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YouTube Gets the Yuck Out in Comments Cleanup (CNET)
Laugh all you want, fuzzball, but Google is changing how YouTube uploaders manage comments on their videos. The new system, which began rolling out to a limited number of uploaders on Tuesday, favors relevancy over recency and introduces enhanced moderation tools. Wired The upcoming system will use several factors to determine which posts float to the top of the conversation. Posts by the video creator, “popular personalities,” posts with engaged conversations, and posts from your Google+ friends will appear at the top of the stream of comments. ReadWrite While this seems like an effort by YouTube to improve the user experience, it is also a thinly veiled attempt by Google to bring Google+ services to the mainstream. Google has already integrated its social network in most of its products with the hopes of increasing engagement, provoking annoyance among some users. PCMag.com There will also be the option to make comments publicly or leave responses that can only be seen by your Google+ Circles. “Like Gmail, replies are threaded so you can easily follow conversations,” YouTube said. GigaOM The new changes are rolled out in stages. This week, new comment moderation and ranking features will find their way to channel pages. Later this year, the same will be available on individual video pages.
Twitter Update Sends Follow Suggestions Via Mobile Alerts (Mashable)
Twitter will more actively share personalized recommendations about which accounts users should follow, the company announced Tuesday. Users will now receive push notifications through Twitter’s mobile apps if a number of accounts in their network begin to follow someone new, or retweet or favorite the same tweet.
How HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ Used Topsy to Break News (LostRemote)
In the third episode of season two of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” Neal Sampat used Topsy to get to the bottom of Genoa. LostRemote caught up with Duncan Greatwood, CEO of Topsy, to discuss why Topsy was weaved into the storyline, and more.
Adam Levine and Lady Gaga Feud on Twitter (SocialTimes)
Just in time for the premiere of ABC’s hit talent competition The Voice, coach and lead vox for Maroon5 Adam Levine decided to pick a fight with Lady Gaga. It wouldn’t be the first time Levine expressed his distaste for Lady Gaga.
If Popular Science Cares About Science, Why Not Try to Fix Comments Instead of Killing Them? (paidContent)
Popular Science magazine says it is shutting down comments because they are “bad for science,” but what’s really bad for science is closing off a potential avenue for informed debate around the topics the site is writing about.
Crowdbabble Adds Instagram Analytics (AllFacebook)
Social media analytics provider Crowdbabble hopes to give its users a better picture of how their campaigns are performing on Facebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram with its launch of Instagram analytics. Crowdbabble launched its real-time Facebook analytics monitor in May, and the company said Instagram reports will be available to its clients at no addition cost.
Dropbox Joins Google and Microsoft in Fight for Right to Disclose National Security Requests (VentureBeat)
Dropbox is joining Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other major tech companies in demanding the government to permit it to publish exactly how many national security requests it receives. The file-sharing company released its petition to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Tuesday, saying it has a right to publish both the exact number of how many national security requests it receives and how many users are affected.
4 Tips to Increase Your Klout Score [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
Sure, it’s a bit of a game, but (even if you’re a skeptic) many businesses do pay close attention to Klout scores when vetting people online, so there’s certainly no real downside to boasting a high number. This infographic from KloutScoreBook.com proposes four ways to boost your score.
Amazon Announces the Kindle Fire HDX, its Latest 7- and 8.9-Inch Tablets (The Next Web)
Amazon has announced the Kindle Fire HDX, a new version of its Kindle tablet, which comes in 7- and 8.9-inch sizes. The tablets run an updated version of its Fire operating system — version 3.0 is known as “Mojito” and boasts hundreds of updates — and are powered by a 2GHz quad-core processor from Qualcomm.