This afternoon Twitter has reported site issues in a very, very general way for the masses. This status update comes courtesy of Twitter's Tumblr page, as it were, a publication whose engine is now owned by Yahoo. Twitter's status appears at the moment to be affecting both mobile and web browser-based Twitter accounts.
This week Tumblr has begun to roll out sponsored posts beyond their mobile application environment. While back on the 22nd of April Tumblr brought advertisements to smartphones, users working with their desktop computers and browsing their Dashboard with a web browser will see the same thing. Because the Yahoo buyout of Tumblr was announced so very recently, it's likely this move was scheduled well ahead of said acquisition.
In an effort to help users identify legitimate pages and profiles of popular celebrities and businesses. Facebook has rolled out their own verification system that's a lot like Twitter's own offering. Verified Facebook page and profiles will have a small blue checkmark next to their name, indicating that it's the official page or profile of said person or business.
Today an app has been released by DISH that will bring social networking to the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR machine, integrating Twitter and Facebook into the mix. This app is what DISH calls the "first set-top box application capable of providing contextually-relevant social feeds." Of course this isn't the only way you can chat through Twitter or see your Facebook updates on your TV, but it certainly is a unique bit of integration.
As talk continues surrounding the possible acquisition of the social mapping company known as Waze, it appears today that Facebook is out of the running. According to sources familiar with the matter speaking with All Things D, a potential acquisition of Waze by Facebook is no longer an option as talks have fallen apart. Facebook was tipped to be considering buying Waze for upwards of $1 billion USD.
This week in a chat with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the conference known as D11, Tim Cook took the stage with chat about what Apple needs - and what it does't need - to push forward in our modern mobile market. Suggesting that Apple may be "missing" social networking as it acquires companies (at a pace of 6 or 7 companies a year, according to Cook), Swisher found Cook mentioning iMessage and Apple's Game Center as "some things that are social" that Apple does.
I have been using Twitter continually for about three years now. I'm not sure of the exact date, or my first tweet, because Twitter still hasn't given me the option to download my entire archive yet, though every time I check, the "Deactivate my account" option stares back at me from the bottom of the Settings page, where the archive option is supposed to appear someday. It taunts me, that deactivation option, because like all good things, Twitter occasionally makes me sick. There are days when I love it, and days when I can't stand it. There are days when I can't stand myself as a tweeter. To paraphrase a misogynist saying, show me a beautiful social network and I'll show you a guy who's tired of checking his @replies.
This week amid word that the company had purchased Tumblr to give its youth segment a boost, the company made use of the press it'd been given for a couple boosts to Flickr. Having acquired Flickr back in 2005 to the tune of $35 million USD, it's no wonder that a $1.1 billion dollar cost for Tumblr continues to hold sway over the press - especially before it was formally announced. Here with Flickr, Yahoo is bringing on a full a terabyte in storage to compete with Google's base free offering and makes with a new Android app to boot.
This morning a deal between Yahoo and Tumblr has been approved according to sources familiar with the matter. This deal is said by people familiar with those speaking with the Wall Street Journal to have been approved by Yahoo's board only at this time, and that Tumblr's board is not yet at a final decision point. This deal has been reported after several days of rumors surrounding purchases by not just Yahoo, but other large-name web-based businesses as well.
Twitter, at its most base level, is merely a means for individuals to share small snippets, links, and pictures with a wider audience, helping sort them via the judicial use of hashtags. It has many applications, however, because of the vast amounts of data it presents. Trends, for example, offer an immediate auto-updating way to get a feel for how those around you feel about a specific topic, whether it is a breaking news story or the latest meme. On the broader level, the information can be compiled to draw certain conclusions, such as the case with Humboldt State University's latest project - mapping national racism via geotagged tweets.