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Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Surface More Relevant Posts - Posted August 6, 2013
[gallery link="file" columns="2"] Facebook today announced two minor changes to its News Feed that will surface more -- and hopefully more relevant -- posts from users' friends. Story Bumping and Last Actor sound just as adorable as two other Facebook activities: poking and liking, but the names of the two new features actually... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Surface More Relevant Posts - Posted August 6, 2013
[gallery link="file" columns="2"] Facebook today announced two minor changes to its News Feed that will surface more -- and hopefully more relevant -- posts from users' friends. Story Bumping and Last Actor sound just as adorable as two other Facebook activities: poking and liking, but the names of the two new features actually... [SocialTimes.com]

New Klout Controls Let You Influence Your Own Influence - Posted July 31, 2013
Klout has released an update that allows members of the social media influence-scoring site to choose which areas of expertise are ranked first on their profiles, where others can see them. While Klout initially selects the topics based on how others respond to users'... [AllFacebook]

New Klout Controls Let You Influence Your Own Influence - Posted July 31, 2013
Klout has released an update that allows members of the social media influence-scoring site to choose which areas of expertise are ranked first on their profiles, where others can see them. While Klout initially selects the topics based on how others respond to users'... [SocialTimes.com]

A Closer Look at Zagat's New Website and Mobile Apps for Android and iPhone - Posted July 30, 2013
[gallery columns="4"] Though it was acquired by Google in 2011, Zagat is holding its ground as a stand-alone review service with the release of a new website and mobile app for Android and iPhone. Zagat predates socia... [SocialTimes.com]

Siri Alternative Maluuba Offers Sports Results, TV Schedules - Posted May 22, 2013
Frederic Lardoinois of Tech Crunch reports, "Maluuba, the Waterloo, Canada-based ... [semanticweb.com]

Seeing Double? Pinterest Adds Duplicate Pin Notification - Posted May 15, 2013
Pinterest will now notify users when they've already pinned an image on the bookmarking site. The company rolled out the feature today to web users and will bring it to mobile devices soon. In the spirit of Twitter's "Whoops! You already tweeted that...", Pinterest will ale... [AllFacebook]

Seeing Double? Pinterest Adds Duplicate Pin Notification - Posted May 15, 2013
Pinterest will now notify users when they've already pinned an image on the bookmarking site. The company rolled out the feature today to web users and will bring it to mobile devices soon. In the spirit of Twitter's "Whoops! You already tweeted that...", Pinterest will ale... [SocialTimes.com]

Screenshots Reveal Where Google+ Will Appear on the New Google Maps - Posted May 15, 2013
A glimpse of the new desktop version of Google Maps has surfaced just ahead of Google's I/O conference, where the feature is expected to be announced. Droid Life has captured ... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Releases iOS Version of Google Now - Posted April 29, 2013
Once an Android exclusive, Google's location-based search feature Google Now is available for download today on the iPhone and iPad. Google Now personalizes the search bar with things like live flight updates, weather and traffic conditions, breaking news and sports hi... [SocialTimes.com]

Pinterest Improves Its Search Features - Posted April 25, 2013
Pinterest today announced a few changes to its new look that will make people and pins easier to find. New to the image bookmarking site is a "find friends" tab that shows users when their Facebook and Twitter friends have joined Pinterest. User notifications, displayed in the upper right corner, will also... [SocialTimes.com]

Mayer: Telecommuting Policy Not For Everyone -- Not Even Everyone at Yahoo - Posted April 19, 2013
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, whose strict telecommuting policy was believed by many to be -- for lack of a better phrase -- ruining it for everyone, has clarified that her company's internal policies were not intended to be a statement on how all offices should be run, not even her own. In... [SocialTimes.com]

Visualizing an Alternative Facebook - Posted April 18, 2013
It's a known universal law that if Facebook mentions the word redesign it will trigger an endless murmur of discontent. The latest update to Facebook is slowly being implemented. Despite all of the simplification and prettiness, it leaves a lot to be desired. First, some praises. I love how the new... [SocialTimes.com]

Google Releases Quickoffice for iPhone, Android - Posted April 3, 2013
Google Apps for Business users can now edit Microsoft Office files using Quickoffice on iPhone and Android, the company announced today. Already available o... [SocialTimes.com]

Pinterest Releases New Apps for iOS and Android - Posted March 22, 2013
Need inspiration? Check your purse. Pinterest has updated its mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android to include some of the discovery features that were recently released on the web. Here's what'... [SocialTimes.com]

