Social Networks

Facebook asks if you 'really' like it

FacebookWashington, Oct 5 : In a first-ever self examination survey, Facebook will be gauging its users' attitudes towards the site, and how the attitudes evolve over time.

The social media giant has formed its first 'feedback panel', where people will be surveyed for six months to check their level of satisfactions with the site and why they change.

According to Huffington Post, the site will be analyzing how users respond to ads and stories in their News Feed in a bid to learn which ads make its members happiest.

Twitter planning to make its IPO filing public this week

Twitter planning to make its IPO filing public this weekMicro blogging site, Twitter Inc is planning to announce its Initial Public Offering publically this week, according to people closer to the matter. The social blogging network with more than 200 million members worldwide has said that it has filed S-1 to the Securities and Exchanges Commission for its planned initial public offering.

China lifts ban on Facebook, Twitter

Facebook-TwitterLondon, Sep 24 : Authorities in China have lifted the ban on Facebook, Twitter, and the New York Times sites in the Shanghai Free-trade Zone so that foreign companies feel more at home, The Independent reported.

"In order to welcome foreign companies to invest and to let foreigners live and work happily in the free-trade zone, we must think about how we can make them feel like at home," reported the South China Morning Post citing government sources.

"If they can’t get onto Facebook or read The New York Times, they may naturally wonder how special the free-trade zone is compared with the rest of China.”

Twitter’s IPO to bring huge windfall for initial investors

Twitter’s IPO to bring huge windfall for initial investorsTwitter’s planned initial public offering (IPO) is expected to bring a huge windfall for its initial investors.

In March, the micro-blogging site said that it was valuing the stock it was offering to its employees at $17 per share. In private transactions, Twitter shares are reportedly now being valued at nearly $30 apiece.

It means the company now values much more than the $8 billion valuation that it received in 2011, when it had raised funds.

FTC reviewing Facebook privacy policy for violations

FTC reviewing Facebook privacy policy for violationsThe US Federal Trade Commission has said that it is reviewing the privacy policy of social networking giant, Facebook to determine if new privacy policies violated a 2011 agreement with regulators in the country.

Countries asked for information on 38,000 Facebook users

Countries asked for information on 38,000 Facebook usersAccording to a new report released by Facebook, governments from various countries have asked for information on about a combined 38,000 Facebook users during the first six months of the year.

The Global Government Requests Report released by the social networking giant for the first time on Tuesday showed that the company received official requests from 74 countries. The data showed that the US government made the highest number of requests on between 20,000 and 21,000 users during the period.

Facebook, Google cannot flout Indian law, says court

Facebook-GoogleNew Delhi, Aug 23 : The Delhi High Court Friday said that social networking site Facebook Inc and search engine Google Inc are bound by the rules of this country and cannot flout the law just because they are foreign companies.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice B. D. Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru also directed the two companies to display on their websites the name and contact details of their grievance officers.

Facebook now offering embedded posts to all users

Facebook now offering embedded posts to all usersSocial networking giant, Facebook has announced that the new embedded posts feature, which was available to a few publishers, will now be available to all the users of the site.

The company has updated a new post detailing how to use the new feature and how to embed. The users who were earlier using WordPress will have to upgrade their Facebook plug-ins for accessing the feature. The users of the largest social networking giant will now be embed their status updates, current photos and video, or just popular updates and promotions.

Shashi Tharoor launches Flatparty.com

Shashi Tharoor launches Flatparty.comNew Delhi, Aug 20 : Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor Tuesday launched a new social networking site - Flatparty. com - which can be used to send bulk as well as private messages.

The messages can be sent in the form of posts on the websites, via e-mails and SMS to the registered users on the website.

Facebook completes Graph Search roll out for all English-speaking users

Facebook completes Graph Search roll out for all English-speaking usersSocial networking giant Facebook has finally completed the roll out of its new advanced Graph Search tool to all English-speaking users in the United States. The company first started rolling out the feature for English-speaking users around a month ago.

Unveiled in January this year, the Graph Search feature provides users with a new way to mine the massive social network for getting personally relevant information.

Facebook posts stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings

FacebookCalifornia-based social-networking giant Facebook on Wednesday reported stronger-than-expected earnings for the second quarter of this year, thanks to a sharp increase in mobile ad revenues.

