App.net has set itself the brazen goal of competing with Twitter, and today it is launching an essential part of that strategy: widgets.
Now It’s Possible to Comment on, Like Facebook Posts Directly from Bing’s Social Sidebar (AllFacebook)
Facebook and Bing are continually growing closer together, especially through the search engine’s Social Sidebar. Starting Friday, Bing users with the Social Sidebar can like and comment on Facebook posts directly on the site.
Facebook Rolling Out Replies, Ranked Comments (AllFacebook)
Facebook announced Monday that it will launch new features for its comments section: Replies, which will allow page administrators and users to reply directly to comments, rather than having to post their own comments; and ranked comments, which will move the most engaging comments to the top of comment threads.
At the fight to be the dominant video-sharing app, Twitter weighed in heavy with Vine, but App.net signaled its intention to keep fighting today with the app Climber, designed for its subscription-based social network.
Facebook To Remove Exploitative Sandy Hook Tribute Pages (AllFacebook)
Not long after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., several people set up tribute pages on Facebook to encourage donations to help affected families. Some did so out of the kindness of their hearts, while some were just trying to cash in. Facebook has agreed to take down Sandy Hook tribute pages that people feel exist solely to exploit the tragedy.
App.net took another step toward becoming a serious competitor for Twitter by rolling out a free membership program.
The old capitalist saw has it that competition drives innovation, and users are certainly seeing a lot of competition among photo-sharing services of late.
Google Maps Officially Returns to the iPhone (SocialTimes)
To the relief of many iPhone 5 owners, Google has finally made Google Maps available for download in the Apple App Store in more than 40 countries and in 29 languages. Apple’s own maps application had failed to provide a good enough user experience to compete with Google Maps, which was originally left out of the newest iPhone.
App.net, a paid service that launched with the intention of delivering all of the promise that Twitter had before it began to see itself as a website rather than a service, today launched a private messaging API with a mockup open-source app.
High-profile investor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban today joined those criticizing Facebook’s EdgeRank algorithm, which controls which posts, including those by brands, make it into a user’s timeline. He argued that Facebook is wrong to base rank on engagement, when users go to Facebook to be passive recipients of information.