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Instagram Reaches 300 Million Monthly Users

Instagram says it now has over 300 million monthly users on its photo sharing site. Traffic to the site has been surging. Instagram hit 200 million earlier this in March so that's 100 million new users in only about 9 months time. Read more... December 10, 2014

Report: Startups Trying to Lure YouTube Stars Away From YouTube

YouTube has been a place where people can garner huge followings if they have enough talent. YouTube stars have built significant followings in comedy, music, advice and other categories. Some of these YouTube stars have millions of followers and generate lots of traffic and ad revenues for YouTube. Read more... December 9, 2014

Google+ Now Lets Users Pin Posts

Google+ has added the pinned posts capability to Google+ pages. A post can be pinned to the top of your Google+ page where it will stay until it is unpinned. This can be helpful if you have a post that you want all new users to see and not get pushed down the page by more recent posts. Read more... December 4, 2014




Yahoo to Shutter Its Website Directory

Yahoo has announced it will be shutting down the Yahoo Directory. The directory helped make the company famous and was the most popular website directory during its peak. The name Yahoo stands for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle." As Danny Sullivan from Search Engine Land explains directories eventually faded as search took over. Read more... September 27, 2014

Twitpic to Shut Down on September 25th

Twitpic has announced it will be shutting down its photo sharing service on September 25th. During its peak, Twitpic was one of the most frequently used photo sharing services on Twitter. Twitter has since added its own photo tool, which uses a pic.twitter.com url followed by a unique series of letters and numbers. Lots of Twitter users also use Instagram for photos even though these photos do not show up in the Twitter stream. Read more... September 4, 2014

Google to Shut Down Orkut on September 30, 2014

Google has announced that it will close its Orkut social network. The social network was launched by Google ten years ago in January 2004. Orkut had a bigger following overseas than it did in the U.S. Many in the U.S. may not even be familiar with it as it was overshadowed by Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Read more... July 1, 2014

Billboard and Twitter Partner for Real-Time Music Charts

Billboard and Twitter have partnered for the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts. The first chart launched by Billboard is the Trending 140, which Billboard describes as an "up to the minute ranking of songs shared in the U.S., measured by acceleration over the past hour." It is also described as the fastest moving songs on Twitter over the past hour. Kanye West's "God Level" is leading the Trending 140 as of this writing. Read more... May 27, 2014

Google Joins Instagram

Google has joined Instagram. Instagram is owned by Facebook so Google is joining its rival's service. Google's first entry is a clip of the Rubik's cube game they posted on google.com. Read more... May 19, 2014

Twitter Starts Rolling Out Mute Feature

Twitter is rolling out a new mute account feature. The feature lets you silence Twitter users you are tired of hearing from. The feature is available on Twitter's iPhone app, Android app and on the web-based Twitter.com. You will not get a user's tweets and retweets if you mute them. Read more... May 13, 2014

Tweetstormers Should Get a Blog

A post on BuzzFeed by Charlie Warzel warns of a problem known as Tweetstorm. A tweetstorm is a series of consecutive numbered tweets published rapidly from a single Twitter account. This type of use of Twitter can annoy one's Twitter followers. The BuzzFeed post shows an example of a tweetstorm published by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen that has at least 9 tweets in it. Read more... May 12, 2014


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