Behold! The New TweetDeck

Mashable provides an overview of the many changes to TweetDeck that they just rolled out of an extended beta period. From the article (includes video):

” Twitter has also taken this opportunity to refocus users on its own services. So Twitter’s TweetDeck defaults to Twitter’s URL shortener and Twitter’s photo services. Old TweetDeck delivered photos to YFrog by default and still used for URLs. You can still choose to use these services, but with them now hidden behind a settings menu choice it’s unlikely TweetDeck users will ever use them again. “

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Facebook Gobbles Up Gowalla

CNN Money reports that Facebook made a move in the Location Services area by acquiring Foursquare competitor Gowalla. The company will apparently roll Gowalla into their Timeline feature/service. Articles and analysis from:

Mashable  ” The majority of Gowalla’s employees, including founder Josh Williams, are set to move from the company’s Austin, Texas, headquarters to Facebook’s in Palo Alto, Calif., to work on Facebook’s Timeline feature, according to the report “.

VentureBeat ” Other Facebook acquisitions include Beluga, Hot Potato,, Snaput, and Digital Staircase. In most instances, the company is buying the companies not for their apps or technology, but to get access to talented engineers.  “

CNET ” Austin-based Gowalla launched in 2009 but has had difficulty competing against Foursquare in the market for location-sharing apps.”

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Marvelous Team Up: Quepasa meets MyYearbook

The mergers and acquisitions continue as two mid-sized social networks with strong social gaming platforms merge. Latino orientedQuepasa and MyYearbook will form a much more formidable network to challenge Facebook and the fast growing Google+. Articles and analysis from:

GigaOM ” Quepasa CEO John Abbott said the merger with MyYearbook, with its strong growth and product focus, will allow Quepasa to become a leader in social discovery and help drive larger growth for the combined company, particularly in mobile where it doesn’t appear to have much of a presence. “

TechCrunch ” Quepasa CEO, John Abbott says that the acquisition and merger doubles the size of Quepasa’s existing user base, and also could represent a new growth area for Quepasa’s mobile and social games, advertising, and virtual currency. “

Marketwatch (includes video) ” In the shadow of Facebook, two smaller social networks are liking each other: Quepasa Corp. said it is buying fellow social network in a deal valued at $100 million. “

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Google+ Challenges Facebook for Social Network Supremacy

With Google entering the social networking industry, Facebook sand Twitter suddenly have some very stiff competition. Articles and analysis from:

International Business Times  ” The implications of this are huge. Instead of creating a social network “destination” on the Internet, Google can, in-fact, turn the whole of the Internet social. In Google’s world, users won’t go and see their friends, but their friends could potentially be part of every video, chat, purchase and find across the Internet. “

The Seattle Times  ” Like Facebook, Google+ tries to help you expand your network by offering suggestions of those with whom you might want to connect. The list is based on mutual connections or interactions you’ve had with individuals using other Google products. “

TechNewsWorld ”  Google+ is still in its early stages, though, so it’s unclear just how worried Facebook should be. One thing Facebook has on its side is the physics of social media gravity. Facebook is right now closing in on a billion members, and people are naturally going to want to stay with whatever network most of their friends are already part of. “

InformationWeek  ” It is very clear to me, both from Google’s recent move as well as Facebook’s estimated market capitalization ($70 billion, according to CBS MoneyWatch), how much is riding on social networking. ” 




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Marvelous Team Up: Facebook meets Spotify

Social networking giant Facebook will team with online music streaming service Spotify according to sources. Articles and analysis from:

Forbes  ” Spotify already has Facebook Connect integrated into its own desktop interface, allowing users to see what their friends on Facebook are listening to, and opt to have music choices show up on their news feeds. The new service on the Facebook platform will have similar social features. “

Financial Post ” Once launched, users will be able to download the Spotify application on their own computer or access the firm’s expansive musical database remotely through Facebook “

Huffington Post  ” Amazon, Google, Apple, and now Facebook: The social network is reportedly preparing to launch a streaming music service in a partnership with music startup Spotify. “

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Are you on The Social List?

The Sunday Times launches a new service called “The Social List” that tracks who is the most active in social networks. Articles and analysis from:

PRNewswire (Press Release) ” Drawing information from the four biggest social networks – Foursquare, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook – The Sunday Times Social List system adds up your social networking activity and measures how much interest it generates amongst your friends and colleagues in order to work out how well you score. “

Scribbal “Upon signing up users are allocated a rank and given a badge which is subject to change depending on how well they perform in the rankings. On the results page, users can see a list of the top 2,000 “socially wealthy” people (meaning the top social media users), and just like technology, the list is ever evolving, so it changes daily. “

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Do Social Networks Create Distractions at Work? provides a report that shows that social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter seriously disrupt work efficiency on the job. From the article:

” The proliferation of collaboration and social tools designed to increase productivity is actually costing businesses millions of dollars per year in lost productivity, according to a survey of more than 500 employees in U.S. businesses of all sizes conducted by online market research firm uSamp (United Sample) and commissioned by social email software provider “

Also, PC Worls provides analysis of the report here

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