After months of testing, Facebook is now all geared up to launch a feature that allows users to post a reply to comments left by other people. With this newest upgrade, users of the social network can now reply to each individual comment instead of replying to a comment after subsequent posts, which can sometimes become a bit tangled. The feature facilitates the search process for specific conversation threads, according to reports from CNN. Responses to replies will also be indicated below the first comment and Facebook will prioritise the comments based on the level of interaction. Thus, the comments of the most active and popular people in your online circle will be displayed at the top, a time-saving feature for pages with thousands of friends and followers. “You and your readers will have the ability to reply directly to comments left on your Page content and start conversation threads, which will make it easier for you to interact directly with individual readers and keep relevant conversations connected,” said Vadim Lavrusik, Journalism Program Manager at Facebook. The threaded reply feature will only be available to pages and not individual profiles. Facebook will bring this feature to all pages with over 10,000 followers on 10 July 2013. The feature must be activated via the page’s administrative panel. Page owners can choose whether to turn it on or off. “At launch, this feature will only be available on desktop and we plan to make it available in the Graph API and mobile in the future,” added Lavrusik.
How would you react if your personal photos were out in the open for almost three weeks? Well, that is exactly what happened to some users of the popular photo sharing site Flickr.
The photo sharing site has sent emails to affected users saying that some of their private photos were accidentally exposed to the public from 18 January to 7 February, for a total of 20 days. Flickr noted that the photos could only be viewed through direct links and were not available in Flickr search or other search engines such as Google.
Barry Schwartz of Marketing Land was the first to report the glitch. However, Flickr was unable to tell him if someone else had viewed his private photos. A reader commented that his statistic pages could help him determine if someone else saw his private images.
With this, Flickr has changed the settings of those affected so that the links to previously public photos that were later switched to private will no longer function.
This has irked some users who claimed to have been extra cautious when they adjusted their privacy settings. They noted that they will now have to comb through all their photos to see if they are public, private, or friends-only and adjust them accordingly. Another user complained that affected photos have also lost their descriptions.
Although the bug affected photos uploaded from April to December 2012, the issue still poses a major problem, particularly for users with naughty pictures. Brett Wayn, Flickr Vice President, has informed users that the bug has already been “identified and fixed.”
Amid belief that social media is a waste of time and leads to lower efficiency, a new subgroup of social media designed to enhance workplace productivity is now emerging.
Companies that are developing social media suitable for the workplace include SAP, Oracle, IBM, Salesforce.com, and the recent startup Doximity.
At present, these so-called social media outlets are still being tested by small and medium sized businesses, which are enterprises with five to 5,000 workers. These companies were chosen for testing because major corporations tend to be somewhat resistant to change.
According to global market intelligence firm IDC, the worldwide market for social media tools is projected to grow significantly to US$4.5 billion (£2.87 billion) in 2016.
Hence, companies are racing to secure bigger chunks of that market by developing networks and applications that can boost workplace productivity or help the business carry out smoother operations.
In order for FDI’s forecast to be realised, spending on social media designed for companies and businesses must increase by 40 per cent each year for five successive years.
The good news for this type of social media is that it is already being adopted by some companies in the US healthcare industry.
For instance, Dr. Howard Luks, Chief of Sports Medicine and Knee Replacements at Westchester Medical Center, New York, is using Doximity, a Facebook-like application designed for professionals in the healthcare field.
With this type of social media, Luks was able to consult with other doctors while planning and performing surgery. This proved to be much more convenient than relying on fax machines. Additionally, doctors were able to enhance the efficiency and speed of the healthcare they provided.
Until his big appearance on Valentine’s Day, Apple’s new CEO, Timothy D. Cook, had always been something of a boring accountant type with no real personality. He’d often appeared to speak at investor relations events, which the late Steve Jobs seemed to avoid, and Cook had always come across as wooden.
At this last investor’s meeting, however, he showed a lot of personality and panache, belying his reputation as a stiff. This speaks well for the company’s future, I think, showing that with Jobs gone, all is not lost.
Amid answering questions about the company’s recent headlines regarding overseas working conditions and labor violations, Cook showed that not only can he answer questions in a straight forward manner, but he can do so in a way that befits a CEO – especially one who is running one of the more off-beat of Silicon Valley’s big names.
He even showed a little glibness by making a jokingly negative remark about PC developers versus iOS devs. Bringing back some of the old rivalry to lighten the mood.
Overall, it was nice to see that Cook is not just an account book with glasses on. His style is very different from Jobs’, but is probably more fitting for the company as it moves forward. A more sedate, business-like Apple is what seems to be the future, but it won’t lose its sense of humor.
We could add another sentence to that title, to read “whether you like it or not”. Yes, the latest change is another one in which users will have no say. There is no chance of opting out because those in charge at Facebook have provided no option to do so.
According to a spokesperson for the social media giant, the idea is to start promoting the sponsored stories “slowly.” However, no matter how slowly the site opts to do it, the fact that they give no choice for users to decide whether they want to see such stories or not is nothing short of disturbing.
This advertising is all set to be shown as part of users news feeds. This particular type of advertising was tried three years ago on Facebook, but they have now decided that they want to make it a regular feature.
The problem is that many users are bound to dislike the new round of changes to the site. Most users would be happier without seeing the ads, and even one a day (which is the limit being touted by Facebook) might be one too many. We have already seen a raft of users leaving the site this year due to changes that they do not like. This could be the latest in a series of upsets that the social media site will have caused. Clearly some believe that they do not care about their audience – and this latest change could make that number swell further.
You may remember when MySpace was one of the biggest social networking sites on the planet. There was a time when it was MySpace and Facebook, and there was no mention of Twitter anywhere.
But things can change very quickly in the world of the internet, and before too long MySpace started to slide in popularity. Twitter took over and while Facebook is still there, MySpace has become the largely forgotten social networking site.
Until now, that is. It looks like its acquisition by Specific Media could be leading to some interesting changes to come in the future. There are big plans in store for MySpace during 2012, and while it remains to be seen how these plans will unfold, the first stage has just got underway.
A brand new music player has now been added to the website, enabling users to find it much easier to enjoy music on the site. The plans involve focusing purely on music in the future, although very little detail is available for 2012’s changes beyond this. The CEO of MySpace and Specific Media is Chris Vanderhook and he seemed very positive about the future of the site. He spoke of music as being “white hot” and it is clear that this is the direction of the new site.
There is still the question of how it will develop and whether it is still too little, too late for the site that was once a giant.