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The week in social: Pepper apes, Ping and Nuzzel

by Mike Davison on 16 September 2012

Here’s our weekly roundup of stories circulating around the social web.

  
iTunes drops Ping for Twitter and Facebook

Apple’s self styled social network for music is no longer accepting new members and will be shutting down as of September 30th. iTunes 11 will integrate Facebook and Twitter by displaying your Facebook friends who liked each entry, offering Facebook and Twitter sharing for purchases and allowing musicians to share photos on their artist pages.

Read more on PCMag’s blog.

  
PinAlerts

PinAlerts is a new service that sends you email notifications whenever someone pins something from your website. Enter the domains you want to receive PinAlerts for, select how often you want an alert for all your domains (hourly, as they happen, once a day or once each week) or manage each domain separately. It’s another interesting signal to add to your website stats and a way of finding the people who are engaging with your content. The founders plan to add premium features over time although they’re set on building a user base first.

Visit the PinAlerts site for more.

  
Quora to add trends

With over 250,000 topics now in Quora’s database, the team have been working on ideas to make it easier to find topical and timely content. This week, Quora announced it will be adding universal trending topics to the Quora sidebar. Topic pages themselves are also undergoing a redesign, which will house a single news feed of Q&As.

More on TechCrunch.

  
One Small Tweet recreates the moon journey via tweet tributes

Nice idea. One Small Tweet is a new site launched to pay tribute to Neil Armstrong and support the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in New York. Each time you tweet using the #onesmalltweet hashtag, 100 miles is added to the virtual journey to the moon, which is over 238,900 miles from Earth. So far over 145,000 miles have been ‘travelled’ via tweets dedicated to the astronaut. The aim is to have the Armstrong family send the final tweet.

  
Kimmel’s iPhone 5 experiment hits 5 million views

More viral antics from Jimmy Kimmel. He took to the streets on Thursday to try and prove how brainwashed most of us are by Apple’s product marketing. He gave passers by a hands-on experience of the new device – only it wasn’t the 5, it was a regular 4S. The reactions are surprising. Even existing 4S users claimed it was faster, better, thinner and with more features.

  
Facebook pulls Reach Generator

Facebook is pulling its Reach Generator service nine months after launching. It allowed advertisers to pay Facebook on an ongoing basis, as opposed to a CPC or CPM basis, to sponsor their page posts. This came with a guarantee that ads would reach at least 75 percent reach of the page’s fanbase over a month-long period. Posts might appear within the feed or in the sidebar. Instead, Facebook is concentrating on marketing its Promoted Posts product. A Facebook spokesperson said, “We are simplifying our offerings for advertisers, who can now achieve reach goals through Promoted Posts, a recently launched product which gives businesses the increased flexibility to hand-select and boost posts in the News Feed.”

More on Inside Facebook.

  
Pew release new study on social media behaviours

This week, Pew released new research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. In it, Pew researchers define two main social profiles. Creators post photos and videos online that they made. These make up 46% of Internet users. 41% who gather content they find online are referenced as curators.

Pew’s Joanna Brenner comments: “The Internet has always been a platform for creators and curators. Now, as social media services continue to grow and expand, the tools are more visual and social, and that seems to be attracting special audiences of early adopters.”

From Pew’s precis of the study…

46% of internet users post original photos and videos online they have created themselves and 41% curate photos and videos they find elsewhere on the internet and post on image-sharing sites. Women are more likely than men to use Pinterest, while Instagram and Tumblr attract equal shares of men and women. 46% of adult internet users post original photos or videos online that they themselves have created. We call them creators. 41% of adult internet users take photos or videos that they have found online and repost them on sites designed for sharing images with many people. We call them curators. Overall, 56% of internet users do at least one of the creating or curating activities we studied and 32% of internet users do both creating and curating activities.

  
YouTube video sparks riots. YouTube refuses to pull it

Following violence across the Middle East that left an American diplomat dead, White House officials on Friday asked YouTube to review an anti-Muslim video. Google commented that the Innocence of Muslims video does not violate terms of service for YouTube regarding hate speech because it is focused on the Muslim religion and not the people who practice it. So far, the video is still accessible to most around the world.

  
Instagram hits 100 million users

Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt on Tuesday, Zuck told Michael Arrington that Instagram has passed 100 million users. He reiterated that he wants to help the app grow, but at the same time he doesn’t want to meddle with it.

