Category Archives: Social Media

Google+ ( The Facebook Killer )

Facebook has been dominant for an long time in the social networking area. There were many that tried to kill Facebook. But none did the job well, even Google’s own Orkut. Google previous attempt on social networking was Orkut it was soo successful in India and Brazil. Then it faded of as many like Friendster, MySpace etc;. Now Google has started it own social networking site to become an Facebook killer. This also one of the sites that actually gives us an belief that it would be an certain Facebook killer.

The new Google+ has many features that looks really promising it is designed around “Circles” that allow users to group people within their social sphere into different categories. Google says that the people you tend to meet up with on Saturday nights, for example, can be grouped into their own category, while parents can be placed into another. You can then decide to share only certain information with different Circles.

In addition, the social service includes a feature called Hangouts that lets you find others who are “hanging out” on the Web. If you decide to join a given hangout, you’ll be able to engage in a video chat with the others there. Google+ also comes with an Instant Upload option that automatically uploads all photos and videos from your phone to your profile. From there, you can decide who to share that content with.

This features are promising and also new to us. Yet still we have to see what happens and Facebook also has its loyal fans as well.

And there is also an rumor that Facebook is also creating some new features up and Mark Zuckerberg has some tricks  in his sleeve. Well we have to look out for in the coming future. If u have any suggestion how Google+ should be do comment below. Follow me on twitter on http://twitter.com/#!/Sudharshan_Hi5

YouTube Is Soon Rolling Out Movie Rentals

Google’s video streaming website YouTube is set to unveil its movie rental feature in the near future. This is more of anticipated like the well acknowledged company in this field Netflix. Yet, Netflix is not available in most of the countries in the world and if Google actually delivers it to all of the audiences then we might have some competition on this field also.

After this announcement many m0ovie making giants like Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers and Universal agreed to this statement and will allow their content to be rented on YouTube.

Well on the downside Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox Group did not want to rent their movies on YouTube because YouTube has more pirated content on their website and Google in its search engine displays websites that stream pirated movies. Well I will say that just give the people more options at an quality price. There is no information on its release date and pricing for renting movies.

Be sure to tell us what do you think of this feature will this stop movie piracy? or will it stir the things up a more by commenting below.

Planning To Live In Another Country? You Might Wanna Check This.

If you are the type of person that is planning to live in another country due to some reasons, you guys must check ifitweremyhome.com. This website actually gives you an comparison chart with your current country that your living in and the country that you want to live in. It gives statistics on Job opportunity, Electricity, How much years that you will live more of your life span if you move to that country. Below the statistics you will also find some information on that particular country. You can also go below and see the reactions of other people if they want to move to that country.

This website don’t tell the daily life of an average person in that country, which is kind of disappointing. So check this site and do give us your feedback.

Click here to go to ifitweremyhome.com

Google’s Acquisitions Of Social Networking Services

Google acquired SayNow, Fflick last week. The acquisition was pressed in SayNow.

SayNow is a voice based social networking site, which offers social voice postings to the followers. The idea is close to podcasting. Thousands of celebrities are publishing in SayNow for millions of members in it.

Fflick is a Social networking service for reviewing. It is acquired by Google’s Youtube. Fflick is not active in service now, it seems it will integrate to youtube soon.

Above are the two of three acquisition made in jan, 2011. The other Social networking acquisitions of Google are Jambool, Slide, SocialDeck.

Jambool is a virtual currency platform, that handles in the form of ‘social gold’. Jambool is the main competitor of Facebook Credits.

Slide, a widget providing service for sites, is another form of social servicer acquired by Google on Aug, 2010. Slide allows the feature of video comments, photo comments in it.

SocialDeck is another form of social gaming platform acquired by Google. SocialDeck provides monetizing capability to social gaming.

Following is a quote from Wall Street Journal,

In an interview this week, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt declined to confirm the development of a social-networking service that would incorporate social games, rumored to be called “Google Me.” When asked if Google’s service might resemble Facebook’s, Mr. Schmidt said “the world doesn’t need a copy of the same thing.”

From this we can say Google is not going to surprise us by providing one more social networking site, instead it will provide new service based on new and innovative ideas. This is the way Google chose to rule the social networking world. So to conclude, Google’s acquisition of social networking sites will continue, if the site is providing any innovative service, not what all the SNS giants like Facebook or MySpace has.

Can Facebook Be An Internet Monopoly?

With the largest user database in the world Facebook stands a step before Google in average time a user spends in the site. With its new attractive one spot messaging system Facebook tries to make the users stay for longer time than before.

The next big thing is collaboration with Docs.com Microsoft’s online document editing service or tool (whatever). Facebook claiming its messaging system as a informal communication, trying it provides the formal document editing tool is bit deviating. Another news I heard is Facebook is going to integrate with Skype, don know who is going to benefit from this? This is not the end Facebook is trying to include so much services like 3rd party spam filters for Facebook messaging, which the historic Facebook lacks.

All the strategy to keep the users busy spending time in facebook, will leads the facebook to nothing, because adding more service means losing focus. Being a SNS (social networking site) Facebook tries to be full fledged Internet spot like Google.

