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Google+ Suggested Users list

Google+ Suggested Users list just in. Create your own list, get followers!

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Google+, the Social Network by Google just introduced its Suggested Users list on Saturday. Yes its the same list which you would have seen on Twitter and Facebook. Apparently this list something more different and is based on a slightly new idea.

Google+ implements a Suggested Users list

Bradley Horowitz, one of the minds behind Google+, tweeted that the list based on the no. of Twitter followers you have. According to his tweet, if you have 100K or more followers on Twitter you might be the next face on Google+’s Suggested Users list. The list is not just an imitation of Twitter’s Who to Follow list, where the Popular get more popular and the decent ones get left behind. Although many people are regarding this list creates a racial discrimination between the whites and blacks. Zennie Abraham, a blogger for San Francisco Chronicle says that the list fosters racial sterotypes.

According to a quote on PCWorld, Zennie says

“The Google Suggested User List reads like the typical San Francisco Bay Area tech firm’s view of the World: most of the ‘interesting and famous people’ are white, and if they’re black, they’re male rappers or athletes. Hello, Snoop Dog, Chamillionaire, 50 Cent, Dwight Howard, and Floyd Mayweather!”

As indecent as this idea sounds. Bradley tells us, that was not the way the list was meant to be categorised. He says the list is built on the theory “Top content Tops the list” i.e. the person who shares genuine and informative content on his profile automatically gains a rank up on the list.

According to an excerpt on the Huffington,

In order to retain a position on the list, a user will need to continue creating compelling content. But we should probably allow for folks to take an occasional vacation without concern about their rank dropping, taking a small trip to a beach house from twiddy rentals, is not like it has to be out of the conuntry […] No one gets on the list “automatically.” But again, in the early days, we do want to make it easy for users to connect with people they might find compelling. If they prove not to be, justice will be served, and all will be right in the world.

If you already have a profile on Google+, creating your own list should be pretty easy. Get Started over here.

Find whom to add on Google+

How much fuzz this Google+ Suggested Users list will create in the Social Media market is unknown. I for one think that this list will be a big hit as it allows everyone to compete for a rank to top the list.

So what do you think about this list? Drop a comment and let us know! And if you own a face on this list please don’t forget to tell us.

Source: TECHCRUNCH

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Facebook new features 2011

Facebook 3 New Changes 2011: Better Privacy, Unwanted tagging, Past Post Visibility

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Facebook has recently rolled out new changes to its interface in 2011. These 3 new changes consists of Better Privacy control when sharing posts, Remove unwanted tags of you, Change the visibility of your post after it has been published.

These changes hit to me just today, perhaps Facebook is going alphabetically in releasing its new changes. So lets get down and review these changes one by one. In addition you can also add location to your posts and tag people who you were with then.

FIRST CHANGE: Post status updates to a specific group of people.

While posting a status on Facebook, you now have the option to choose whom you want it to see. Just press the small gears icon in the lower right corner of the status box. While posting an update, choose from Public (Everybody), Friends (Your Friends only), Custom (Specific People only). Now your status message is seen only by the people who are eligible to see it.

Facebook new feature 2011 better privacy control

No need to worry if you did a mistake in selecting the visible persons. You can change it even after you have published a post. Just select the gears icon and change it back again.

SECOND CHANGE: Get rid of unwanted Photo tags.

This is the feature lot of people were concerned about on Facebook. So how to get rid of them, here’s what you have to do.

Go to Privacy Settings and then click on Custom box.

Facebook new feature 2011 remove tagging


Now click Edit Settings in front of How Tags Work feature.

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Next click on Profile Review and turn it on.

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That’s it. Now whenever any of your Friends tags you in a Photo, you have got to approve them before they start displaying on your profile. As soon as a Friend tags you will receive a notification. After you click it you will be taken to the Wall tab where a sub-tab called Pending Posts will appear which will help you Approve or Disapprove the Photo tags. Easy isn’t it?

THIRD CHANGE: Change the visibility of your older posts.

Many a times we think whether to make this status Public or Private and later go with Public anyway. Facebook has now released a nice feature wherein you can change all of your older posts visibility to only your Friends. Don’t worry you wont need to sit the whole night and change the visibility for every specific post.

Facebook new feature 2011 manage post post visibility

 Just flyover to the Privacy Settings and click Manage Past Post Visibility where it says Limit the Audience for Past Posts. Then click on Confirm. That’s it, you are done.

NOTE: This feature cannot be undone. After you have clicked on Confirm there is no way back!

If you are looking to learn more about these features or see a short video tutorial by Facebook go here.

