Do you have time to search the web everyday to find the newest and coolest social media tools? If the answer is no, then you have come to the right place. (& if the answer is yes, leave a comment with your favorites). I have searched the World Wide Web for social media information all week, and stumbled upon a few favorites along the way.
Here are my picks of the week:
Google knows where you’ve been searching, and now, you can know what Google knows. On Thursday, Google launched a dashboard where you can view all of the data associated with your account- be it recent searches, calendar items, or emails. The best part about the dashboard is that it contains direct links where you can control your personal settings, allowing you to increase privacy settings & clear your web history. View the Google Dashboard here
Verizon Vs. AT&T
Verizon & AT&T seem to be battling it out these days. Verizon’s new smartphone The Droid, is positioning itself as better than the iPhone (View “iDont” Commercial here) & Verizon is positioning their 3G Coverage as better than AT&Ts (View “There’s a Map for That” Commercial here). This week, AT&T has filed a False Advertising lawsuit against Verizon. AT&T believes the “There’s a Map for That” ads are misleading, stating that customers might mistake the map portraying 3G coverage for a map portraying wireless service coverage. Oh, can’t you two just get along.
There Really is an App for That
Well, one thing the iPhone does have over all of the new Smartphone’s coming out is the number and variety of apps they have available for purchase. On Wednesday, Apple announced that there were 100,000 apps available at the iTunes store. The surprising thing is that of those only 20% are being used. & keep in mind that over 2 billion apps have been purchased by iPhone and iTouch users. It sounds to me like we have a lot of un-tAPPed apps to discover.
Yahoo’s Search is More Musical Too
In last week’s “Pick’s of the Week,” I discussed Google’s new music search features. This week, Yahoo! announced that they have made their search more musical too. Now, when you search for music on Yahoo!, the results will include popular YouTube videos related to your search. Results will also include videos of top albums and songs.
Facebook: Now You Can Dislike
There‘s been a few times that I’ve wished there was a “dislike” button next to the “like” button on Facebook. Like, when people say “I’m studying all night long for a really hard exam,” or “I have H1N1.” I don’t like when people are stressed or sick. Now, with a plug-in from Firefox, you really can “dislike” something with a click of a button. But, as this article from Mashable warns, be careful what you dislike. You might not want to go around disliking status updates from friends that say “I got a job” or “I’m going to be a mother;” If you do, that you might end up with a few less friends in the process.