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Update to Facebook Messenger for iOS Prevents Scammers from Forcing iPhones to Place Calls - Posted 5 days ago
Facebook is rolling out an update to its Messenger application for iOS to protect us... [AllFacebook]

Nuvi Adds Publishing Capability to Social Media Monitoring and Visualization Platform - Posted July 23, 2014
Real-time social media listening and reporting solution Nuvi added publishing to its arsenal, announcing Wednesday that users of its s... [AllFacebook]

INFOGRAPHIC: Facebook Continues Social-Login Dominance in 2Q - Posted July 22, 2014
Facebook continued to dominate social logins in the second quarter of 2014, accounting for 55 percent of overall social logins and 64 percent of social logins from mobile devices, according to the latest figures from ... [AllFacebook]

REPORT: 23.39% of 2Q Social Referrals from Facebook - Posted July 21, 2014
Facebook accounted for 23.39 percent of social referrals ... [AllFacebook]

Google Rolls Back Controversial 'Real Name' Requirement - Posted July 17, 2014
Since Google+ went live three years ago, Google has pursued aggressive integration. However, the "real name" requirement didn't go over well, and when it reached YouTube, it had some pretty disastrous results. Google recently ... [SocialTimes.com]

ClearVoice Measures and Scores Writers' Social Influence: How Do You Rank? - Posted July 17, 2014
Analytics are either your best friend or your worst enemy. And now, there's a platform to not only track how your work is being shared, but will give you a score. I hate to compare, but ClearVoice, launched in June, is basically a Klout for digital journalists. Anita Malik, Vice Presiden... [TVSpy]

Google Plus No Longer Requires Real Names - Posted July 16, 2014
Your move, Facebook: Google Plus announced on ... [AllFacebook]

Bandsintown Manager Is Mobile Music To The Ears Of Artists, Managers On Facebook - Posted July 1, 2014
Music fans have embraced concert-discovery application Bandsintown, and now the company i... [AllFacebook]

INFOGRAPHIC: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Will Top Olympics, Super Bowl In Social Buzz - Posted June 11, 2014
Is it possible that a sporting event can tally more social mentions than the ... [AllFacebook]

Eventblimp Takes Flight With 20M+ Events From Facebook, Other Sources; IOS App - Posted June 10, 2014
Looking for an event to attend? Boulder, Colo.-based startup ... [AllFacebook]

Brands On Facebook Can Scoop Up User-Generated Photos Via Scoopr - Posted June 5, 2014
With more brands turning to user-generated content, and ... [AllFacebook]

Janrain Debuts User-Generated Content Platform - Posted June 3, 2014
User-generated content can be a valuable resource for brand... [AllFacebook]

The Future of Google+ Is Social Reputation Management - Posted May 8, 2014
When Google+ creator Vic Gundotra announced his exit from Google, there was lots of speculation about the future of Google+. It's unlikely that Google is ... [SocialTimes.com]

Socialbakers Raises The Facebook Analytics Bar With Socialbakers Analytics V3.0 - Posted May 1, 2014
Social media analytics company Socialbakers beefed up... [AllFacebook]

Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Anonymous Login | Twitter Stock - Posted May 1, 2014
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly]  Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

REPORT: Facebook Accounts For 24% Of Mobile Referrals To News, Entertainment Sites - Posted April 29, 2014
Still not convinced that Facebook is a mobile company? According to a new ... [AllFacebook]

REPORT: Facebook Dominates Social Network Usage In The Middle East - Posted April 23, 2014
Not surprisingly, Facebook was found to be the dominant social network in the ... [AllFacebook]

REPORT: Google Plus Gaining On Facebook In 1Q 2014 Social Logins - Posted April 23, 2014
Customer profile-management provider ... [AllFacebook]

INFOGRAPHIC: Facebook Soars, Google Plus Steady, Yahoo Slumps In 1Q 2014 Social Logins - Posted April 22, 2014
When it came to ... [AllFacebook]

REPORT: Facebook Rules 1Q Referral Traffic - Posted April 21, 2014
Facebook continued to dominate referral traffic in the first quarter of 2014... [AllFacebook]

DataPoint: Fake YouTube App Has 53M MAUs ... And Growing - Posted April 2, 2014
When it comes to the top developers on Facebook, there are a handful that are consistently topping AppData's developer leaderboard: King.com, Zynga, ... [AllFacebook]

STUDY: YouTube Pummels Facebook In Post-Click Engagement - Posted March 31, 2014
Brands on Facebook striving for ... [AllFacebook]

STUDY: Facebook's Role In Pew Research Center's 'State Of The News Media 2014' - Posted March 26, 2014
Facebook and other social networks continue to become further intertwined with the media, as the ... [AllFacebook]

ABC's 'Good Morning America' Says Good Morning To #Socialsquare - Posted March 18, 2014
Mornings just got a little more social on ABC, as "... [AllFacebook]

Are We Certain Facebook Is Doomed, Vivek Wadhwa? - Posted March 7, 2014
Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at ... [Lost Remote]

Are We Certain Facebook Is Doomed, Vivek Wadhwa? - Posted March 7, 2014
Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Testing 'Subscribe On YouTube' Links? - Posted February 18, 2014
Some Facebook users are seeing "Subscribe on YouTube" links below links to ... [AllFacebook]

Now It's Twitter's Turn To Borrow From Facebook - Posted February 11, 2014
If Facebook can adopt Twitter feat... [AllFacebook]

Market Force Information Enters Content- And Sentiment-Monitoring Fray With SocialForce - Posted February 11, 2014
The latest solution to help brands monitor Facebook and other social activity comes from customer-intelligence-solutions provider ... [AllFacebook]

STUDY: Hashtag Usage Stalls Among Facebook Pages - Posted February 7, 2014
Facebook introduced hashtags to great fanfare last June, but according to research from social analytics firm ... [AllFacebook]

STUDY: The Social Job Seeker, The Mobile Job Seeker, And Facebook's Role In The Process - Posted February 6, 2014
Facebook is the preferred social network for job seekers, while recruiters still gravitate toward ... [AllFacebook]

New Mass Relevance Platform Brings Facebook, Other Social Content Into Visual Experiences - Posted January 29, 2014
Social experience creator ... [AllFacebook]

INFOGRAPHIC: Social Login Competition Creeping Up On Login With Facebook - Posted January 29, 2014
Much like the ... [AllFacebook]

REPORT: Facebook Referrals Continue Upswing In 4Q - Posted January 24, 2014
Facebook saw its ... [Lost Remote]

REPORT: Facebook Referrals Continue Upswing In 4Q - Posted January 24, 2014
Facebook saw its ... [AllFacebook]

Quintly Looks Back At 2013 Facebook Predictions; Offers Six For 2014 - Posted January 23, 2014
Social analytics firm Quintly looked back at its Facebook and social media predictions f... [AllFacebook]

Google Deepens G+ Integration Into Gmail - Posted January 10, 2014
Google announced yet another integration between Gmail and Google+, enabling users to send emails from Gmail to anyone with a G+ account, even if you don't have their email address. This change may seem reminisc... [SocialTimes.com]

INFOGRAPHIC: Facebook's Like Button Is Pinned Under On Retailers' Pages - Posted January 9, 2014
The Pinterest Pin It button has overtaken Facebook's ... [AllFacebook]

64 Percent Of The Top 50 U.S. Law Firms Have Facebook Pages, But ... - Posted January 9, 2014
Only 64 percent of the Am Law 50 -- the 50 largest law firms in the U.S., as identified by ... [AllFacebook]

Google is Dead -- Long Live Google+ - Posted December 27, 2013
Steve Grove, Director of Community Partnerships at Google+, has some big ideas about the nature of Google+. In an interview with LiveMint he talked about where the service is going, how celebrities could grow the service, and ... [SocialTimes.com]

Where Can Facebook Users Complete Missions, Earn Vees To Spend On Digital Goods? Empire Avenue - Posted December 13, 2013
Users of Facebook and other social networks who complete their "Missions" by sharing content can use their rewards -- digital social currency units called "Vees" -- to purchase digital music, movies, and eBooks followin... [AllFacebook]

