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Twitter Admits ‘Unfollowing Bug’ (The Telegraph)
The microblogging company has now admitted that there is a problem. A Twitter spokesman said: “This is a bug, and our team is working to fix it.” The bug is causing Twitter users to randomly unfollow people without account holders’ prior consent or knowledge. Twitter has advised affected people to visit its support page and go to fellow tweeters’ profile pages to check whether they are still following them or not. Cnet The site has finally acknowledged a glitch that’s causing people you follow to appear as if they’ve been unfollowed. Twitter is working on a fix but insists the bug only makes it seem like you’re no longer following someone. Clicking on the user’s actual profile page can confirm that you’re still a follower. Mashable Many Twitter users have long complained about the unfollowing problem, but it wasn’t officially acknowledged by the company until Wednesday.
Should Twitter Own The ‘Pull To Refresh’ Patent? (AllTwitter)
Twitter has filed a patent application to own the “pull to refresh” functionality, which is increasingly popular on a whole slew of mobile apps, including Facebook and Google+. But should Twitter really be able to own something as basic as pulling the screen down to refresh it? Gizmodo That broad definition of a pull doesn’t just cover the refresh command—if granted, it would give Twitter a patent over any sort of pull-like gesture regardless of what command the motion activated, not just refreshing a feed. Given the ubiquitousness of the Pull-to-whatever system, however, this hopefully won’t make it past the prior art phase.
Facebook Is Said to Halt Secondary-Market Trading This Week (Bloomberg)
Facebook is halting the trading of its shares on secondary markets by the beginning of April as it prepares for an initial public offering, two people with knowledge of the matter said. Representatives of Facebook instructed firms that help investors buy and sell stock in closely held companies to cease trading of its equity this week, said sources. Facebook aims to hold its IPO in early May, one person said. The Washington Post The social network is expected to offer a $100 billion IPO this May and, as of late February, had an implied valuation of around $93 billion.
Is Your Dating Site Selling Your Profile? To Keep Membership High, Niche Sites Get Sly (BetaBeat)
Online dating is a fast-growing industry, with current revenues estimated to run between $1.5 and $3 billion a year. But every new dating site faces the same problem: finding souls to mate. SaleDatingProfiles and its competitors BuyProfiles.com and DatingProfilesSale.com offer a shortcut. They sell bulk packages of profiles that seem to include a fair number of actual singles alongside somewhat more questionable Russian beauties, Nigerian bankers and half-empty profiles, which sometimes sell for less than a dime a dozen.
Tumblr Reaches 20 Billion Posts (SocialTimes)
Tumblr bloggers have contributed more than 20 billion posts since the site launched in 2007. The company apparently “forgot to make a big deal of this” when it happened on Monday night, so they announced the milestone this morning on Twitter. The number of blog posts is worth mentioning because it shows how engaged Tumblrs’ users really are. With more than 50 million bloggers creating an average of 51 million posts each day, the odds are better that many of the people who have accounts actually use them.
Giving You More Insight into Your Google Account Activity (Official Google Blog)
Sometimes it’s helpful to step back and take stock of what you’re doing online. We’re introducing Account Activity, a new feature in your Google Account. If you sign up, each month we’ll send you a link to a password-protected report with insights into your signed-in use of Google services.
House Shoots Down Legislation That Would Have Stopped Employers From Demanding Your Facebook Password (TechCrunch)
A proposed Facebook user protection amendment introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives has already been shot down. The legislation, offered by Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter, would have added new restrictions to FCC rules that would have prohibited employers from demanding workers’ social networking usernames and passwords.
This 20-Year-Old Founder Wants You To Swap Clothes With Other Girls (Business Insider)
Australian entrepreneur Nikki Durkin just launched her startup 99Dresses at Y Combinator’s demo day, and everyone is already raving about it. 99Dresses lets women sell their clothes online through a virtual closet. Women set prices in a virtual currency called buttons, then trade buttons for other dresses. For each transaction, the sender pays shipping and handling. But no actual money changes hands.
Newt Gingrich Is Also on Pinterest (SocialTimes)
President Obama is not the only social-savvy candidate in the 2012 presidential elections. In his race to the primaries, Republican candidate Newt Gingrich has also stopped by Pinterest to delight his supporters with campaign tour photos, artsy Instagram shots, and cover art from his books. His most creative board is the one titled #250gas, which refers to Gingrich’s plan to reduce gas prices to $2.50.