If you think Facebook can beat Google, it can’t, because Google always keeps the cool focus of its services, and never merges the services with one another, more than that Google is self sustained in its services, not like Facebook incorporating with Skype, Microsoft (docs.com), etc.

In my point of view Facebook should stay focused in every aspects of Social Networking instead of deceiving its users with various other services to keep them stick with Facebook. By finding other service interesting FB slowly loses its hotness.

Facebook Toolbar For Firefox.

For those of you that experience Facebook withdrawal symptoms every time you start browsing other web sites, here a new toolbar for Firefox. The Facebook Toolbar enables you to quickly access Facebook even if you’re not on the site.

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The toolbar gives you control over a set of pop-up notifications about incoming messages, pokes, friend requests, as well as when a friend writes on your wall, writes a note, or updates his or her status.

You can also jump right to a friend’s profile by typing their name into the search box (which conveniently auto completes as you type). A collapsible side bar keeps your friends close at hand while you’re browsing the web.

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Finally, the toolbar makes it really easy to send cool sites to your friends as you browse the web via a nice big Share button.

All you have to do is go to facebook.com/toolbar to download it and install in your firefox. Mean time don’t forget to follow Alvistor.com in facebook.

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FaceBook Messages – The Worst Nightmare

So FaceBook’s new modern messaging system excites you? Here are some sober truth about FaceBook Messages that break the heart of FaceBook Worms.

Facebook claims that its new messaging system will be the new trend of e-mail and which is not going to be in a formal way. That means if you try to send a message to you don’t have to add any ”subject line’ and every mail from a person aggregates into one thread, and the integration of SMS (mobile short messages) and IM (instant chat messages) messages to this thread makes it very longer thread.

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  • Search and Tracking will be worse when the message thread becomes very large you can’t search for particular message, to make this worse chat messages and mobile messages are going to add up with the thread.
  • Never think about deleting a message from a thread – You can’t delete a message from this thread, if you want to delete you can delete or archive the whole thread, if you archive it, then it is still going to be in facebook.

Coming to E-mail feature of Facebook messages, you can send mail to anyone who has a non-facebook email id and they can message you to your facebook mail id. If this happens, there might be a chance of

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  • Pulling more non-facebook users in to facebook by prompting them to sign up when they try to read messages sent from facebook mail.
  • Automatic Friendships – Now if you send invitation to other to join in facebook, if they joined they will be automatically added as friend of you. When you send some message to strangers from fmail, then they also will be added to your friends list. Facebook privacy will be a big question if this happens.
  • Spam from Unknowns – As your user name is visible publicly to any one, so your facebook mail id also. So you will receive thousands of spam  from bunch of strangers.
  • Important Message Detections – Facebook filters the message by considering your activities over the facebook. Most of the messages we exchanging are for recreating, then how can it be an important.

Apart from this Facebook isn’t giving you a jaw dropping feature in Facebook Messages.

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  1. Spam Filters – Today every communication services have this
  2. Conversation Thread – Gmail has it already, better than facebook with subjects
  3. Email Id – The funny thing, Facebook going to lose its name as a social networking site.
  4. Integration of all messages – combining SMS, IM chat messages to one single thread will confuse the conversation, and you can’t delete some simple message like ‘okay’, ‘see you’ from the list.

But if you still want to try this feature of Facebook Request a Invite. All the best.

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FaceBook Mail – FaceBook’s Modern Messaging System Unveiled

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Monday that Facebook is going to offer a modern messaging system to its 500 million users with feature of e-mail to the existing Facebook account. The system called Facebook Messages with the blend of e-mail, sms, and chat in one interface in the existing facebook message page.

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Facebook with its addictive networking concept it already has every feature to exchange information with fellow users. The thing it lacks is user can’t send message to other e-mail addresses. Now with this Facebook mail feature you can send message to anyone who has a mail account (gmail, yahoo, aol any other domain) and can receive from anybody.

Main Aspects of Facebook’s New Messaging System

  • Grouping All Messages – Ability to communicate with people inside and outside of Facebook using e-mail, Facebook messaging, IM and text messaging using multiple devices, including mobile ones.
  • Full Conversation History – Basically it is a informal messaging that is without subject and other streams. You can See everything you’ve ever discussed with each friend as a single conversation.

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  • Preferred Messages – This idea is formerly used in GMail’s priority Inbox, that is segregating important messages from important persons with the help of information gained from your activity over facebook and your privacy settings.

Facebook almost filling its gap between Google’s services. Facebook partnering with Skype to provide voice call feature like Google’s Voice. Facebook wants to make this messaging system as a future trend of messaging. Facebook expect in a month or in a few years, people to say “Hey, this is the way that messaging ought to be done.” and it was clearly said this is not “Gmail Killer” and definitely not for now at least.

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Facebook Messages will not be injected to facebook users all of a sudden , according to the announcement users will have a notification about this on the top of the existing message page. As of now whoever wants to try this new feature they need invitation from Facebook. Register for an invite because if you want to reserve your username as facebook mail id you need to try it soon as possible.