How Does News Consumption On Facebook Stack Up Vs. Other Social Networks? - Posted November 14, 2013
A total of 47 percent of Facebook users get news on the social network, trailing ... [AllFacebook]

How Your Google+ Profile Can Help Your Articles Links Stand Out - Posted November 6, 2013
By now, you've probably noticed that when you search on Google, sometimes the articles in the results pop up with a person's headshot and link to their Google+ page. Case in point: How did I make that happen? I dusted off Google Plus... [TVSpy]

Music Discovery Service seevl.fm Launches - Posted November 1, 2013
This week marked the public launch of seevl.fm. SemanticWeb.com has tracked seevl's develop... [semanticweb.com]

Social-Media Themed Costume Ideas - Posted October 30, 2013
Halloween is tomorrow. Do you know what you are going to wear? Are you are a procrastinator who could not decide on a costume? Or did you just decide today that you want to dress up? Nearly 70% of typical costume wearers admit social media like Facebook and Pinterest impact their costume... [AllFacebook]

Social-Media Themed Costume Ideas - Posted October 30, 2013
Halloween is tomorrow. Do you know what you are going to wear? Are you are a procrastinator who could not decide on a costume? Or did you just decide today that you want to dress up? Nearly 70% of typical costume wearers admit social media like Facebook and Pinterest impact their costume... [SocialTimes.com]

INFOGRAPHIC: How Long Can Login With Facebook Maintain Its Social Login Dominance? - Posted October 29, 2013
A study of social logins by Gigya, a Facebook ... [AllFacebook]

Investing In Business Users Will Make Or Break Facebook's Future - Posted October 24, 2013
Facebook is more than a social networking site; it's a business with many complex features working together. Once a small website (for only ... [AllFacebook]

STUDY: Facebook Still Tops In Social Login, But Market Share Slipping As Google Plus Sign-In Gains - Posted October 2, 2013
Facebook is still dominant when it comes to social login, but its share of the sector slipped slightly in the third quarter, as Google Plus Sign-In began to chip away at its lead, according to a ... [AllFacebook]

STUDY: Facebook Has 100X More Spam Than Other Social Networks, 4X More Phishing Attacks - Posted October 1, 2013
Spam has been an issue for as long as email has existed, and a new ... [AllFacebook]

YouTube Takes Steps to Filter Out Offensive Comments - Posted September 25, 2013
The public reaction to Popular Science choosing to turn off website reader comments is split. For those who think it was a poor resolution, the simultaneous approach of YouTube this week will no doubt be most welcome. Per NYC-based Gizmodo contributor ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

YouTube Takes Steps to Filter Out Offensive Comments - Posted September 25, 2013
The public reaction to Popular Science choosing to turn off website reader comments is split. For those who think it was a poor resolution, the simultaneous approach of YouTube this week will no doubt be most welcome. Per NYC-based Gizmodo contributor ... [FishbowlNY]

INFOGRAPHIC: How Did Summer Blockbuster Films Play On Facebook? - Posted September 21, 2013
The summer has come to an end, and digital marketing technology provider Silverpop broke out the popcorn and examined the performances of this year's ... [AllFacebook]

Findables Smartphone, Tablet Cases Allow Users To Share Facebook, Other Social Info Via QR Codes - Posted August 29, 2013
Cases for smartphones such as the iPhone 5 often serve other purposes aside from prot... [AllFacebook]

Say Hello to the "Mood Graph" - Posted August 21, 2013
Evan Selinger, a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology, has posted an article for Wired... [semanticweb.com]

SocialSafe Adds Backup Support For Video On Instagram - Posted August 16, 2013
SocialSafe added ... [AllFacebook]

No Satisfaction: Advertising, Privacy Concerns Sink Facebook In Study By ACSI, ForeSee - Posted July 23, 2013
Facebook's efforts to ensure that advertising on the social network is unobtrusive and that ads are ... [AllFacebook]

How Big Brands Use Hashtags On Facebook, And How You Can, Too - Posted July 15, 2013
In June, Facebook announced that status updates could include "clickable" hashtags. Users... [AllFacebook]

UPDATED: Facebook Not Testing Syncing Of Status Updates With Google Plus, Twitter, LinkedIn - Posted July 12, 2013
Facebook appears to be testing a way to allow users to sync their status updates with Google Plus, Twitter, and LinkedIn. UPDATE: Th... [AllFacebook]

Google+ Users Review Harry Potter's Diagon Alley - Posted July 9, 2013
Nerd alert! Witches and wizards who are shopping for Hogwarts supplies can now find a map of Diagon Alley, aka Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, in Street View on Google Maps. If you're wondering if the actual shops live up to the pictures, just ask the Google+ users who have already... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Rolls Out New Cohort of Widgets - Posted June 28, 2013
Google today rolled out a new set of widgets for Google+ that include a stand-alone "follow" button and larger "badges" for pages, profiles and communities. The ... [SocialTimes.com]

Why Facebook Hashtags Will Revolutionize #SocialRecruiting - Posted June 25, 2013
It's finally happened: Hot on the heels of Google Plus' recent addition of hashtags ... [AllFacebook]

Interest in Social Networks Waning, Study Finds - Posted June 24, 2013
Results of a survey released today support the increasingly credible hypothesis that users are growing tired of social networks. ... [SocialTimes.com]

'Google Mine' May Soon Be Yours - Posted June 21, 2013
[caption id="attachment_128755" align="alignright" width="304"] Ahmad Faizal Yahya / Shutterstock.com[/caption] Google is reportedly working on a new service called Google Mine that will allow Google+ users to track their belongings and compare notes with their circles on the products they own or want to buy. Googl... [SocialTimes.com]

Vine Vs. Video On Instagram: The Jockeying Starts Early, But Is There Room For Both? - Posted June 20, 2013
Is there enough room for both Twitter-owned video-sharing application Vine and ... [AllFacebook]

Google+ Shares to Exceed Facebook's by 2016, Study Predicts - Posted June 20, 2013
Google+ will outpace Facebook in sharing of online content among U.S. users by February 2016, according to a new study from search and social analytics firm Searchmetrics. The study projected forward the averag... [SocialTimes.com]

Who's Listening to You Online? [Cartoon] - Posted June 14, 2013
First marketers began listening to our online communications and then the government. Can't a guy buy a gallon of milk in peace? ... [SocialTimes.com]

Social Media Newsfeed: Foursquare Time Machine | Dictionary Expands Social Media Definitions - Posted June 14, 2013
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly]  Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

A Tour of the New Google+ Dashboard for Pages - Posted June 12, 2013
Google has streamlined the process of managing a page on Google+ with new dashboards for updating business information and monitoring marketing campaigns. Located in the menu on the left side of the screen, the dashboard opens a new page with several tabs for monitoring a Goog... [SocialTimes.com]

Open Graph Sponsored Stories: Laser-Focused Ad-Targeting For Facebook Apps, Content - Posted June 7, 2013
Mobile application install ads and domain sponsored stories are currently the most widely used ways for advertising apps or conte... [AllFacebook]

News From The Facebook Ecosystem: Shift, Teckler, Brand Networks - Posted June 6, 2013
Social marketing platform Shift released its ... [AllFacebook]

Google Brings Photos from Google+ to the Search Bar - Posted May 23, 2013
Google+ users will now be able to search through their photos more easily, thanks to an update that Google rolled out today that connects the social layer to the search bar and enhances the process with a new technology that recognizes pictures by their contents instead of their captions or tags. After... [SocialTimes.com]

A Mention on Google+ Drives More Sales Than One on Facebook, Study Finds - Posted May 22, 2013
Google+ shares are more valuable to merchants than referrals from Twitter or Facebook, according to an analysis of $5 million worth of online purchases that came through the social commerce platform Addshoppers.com. While Facebook claims the highest percentage of social revenue overall (38.76 percent), a referral from Google+ is worth an average... [SocialTimes.com]

Video StoryEngine Helps Brands Get 'iNvolved' With Videos On Facebook - Posted May 21, 2013
Another way to promote brands through videos on Fa... [AllFacebook]

