This slideshare presentation on How to find a job using Twitter by Jarkko Sjoman is very clever – very Mad Men. All the backdrops are scenes from the Mad Men television show. Fun to look at while you make sense of the tips – such as – “build your network before you need it”.
Google has added strong tools to Google + for online photo editing. Stephen Shankland describes them as sophisticated and responsive. Tools are only available through Chrome. I wonder what this will mean for Picasa?
Google+ gets sophisticated array of photo editing tools by Stephen Shankland, CNet (Sep 12)
The new tools open up a wide range of fine-tuning possibilities for the sort of person who might use consumer photo-editing tools like iPhoto or Photoshop Elements. You can tweak Google’s auto-enhance editing choices, edit the entire photo or selected parts of it, and apply a number of highly customizable filter effects.
LinkedIn by the Numbers: 2 New Members Every Second, Bloomberg (May 9) – Video
LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with more than 225 million users, will make $169 million in pre-tax profits this year and grows by 2 new users every second. Bloomberg’s Emily Chang explains how they do it.
Linkedin Today has a new look and new channels to make it easier for people to follow news in their fields. See — LinkedIn Today Introduces Content Channels (EContent May 9)
You’ll see “Your News”, Influencer Posts, All Influencers, All Channels.
Delicious has connections with Twitter and Facebook. Sign in through one of those and have links you’ve tweeted or liked or entered there be captured in your Delicious collection. Good idea. Also some smaller improvements. Every bit counts. See the Delicious blog — Springing Forward at Delicious (Mar 28)
Welcome news – LinkedIn’s New Search Aims For More Engagement With Autocomplete, Unified Results And Improved Alerts in TechCrunch.
… one of the first big overhauls that the search function has had in years, with new features including improved autocomplete and suggested phrasing by way of a new algorithm; unified searches across different product categories; and an improved ability to save searches.
Would you like to know what your Facebook Likes reveal about you? Hard to resist. YouAreWhatYouLike can tell you this with a one-click personality test. Tina Sieber at MakeUseOf describes the work of UK researchers behind in You Are What You Like on Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips] (Mar 20)
The program selects Likes that it has determined have predictive qualities. Overall I thought its analysis of me was somewhat true, although it may be what I want to present. I agree with Sieber in her assessment: “To be honest, in part my results reveal more how I would like to be perceived, rather than how I really am.”
Conclusion points out that:
The study is a reminder that habitual data collected online, including Facebook Likes, browsing histories, search queries, or online purchases, can reveal a lot about us. The researchers draw a positive conclusion and say that these data can be used to automatically customize and thus improve services, marketing, and product recommendations. However, they also caution that the data could easily be used without the user’s consent and without them noticing.
Rash of news about Facebook’s changes to the news feeds to make content specific feeds possible. Good.
News Feed’s design finally catches up with Timeline, VentureBeat (Mar 7) – described the before situation.
As founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg just announced at his company’s headquarters this morning, he wants Facebook’s News Feed to be each user’s “best personalized newspaper you can have” with social and local updates on a variety of topics.
We’ll be able to define the kind of feed.
An “all friends” feed to give you a full firehose of updates. It also has a “following” feed to show only branded content from news organizations and companies you’re following — a much-requested feature from people. The “music” feed shows music-related sharing and activity, plus photos or updates from musicians’ Pages. And the “photos” feed shows off the visual side of your network.
Facebook Launches Feeds For Photos, Music, Friends-Only, And More by Josh Constine, Techcrunch (Mar 7) has a video to prepare us for when the rollout arrives.
Marc Sullivan at PCWorld prepared this guide to the new navigation – Hands on with Facebook’s new News Feed
Pew Internet did some digging into how attached Facebook users really are to this social network. Coming and Going on Facebook (Feb 5)
Two thirds (67%) of online adults in the United States are members of Facebook – it is the most popular social networking service. But 61% of those users said they have taken extensive breaks from it for such reasons as they were too busy (21%), content was too boring or gossipy (at least 20%), and they were worried about security and privacy (4%)..
Of those who don’t use Facebook at all, 20% said they used to but quit for much the same reasons existing users took breaks.
A substantial number of people, including younger users, said they intend to spend less time in the coming year. “Some 38% of Facebook users ages 18-29 expect to spend less time using the site in 2013. “ However, the majority in all age brackets anticipate no decline in their visits to Facebook.
Facebook reported having 1.06 billion monthly active users at the end of 2012 ( from The Next Web, Jan 30) , with 618 million daily active users and 680 million monthly active mobile.
At Bing you can tag pages as being related to you or your friends – do this at Bing Tags – then those tagged pages show up in Facebook timelines. Barry Schwartz described it in Bing Linked Pages Now Called Bing Tags (Dec 21, 2012). Bing has said that these tags can be public – though this depends on your privacy settings. Danny Sullivan describes all the pieces involved in this tagging process –
Bing Tags Expands, Makes Pages Linked To Your Profile Public (Jan 22). You may conclude as I have that this is far too much bother and will probably flop.