that the new update will only be reflected to user pages and no change is being made to business or fan pages as of now.

Facebook described how the new timeline will change the way users interact with apps:

The update makes apps more prominent by giving them new sections in the left column of timeline and on the About page. The new visual sections give you a way to add content from apps like Pinterest, Quora, Instagram, Etsy, Fab, and Foursquare, directly to your timeline. You can also collect stories from movies, TV, music, book and fitness apps into sections. It’s easy to organize your app stories into boxes on your profile, rearrange the boxes, and add content inline from desktop or mobile.

Facebook also stated that new Timeline users will begin to see the latest version of Timeline in their native iOS app immediately. However, as usual, Android users will have to wait a little longer as the it will be updated in the coming weeks.

Pinterest Launches New Web Analytics Tool

Pinterest has launched a new web analytics tool for webmasters that will help them monitor how pins that come from their site perform on Pinterest. The new service enables site owners to view how many people have pinned from their site, including the reach of those pins across Pinterest, and the amount of traffic generated to their sites from Pinterest.

Much like Facebook’s Insights for Facebook page owners, the new analytics tool provides basic measures of the most important pins. The tool displays information about the most clicked, most recent, and most repinned pins giving them an insight that will help them decide what kind of content is most popular in the different sections.

“For example, if you have a travel blog, you’ll be able to see whether people are pinning your ski vacation posts or beach vacation posts more,” says Tao Tao, a Pinterest software engineer.

Pinterest Web Analytics Tool

Pinterest announced the following in a blog post:

“Today’s announcement builds on the set of tools we offer for website owners including business accounts, Pin It buttons and board widgets. We think that these tools will help website owners understand what’s working for them and what’s not so that they can create even better pins in the future. We even updated our business site with new tips and case studies to make things easier. Over the coming months, we hope to add new tools and more detailed insights, so let us know what else you would like to see,”.

The new Pinterest Web Analytics tool is only available for verified websites. To get access to the new analytics, you’ll need a verified Pinterest website, and you’ll also need access to Pinterest’s new look.

Tweet Archive Now Supports 12 More Languages

Twitter enabled the most awaited option for users to download their past tweets and retweets (Tweet Archive) back in December 2012. The feature started to roll out slowly to a small percentage of users whose languages was set to English, however, starting today, users will be able to download their Twitter Archive in 12 more languages.

Today, the company announced in a tweet, stating that Twitter Archive is now available in the following languages: Hindi, Farsi, French, Hebrew, German, Spanish, Dutch, Malaysian, Norwegian, Finnish, Hungarian and Polish. This means that Twitter Archive option is now available in 13 languages including English.

Twitter Archive in 12 More Languages

To start downloading your past tweets, you need to first request for your account’s Twitter Archive. To do so, go to Settings and look for the new option “Your Twitter archive” at the bottom of the page. Once requested, you’ll receive a link to download a ZIP file of your tweet archive by email.

The company already has plans to make Twitter Archives available in all supported languages – “Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll make it available to all users around the world, for all the languages we offer.”

How to Get Access to the New Facebook News Feed Early

Facebook has just announced a new design for its News Feed. The new layout for the News Feed is designed to bring down clutter and focus more on stories shared by friends and family members. However, the other reason to bring in the new change is ads.

Nevertheless, we have to say that the new News Feed is indeed beautiful and better than the current one. Facebook has stated that the new design will start rolling out to users starting today. If you want to get access to the new design even before your friends do, or want to give it a try and provide feedback to Facebook, you can visit this link – www.facebook.com/newsfeed and add yourself to the waiting list.

The new design updates will be available on your iPhone and iPad in the coming weeks and to Android soon after.

We already know that Facebook’s News Feed is all about real-time flow of pictures, status updates and links from the people and Pages a user has friended or followed. Functionally and fundamentally the News Feed has been the same since its inception in 2006. However, the big question is that what is new in the just launched newly designed News Feed?

Fcebook News Feed new design

According to Facebook, rather than bombarding the user’s news feed with a mixture of updates, pictures, videos, links and more, the new design is said to filter each of these items into separate streams, or different News Feeds.

