Cellular company T-Mobile is trying its best to accumulate new customers – the mobile wireless provider is now offering free Facebook access to its prepaid customers without data plans. The deal is for its GoSmart users ( starting at $25/mo) who will be able to access a slower, free version of Facebook using their phones starting in January of 2014.
Since GoSmart users who have data comes with unlimited access, the free Facebook access will be unnoticeable for those on the 3G data network. Additionally, T-Mobile is rumored to be luring new customers by paying off their cancellation fees with other carriers. Subscribers of other cellular service will get up to $350 credit to switch from rival carriers, with up to five lines of service per family.
The Port Philip Bay in Melbourne, Australia nearly claimed at least one Facebook loving tourist, who, luckily survived the ordeal despite being unable to swim. According to witnesses who called for aid, the Taiwanese tourist walked right off of the Pier and into the cold water. She was able to maintain afloat , on her back, until police arrived and recued her a few meters away from the pier. She somehow managed to hang onto her phone despite being in harm’s way.
A social media warning was humorously posted on the Victoria police website:
Status Update: OMG One Step Too Far
In an interesting twist Victoria Police Water Police have identified a new hazard on Port Phillip Bay – social media!
A female tourist is lucky to be alive after taking one step too many while browsing Facebook on Monday night.
Facebook was the No. 1 most popular smartphone app of 2013, according to Nielsen’s year-end digital media report, which looked at unique users for iOS and Android apps. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram was the fastest growing app. It jumped up 66 percent from last year to the No. 7 slot.
Facebook’s success is probably no surprise. There are a number of social networks on the top 10 list, but take a closer look and you’ll also see a lot of basic, utilitarian apps, such as search and maps.
About two-thirds of American mobile subscribers own a smartphone, up from 56 percent at the beginning of the year, Nielsen said.
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Twitter is returning to its SMS roots for mobile blogging – the company has teamed up with startup U2opia to create a phone-accessible feed of localized tweets. The service is set to target emerging markets in areas like Africa and South America where 8 in 10 users do not have data connections on their phone.
In an interview with Reuters, U2opia’s Co-founder Sumesh Menon said, ” For a lot of end users in the emerging markets, it’s going to be their first Twitter experience.” U2opia transmits Twitter feeds using USSD, or Unstructed Supplementary Service Data. It doesn’t allow users to see images or other graphics, but is otherwise perfect for the micro-blog. Read more
Studies have shown that humans can only commit to 150 meaningful relationships in real life, at work, and also on Facebook – so why do we have so many beyond that number? It’s known as Dunbar’s number, and it’s part of our evolutionary trait.
As social animals humans have developed brains to accommodate for hunter-gatherer societies up to about 150 individuals. Geographical distributed limited that number, but now, with Facebook and other online sites, it’s easy to have an infinite number of acquaintances that you never really interact with on a daily, monthly, or yearly basis. To bring this theory to life, we are sharing this video from internet prankster, Greg Benson. Read more
Facebook released an update to its Messenger app that allows you to reach anyone using the app whose number you have, not just your existing Facebook friends.
The update lets individuals text their contacts from within the app, rather than switching to Facebook, their phone’s SMS client, or any other chat app. For those still paying per text, it could be a real money saver. Of course, not everyone has signed up for Messenger, so it may depend how popular Messenger is with an individual’s group of friends and family whether it’s relevant.
A fresh design, more speed, swipe navigation, and icons showing who among your contacts is on Messenger and active round out the update. Read more