Social Media

Google+ Now Allows The Use Of Whatever Name You So Desire (Somewhat)

172498385You’ll still have to use actual numbers and letters, but basically, Google has completely loosened the restriction that it received so much backlash on — keeping Google+ full of real identities and names. There’s also a limited number of times you can change names (about three months between changes) as well as no tolerance for impersonating other individuals, famous or not. And finally, anything explicit isn’t allowed, either. Seems pretty fair, all in all.

Of course, this only matters if you actually use Google+, but that post is for another day.

Via: Google Plus

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Facebook Slingshot: It’s The New, Strange Counter To Snapchat

slingshot-facebookMuch like Snapchat, Facebook’s Slingshot does not save the image that has been shared between recipients — it is deleted after a certain period of time. However, there’s a catch: in order to access the image, a user will have to “unlock” it, by sharing something back, called “slinging”. Then, voila.

Both parties can share and receive images or videos. Per usual, there are editing and image correction tools that can be used before the user sends the shot, with privacy settings available as well.

The only downfall of a service like this could be the additional engagement required to getting the actual message, something that Zuckerberg and Co. are not necessarily an experts in, however, that could be the exact driving force needed to make Slingshot work.

As for release: Facebook will release Slingshot on iOS and Android later today.

Twitter Made A Facebook-esque Redesign For The Web

profiles_flotus_newIn the eyes of the Twitter team in California, many tweaks, changes, and workarounds are needed to not only meet the requirements of their users, but also their hearts and minds. In this case, design is Twitter’s concern today, and to us, looks very Facebook-esque.

Profiles have changed as well: a favorite tweet can be pinned to represent said user, with an automated portion of tweets that are automatically resized to be larger, because those tweets had more engagement.

The redesign will roll out to users today and the next few days, with new users seeing it from the start.

Via: Twitter

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Personally Calls Obama Over Internet Surveillance Concerns


Mark Zuckerberg is taking the debate to the President of the United States, and with haste. Among the concerns looming around the world of internet surveillance and the NSA collecting and abusing information of individuals on social media and on the internet in general, Zuckerberg stated that he was “confused and frustrated”, despite futile attempts by the NSA and even Obama over quelling fears on the subject during the past few months.

Zuckerberg wrote:”When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.” Naturally, he posted all of this and more on his Facebook profile, but better yet, he made his case as clear as day:”

The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat” Zuckerberg said. “They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.”

Well said.

Via: Facebook, TC

Google Redesigns YouTube (Again), By Bringing A Card UI Reminiscent Of iOS

ytblogimage2Planned in future releases to be rolled out slowly to YouTube users over the next few days, Google will always have a “Playlists” button on the left side of the screen, dedicated not only to a user’s personal playlists, but along with those of channels you’ve liked.

With this change of how playlists work, YouTube will also feature a responsive card design that is meant to look right on any screen size, while also merging the experience of mobile and desktop versions of the world’s most popular video website.

And of course, these changes will occur, whether or not you like minimalist card navigational design, or not.

ViaOfficial YouTube blog

There’s Word That Google Offered $10 Billion To WhatsApp, But Lost

b0pjcuntzee4hgg07zt84ayv5q37uttg-rr1v3xj2luFortune is reporting this morning that Facebook wasn’t the only technology giant of a corporation to have offered WhatsApp an acquisition deal; in fact, Google had offered $10 billion, which is starkly less than what the blue company had to offer.

Also, the deal in its entirety was less attractive besides funds alone; it would come without the promise of a seat on Google’s board, unlike the successful deal that Facebook brokered with WhatsApp, which did allow for it.

Always great to hear about a glimpse of what behind-the-scenes work like this is like, especially at this magnitude.

Via: Fortune, Image Credit: TC

Facebook Is Going To Have Fun: Purchases WhatsApp For A Sizable $16 Billion

downloadFacebook has entered an agreement with WhatsApp — to purchase said developer of the app with the same name for a sizable $16 billion. WhatsApp will continue to operate independently after the acquisition, but claims the deal “accelerates Facebook’s ability to bring connectivity and utility to the world.” Meanwhile, WhatsApp’s CEO and Co-Founder, Jan Koum, will join Facebook’s board; it’s interesting news on its own, because the app will have its own say in the large forest that is Facebook operations.

Also, WhatsApp has incredible statistics: a user base of 750 million, the social messaging app has 70 percent of those users active on any particular day; definitely a way for Facebook to reach its social dominance in another form.

Via: Facebook Press Release (Zuckerberg)