Expion Unleashes Suite Of New Social Marketing Tools - Posted May 20, 2013
Social media software company Expion released a suite of new t... [AllFacebook]

Google's Overhauled Maps Make Geography Social - Posted May 17, 2013
Other than Google Glass, the standout launch at Google's I/O conference has been a major update of Maps, with much of the new functionality drawing on Google's increasing social intelligence. The overhauled user experience eliminates the white space on the Maps page, putting more in... [SocialTimes.com]

STUDY: Digital, TV Ads Drive Viewers To Brands' Facebook Pages - Posted May 17, 2013
Digital ads and television ads are the most effective in driving viewers to interact with... [AllFacebook]

Google Brings Discounts and Deals from Merchants to Google+ - Posted May 17, 2013
Certain brands are now sharing discounts and deals with the people in their circles on Google+, Google announced today. The deals can be redeemed online with a code or in-store using the Google Offers mobile app. The first compani... [SocialTimes.com]

5 Changes That Would Greatly Improve Facebook - Posted May 17, 2013
Many of Facebook's more than 1 billion monthly active users would agree -- the site is great, but could use some improvement. As users complain about ads, a cluttered and confusing interface, and several other things, there are a few things that Facebook could implement to make the site much more... [Lost Remote]

5 Changes That Would Greatly Improve Facebook - Posted May 17, 2013
Many of Facebook's more than 1 billion monthly active users would agree -- the site is great, but could use some improvement. As users complain about ads, a cluttered and confusing interface, and several other things, there are a few things that Facebook could implement to make the site much more... [AllFacebook]

Google+ Users Hate Juggling Multiple Accounts, Love Hangouts - Posted May 16, 2013
[caption id="attachment_127160" align="alignleft" width="367"] David Glazer[/caption] In a fireside chat held by Google+ engineers, users expressed real dissatisfaction with the way the platform forces users to juggle multiple accounts but... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Users Hate Juggling Multiple Accounts, Love Hangouts - Posted May 16, 2013
[caption id="attachment_127160" align="alignleft" width="294"] David Glazer[/caption] In a fireside chat held by Google+ engineers, users expressed dissatisfaction with the way the platform forces users to juggle multiple accounts but praised the ... [Lost Remote]

INFOGRAPHIC: Facebook Shortcuts - Posted May 16, 2013
Who doesn't love a good shortcut, especially when it comes to Facebook and other social networks? Social analytics firm Quintly compiled a... [AllFacebook]

Google Delivers Automated Photo-Editing and Major Updates for Google+, Hangouts - Posted May 15, 2013
Google will begin rolling out a customizable multi-column design for the Google+ stream later today, bringing sophisticated photo-editing tools into the platform and spinning out Hangouts as a free-standing app. Google launched a package of automatic photo-editing tools that automatically adjust exposure, color, grain, whi... [SocialTimes.com]

STUDY: Facebook Reigns Supreme In South Asia - Posted May 14, 2013
Facebook is handily winning the battle of social networks in south Asia. According to a new study by Jana, Facebook is the social ne... [AllFacebook]

Who Is Actually Using Google+? [Infographic] - Posted May 13, 2013
Is Google+ a ghost town or is it a speakeasy with a cup full of moonshine waiting for those brave enough to knock on its door? This week, Reuters posted an analysis of Google's social layer revealing that 40 percent of the brands with pages on Google+ either aren't posting... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Offers 15GB Free Storage for All Services, Eliminating Individual Caps - Posted May 13, 2013
Google today announced that it would merge users' free storage allotments through Gmail, Google+ Photos and Drive, to offer a total of 15 gigabytes of free cloud storage to all Google users. Enterprise users will have their storage cap raised to 30 gigabytes, and individuals who pay for premium plans will also... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook Updates Mobile Location Pages: How Businesses Can Take Advantage - Posted April 30, 2013
Recently, Facebook began rolling out a global redesign of its mobile location pages. The intention of this redesign seems to be focused not only on making it easier to find business' physical locations, but also simplifying interactions between users and businesses on Facebook mobile. ... [AllFacebook]

Google to Show Common In-App Activities in Related Search Results - Posted April 30, 2013
Google search results for mobile and Web apps that use Google+ sign-in will soon include popular activities inside the services to the right of standard search results. The feature relies on mobile and web apps that enable users to share their app activity to their Google+ profiles. The information the search provides... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook Marketing Platform Viralheat Adds Social Login And Explore Features - Posted April 30, 2013
Viralheat, which allows users to better manage their Facebook pages, announced Tuesday that ... [AllFacebook]

Why Everyone Hates Google+ - Posted April 19, 2013
[caption id="attachment_124560" align="alignleft" width="200"] Photo: Creativa[/caption] Google+. Where do I even start with this shit? I mean, beyond the thorough bashing of it I delivered, and in turn, also de... [SocialTimes.com]

Business Wire Adds Nuvi Social Media Monitoring Reports - Posted April 8, 2013
Companies that use Business Wire to release information to the media can now track how their content performed on Facebook and other ... [AllFacebook]

INFOGRAPHIC: Major League Baseball Facebook Standings At Opening Of 2013 Season - Posted April 5, 2013
The New York Yankees may be injury-plagued and off to a sluggish start to the 2013 ... [AllFacebook]

Google+ Supports Full-Res Photos With Spillover Storage in Drive - Posted April 4, 2013
Earlier this week, Google+ quietly started supporting uploads of full-resolution photos from desktop computers in addition to Android smartphones. Files larger than 2,048 pixels will count towards the Google Drive free storage limit of 5GB. For users who don't already have lots of files in their Drive space, the limit practically only... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Expands Its Social Login Through Identity-Management Providers - Posted April 2, 2013
Just over a month after unrolling a Google+ social sign-in, Google announced today that hundreds more sites feature the sign-in option. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Update Delivers Redesign, Better 'Communities' Experience - Posted March 25, 2013
The Google+ app for Android got an update today that features a redesigned content stream and more ways for users to interact with Communities on the social network. Google ... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Allows Users to Search Site for Photos - Posted March 21, 2013
Google+ users can now filter their search results on the platform to show only photo posts, according to software engineer David Cohen. The feature is available through a drop-down list of filters attached to the search bar on Google+. Currently, only one search filter can be applied at a time. The search will... [AllFacebook]

Google+ Allows Users to Search Site for Photos - Posted March 21, 2013
Google+ users can now filter their search results on the platform to show only photo posts, according to software engineer David Cohen. The feature is available through a drop-down list of filters attached to the search bar on Google+. Currently, only one search filter can be applied at a time. The search will... [SocialTimes.com]

The 6 Fastest-Growing Google+ Users You've Never Heard Of - Posted March 20, 2013
Critics look at Google+'s user numbers compared to Facebook's and see failure for Google. But non-celebrity users on the smaller platform still have the chance to stand out in ways they no longer can on Facebook. Among the users of the social network who are gaining followers fastest are these relatively... [SocialTimes.com]

Britney Spears First to Amass 6 Million Plus Followers on Google+ - Posted March 19, 2013
Pop singer Britney Spears became the first Google+ user to amass more than 6 million followers on the site, GPlusData... [SocialTimes.com]

Flattr Puts Your Money Where Your 'Like' Is - Posted March 18, 2013
Flattr today launched a service that allows users to contribute financially to content producers simply by clicking "like." The move is a tweak to the Swedish company's previous model, requiring publishers to embed its widget on their we... [SocialTimes.com]

Why Google Is Really Pulling the Plug on Reader - Posted March 15, 2013
When Google announced earlier this week that it would shut down Reader, it cited declining use as the reason. But user outcry, ... [SocialTimes.com]

Why Google Is Really Pulling the Plug on Reader [Updated] - Posted March 15, 2013
When Google announced earlier this week that it would shut down Reader, it cited declining use as the reason. But user outcry, ... [Lost Remote]

