Months back, Facebook introduced a feature called lists which was suppose to give you some additional control over who could see your posts, but today Facebook revealed that less than 5% of members actually use the feature. It seems that this is due in part to the fact that lists is hard to get set up and use. So now, Facebook is replacing lists with Groups, which is supposed to be easier to manage and should give you better control of which friends can see what you post and when.
Last week saw the launch of Facebook’s new Geolocation service known simply as Places. All the big players in the Geolocation space were present, Foursquare, Yelp, Gowalla, Booyah, to the surprise of many. Surely, Facebook’s new service spells the demise of the little guys, right? Who can possibly stand up to the social media giant?
Don’t bury the little guys just yet. The day after Places launched, Foursquare reported the largest single day membership increase in the history of the company. Foursquare is rapidly approaching the 3 million-member mark which is significant since it was just back in late April that they logged member number 1 million. It only took them 13 months to hit that target, and now, four months later it appears that they will have tripled that number.
Great news for all you DViceNews fans out there and for everyone that likes to watch great videos on the newest tech. DViceNews has launched a new YouTube channel in an effort to bring new product and news videos to all of our excellent readers and fans.
On August 18th, DViceNews posted our first unboxing video. We filmed a video unboxing on the brand new Motorola Droid 2 by Verizon. Our friends at Verizon were kind enough to provide us with a demo model of the newly launched Smartphone so we could provide our readers with even more up-to-date coverage on what’s new in tech.
Facebook made a big announcement this evening, Wednesday, August 18. They are now a part of the small group that brings us the Geolocation/Check-In services that are gaining popularity. Facebook’s version is known as Places and is supposed to be ready to download to your iPhone on Wednesday evening. If you already have the Facebook app for iPhone, you’ll simply have to download the update when it is available. At the time I was writing this, the update was not ready. You can also access Places at touch.facebook.com on any Smartphone that supports GPS location services. The Places product was not yet available on the mobile site when I was writing this article, either.
I went to log into my Amazon.com account today to take a look at what new Kindle books I should be considering. When I arrived at the site it required me to login. I clicked the link to sign into my account and after I had entered my login creds, I was presented with an opportunity to participate in the all-new Facebook on Amazon.com BETA. I had no idea this was even in the works.
In their July 8, 2010 blog post, Facebook has announced that they are doing away with the gift store on August 1 of this year. Jared Morgenstern, co creator of the gift store and product manager for games and credits writes that they have made this decision in an effort to focus more of their product development efforts on the big things that people use every day such as photos, the news feed, mail and games.
On Thursday, Facebook gave users another tool to help them facilitate communication and get more involved in group conversations. Social is the name of the game on Facebook and the social giant continues to look for ways to make the community more interactive.
Now, facebook users have the ability to “like” comments posted by other users. In the past, you were able to “like” the original post and you could make comments on that post, but you were limited to only commenting on other users comments. Now, as of Thursday, you can indicate how you feel about another users comment by clicking like.
It looks like Apple is embracing social media and facebook in particular. There are snippets of code in the iOS 4 master build which developers are using to create content for the device. iOS 4 could allow users to upload full 480x480p at a rate of 30fbs direct to facebook. Apple’s other devices may jump on the bandwagon in the near future via HTML5 file format that Apple has been pushing instead of allowing Flash. Once perfected, we expect to see Apple’s Steve Jobs mentioning this functionality to the press.