Tiger Woods Joins Twitter, Gains Followers Rapidly

Famous (or in-famous) golfer has been bitten by the tweeting bird and has officially joined today. The account @TigerWoods is verified and is gaining bucket loads of followers by the hour.

Tiger Woods on Twiiter

Tiger Woods seems to be opening up his social life a bit more after his recent problems and has now officially joined Twitter. He already has about 130K followers and is quickly add to that number. His first tweet promoted his own Twitter account, followed by his account and website.

Looking at his tweets, Tiger seems to be pretty happy at joining Twitter. Hopefully he will enjoy his stay and get to interact more with his fans. Go ahead and follow Tiger @TigerWoods.

Backtype Launches Influence Checker For Twitter Users

Backtype, which is a tracking tool for , has jumped into the influence game similar to what Klout does, and now provides influence measurements for Twitter users.

Backtype Influence

Backtype uses a proprietary algorithm which is similar to Google’s PageRank system to indicate how influential a (Twitter) user is. The score for a user is based on the examination of a user’s interactions and reach with friends and followers on Twitter.

Backtype has traditionally been a blog plugin to track Twitter trackbacks for URLs but this change definitely adds more value to the service. To check yours or any users Twitter influence, head over to http://www.backtype.com and type in the @username in the search box.

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(Backtype Blog via The Next Web)

Yahoo Messenger 11 Beta Now Available, Introduces Social Gaming and Networking

Yahoo has released a new beta of their popular desktop IM chat software, Yahoo Messenger 11. The new version of Yahoo messenger allows you to play games with friends including several popular ones from Zynga.

Yahoo Messenger 11 Games

Yahoo Messenger 11 beta is now available for downloads and it includes social gaming. Yahoo had become more serious about the social gaming phenomenon when they partnered with Zynga to bring the popular game Farmville to the Yahoo network. Yahoo Messenger 11 Beta will include games such as Fishville and Mafia Wars from Zynga; Balloono, Pool and Draw My Thing from OMGPOP; and Happy Harvest and Happy Manor from Elex.

Yahoo Messenger Social Gaming

In addition to social gaming, Yahoo Messenger 11 Beta will also allow you to manage all your social networks from one place, including and Facebook. Users can download the beta version of Yahoo Messenger 11 from here.

Facebook Email Invites Selling On eBay, Bid’s at $117.50

I knew this was coming, however, it came sooner than I excepted. Invites for the recently launched Facebook email/messaging are selling on eBay. However, if thought that it would not get any takers, there are already 19 bids with the latest one going for $117.50.

Facebook Email Invites Selling on eBay

With more than 23 hours left for the bid to finish, the final price could touch the roof. is going to roll out the service to all users gradually, but till then you will come across several such smart users who will make money of something which is actually free. If you are in a hurry to get an invite, don’t buy it, just learn how you can get a free Facebook email invite for yourself. Patience is a virtue and the invite system is a trap, stay away from it.

Update: The sale does not look as bad it sounds. Entire proceeds of the sale of the Facebook email Invite will be given to a charity called Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Global Headquarters.

(h/t @kwbridge)

Microsoft Announces Office Web Apps And Facebook Messaging Collaboration

Today’s announcement of the messaging system was not just about Facebook. In addition to being able to view and send messages, users will also be able to view Microsoft documents in Facebook.

Office Web Apps

In a blog post Microsoft announced collaborating between Office Live Docs and Facebook. Facebook’s new messaging platform will allow users to view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with just one click, without having to install any additional software. This feature is similar to what has, where users can open attachments in instead of downloading it.

Along with the one-click integration, Office Web Apps will also allow you to quickly create and share documents with your friends on Facebook. Microsoft is really bullish about pushing it’s Office Web Apps to users considering how popular Google Docs turned out to be. However, will they be able to capture the market share back? With 500 million Facebook users, it could just be possible.

You can create new office documents online by visiting http://www.office.live.com/ and store all your files using the whooping 25GB free space provided with Windows Live SkyDrive.

Watch Facebook Email/Project Titan Conference Live Online

is holding a special event on Monday, which is tomorrow. There is high speculation that Facebook might announce a new email service. The email service being developed by Facebook is not new and was dubbed as Project Titan previously.