Google Reader Drives More Traffic than Google+, Says BuzzFeed - Posted March 15, 2013
Publishers who have tried using Google Reader and Google+ should not be too surprised to learn that the RSS feed drives more traffic to websites than the fledgling social network. But data from BuzzFeed show that Google+ drives a mere sliver of Google-related traffic to its partner sites compared t... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook VP Talks Ads, News Feed, Graph Search, Algorithm At SMX West Conference - Posted March 12, 2013
At the SMX West 2013 conference in San Jose, Calif., Marketing Land Founding Editor Danny Sullivan ... [AllFacebook]

Google Plus Announces Redesign One Day Before Facebook's News Feed Announcement - Posted March 6, 2013
What a coincidence: The day before Facebook is set to ... [AllFacebook]

Google+ Rolls Out Profile and Page Improvements - Posted March 6, 2013
Google+ has improved the look and functionality of its personal profiles and business pages based on user feedback, the company announced today. Here's what's new: Cover Photos The cover section will be able to accommodate pictures up to 2120 px by 1192 px (they will show up 16... [SocialTimes.com]

INFOGRAPHIC: Facebook Tops Searches For Social Networks' Analytics - Posted March 1, 2013
Social analytics firm Quintly examined search queries for social networks' analytics since early 2007, and Facebook was the subject of t... [AllFacebook]

Google Plus Takes Aim At Facebook Connect With Launch Of Google Plus Sign-In - Posted February 26, 2013
The Facebook Connect button that appears... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Innovation Lessons For Your Business - Posted February 18, 2013
Facebook is the big bang in the universe of social networking. Sure, MySpace and ... [AllFacebook]

Podcast: From Poorly Written to Published | Google+s and Minuses - Posted February 12, 2013
On today's social media edition of the Morning Media Menu, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog posed an important question for anyone who uses social media: does texting hurt your grammar and writing skills? If so, you'll appreciate this: Mediabis... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Now, Privacy, and a Better Internet - Posted February 12, 2013
Matt Cilderman of Seeking Alpha recently discussed the rise of Google Now, the service's potential, and its effect on our privacy. He writes, "In Google's '2012 Update from the CEO,' Larry Page ... [semanticweb.com]

Google+ Makes Friend-Finding Interface More Like Facebook's - Posted February 11, 2013
Although Google's 'Circles' has been recognized for modeling more selective sharing practices than those facilitated, at least initially, by Facebook, the company is abandoning the term and introducing a friend-discovery interface that is more like... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Page Administrators Can Participate in Hangouts Using Page Account - Posted February 11, 2013
Google+ users who administrate a business page can now use Hangouts and other Google services using the page's identity, rather than the user's personal Google+ identity. The capability relies on a new feature that allows users to log in to... [SocialTimes.com]

Watch Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Conan O'Brien in a Google+ Hangout - Posted February 8, 2013
Laid off from their jobs, two forty-something salesmen start new careers at Google in "The Internship," a new comedy directed by Shawn Levy that stars Vince Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. To promote the film, both actors will appear in a ... [SocialTimes.com]

Infographic: How Google+ Is the Key to a Job at Google - Posted February 8, 2013
Google was first on Fortune's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in 2013. If you're looking for a job at Google in one of 70 offices in 40 countries around the world, look no further than Google+. Late in December, the company connected its job board to Google+, giving... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Introduces Audio-Only Mode - Posted February 7, 2013
Google Hangouts, the video-chat app that originated within Google+, will begin allowing users to turn off the video feature and use audio only. As in Skype, each user can select whether to blacken out a video feed of them. If they do so, their standard profile picture is displayed... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Announces New 'Hangouts on Air' Series About Science - Posted January 30, 2013
The Science Fair team at Google is giving kids a window into the world of technology with the debut of a new web series devoted to science. As part of a world-wide science fair where kids tackle the world's problems and compete for scholarships, the company will c... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Passes Twitter to Become Second Largest Social Network, Study Finds - Posted January 28, 2013
Google+ has surpassed Twitter in the number of active users to become the number two social platform, according to a study by the GlobalWebIndex. To come up with the numbers, the analys... [SocialTimes.com]

Infographic: Top 10 Failed Social Media Sites - Posted January 25, 2013
When you said were BFFs with these social networks, you lied. This infographic shows 10 sites that came and went as Facebook captured the general audience and new sites popped up to take their places. Not all of these sites have given up the ghost: Google+ is aligning itself better with its... [SocialTimes.com]

Debt Collectors Posing As Bikini-Clad Models On Facebook - Posted January 24, 2013
If you're running behind on your bills and suddenly find a friend request on Facebook from an attracti... [AllFacebook]

Google+ Flags Users' Coworkers in Bid for Enterprise Use - Posted January 23, 2013
Google+ is launching a new feature that will let users know if they are connecting with another user who works for the same company, Google said today. If a user views the profile of a coworker and hovers over the person's name, ... [SocialTimes.com]

How to Use Your Google+ Profile to Get a Job at Google - Posted January 22, 2013
Google has quietly rolled out a new feature for that lets you connect your Google+ profile to its job board to search for a job at the company. First released in December 2012, the writers at ... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Expands Its Mobile Presence as Facebook and Bing Take On Search - Posted January 18, 2013
Google+ is now accessible in 48 more countries and territories, thanks to an update to its iPad and iPhone app. In the last week, Facebook and Bing have edged into Google's territory with new options for social search. Bing ... [SocialTimes.com]

Bing Integrates More Facebook Results Into Social Sidebar - Posted January 17, 2013
Just like Facebook is integrating Bing into its graph search, Microsoft's search engine is getting more cozy with the social network. Bing ... [AllFacebook]

The 100 Most Social-Savvy MBA Schools in 2013 - Posted January 16, 2013
To show how different MBA programs use social media to attract new students, the business organization Online MBA Page.com has published a list of the ... [SocialTimes.com]

With Graph Search, Facebook Takes the Fight to Google - Posted January 15, 2013
With Facebook's launch earlier today of a social search feature, the company indicated that it increasingly sees Google as a competitor and won't ... [SocialTimes.com]

Anti-Violence Group Sandy Hook Promise Launches With Help From Tech Industry - Posted January 14, 2013
A Newtown, Conn., non-profit organization seeking to combat violence, launched today, drawing on the help of several technology companies and individuals in the industry. Sandy Hook Promise, which has applied for 501(c)3 status, will focus i... [AllFacebook]

Google Play Allows Developers to Respond to User Reviews - Posted January 10, 2013
Google has begun allowing app makers to respond to user reviews in its app store, Google Play. Over the summer, Google began testing the feature with "top developers," a hand-chosen group of vendors whom Google considers to make quality apps. The compan... [AllFacebook]

Infographic: Who Is Using Google+? - Posted January 10, 2013
Although Google+ is shrouded in mystery, recent changes to the service might push Google's social layer into the light. Google+ has half the population of Facebook, with 500 million users and counting. Using our analytics tool GPlusData, we examined the demographic makeup of the site to see who exactly is using... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook Scores Painfully Low In Customer Satisfaction - Posted January 9, 2013
While brands are in a love/hate relationship with Facebook, many users are ... [AllFacebook]

Social Networks, Particularly Facebook, Suffer From Low Customer Satisfaction - Posted January 9, 2013
At the close of 2012, the industries with the lowest customer satisfaction were airlines, print newspapers, cable television and social media, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, an annua... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Lets Desktop Users Zoom and Pan Photos - Posted January 9, 2013
[caption id="attachment_115552" align="alignleft" width="300"] Zinchuk_Oksana / Shutterstock.com[/caption]The photo wars continue, as Google launched support late Tuesday for zooming and panning on photos viewe... [AllFacebook]

Google+ Lets Administrators Interact With Users Who Haven't Circled Their Pages - Posted December 28, 2012
Google has enabled commercial pages to interact with individual posts on Google+, the company confirmed today. The change was first flagged on the Google+ Updates community page. "We're always experimenting with new ways to make the soci... [SocialTimes.com]

Social Marketing Experts Push for Analytics on Google+, Pinterest - Posted December 27, 2012
[caption id="attachment_114655" align="alignleft" width="200"] wavebreakmedia / Shutterstock.com[/caption]Social marketing professionals are increasingly pushing the social networks Google+ and Pinterest to introduce analytics. The Briti... [SocialTimes.com]

