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Google has its fair share of competitors across a wide range of industries, most of whom would probably be more than happy to put the boot in on them. Whilst these undercover operations are far from uncommon, it is extremely rare that they are ever uncovered.
For marketers and agencies alike, the news of Facebook’s API will be met with great anticipation. Before this announcement, it was only a few brands that had access to Facebook’s Ads Application Protocol Interface (API), but now businesses of all sizes can gain full access to it.
There are a number of benefits that come with accessing the array of tools that other larger brands have been using for a while, and Facebook yesterday made this happen by officially launching the API Programme.
It didn’t take long did it? No sooner had Facebook snapped up FriendFeed than they incorporated their live feed style in a ‘Lite’ version.
This stripped down Facebook is only currently available to a selection of Beta testers, of which I am not one, and is offering a service not too dissimilar to Twitter or FriendFeed. The rolling feed of news from contacts isn’t interrupted with irritating applications and endless tabs; just a stripped down communication portal.
Last year, the Telegraph reported that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the quietest online periods of the year. But with the ever-increasing usage of social media, can we expect to see more people online this Christmas Day than ever before?
Just in case you didn’t believe the headline, I will have to say it again – after all it is worth repeating. That’s right, the French government are banning the use of the words ‘Twitter’ and ‘Facebook’ from being spoken on television or radio news programmes.
In accordance to a 1992 decree, commercial enterprises should not be promoted on news programmes and the French government have decided to uphold this stance. Before you say, “je ne comprends pas”, let’s have a look at what’s happened.
Social Media is now part of every day life. If you spend a percentage of your day online then you will almost certainly have a social profile of some sort. Twitter and Facebook are sites a majority of people are active on, with the likes of Google Plus also now very much in the game.
These sites are now so set into our lives that most of us no longer think twice about what we say on them, making them a common place for us to moan. We don’t even give it a second thought. If something has annoyed us then we will Tweet about it.
Just when the world of social networking seemed to be channelling towards Facebook and Twitter, the old guard have taken new steps toward regaining prominence. Swiped from under the noses of Facebook, MySpace are on the verge of purchasing iLike.
To most that probably doesn’t mean a great deal; however iLike is one of the most popular apps currently featured on Facebook. It allows users to share their favourite songs with friends and give an insight into their musical taste. MySpace is already very much the social networking site of choice for many music and video aficionados; by being able to provide exclusive access to iLike, they could well corner this market and subdue Facebook momentarily.
As Google recently released their advert for Google plus, with the intention of attracting more people to sign up to their social network [See: Google+ TV ad Illustrates the Internet Giant’s Intentions], speculation has increased as to whether Facebook is planning to improve their search functionality to compete, or shall we say take away, some of the market share from the search giant.
Unless you’ve been out of the country or living under a rock you can’t have failed to notice the amount of ‘makeup-less selfie’ posts splattered across Facebook recently. It shows the immense power we have when we exert our digital muscles for positive things. Here’s my analysis of what it means for the digital world.
So Google+ is here. The Internet fraternity is buzzing with speculation, consternation and adoration for the new social network. With a reported 9 million users already signed up and 1.7 million joining daily, it would be fair to say that this latest toy is doing reasonably well.
However, what is it, really? What are the unique qualities that will drag users from existing platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn? Who is actually most under threat from Google+?
Friday was the day that investors and folks in Palo Alto had been waiting for with bated breath, ever since Facebook announced that they would be going public back in February. Whilst the IPO was far from disastrous, a closing price of $38.23 ($0.23 above the opening value), issues with the Nasdaq flotation and a looming $15billion lawsuit over privacy violations left a bit of a bad taste on one of the biggest days in the company’s history.