Social Media Newsfeed: Google Authorship | A Tweetdeck for Instagram

Google kills content authorship. Marvel launches a Tweetdeck for Instagram. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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google_logo-150x150Google Stops Displaying Content Authorship in Search Results (CNET)
Google announced Thursday that its search results will no longer display the names of authors associated with presented articles. “Authorship markup is no longer supported in Web search,” Google announced on the company’s official authorship support page. TechCrunch The company first started showing authorship on its search results pages a few years ago. At first, this was a pretty complicated process (I remember a Google engineer walking me through it back then), but over time, it got pretty easy and you basically just had to link your Google+ profile to your site and use a little bit of markup on your posts (rel=”author”). VentureBeat The reason for dropping the Authorship program? Apparently, the information is not terribly useful to people who make search queries and has even distracted from the search results. Search Engine Land The roots of the Authorship project go back to Google’s Agent Rank patent of 2007. As explained by Bill Slawski, an expert on Google’s patents, the Agent Rank patent described a system for connecting multiple pieces of content with a digital signature representing one or more “agents” (authors).

Finally, a Tweetdeck for Instagram (SocialTimes)
Marvel, the London-based prototyping platform, has created Picdeck to organize your Instagram feed. Like Tweetdeck, the web app allows you to add columns based on users or hashtags, making it easier for users to follow live updates on certain topics, something that Instagram on the web is notoriously bad at. The web app was created in one of the company’s hack-days, so it’s still lacking a lot of features, like mobile optimization, support for multiple accounts and the ability to create posts within the app.

Autodesk’s Pixlr Photo Editor Arrives on the Desktop for Mac and Windows (The Next Web)
Photographers may already be familiar with Pixlr, Autodesk’s browser-based photo editor, and its mobile companion Pixlr Express for iOS and Android. Thursday, Autodesk announced Pixlr in a new format: a desktop version for Mac and Windows. The new desktop edition offers many of the mobile Pixlr’s extensive collection of tools — such as fun stylize filters that turn your photos into sketches and watercolor paintings.

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Facebook Announces News Feed Events Ads for Pages, Insights for Events (AllFacebook)
Facebook announced some eventful news for page administrators, as the social network introduced desktop and mobile News Feed ads and insights for events, as well as a new look for users’ events pages. Pages were previously able to create right-hand-side ads for events, and the social network said in a post on the Facebook for Business page that this capability will be extended to desktop and mobile News Feed Ads “in the coming weeks,” via the ads create tool and Power Editor.

4-Year-Old Expelled From School Over Mom’s Angry Facebook Rant (BetaBeat)
Ashley Habat wasn’t thrilled that the school didn’t give her enough time to prep her son Will for picture day, reports a Jacksonville television station. Understandably, she ranted about the school on her personal Facebook page, writing “Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike about Will’s School? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant.”

Hulu ‘Didn’t Know’ It Was Sending User Data to Facebook (LostRemote)
In its most recent argument in it’s privacy suit, Hulu has submitted court docs claiming that they had no way of knowing that user data would be sent to Facebook via the like button on its pages.

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Canada and Russia in Twitter Fight over Map (BBC)
Russia posted this map in response to Canada’s Twitter jab. This is Russia. This is “not Russia.” That’s the message the Canadian NATO delegation tweeted, in map form, to Russian soldiers “who keep getting lost and ‘accidentally’ entering Ukraine.”

Twitter ‘Happy’ for Users Not to Tweet (AllTwitter)
Around 40 percent of all registered Twitter users do not tweet, and approximately two to three times its 271 million active users – somewhere between 540 to 710 million people – view Twitter content across the web but do not login. That might be a problem for some companies. But Adam Bain, president of global revenue and partnerships at Twitter and considered by many as CEO Dick Costolo’s second in command, is fine with that.

Campos Suspends Effort to Extend Social Media Privacy to Government Workers (San Jose Mercury News)
After success passing a law that bars private employers from demanding social media passwords from employees and job applicants, San Jose Assemblywoman Nora Campos has suspended efforts to extend those protections to government workers. “We have decided to the park the bill for the year,” Campos spokesman Steve Harmon said this week.

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