The Rise of the Subject Matter Expert: How Google+ Influences Google's Search Rankings - Posted December 27, 2012
In the past year, major updates to Google's search quality algorithm have discouraged Search Engine Optimization (SEO) professionals from cutting corners, forcing less reputable companies out of business. The new landscape set forth by Google requires businesses and content curators to produce genuine, relevant subject matter that people want to read and... [SocialTimes.com]

eMarketer: Sunny Outlook for Mobile, Social Advertising in 2013 - Posted December 17, 2012
The digital marketing research firm eMarketer has substantially revised its previous estimates for mobile advertising spending in 2012 from $2.61 billion to $4 billion, nearly double the 2011 number. The company is also bullish on social marketing, ex... [AllFacebook]

Google Launches Bundle of Features for Google+ Mobile Apps - Posted December 14, 2012
Google launched a bundle of new features for its Google+ mobile apps this morning, focused on events, photos and Hangouts. The features include beefed up events-organizing tools,... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Brings Deeper Integration With YouTube - Posted December 13, 2012
Google will add a button allowing YouTube users to share videos they upload on Google+ from the upload interface and will automatically display all public YouTube videos a user has uploaded in the "videos" tab of his or her Google+ profil... [SocialTimes.com]

Infographic: Who Is Using Google+? - Posted December 10, 2012
Google recently announced that its social network, Google+, now has more than 500 million members. Google+ is rapidly becoming a solid alternative to Facebook while stripping the anonymity from sites like YouTube and putting a face to a name on services like Gmail. But who are these users, anyway? We used our... [SocialTimes.com]

Infographic: Can Google Play Beat iTunes and Amazon? - Posted December 10, 2012
Could social sharing through Google+ and the rise of the Android give Google Play an advantage over iTunes and Amazon? This infographic breaks down the online music market with a side-by-side comparison of the leading app stores. Even with 500 million members, Google's social network is still a limited playing field for Google... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Launches Groups Feature, Claims 500 Million Members - Posted December 6, 2012
Google has begun rolling out a preview of a Google+ groups feature, allowing users to form public and private groups centered around a topic or brand, according to a blog post written by Google VP Vic Gu... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Unrolls Major Gmail Update for iOS - Posted December 4, 2012
Google launched version 2.0 of its Gmail app for iOS today. The app patches several noticeable pitfalls in user experience: Users can now RSVP to Google calendar invitations and manage multiple ... [SocialTimes.com]

Infographic: The Top 9 Googlers on Google+ - Posted November 29, 2012
Who's on Google+? Google, of course. There's a Google+ page for every Google product you can think of, from the video-sharing site YouTube to the Chrome web browser. Google executives also use the forum to make announcements and share pictures and videos with the public. Which ones have the most followers?... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook To Employees: Start 'Droidfooding' - Posted November 26, 2012
Facebook continues to ramp up its support for the Android platform, putting its own ta... [AllFacebook]

Five Key Considerations For Facebook Page Promotions - Posted November 21, 2012
The holiday season has already begun. Brands and... [AllFacebook]

Why You'll Want To Link Your Google+ Page To Your YouTube Channel - Posted November 20, 2012
Back in July, YouTube started letting users connect their Google+ profiles, creating a single identity across platforms. The problem was, when users connected their YouTube channels to Google+, their YouTube user na... [SocialTimes.com]

Election 2012: The Semantic Recap - Posted November 8, 2012
There's no such thing as too much post-election coverage, is there? Alright, maybe there is. But we couldn't let things die down without at least a nod to those in our space that have delivered the semantic industry's own take on the topic. Here are a few you may want to review: ... [semanticweb.com]

Text and Sentiment Analytics Team In Servicing The Customer Experience - Posted November 5, 2012
Did you ever take a survey and wonder if anyone actually was paying attention to your input? Here's a tip: If it's more than 20 questions, ignore it, advises Sam Keninger, director of product marketing at customer experience vendor Medallia. "That's the old market research way of doing things, and... [AllTwitter]

Text and Sentiment Analytics Team In Servicing The Customer Experience - Posted November 5, 2012
Did you ever take a survey and wonder if anyone actually was paying attention to your input? Here's a tip: If it's more than 20 questions, ignore it, advises Sam Keninger, director of product marketing at customer experience vendor Medallia. "That's the old market research way of doing things, and... [semanticweb.com]

SocialSafe Allows Users, Pages To Store Their Facebook Lives - Posted October 26, 2012
There's a treasure trove of information on Facebook -- years of messages, wall posts, and photos. SocialSafe, which rec... [AllFacebook]

Report: Small Businesses Reluctant To Pay For Advertising, Promotion Via Facebook - Posted October 17, 2012
Facebook was the platform of choice for small businesses looking to use free offerings from social networks to promote their goods and services, but when it came to paying for promotion via social medi... [AllFacebook]

How Much More Can Facebook Grow? - Posted October 8, 2012
As you've likely heard, Facebook now has 1 billion users. Now the countdown to 2 billion can begin, but when could the social netw... [Lost Remote]

Questionable Facebook Content Hurting Chances At College Admission - Posted October 4, 2012
Embarrassing and naughty Facebook posts aren't just hurting job applicants, they're also making it harder for prospective ... [AllFacebook]

Klout Finally Adds Support For Facebook Pages - Posted September 28, 2012
Nearly two years to the date after adding support for Facebook users' influence, online influence-measurement service ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Testing Photo Sync For Android - Posted September 20, 2012
Facebook is testing a feature for its Android users that syncs photos taken on their mob... [AllFacebook]

Google Snaps Up Snapseed Parent Nik Software; Seeking Instagram Of Its Own? - Posted September 17, 2012
Perhaps seeking an answer to Facebook's acquisition of photo-sharing application Instagram... [AllFacebook]

Report: Facebook Search Engine Would Immediately Capture 25 Percent Of Market - Posted September 14, 2012
If Facebook were to launch its own sea... [AllFacebook]

Facebook App Refer.me Connects Users To Friends' Referrals - Posted September 12, 2012
So you're looking for a trustworthy mechanic, a fun place to watch the game, or just want to get advice from friends? Refer.me, bui... [AllFacebook]

Report: Facebook May Have Reached Saturation Point Among Small, Midsized Businesses - Posted September 12, 2012
Facebook is by far the top social network in terms of adoption by ... [AllFacebook]

Look Out, Facebook Like Button: Pinterest's Pin This Sees 637 Percent Growth Since February - Posted September 7, 2012
The ever-present Facebook like button has seen growth of 34 percent since February in terms of b... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Tab Creator TabSite Updates Offerings - Posted September 5, 2012
Facebook custom tab creator ... [AllFacebook]

Wolfram|Alpha Dives Into Facebook Analytics - Posted September 4, 2012
Heading into the Labor Day weekend, Wolfram|Alpha released a new feature that lets users perform personal analytics with Facebook data, for free. Users can head here and type in "Facebook Report" for an analysis of their Facebook data. Stephen Wolfram, the creator of the computational knowledge eng... [semanticweb.com]

Topsy Pro Analytics Takes Tweet Analysis To New And Disruptive Pricing Level - Posted August 21, 2012
Real-time social analytics platform Topsy, which earlier this month debuted Twindex to provide insight into Twitterati sentiment on the presidential candidates, today unveils Topsy Pro Analytics. It delivers in-depth metrics based on the Twitter firehose via A... [AllTwitter]

Topsy Pro Analytics Takes Tweet Analysis To New And Disruptive Pricing Level - Posted August 21, 2012
Real-time social analytics platform Topsy, which earlier this month debuted Twindex to provide insight into Twitterati sentiment on the presidential candidates, today unveils Topsy Pro Analytics. It delivers in-depth metrics based on the Twitter firehose via A... [semanticweb.com]

Social Media Newsfeed: No Facebook Deal | AT&T and FaceTime | Zynga Stock - Posted August 20, 2012
 Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

5 Ways to Introduce Google+ to Curious Friends - Posted August 17, 2012
It's a Wednesday, and I've just met a few friends for beers on a buzzing rooftop patio in Manhattan. I'm only in town for a day and my sunshine dreams are being smothered by the patter on the covered terrace - apparently I got into town for the rainiest week this... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook To Developers: No Using Platform To Export User Data To Other Social Networks - Posted August 9, 2012
Facebook issued a stern reminder to developers that its platform ca... [AllFacebook]

