Cheers to Google for celebrating 13 years!
Facebook revealed at it’s F8 Developers conference, that they are coupling with Spotify to bring the ability to stream and share music to Facebook.
As part of its new Open Graph app platform, Facebook has partnered with a host of music companies to bring real-time music streaming and discovery to the timeline.
Launch partners include Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG, Rdio, Soundcloud, Earbits, Vevo, Slacker Radio and Songza reports Mashable.
I know there is bound to be an uproar about this whole ‘Facebook Timeline’ but quite frankly I love it… so many unique features and ‘featured’ areas to share with friends and family. And activity amongst your friends just got that much easier to filter out.
Facebook Timeline is what you’d call a recap of everything that has EVER happened in your Facebook lifespan. It’s pretty much your personal story book of your life that you’ve helped pretty much document online over the course of your relationship with Facebook.
Well if you’re antsy, there’s steps below on how to get the new Facebook Timeline profile, otherwise just wait it out, everyone will have it come September 29th.
You too can get the new profile before it’s official release … and it takes just about 5minutes
Now you can be a part of the Panda updates by blocking websites that provide less than useful information. The best part is it’s easy to do, all you have to do is log into your Google account and start looking up whatever your heart desires.
Once you have checked out a link and decide that the content on there was irrelevant, unhelpful – you hit the back button, right? Now once back on the search results page something amazing has happened, a note has appeared beneath or next to the link:
Once clicked, like magic Google removes all the links that came from that domain and now your search is that much more relevant to what you were looking for. OOPS! Chose the wrong link? No problem, click ‘undo’ and you are good to go.
Now this super power hasn’t been around for very long, only since March, and it wasn’t until Panda’s global roll out that Google began looking at this blocked data as well as their Chrome Personal Blocklist extension as useful tool.
This has not rolled out to non-U.S. websites, but keep your eyes open for a new ‘experiment’ in the near future.
If you’re on Google+ you may have noticed your quick click link in the top left had corner today. Wow that was a tongue twister. You now have the ability to reach your Google+ profile in one click on the vanity ‘+yourname’ located in the top left corner. Simple and subtle change. Nice work Google!
You may have noticed some changes when you logged into Facebook this morning and a stream of angry status updates about the changes as well. Here’s a lil run down of the changes and how to understand what’s happening on Facebook today.
News Feed: See What Matters at the Top
One of the new changes is the news feed. “News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper,” Facebook says in a blog post. Facebook has removed “Top Stories and Most Recent” links on the top of the News Feed and replaced it with a feed that adjusts content based on the last time you checked it. If you haven’t been on Facebook for a few days it will pull the top stories from your network. If you’re a more frequent visitor of Facebook, your News Feed will act on the most recent content in chronological order. Facebook has also given the ability to mark and unmark a “Top Story” in your news feed. Photos are also going to be a lot larger while you’re scrolling through as well.
Ticker: Join Friends in Real-Time
The second change to take affect is the real-time ticker on the right side of the page. Sometimes there’s a lag with the “News Feed” and depending on how many friends you have things can get missed or overlooked. “Ticker shows you the same stuff you were already seeing on Facebook, but it brings your conversations to life by displaying updates instantaneously. Now when a friend comments, asks a question or shares something like a check in, you’ll be able to join the conversation right away. Click on anything in ticker to see the full story and chime in – without losing your place”, says Facebook.
Birthday Wishes: All in one spot
Sending Birthday wishes just got a lil easier with less steps. Now when you see the individuals who are celebrating their birthday on the right side of your “News Feed” you will be able to now send them a wish without visiting their page. You can now send everyone a birthday wish by simply click on the birthdays icon and a pop up will reveal itself with an option to input a message right there for each individual. You can keep track of who you’ve already wished a happy birthday and whom is still needing some birthday love!
There are definitely a lot more changes to come and minor tweaks happening all the time on Facebook but hope this clears up a little about what’s happened with Facebook today!
Late last night, Facebook made a subtle change to the navigation bar at the top, it is now locked in place. What does this mean? You know have a view of notifications at all times. Sure you get the little pop up bubble on the bottom left hand corner but now you will see the friend requests, messages, and notifications at all times in the navigation bar.
Look familiar? You guessed it! Both Twitter and Google+ have implemented this subtle improvement to their sites as well over the course of the last month. For anyone who’s ever tried to catch up on News Feed updates and found themselves pages below the navigation bar when they received a notification, this is a welcome change. No more losing your place to find out you only got invited to an event you really don’t want to attend anyway.
Looks like things just got a little sweeter for Facebook. With all the changes this week who knew, this one was coming? Miramax is partnering with Facebook to launch an app to allow users to rent movies directly from Facebook.It’s still in the young beginning stages, so it’s limited to 20 titles for the U.S. but will open up more titles in time.
Access will include computer, t.v., smartphone and other platforms in which you’re able to access Facebook.
Rentals will cost about 30 Facebook credits, which in real money amounts to $3. Once you’ve rented the movie you will have 48 hours to finish the movie. Now keep in mind the app is still in beta but should be available immediately.
I personally think $3 is still a bit pricey per a rental, but Facebook is truly turning into your one stop shop. If they could iron out the prices to be a lil more competitively cheaper, why would you go anywhere else?
When you thought that reading the feed of your beloved friends wasn’t enough, Facebook did it again and in came a Subscribe button! That’s right. Facebook has rolled out a new feature that will now allow you the opportunity to hear the ‘voice’ of celebrities, journalists, prominent figures and other people as well. Just simply click the Subscribe button and bam! Their public updates are now in your News Feed.
No worries. You’ll be able to control what it is exactly that you are subscribing to. Whether it be the game updates, events, etc. so you’re not ambushed with a ridiculous amount of news.
A user will have the option of adding a “subscribe” button to their profile to enable people who are not their friends to see their public updates in their News Feeds, rather than having to visit their profile page directly. You will then receive a notification when someone has signed up to see your updates, and will have the option of controlling who can comment on and “like” your posts.
“We want to give people more control over what people see in their News Feeds,” Gleit said. “Facebook is growing quickly and people have more and more friends, but they care about different people more or less, and different stories more or less.”
“Social Media Revolution” by Erik Qualman. Based on #1 International Best Selling Book Socialnomics by Erik Qualman. This is a shorter version that includes new social media statistics for 2011.