Here’s our weekly update of news and views from around the social web.
Facebook adds web search to typeahead results
More sleuthing from Inside Facebook. Facebook are testing a new web search feature in an attempt to limit lost traffic and ad spend to Google. Right now, clicking the link takes users to a Bing powered results page inside Facebook itself – which will be combined with sponsored results ads.
Chocolateize your avatar
Cocoagraph puts people’s pictures on a square of chocolate. Upload a photo, let Cocoagraph do its thing, then order the bars and have them shipped to friends so they can feast on your face without the police needing to be called.
Mean tweets #2
In a follow up to his March experiment, Jimmy Kimmel persuaded more stars to take social media criticism head-on and read their naysayer’s tweets out on air. 3.5 million views in three days and counting…
Facebook continues rollout of app store
Now all English speaking countries have the App Center, Facebook’s now focussing on new markets. This week saw Facebook roll out the App Center to non-English speaking locations – namely Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey. Facebook makes about 15% of its money through payments in games and other apps according to filings from the IPO – representing a 30% cut per app or game.
Greek runner kicked out for ‘racist’ tweet
Greek triple jumper, Voula Papachristou, is the latest in a long line of athletes to get into twouble. After tweeting, “with so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitos will be eating food from their own home.” (which was retweeted over 400 times) she was struck off the team.
The committee said she has been ”placed outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement.”
More on TechCrunch.
Foursquare launch promoted updates
This week, our New York office neighbours Foursquare, launched its version of search ads called Promoted Updates. They work like Twitter’s promoted tweets and appear when a user searches for a venue in the Foursquare Explore tab.
The pilot program has kicked off with 20 merchants including Best Buy and Old Navy to court the 20 million users that are checking in some five million times per day.
Read more on Venturebeat.
Indiegogo campaign raises 700k for bullied bus monitor
Karen Klein’s bullying video by schoolchildren was picked up by Redditor, Max Sidorov, who started an Indiegogo campaign on her behalf to pay for a well-deserved holiday. Donations closed leaving Karen $703,873! Max’s mates have now started a ‘thanks’ campaign for Max himself. Even that’s amassed seven grand so far…
Instagram users make movie posters
Montreal film makers David La Haye and Jay Tremblay are using the Instagramers Montreal group to collaborate and generate a series of movie posters to promote the film. There are 87 posters in total, representing the 87 minutes of the film – a single shot journey through the city.
Read more on CoCreate and view the teaser below.
LinkedIn to integrate with Microsoft Office
Officially announced this week, you will now be able to connect your LinkedIn account to the new Microsoft Office with a single click and no need to download any extra software.
Read more on TheNextWeb.
Twitter limits API access to Instagram
The ability to “Tweet Photo” is still available, but Twitter has chosen to take away some API access from Instagram forcing them to shut down the “Find Friends” feature. This seems to be a combative move from Twitter as it doesn’t often selectively limit its API access like this and it’s most likely just a way to help maintain more control over the photo experience on its platform instead of letting Facebook do so.
Read more on TechCrunch.