So these were the new Facebook changes in 2011 which we got to see. Comment if you liked this story and please share your views of how you feel about these new features with us. We would like to hear from each one of you. Do you like em?

via CNET

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Facebook Ad Tips – Create and Grow a Successful Facebook Ad Campaign

Gathering a good number of likes on your companies or business’s facebook fan page can be a daunting task. Furthermore this is only the beginning to getting exposure for whatever it is you are creating a campaign for. After this, you will need to narrow down and filter those that are really ready to try your product or service.  If you are stranded on how to accentuate traffic to your facebook page, no worries. This is what this article is about.  So, let’s look at some of the avenues that you can explore to drive traffic to your web page and run a productive Like campaign

1) Utilize the Tag feature

Facebook website has a very easy way to help you tag photos and links. Employ this important tool for your fan page. However you need to do this very tactfully lest you appear as just another person trying to sell something. Creatively chosen words will help you get around this.

2)Use the Suggest to Friends feature

This is another helpful feature that you can use. As alluded in the first point, creativity is key. How you structure your words to divert them to your page will determine the like that you will get. Structure your sentences informatively and interestingly.

3)Incorporate Contests, Giveaways, Promotions

You will rarely go without getting a considerable number of Likes with this approach. People tend to try out if the free offers you are trying are for free. Be sure that the freebies you are offering are worthy. Also ensure that your visitors like your page before getting the free offer. Employ monitoring tools for your offer just keep a marker on how much you giving out and evaluate what response it’s getting you.

4)Link your Facebook and twitter account

Twitter is another top ranking social site whose platform you can utilize. You can increase you fan potential by linking your facebook account to twitter. This makes you twitter followers fans on facebook and you fans followers. This also follows that your facebook posts will automatically appear on twitter with an accompanying link Cool!!

5)Utilize accompanying facebook social plug-ins.

This is another helpful tool that can accumulate likes from your website. These plug-ins are tagged to your facebook page but appear as a like box on your website. In this way, visitors do not even have to visit your page. These plug-ins are customizable such that you can have it show the most recent posts and what other fans are saying. If your website attracts huge traffic, this plug-in can significantly increase your like numbers

6)Use Personal profile as Your Page

This requires caution as you are using your personal profile to comment and like your product or those for the company you are working for. It does extend your interests to other people and hence their feedback on what you are advocating. This is an avenue that can get you new fans but rather unexploited for lack of knowledge or tact.

7)Advertize with Facebook Ads

This is a primary and effective way of acquiring fans. You can even target a specific location when you what your ads to run and also target a specific age group or gender for your product. What you need is a simple self explanatory image and relevant accompanying text. Always include a like link at the bottom in case your viewers don’t click to your site.

Facebook is a global affordable platform where you can get your products known Harness its potential and increase your sales as well as our product’s recommendation. It will not happen overnight. Patience and persistence is required. Remember that it is not practice that makes perfect but it is perfect practice that does. Have fun as you apply these tips.

 

 

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Google+ has games up its sleeve. A new Gaming network to start

Google+ is starting a new gaming platform on its social network. Vic Gundotra, the Senior VP of the Google Plus Team announced it officially on the blog yesterday.

google plus gaming network

Soon you will be seeing a new tab on your Google+ page. The tab will be placed next to the Circles tab and will be all about Games. Like Facebook, Google+ thinks that a social interaction isn’t just limited to conversations, it is about the real life experiences.

According to the blog post,

With the Google+ project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the web. But sharing is about more than just conversations. The experiences we have together are just as important to our relationships. We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life.

You can also brag about your scores to other people and vice versa. The Privacy feature in Google+ is very easy to fiddle with. As Google+ states it is not compulsory for you to be interested in games too, you can easily switch off the game tab and then you will only see conversations from your friends.

Google+ currently has an attractive set of games to begin with like Angry Birds, Crime City and Sudoku. Start the gaming fun right now! Here is a sneak peek about how the gaming experience will be on Google+.

Comment if you liked this story? Do you think Google+ gaming feature will be a hit compared to Facebook games? Let us know.

Google Plus deleting accounts

Google Plus is deleting accounts! Save your G+ account.

That’s right. Google Plus is on a spree deleting as many fake accounts as possible. The hunt started on Saturday, the 23rd and since then we have seen a massive decline in the number of people using Google plus.

Google plus delete button

This is a post to inform you how you can save yourself from getting deleted from the Google plus team. Google doesn’t inform you whether your account will be deleted or not, it just deletes it. Period.

Stop using fake names

The main reason why Google is deleting these many accounts is that it has found many fake profiles on the social network. Crucial one being usage of fake names. If Google finds you using a duplicate name or a name which is used a promote a brand or a company then your profile will immediately into the trash queue.

