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, please 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:
On Monday, Google announced that Google Chrome was finally available for Mac, Linux, and other extensions. Although PC’s have had this web browser since last fall, most Mac users didn’t get to test it out until this week. Google Chrome has the features we’ve come to expect (speedy and secure) as well more modern features including crash protection and an easy to use address bar (in which you can type in web addresses or keywords for a search).
Pandora Moves Automotive:
This week, Gigaom reported that Pandora is preparing to move into the automotive space. According to Pandora’s CTO, half of Pandora’s mobile listeners are using their phones or iPod touches in the car (by plugging in). Plugging in to jam out to Pandora may eventually be a thing of the past; Pandora has already struck a deal with Ford, and is planning to release more information at next months CES event.
Real Time Results:
On Monday, Google began adding real time results to its search engine. This real time search will gather content from Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace as it’s created. Only Public updates from MySpace and Facebook will be included in real time search results.
Last week, I wrote about how new privacy settings were coming to Facebook. Well this week they’ve started rolling out these features. The only thing is, status updates and shared content seem to be less secure as a result. According to Read Write Web, Facebook’s new default option is to allow status updates to be visible to “everyone.” Here’s some of the reasons why Facebook changed their policy: http://bit.ly/4ATT3A
Best of 2009:
Now that it’s December, a lot of people are coming out with the “Bests of 2009.” This week, Apple released their top songs, movies, and apps of 2009 (view all here: http://bit.ly/6CFVwV) which included picks such as Kings of Leon’s “Only by the Night” (Album), Twilight (movie), and Sims3 (app). The Top 10 Viral Videos of 2009 are also out (http://bit.ly/5FmJqn), as is ReadWriteWeb list of Top Startup Products of 2009 (http://bit.ly/6hzeYY)