Tag Archives: Social Networking

Google+ us!

13 Jul

Have you been able to register for Google+? We have been doing our research on this amazing new social network and all we can say is…wow. Send us a message if you would like an invite! Here are some videos from Google explaining how this newly launched network takes “being connected” to a whole new level:

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you on Google+!

‘Angry Birds’ game coming to Facebook

7 Mar
This could be one of the most addicting games out there! Have you played? Originally posted by Mashable.

By Charlie White, Mashable
March 7, 2011 9:43 a.m. EST | Filed under: Social Media

(Mashable) — Rovio CEO Mikael Hed says the immensely popular “Angry Birds” game is coming to Facebook next month with “completely new aspects to it that just haven’t been experienced in any other platform.”

According to “All Facebook,” Hed used the word “collaborative” to describe aspects of the game, adding that “the pigs will have a more prominent role.”

Take a look at the “Angry Birds” page on Facebook, and you’ll see that something is up. If you “like” the page, Rovio promises to keep you posted on all the latest news about the upcoming “Angry Birds” migration to Facebook.

Other game developers must be envious of the meteoric rise of “Angry Birds.” First it starts out as an iPhone game, then it’s ported to Android, Palm and Nokia, then suddenly there are multiple versions of the game, and it’s showing up on PCs, PSP/PS3, Windows 7 Phone, there’s a movie tie-in, an animated series, and there’s even a 3D version in the works. And next month we’ll be playing it on the largest social network in the world.

Please tell us in the comments how you think “Angry Birds” will do on Facebook, and what you think that collaborative aspect of the game might be.

This Is Your Brain on Facebook

4 Mar

Do you feel better after looking at your Facebook account? When we read this, we immediately thought about how Facebook has changed the way we view Birthdays. Your popularity is usually defined by how many people write those great “Happy Birthday” messages on your special day. Has our self-esteem really come down to the acknowledgement from our “friends” on a social networking site? Originally posted by Fast Company.

BY DAVID ZAX Wed Mar 2, 2011

A new study shows that checking out your profile on Zuck’s network improves self-esteem. Now, there’s something to “like”!

There has been a spate of books and columns recently about the ways the Internet makes us dumber, less happy, less fulfilled. Flying in the face of these theories is a new paper in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. The study, from two Cornell researchers, found that Facebook actually helps boost people’s self-esteem.

“I think that saying that Facebook/the Internet is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is naive and overly simplistic,” one of the researchers, Amy Gonzales, tells Fast Company. “Facebook/the Internet aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Given that, I want to know what that means for human behavior and what implications it may have for human psychology. This is just one small study trying to get at those effects.”

For the study, researchers Amy Gonzales and Jeffrey Hancock gathered 63 students in the university’s Social Media Lab. The students then sat in front of computers, some of which showed their Facebook profiles, some of which showed nothing (the computer was off), and some of which, eerily, had mirrors propped against the computer screen.

The students sat there for three minutes, with the Facebook group permitted to spend three minutes surfing only their page and its associated tabs. When the three minutes was up, everyone was given a questionnaire on self-esteem. The control and mirror groups saw no rise in self-esteem; the Facebook group, however, did.

The students who had edited their profiles during the three minutes felt the highest level of self-esteem. “Unlike a mirror, which reminds us of who we really are and may have a negative effect on self-esteem if that image does not match with our ideal, Facebook can show a positive version of ourselves,” Hancock told Cornell Chronicle. “We’re not saying that it’s a deceptive version of self, but it’s a positive one.”

While a case could be made that many sites might do the same thing, Hancock plans to study the matter further, examining just which aspect of Facebook leads to the boost–whether it’s the self-presentation of an edited album of photos, or whether it’s the encouraging comments on your wall. Gonzales, too, plans to follow up with a study on whether media use in general makes us more, or less, happy. In her new position at the University of Pennsylvania, she has devised a study that will track 150 Philadelphia residents, surveying them several times a day about their interactions with people–whether mediated through technology or in person–and how meaningful they find those relationships.

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Charlie Sheen Sets New Guinness World Record for Twitter

3 Mar
Well since everyone else is talking about it…
Originally posted by Mashable.

RealNetworks Founder Launches Facebook Video Chatting

2 Mar
Gone are the days of poking! The new video chatting app for Facebook allows you to politely “knock.” Originally posted by PCMAG.com.

Sara Yin
By Sara Yin , 2/28/2011

The founder of RealNetworks has launched an app that lets people video chat on Facebook.

Billing itself as a pioneer in “social video” chat, the app enables video chatting for up to nine Facebook users at once, through an Apple FaceTime-like interface. Once you allow the app to access specific Facebook information, you can instantly connect to Facebook friends or video chats related to Facebook Groups and Pages. The app ideally caters to video conferences of five to seven.

“Users can join or start as many groups as they like so they can easily connect to like-minded individuals around common interests, hobbies, Facebook networks, families or anything else. It’s easy to join a group by searching for a topic or joining one of the recommended groups,” the company said in a press release.

Co-founder Rob Glaser, founder and former CEO of RealNetworks, said SocialEyes combines four elements: “the Facebook Social Graph, no-download Flash Video, a group system that lets people easily connect with other people in meaningful ways, and a twitter-like feed – to create a brand new kind of social video experience.”

The other founder, Rob Miller, is a former senior vice president for music products at RealNetworks and co-founder of Avogadro, an instant messaging system.

The technology, demoed on Monday at the DEMO emerging technologies conference in California, is based on Adobe Flash 10 and peer-to-peer video connections.

People can mute their video chats, and if you do, other participants can poke you with a “knock” if they have something important for you to hear.

According to DigitalTrends.com, SocialEyes chose to debut on Facebook to demonstrate its social media capabilities, but could roll out to other social networking platforms in the future.

SocialEyes is available for free in beta at www.socialeyes.com or via Facebook’s apps.

Disney Acquires Social Network For Kids Togetherville

1 Mar

Do you have kids that use Togetherville? Originally posted by TechCrunch.

Leena Rao Feb 23, 2011

Disney has just acquired Togetherville, a social network for kids 10 years of age or younger, we’ve confirmed with the company. Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed at the moment.

Togetherville, which exited beta last year, mimics the experience of adult social networking sites, i.e. Facebook but in an age-appropriate and parent-monitored environment. Togetherville promises a safer, more secure environment, where parents can moderate who their children are connecting with. Parents approve each of their child’s friends, and can also connect with other parents using Facebook’s social graph.

Parents can easily interact with their kids in Togetherville, while kids have their very own social community and login to engage with friends, play games, watch videos, and create art. Children create “neighborhoods” from Facebook friends, and can connect through School Communities, which allows parents and kids connect with school friends without requiring the parents to be connected via Facebook.

We were tipped off on the acquisition by a reader. The site’s terms of service, it states: “Welcome to the Internet sites of the Walt Disney Internet Group (“WDIG”). “WDIG Sites” include Disney.com, ABCNEWS.com, ABC.com, ESPN.com, DisneyShopping.com, Go.com, Movies.com, FamilyFun.com, and other Internet sites on which these terms of use are posted.” Another clue is CEO and founder Mandeep Dhillon’s LinkedIn profile, which now states he is “Vice President, Togetherville at The Walt Disney Company.”