Google+ Has Nearly 360 Million Users

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If you were trying to get a buzz on what social media platform is most popular, it’s likely that you would guess that Facebook is clearly number one, with Twitter gaining ground from the second spot. In fact, you’d likely claim that Google+ was a complete failure. It turns out that Google+ is currently the social media platform in second place, with 359 million active users. It’s a wonder that Google is able to boast such high numbers. It’s likely that a large chunk of users are just Android phone owners who use occasional features such as the +1 link on many apps and web pages. Google has been working on integrating all of their services such as Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, and Google+ for the past couple of years, which was all a part of the original vision for Google+. It was supposed to offer connectivity to nearly every web service that we use, but Facebook has become so integrated with other sites that nobody really looks for Google+ integration other than Google themselves. Speaking of Facebook, they have now passed 700 million active users. Another benefit of Google+ has been the Google Hangout feature. That is likely where …

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Should Businesses Allow Access to Social Media at Work?

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I’m sure we’ve all had that job where it seems like the day never ends. In a world of increased connectivity, work can oftentimes be the one place where we’re no longer connected to the world around us. Many business owners want to keep it that way. They don’t want distractions coming in and slowing down productivity. Lately though, many employees have started to lash back and demand access to social media while on the job. In the business world, it’s all about the bottom line. If they can find a way to increase productivity while keeping costs low, they will find a way to make it happen. In some fields, allowing employees access to social media can damage the image of their customer service. Some job markets, such as in construction, require that an employees attention be solely on the job at hand. What about those desk jobs that so many people have though? I work as a technology technician on a college campus, and I get quite a bit of downtime in between tasks. I’m allowed to surf the web and check Facebook, but many people who have similar jobs aren’t granted that privilege. In fact, recent studies show …

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The Controversial Role of Twitter Breaking News

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As I was about ready to go to bed on April 18th, I decided to turn to CNN to see if the mainstream media updated any additional photos of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that had come out earlier in the day. Right as I was about to turn off the news network there was a brief scroll of an M.I.T. police officer being involved in a shootout. CNN wasn’t really covering the shooting so I decided to take to Social Media to see if there was a rare chance that the MIT shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing were somehow related. What played out over the next 12 hours was surreal and showed the ups and downs that can occur with Twitter breaking news. User Reports Within half an hour of the MIT shooting, a Twitter user posted an aerial picture of the crime scene as taken from his upstairs  apartment or classroom window. The medics were still working on the downed officer by the time this picture had been viewed by thousands of people. Soon broadcastify and TuneIn links to the Boston Police Department scanner were popping up in the Twitter breaking news feed and users could follow …

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Twitter Music – Spotify’s Competitor

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In many ways, Spotify is a social network. Not only can you create playlist and share them with both your friends and the world, but there is integration with Facebook and Twitter. You can share songs that you are listening to on both Facebook and Twitter, and on Facebook, people can listen with you in real time to the music you are listening to. Spotify has become a great and popular way for people to discover new music. Some of you may remember Twitter Video, which was a complete disaster due to the high amount of pornographic content that began to be shared on it (go figure, it’s the internet). There is news that Twitter may be partnering with some TV media companies, so it’s obvious that Twitter still for whatever reason has interest in that form of media. Twitter has announced the launch of Twitter #music, which appears to currently only be available for iOS, but there is a web version as well at According to Twitter’s blog post, songs on the #music service, songs are currently picked from iTunes, Spotify, or Rdio. By default music previews will come from iTunes in the form of a preview, but …

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How Will Vine Change Twitter?

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Vine is Twitter’s new social video sharing service, for those of you who don’t know. Basically Vine is an iPhone app that allows users to take six seconds worth of video and share it on social networks. The posts integrate with the Twitter cards on, so people can view Vine posts on there or through the Vine iPhone app. The question is how will Vine change the way Twitter works and/or change the way people use Twitter? Twitter is supposed to be a simple service. 140 characters of text, that is the way it started out. Now you have images from hundreds of sources and now video clips. Is Twitter becoming too noisy? It depends on how you use Twitter If you use Twitter to get your news, Vine will probably just get in the way. You will want to make lists of people who just tweet about the news you care about. If, on the other hand, you use Twitter to keep up with friends and close followers, Vine is another way for you to do that. The problem for Twitter is that they can’t make their product too complex or it just becomes another Facebook. With Facebook …

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Formspring shutdown affect 30 million users

Formspring is Dead Will Anyone Even Notice? (Good Riddance I Say)

