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LinkedIn Introduces The â€œHow Youâ€™re Connectedâ€ Feature
LinkedIn has now added a new feature to the site called: â€œHow Youâ€™re Connectedâ€. The objective behind the introduction of this new feature (as the name suggests) is to aid the LinkedIn members in introducing each other. The company has rolled out this latest update to the English member of LinkedIn already. In due course of time, this feature will provide better insights to users.
Thanks to this new feature, users on visiting a LinkedIn profile will not only be able to see their network but will also see members from your network that have connections in the network of the profile you view. The company is hoping that users will benefit from this feature by making better connections on the professional front.Â
Here is an example provided by LinkedIn:
So letâ€™s say youâ€™re an advertising professional looking for an introduction to the CMO of a company youâ€™d love to do business with. You might find one mutual connection attended school with her before she kick started her career but another worked with her recently on a very high-profile campaign. Chances are, the connection that worked with her recently is more likely to have a stronger, more relevant connection and therefore be the best source for an introduction.
Of course, this feature might not work best at every instance but at least it will help users to understand networks and make connections in a more simple and streamlined manner. It also helps in erasing confusion when users are looking to make new connections. Overall, this is great new feature introduced by LinkedIn that will benefit users in long run.
New Tool That Detects Trends Even Before They Trend On Twitter
US based company Dataminr has launched a new tool for Twitter that predicts trends before they actually begin trending on Twitter. This new tool has been built for journalists that want to curate news as soon as possible ahead of competition. The aim of this tool is help journalists get hold of new stories before they are extensively reported.Â
This toll has been built by Twitter in partnership with media giant CNN. The teams at CNN have been using this tool for almost half a year now and it has greatly helped them to source content for stories.Â
This tool helps in predicting trends based on an algorithm that evaluates Twitter feeds based on clustered reports and geo-location. This tool also distinguishes news by means of the source that is whether the news has originated from a credible source or a citizen journalist.Â
This tool is of great help to journalists to get to a new during its early stage of development rather than before it blows up and is reported by everybody.Â As soon as the tool spots a trend, it alerts the reporters and editors. It also gathers information like videos and pictures about a potential event.Â
As per CNN, this Dataminr For News has been of immense help to gather news and spot trends over the last six months. It has greatly helped the editors to direct their reporters to follow up the best stories and gather information before everyone else.Â
Paper â€“ Facebookâ€™s New News-Reading App for iPhone
Social media giant Facebook has now launched Paper for iPhone. Paper is Facebookâ€™s app for news reading. This app has been launched to compete with Flipboard. This new app is slated for release on 3rd February 2014 in America. Paper is positioned as an app that will be enhance the user experience especially with regards to pictures, videos and interaction from the users perspective. Some of the worldâ€™s most credible news sources will be utilized by the app to pull news content.
Flipboard is an aggregator of news that presents it in the form of layout of that of a magazine. Facebook has positioned Paper to compete against Flipboard. The estimated user base of Flipboard is around 85 million.Â Flipboard is currently valued at $800m. With the help of Paper, Facebook users will be able to read their news feed without clutter and in a more streamlined manner.
With Paper, Facebook users will also be able to post stories directly to Facebook with the help of its new editor that looks like contemporary web publishing tool permitting users to see their posts before they are published. Paper is the first new product to emerge out of the companyâ€™s new brand â€“ Create Labs. As of now there is no information about the release of Paper on android and other platforms.
LinkedIn Files Lawsuit Against Unidentified Hackers
After being subject to an attack from hackers, in which they created several fake accounts to â€œscrapeâ€ data of profile. As per the documents in the public domain, this attack was a result of several bots (automated) via computers that were leased from Amazon.
The legal counsel of LinkedIn have stated it cost the company $5,000 in the process of tackling the hackers.Â The lawsuit was filed at the Northern District of California court.
LinkedInâ€™s statement to the court has stated the following:
"Since May 2013, unknown persons and/or entities employing various automated software programs (often referred to as "bots") have registered thousands of fake LinkedIn member accounts and have extracted and copied data from many member profile pages. This practice, known as data 'scraping,' is explicitly barred by LinkedIn's User Agreement, which prohibits access to LinkedIn through scraping, spidering, crawling or other technology or software used to access data without the express written consent of LinkedIn or its Members."
LinkedInâ€™s spokesperson Richard George said:
â€œWeâ€™re a members-first organization and we feel we have a responsibility to protect the control that our members have over the information they put on LinkedIn.â€
There is no evidence that can specifically identify the hackers but the company claims the attack was carried out via Amazonâ€™s Elastic Compute Cloud. The motive of the hackers is not understood as yet but LinkedIn claims that damage that has caused the company is not reparable.
