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Facebook Allows Users to Download Expanded Archive of Their Information (Inside Facebook)
The “Download Your Information” feature now includes catalogues of friend requests a users make, IP addresses they’ve logged in from and any previous names they’ve used, among other Facebook actions. This is in addition to the copy of photos, posts, messages, chat conversations, friend lists and other information that Facebook first made available for download in 2010. The New York Times Facebook, which is preparing for an initial public stock offering, most likely in May, has been trying to accommodate government officials in Europe, where privacy laws are more stringent than in the United States. Mashable The archive still doesn’t include your friends’ photos and status updates, other users’ personal info and comments you’ve made on other people’s posts. Facebook This feature will be rolling out gradually to all users and more categories of information will be available for download in the future.
Tumblr Tests New Tools for Users and Brands (Ad Age)
In 2010, Tumblr CEO David Karp told the Los Angeles Times that the thought of ads “turns our stomachs.” But can it be a business without them? Cnet Looking ahead, Karp says that his company plans to offer a host of new features to monetize its service, and is currently in the process of hiring a revenue executive to help the firm achieve its goals. The Next Web While Tumblr has been speaking to experts in the field, looking for guidance and insight, Karp emphasizes the fact that, at the end of the day, it’s a product company.
Three More Ways to Spot a Pinterest Spammer (The Daily Dot)
As Pinterest continues to grow exponentially, users are getting more familiar with how to use the network to its fullest capacity. Unfortunately, so are Pinterest spammers. We’ve collected three sophisticated new spammer profiles that you’re likely to start seeing around Pinterest.
Paper for iPad Hits 1.5 Million Downloads in First Two Weeks (The Verge)
FiftyThree has just announced that its first app, Paper for iPad, has hit 1.5 million downloads in the App Store. In comparison, an app like iPhoto (which is available for both iPhone and iPad) hit about one million downloads its first 10 days on the App Store. FiftyThree Blog To say the response has been overwhelming would be an understatement. You’ve collectively created 7 million pages. Laid out end to end, they would stretch 1,215 miles. Stacked, 7 million pages would reach about 3,500 feet.
Stumbling Gets More Social: StumbleUpon Releases Facebook Timeline App (TechCrunch)
A StumbleUpon spokesperson says the thinking behind Timeline integration is pretty straightforward: It’s “based on our finding that many of our users find Stumbling more enjoyable when the things they discover become social objects” — and Timeline is a “frictionless” way to make that happen.
How Pinterest Could Save Google (Gizmodo)
It’s no secret that Google desperately wants Google+ to be the cornerstone of how you use the Internet. The problem? No one’s taking the bait. It might be time for something drastic. Something like backing up several truckloads of cash to buy Pinterest, a social network crammed full of 10 million people who actually want to be there. SocialTimes We know a lot of die-hard Pinterest fans who’d love to have their Pinterest boards showing up on their Facebook page, and it’s actually not that hard, thanks to an awesome video tutorial from magicsky1000 over at YouTube.
On Twitter, The Primary’s Over and It’s Obama vs. Romney (Mashable)
With Rick Santorum out of the race, political pundits are labeling Mitt Romney the presumptive Republican presidential nominee — and both the Romney and Obama campaigns seem to agree, because they’re lashing out at one another at campaign appearances and on social media.
Kred Adds Facebook to Its Influence Score (SocialTimes)
People who spend more time on Facebook than Twitter might find themselves with more Kred. The social influence site announced this morning that it will now include Facebook activity in its scoring system. Kred Blog Once you register, you’ll receive Influence Points when people Post to or Mention you on your Facebook wall; Like, Share and Comment on your content; and when you get invited to events. Outreach Points are given when you interact with friends on your own wall. If you have friends who have also connected Facebook to Kred, you will both get more Influence and Outreach when you interact on each other’s walls.
When Is Automation OK On Twitter? (AllTwitter)
Twitter is all about personalization, accountability, transparency… everything that automation isn’t. Still, there are some cases where automating part of your Twitter account is actually beneficial — as long as you know when and what to automate.