Most people make it a point to avoid places they or their loved ones aren't welcome, so the fact that Mark Zuckerberg chose Vietnam as the destination for his holiday getaway indicates that perhaps the trip was at least partially diplomatic. Officially, Zuckerberg, along with his girlfriend and a few friends, spent time in Hanoi simply for pleasure and not for business, but there are plenty of other places he and his entourage could have visited, ones where his social networking site is welcome with open arms.
Google has let loose with a torrent of updates to its Google+ social network in advance of the new year. Among the improvements are changes to notifications, Pages, and the stream. Some of these are minor, and some are things people have been begging for.
Twitter is in the process of overhauling its site in a move intended to simultaneously streamline the user experience to that of a fleshed out social networking service, and provide a platform for advertisers more desirable than the one that exists now. It's already working. According to reports, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal just poured $300 million into Twitter because of its "promising" business model.
An Israeli entrepenuer formerly known as Rotem Guez has employed the unusual tactic of legally changing his name to dodge a lawsuit. His new name? Mark Zuckerberg, the same as the co-founder and CEO of Facebook. He changed his name after receiving a cease and desist order from Facebook over his Like Store, which sells advertisers "Likes" for their pages.
The new Facebook is here a little later than expected, but still too soon for some. The Timeline profile is going live for all users. It aims to tell the story of a user’s life in a giant scrollable page. Users are encouraged to fill in relevant details that Facebook might not know. Go ahead, give them more data. Cunning.
Been burned by Android malware? If so, Microsoft wants to hear from you, via Twitter, for a chance to score a free Windows Phone device. Microsoft's promotion ties into the recent RuFraud Android scam, in which third-party apps masquerading as legitimate programs like Angry Birds rack up premium SMS charges on the sly. Microsoft wants users to post their #droidrage story as it attempts to capitalize on the hysteria.
Journalists are now allowed to fire off live text-based communications, such as mobile email, social media (including Twitter), and Internet enabled laptops in and from courts throughout England and Wales without asking for permission, a U.K. judge ruled. Prior to the ruling, reporters would have to issue a request, but that rule has now been removed.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but failing that, a bucketful of apologies should do the trick. It appears to be working for Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, and the rest of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters crew after an errant 30-pound cannonball fired during filming of a TV episode rolled through a neighborhood in Dublin, California and hit every inanimate object it could find.
As tempting as it might be to dump your drink on the person sitting in front of you or jar their seat like you're trying to kick the winning field goal as a not-so-friendly reminder of cell phone etiquette, consider for a moment that maybe they're actually supposed to be using their smartphone during the live performance of The Lion King or Wicked. Love it or hate it, dedicated seats for tweeters are growing in popularity.