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Users Can Now Promote Facebook Friends’ Posts (AllFacebook)
A few months ago, Facebook made it possible for users to pay to promote their own posts. The social network announced Thursday that now, users can do the same for their friends’ posts. CNET To promote a post, just click on the menu button on the top right corner of a post, according to images of the feature provided by Facebook. Facebook thinks people will want to use this feature to promote charity fundraisers and events, or help friends rent out their apartments. Mashable The feature will be rolling out gradually to all users, says Facebook, and won’t be available to those of us with more than 5,000 friends and followers — presumably because it’s technologically tough to promote a post in that many feeds. Also, you won’t be able to change the privacy settings on the post you’re promoting, so if it was set to just that person’s friends, then only your mutual friends will see it if you promote it. TechCrunch One issue, though, is that you don’t need a friend’s permission to promote their posts. And depending on what they said, the extra eyeballs might not always be appreciated. Bloomberg Sluggish profitability growth and sagging shares are pressuring Facebook to find new ways to generate more revenue from its 1.1 billion members. In the past year, the company has announced mobile advertising, tools for marketers on desktops and a feature for users to send friends gifts via the site.
Even Obama Knows Patent Trolls are ‘Extorting’ Money (ars technica)
President Barack Obama held his second public Google+ hangout on Thursday, taking questions from Americans from around the country the day after his State of the Union address. During the event, an issue came up that’s pretty important in the tech world, but still marginal or even largely unknown to the nation at large: patent trolls, the shell companies that have no business beyond suing over patents. The Washington Post In addition, Obama defended his proposals to ban certain weapons and bullet magazines and expand background checks on gun buyers. He said that, even with the Second Amendment, Americans can’t go to a store to purchase grenade launchers. PC Magazine Obama pointed to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who told the president that he’d taught himself to code, primarily because he was interested in gaming. There’s a whole generation of kids who could benefit from getting a head start on similar high-tech learning. It “engages kids,” Obama said.
Vimeo Takes on Twitter with GIF-like Video Maker, Echograph (SocialTimes)
Vimeo will have a new app for making videos that look like animated GIFs. The company Thursday announced the acquisition of Echograph from Clear-Media for an undisclosed sum.
Russian Blogging Platform Censored in ‘Pedophile’ Controversy (The Daily Dot)
Civil liberties advocates throughout Russia are saying “I told you so” — or would be, if the government hadn’t blocked access to their blogs. A controversial Russian Internet censorship law passed last year, ostensibly to fight child pornography, was instead used to shut down LJ.rossia.org, a non-profit LiveJournal-style site that hosts hundreds of popular blogs.
Twitter Adds ‘Top Tweets’ Ranking Filter to API to Help Developers Reduce Noise (AllTwitter)
Over on its official Developers Blog, Twitter has announced two new fields that will be added to the metadata that is contained within all tweets, allowing developers using Twitter’s API to better filter and improve the overall quality of the stream. A new filter attribute will let applications that display tweets by value, with a rating of “none,” “low,” “medium” and (eventually) “high,” with the latter two entries correlating with the “Top Tweets” results for searches made on Twitter.com.
Google Enables Downloading of Blogger Blogs and Google+ Pages Through its Data Porting Tool Takeout (The Next Web)
Google has added the ability to download Blogger blogs and Google+ pages to its Takeout data portability tool. This will allow users of these products to get a structured download of their data in a couple of widely accepted formats.
With T-Mobile’s Help, Univision’s 25th Annual Latin Music Awards Prepares for its Most Social Broadcast Ever (LostRemote)
The award show that helped launch the careers of Selena, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira and Ricky Martin since its initial telecast is preparing for its most social broadcast ever. Univision’s 25th annual “Premio Lo Nuestro” Latin Music Awards has secured Honda, Chevrolet, L’Oréal Paris, McDonald’s and Old Navy and T-Mobile USA as sponsors.
Dropbox Reportedly Eyes IPO as it Courts Enterprise Storage Customers (GigaOM)
Dropbox has met with bankers about an initial public offering, according to a report. But while its market position is solid for consumer cloud storage, it hasn’t yet won the enterprise storage space.
Blacks Like Twitter; White Women Want Pinterest (USA Today)
The popularity of Twitter and Instagram among blacks in American is surging, while white women under 50 continue to pin away on Pinterest, according to a demographic survey released Thursday. The survey, by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, also confirmed what parents of college students already know — 83 percent of Internet users ages 18 to 29 use social media.