Intelligence communities around the world are wary of social media because of the potential for leaking information. In the U.S., however, a social network has been built especially for government agencies that need access to real-time analysis and information.
Microsoft and Twitter have renewed a deal to include tweets in Bing search results, both through the social search and on the main search.
Twitter is attempting to make its desktop and mobile interfaces more engaging. The latest update includes in-stream previews for photos and videos.
Custom URLs were only available to verified accounts owned by celebrities and brands now regular users can now claim their own custom URL for public use.
Starbucks has launched a program that lets Twitter users send gift cards to friends through Twitter. First 100,000 users get free coffee for themselves.
Professional social network LinkedIn has launched LinkedIn Intro for iOS, which appends professional information into email headers. But with privacy concerns, how popular will the service be among email users?
While advertisers are putting pressure on Facebook to launch its auto-play video ad platform soon, the social network is holding back, reportedly due to concern for preserving the quality of user experience.
Twitter is gearing up for its IPO, now reportedly valued at $1.6 billion. But with Google’s own social networking efforts lagging behind that of Facebook, should the search giant acquire Twitter and merge it with Google+?
Google is planning to launch its own music video subscription service through YouTube, which will include both a free and paid offering. The service will be available for both desktop and mobile platforms.
Twitter is planning to kill its #Music application, after abysmal user growth and activity on the music discovery platform.
Ketchuppp is an app that alerts you when your friends are nearby, giving you the opportunity to meet for a quick catch-up.
Facebook has updated its iOS client to include the ability to edit posts and comments.
Facebook is enabling public posting for minors, in a move viewed as a means to expand its user base for gathering data for advertisers. Will user privacy be compromised, especially among the young set?
In the run up to its IPO, Twitter is exploring a few avenues for increased growth and added revenue. Tech observers believe one of Twitter’s latest efforts is launching its Direct Messaging feature as a standalone chat app.
Advertisers take heed: targeting ad campaigns toward iOS might yield better results than targeting Android users. A study reveals that the return on investment on iOS-directed ads is much, much better.
Twitter has enabled receiving direct messages from any follower, which is viewed as a move to improve the social network as a platform used by businesses in receiving messages.
Twitter has launched the ability to schedule tweets up to one year in advance, in support of its advertisers and commercial users that might want to schedule tweets ahead in time for their promotional campaigns.
In a frenzy to secure additional revenue streams in the run up to its IPO, Twitter is reportedly expanding its platform to provide advertisers more value. This may include running ads on third-party websites.
Location and check-in powered social network Foursquare is now open for business for 1.5 million merchants around the globe, which will now be able to push location-specific advertisements to users.
Facebook has agreed to acquire Israel-based mobile analytics and optimization firm Onavo. With this acquisition, Facebook is also establishing a physical presence in one of the startup capitals in Asia.