In other words, photos will be segregated and showed on a different feed, music related updates on a different feed, and so on. One example suggested by TechCrunch would be the ability to view just the Instagram photos that have been liked and shared by your friends.

The new News Feed features three major components:

  • Bigger Images
  • Multiple Feeds
  • Mobile Consistency

Have you already got access to the new Facebook News Feed? Do share your experience with our readers using the comment section below.

Facebook Unveils New Look for Its News Feed

The social media giant Facebook has just announced a new design for its News Feed, including changes in the flow of status updates, photos and advertisements its users see on the site. The new Facebook News Feed is designed in a way to reduce clutter and focus more on stories that people share, as the company continues to carry out their mission: to make the world more open and connected.

Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the new design by stating that the “News Feed is one of the most important things we’ve built.” He compared the news feed to a personalized newspaper that gives users the ability to selectively read stories depending on their interests.
New Facebook News Feed Design

The new News Feed will house a nice mix of news content and stories from your friends and family. According to Facebook, the new design will make photos, news articles, maps and events look brighter and more beautiful.

To make sure you’re seeing all the stories you want to see, Facebook has different new feeds to explore in addition to the same News Feed you have today:

  • All Friends – a feed that shows you everything your friends are sharing
  • Photos – a feed with nothing but photos from your friends and the Pages you like
  • Music – a feed with posts about the music you listen to
  • Following – a feed with the latest news from the Pages you like and the people you follow.

Facebook has made the new design common on all platforms – “With the new design, now Facebook has the same look and feel on mobile, tablet and web. For example, the left-hand menu is accessible anywhere you go on Facebook. You also have a way to jump right to the top of News Feed whenever new stories come in.”

It is also known that users will not see the old Facebook logo anywhere on the site. It is now replaced with the letter “f” throughout the site. There are several new features and changes that have been implemented along with the new design. We will do a complete review of the new Facebook News Feed design once we get access to it.

Facebook News Feed - New Design

Zuckerberg stated that the new News Feed design will be rolling out slowly over the coming weeks on web and mobile. However, if you’re interested to give it a try, you can add yourself to the waiting list by visiting www.facebook.com/newsfeed. The new design updates will be available on your iPhone and iPad in the coming weeks and to Android soon after.

Yammer Grows Big After Microsoft’s Acquisition

Today, Microsoft has released some new Yammer statistics, which shows that the enterprise social network has surpassed 7 million registered users, which at the time of acquisition last year it had only 5 million registered users.

Microsoft also said that the sales for the year 2012 tripled to that of 2011, and highlighted that the fourth quarter sales in 2012 were up by four times than the previous year. Microsoft added that the number of paid registered users on Yammer shot up 165 percent in 2012, and has added nearly 290 new paying customers in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Yammer is one of the best tools for collaboration and widely used for private communication within organizations or a team. Microsoft has announced that it is going to integrate Yammer with Office this summer. That is, Microsoft’s SkyDrive Pro and Office Web Apps technologies will be tightly integrated into Yammer, and will be made available by summer 2013.

Yammer

Starting next week, Microsoft will be making available Yammer/SharePoint products and services at new price points. Those offerings will be:

  • Yammer Basic Standalone: Free
  • Yammer Enterprise Standalone: $3 per user/per month
  • SharePoint Online (Plan 1) + Yammer Enterprise: $4 per user/per month
  • SharePoint Online (Plan 2) + Yammer Enterprise: $8 per user/per month
  • Office 365 E Plans 1-4 + Yammer Enterprise: $8 – $24 per user/per month

Facebook Testing Buy Tickets Button for Events

Facebook Event creators rely on third-party apps to enable the “Buy Tickets” option, however, it now looks like Facebook is planning to integrate it as a full-fledged feature on the site. The new “Buy Tickets” button will redirect users to the event site where the actual transactions take place.

Blink Vice President of Media Eti Suruzon noticed the new button added to one of his events, and has shared the following the screenshot: Facebook Events Buy Tickets Button Facebook is currently testing the new “Buy Tickets” button and is available to a random set of events. If the test is successful enough, the button will be made available for event creators to promote and generate ticket sales for their respective events.

Have you seen any similar “Buy Tickets” button anywhere on your event pages? Do let us know about it.