Social Searcher Offers Real-Time Facebook Search With Social Buzz - Posted August 8, 2012
The latest to take a crack at creating an effective social search to... [AllFacebook]

Should You Be Using Google+? eBay Says Yes - Posted August 8, 2012
A post this weekend by the eBay Partner Network ruminated on whether you should be using Google+ to help your online strategy. This is the type of question that's been floating around the web (and passed along in impromptu games of ... [SocialTimes.com]

Microsoft Rebrands Hotmail As Outlook, Adds Facebook Integration - Posted July 31, 2012
Microsoft's latest attempt to beef up its ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Plummets In 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index - Posted July 17, 2012
Facebook took a beating in the latest American Customer Satisfaction I... [AllFacebook]

YouTube To Offer Free Production Workshops On Google Plus Hangouts - Posted July 16, 2012
Want to learn more about pre-production, production or post-production for YouTube? Starting this Wednesday, YouTube will be offering free weekly workshops on Google Plus Hangouts open to all YouTube Creators. Workshops will take place every Wednesday, starting this Wednesday, at Noon PT / 3pm ET at the ... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Releases Tool to Fuse Multiple Google+ Accounts - Posted July 16, 2012
Not unlike Agent Smith from the Matrix, there are some users of social networks who pride themselves on developing multiple accounts - multiple versions of their own persona each with their own social connections and friend lists. In some cases, as time passes, the burden of the multi-faced ... [SocialTimes.com]

Explore London 2012 On Facebook Hub Launches In Preparation For 2012 Summer Olympics - Posted June 18, 2012
With the 2012 Summer Olympic Games i... [AllFacebook]

Wooga and Popcap Pull Games from Google+ - Posted June 15, 2012
Some bad news for Google's emerging social network. Two major publishers of online games, Electronic Arts' Popcap division and Germany's Wooga, have announced that they are going to pull their games from Google+. The games have only been live on the network for less than a year but have been under-performing.... [SocialTimes.com]

Is YouTube Redesigning Their Homepage Yet Again? - Posted June 15, 2012
YouTube seems to be at it again. Months after their massive site overhaul it looks like they're redesigning things once again. Last night Engadget published a sc... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook Testing Call Button For Video Chat - Posted June 15, 2012
Do you remember the big announcement about Skype's integratio... [AllFacebook]

Rock The Vote, PromoJam Enlist Facebook Like Button In Voter-Registration Campaign - Posted June 14, 2012
Rock the Vote teamed up wi... [AllFacebook]

IPO Sinks Facebook In Customer Loyalty Study - Posted June 1, 2012
The list of casualties of Facebook's staggering ... [AllFacebook]

Search Engine Referrals To Facebook Pages Halved - Posted May 31, 2012
In January, Google released its ... [AllFacebook]

Picture This: Photo Features Could Boost Google Plus In Battle Vs. Facebook - Posted May 23, 2012
Google Plus appears to be working on closing the gap that exis... [AllFacebook]

Four Reasons Why Google Doesn't Care If Facebook Wins The Social Media Wars - Posted May 22, 2012
Facebook is winning the social media wars. But ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Still Dominates Google Plus On Android - Posted May 18, 2012
Recently, by way of sponsored stories in Facebook users' ne... [AllFacebook]

Is Google+ Suffering from Weak Engagement? - Posted May 16, 2012
When talking about Google+, the number to quote is usually 100 million users. That's what was announced as part of Google's latest announcement and also seems to check out with web pundits based on the fact that Gmail has an estimated 60 million users and many of those are grandfathered... [SocialTimes.com]

INFOGRAPHIC: 59.5 Percent Of News Via Social Media Is From Facebook - Posted May 14, 2012
Nearly 30 percent of Americans get their news from social media, a... [AllFacebook]

Conan O'Brien Does His First Google+ Hangout [Video] - Posted May 10, 2012
Conan O'Brien, the late night comedian with the shock of red hair, hosted his first Google+ Hangout on Monday, and apparently not everybody knows about it yet, as the recording only has 11,500 video views on YouTube. That said, Google hasn't published any other stats to let us know how... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ for iPhone Gets a Fresh Update - Posted May 10, 2012
The Google+ application for iPhone got an update yesterday, according to a Google+ blog post by Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President at Google. The new version of the application includes several user experience enhancements such as larger profile images, easier browsing of photos and videos and visual cues that make... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Improves Email and Mobile Notifications - Posted May 9, 2012
When you find a good thread in Google+ and want to keep abreast of what people are saying, you need to have your email notifications set to "on". That way, whenever someone replies to the post, you'll get an email keeping you up to date on what people are saying... [SocialTimes.com]

Star Trek Actor Launches Vitriolic Tumblr Rant Against Google+ - Posted May 3, 2012
What's the most annoying thing on the web? It might be spam, it might be pop-ups, and it might be mandatory registrations. To Wil Wheaton, who played the redheaded Doctor's son in Star Trek: The Next Generation, it's definitely the third one. The actor recently tried to 'like'... [SocialTimes.com]

Video Chat with a Venture Capitalist at Google+ VC Office Hours - Posted May 2, 2012
Google+ has introduced a new series called VC Office Hours, where prominent venture capitalists and angel investors will participate in live Google+ Hangouts and answer questions about starting new businesses and arranging investments. It's still a small program,... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Sics Beast On Viddy - Posted April 30, 2012
Following Facebook's sudden $1 billion acquisition of photo-sharing service Instagram... [AllFacebook]

Google's Sebastian Thrun Uses Google Glasses on Charlie Rose [Video] - Posted April 27, 2012
Sebastian Thrun, founder and head of Google X, uses the connected Google Glasses while talking with Charlie Rose. It's pretty impressive to see him use the glasses, take a photo of Charlie Rose, then nod to upload the photo to "G Plus" as he calls Google+. That must be... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Releases the Orange Google+ Share Button - Posted April 25, 2012
It was only a matter of time before Google+ improved their current share button offering. While the company did make the +1 button available for use, there was not an easy, stylish way to include a Google+ share button on your blog. Google has fixed that as they announced... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Drive Offers 5 GB of Free Storage in the Cloud - Posted April 25, 2012
Have you ever wanted to store your important files online? If so, you may have used a service like Dropbox, which creates a folder on your own hard drive and automatically syncs it with the Cloud, thereby giving you a folder which is always, automatically synced. Well it wasn't... [SocialTimes.com]

African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Users Can Now Update their Google+ Status through SMS - Posted April 23, 2012
The Google India Blog announced that users can now easily post status updates to Google+ via SMS. For some foreign countries where mobile internet isn't always a given in all areas, this tool allows people to stay up to date without having to head over to an Internet cafe or... [SocialTimes.com]

INFOGRAPHIC: Look Like An Expert On Facebook - Posted April 18, 2012
Facebook dominates social media, but that doesn't mean you should post everything you can think of on the site. Consider limiting it to blog posts, videos, photos, questions and answers. And keep in mind that attempting to connect to too many people at once can dilute genuine connections. This advice comes from... [AllFacebook]

The Google+ Redesign is Simple, Functional and Very Social [Video] - Posted April 11, 2012
Google+ has undergone a makeover, and it's cleaner, more functional and the best competitor to Facebook the web has ever seen. There are some awesome new integrations with other Google services like YouTube and they've better emphasized photos and video Hangouts. I've been a long time fan of Google+... [SocialTimes.com]

Today: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Hosts a Google+ Hangout - Posted April 10, 2012
At 3:30pm EST on Tuesday, six people will participate in a Google+ Hangout with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Google has been actively recruiting celebrities and Presidents to use Google Hangouts to connect with people, and they are definitely a great way of getting the word out about Google+. The event will... [SocialTimes.com]

Word to Semantic Web Startups: The JOBS Act Is On - Posted March 28, 2012
If there's one thing the Semantic Web arena is full of, it is start-ups. In fact, the slew of creative and innovative ideas out there coming from young companies is one of the reasons for the first Start-Up Competition to be held at the Semantic Tech & Business... [semanticweb.com]

