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Archives: June 2011

Flipboard 1.5 for iPad Adds Linkedin Support

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Flipboard 1.5 for the iPad adds:

- Content Guide with search
- Favorites (of sections) accessible in the Content Guide
- Linkedin integration for more personal curation
- Popular stories are highlighted
- Faster performance

Flipboard 1.5 Integrates LinkedIn, Adds A Content Guide For Curated News Browsing

I noted that the previous version I’m currently running is the first iOS app I’ve encountered that provided an in-app update notification. When I ran Flipboard on my iPad, it notified me that an update was available. Previously, update notificaitons were always from iTunes (on the desktop) or the App Store app on the iPhone or iPad.

You can find Flipboard in the iTunes App Store at:

Flipboard

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Skype for Android 2.0: Video Calling for 4 Phone & 0 Tablets

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Skype 2.0 for Android finally adds video to voice calls. It can also send SMS text messages. But, the big deal is video calling, of course.

Skype 2.0 for Android: Say hello to video calling

Unfortunately, Skype for Android only supports video on four specific phones:

Google Nexus S
HTC Desire S
Sony Ericsson Xperia neo
Sony Ericsson Xperia pro

Note that no Android tablet is listed among the supported devices.

I do not have any of these phones. But, Frank McPherson does. So, he called me on my iPad 2. Skype does not have an iPad specific app. However, the iPhone app works for video calls on the iPad 2 with its front facing camera.

The low resolution you see is most likely to the low bandwidth my so-called broadband provider was able to provide. Skype’s indicator told me I was quickly fluctuating between low, average and acceptably high bandwidth while standing in one spot.

Snipper for Android, BlackBerry & iPhone: Create Public or Private Video Broadcast Channels

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The key word in social for 2011 appears to be “granular.” That’s what Google+ (“Google Plus”) seems provide in their new social network’s beta release. And, this is also what Snipper seems to provide.

Snipper lets you post videos to the entire Interent like, for example, YouTube. However, you can also define private channels that lets you choose who can subscribe to the videos you post in that particular channel.

Your video segments, Snipper calls them “films,” are limited to one minute. You can longer video segments but only the last minute will be broadcast.

Snipper has free apps for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone. You can find the iPhone version in the iTunes App Store at the link below.

Snipper

You can learn more about Snipper on their web site.

Snipper (web site)

Borders Buy Out Means eBook Business Stays

Borders has found a buyer and if the deal goes through, the company would stay in business. Thursday evening Borders accepted a $215.1 million buyout from Direct Brands, a portfolio of Najafi Companies, which also owns the Book-of-the-Month Club.

If the deal goes through, Borders would operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Direct Brands. And apparently the company plans to focus on its eBook business.

Mike Edwards, Borders Group President, stated: “We are pleased to take another important step forward as we position Borders for a vibrant future and sustainable earnings growth.  Since the filing, we have made significant progress in reducing our cost structure, refocusing our merchandise offering, and building our eBook business.  We look forward to working with a supportive partner as we continue to execute on our turnaround strategy.”

The Social Platform Grows: Smartphones Now Outsell Feature Phones

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Todd and I have written this week about the significance of smartphones as the platform for social media. A Pew Internet report recently released shows that eReaders are outselling tablets, which I conclude means that smartphones ought to be the primary target for social media developers. My point has been further reinforced by a Nielsenwire article reporting that smartphones now account for the majority of mobile phone purchases.
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Facebook 2.0 for Windows Phone: Push Notifications for Tiles and Toasts

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The Microsoft-developed Facebook for Windows Phone had a major update released this week. Interestingly, but appropriately, it was announced on a Facebook page but not in the official Windows Phone blog.

Facebook 2.0 is now available

The biggest change in the 2.0 release is what Microsoft calls a preview of push notifications (toast and tiles). By “preview,” they refer to the upcoming Windows Phone “Mango” update which brings multi-tasking and deeper integration with Facebook and a new integration with Twitter. There is a long list of notification types that you can choose from in the app’s settings page.

Message
Wall post
Feed comment
Feed comment reply
Photo tag
Photo comment
Tagged photo comment
Friend request
Friend confirmation

Tiles refers to the tiles on the front page that points to apps or content. The Facebook tile now can show the number of notifications you have waiting. Toast refers to the notifications that appear even on locked screens letting you know who has triggered an event (one of the notification types listed above). Toasts do not appear to be one-to-one. So, you will not get hundreds of notifications draining your battery.