Is It Finally Time For Twitter To Deal With Abusive Trolls?
It is a well-known fact that Twitter has given birth to â€œkeyboard warriorsâ€ off late. These are users that abuse celebrities or other Twitter users. Sometimes this borders on criminality, as the abuse can be racial in nature. In other cases people have been found threatening other users with death and violence. Twitter and social media is a place where opinion makers are now using to tap into an audience. Trolls are using it to launch attacks on people with different opinions to theirs.Â
Hence the question keeps arising whether Twitter should devise a policy where abuses, racist comments and death threats should be a strict non-negotiable when it comes to their policy. It is no longer social networking when a nameless and faceless stranger for making a comment or opinion contrary to theirs abuses you on a public platform.
The latest high-profile case of abuse and racism on Twitter emerged on January 21 when a user began racial abusing ex-footballer Stan Collymore. This then snowballed into a huge controversy when CNNâ€™s chat show host, Piers Morgan leapt to the defense of Collymore. Piers Morgan was abused by the same user and was sent a death threat via a tweet.
Piers Morgan then went after the user whose name wasÂ @philliplad by asking his 3.9 million users if they knew him or had any information about him. Morgan apparently got some information about the user. He then tweeted to Facebook co-founder Jack Dorsey about the same incident.Â
Piers Morgan then went on to report the offender/s to the Metropolitan Police of the UK, as he was a UK twitter user. The offender however continued to taunt Morgan despite knowing well what he said was a criminal offense.Â
The entire saga was played out on Twitter. It happened as stated below:
@PhilippLad @piersmorgan @StanCollymore He's a cotton field n****r, you're a fat c***. both deserve a horrible and painful death
@piersmorgan Jan 21
Who is @PhilippLad ? Let's see how big, tough and racist he's feeling by the time I've finished with him.
Piers Morgan â€@piersmorgan Jan 21
The law is crystal clear...racially abusing someone & making death threats are both crimes in the UK. As @PhilippLad will soon discover.
Hi @Twitter - this person > @PhilippLadÂ is making death threats & racially abusing people on his timeline. I suggest you do something.
Hi @metpoliceuk - this person > @PhilippLad is making death threats & racially abusing people on his timeline. I suggest you do something.
Piers Morgan â€@piersmorgan Jan 21
Anyone who knows @PhilippLad please contact me. I'm going to wipe the ugly, vile smirk off his racist little face.
Piers Morgan â€@piersmorgan Jan 21
Hi @TwitterUK - this person > @PhilippLadÂ is making death threats & racially abusing people on his timeline. I suggest you do something.
Piers Morgan â€@piersmorgan Jan 21
Hi @jack - this person > @PhilippLad is making death threats & racially abusing people on his timeline. Over to you.
@PhilippLad he'll get me suspended, but he's not going to 'catch me' lmao
@PhilippLad You promised to catch me @piersmorgan, How stupid of you lmao
@WMPolice We can confirm @StaffsPolice are investigating alleged abusive tweets to @StanCollymore.
CONFIRMED: Police investigating vile racist death threats to @StanCollymore
Piers Morgan â€@piersmorgan Jan 21
I'll now leave @StaffsPolice to do their job. Racist taunts & death threats both criminal offenses. The culprits will be dealt with.
Twitter then suspended the accounts of the offenders and the Straffordshire Police is now investigating the case of racism and abuse. Hence this raises the broader question of whether there must be some sort of verification or filter for Twitter users. The current system is giving rise to a lot of negativity and lowering down the public discourse to a whole new low.
Facebook May Be Doomed By 2017Â
Latest report emerging out have suggested that social media giant Facebook may lose up to 80% of its users in the year 2017. This surely is bad news for the company especially after the emergence of new sites like Snapchat.Â
Scholars at Princeton University carried out this latest research that projected the 80% decline in the Facebook user base. The research has made use of the Google Trends, which indicate the most searched topics and have concluded a steep decline in the interest shown by users.Â
"Facebook has already reached the peak of its popularity and has entered a decline phase. The future suggests that Facebook will undergo a rapid decline in the coming years, losing 80 percent of its peak user base between 2015 and 2017. Eventually, users begin to leave and recovery spreads infectiously as users begin to lose interest in the social network "
As of today, Facebook is valued at $139 billion and is accessed by more than a billion users across the globe. The search trends from the research as shown a nice analogy with what happened in the case of MySpace. It peaked in 2008 before it crashed eventually. Even Facebook now has peaked in December 2012 and is expected to decline by 2017.
