Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Mashable: Latest 25 News Updates - including “HootSuite Hits 2 Million Users [INFOGRAPHIC]”


Mashable: Latest 25 News Updates - including “HootSuite Hits 2 Million Users [INFOGRAPHIC]”

HootSuite Hits 2 Million Users [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 05:01 AM PDT

HootSuite, the social media dashboard and analytics tool, has reached a new milestone: 2 million users.

Invoke Media released HootSuite in December 2008 and it is widely used by individuals as well as organizations, governments and businesses. The White House, SXSW, Zappos and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia all use HootSuite, according to the company.

HootSuite hit the 1 million-user milestone in November 2010. Consumers and businesses have shared some 500 million messages to date.

The company shares some other statistics about its growth in a blog post.

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Mashable Weekend Recap: 48 Stories You May Have Missed

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 04:04 AM PDT

You’d think a long summer holiday weekend would be bereft of news, but not this year. The 4th of July started with a bang this weekend, with plenty to enjoy right here at Mashable.

Google dominated the news landscape with its new social network, and we covered that from a variety of angles. Meanwhile, crazy stuff was going on and we have video, including the two cutest babies in the world.

In case you were busy grilling, enjoying the outdoors or taking in a 4th of July parade, we put together this helpful list of all the things you missed:

News Essentials

What MySpace's Tom Anderson Thinks of Google+

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Sends First Tweet

Spam Decreased 82.22% Over The Past Year

Seagull Camcorder Owner Surfaces, Says His Viral Video Was Real [VIDEO]

GoDaddy Sold for $2.25 Billion [UPDATED]

iPhone 4 Prototype Surfaces on eBay

Google+ For iOS Awaiting App Store Approval

This Week in Politics & Digital: Twitter Town Halls & Gay Marriage

Microsoft to Power English Search Services on China's Baidu

Hackers Break Into Fox News Account, Tweet Fake Obama Assassination News

Google+ Scam Spreading Via Fake Invites [WARNING]

Google Loses Access to Twitter Stream, Suspends Realtime Search

Social Media Day 2011 Around the World [PHOTOS & VIDEOS]

Review Roundup: HP TouchPad Is No iPad Killer, But It Has Potential

Google+: The Pros & Cons

Zynga's Journey From Founding to IPO [INFOGRAPHIC]

Scientists Discover Large Deposit of Rare Minerals Used in iPads

Apple the Latest Target of Hackers

iPhone Photography Finds Its Way Into Print [PICS]

Twitter Begins Allowing Direct Messages With Verified Accounts Sans Following Back

PlayStation Network To Be Fully Restored This Week

Amazon Acquires UK's Top Online Bookstore

Google Wants You to Solve Problems For Money

AT&T iPhones Get More Affordable Insurance

Helpful Resources

5 DIY Ecommerce Solutions for Small Business

7 Great JavaScript Resources

How Do I Reactivate My Facebook Account?

HOW TO: Land a Job at Airbnb

Mashable Picks: Our 11 Favorite Tumblr Themes

42 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

3 New Apps For Self Improvement

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

Find Out What's Trending in Your City Tonight

HOW TO: Import Your Facebook Contacts on Google+

HOW TO: Measure the ROI of a Content Marketing Strategy

Weekend Leisure

Our Favorite YouTube Videos This Week: The Fourth of July Edition

Cutest Kids in the World Will Make You Smile [VIRAL VIDEO]

Stealthy Trick Makes Facebook Look Like an Excel Spreadsheet

Review: Two Blood Pressure Monitors for iPhone & iPad [VIDEO]

Zuckerberg vs. Google [COMIC]

Texting Teens: Typing Replaces Talking [INFOGRAPHIC]

Tiny Camcorder Takes Wild Rides Aboard Exploding Fireworks [VIDEO]

Send a 4th Of July Message With Twitter Art

Remix & Record Your Way to Stardom in Online Game

The History of America, As Told by Facebook [PIC]

Twitter Is Alight With 4th of July Fireworks [PICS]

Watch the NYPD Destroy Your Confiscated Fireworks [VIDEO]

5 Free Virtual Firework Shows To Celebrate July 4

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Facebook Blocks Friend Exporter Plugin

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 02:39 AM PDT

Facebook is actively trying to block Facebook Friend Exporter, a Google Chrome extension that lets you export the list and contact info of your Facebook friends for use in other services, the extension developer Mohamed Mansour claims.

“Facebook is trying so hard to not allow you to export your friends. They started to remove emails of your friends from your profile by today July 5th 2011. (The extension) will no longer work for many people”, Mansour wrote on the extension’s homepage.

The Facebook Friend Exporter is a simple tool that lets you grab phone numbers, e-mails and other data from your Facebook friends, and directly import them into Google Contacts. The current version doesn’t work anymore, but the author promises to build and maintain new version that uses a different design.

CNET, however, notes that the tool is probably against Facebook’s Terms of Service, which states: “you will not collect users’ content or information, or otherwise access Facebook, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers) without our permission.”

Google, an online giant but a heavy underdog in the social networking race, has taken the opposite stance, having recently launched Takeout, a tool that lets you export all your data from various Google services.

A Facebook spokesperson did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

[via CNET]

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Twitter Begins Allowing Direct Messages With Verified Accounts Sans Following Back

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 09:14 PM PDT

The back-and-forth between brand reps who manage Twitter accounts and people who try to communicate with those brands might become a little less complicated. It seems no longer will verified Twitter accounts be required to follow back the Twitter users who want to send direct messages.

The Next Web is reporting that Twitter is easing up on the follow requirement so that users with a verified account won’t have to follow a user who wants to message them, ask for a direct message and later unfollow them after the communication has ended.

This makes a lot of sense to us. Consumers increasingly turn to Twitter to communicate with brand reps for assistance — for instance, trying to rebook a flight after a snowstorm. But the process of @messaging, following, requesting a DM and later unfollowing is unnecessarily convoluted for accounts that are designed to handle customer service issues.

Twitter hasn’t announced whether this option will be rolling out across the board, but it appears to have gone into affect for Tata DOCOMO, an Indian mobile operator. The company tweeted,”Now to DM us all you need to do is follow @tatadocomo. No need for us to follow you first. Tested and its working.”

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Fireworks Light Up Twitter for 4th of July [PICS]

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 08:37 PM PDT

As Independence Day makes its way to a close around the U.S., the skies have lit up with images of the celebrations. And, naturally, Twitter has lit up too.

We’ve culled together some of those images of fireworks from displays around the country. Did you share images of fireworks on your social channels?

New York City Fireworks

The spectacular Macy's 4th of July fireworks - as seen from our balcony! - @simrananand

New York City Fireworks

#4thofJuly #fireworks from NYC at 28th Street. Thank you Macy's! Happy Independence Day, America! - @EricaSwallow

Atlanta Fireworks

All I see is fireworks!! @ Union City Atlanta,GA - @CamOfaKind

Washington, D.C. Fireworks

#happy4thofjuly from the White House. Watch the celebration @ 8:15 ET on www.wh.gov/live. Don't miss this - @WhiteHouse

Washington, D.C. Fireworks

Watching fireworks in DC from @Smithsonian roof. Happy 4th of July!! - @SteveCase

New Orleans Fireworks

Fireworks on the levee in New Orleans. - @dogfishjones

Grand Rapids Fireworks

Fireworks just started in downtown #GrandRapids - @dverwolf

Chicago Fireworks

Fireworks on Evanston beach. Chicago skyline in the background. - @elisebutler

Denver Fireworks

Happy 4th of July! Great photo from fireworks @ Invesco Field last night. Pumped 4 Broncos football

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