Friendster Transforms Itself Into A Game Portal

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The platform is going into action this time using the tagline “living the game” and features several dozen games. Games that include a single-player, multiplayer and, kicking it up a notch or two, flashed-based MMOs. The new game site even offers an API that allows developers to bring their web games over to the network. That means more fun for everyone!

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Guinness World Records Marks Social Media Day from Gaga, Bieber to Sheen

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Guinness World Records announced the latest social media world records to coincide with global Social Media Day. Of course, there are no surprises this time around, next year may prove different.

Guinness World Records includes the Most likes on a Facebook page which is 47,194,601, achieved by Facebook for its own product page on June 29, 2011. Facebook’s own page on the site recently took this title away from Zynga’s Texas Hold’em Poker page, which now stands in second place with 45.78 million likes. Rounding out the top 5 are the official pages for rapper Eminem (42.05 million likes), video-sharing site YouTube (40.44 million likes), and pop artist Lady Gaga (39.49 million likes).

What is it with Lady Gaga? Does she inspire or stimulate?

I am loving the most “disliked” video on YouTube, which is the music video for Justin Bieber’s (Canada) “Baby”, with 1,490,076 “dislikes” as of Jun 29, 2011. The record changed hands back to Bieber after previous holder Rebecca Black had her music video for “Friday” (which at one time had 2,583,179 “dislikes”) removed from YouTube following a dispute with record label Ark Music Factory. Justin Bieber’s “Baby” also holds the record for the Most viewed video online with 575,118,703 views on YouTube as of June 29, 2011.

Another new record is for the Most content ingested by an online video service is an average of 70.49 hours per minute, achieved by Ustream, as verified on June 29, 2011. This average figure is based on a total of 37.05 million hours of content ingested by Ustream in the 12 month period of June 2010 to May 2011. Peak content ingestion was in May 2011, with 3.721 million hours ingested, or 83.36 hours per minute. This is close to double that of YouTube, which announced at its sixth birthday in May 2011 that the site’s users upload 48 hours of content per minute.

Other current social media Guinness World Records include:

- Fastest Time to reach 1 million followers on Twitter is 25 hours 17 minutes, achieved by Charlie Sheen (USA) between 1-2 March 2011. This record was set during the height of the Charlie Sheen frenzy online, resulting in several trending topics on Twitter, featuring hashtags such as #winning and #tigerblood.

- Most likes on a Facebook item is 668,198 by the official page for Lil Wayne, a.k.a Dewayne Michael Carter, Jr. (USA) as of June 29, 2011. The comments are in response to a post made on 15 February 2011 which was made as an attempt to set the record for the “Most likes on a Facebook item in 24 hours”, in response to an earlier attempt at the same record by Oreo. The iconic cookie brand held the record for just 5 hours before it was snatched away by Lil Wayne and his army of fans. The title Most likes on a Facebook item in 24 hours is also held by the official page for Lil Wayne, a.k.a Dewayne Michael Carter, Jr. (USA) with 588,243 likes.

- Most followers on Twitter is held by Lady Gaga, aka Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (USA), who has 11,259,372 Twitter followers of her @ladygaga Twitter feed as of  June 29, 2011. Lady Gaga was the first to break the 10 million followers mark with her feed on 15 May 2011. Canadian pop artist Justin Bieber is the second most followed Twitter user, with 10,646,695 followers.

- Most “likes” on a Facebook page in 24 hours was 1,571,161 by Frito-Lay (USA) on 11-12 April 2011.

- Most “liked” video on YouTube is Judson Laipply’s “Evolution of Dance”, with 759,563 “likes” as of JUne 29, 2011. Laipply’s video, which features various styles of dance set to 32 different music tracks, is also among the most viewed videos on YouTube, with 175,664,814 views to date.

“Social Media records are some of the most asked about by our fans and readers. Along with the world’s tallest, smallest and heaviest, record fans want to know who has the most comments on Facebook, followers on Twitter, or views on YouTube.” Dan Barrett, Guinness World Records community manager, adding, “These records are particularly interesting because people are immediately available to participate in – it’s very appealing to know that you can be a part of a world record just by “liking” a post on Facebook or watching a video on YouTube.”

Some of you may be thinking what I am thinking, and that is social media is still young. We are likely to see changes taking place over a course of a year.  The Guiness World Records will more or less change as social media changes with its latest trends.