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Twitter Updates Viewing Options For Photos, Videos and Related Tweets

Today, Twitter has rolled out several new updates on its site, including improved photos and videos management on the service’s web interface. The new media update makes it easier for users to view media files either from profile pages or in search results.

When a user is viewing a photo on Twitter’s web interface, users were only restricted to view the smaller size of the image. If they wanted to see the larger version they would have to view the photo from the source by clicking on it. However, the new update provides the ability to view photos right on the Twitter web interface, without having to leave the site and view it on the source web page. Users can now simply click a photo on a profile page or in search result listings to see the larger version of the media file.

Along with this, Twitter has enhanced the video viewing feature. With the latest update, videos will begin showing up in users’ media galleries. Twitter’s new Vine, along with YouTube, Vimeo, and other partners whose videos already appear in the expanded Tweets feature, will be featured alongside photos.

Yet another notable feature is the ability to view more replies on a tweet’s page, along with replies to replies. Prior to this update, any single tweet page would only contain the first few replies. However, starting today, users can simply keep scrolling down to see all replies. This feature is expected to drive more discussion on the social network.

Here’s an example of updated tweet pages that allow you to see more replies and conversations:

Twitter Replies

How to Optimize Your Business Page for Graph Search the Facebook Way [Basics]

Facebook introduced the Graph Search earlier this week, which provides a new way to search for information on the social network. The tool is currently in a limited beta for English (US) audiences. Despite that, most of the online businesses are questioning and wondering how they can use the new tool effectively.

Facebook has provided an in-depth explanation about what businesses should be doing with Graph Search.

According to Facebook, Graph Search will enable businesses to make their Facebook Pages easier for people to discover and learn more about their business. For now, it will focus on four areas: people, photos, places, and interests, however, if you want to lead the game, I recommend you to understand it and take the new tool seriously.

Facebook Graph Search

How to Optimize Your Business Page for Facebook Graph Search

Facebook has provided certain tips to get started and make your Facebook Page visible to audience. Facebook recommends the following apart from the usual stuff to ensure your Page is complete and up-to-date:

  • The name, category, vanity URL, and information you share in the “About” section all help people find your business and should be shared on Facebook.
  • If you have a location or a local place Page, update your address to make sure you can appear as a result when someone is searching for a specific location.
  • Focus on attracting the right fans to your Page and on giving your fans a reason to interact with your content on an ongoing basis.

While many Pages provide less information in the “About” section, it is now important that businesses provide apt details about the business and the services they provide. The address and location of your business counts as well. The more accurate information you put on Facebook, the more likely your Page will show up in a search.

The last point is very important not just with Graph Search, but also with Facebook’s Edge Rank. It is also clear that Facebook will be taking the growth of your business into consideration when filtering Pages, and not just popularity.

You can try Graph Search here and know more about it.

Here’s how Graph Search works:

  • Facebook will add a blue search bar at the top of its pages. When users search, the search bar first returns the top search suggestions, including people, Pages, apps, places, groups, and suggested searches.
  • The results returned redirect users to a unique results page. The results are formulated based on the information that you have shared about your business and also filters them based on the connections of the person searching.
  • The results will also include Bing results and Bing ads, which could be similar to the results obtained on Bing.com

These are some of the basic steps to follow to get started with optimizing for Graph Search. This is the beginning, and if Facebook SEO takes off, it is sure to create a whole different world of SEO-business.

Facebook for Android Updated with Faster Photo Viewing and Voice Messaging

Facebook has released a new update for its Android app loaded with new features including faster viewing of photos, voice messaging, and improvised sharing of friends’ stories to Timelines, pages and groups.

The updated version is faster, however, it could vary depending on your device and the Android version you are running. Many users have been complaining that the app is slow and laggy. Well, you should blame your device for that, and it’s time you upgrade your device.

The new version has an expanded Share button. That is, you can not only share stories on your Timeline, but also share it on your friends’ Timelines, including Pages you have “liked,” and Groups you can participate in.

Facebook for Android Update

With the voice messaging feature, Android users can now communicate with friends by sending voice messages from the main app. This feature was first introduced in the standalone Messenger application a few days back.