Revenues during the three months ended June 30 jumped 53 per cent year-on-year to $1.81 billion, while profit climbed to $331 million. In the corresponding three months of the previous year, the company had reported a loss of $157 million.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive of Facebook, said, "The work we've done to make mobile the best Facebook experience is showing good results and provides us with a solid foundation for the future."

Saudi Arabia plans to block Skype, WhatsApp

Saudi Arabia plans to block Skype, WhatsAppThe authorities in the middle-eastern nation of Saudi Arabia have indicated that Skype and WhatsApp might be blocked in the counry.

Government officials have not yet announed the reasons for move to restrict access to popular. Internet-based communication services in the country. The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is known for its autocratic autocratic style of governance, reportedly wants the service providders to follow the country's laws and install servers in its teritory.

Facebook received 9,000-10,000 data requests from US government

Facebook received 9,000-10,000 data requests from US governmentFacebook has received about 9,000-10,000 data requests from various from US government entities during the second half of 2012.

The company said that the request were relating to issues from petty crime to national security. The requests were relating to 18,000 to 19,000 of its users' accounts on the social network. Released data has shown that the US government is running a much larger electronic spying operation than anticipated. The government runs its programme to track terrorist and prevent attacks.

Facebook received 10,000 data requests during July to December 2012

Facebook received 10,000 data requests during July to December 2012Social networking giant, Facebook has received about 9,000-10,000 data requests from various from US government entities during the second half of 2012.

The company said that the request were relating to issues from petty crime to national security. The requests were relating to 18,000 to 19,000 of its users' accounts on the social network. Released data has shown that the US government is running a much larger electronic spying operation than anticipated. The government runs its programme to track terrorist and prevent attacks.

Facebook holds first shareholders' meeting

Facebook holds first shareholders' meetingSocial networking giant, Facebook has held its first shareholders' meeting following a difficult for the company's shareholders.

Facebook recently marked one-year anniversary of its public debut in the previous month and the young CEO Mark Zuckerberg met his shareholders for the time following a year of falls in the share value of the company. Many shareholders have been complaining about insiders making profits on shares and raised questions about the company's handling of the offering.

Twitter says brief service outage on Monday was caused by error in 'routine change'

Twitter-logoWith Twitter having been hit by a short, half-hour service outage - from 1:08 p. m. 1:33 p. m. Pacific Daylight Time - on Monday, the company said in a brief post that the outage had resulted from a glitch that occurred during a "routine change."

The Twitter service outage, which affected an unspecified number of users, came to light when users reported, earlier on Monday, that their click on trending topics was prompting an error message which said that "something is technically wrong."

Mutual friends feature on Facebook not secure enough

Mutual friends feature on Facebook not secure enoughWashington, May 31 (IANS) A study has shown that Facebook's 'mutual friends' feature may create security risks and privacy issues.

Often admired for bringing people together, the mutual friends feature on Facebook actually creates myriad security risks and privacy concerns, according to a University of Pittsburgh study published in the journal Computers and Security.

The study findings show that even though users can tailor their privacy settings, hackers can still find private information through mutual friends features, reports Science Daily.

Facebook might be planning to acquire Waze

Facebook might be planning to acquire WazeSocial networking giant, Facebook has indicated that it is planning to take over a Israel-based GPS mobile navigation app Waze in a deal valued at US$ 1 billion.

Some reports suggest that discussions are taking place between the companies but no deal has been finalised as yet. Waze has more than 40 million users and its integration with Facebook will allow the social networking giant to expand into the new field of navigation and possibly add a new source of income for the company looking to create avenues of generatingrevenues.

Alibaba acquires 18% stake in Weibo

Alibaba acquires 18% stake in WeiboChina's largest e-commerce company, Alibaba has agreed to acquire a 18 per cent stake in Sina Corporation's Weibo allowing the company to enter social media in the country.

Alibaba has said that it will invest $586 million for acquiring stake in China's most popular micro-blogging service. The acquisition of stake in Weibo will allow the company to gain access to the large user base including tens of millions of active users.

Majority don’t want boss on Facebook friends list

Majority don’t want boss on Facebook friends listAccording to a new survey, overwhelming majority of the respondents said that they do not wish to have their bosses on their friends list on social networking site, Facebook.

The survey showed that about 81 per cent of the respondents did not wish to connect to their boss on the social networking platform. The survey by poll site SodaHead and feedback site YouTell also showed that women were more hesitant in adding their bosses to the contact list on the social network than their male counterparts.

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