Posts Tagged ‘updates’

Google News Adds “Starring Stories”

February 2, 2010

Google News has added the ability to follow a particular story closely for those who decide that they’d like to keep up with the various updates to a block of news pieces.

Google has announced the new feature through the medium of the official Google blog. It’s a relatively simple move, offering a relatively easy way to keep up with developing news stories. All you need do is “star” the story in the same way as a Gmail conversation that you’d like to maintain easy access to. The official blog from Google explains things in a fairly straightforward manner,

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Facebook Adds “Retweet” Function

January 18, 2010

Facebook has added functionality similar to Twitter’s (in)famous retweets, allowing users to share linked content from their friends with friends who might now know them.

Word comes from AllFacebook that the folks at Facebook have moved to include a “Share” button on links that are being passed around. This means that if a friend posts something you really enjoy, you can click the share button and pass it on to any non-mutual friends, with their name tagged in as “via TheirName.”

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Mozilla Drops Firefox 3.7

January 18, 2010

Mozilla has removed the build of its Firefox browser labelled version 3.7 from its schedule of upcoming releases, moving instead to a slightly different update model.

Mozilla had initially planned to release Firefox 3.6 and 3.7 within about six months of one another, but it now, according to an interview with MacWorld, seems that the company is to move away from the kind of updates its well known for and into a bundle of minor updates instead. Indeed, the new model would see no new major releases until the company pushes out Firefox 4.0.

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Facebook Gets a Lot More Public

December 10, 2009

Facebook has started rolling out its new privacy settings, which give users a fair bit more control over just who can see their status updates and various uploads, but underneath all that there’s something a little less respectable happening. Facebook is making itself a bit more like Twitter.

Facebook may well be giving users a little more room to breathe when it comes to choosing who sees their updates, which is all well and good, but it’s also taken the opportunity to make sure thatthe option to make status updates something a little more public is front and centre, with the “Everyone” update in the same list. That’s what’s got users reminded of Twitter, a service that many have said Facebook tries quite hard to ape when it comes to status updates.

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Twitter Users Seeing Wrong Tweets

December 10, 2009

Many Twitter users are reporting seeing some misplaced Tweets in their usual feeds, with some seeing updates from users whose settings mark them as protected, and so shouldn’t be visible to anyone but followers.

Word comes via Cnet that Twitter has added the “misdirected” tweets to its list of Known Issues, and it’s usually a short enough step from there to an issue being solved, but for now users seeing tweets from a source they’re not following looks set to continue.

Of course, this issue has only been worsened by a kind of general misunderstanding of the new “retweet” functionality added to Twitter, which allows users to share content updated from another account with their followers. Unfortunately, the fact that many seem to have been unprepared for the new retweet model means that there were an awful lot of people complaining about misdirected tweets before the bug was really recognised as a bug, rather than users simply misunderstanding.

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Google Intros “Living Stories”

December 9, 2009

Google is showing off what it calls a “Living Story,” which it says could well be the “future of news” that just about everyone is anxious to see about… especially publishers, likely by now tired of hearing that the internet would kill paper-based news.

The response from Google to publishers who, it seems, feel increasingly as though Rupert Murdoch was correct when he said that news aggregators are essentially stealing their content, has been to bend over backwards in an attempt to offer publishers something they could appreciate rather than fear. The result seems to have been Google offering “Living Stories.” Google explained how the new concept works on the Official Google Blog, saying,

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Google Gets Facebook Realtime

December 8, 2009

Google’s realtime search may well already boast Twitter results, but now it has announced that it’s managed to get its web-crawling hands into Facebook’s live-updates as well, to say nothing of MySpace.

TechCrunch is reporting that, towards the end of its event on realtime search, Google’s Marissa Mayer officially announced that the company would be showing results from both current social networking high-flyer Facebook and one-time industry leader MySpace. Of course, for now there’s all kinds of questions about just what Google had to do to get its hands on the data, but it seems as though just about everyone is willing to speculate on it being some vast amount of currency changing hands.

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Facebook to Offer New Privacy Controls

December 2, 2009

Facebook announced very early this morning in an open letter from its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, that it would be making some fairly significant changes to the privacy controls users have access to over the next couple of weeks.

The most major change going is that users won’t be controlling who can see their profile in quite the same way that they can at the moment. Instead, users will be able to choose who can see individual updates, rather than entire pages. This new model would allow for users to make some updates visible only to their friends, others to friends of friends and still others to be viewable by the world at large. It’s an interesting shift, and one that gives Facebook users more control over who has access to their updates.

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Facebook Pages Update Twitter

August 21, 2009

Facebook has today launched a new feature for users of its Pages service designed specifically to allow those users to share their Facebook status updates to Twitter automatically.

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The new feature is for now only available to users with a Facebook Page, as opposed the standard Facebook profile you and I might own. This is a feature for people with “Fans” who might be interested in making the whole process of running a Facebook fan page and a Twitter profile for everyone to follow a little easier. Still though, it’s hard not to see this (as with so many other attempts to marry Facebook and Twitter) as sorely misguided.

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Facebook Lite Launches a Little Early

August 12, 2009

Last night Facebook half-launched a new, lightweight version of its service termed, simply enough, Facebook Lite. It was taken down soon afterwards due to the fact that Facebook accidentally invited more people than it intended to to try the service.

Somone did screengrab this shot of Facebook Lite

Somone did screengrab this shot of Facebook Lite

The question on everyone’s mind now is, just what does a lightweight Facebook look like. If the opinions of users who managed to get some time to try out Facebook Lite are to be believed, it’s an awful lot like Twitter, which makes a lot of sense, given that Facebook has been moving in a very Twitter direction for some time. Facebook has, of course, denied that it’s doing anything like aping Twitter, saying that Facebook Lite is just a simplified version of Facebook for users with poorer internet connections.

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