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Is Google Plus being pushed to one side already??

I’ve read a few blog posts saying that experts have already written Google plus out of the social network scene.

OK, it’s new….  it’s only been live for a fe weeks but it’s generated more interest than Wave.    But would people actually move away from Facebook? 

I think Google have really thought about ‘Plus’ compared to their last (lets be honest, feeble) attempts and are could cause Facebook some damage.   If they play their cards right and market the idea in the correct way, they could pave the way to becoming a giant in the social media world.

Why you ask?  Well, for one the features in Plus are (in my opinion) much better than that of anything that Facebook have come up with.  Circles for instance…  it’s a nice, clean feature and it works really well.

And lets be honest, I think we’d all prefer to see adverts that are relevant, rather than the numerous loans and dating ads that Facebook throw at us on a daily basis!

Lets give it a chance and see just how scared Zuckerberg gets!

Fake iPad Facebook app removed from the Apple Store

The Facebook Ultimate Logo

 

 Many lucky people switched on their shiny new iPads for the first time this weekend, with quite a few downloading the iPad edition of Facebook.  

Called ‘Facebook Ultimate’ it was created by a woman called ‘Dill’ and cost $2.99.  The application itself quickly became one of the App Store’s top selling applications for the iPad. However, users soon realised that the application wasn’t good, didn’t work as well as expected and that it wasn’t created by Facebook at all.  And now, only days after the application was one of the most downloaded, Apple has promptly removed it from the App Store.  

All Facebook pointed out yesterday, the application rose to become number 7 in the top paid app on the App Store. The app received many poor reviews which warned that the app was poor and not to download it, but that apparently didn’t stop people and the downloads continued.  So, citing trademark infringement, Facebook took action and working with Apple, removed it from the store.  

There’s no word if any users who did download it will receive a possible refund.  

Did you download the app?  If so, what did you think of it?  

(via TechCrunch & All Facebook)

Bebo up for grabs… anyone want to buy it? Thought not.

It has been reported in the media that AOL will soon choose to either sell or close Bebo.com.  They forked out a staggering $850 million for the site just over two years ago, however AOL have quickly realised further investment just isn’t worth it!

The company released this statement: 

“Bebo, unfortunately, is a business that has been declining and, as a result, would require significant investment in order to compete in the competitive social networking space. AOL is not in a position at this time to further fund and support Bebo in pursuing a turnaround in social networking”

With companies like Facebook, Twitter (and to an extent – MySpace) already at the top of the social networking chart, AOL hoped that the acquisition of Bebo would put them head to head, however the reality is that the site has taking a severe battering in terms of the amount of people using it, compared to other social networking sites.  In other words – Bebo has fallen flat on its face!

Internet traffic sites suggest that visitor figures for Bebo don’t even come close to Facebook, with reports showing that traffic to Bebo is almost half what it was 12 months ago.

Could this happen to the likes of Twitter and Facebook?  What do the next 12-24 months hold for social networking sites? 

Let us know via the comments!

Tweetdeck for iPad now available

In my opinion, Tweetdeck is one of the best Twitter (or indeed, social media) applications available.  And now, it’s been fully developed for the iPad.

TweetDeck have optimized the interface for iPad and this shows you everything you want to see at once, so you can stay organized and up to date wherever you are.

It’s available now from the app store (link here)

Screenshots….

Twitter starts Tweaking it’s Home Page

 

According to the Twitter blog, the Twitter home page is currently being ‘tweaked’.  

The new design is supposed to be more dynamic and will feature, amongst other things, a set of algorithmically selected top tweets that automatically appear every few seconds.

This new page will allow people to see the value of Twitter, even without an account!

Twitter say: “All of our recent changes embrace the notion that Twitter is not just for status updates anymore. It’s a network where information is exchanged and consumed at a rapid clip every second of the day”.

What do you think of the new changes??  Let us know via the comments.

(via Twitter blog)

The days before social networks…..

