Posts Tagged ‘social networking’

FourSquare Sees Massive Growth

February 5, 2010

It seems that location-based social-game affair FourSquare has seen something of a popularity boost in the last two months, with traffic to the service tripling, cementing its position.

For those who haven’t had a chance to give it a go yet, FourSquare isa relatively simple game that allows users to accrue points based on their location. Users can “check in” at a particular location flagged as being nearby based on their current location, as pulled from their phone. Players are awarded points based on their various check-ins, with badges being awarded for specific criteria.

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Twitter Details Security Threat

February 3, 2010

Yesterday it emerged that Twitter had distributed a message to a bundle of its users asking them to change their passwords due to a potential phishing attack. Indeed, those users were forced to change their login details, and now Twitter has opened up about just why.

The word from the folks at Twitter, who updated the Twitter status blog a few hours ago with some details of the phishing attack that led to its request for users to change passwords. Indeed, it seems that Twitter has seen the culmination of a fairly long-term plan to grab user’s passwords on a large scale. The description of events from Twitter’s point of view essentially details the setting up of filesharing services, complete with security vulnerabilities and then using user’s data on those sites to gain control of their Twitter profiles.

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Twitter Forces Users to Change Passwords

February 2, 2010

It seems that Twitter has been forcing some users who it believes to have had their accounts compromised in a recent phishing attack to change their passwords.

I can never remember if it's 'fail wale' or 'fale wale' 😦

It seems that Twitter has pre-empted those who would-be victims of the phishing attack by messaging them in advance, warning of the issue and then instituting a mandatory password reset. Indeed, the message from the folks at Twitter, as obtained from the fine folks at TheNextWeb simply reads,

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Facebook Friends May Not be Real Friends

January 26, 2010

It’s what you’ve always suspected but never quite wanted to admit to yourself, it nagged you when you approved all those friend requests and has bugged you ever since. The great realisation that quite a lot your Facebook friends aren’t real friends at all.

Should you set a cut off point at 150 friends?

Yep, a recent study by Oxford University professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Robin Dunbar has given ammunition to anybody out there who has avoided ‘FriendFace’ and taken the mickey out your claims to have upwards of four hundred mates. Dunbar claims that a human brain is limited to keeping up with about 150 meaningful relationships, regardless of how many Facebook friends you might have.

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Pope Encourages Priests to Blog

January 25, 2010

In a message to leaders of the Catholic Church across the world, Pope Benedict XVI has urged them to become a little more au fait when it comes to building an online presence.  The announcement was made in a speech regarding the theme of this year’s World Communications Day (May 16), entitled, ‘The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word’. Catchy.

The last guy really didn’t like Twitter…

The Pope told members of the church, “The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: ‘Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel’.” Pope Benedict continued, “Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources – images, videos, animated features, blogs, websites – which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis.”

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Facebook Phishing Attacks Set to Explode in 2010

January 25, 2010

Under the fairly foreboding heading of ‘Tsunami of spam ahead as Facebook targeted’, The Times have an interesting report today on how social networks will be relentlessly targets by cyber criminals over the coming year.

It does exactly what it says on the tin… (sorry)

This is all on the back of a Cisco media release that makes the claim that worldwide spam levels may mushroom by up to 40% compared to last year with spam now regarded as a “multi-million dollar industry”. Phishing scams are rated as the greatest threat and the article makes note of how phishing comes “mostly in the guise of e-mails from banks and financial institutions but recently spammers have hooked onto social networks”. It adds, “Users of Facebook, which has 350 million members worldwide, are much more likely to respond to messages that appear to come from friends”.

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Touchy Feely Digg Overhaul Ahead

January 22, 2010

With over 35 million monthly users you’d think Digg was doing okay but according to its founder, Kevin Rose, it’s time for a shake up. Making the slightly worrying prediction that people will think “this is not the same site”, he adds that “we’re making some drastic changes, but they’re much-needed drastic changes”.

Kevin Rose (with beer bottle), says the new Digg will be all about 'touching pieces of content’. Add in the rest of the gag yourself.

So what’s going to be different then?  Well, according to reports today the placement of the navigation bar and Digg button should change as will the emphasis placed on images. “People are going to be shocked at some of the directions we’re taking,” said Rose, sounding slightly like a band member before a difficult second album, “You have to be comfortable with completely tearing down and throwing away a bunch of ideas.”

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Facebook Adds App/Games Dashboard

January 22, 2010

Facebook has announced that it is to add a new dashboard feature to allow users to more easily interact with their apps and games, presumably without them cluttering up their feed.

The change has been announced on the Facebook Blog, with the Facebook’s own Jordan Alperin explaining that the intention is to make it easier for users to interact directly with applications and to open “new communication channels accessible to all users from the home page.” It also has the pleasant side effect of giving apps somewhere to live that’s a little bit better separated from the main bulk of Facebook itself – the more social side of things.

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Skype Sees Massive Boost

January 19, 2010

It seems that Skype has seen a massive bump over the course of the last year or so, with the VOIP company now accounting for fully 12% of all international calling minutes.

According to a report from TeleGeography, growth of international telephone traffic on a whole has slowed, while Skype has seen its uptake continue steadily, managing to accumulate a massive following. It’s worth noting that Skype accounts for fully 12% of all “international calling minutes” but we’d imagine the percentage of international calls carried by Skype is far lower… it’s just that those using Skype for international calls are more likely to stay on the phone significantly longer.

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