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Twitter wants to bring back intimacy – could replace follower count with new metric

Twitter has lost its intimacy and it’s not their fault. The site has grown beyond everyone’s expectations becoming a place for Middle East Revolution and celebrity obsession. For chatting with your favorite company and following the best news sources. But all this growth lost the warmth of having a quality groups of friends to Tweet.

The company has plans to change this, as Buzzfeed reports, “follower counts may soon become the second most important number to users.” Twitter Board Member, Ev Williams, hinted that the new metric may be something more personal. Like measuring your reach through favorites, retweets, and views. “The dream metric,” he said, “is how many people saw your tweet.”

This could be an interesting change for the company. They cannot diminish the value of followers for big brands since they are making a truckload of money off it. But for regular people followers don’t mean much, they want quality interactions and interesting people.

This could be a big move for Twitter and a necessary one because Facebook is already doing it.

 

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Facebook app allows you to compare energy use with your neighbors

From Cyprus Mail (the island in the Mediterranean):

Find out how much electricity you consume compared to your friends, those in your neighbourhood, or even your district with Facebook application ‘Social Electricity’, which uses data from the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) to help people save energy.

 

I love this idea. I’ve always wanted to know how much my neighbor uses, but could you imagine the privacy implications? Opt-in is a must, but I do like bringing in the community element of being green.

What do you think?

 

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New WordPress plugin from Facebok – Facebook for WordPress

Users of blogging platform WordPress can now take advantage of greater integration with Facebook following the social network’s release of a plugin that enables features such as social publishing and mentions.

The plugin allows users of both platforms to cross-post their WordPress content to their timeline profiles and pages they manage, as well as to add the names of pages or friends to the posts.

It also allows bloggers to use these widgets:

  • Activity Feed: Displays friends’ activity, including likes and comments.
  • Recommendations: Allows users to offer readers personalized suggestions for pages, as well as a Recommendations Bar option that enables users the option to add content to their timelines as they read.
  • Customizable buttons for like, subscribe, and send.
  • Comments Box: Enables readers to comment on WordPress sites and post back to Facebook, including moderation tools and automatic search-engine-optimization support for Facebook comments visibility.

 

via All Facebook

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Have you downloaded the new Facebook Camera iPhone app?

Today, we’re introducing Camera, a new mobile app that makes using Facebook photos faster and easier.

See friends’ photos all in one place
When you launch the app, you’ll see a feed of just great photos from the people you care about. You can swipe to see more of any album or tap to enlarge an individual photo.

Share multiple photos fast
Now you can quickly share multiple photos all at once instead of having to post one at a time.

Get it in the App Store.

 

 

from the Facebook Newsroom

 

And, in case you were wondering how this relates to Instagram:

We know that Facebook is serious about photos. Heck, it dropped a cool $1 billion on Instagram, the immensely popular mobile photo-sharing app.

What we didn’t know, however, is that Facebook was essentially building its own version of a standalone mobile photo-sharing application, ostensibly to compete with Instagram before it took over the mobile photo-sharing world completely.

How do I know that?

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La Niña leaves on Thursday – El Niño could be coming

Changes are brewing in the equatorial Pacific, and they could profoundly affect weather across the U.S. and much of the globe next winter and spring.

La Nina, which has held sway since last fall, will be officially declared a goner Thursday, an official at the Climate Prediction Center in Maryland told InsideClimate News. And while nobody is quite certain what will happen next, some long-range forecast models are pointing to the possible emergence of the opposite phenomenon: El Nino.

Climate scientists are still trying to determine what role climate change plays in the La Nina/El Nino cycle. One study by scientists with NASA and the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle suggests global warming may already be affecting the intensity and impacts of El Nino.

Regardless of climate change’s role, a shift away from this year’s La Nina could dramatically alter temperature, precipitation and extreme-weather patterns.

…keep readingAdios, La Nina. Hola, El Nino?

 

// Photo – Vinoth Chandar

The new $180 million game – Play Pictionary with your friends, called Draw Something

The game is super fun and addictive. The first time I opened the iPhone app I played for an hour and a half. I drew all sorts of ridiculous things with my finger, which made them horribly bad, but also over-the-top funny.

The game has become so popular in the last 6 weeks that Zynga bought the entire company, OMGPOP, for $180 million based on this one game.

It plays kinda like Pictionary except over the internet. Which means that your drawing is recorded and then sent to the other player. You receive the video and watch the other player draw something while you try to guess what it is.

An old concept but with the dawn of social networks we know have hundreds more people to play with. No more Saturday night game night. You can play while waiting at the airport, like I did.

Go ahead and try it, and challenge me to a game if you want!

iPhone/iPad app

Android Store

Friend me on Facebook and challenge me to draw something!