Setup The first thing you'll need to do after installing OKDoThis is set up an account. The account creation process is a breeze if you have either a Facebook or Twitter account set up on your iPhone. By combining your account information, and asking you to fill in a few more fields, the entire setup … Read more
Facebook is tops among mobile users, at least based on the results of a recent survey.
In a report released Wednesday, research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners asked mobile phone users for the names of the three apps they use most frequently. Facebook scored the top spot, ranked by 45 percent of those polled. Twitter came in second at 13 percent, followed by Candy Crush at 11 percent.
"Facebook just dominates mobile phones, in terms of most frequent use, not just downloads," CIRP partner and co-founder Mike Levin said in a statement. "For most other apps, including … Read more
Facebook is great for extroverted folks who want to broadcast their thoughts and photos to a lot of people. A new service called Bokeh, though, is geared for those who want something closer to a private journal -- though not too close.
Michael Zhang and Mike Zupan just launched Bokeh on Tuesday, offering the inevitable iOS app with an online site where people can store photos and thoughts. It's a spinoff from PetaPixel, the photography blog Zhang founded and of which he's now editor in chief.
Apple could automatically give users of its iTunes Radio service real-time information about songs or artists trending on Twitter, or could offer a wide variety of other real-time analysis, thanks to its reported purchase today of social-media analytics firm Topsy Labs.
According to the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), Apple paid more than $200 million for San Francisco-based Topsy, which develops tools that help companies mine Twitter for sentiment analysis.
Topsy frequently issues data about how information has spread across Twitter during big events such as Hurricane Sandy or the Super Bowl. Many companies use that information to better understand … Read more
Twitter users are young and LinkedIn users are a bit older, according to new data from JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth.
In an analyst note sent Monday to All Things Digital, Anmuth showed that while Twitter has users across every age spectrum, its core group in the US is made up of those between the ages of 13 and 44. Twitter's biggest age group is between the ages of 25 and 34, but it has a sizable contingent -- 10.1 percent -- of those between the ages of 13 and 17. Its 18 to 24 age bracket makes up … Read more
Vietnam is joining the ranks of Iran, Saudi Arabia, and China, as being known as a country that censors its citizens on social media.
The government introduced a new law this week that fines people $4,740 for posting comments critical of the government on social-networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, according to Reuters. Some people could also face extensive prison terms.
While the law is unclear about what kind of speech sparks government censorship, it does say that "propaganda against the state" and "reactionary ideology" would elicit fines.
Vietnam's communist government has increasingly … Read more
If this whole social-media thing continues like it's been going for the past decade, we could be transformed into sexless robots in the next 50 years.
At least, that's the very non-scientific prediction I arrive at after cherry-picking one particularly disturbing data point from the most recent National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. The survey, which is conducted in the UK just once a decade, is led by the University College London in partnership with researchers from the National Centre for Social Research and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. … Read more
Want to make sure you don't miss crucial tweets from Bud Light like "Cheers to a short week with a tall can #25oz?" Just follow @BudLight. But before you do, you'll have to promise Twitter that you're over 21.
Monday, Twitter launched an age-verification system designed to ensure that booze brands can more appropriately "connect with an age-appropriate audience."
Presumably, Twitter is looking for ways to work more closely with big brands, especially ones that cater to desirable demographics, as it tries to boost revenue in the wake of its recent IPO.
The … Read more
Apparently disrupting commerce, education, and entertainment wasn't good enough for the Internet. Now it's disrupting the White House press photographers, too -- and they don't like it.
The photographers are objecting that the Obama administration is saturating its social media channels with its own photographers' photos while often denying access to the White House press corps' photographers, according to a New York Times report.
In a letter, the photographers likened the White House restrictions to the propaganda-heavy style of government-supplied press materials from the Soviet Union: "As surely as if they were placing a hand over … Read more
This is an update of a deal I wrote about last year. Now it's even better.
By now most of you have heard of FreedomPop. The company started out offering tempting goodies like Clearwire-powered 4G service with a "free" mobile hot spot and 500MB of data per month, with the option of earning extra by referring friends.
Say hello to the competition. Karma offers a Clearwire-powered 4G mobile hot spot with 1GB of free data, with the option of earning extra by referring....strangers.