Category Archives: Social Media

HBO Go Fails With Demand For Game Of Thrones

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TV-THRONESOnce again, viewer demand for the drama “Game Of Thrones has crippled the servers on HBO Go, the network’s streaming service.

 

 

 

It took the network several hours to restore service, with this tweet coming early Monday morning.

 

— HBO GO (@HBOGO) April 7, 2014

A similar problem happened last month with the finale of “True Detective.” At the time, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said they would invest in the service to prevent a repeat according to Variety. 

 

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Facebook Stock Price Highest Since IPO

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Facebook’s stock price, which has been as low as $17.55 last year, has moved back above the price that the original investors purchased paid.

Bloomberg reports Mark Zuckerberg during a Facebook press event to introduce 'Home' a Facebook app suite in Menlo Parkthat the stock has risen steadily in the past year. And traded today at a new record of $38.31 before declining slightly at the end of the day.

The company has had success in the mobile space, reporting last week that ads on mobile devices generated 41 percent of revenue in the second quarter, up from 14 percent a year earlier. That news was a relief for investors concerned that Facebook would not be able to compete in that arena.

Spotify Can Do More Than Just Music

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Mashable reports that Spotify and the Official Comedy Youtube Channel are teaming up to bring content to the streaming music platform.

Users have access to content from entertainers such as Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., George Carlin and Aziz Ansari.

“The Official Comedy app on Spotify gives our users access to a customized comedy experience that is just as extensive as our music experience,” Ken Parks, Spotify’s chief content officer, said in a statement reported by Mashable.

Additionally, Official Comedy has plans to keep content updated by introducing new comedians and entertainment.

The official app is available on Spotify for free.

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Vine Strives to Bounce Back

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Since Instagram Video launched last month, Vine has struggled to remain relevant.

Last week, Vine released an update after teasing new features for weeks. The Vine experience has become even more enjoyable for mini-film makers with the update.

New features include “Revining,” which is Vine’s version of retweeting, new camera features, improved privacy settings and new content sections to highlight trending videos.

After the Instagram Video was announced, Vine’s user base shrank as users immediately started sharing less to Twitter. Recent reports indicate that sharing to Twitter from Vine dropped nearly 65% .

Instagram, which was previously just a picture sharing app has over 100 million users and was acquired by Facebook last year, made an immediate impact on the social video market. Nonetheless, up until this announcement, Vine was growing strong. A few weeks before the Instagram announcement, it released an Android app and was gaining a great deal of traction online. Vine also released a Kindle Fire App after the release of Instagram Video.

In spite of Instagram video’s impact on Vine, both services achieved new records on the 4th of July, last week, according to TechCrunch .

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Facebook Begins Rolling Out Graph Search To Public

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Mark Zuckerberg during a Facebook press event to introduce 'Home' a Facebook app suite in Menlo Park

Facebook stalking just got much easier with the public release of Graph Search.

Early this year, the social media giant unveiled Graph Search, a new, more detailed way to search on the social network. The service allows users to explore Facebook’s immense data collection to find useful information.

The update will provide much more robust results and allow users to get better data about their world than previously available.

Users can get extremely specific and relevant information that pertains to their personal social network (that being what their friends share, amongst other factors such as location) by querying phrases like “Friends from New York that like to ski.” Using Facebook’s massive amount of data, Graph Search will help people find better information than before.

On Monday, Facebook announced that it would begin rolling out the service to the general public. Graph search has been in beta since its unveiling in January.

Users will be notified of the update and have the opportunity to change privacy and security questions accordingly.

Over the next few weeks, users can expect to gain access to the service and begin searching with the improved technology.

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It Wasn’t Just You, Facebook Was Down Last Night

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2X00139_9If you had problems logging on to Facebook last night around 9 p.m., you weren’t alone.

In a statement provided to AllthingsD, Facebook said:

“Earlier today, an internal issue in our web infrastructure caused the site to be slow or unavailable for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and should now be back to 100%. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Users logging in only saw a blank or partially rendered page. Sometimes the page said, “Sorry, something went wrong.” Mobile users reportedly had similar problems.

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Facebook, Now With #Hashtags!

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2X00139_9Facebook is adding searchable hashtags to it’s social media platform.

Hashtags are one of the most used features of other social media networks, like Instagram and Twitter and allow users to quickly find other people talking about topics.

Facebook product manager Craig Lindley said in a press release that hashtags will be rolled out today. The company will allow searching for a specific hashtag in the search bar. You’ll also be allowed to compose posts based on the hashtag feed and search results. Users will be able to control the audience for posts with hashtags and click on tags that originate from other services like Twitter.

Lindley also said the company would be adding functionality in the future including trending topics and “deeper insights.”

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Google And Waze Make It Official

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Google has announced on it’s blog that they’ve added the mapping app Waze to their corporate holdings.

We’re excited about the prospect of enhancing Google Maps with some of the traffic update features provided by Waze and enhancing Waze with Google’s search capabilities.

We’ll also work closely with the vibrant Waze community, who are the DNA of this app, to ensure they have what’s needed to grow and prosper.