Times Internet Launches Spiritual Social Network: SpeakingTree.in

Times of India Group’s consumer internet division, Times Internet recently launched a spiritual social networking website: SpeakingTree.in. The website has been named after a daily column “Speaking Tree” which appears on the editorial page of Times Of India’s print edition. Speakingtree.in lets users in India interact with spiritual top guns like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Deepak Chopra, Jaggi Vasudev and others. The website already has 2000 registered users since it’s initial beta launch on November 25, 2010.

The website has a lot of content like blogs, forums, photos and videos which are all generated by users. This is in addition to the regular Speaking Tree articles which appear on the Times of India newspaper (print edition). As of now, SpeakingTree.in has over 3,000 spiritual articles spread across various categories such as Vantage Wisdom, Science of Spirituality, New Age Insights, Inner Engineering, Wellness and Holistic Living.

Currently, Times Internet plans to target only the spiritually inclined people and those who want to interact and converse with fellow seekers.

Facebook Revamps Friend Finder, Provides Options To Narrow Down Friends

had launched a new feature back in 2008 where they suggested people you may know based on certain algorithms. Through these 2 years I have found this feature useful and have definitely found some long lost friends. However, in the past 2 years there hasn’t been much changes to this service.

Facebook Friend Finder New Page

When I went to check out suggestions today on "People You May Know". I came across a brand new interface, though this may have been spotted earlier, I am pretty sure that many of you are not aware of it yet.

The new interface for "People You May Know", now lets you find friends from different parts of your life. What that means is, that you can now search for people based on your Home Town, Current City, High School, Mutual Friends, College or University, Employer and more through checkboxes available in the right hand navigation.

The new page has also been designed to focus more on people and their photos and is more wide than the earlier landing page. Another interesting thing about the new "People You May Know" page is that, it provides infinite scrolling and can see friend suggestions without having to reload the page.

Are you seeing this new "People You May Know" page? What do you think about it? Do give us your feedback on it. You can view the Facebook Friend Finder here.

Facebook Makes Online TV More Personal With Clicker

To be frank, I hardly watch new seasons of my favorite shows on an actual Television and prefer to use it to watch live sports. However, I don’t miss any of my favorite shows and instead catch them when I can totally concentrate on watching it through on-demand or sites like Hulu, Fancast and TV.com among others.

Facebook Clicker TV Shows Recommendation

In fact there are so many ways to watch TV Shows online for free that I can even catch up on a missed show after a week. That said, discovering new shows is easy but wouldn’t it be good to have your friends recommend you an episode or TV show? Well, you could definitely go around asking them about their favorites, but what if you could discover them?

Also Read: Get Movie Recommendations From Your Twitter Friends

has just announced a partnership with Clicker, an Internet television guide to help you discover new shows based on what your friends have liked on Facebook.

If you are logged into Facebook, visiting Clicker.com will automatically display the shows your friends have liked on Facebook as recommendations. It will also display shows which are currently trending among your Facebook friends. The recommendation engine works on Facebook likes for those shows, so every time you like a movie, it will be used as a recommendation for your friends.

Opting Out of Facebook-Clicker Recommendation

Disable Facebook Clicker Recommendations

The data liked by you will only be visible to your friends or a larger number of people based on how you have set your privacy profile in Facebook. If you want to opt-out of the Facebook – Clicker recommendations, you can visit Clicker.com and click on the disable link in the left hand side navigation as shown above.

One should note that unlike other apps or websites, Facebook is sharing information with Clicker.com without a user having to provide explicit permission, this could turn out to be another case of privacy issue for Facebook soon.

LinkedIn Launches “Company Pages” For All Indian Companies

LinkedIn is a special networking website that helps over millions of professionals around the world connect with each other. Recently LinkedIn introduced a feature called “Company Pages” to help companies attract new customers by displaying their products, services and recommendations in a trusted environment. However, this feature was currently available to only 3 companies in India – Volkswagen India, Spear Logistics and Indus Net Technologies.

But now this feature – “Company Pages” has been made available to all Indian Companies irrespective of the company size and it’s business. This is a welcome move from LinkedIn as in today’s digital world, online showcasing and advertising surely helps companies to market their products better.

Hari V Krishnan, country manager for LinkedIn India said that LinkedIn has more plans about engaging with Indian Businesses in real time. He also said that LinkedIn will continue to invest in understanding the Indian consumer’s demands and concluded by saying that LinkedIn has seen almost 100 per cent growth in India this year.

Twitter Has 224 Million Users, Adds 100 Million Users This Year

seems to be on a roll to reach a big milestone in the coming year. As of today Twitter has said that they have added more than 100 million users this year alone. Some notable joiners to Twitter this year include @billgates, @tigerwoods and @cher.

Twitter Logo

So how much is Twitter’s total user base? Roughly around 224 million users. To figure this out I used Twitter’s API to request user information and I was able to get information for users up-to 224,789,500. You can do view the information by visiting this link http://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.xml?user_id=224789500.

So is Twitter quickly catching up with ? Not exactly, Facebook has over 500 million users and Twitter is yet to get halfway there, but the growth it has shown in the past year or so has been tremendous. If Twitter continues to grow at this pace it wouldn’t catch up with Facebook, however, they should definitely be able to reach somewhere near the 400 million users by next year.