Google Plus Be yourself

Google+ is calling it a community standards policy and according to that it is mandatory for every person to use his/her real names only. You should use the names exactly as it appears on your Government ID cards. You wont be spared even if you are a celebrity, for e.g. some famous personalities like Arianna Huffington, Todd Vierling, Limor Fried, Kirrily Skud Robert, A.V. Flox and Doctor Popular’s accounts were suspended as well.

ZDNet humorously referred if Lady Gaga’s account was to be suspended as well! So be careful while choosing your name on Google+ and if you are to edit your name now, be extra careful about it. Because you will be flagged for deletion if Google finds something suspicious about your name. Nothing scary just be yourself. Be the real you.

So Good Luck and All the Best. Please do comment if you were one of the people to get your account suspended! Perhaps we can help.

via ZDNet

Microsoft Social Network

Microsoft Tulalip: A rumored to be Social Network

Microsoft is planning to take down Facebook and the very latest social network by Google, Google+ by starting its own social network which goes by the name Tulalip.

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Fusible was the first to report this news. Shocking as it came we noticed a welcome screen hung upon on the site socl.com which is short for Social. The welcome screen reads,

“With Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever”

Reports suggests that, Microsoft purchased the domain socl.com recently just two weeks ago, exactly when Google launched its social network. Obviously Microsoft was planning this way before. From what we know, the Search box where it reads OPEN is currently non functional. The Facebook Sign in feature too does not work.

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The Twitter Sign in feature is where we have been able to gather more information about what this new service is going to be all about. As soon as you click it, you will see Twitter’s authorization page. In here glance over the application control features:

Read Tweets, Follow others, Update Profile and Post Tweets automatically

Now what impression does this give to you? That its some kind of social network right! Yes as nice as that news maybe to you, you will bummed to hear that its just a experimental app for now.

If you look at it closely, you can see that it says

Tulalip, By Microsoft Research, Experimental App.

Well it speaks for itself, we don’t think we will hear of Tulalip in a while as the service is currently under development. If you like you can check out SOCL.com yourself. Presently the page reads,

“Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web. We didn’t mean to, honest.”

I think Microsoft heard about its possible leak and posted that message. We certainly don’t think it was a mistake. DO YOU?

Speak with us by a comment. If we are the first one to get in, maybe who knows you would be the first one to get invited!

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friendthem app for iPhone

Friendthem: An iPhone app to friend someone in real time!

The many times you go outside, you always see new faces around you. Some known and mostly unknown. Facebook has become the newest medium of interacting with someone when not face to face. It is the quickest and the most reliable form of effective communication.

Guess what has changed now? Friending, yes now when you realise you have made a connection to someone, no need to look back and see that person walk out of your life, you can use the new Friendthem app and quickly friend him right then and there. No unwanted hassle of asking his/her full name and sitting down and spending time searching that person on Facebook. The new Friendthem iPhone app allows you send a Facebook friend request in real time or also to schedule that request to be sent at a later time.

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The good news is you will have full control over your privacy. You can change how you want others to see you. Hiding sensitive information has just become easy. Also you can become invisible anywhere. According to MASHABLE, Friendthem lets users create geo-faces so that you can become offline in certain places such as a bar or at a conference. If in case you forget a face, another cool ‘Friendthem Later’ feature tells you exactly how and where you met that particular person in your life. Pretty cool, isn’t it? Another neat feature of this app is that along with sending friend requests it can also tell you how many mutual friends you both share! What do you think?

Working with it is simple. Just log into the app using Facebook and start using it. The application is currently available for iPhone only. In the near future, apps for Android and Windows platforms will also be released. Friendthem app founder Richard Passer tells us that he will further develop apps for Twitter and Foursquare too. Two small caveats of this app is that it works only within a 1500 foot radius and allows you to send upto a maximum 10 friendthem requests per day. So what are you waiting for, make your life simpler, download this free app from the iTunes Store now! Watch this nice video to experience first hand.

Have you found this app useful? Share your comment to let us know!

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Twitter Follow Button for Websites- An imitation of Facebook Like Button

Social Media is a Big Pool. Facebook and Twitter being the GODs have exchanged many features and ideas each other since its launch. Facebook copied the concept of “News Feed” from Twitter where it aggregates the recent updates/activities of “Friends”. Well, This article is not about “who copied whom”, Its all about a new Twitter Button called “Follow” Which was unveiled last night and creating a buzz (A Version of Facebook “Like” button)..

The Webmasters, Social Media experts seem to be happy with twitter follow button as it reduces the factor called “Bounce Rate” – The rate at which a new visitor exits from the current page. With this “Twitter Follow” button one could just follow a twitter profile staying in the same page, Just like Facebook’s “Like”, “Recommend” button integrated in popular sites like IMDB, CNN etc..