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The rumor of Facebook unveiling an email service is very ripe with them acquiring Fb.com recently. Nevertheless, unlike last time, we might really see Facebook email in reality tomorrow. Excited? Well, so are we and you can catch up the Facebook event live tomorrow and follow each and every details being unveiled before your eyes live online.

To watch the Facebook Conference tomorrow about the new email service/Project Titan head over to http://apps.facebook.com/facebooklive/. You will be able to watch the live video tomorrow starting at 10AM PST. Have fun.

Facebook Gains Control of Fb.com: More Proof of the Impending Launch of Facebook Mail

Yesterday we reported that Facebook might be preparing to unleash its own Gmail killer. Developed under the codename Project Titan, Facebook’s super-secret project is expected to see the light of day on Monday.

According to rumors, all Facebook users will be offered @facebook.com email addresses. This raises the question, how will Facebook differentiate between employees and users? DomainNameWire’s revelation that Facebook has seized control of the fb.com domain name offers a possible answer. Facebook acquired the domain name in September and began using its nameservers yesterday. It’s extremely likely that Facebook will be offering employees @fb.com email addresses.

Even more interestingly, mail.facebook.com (as well as mail.thefacebook.com) is redirecting to an Outlook web app login page. However, this doesn’t mean that the new Facebook email service will be using OWA as its front-end. A more likely scenario is that Facebook is just using Microsoft Exchange to handle employee email accounts.

Facebook to Launch Email Service on Monday?

Facebook will launch a new webmail service on Monday that will offer every Facebook user an @facebook.com email address, if TechCrunch is to be believed. Rumors regarding Facebook’s secret Project Titan have earlier surfaced on numerous occasions; however, this time it might make an appearance for real.

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With more than 500 million users, Facebook is larger than Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail and Gmail. Over the past few months, Facebook has beefed up its Photos and Events features, and launched a new location based check-in feature. It has already become an integral and indispensable part of life for millions around the world, and launching an email service will only strengthen Facebook’s grip.

Facebook’s growing dominance has earned it the ire of Google, who recently criticized the social network for trapping user’s personal information. If TechCrunch’s predictions regarding Facebook’s Monday event pans out, then Google better watch out. People might not need another webmail service, but if Facebook manages to integrate the new messaging system tightly with the main interface, it might find quite a few takers.

Twitter Joins Forces With Apple’s Ping, Discover More Music

When iTunes 10 was introduced, it brought about a new feature with it called Ping. Ping is a social networking service from Apple to allow users to share music tastes and connect with musicians and people alike.

When Ping launched initially, it did so with integration. However, the Facebook integration was taken out within a few days thanks to Apple and Facebook not reaching a deal and Facebook blocking Ping from accessing their API.

Twiter Ping Integration

Today has stepped in to fill the void by announcing a new deal with Ping where users can share their ping activity, song previews and music download links on Twitter. As you can see from the screenshot above, sharing a link to the iTunes store will automatically display the product details beneath it, along with other Twitter activities.

If you use Ping, you can now connect your Twitter account to it and instantly find Ping users among the people you follow on Twitter. Once you have linked your Twitter and Ping account, your Ping activity like liking a song, new reviews or a song purchase will automatically be tweeted to your followers. In addition to the links, users will also be able to preview the songs and purchase it from within Twitter itself.

Considering how popular iTunes Store is, this move between Ping and Twitter is a definite win-win for both. Alas, there is no official word on when Apple and Facebook will set aside their differences and come up with a deal. More at the Twitter Blog.

Twitter Founders @biz & @ev On The Late Night With Jimmy Fallon [Videos]

Jimmy Fallon, the late night talk show host and comedian is known to be a gadget freak. He often has Engadget editors on his show. However, this time around he got two very powerful gentlemen on the show; co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone.

In the show Jimmy asks the Twitter co-founders on how the idea of Twitter came about and the introduction of the word "tweet", which they attributed to have been created by Twitter users.

Watch the video of Evan Williams and Biz Stone on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon below.