Please note that there might be a discrepancy on whether this ID is an actual incremental number in the database or not, however, I was able to create two users to confirm that they were indeed getting incremental.

Test User 1 was assigned the ID 224788434 – http://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.xml?user_id=224788434

Test User 2 was assigned the ID 224789253 – http://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.xml?user_id=224789253

As you can see this shows that Twitter is actually incrementing this number. You can also browse all the IDS by numbers too, so these indicated that the profile numbers are actually the Twitter user counts.

P.S. Ev’s Twitter Account ID is 20 http://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.xml?user_id=20 and Biz’s is 13 http://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.xml?user_id=13.

Filter Tweets In Twitter Web Interface

is a place for everyone to communicate their feelings with no one in particular. However, at times some people you follow could go on a tweet rampage or there could be a barrage of tweets for some #hashtag which can get annoying. Unfollowing those people is an easy option to stop seeing their tweets, but what if you could just temporarily not view those tweets from a person or for a #hashtag on your timeline?

twitter_filter

Desktop software like already provide you with an option to filter tweets, however, it you cannot do it on the web though. Twitter Filter is a handy for which allows you to temporarily filter out tweets from certain users in the web interface. 

As you can see from the screenshot above, this extension will allow you to exclude tweets that contain a certain #hashtag, as well as tweets from one or more people. This is a great way to temporarily hide tweets instead of using the Unfollow button.

twitter_web_filter_greasemonkey

users can make use of some scripts to filter out tweets from your Twitter web timeline. You can install the Filter Tweets script for Greasemonkey and use it to filter out keywords or people’s tweets from your timeline temporarily. One benefit of using this script is that you can also filter out all tweets which contain links.

This script can also be used on Chrome, and Internet Explorer. You might want to read our earlier tutorial on installing Greasemonkey scripts in Opera, IE and Safari.

P.S. I have only tested these scripts with the #newTwitter interface. I am not 100% sure about it working with the older one.

Twitter Adds More Sources for Inline Music, Video Streaming and PowerPoint Slides

The #newTwitter interface was rolled out to all users in October. The new interface added in a lot of changes to making it easier to follow conversations and view videos and images inline from sites like , and USTREAM.

twitter_inline_video

Today, Twitter has added new partners to display inline music, watch TV shows and browser through PowerPoint slides. Twitter has partnered with blip.tv, Instagram, Rdio, SlideShare and Dipdive to display all their content inline instead of you have to visit the sites in another browser.

Twitter Expand Embedded Content

The next time someone shares content from the above mentioned site, you will see an option to view the content inline. You can quickly make out which content you can view inline by seeing a special icon next to the tweet and an option to expand the tweet as shown above. Twitter is also looking to expand their partnerships further and add more content partners soon.

So what do you think about the #newTwitter interface? Are you getting used to it, or do you hate it?

"Are You Sure You Know That Person?" Facebook Friend Requests Spam Protection

For a long period of time has been allowing users to send friend requests to anyone and everyone. However, it looks like they are now changing the way people send out friend requests, which might be something similar to what LinkedIn does.

Facebook Are You Sure Friendship Request

As you can see in the image above, Facebook is now asking users whether or not they know the person they are sending a request to. The entire message reads:

Are you sure you know person name?

If you send a request to a stranger, it will be considered spam and your friend request will be blocked temporarily. Please only send this request if you know person name.

I am not really sure how Facebook is going to determine whether or not the person you are sending a request to is a stranger or not, but they do have an option in place right now where they allow users to specify if they know a person or not. Also a lot of people end up sending requests to people they might not personally know but have been following their blog or website, so would these requests be considered as spam too?

Are you seeing these kind of messages while sending out friend requests to users? Do let me know through your comments.

(Image via Zach, h/t @Scobleizer)

George Bush Appearing on Facebook Live To Promote "Decision Points" Book

We have seen celebrities and brands use for promoting themselves, but what about ex-presidents of the United States? Well, there is a live show for that.

Decision Point by George Bush

Apparently, George W. Bush the ex-president of United States will be on Facebook live today to promote his book; Decision Points; the event will be available live to Facebook users starting at 2PM Pacific time. Bush has been using a lot of mediums to promote his book including TV talk shows and radio shows, the social networking appearance is probably the first.

If you are interested in watching the show, you can tune into http://apps.facebook.com/facebooklive/ at 2PM PT today (check local listing timings). If you are interested you can go ahead and buy Decision Points from Amazon.

Skype Video Chat Coming to Facebook?

Facebook A couple of months back, there were rumors suggesting that deep integration of Facebook and Skype was on the cards. Soon after, Skype introduced Facebook integration in its client. Now it appears that Facebook is also preparing to integrate Skype.

AllFacebook is reporting that a Facebook app developer has discovered the existence of code hinting at Skype integration. Apparently, Facebook is bucket testing this feature, which will be based on the Skype SDK. Tal Alter, the developer who was the first to notice this, wrote in his blog, “The object, which is simply called VideoChat, appears to have everything needed to introduce video chatting functionality.” It is expected that once launched, Skype users will be able to receive and initiate video calls directly from Facebook.