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Formspring announced that it will shut down effective March 31st. The company, it says, has become too large to sustainably support and it’s currently overstretching its own resources. It’s hard to believe because, at least personally, I find Formspring incredibly annoying, especially when the abbreviated questions appeared in my Twitter stream (Twitter is supposed to be micro-blogging not run-on stupidity!) CEO and founder Ade Olonoh laments the death of his company in a statement issued on the company’s official blog. He says that Formspring was “a unique way for people to have engaging conversations about anything.” And some of those conversations were truly riveting. “Taylor Swift yay or nay ?” (Apparently “Super yay!!”) “heels or sneakers ?” (Indecisively “Both”) “what do u do for fun ?” (Clearly “Tons of stuff xD”) Yes, sadly you will no longer be able to “Share your perspective on anything.” And that’s bad news for the alleged 30 million registered users. They’ll have to turn to outlets such as Quora and Yahoo! Answers to fulfill their burning need to know who is hotter Angelina Jolie or Megan Fox? These users can still export their oh-so-important Formspring data until April 14th and then it’s lights out …

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How to take better Instagram pictures

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I’m a big Instagramer and an amateur photographer. If you don’t know what Instagram is I just have one question “Where have you been living in the past year?”. Instagram is probably the most popular photo sharing platform right now for mobile devices. As a big Instagram user I see a lot of un-necessary photo snafus. I’m not talking about composition or using the rule of thirds or anything. Instagram is for everyone professional and amateur alike. So I know people just want to share pictures of their adorable new pet, food or a new addition to their wardrobe among a million other things. What I’m talking about are the little things in the background that a few seconds could have lead to a nicer picture to share. So here are a few tips on how to take better Instagram pictures. Selfies If anyone says they use Instagram for themselves it’s a lie. Instagram is for sharing that is why it’s a Social app. We are all social beings we love to share what is going on all around us. If the pictures were for yourself they would still be in your camera roll or on your computer. Whether you …

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Automating Social Media – Should Tweets Go to Facebook?

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Social Media isn’t something that really gets talked about here very often on T3KD. I had an experience today that I thought would make a great blog post. If you didn’t already know, Twitter allows you to have your tweets that you send out (not including replies) to also be posted as statuses on Facebook. A lot of people I know use this feature, but should you send tweets to Facebook? Social Media Automation Ever heard of the term Social Media Automation? If you are active in Social Media and have been for a while, and especially if you do any sort of marketing, you have probably heard of and done this before. Social Media Automation is as simple as having your blog send out a tweet every time you update it, or having some blog posts share at random times of the day via Buffer or HootSuite. However, this can get even more extensive. Thanks to an IFTTT script, my Twitter account automatically follows someone and ads them to a special list any time they share one of my blog posts and include me in a reply. That’s another form of Social Media automation, it just isn’t one that would be …

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Burnout from Facebook use

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Facebook is without a doubt one of the largest social media websites on the Internet today. However, whether due to concerns about privacy issues, or just plain weariness, many users are now turning away or just taking prolonged breaks from Facebook. According to a recent survey, 61% of Facebook users have taken prolonged breaks and a quarter have admitted they plan to spend less time on Facebook.  What does all this mean for Facebook? Those adults who are online are very large market, but a fifth of those adults who admitted they were not Facebook users have stated they used the network only one time before deserting it. Facebook has been criticized time and time again for how it utilizes the content of its members and how it forces changes upon its users. But even with all that, that was not the most popular reason for taking a break from Facebook. Believe it or not, 21% of those who have taken a break from Facebook has said that it lacked the time. Other reasons include losing interest or being a waste of time or having content that is not relevant to their lives. Those security concerns only made up 4% …

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250,000 Accounts Hacked on Twitter

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This seems like a big month, both positive and negative, for Twitter. They recently launched a new video looping application named Vine, at the same time, being ordered by a French court to release the identities of an anti-Semitic group. Now, it has been reported that on Friday afternoon, Twitter was hacked, jeopardizing the accounts of a quarter million users.  So How Did This Attack On Twitter Go Down? In the weeks leading up to the discovery of the attack, Twitter had detected a breach in their networks, but upon investigation, this led to the discovery of a much larger breach. According to Twitter’s Director Of Information Security, Bob Lord, ‘This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later.’ This is hardly encouraging, as he goes on to say ‘our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information.” In response to this attack, twitter went ahead and reset the passwords and seizing session tokens, which allowed users to stay login without entering a password. What Is …

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