Posts tagged Social

Facebook Social Graph Search

Today Facebook unveiled a new search function called Graph Search that allows users to search through Facebook’s entire social graph.

Facebook Acquires Instagram

According to Mark Zuckerberg’s status, Facebook has agreed to acquire Instagram:

I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.

For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.

These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram’s experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.

This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.

We’re looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we’re going to be able to build together.

According to this Facebook newsroom post, the deal is worth $1 billion.

The Google +1 button has changed. I’m not liking the new look. You can see it on the right side of this page and below.

Customer Social Networks: Social Marketing with Heroku

Turntable.fm is going mobile and with an iPhone app, we have screenshots

For the past few months, few things on the web have been hotter than Turntable.fm. The Stickybits pivot got so hot, so fast, that a “trough of disillusionment” was inevitable — and we’ve probably been seeing that the past couple of weeks. But something is coming very shortly that should supercharge the service once again: an iPhone app.

Yes, it was both obvious and inevitable that Turntable.fm would go mobile. But we’ve managed to obtain some details — and most importantly, screenshots.

We’re told that the company is hoping to release the app next week. It has been in testing with a few dozen people for the past few weeks, and is solid on WiFi connections, but less so over 3G, we’re told. That’s probably the last issue they have to address given the screenshots below — it looks very polished. We’re told it was built by one teenage iOS developer.

Chill.com - The Turntable.fm of Online Social Video Watching

Check out Chill.com, the Turntable.fm of watching videos online with other people. The set-up is basically the same as Turntable.fm, but instead of somebody playing a song, they play a video. There already exist other services that allow you to do this, like Google Hangouts, but Chill makes it more fun and easier.

The service will search YouTube, Vimeo, and Hulu to find the video you are searching for.

Everything else is pretty similar to Turntable.fm.  If you have Facebook friends using Chill already, you can sign up.  Note: After a disagreement with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg about the service auto-posting a pro-Chill message to people’s accounts, they have limited the number of new signups currently allowed.

Getaround Peer-to-peer Car Sharing - The Airbnb of Car Renting

Last week, I wrote a post about Spinlister.com, the Airbnb of bike rentals that provides a platform to rent a bike directly from another person rather than from a bike rental shop.

My first reaction to Spinlister was to ask myself why there wasn’t an identical service for cars rather than bikes. I chalked the lack of such a service up to the many complications of renting your car out such as insurance issues, car keys, etc., but it seems as if such a service is about to launch. A new startup, Getaround.com seems to have answers to these questions.

While it’s still in closed beta, they have some pretty interesting solutions to the aforementioned issues such as pre-screened drivers and vehicles, a “Getaround Carkit” that installs in vehicles and uses your smartphone to start the car instead of giving someone your car keys, and an iPhone app instead of paperwork to handle all the rental and payment.

This sure sounds like it takes the hassle out of sitting in the car rental place filling out a ton of paperwork. I’m excited to see this launch.

Facebook Investor Roger McNamee Explains Why Social Is Over, Microsoft is Toast, Apple is the New IBM, and more

Facebook investor Roger McNamee of Eleveation partners recently gave a speech. He makes some pretty big claims here. Some of them I agree with and can envision, like HTML5 being the future of ads and most everything else, and some of them I can’t, such as Facebook charging for Facebook Connect. He also talks about Google failing at search, which I don’t entirely agree with either. Interesting points either way though. You can click through to the article or watch the video below.


Some notable quotes:

"Facebook has decided that they’re Twitter on steroids."

"Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Apple have completely failed to get the mobile experience right." 

"We’re about 40% of the way of deleveraging the global economy, but we’re only 10% of the way of deleveraging the US consumer…I don’t care what your politics are, removing government demand from the economy when it’s struggling is ridiculous."

"In HTML5, an ad is an app, a tweet is an app, everything is an app. It’s a blank sheet of paper, and creativity rules again." 

Spinlister.com. The Airbnb of bike rentals online, brought to you by my good buddy and fellow Trojan, Will Dennis. Online social bike renting from Spinlister.com
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Spinlister.com. The Airbnb of bike rentals online, brought to you by my good buddy and fellow Trojan, Will Dennis. Online social bike renting from Spinlister.com

willdennis:

ETA 1 month.

Project Spartan: Facebook’s Hush-Hush Plan To Take On Apple On Their Own Turf: iOS

A lot of initial shock value in this article, as it seems it will pit the two tech giants against each other. When you think about it though, most apps will go the way of HTML5 eventually anyway. Even last week, Microsoft announced that the next Windows developer platform will be based on HTML5.  It will be interesting to see how Apple responds to Facebook’s attempt to loosen their stranglehold on the App market.