It is no secret the Internet is a breeding ground for its own sort of language, a common amalgamation of symbols, smileys, acronyms, hashtags, and @mentions. Twitter was the breeding ground for the latter of those staples, bringing into popularity a feature that makes it easy to grab another user's attention by using an @ symbol to tag them and send a notification their way. Such functionality is available across many services -- Facebook, Disqus -- and starting today, Tumblr.
Social networking options continue to grow, and as more become established as popular and frequently-used options, teenagers find more incentive to gravitate away from the once-staple, Facebook. It is no secret that Facebook usage among teenager has been decreasing in recent times, and the latest study on the subject further validates this, showing Facebook's popularity among older teens as "dead".
Facebook has at last answered your cries for a "Dislike" button, sort of. You will not be able to thumbs-down statuses and other types of posts in news feeds and timelines, but you will be able to send a thumbs-down in private messages via the mobile app. And you will be able to send a whole lot more types of thumbs to express a range of sentiments.
Twitter is working on an edit feature. Meaning you could soon be able to edit your tweets -- with some caveats. You won't be able to write a tweet, publish it, wait a few hours, and then replace the content of the tweet with entirely different and unrelated content. Twitter is still working out the details of what you can and can't do in edit mode, but the feature is on the horizon.
Facebook is rolling out a new feature whereby users can donate to any nonprofit on Facebook through the nonprofit's page or by clicking a button on posts pushed by that page. This should theoretically make it easier to donate to nonprofits without them having to constantly ask for money. Facebook's 1 billion users are, to say the least, a deep well of support, not all of which has yet been tapped.
Instagram has indicated that this year's Thanksgiving Day was its busiest day ever. More photos and videos were shared on its network on that day than on any other day in its history. However, the company did not release exact figures, possibly indicating its growth may not be as marked as in previous years.
Google has issued three key updates to its Google+ app for iOS. Two of the updates apply to all iOS versions for which the app is supported (6.0 and later.) The third update applies only to iOS 7. All of the updates went live this morning.
Shots of Me, the Justin Bieber-backed selfie app for iOS, launched today. Despite Bieber doubters' derision, the app could actually serve a variety of useful and fun purposes--and not just in terms of marketability to high schoolers. The app's intentional lack of commenting functions, the frosty-screened button bars, the emphasis on human interest rather than inanimate objects, and other features could potentially make for an engaging social photo experience.
Twitter's per-click ad value has increased by 300% since last year, an Adobe report shows. In Q3 2012, revenue-generating websites earned on average $0.11 for every link click-through from Twitter; in Q3 2013, that figure was $0.44. That revenue-per-visit (RPV) is by far the highest-percentage per-click revenue growth for the period for any social network, including Facebook (39%) and Pinterest (150%). That news alone could help boost Twitter's per-share price range for tomorrow's long-awaited IPO, but the report shows even more sunny news for the company's viability as a marketing platform.
With its Nov. 15 IPO less than a month away, Twitter recently explained its latest revenue model additions. They include lead generation, traffic conversion and TV targeting. Having been in business since 2006 but yet to show a profit in any year since, Twitter is under pressure from the investing community to show why its IPO is worth $1 billion.
Facebook Home has been updated, with the new socially-enabled homescreen for Android smartphones now pulling in Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram content in addition to media from your friends list. The update, which hit the Google Play store today, helps crack open Facebook Home from its relatively insular beginnings to a more encompassing social-first platform.