Twitter Instant Follows YouTube Instant and Google Instant

It looks like we have to start bracing ourselves to hear the word "Instant" overdone in the next few weeks and months. After was launched a Stanford student created YouTube Instant and almost landed a job with .


Now, behold, someone has gone ahead and created a Instant search ( which works on the same fundamentals, results change as you type. However, it still has a lot work to do as far as the "guessing before you type" feature which both YouTube Instant and Google Instant have.

The author of Twitter Instant is riding the Instant wave and asks whether he should now ask for a job at Twitter. Twitter Instant aside, the fact that social media was leveraged and used to do something and then get a job offer in return will now see many such kickoffs where people do something interesting with a company’s product and then pitch it to them through social media in hope of a job or maybe just for fun.

Social media has definitely come a long way since it’s inception where people just wanted to keep in touch in friends. These days it has been used and sometimes overused for a variety of things including getting jobs, proposing to your girl/boy friend, pitching a product and more.

So are you going to follow the "Instant" wave and created something to please a company in hopes of landing a job? Considering the job market, this looks like the fastest way to land one, right?

(Source: TNW)

"YouTube Instant" Lands Stanford Student Job at YouTube on Twitter

Just a day after was released, a Stanford Graduate created something called as YouTube Instant which allowed for instant search and play of videos.

YouTube Instant Job Offer

The service which can be seen at works pretty well and has apparently impressed the YouTube CEO who offered the Stanford student a job with YouTube. The entire conversation happened on and goes like this.

@Chad_Hurley, the YouTube CEO first tweeted:

Hey @FreeTheFeross! Loving YouTube Instant… Want a job? ;)

To which Feross replied:

Hey @Chad_Hurley. Glad you liked YouTube Instant! Is that a for-real job offer? ;)

This prompted another reply from Chad, which read:

@FreeTheFeross Are you ready to leave school? :) I’ll send you a DM.

There was no response from Feross after this, however, it looks like they took their conversation private to direct messaging. This is definitely an interesting incident on how Twitter or social media can be used to spot talent and make job offers. So who is on the hiring list next?

(Source: Venture Beat / Techmeme)

New York Fashion Week on Twitter

This week we will see one of the biggest fashion week in New York City kick off. Being in New York is not always a possibility, however, there is a high chance that you have a account.

New York Fashion Week Twitter

If you do, Twitter has some plans in place to allow users to track the New York Fashion Week from the comfort of their desktop. Twitter has tied up with American Express to provide real-time access to Fashion Week and will provide exclusive photos, commentary and first look at the top names and products in fashion.

First off, you can catch all the live action at behind the scenes at Twitter’s dedicated fashion page at In addition to that you can also follow the NYFW @nyfw on Twitter.

There are several more accounts dedicated to the New York Fashion Week including @WomensWearDaily, @AmericanExpress, @Modelinia among others.

So if you are a fashion enthusiast, use Twitter to catch up on all the action.

Bloglines Shuts Down, Cites Twitter and Facebook as Reason

A few years back Bloglines was one of the most popular feed reader around, however, over the years it has been surpassed by several alternatives including .

Bloglines Logo

In early days Bloglines was one of the biggest contributor towards a websites feed count, and it still is for many. However, sadly users who used Bloglines will not be able to do so after October 1, 2010. Older websites feed count may also decline, specially for publishers who have been around for 4-5 years or more. However, the users are bound to move to other providers, so the count may jump back again., who had bought Bloglines for $10 million in 2005 have decided to close it down because the RSS market has constantly been shrinking due to social networking sites like and . To be frank, I agree with that, because I have hardly visited my Google Reader account since past 4 months and instead rely on several twitter lists to follow feeds.

I remember having an argument with Robert Scoble on one of his posts about Twitter replacing Google Reader, and back then I did think that I would stick with Google Reader. However, as time has passed, I have realized how much more easier it is to actually follow news on Twitter, specially more after Twitter Lists were introduced.

Do you use Feed Readers or have you shifted to Twitter or any other similar service? Let me know your thoughts about using RSS feeds vs Twitter or Facebook to catch up on news.

(Source: TechCrunch)

Facebook Adds Remote Logout Feature

If you have used for a while, you might have seen a feature where Gmail displays you the devices you are logged in through and also allows you to logout of all other sessions remotely.

Facebook Remote Activity/Logout

It looks like is now testing the same feature, which will display the devices you have logged in from and also allow you to remotely logout of the sessions.

According to PC Mag, the "Account Security" section of your Account Settings page will now include a menu that displays "Most Recent Activity," as well as "Also Active," if your account is signed active in two or more locations. However, this feature is not yet enabled for all accounts and it might be rolled out to users in a phased manager.

Users can log out of logged in sessions by clicking on the "end activity" link, which will then clear the session on the listed device. The remote logout feature in Facebook will definitely be useful since you might easily have forgotten to logout of a public computer or friend’s computer. This security feature in Facebook might save you those Oops moments that might occur if your account is compromised.

iTunes Ping Removes Facebook After Facebook Blocks API Access

Yesterday, Apple introduced iTunes Ping a new social networking platform for music lovers introduced with iTunes 10 (Read iTunes 10 and iTunes Ping Review). However, after a while Apple removed Connect from Ping.

iTunes Ping

There have been several reasoning as to why that happened, however, Boomtown has confirmed news that Apple pulled the plug on Facebook Connect after Facebook blocked API Access because they could not reach an agreement with Apple.

