Ping, the music-themed social network that Apple launched with much fanfare on September 1 as part of iTunes 10, has had a rough time of it so far -- but for one week only, Michael Jackson has got their back with an exclusive single.
We're sure you haven't been standing on the sidelines waiting for this announcement, but it will inevitably impact the way you and your friends use social networking. Since a million bajillion users have already signed on to Facebook for their daily dose of social addiction, it makes sense that they'd want to start using the site for their email correspondences, too. Let's take a look at Facebook message features and see how (and if!) they'll change the way we chat with our friends and family.
If you love to share photos with your friends and family but privacy issues keep you fearful of doing so with big services like Facebook, you may have a new choice -- Path has launched their website alongside a free iPhone app that gets the job done, sharing your photos with only the people you want to see them.
If you spend any appreciable amount of time browsing Facebook or Twitter on a web browser, you’re no doubt excited about the possibilities of the new kid in town, RockMelt. But why abandon Safari when you can bring the social to the browser installed with every Mac?
If you ventured out to see The Social Network in recent days you've been subjected to Trent Reznor's musical genius, as the movie's soundtrack was conceived and recorded by Reznor and partner in crime, Attius Ross. If the soundtrack did nothing for you, that's OK: you don't have to enjoy Reznor's music to respect the man himself. Well spoken, introspective and dangerously intelligent, the former Nine Inch Nails frontman's candor is legendary. In a recent interview, Reznor frankly declared his feelings surrounding social networking, and surprisingly, Steve Jobs.
Poor Ping: Despite sharing the same name as a Flash Gordon supervillain (well, there's the slight difference of one letter), Apple’s music-themed social network has become something like a tech version of Rodney Dangerfield in the respect department. But Cupertino is working hard to change all that.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his team of developers have just announced several more new features for the massive social networking site, but maybe you're like us and had a problem deciphering anything from the constant blurping during Facebook's live streaming presentation. Either way, it's always good to go back and do a bit of a recap, and that's why we're here. Because whether you're on a PC or a Mac, there's probably someone in the room with trolling through Facebook profiles right this second.
Facebook is a really undergoing some structural changes lately. First, they tried their hand at knocking FourSquare out of the race with Places, and now the site has completely overhauled its Photos feature with a faster UI, batch tagging and high resolution photo uploading. We went and tried out these new features to see if they're all that they're cracked up to be.
By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard the heavy buzz surrounding The Social Network, the movie about how Facebook ultimately came to be, and whose toes and feelings had to be stepped on for it to get there. You might have also seen the salacious headlines detailing the controversy of whether the movie is really an accurate depiction of its creator, and some of you might have even drooled at the fact that Aaron Sorkin wrote the script and David Fincher directed it. With all this hype, you might have wondered if this is the kind of over-dramatized film worth paying for, and I’m telling you that it’s worth every penny.
The Social Network is almost flawless, and where it does fall short has only to do with its portrayal of college life, and the use of the word “Silicon Valley” to refer to a demographic of people. The script for the story was phenomenally written, the witty (and oftentimes humorous) dialogue kept the audience engaged, and the storyline managed to peak a little bit with each act. When the film finally hits its climax, I realized that the story of Mark Zuckerberg really isn’t finished, and I left the theater wanting more. Read on to read a bit about my impressions on the film, and how a story like this really gives us a glimpse inside the lives of our favorite tech titans.
Using our bright and shiny Apple gear to navigate the web, it’s easy to think the Internet is all LOL Cats and sunshine, and that everyone who interacts with our social-networking profiles and other online presences really is our friend. Sadly, that’s not always the case. Depending on what you share online, where you share it, and how you control it, people who may not have your best interests at heart can find out an awful lot about your life--and potentially use that information against you.