Create A New YouTube Channel With Your Google+ Profile - Posted March 15, 2012
If you like to keep your social persona consistent with the same user names a profile pictures across the board, YouTube and Google have just made things a whole lot easier for you. Yesterday they added a new YouTube feature that allows users to sign up for a new YouTube... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Privacy Policy Making Info Less Private? - Posted March 1, 2012
Google launched a new privacy policy today that pulls 60 of the company's services under one roof so that information about user activity can now be shared across platforms, from Gmail to YouTube, for example. And the policy states plainly... [PRNewser]

Google Puts New Privacy Policy Into Effect, And Stage Is Set For More Personalized Products Even As Google Plus Pickup Is Slow - Posted March 1, 2012
ComScore this week issued a report that wasn't particularly flattering to Google Plus. It noted that users spent just 3.3 minutes on the social network in January compared to 7.5 hours for Facebook. Much discussion revolved around the fact that Google last month touted that the service had grown to 90... [semanticweb.com]

Chinese Flood Obama's Google+ Page with Humorous Comments - Posted February 27, 2012
China's dammed Internet wall is common knowledge -- Chinese users are blockaded from looking at Facebook, Google+, Twitter and other sites that their government doesn't allow. With all that pressure building up, though, the dam seems to have had a small crack, and it led to Obama's Google+ page. Some meddl... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Circles Added to Google Voice - Posted February 24, 2012
Google Voice is a cool product that gives you a centralized phone number and service. Imagine having one phone number that rings every phone you own? That's Google Voice. In addition to that killer feature, the service lets you manage voice mail, control which of your phones ring... [SocialTimes.com]

There's Plenty of Fish on Google+ -- 42% of Users are Single [Infographic] - Posted February 15, 2012
An overwhelming majority of Google+ users are men according to research by Website-Monitoring -- 67%, in fact. In addition, most G+ users live in Bangalore, most G+ users are students and the Google +1 Button is served more than 5 billion times a day. For anybody who's suspecting that... [SocialTimes.com]

How Are the Airlines Using Google+? [Infographic] - Posted February 10, 2012
At a recent Socialize event in Toronto, a few panelists pointed out that people may be looking at Google+ the wrong way. While most are trying to categorize it as a social network, the speaker felt that Google+ couldn't miss because it was just a way of strengthening social SEO,... [SocialTimes.com]

Watch Obama's Complete Google+ Hangout with America [Video] - Posted January 31, 2012
President Obama completed his first live Google Hangout on Monday, and the results were pretty good. Google has put up the video, and you can see that whether you agree with the answers or not, the overall effect of having Americans from all over the country asking live questions to... [SocialTimes.com]

Socialize: Google+ May Be More of a Social Layer Than a Social Network - Posted January 27, 2012
At today's Socialize conference here at the beautiful St. Andrew's Club onthe 27th floor of the Sun Life Financial Tower there was a great session discussing Google+ and its role within the greater Google suite. The most interesting idea was that Google+ shouldn't be looked at as a social network,... [SocialTimes.com]

Are You Going To Add a Nickname to Your Google+? - Posted January 24, 2012
When the flocks began migrating from MySpace to Facebook around five years ago, one of the common positives ascribed to FB was the fact that it ensured real names -- that would help you know who the heck you were talking to. In my opinion, it was a series of... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Stacks Their Search with Google+ Results -- Is It Unfair or Just a Bad Idea? - Posted January 24, 2012
Google Search plus Your World is the latest incarnation of Google's search, and was released last week to a lukewarm reception. The new service includes Google's Google+ search results into any query, and supposedly kept things equal for existing social networks. However, some sleuthi... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Starts Asking You To Ask Questions -- Is Quora Threatened? - Posted January 23, 2012
Late last week Google quietly rolled out a feature where Google asks you if you want to ask a question related to your current search query, and it then posts the question on Google+. It doesn't look like they're providing any special interface for the question, but it does make... [SocialTimes.com]

Obama to Answer Your Questions on State of the Union Interview on Google+ - Posted January 23, 2012
Following tomorrow's crucial State of the Union address, President Barack Obama will participate in a Google Plus Hangout next week to ostensibly field questions about his speech. He'll be addressing questions from users who will have until January 28th to submit their questions via video. I'm curious to see... [SocialTimes.com]

What Are People Saying About SOPA on Google+, Facebook and Twitter? - Posted January 19, 2012
Unless you've been hiding in your IP-hidden digital cave for the last few weeks, you're probably aware that the Internet is currently rife with protests for SOPA, the Stop Online Privacy Act. Critics from Silicon Valley and various technology companies around the world blacked out their sites to protest the... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Is Serious About Social -- Introducing "Search plus Your World" - Posted January 10, 2012
Google yesterday launched "Search, plus your World," as it's tentatively called. It takes the best features of Google Plus and integrates them with Google search. It mainly includes results from your friends in a miniature row right at the top of your search results. With such powerful placement,... [SocialTimes.com]

Map My Circles for Google+ Lets You See Where Your Friends Are - Posted January 9, 2012
Have you ever wondered where all your friends are, at once? Alright, it may not be something that comes up all the time, but it doesn't mean it wouldn't be fun to take a look. A new extension for the Google Chrome web browser (my personal favorite) adds a... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Traffic Up 55% -- Hits 49M Visits in December - Posted January 3, 2012
Experian Hitwise tweeted last night about Google+'s latest coup -- a 55% traffic increase in December over November. We recently reported on a study about Google having up to 62 million users (the report was based on a surname average estimat... [SocialTimes.com]

WATCH: The Muppets Cover David Bowie for Google Plus Commercial - Posted December 29, 2011
It's no secret that we at Social Times are big fans of Google Plus' Hangout feature, with it's ability to easily have tens of people video chatting and sharing YouTube videos with just a few clicks. Their latest addition, allowing people to start ... [SocialTimes.com]

What Are the Fastest Growing Google+ Pages? New Service Lets You Find Out - Posted December 21, 2011
Sure, Google+ is its infancy. It doesn't have a lot of million follower count profiles yet, and it is definitely the go-to gag of the social world right now. But I'm not one to count out Google's slow, meticulous approach to the network. They've been adding updates every... [SocialTimes.com]

Do You Dumb Down Your Posts for Facebook? Google+ May Be for You - Posted December 19, 2011
As Google Plus begins to win its followers, we're seeing a bit of a culture shift on the users of the network. As with any new technology, the first adopters tend to be a close-knit bunch, and out of them, inevitably, come a few users who stick their nose up... [SocialTimes.com]

10 Google Plus Reactions to the Death of Kim Jong Il - Posted December 19, 2011
If you haven't heard, Kim Jong Il passed away this morning. The notoriously barred North Korean government isn't releasing any specific information, but social networks of all types were out in droves to comment on the news. In a situation similar to the death of Osama bin Laden, there... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Plus Updates Notifications, Pages and Photos - Posted December 19, 2011
In the run up to the holidays, Google has been doing a lot of work to improve their Google Plus social network. Just a week ago we had a slew of Google Plus Hangout improvements, and now we've got updates for the notifications and pages features. A lot of... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Rolls Out "Find My Face" -- Will You Opt In? - Posted December 12, 2011
After announcing details of the program last week, Google Plus is slowly rolling out their new "Find My Face" feature to G+ users. The new service will automatically send a Google robot to your front door to determine whether your face is still on your head -- just kidding. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Updates Android Application - Posted December 8, 2011
Google has updated their Google+ Android app including -- wait, it wasn't there before? -- Search. Other features added are giving "+1s" to photos and comments and better photo and video upload support. I've found the Google+ Android application to be an easy-to-use app, with the big clear icons... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Plus vs Facebook... Starring Google Girl [Video] - Posted December 7, 2011
I was just browsing YouTube and checking out their new statistics tool when my sidebar presented me with "Google Girl." It's a series of videos by a Google fangirl who's dramatized some of her interesting experiences with Google+ and other social networks. I found this one pretty funny, with... [SocialTimes.com]