Earlier, Though the concept called “Follow” in Twitter is there from long time, It lagged the feature of “Following” an account within the website.

How to get a Twitter Follow Button?

Its is as Easy as that!

Step 1: Visit Twitter Resources Page, and choose the latest “Follow Button” option.

Step2: Enter your Twitter username and Customize.

Step3: Copy the generated code into your website. (May be, next to facebook like button) and you are done!

Let us know your views on Twitter follow button. “Like”d it? Don’t forget to “Follow” us on Twitter 🙂

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respect-on-facebook

Facebook turning Zuckerbergian

Facebook is a popular social networking site which allows men and women of all age and race to interact and socialise with each other. Facebook was created by a Harvard graduate who goes by the name ‘Mark Zuckerberg’. He got popular from his award winning movie ‘the social network’.

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The alarming news is that Facebook users who got inspired by him are now turning onto his footsteps, mostly the dirty footsteps. Reports from Chicago Tribune states that a 17-year-old former student from Oak Park-River Forest (ORPF) high school had allegedly posted a 4-page list ranking 50 girls on their physical appearance on the popular site FACEBOOK.

Chicago Sun-Times said that the student has been identified and immediately expelled from the school and will no longer be permitted to enter the premises. As shown in the movie ‘the social network’ the student devised the same idea and started rating the girls on their looks and sexual behaviour. The student gave a 5-point-rating on their private body parts. There was also an indication of whether their “stock” has gone up or down. The term used was derogatory. According to the newspaper, the girls were also given obnoxious nicknames such as ‘New Queen’, ‘The Designated Drunk’ and ‘The Amazing Bisexual’. The boy did not stop and continued to distribute fliers too.

Fortunately, he was captured on a cell phone video where he was addressing a crowd at the student center shouting “Women are the future, unless we stop them now”. CNET has given a comedic statement about this boy saying what future will hold for this student, will he become the titan of tech or atleast a programmer! Hahaha, that sure gave me a laugh.

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MORAL: Please respect the female class, they are equal to you. GIVE RESPECT GET RESPECT!

Pass on your hilarious views by a comment and let us know!

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New in Facebook: Tagging your friends in your status just became easier.

If there was a list of few sites that keeps rolling out updates every sunset, Facebook would top such a list. Tagging a friend/page in your status just got better.

Earlier, whenever you had to tag a friend, you had to type ‘@’ followed by your friend’s name. Now, It got easier. You can tag your friend in a status without typing the ‘@’ symbol. Here’s a screenshot:

Status tagging gets better

The good, bad and the ugly.

What’s good: Things get easier. Relatively useful for the facebook newbies.

What’s bad: Might take quite some time for the people who have already been using this feature extensively.

What’s ugly: Suppose, I type:

After April comes May, May you have a nice day.

And what I get is a drop down list with my friend Mayank Jain featuring there. It’s quite annoying, at times.

Note: this is applicable to tagging people in comments as well.

Got something to say? We have built built the comments section only for you! 🙂

RIM playbook to get facebook app with video chat?

Apple’s first ever tablet, iPad was warmly welcomed all around the world. So was iPad 2. But android lovers couldn’t keep mum for long time and hence, came up with the android tablets. In fact, studies show Android will have the upper hand in the tablet market by 2014. Having said that, Blackberry’s playbook has high expectations and, it seems, they are all heart to fulfill them.

For instance, take this. This post by socialtimes makes it clear to us that the facebook app for Blackberry playbook will have video chat. Also, point to be noted, RIM is the developer of Playbook’s facebook app. This being awesome, there’s an awful part as well. Few features like groups and events are probably absent; probably.

Catch a glimpse:

Facebook for playbook

Source: Blackberry’s press release.

Got a question? Got a view? Feel free to drop a comment.

Twitter bird

Facebook pages, be ready to make a move. Switch to twitter brand pages soon!

Not too many days back we discussed on why twitter is better than facebook. The response we generally got was both are for different cause and we cannot really compare these two social networks to each other. Nevertheless, the commentators also stressed on the point the social network that best suits you also depends on what type of business you run. However, most businesses, I reckon would like to go the twitter way as the responses they can gather is quick and in the same time they can reach out big masses with a lot more ease.

London-based Sarah Shearman of Brand Republic reported that twitter is developing a new kind of profile page for business accounts, similar to Facebook Pages.

According to Marketing Magazine,

The pages would work in a similar way to Facebook Pages, providing brands with their own space to deliver content and encourage Twitter users to follow them, claim sources.

Also the report insists that this feature would first be introduced in US; similar to twitter’s promoted trends and promoted users being introduced in the US prior to other countries. A spokesperson of Twitter confirmed that their interest in brands meant it is now looking to set up a UK office. He, however, declined to comment on specific advertising plans.

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