Twitter's iOS Update Dumps Video Uploading Services - Posted March 6, 2013
Version 5.4 of Twitter's iOS app, released today, has streamlined its its users' options for video. Twitter users will no longer be able to upload videos through through Mobypicture, Vodpod and Posterous on their Apple devices. Telly (formerly Twitvid) confirmed that the ser... [SocialTimes.com]

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]

TV Lover Network GetGlue Joins Twitter's Expanded Tweets - Posted February 26, 2013
Twitter is quickly becoming the go-to social network for watching people who watch television. Starting today, members of an even more TV-obsessed site, GetGlue, will be able to post pictures and short descriptions of TV shows on their Twitter feeds along with their commentary. Since June 2012, ... [SocialTimes.com]

Checklist: Is the New MySpace Right for Your Brand? - Posted February 26, 2013
In February 2013, MySpace opened in beta a new network for connecting musicians and other artists with the world. But is it right for your brand? Engauge's latest report, the "Myspace Skinny Paper," includes a handy checklist to help you decide. (We've made ... [SocialTimes.com]

Social Analytics Service Topsy Adds Email Alerts and Reports - Posted February 25, 2013
Topsy has announced the launch of two new features for quickly delivering social media insights to the people at the office who need them most. Starting today, subscribers to the social analytics service can sign up for email alerts and reports on trending topics. Offering a real-time analysis of public conversations... [SocialTimes.com]

Voice Media Group Takes on Yelp with New Mobile Apps - Posted February 25, 2013
Alternative newspapers including LA Weekly and the Village Voice are reclaiming their role as the go-to sources for recommended local events, restaurants, and bars. Parent company Voice Media Group has launched a redesigned mobile app for these ... [SocialTimes.com]

Sprylogics Focusing on Answer Engine, Liquid Messaging - Posted October 1, 2012
Sprylogics International has had an interesting year. The company recently shared an u... [semanticweb.com]

Support For Admins: Pages Manager For Apple Updated, Feedback Panel Announced - Posted September 18, 2012
Those who manage Facebook pages can often use all the help they can get. The social network announced two things Tuesday to aid pag... [AllFacebook]

Twitter Has Just Updated Your Profile Page. What Do You Think? - Posted September 18, 2012
In an announcement made live this morning on the TODAY show, Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo explained that some pretty big changes are coming to everyone's Twitter profiles. Namely, we all now have the option to upload a cover photo to our Twitter profiles that will display on Twitter.com, Twitter for Android,... [AllTwitter]

Discover How Many Of Your Followers Are Fake, More Accurately Than Ever - Posted August 29, 2012
There's been a lot of buzz - almost a roar, really - about the number of fake followers on Twitter lately. And it all started with this little app: Fakers by Social People, which calculates how many follower... [AllTwitter]

Next Up For Facebook: Android - Posted August 23, 2012
Now that Facebook has given its Apple iOS application a serious speed boost, it's time for the company to focus on Android devices. While Inside Facebook ... [AllFacebook]

Did Your Klout Score Skyrocket Today? Here's Why. - Posted August 14, 2012
I know that there are a lot of people out there who think that Klout is a joke (oftentimes myself included), but something about it keeps me coming back day after day, hoping that I've got a little more Klout than I did the day before. So you can only... [SocialTimes.com]

PaySwarm Alpha 3 Released - Posted August 13, 2012
Last week Manu Sporny announced, "PaySwarm Alpha 3 was released... For this release, we focused on getting preliminary REST API documentation published and the ... [semanticweb.com]

'Explore More' with Knowledge Graph - Posted July 30, 2012
Miranda Miller reports, "Google is reportedly testing a new feature in the ... [semanticweb.com]

Twitter Mobile Site Updated, Looks Great Even On An Old Phone - Posted May 8, 2012
Twitter has updated their mobile web experience to ensure that those using older feature phones, low-bandwidth networks or old browsers will be able to have the same experience as those on smartphones. ... [AllTwitter]

YouTube Updates Annotations & Adds New Social Features - Posted February 17, 2012
YouTube has been busy fine-tuning the site, adding new features and responding to user feedback ever since they launched their major site redesign at the end of 2011. Last month they rolled out ... [SocialTimes.com]

YouTube Rolls Out Updates To Video Editor, Video Manager & Browse Page - Posted January 26, 2012
It's been just over a month since YouTube launched their major site redesign, but it looks like they're not done yet! Today they've announced updates to the Browse page, Video Editor and Video Manager. Read on to find out what's new. ... [SocialTimes.com]

The Current State of RDFa 1.1 - Posted December 20, 2011
On his private website, Ivan Herman recently commented on the current status of RDFa 1.1. Herman stated, "There has b... [semanticweb.com]

