When you're a billionaire media mogul, you have the luxury of saying just about whatever you want on social networking and mircroblogging sites. Rupert Murdoch's recently registered Twitter account underscores this, and the fact that he's making more waves in two weeks than Charlie Sheen did during his prolonged meltdown proves he's either using Twitter entirely the wrong way or exactly the way it should be. Quite frankly, we're having trouble deciding.
There have been nothing but headlines since Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter less than two weeks ago. After owning an account for just 48 hours, Murdoch managed to offend an entire country by suggesting the "Brits have too many holidays for a broke country." Shortly after, a fake Wendi Murdoch (wife of Rupert Murdoch) account was mistakenly verified by Twitter as real. Never shy of the spotlight, Murdoch this morning went on record saying he and his team "screwed up" MySpace in just about every way imaginable.
Google a week ago began rolling out a social search update called "Search, "Plus Your World," which meshes photos, comments, and posts on your Google+ account with your search results. This has drawn the ire of a privacy advocate called EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) concerned over privacy and antitrust issues that could arise from the new search feature.
It was only a matter of time, and now Google has rolled Google+ social results into its search engine in a big way. The new system is called “Search Plus Your World,” and it's the biggest change to Google search in years. The new social search will surface content on the web, as well as on Google+. Everything from posts, to photos, to shared links will be taken into account from here on out.
A metaphorical boxing match between two 800-pound gorillas is quickly shaping up in the social network arena. In one corner: Facebook, the reigning champion. In the other corner: Google+, a fast-rising up-and-comer with a big name and deep pockets behind it. At stake: the time-deprived attention of millions of social network users. There can be only one victor.
Facebook has revealed much about the human condition, and now it’s reminding us how vain we humans can be sometimes. According to a recent interview with Facebook’s engineering director Arturo Bejar, the majority of photos flagged by users as inappropriate are actually just unflattering images of the user that reported it.
It only took billionaire publishing mogul Rupert Murdoch about 48 hours on Twitter to enrage an entire nation all over again. in the wake of last year’s UK phone hacking scandal that resulted in News of the World being shut down, Murdoch suggested in a tweet that the British have too many holidays for a “broke country.” Oh, snap.
Did you have trouble posting to Twitter yesterday morning, the first day of the 2012? The social networking site became overloaded with tweets at around 3PM GMT, precisely the moment the new year was being celebrated in Japan. Celebratory tweets reached 16,197 posts per second before Twitter gave up the ghost and entered an hour long coma.
Neil Sedaka sang how "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," though if he were to go back after all these years and add another verse, it would have to include a disclaimer about Facebook, even if he decides to only sing the bonus lyrics when touring the U.K. According to a survey carried out by U.K. divorce website Divorce-Online, 33 percent of divorce petitions filed in 2011 made mention of the world's largest social playground.
Paul Allen is the founder of Ancestry.com, and likes to call himself the unofficial Google+ statistician. Allen has taken to giving the occasional analysis of actual Google+ users, and in the past his analyses have matched up with Google’s official announcements. Today Allen has released his newest estimate of Google+ traffic, and says the social network has passed 62 million users.