Here’s the full changelog of the Facebook for Android updated version 2.1:

  • Open and view photos faster.
  • Share your friends’ stories to timelines, pages and groups.
  • Send voice messages when you have more to say.

Android users can download the latest updated version of the app directly from the Google Play Store. The version number “Varies with device” according to the page, but most of you will see it as 2.1.

Facebook Testing $100 Fee To Message Strangers

Facebook is reportedly testing a service which allows users to message strangers for a fee of $100 per message. When Facebook originally started testing this feature in December, they set the price at a mere $1 per message. Some Facebook users reportedly saw this fee appear when attempting to message Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, though others have seen it when attempting to message random users. This experimental feature has not yet been rolled out to all Facebook members.

When Mashable reached out to Facebook for comment, a spokesperson told them that “We are testing some extreme price points to see what works to filter spam.” This leads us to believe that Facebook will likely drop the price point of this feature before rolling it out to the general public.

If users would rather not pay a fee but still be able to message users outside of their network, they can choose to have the message land in the recipient’s “Other” folder. This folder seems to be an area for messages from strangers and other messages that Facebook thinks aren’t at the top of your priority list.

Would you pay $100 to message a stranger on Facebook? Let us know why or why not by leaving a comment on this post.

Source: Mashable via The Verge
Image Via: The Verge

Facebook Invites Media, “Come and See What We’re Building”

Facebook has sent out invitations to an event that is to be held on January 15, scheduled to start at 10pm Pacific Time. There are no specific details about why the press event is going to take place, but all we know for now is the tagline that says — Come and see what we’re building.

No, Facebook isn’t going to end on January 15, 2013. That’s a hoax message that is spreading on the social networking site. However, rumors have it that Facebook could be talking about anything from the speculative “Facebook phone,” the launch of new services, or just more clarification regarding the Instagram TOS changes.

Facebook January 15 Event Invite

The social networking giant — which as of October 2012 has over a billion active users — is testing out a new design for its Timelines. The new single-columned layout is currently rolled out for a few users in New Zealand. It is also implementing new Instagram-Facebook data sharing features that is scheduled to go into effect January 16, just a day following the January 15 media event.

Earlier in November 2012, it was revealed that an unknown HTC Android phone was spotted, with the codename OPERAUL. The phone had a 720p display and dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC. However, we are not sure if Facebook is going to announce a phone during the press event.

In the last few weeks, Facebook has updated its iOS Facebook client with new emojis and sharing capabilities, the Nearby and Photo Sync features and the ability to install third-party apps without leaving the iOS client.

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LinkedIn Reaches 200 Million User Milestone

In a blog post, LinkedIn announced that it had passed a new milestone of 200 million members on its site. The popular business-oriented social networking site was launched in 2003, and had reportedly passed the 100 million marks in 2011. LinkedIn has added more than 13 million members since its last announcement on November 1, 2012.

LinkedIn serves its members in 19 languages in 200 countries or territories. It has 74 million members in the U.S., while 64 percent of them are outside the U.S, including 11 million members in the U.K., 7 million in Canada, 18 million in India, and 11 million are based in Brazil. The site’s fastest growing countries are Turkey, Colombia and Indonesia. Approximately 2 members join LinkedIn every second. That’s, 172,800 registrations per day!

Deep Nishar, Senior Vice President, Products & User Experience at LinkedIn, announced and thanked its users for helping them achieve this milestone:

I’d like to thank each of you for helping build the LinkedIn network into what it is today. It’s been amazing to see how our members have been able to transform their professional lives through LinkedIn. You truly grasp the power of LinkedIn when you start to focus on these individual success stories.

According to the stats shared by LinkedIn, the IT sector represents the largest industry within LinkedIn at four million users, with two million in financial services and 1.95 million in higher education.

The U.S. remains its biggest market, followed by India. Here’s a break down based on the number of users:

  • USA (74m)
  • India (18m)
  • UK (11m)
  • Brazil (11m)
  • Canada (7m)

LinkedIn reported its earnings for Q3 2012 in November, and it had its revenue increased to $252 million, up more than 80% year-over-year. The company had an IPO price of $45 in May 2011, and is now trading at $112.25, up by 77 percent over the past 12 months.

LinkedIn 200 million User Milestone