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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WhatsApp Is Now Bigger Than Twitter

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In 2009, WhatsApp was introduced to the world. Based in Silicon Valley, WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging service that saves people from carrier SMS text messaging charges which have been on the rise lately. This app now has more than 200 million active users. The company CEO, Jan Koum, was speaking earlier this week at the Dive into Mobile Conference and has mentioned that they are currently processing 20 billion messages everyday of which 12 billion are outbound and 8 million are inbound. He also announced that “WhatsApp is now bigger than Twitter”. Jan Koum did not share any specific figures though. This almost-free messaging app is available for iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Nokia. Nokia even put a dedicated key on its recently released Nokia Asha 210. WhatsApp is seen as an internet based threat to messaging than as a competitor to social networks like Facebook and Twitter even though some features overlap. Koum has announced that WhatsApp will not be following Facebook and Twitter in carrying advertisement within the app. They intend to keep the subscription model of 1$ per year for the foreseeable future. Koum also denied rumors that the company is in talks with Google to sell …

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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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Twitter for Windows 8 Available Now

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Twitter has been rapidly growing since it was just an in-house communication tool but it’s relationships with third-party products and even “official” apps has been a little rocky as of late – see the rise and fall of Tweetdeck (both the standalone software and the IOS app) if you don’t believe me. So when Twitter for Windows 8 was announced it was with cautious excitement that we approached. Thankfully, it looks like the software is here to stay and it incorporates some features that integrate it more fluidly into the OS than has ever been possible. Windows guys will tell you it harnesses the power of the new operating system – I think Twitter just took clues from previous third-party integration attempts and ran with them. Twitter for Windows 8 Features You’ll Love The first thing you’ll notice is that the Twitter for Windows 8 software utilizes an integrated “Share” charm. This is easily accessible no matter what else you’re doing and allows you (with one click) to share your links, photos, and hate-filled rants flawlessly. There’s no more booting up a third-party application like Tweetdeck or having to log in to Twitter official. Just point, click, and post. The …

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TweetDeck App Shutdown by Twitter

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When Twitter first acquired TweetDeck back in 2011, users of the service were thrilled that they would finally have the backing of the original company behind one of their favorite ways to tweet and twit from their Android and iOS devices. It featured a slick UI that enabled users to schedule their tweets, organize their feeds in a unique way that was unavailable in other apps, and allowed them to manage and monitor as many accounts as they wanted all from the same window. For its time it was revolutionary, but all good things must come to an end and so today, Twitter announced they would officially be discontinuing support for the app on Google Play and in the App Store come May 1st. Fans of the service will still be able to access it through mobile web browsers and have an identical experience when logging in over the desktop versions on Mac, Windows, or Chrome, but as far as being able to press a button and have it all working and available on your phone or tablet you’ll now have to set a browser bookmark to get it linked on a speed dial basis. In a statement, Twitter reiterated …

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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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