As per the research report, most people that create accounts on social media sites lose interest after a few years. This report has placed together trends shown by other prominent sites that peaked and crashed eventually.Â
Professor Daniel Miller from University College of London has predicted that Facebookâ€™s eventual replacement will come in the form of Twitter and Snapchat.Â
London Affiliate Conference 6th - 9th of February
Every Year, iGaming Affiliates, payment providers, iGaming Consultancy companies and Operators are gathering together in London for LAC.
The London Affiliate Conference was a huge success last year, with over 3,000 people in attendance.
This year, for the 8th London Affiliate Conference there will be loads of exhibitions and networking events and hopefully more than 3,000 people will join.
TheÂ iGB Affiliate AwardsÂ will be held during LAC and Simka Consulting has been nominated this year for the 'Best Bingo Affiliate' award.
The Financial Partners Expo will also be taking place alongside LAC 2014. This one day event, taking place on the 6th February 2014, is the largest dedicated expo for affiliates and introducing brokers within the retail finance sector.Â
Having out grown Old Billingsgate this year LAC is moved to Earls Court Brompton Hall. This new larger space will allow exhibitors and sponsors a multitude of exciting new opportunities. Â
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Top 5 Social Media Acquisitions In The Year Gone By
Mergers and acquisitions are not as rare as they used to be a few years back. Brands are collaborating with each other more than ever and this trend of acquiring a start-up with promise is here to stay. When it comes to social media, companies are constantly on the lookout for the best brands that could take the social universe my storm. We have seen the sudden eruption in the number of social apps and games being developed by companies in hope of them being acquired by the industry bigwigs. Here on this blog post, we review the Top 5 social media acquisitions of the year-gone bye.
Yahooâ€™s acquisition of Tumblr
Yahoo acquired Blogging site Tumblr in 2013. Tumblr is platform that allows and has access to an audience of younger demographic. This acquisition will boost the audience of Yahoo and help them deliver better content to readers.Â
Twitterâ€™s acquisition of MoPub
2013 was a great year for Twitter, not only did they go public but they surged ahead of their traditional social media rival Facebook.Â MoPub is a mobile ad network and it is clear from this move that Twitter will encourage advertising and add as many revenue streams to their business model as possible.
Twitterâ€™s acquisition of Vine
Vine really took the world by surprise in 2013. This short video sharing site was a rage and Twitter realized its potential really soon. Instagram and Facebook then replicated this unique offering of video sharing on social media sites as well.
Facebookâ€™s acquisition of Atlas
Facebook acquired ad analytics site Altas. Since ads are Facebookâ€™s only source of revenue, they adopted an approach for greater intelligence to govern the visibility and pricing of their ads in 2013. This is a valuable acquisition that will them ad value to their ad solutions.
LinkedInâ€™s acquisition of Pulse
LinkedIn acquired â€œnews readerâ€ site Pulse in 2013. This move was aimed at improving and expanding the content generation ability of LinkedIn 2013. LinkedIn made several changes to their layouts in 2013 as well. Pulseâ€™s acquisition is an attempt by LinkedIn to make certain their users spend more time on the site by reading the news rather than just changing their profile information.
There were several other acquisitions of/by social media companies in 2013. The trend is proof that people are now seriously using social media effectively in every sphere of life. This makes companies to adopt newer way to attract new users and hence more buck for advertising. Â
Social-Search App Jelly Released By Twitter Co-Founder
Co-founder of popular social media site Twitter, Biz Stone has now released a new social app called Jelly. This app allows people to attach pictures and ask questions to which they get responses from their social networks.Â
Basically an attempt has been made to integrate Instagram and Quora. If your questions involves â€œwhat is thisâ€, all you need to do is take a picture and the app will send this question along with the picture to you social network, mainly, Twitter and Facebook.
Biz Stone also announced the release of the Jelly social search app from his Twitter account.
Despite the innovative idea, getting answers to questions is also easy and hassle free on Google, Quora or Facebook or even human interaction for that matter.Â
The company in a blog has described the app with the following:
â€œJelly changes how we find answers because it uses pictures and people in our social networks. It turns out that getting answers from people is very different from retrieving information with algorithms.â€
Biz Stone co-founded Jelly along with Ben Finkel. Twitter acquired Fluther, a Q&A service developed by Ben Finkel in 2010. That is when Finkel also joined Twitter. Investorâ€™s of Jelly involve most of the people behind Twitterâ€™s early investments as well as founder of LinkedIn.