“Our mission around Instagram is we think Instagram is amazing, and we want to help it grow to hundreds of millions of users. We want to help them out with whatever we can. We have no agenda in terms of making them go into our infrastructure. We’re just going to do the things that we would have done if they were an Open Graph partner, but now we can prioritize them more highly. They can do a lot directly, because they have access to our code directly.”

Zuck’s appearance at Disrupt also helped propel Facebook’s stock above $20 for first time in 4 weeks.

  
Facebook Dr Pepper ad leaves an unpleasant aftertaste for some

Dr Pepper are the latest brand to whip up controversy across the social web. Their ad posted to the Dr Pepper Facebook page, ‘aped’ the classic visual depicting an ape evolve into a man, in Dr Pepper’s case, after discovering a can of Dr Pepper. In less than 24 hours, it had more than 25,000 likes, nearly 2,500 shares, and more than 3,600 comments. These included some corkers from both sides of the argument.

“My ancestors were created in the Garden of Eden. I ain’t no freaking chimp. No more Dr Pepper for my household. God Bless y’all.”

“This is showing the theory of men evolving from apes. I have lost all respect for Dr Pepper, and if Dr Pepper wants business from thousands of people, they will need to apologize.”

“The day your faith gets shaken by a Dr Pepper ad is the day you should probably start reconsidering your faith.”

More on All Facebook.

  
YouTube devs drop Google Groups for support

For YouTube developers, the API discussion forums have always sat on Google Groups. Jeff Posnick from YouTube’s API Team announced on their blog on Friday that these will be moving to Stack Overflow. Stack Overflow has grown from small beginnings to become the web’s best programming and developer Q&A community. It’s an acknowledgement that you have to go where the conversation is.

“YouTube API questions on Stack Overflow for some time now, but haven’t received any official responses from the YouTube API Developer Relations team. That’s because, for the past five years or so, our focus has been on providing developer support via our dedicated Google Group. We’ve decided that instead of continuing to maintain a dedicated Google Group for YouTube API questions, it would help more users if we focused on responding to Stack Overflow posts.”

  
Friendster founder launches Nuzzel

Jonathan Abrams, this week released news of Nuzzel, a social news network. It aggregates news your friends have shared across social networks, compiles news into categories and displays news you may have missed.

Nuzzel users will be able to log in to the site using their Facebook or Twitter accounts, and the service then aggregates links to articles shared by friends or followers.

Visit the site and request and invitation to become a beta tester.

  
The first casualties of Twitter’s API smack down start to appear

Twimbow is a web app that enables users to organize engagement with friends online using colour. It provides a creative way of filtering groups of users, seeing important tweets and distinguishing different types of messages. The service will run until Twitter goes live with the new API. Here’s what they wrote on their blog on Wednesday.

“Today is a sad day here in Twimbowland, In the last communiques, Twitter discouraged the development of new applications replicating the core Twitter Experience, called “Traditional Clients”, among which Twimbow is included. They outlined some rules which disheartened us and now we have no longer enthusiasm to continue our adventure. All those that earlier were just Twitter’s ‘best practices’ about their data visualization, have become rules too binding for us. We want to create innovative products, no one can force us not to stun our client or to visualize data not our own way. We made huge efforts to launch our mobile app for all the platforms out there, but, reluctantly, we cancelled those projects.”

Read more on Programmable Web.

  
Twitter hands over Wall Street protester tweets

* Picture courtesy of Engadget.

Twitter’s succumbed to pressure and has agreed to hand over three months worth of messages from an Occupy Wall Street protester in advance of the protester’s trial. Twitter had argued that the posts belong to Malcolm Harris and, handing over would be in contravention of fourth amendment privacy rights.

But having lost a legal appeal against a subpoena, Twitter would have faced big fines fines if it did not comply with the judges order. The firm handed over the tweets on Friday after being told that it would be held in contempt after that date.

Read more on The Guardian.

  
Latest Skype beta gets Facebook integration

Skype’s just pushed out a new beta of its client which adds more integration with Microsoft and Facebook accounts. With it, you’ll be able to use the app with your social network credentials, skipping the need to register with Skype directly. Both Microsoft and Facebook accounts can now be tied to your Skype login. The main benefit of this will be a combined contact list.

More on The Verge.

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