The major reason behind Facebook blocking Ping’s API requests is not because of it being a competitor, but because of the amount of users iTunes currently has, 160 million to be precise. So even though Facebook’s Connect API is free to use, however, if someone wants to use it a lot, which is the case with iTunes, they have to have an agreement with Facebook.

It seems like both Apple and Facebook were negotiating on it, but they could not finalize anything and the Facebook Connect feature was introduced even though both did not have an agreement. This is when Facebook started blocking API requests by Ping. Now Apple suggests users to use the email invites feature to connect with your friends or use the search feature.

So will this problem between Facebook and Apple turn out to be bigger in the future? Only time will tell.

Facebook Testing "Subscribe To" User Feature

Looks like both and is busy with adding new features to their respective sites. Facebook is in the process of testing a new feature which will allow users to subscribe to a specific user and receive notifications whenever the user performs an action.

Facebook Subscribe To

This feature is a bit different than the regular Facebook feed because it will send you a notification whenever someone performs an action just like Twitter shows you when a user tweets as you can see in the screenshot below.

Facebook Subscribe Notifications

The new “Subscribe To” feature will allow users to track certain users and find out what they are doing, however, considering the privacy problems that this feature would invoke among users, Facebook would have to tread carefully. Hopefully, Facebook will not allow the world to subscribe to your updates, or allow you to entirely turn off the feature.

Earlier last month, Facebook had rolled out a feature to allow users to control notifications on likes and comments, so this would just be another step forward.

(Source: All Facebook)

Twitter for iPad Adds Inline Media, Gestures and Panes

users have a huge screen and more screen-estate than smartphones and is all set to take advantage the fluid interface of iPad to provide a better experience with their new Twitter for iPad app.

Twitter for iPad

Twitter has announced the introduction of a new Twitter for iPad app which bring in several new features including Panes, which are similar to tabs and allow you to open multiple links at once and switch back and forth between them.

In addition to that, Twitter for iPad has also allows you to view inline videos in the panes that you open. The videos will continue loading without hampering your navigation and you can easily switch to watching the video by clicking on the pane.

Twitter iPad Gestures

Twitter for iPad also has gestures support where you can pinch on a tweet to see actions such as reply, retweet etc., or use two fingers to pull the tweet to view the twitter conversation. You can download the Twitter for iPad from here and find more information about it at the official Twitter blog.

Facebook Overtakes Orkut as the Leading Social Network in India

Facebook Orkut has long been the dominant social network in India. Exactly what made millions of Indians throng to the mostly forgotten social network from Google is still a baffling mystery to me. Nevertheless, Facebook – the most popular social network in US and all over the world, has now surpassed Orkut even in India.

Traffic analytics firm comScore is claiming that Facebook became the top social networking website in India in July with 20.9 million visitors. This represents a 179 percent year-on-year growth. Comparatively, during the same period Orkut managed to grow by only 16 percent. The social networking audience in India grew by an impressive 43 percent during the past year.

In related news, Orkut has unveiled a new grouping functionality that can be used to communicate with groups of contacts (coworkers, relatives, friends etc.). The groups are visible only to the user and essentially acts as filters.

Disable Facebook Places Tagging And Stop Friends From Checking You In

recently revealed a new feature called Facebook Places which allowed you to check-in to places you visit, but trust Facebook to make a Privacy mess out of everything, irony huh?  The Facebook Places feature is already annoying users because Facebook allows your friends to check you into places by default.

This is definitely a huge privacy issue for people who do not want to get themselves checked in maybe a bar or uhm a strip club by their friends. Thankfully, Facebook does provide users with an option to disable people from checking you into places.

To do that, head over to Facebook and from the "Account" dropdown in the top right corner, click on Privacy Settings and then click on the "Customize Settings" link. Now follow the instructions below to disable the Facebook places tagging from appearing in your timeline or stopping your friends from checking you into places.

Disable Facebook Places Check-ins from Appearing in Your Timeline

Disable Facebook Places Check-in From Timeline

To do this, select the drop down next to "Places I check in to" and click on the "Customize" option. Select "Only Me" in the "Make this visible to" drop down list, this will ensure that your check-ins are not visible to anyone else.

You might also want to uncheck the checkbox next to "Include me in "People Here Now" after I check in" so that you are not clubbed along with other people for check-ins.

Disable Friends from Checking You into Facebook Places


Facebook Places allows friends to check you into places by default, now this could be very annoying since you have no control over it unless you explicitly change your privacy settings.

To disable friends from checking you into Facebook Places, Disable the option from under "Things others share => Friends can check me into to Places". This will ensure that no one except for you can check you in to Facebook Places.

There you go, you can now have your peace of mind back knowing that no one is going to check you into a place you did not want to Smile.