Nuance's Dragon Go! Gets an Upgrade - Posted October 3, 2011
Dragon Go!, the free speech recognition app that lets you talk to your Apple devices, ... [semanticweb.com]

Users Can Breathe Easy: Skype Releases Update for Android App - Posted April 20, 2011
If you're a Skype Android app user, you can breathe easy; Skype has released an Android update which addresses the flaw reported earlier this week. Friday April 15th, and independent Android specialist discovered a flaw in Skype's Android app. This flaw allowed third party apps on the same mobile device to potentially... [SocialTimes.com]

Twitter for Blackberry v1.1 Released, Adds Location, Push @Mentions - Posted April 12, 2011
Blackberry users, rejoice: the official Twitter for Blackberry app has been updated. Version 1.1 has been released, and will be in the Blackberry App Store within the next 24 hours for all your downloading pleasure. After six weeks of testing, Twitter for Blackberry v1.1 is now ready fo... [10,000 Words]

Twitter for Blackberry v1.1 Released, Adds Location, Push @Mentions - Posted April 12, 2011
Blackberry users, rejoice: the official Twitter for Blackberry app has been updated. Version 1.1 has been released, and will be in the Blackberry App Store within the next 24 hours for all your downloading pleasure. After six weeks of testing, Twitter for Blackberry v1.1 is now ready fo... [AllTwitter]

HootSuite for Blackberry Gets a Big Update - Posted February 24, 2011
HootSuite for Blackberry users, rejoice: the social media dashboard has been updated to deliver almost the same functionality as the robust web-based version. You can now manage multiple Twitter accounts, along with your LinkedIn profile, Facebook pages, ... [AllTwitter]

Saatchi Alum Takes Chief 'Innovation' Role at JWT - Posted October 28, 2010
JWT announced that James Cooper has joined the agency's New York office as chief creative innovation officer. Cooper, who we now recognize from ... [AgencySpy]

Third Party Crasher is Facebook Friend to Many - Posted January 5, 2010
Famous-for-D.C. types around town may want to check out the de-friending button on their Facebook pages. It turns out a variety of people are friends with Third Party Crasher Extraordinaire Carlos Allen, including some of the very people who will be covering them for their respective news outlets... [FishbowlDC]

Drumroll Please... Washingtonian's Obama Cover - Posted April 21, 2009
We told you yesterday a shirtless President Obama would grace the May cover of Washingtonian... and here it is. The issue featur... [FishbowlDC]

Rumor Has It - Posted August 14, 2008
We got a tip that Bacardi is doing a "reconsolidation" of their agencies. But the tipster didn't have any info on whether or not they are looking for new partners. I'm trying to get more information from Bacardi on this. But in the meantime, what do you know? thespywriter@gmail.com Update:... [AgencySpy]

Hyatt Close to Picking an AOR - Posted August 4, 2008
A couple of months ago we talked about Hyatt dumping Euro and looking for a new agency. We got an email from an AS tipster that says the Hyatt pitch is down to the final stages for some agencies: "It's down to BBDO and Cutwater in the Hyatt pitch. BBH is... [AgencySpy]

John Maeda's Wife Bet Their Five Daughters He Wouldn't Land RISD Gig - Posted January 9, 2008
It seems even the King of Simplicity feels vulnerable from time to time. New RISD president John Maeda reveals that during the selection process he was feeling less-than-confident in his ability to snag the gig. In this ... [UnBeige]

Barack Steady: Obama's Design Wins - Posted January 7, 2008
The standard disclaimer applies: We at UnBeige do not endorse political candidates (unless they buy us stuff off our Amazon wishlist) and we are not a partisan organization (unless you count our steadfast Scientology affiliations). We've touched upon reviews of the Presidential-hopeful logos before (back when Newsweek ... [UnBeige]

UnBeige Looks Back: The Year In No Spec - Posted December 31, 2007
Compared to the firestorm of 2006, the no spec work battle was waged quietly in the trenches this year. Everyone seemed to be in agreement: Don't do spec, don't get your kids hooked on spec, don't spec yourself before you wreck yourself. And th... [UnBeige]

MUJI Takes Manhattan - Posted November 16, 2007
This is the day that New York designers, and Michael Bierut especially, have been saving their paychecks for. The first stateside MUJI threw open its SoHo doors this morning with a litt... [UnBeige]

Heller Good! Two New Books to Celebrate Steven Heller Week - Posted October 23, 2007
It's fitting that during Steven Heller Week, the one person who has written more design books than any man or machine on this planet would have two new books coming out. Add titles #3,124,342 and #3,124,343 to your library today: ... [UnBeige]