It’s 1991.  My dad has just brought my new PC home.  It’s a Packard Bell Multi-Media PC.  A 486 DX2 running at 50Mhz with 4MB of RAM and a 8x CD drive!  It’s huge and the 15″ monitor has speakers attached to it!  Wow!  Compared to the stuff we use school (Acorn BBC!), this is one seriously fast machine!  Windows 3.11 is on it, but not to worry, a friend has given me Windows 95 saved onto 42 floppy disks… I’ll install that, then we’ll get the 9600kpbs modem hooked up and we’ll surf the information superhighway!  Not that I knew what I was looking for you understand……

Lets move forward a few years…. it’s now 2010 and we’re living in a world crammed with so much technology, it’s unreal!   Super fast computers, slim laptops, touch screen smart phones, internet cafes, Wi-Fi connections to our devices whilst we eat….  no matter what we use, we all have the ability to communicate with one another with tremendous ease.

Does anybody actually write a letter anymore?  I can’t even remember the last time I put pen to paper!   These days I use e-mail for nearly all of my commnication.  Even if I can save speaking to someone on the telephone, I’ll prefer to write an e-mail! 

If I can use other means, then I will.  And by other means, I’m talking about sites such as  Twitter, Facebook and the other social networking sites that have literally changed how we communicate on a daily basis. 

Before the days of broadband, we had dial-up.  If you had a modem that could connect to the ‘Information Superhighway’ at 14.4k you were up there with the best!  Bulletin boards were all over the place, with people adding new posts daily for people to read.  AOL operated chat rooms where people could use microphones to talk to one another…  seriously, that was awesome stuff!   The social network trend had begun!

In the late 90’s, as broadband started to become more mainstream, people were signing up to companies who could offer the fastest connection, amazed that they could download a game in just a few minutes compared with having to let it run overnight!

Blogging sites popped up overnight, Vlogging added itself to the trend and sites such as YouTube, EBay and Google began to take over with millions of hits to each site every day.  People could communicate with the world and share their stories whilst having a coffee in the kitchen!

Now, it’s sites such as Google, Twitter and Facebook that dominate the world wide web.  With Facebook now with a reported 450 million users worldwide, Tweeters sending 50 million tweets per day and Google offering up-to-date live search, social networking has seriously evolved.  

There’s so much choice now…  which social network site is the best?  Do you have a favourite?

And, the big question is…. can you remember what you used to do before you created your Twitter/Facebook accounts??  How often do you logon to check people’s statuses and the trending topics?

We could all say that it’s taken over our lives just a little bit…  but maybe that’s how things are meant to be from now on. 

I wonder what’s over the horizon.  Maybe everyone will stop using Twitter and Facebook and just meet for a coffee, instead of using their keyboards! 

Who knows!

@jaybranch

Can you live without Facebook???

Social Networking – now there’s two words which have so much power these days!  When I first started off in the world of computers all those years ago, social media didn’t exist…  well, not unless you class bulletin board chatrooms (bear in mind there was no broadband back then!) as social media?  I suppose you could. 

Then, I guess the next big social media site was Friends Re-United.  Lets face it… the site was crap!  Then, rolling forward to the noughties, all hail the legends of Social Network & Media, Facebook & Twitter to name but a few!

I login to both sites on a daily basis….  multiple times.  Twitter more than Facebook, but I always have to pop on both just for a bit, to see what’s happening.  🙂

Is this the norm these days???   There are 350 million people using Facebook today….  many people joining the site on a daily basis.  There are also many more leaving the site too.  Some feel they are being spied on with Facebook’s latest change in their privacy controls.  Will they ever stop playing about with it and just leave it alone!?  I very much doubt it.

Anyway… the question is this.  ‘Can you live without Facebook for one month?’    Well, could you?

I’ve challenged a friend to see how we get on.  We’re de-activating our Facebook accounts at 12:00pm on January the 1st 2010 until 12:00pm on February the 1st 2010, that’s if we decide to re-activate the accounts again!  🙂

You can find out more about how we get on and how many people join in by clicking here 

Could you last the full month??  What will you do instead of logging into Facebook?  Who knows!! 

Let the challenge commence!

Jay

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