Do you have time to search the web everyday to find the newest 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:
Foursquare Hits a Million:
This week, Foursquare has hit the 1 million mark. Yep, there is now over 1 million Foursquare users. On Thursday, Foursquare tweeted about their anticipation of this milestone, saying, “We’re closing in on 1 million users! Current count is 969,775. Looks like that’s we may have something to toast during Friday Happy Hour :).”
Facebook announced five social plugins at f8 that can be embedded into websites -which you will then be able to interact with. Here’s what I took away from the article What the Facebook F8 Annoucements Mean for You:
- Friends Activity Plugin: Lets you see what real time news feed results of your Facebook friends activity pertaining to the site you’re on. (see CNN.com)
- Like Plugin: Without having to login, this plugin lets you see which of your friends like the site or have engaged with it recently
- Recommendations Plugin: Provides recommendations for site content that Facebook users liked most
- Log-In Plugin: Offers functionality on website based on people who are already logged in to Facebook. Basically an updated version of Facebook connect, which now contains photos of friends who have already joined the website.
- Social Bar Plugin: Lets you to chat with Facebook friends and show likes on Facebook all from the website you’re on.
Another announcement at f8 was Open Graph. Open Graph essentially shares things you “like” with other websites (unless you opt out). As Giganom states, “If you indicate you like an article, a band, a restaurant — anything, really — a site using Facebook’s open graph protocol can create a persistent relationship with you around that content.” Microsoft Docs, Pandora, and Yelp are initial partners for Open Graph, so these sites will have the ability to personalize your experience using your public Facebook information.
Other Facebook News:
Other changes to Facebook this week include that fans have official been changed to like on pages. Also, Facebook is now prompting users to link their hobbies to pages around the web by automatically pulling in choices they think are correct. Facebook also introduced Graph API at f8, which in a nutshell, just makes it easier for developers to utilize the facebook platform.
The Lost iPhone:
A big news topic this week was that an iPhone 4G was accidentally left at a bar, resulting in someone else taking it home & discovering it was the next iPhone. Although Apple security shut off the phone, Gizmodo got the shell for $5,000. Here’s the photos of the iPhone 4G: http://bit.ly/cSJgYb