The UK's head of public prosecutions has issued new guidelines for cases involving social media, a contentious area which has seen users of Twitter, Facebook, and other networks prosecuted for offensive or threatening messages in the past years. The new guidelines, Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC says, aim to cut the threat of "the potential chilling effect" of social media users being afraid of speaking their mind for fear of running the risk of arrest, while still giving law enforcement the power to stop those harassing, stalking, or threatening others, or publishing (or retweeting) grossly offensive or obscene messages.
As if the announcement and launch of Facebook Home wasn't enough, Facebook has yet another event in the pipeline for next week that looks to unveil "a new product" that supposedly comes from "a big idea." The event is scheduled to take place on June 20 at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.
In an effort to help users gain more followers, Twitter has launched a feature called #FollowMe that allows users to create a short highlight reel that shows off their best tweets, photos, and Vine videos. It's sort of like a resume to show other Twitter users that you're worth following because of how hilarious you are, but don't blame #FollowMe if no one likes your highlight reel.
Foursquare enjoys giving its users new ways to visualize all of their check-ins over the years, and they've introduced a new feature that makes that happen once again. It's called Time Machine, and while it may just seem like another feature for Foursquare to use in order to recommend other hot spots to go to, Time Machine visualizes all of your check-ins in the coolest way yet.
Twitter is the pioneer of the hashtag, but since then, many other online services have been adopting the number sign as well, because why not? Twitter's biggest competitor, however, just now added support for hashtags. That's right, Facebook now lets you click on hashtags that your friends have long been posting to their status updates.
We've been expecting this day for a while now, but after delaying the retirement of its API v1, Twitter has officially cut the cord and is requiring Twitter clients to use its new API v1.1. Essentially, this is the final breath for a handful of Twitter clients, including TweetDeck, SilverBird, and DestroyTwitter.
Facebook announced today that they have opened up their first data center outside the US in Luleå, Sweden. It's located in a small town at the northern edge of the Baltic Sea, and is just 62 miles south of the Arctic Circle. It's an odd place for a data center, but Facebook says there are numerous reasons why they picked this location.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo spoke at the D11 conference today and discussed a wide range of topics involving the social media serivce, including Twitter's new two-factor authentication that they just recently started rolling out. Twitter was one of the few big services to play catch-up with the security feature, and Costolo knows it.