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Twitter Responds to Instagram’s Pulled Photos With Filters of its Own (SocialTimes)
Twitter added eight filters for photos in iPhone and Android app updates it pushed out on Monday, the company said. The move comes as an apparent tit-for-tat following Instagram’s move last week to block photos created with its app from displaying in user’s Twitter feed. TechCrunch This new feature is, interestingly, powered by Aviary, the company behind the popular online and mobile photo-editing SDK. The most interesting feature here is that the app offers a grid view that lets you see thumbnail previews of what your pictures will look like after you apply each one of the eight possible filters. VentureBeat Aviary itself just recently got into mobile photo editing over the summer. Aviary’s own mobile app was mostly intended to show off its SDK for developers who might want to add filters and photo features to their own apps. AllTwitter Twitter has been making strides toward a more visual platform for a while now, launching Twitter Cards – expanded, multimedia-rich tweets – in June. It’s also worth noting that Google+ recently pushed out its own photo-editing app, Snapseed, last week. USA Today In related news, if you’re wondering what happened to those Instagram photos you were trying to share on Twitter, you’re not alone. Photo images from the popular photo-sharing service went dark Sunday on Twitter, a decision, Twitter says, that was made by Instagram, which was acquired earlier in the year for $1 billion by Facebook. SocialTimes The Facebook subsidiary, which caused a dust-up when it dis-integrated its photos from Twitter display cards last week, unrolled Foursquare integration in Monday’s update: All location pages will feature a Foursquare button that will open the app if installed or mobile website if not with more information about the venue.
Bing Brings ‘Knowledge Graph’-Like Entries to its Search Results (SocialTimes)
Bing has a giant to slay if it wants to become truly competitive in the search arena, and the giant, Google, has been arming itself with hundreds of thousands of Knowledge Graph entries that give users a quick fix of information on commonly searched people or places right on the search results page. Monday Bing moved to make its own “Snapshot” column, introduced in May, more competitive by rolling out entries for famous people and landmarks. The Next Web In fact, if you look at the image provided by the Bing team, you’d be forgiven if you thought it was a screenshot of Knowledge Graph in action. The snapshot bar, part of Bing’s three-column search product, will show you relevant facts about a person or place without having to click a link. WebProNews Earlier this year, Bing launched the new design. The middle column has historically let you look at info like maps and reviews, without having to click over to another site or part of Bing.
Less Than 1 Million Facebook Users Voted on Policy Changes (AllFacebook)
Facebook asked users to vote on whether or not they should be able to vote on future changes to the policy that governs what the company does with users’ data. To keep the old process of voting in place, 30 percent of Facebook’s 1 billion-strong user base had to vote for that, but it appears that less than 1 million officially voiced their opinions.
Visual.ly Can Turn Your Resume into an Infographic (SocialTimes)
Data visualization platform Visual.ly now connects to LinkedIn to instantly turn the contents of your professional profile into an infographic. There are a few templates to choose from: none of them are plain old white, but they all organize the data in a clean, logical order.
Do You Know These Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts? [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
Did you know that Twitter.com has a range of keyboard shortcuts that, once memorized and mastered, can have you zipping around the micro-blogging social network like a pro? For example, load up Twitter.com and hit “N” to start a new tweet, “M” to initiate a direct message or, if you’re feeling really majestic, hit “G” then “U” to jump straight to the user profile of your choice.
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with 8 Fun Hanukkah Videos (SocialTimes)
We’ve put together a list of eight fun videos to help you celebrate. From Hanukkah-themed musical parodies to a news blooper and even a Rube Goldberg machine, these are the perfect videos to watch while the candles burn down on your menorah. Chag sameach!
6 Brands Taking Social Media Strategy Beyond Facebook (PRNewser)
We found ourselves intrigued by last week’s Forbes post on “Why Facebook Can’t Be the Center of Your Social Strategy” because we’re fairly certain that every PR/marketing pro would love to work with a social media platform less infuriating than the big FB — a platform that grants brands a little more in the way of control and allows reps to more clearly demonstrate the benefits of a given project to clients. According to author Rob Tarkoff of Lithium Technologies, some of the most socially successful brands have moved beyond Facebook by establishing their own “on-domain customer communities.”
Little Progress on Privacy Practices of Children’s Mobile Apps, FTC Study Finds (SocialTimes)
Children’s apps present privacy concerns by collecting data about users often without disclosing the practice to parents, according to a study released Monday by the Federal Trade Commission, which enforces the Children’s Online Privacy Act and the ban on deceptive advertising. “Our study shows that kids’ apps siphon an alarming amount of information from mobile devices without disclosing this fact to parents. All of the companies in the mobile app space, especially the gatekeepers of the app stores, need to do a better job,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a statement.
Infographic: Who is Using Google+? (SocialTimes)
Google+ is rapidly becoming a solid alternative to Facebook while stripping the anonymity from sites like YouTube and putting a face to a name on services like Gmail. But who are these users, anyway?