Deadline Extended Until Midnight For People's Design Award Voting; TOMS Sandals Still Leading - Posted October 16, 2007
Except for a few nominated oddities including the Prince guitar, last year's People's Design Award sponsored by the Cooper-Hewitt barely blipped on our radar; the Katrina Cottage ... [UnBeige]

Free Maira! - Posted September 24, 2007
When the TimesSelect wall came tumbling, crumbling down last week, reminiscent of a certain day in Europe back in '89, it didn't occur to us to pilfer our share of the riches horded by the moneyed elite and denied to the nonsubscribing huddled masses for so very long. For one, we now... [UnBeige]

Packing Up the Wagon for Dwell on Design - Posted September 14, 2007
This bird is headed north for the weekend to cover the Dwell on Design conference taking place in the fair city of San Francisco. We'll resume regular programming as soon as we get set up in the "blogger's bank," a sort of wireless playpen with all the accoutrements to keep us... [UnBeige]

NY Post Officially Kills Book Reviews? - Posted September 11, 2007
The news, if true, is hardly a surprise, but now NY Mag's Daily Intelligencer says the paper, which has been skimping on literary coverage since former books editor Jared Paul Stern was embroiled in a bribery scandal relating to his more high-profile job with Page Six, won't run book reviews in... [GalleyCat]

Saul Bass On Why Man Creates - Posted July 12, 2007
And you thought Saul Bass only made film titles. Here's a clip of the 1968 Oscar-winning short film Why Man Creates, directed by Bass an... [UnBeige]

Dutton To Publish Meg Gardiner in the US - Posted March 19, 2007
It worked for Ron McLarty, and now the Stephen King Anointment Test (TM) works once more for Meg Gardiner. After teasing her readers earlier this week with the news of an American deal, she sup... [GalleyCat]

Allan Chochinov and Peter Lunenfeld--From the Future! - Posted March 10, 2007
The post-lunch spot of the Schools of Thoughts conference was occupied by the "pragmatic utopians" as foccacia bread chicken sandwiches settled in our bellies. Same deal as the ... [UnBeige]

Otis Study Shows That "Creative Industries" Dominate LA's Economy - Posted March 2, 2007
A new study by Otis College of Arts and Design confirms what most design-savvy Southern California residents probably already knew: "Prepared by Jack Kyser, Chief Economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), the key fi... [UnBeige]

AIGA Launches New Zeldman-ified Site - Posted March 1, 2007
Well, we knew this day would come--in fact, we were so prepared for this day to come that we spent a little extra time on the AIGA site the other day, saying goodbye to its sweet, stodgy interface. We don't know how long ago that site had been around, but judging... [UnBeige]

AIGA's 2007 Medals go to Fella, Lupton, Mau and Olden - Posted February 27, 2007
Four big names were dropped into our mailbag late last night, the four names of the four people who will be receiving the AIGA Medal in 2007. Edward Fella, Ellen Lupton, Bruce Mau and Georg Olden will be honored at the ... [UnBeige]

Back When 'Google' Was a Five-Letter Word - Posted February 14, 2007
We don't get it. Yeah, we love the cutesy little Google Doodles. But as reader Jackie Larson points out to us today: Google Dude, where's your L? We know, the more optimistic of you will say that little stem is supposed to represent an L. No way, not in any stretch... [UnBeige]

Greenbuild Expo Moves From Brown LA to Green Chicago - Posted February 13, 2007
No doubt taking cues from its newly-minted City of the Future status, Greenbuild has announced it's ... [UnBeige]

Making Money from Government Commission Reports - Posted January 30, 2007
Fortune's Eugenia Levenson analyzes why freely available and lengthy government reports, such as the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group Reports, are selling like gangbusters. The latter book, published by Random House imprint Vintage, has spent six weeks on The New York Times... [GalleyCat]

Sevier Moves to Dutton - Posted January 22, 2007
After a very short stint with Touchstone/Fireside - where he acquired undercover FBI agent "Jack Falcone's" INSIDE MAN earlier this month - former St. Martin's editor Ben Sevier is moving to Dutton as a Senior Editor effective January 30. "Ben is generally regarded as one of the best crime fiction and... [GalleyCat]

Lorraine Wild Gives It Up For Her Soul Sister - Posted January 12, 2007
You know that people are always sending us UnBeige editors stuff, right? Mountains of stuff, cascading out of our mailboxes, pouring onto our desks like stuff fountains. Well, something funny happened three months ago. This gorgeous pink-red-orange book slid from between the stuff, filled with the fluo... [UnBeige]

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