Should Governments Censor Social Networks to Prevent Religious Clashes? - Posted December 7, 2011
We may not hear a lot about it here in the West, but India is currently undergoing their social renaissance. Services like Facebook, Google Plus and Orkut are huge over there, and continue to grow at staggering rates. One look at this "Who's Using Google Plus" infographic and you'll... [SocialTimes.com]

The Wit and Wisdom of Sheryl Sandberg: 10 Insights from IGNITION - Posted December 5, 2011
The Business Insider IGNITION conference just wrapped up this week. The height of the event, of course, came on the second morning, at 9 am, when ... [SocialTimes.com]

Who's Actually Using Google Plus? [Infographic] - Posted December 5, 2011
You've probably visited Google Plus, and since any Google user is automatically signed up, you probably already have an account. Now, whether you've ever been back to the service is a question I can't answer (I suspect the answer may be no), but the fine folks over at Flowtown have... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Referrals Drop Sharply: Facebook, StumbleUpon, YouTube Lead the Way - Posted December 2, 2011
There are many ways to gauge the strength of a social network: users, page views, monthly active users and time spent per page are all effective. One that I like to look at is referrals, which look at how often a social network is sourcing a link to great content.... [SocialTimes.com]

Tech Round Up: Brands Missing Links on Google+, Twitter Buys Whisper - Posted December 1, 2011
-In news that suprises probably no one on the planet, brands are not as engaged on Google+ as they are on Facebook. SEO company BrightEdge found that within the first 10 days of availability, 61 percent of the top 100 brands around the globe had a presen... [PRNewser]

What Can Google Plus Possibly Do To Make You Switch from Facebook? - Posted December 1, 2011
The mandate here at Social Times is to predict emerging social networks (i.e. not Twitter and Facebook), and I've been watching Google Plus very closely since it launched. Many saw it as the third major 'social' product, after Google Wave and Google Buzz, which both were ill-fated and poorly executed... [SocialTimes.com]

Hello Big Clickable Google Logo, Goodbye Awkward Horizontal Black Bar - Posted November 30, 2011
Google has been spending a lot of time tweaking with their design, lately. From unveiling a new social network to cleaning up GMail (and renaming it Google Mail), someone at Google has clearly recognized the importance of User Experience (UX) design. Today, they unveiled a new concept: a big... [SocialTimes.com]

Will Google+ TV Ads Be a Gamechanger for Social Networks? - Posted November 29, 2011
Earlier this month, I wrote an article discouraging businesses from jumping on the Google+ train. To sum up, Google+ has opened for business, allowing corporate accounts not unlike Facebook's brand pages. I argued that indiv... [SocialTimes.com]

How Influential Are You on Google Plus? Klout Adds New Feature to Let You Know - Posted November 28, 2011
Klout rates social significance on many levels and gives a Twitter user a score based on their influence. The useful service now includes the very young but growing social network --Google Plus. Klout had been waiting for a specific level of population increase on the young social network platform in order... [SocialTimes.com]

Tech Round Up: Klout Explains, Vitrue Reaches a Billion, and More - Posted November 23, 2011
Google has cut a number of services including Wave, Knol, and Friend Connect. (Does anyone even know what these things are?) But, Google+ ... [AgencySpy]

General Motors' Google Plus Page Looks Great... But Who's Using It? - Posted November 23, 2011
The debate continues in coffee shops and lunch rooms all over Silicon Valley about whether Google Plus is already a failure. Does 25 million users ever constitute a failure? Maybe, maybe not, but it looks like some big brands are taking steps to get their feet in the door... [SocialTimes.com]

Tech Round Up: Google+ and SEO, Tablet Use, and More - Posted November 21, 2011
Research by SEO company BrightEdge shows that 61 percent of the top 100 brands have launched a Google+ page. The company also found that companies w... [PRNewser]

YouTube Testing Revamped Design With Google+ Integration & New YouTube Guide - Posted November 21, 2011
It looks like YouTube is testing out a brand new site design, complete with a revamped homepage, a brand new page called YouTube Guide, Google Plus and Facebook integration and more. Several YouTubers have reported that their YouTube accounts have been upgraded to the new design over the past week... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Plus Adds Trending Topics and More [Video] - Posted November 21, 2011
  Google Plus, the search giant's social network, has added a new feature called Trending Topics within the social network's search feature. Mashable reported that the Trending Topics feature was quietly introduced to users Thursday night. Similar to Twitter's T... [SocialTimes.com]

61 Percent Of The World's Top Brands Already Have Google+ Pages - Posted November 17, 2011
It's been just over a week since Google launched business pages and already a whopping 61 percent of the world's top brands have created Google+ pages. However, site, search and social management platform ... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Acquires Two More Startups: Katango and Apture - Posted November 11, 2011
Google has bought two additional startups to help the company upgrade some of its services. The purchases were announced yesterday and are Katango, a service that helps users manage their online social networks, and Apture, a service that makes tools in order to conduct searches about the topics contained in a Web... [SocialTimes.com]

YouTube Hops On The Google Plus Bandwagon With +YouTube - Posted November 8, 2011
As you may have heard, yesterday Google+ launched business pages to open up a new channel for businesses to connect with their fans, and one of the first brands to jump on the pages bandwagon was YouTube. Yesterday on the ... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Plus Now Open To All Google Apps Users - Posted October 31, 2011
[caption id="attachment_82629" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="allgooglesplus"][/caption] Google announced on their site that Google Apps is now in service with Google Plus. All Google Apps users, paid ... [SocialTimes.com]

1 In 4 Small Biz Hate Social Media, Love Facebook - Posted October 25, 2011
One-quarter of small business owners hate social media, but they love Facebook -- or better to say they hate it the least. A recent survey by iContact f... [Lost Remote]

Five Reasons Zynga Shouldn't Go Public Yet - Posted October 3, 2011
Zynga has a sky-high implied valuation, and it could wind up being worth much more at IPO. There are, quite frankly, billions of reasons for the social gaming company to pursue an IPO. But, is now the right t... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Vs. Facebook Privacy [Exclusive Infographic] - Posted September 29, 2011
These days most of us spend a lot of time on social sites like Facebook and Google+, but how often do we stop to think about privacy? Unfortunately, not as often as we probably should. In a new infographic shared exclusively with Social Times, PEER 1 Hosting ex... [SocialTimes.com]

Google+ Service Continues to Grow Since Opening to the Public - Posted September 28, 2011
[caption id="attachment_79619" align="aligncenter" width="318" caption="A happy Googler"][/caption] Google+, which we all know is Google's new social-networking service, experienced a boom in visits this last week after the service opened up to the public at large, according to New York research firm Experian ... [SocialTimes.com]

The Semantic Link - Episode 8, July 2011 - Posted July 19, 2011
On Monday, July 18, a group of Semantic thought leaders from around the globe met with their host and colleague, Paul Miller, for the ei... [AllTwitter]

How Journalists, Community Can Connect With Google+ - Posted July 12, 2011
Chances are if you read 10,000 Words, you're a journalist of some stripe and you're also familiar with -- and likely already belong to -- the latest social network: Google Plus. I'm no longer a news beat reporter, but I immediately saw an awesome opportunity for a specific journalist or even... [TVSpy]

How Journalists, Community Can Connect With Google+ - Posted July 12, 2011
Chances are if you read 10,000 Words, you're a journalist of some stripe and you're also familiar with -- and likely already belong to -- the latest social network: Google Plus. I'm no longer a news beat reporter, but I immediately saw an awesome opportunity for a specific journalist or even... [10,000 Words]

Google+ Hangouts To Add Sign Language Support - Posted July 12, 2011
Google+ just launched and they're already talking about new updates and features. One such update will be especially appreciated by deaf Google+ users. According to GigaOM's NewTeeVee, Google will be launching a field test with a set of users th... [SocialTimes.com]

The Complete Video Guide To Google+ - Posted July 12, 2011
Everyone is talking about Google+ right now and since more and more people are signing up and adding us to their circles each and every day, we thought there was no better time than now to put together a guide about all the features of Google's new social network. Google has released... [SocialTimes.com]

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