The 2012 London Olympics have become known as being the media games, it has been access all areas for everyone with a Twitter or Facebook page as the competitors tweet about how the Olympics has gone for them. Well this concept Adidas trainer could make the next Olympics even more social media friendly they even have their own Twitter account @adidasbarricade. Continue reading →
Just as we prepare to wait for the third series of The Walking Dead to be launched, we are thrilled to find that AMC have gone all social with this game based on the series. It is available to Facebook users who “Like” the page to play the game. It’s a bit like the SIMS gone crazy. Continue reading →
We have all seen them, baby pictures that appear on your Facebook feed and there comes a point when enough is definitely enough, but what can we do about it? Well it seems that there is an add on got Chrome that will do the job for you with little fuss and it will replace those images of babies with something a bit cooler, such as cars, cats or a number of other categories. Continue reading →
It must be a sign of the times when retail giants such as Amazon after seeing their profit margins squeezed, decide to become producer and supplier. In this case, Amazon are looking at games development, with the launch of Game Studio the firm are looking to develop new games such as the free to play “Living Classics” recently launched on Facebook, it is just a taste of what is to come from the new Games Studio by Amazon. Continue reading →
Some people just cannot stay away from social networking these days and here is a prime example of why this is the case! This is a standard pack of playing cards with one exception, it has been produced using the users friends on Facebook, do worry it’s not random as you can assign each friend a card! Continue reading →
Online dating works for some people, but not others and that is a shame, so that means there are plenty of single people out there who are still looking! So this is where Datable comes in, by using that old principle of meeting friends of friends! Except in this case it uses the Facebook friend network. It is a surprise that nobody has thought of this before, but it’s here now and so are you going to give it go or continue to be alone, it does not take a brainiac to work that one out!
Here is how this interesting dating idea works;
We all have friends who know single people they can introduce us to. Wouldn’t it be great if all your friends could easily list their single, datable friends for you to browse? That’s exactly what TheDatable is for. We uncover the single friends of your friends and their friends, and we make it easy for you to connect with them. Finally, you have permission to ask your friends’ Facebook friends out.
Source [The Datable]
There is nothing like a cool ice cream when the temperature is up and you have a bit of a hot head! So the designer of the famous Facebook Bed, has come up with the answer and he has called it Facecream, stop him and buy one! Of course, this is not a real Facebook product but if they made ice creams they might look like these do!
This is what the Croatian designer Tomislav Zvonari? has to say about this idea;
Remember the FBed concept? 😉 …well it is time for the Facecream! XD. This is just a 3D conceptual design and it doesn’t exist as a real product!
Source [Food Beast]
The social games developer Zynga has been showing off some details for Farmville 2 at the firms Unleashed press event at its San Francisco headquarters. They are adding 3D graphics, so that players will be able to switch angles, but as expected this will be a whole new game and therefore gamers will not be allowed to carry things over from one game to the other!
According to the chief technology officer of Zynga, Cadir Lee, he said;
“All the buildings, crops and animals are shown in 3D. You can see them from multiple directions, they can rotate, you can see them more richly – so it provides a certain pop in the game itself.
“The game also has more social elements and a lot more crafting: the crops that you harvest are what you use in the game to make things which you then use to make other things, like on a natural farm.”
It seems that the Like Button on Facebook is going mobile and as such, this means that developers on web apps can now incorporate the custom button into their apps, making much easier for the user to get to grips with the Like Button while using apps running on their Smartphone or tablet device.
According to a posting on the Facebook Developer Blog by Andrew Rothbart;
The new Open Graph built-in like action makes it easier for people to share content from your app. While the Like button is a great way to let friends share content from the web back to Facebook, the like action enables you to build your own like buttons for your mobile or web app and drive distribution across Facebook. You can use the new like action to implement your own like button for a more integrated experience with your app on web and mobile platforms, as Instagram and foursquare have done.
Source [Inside Facebook]
For those who have somehow had enough of playing something ville, the social games developer Zynga have come up with something new, well new for them! It’s called Ruby Blast and its one of those games where you need to match three shapes or colours in order to collect them and move on to the next level! There are games like this around, but this is the first of its kind from Zynga and therefore is bound to be seen on a Smartphone near you anytime soon!
Here are some details on the new and free social game from Zynga;
New free game! Ruby Blast, is a fast, fun, game, where you match gems, dig through bedrock with help from friends, and activate power-ups to reach high scores in a weekly leaderboard. Ruby Blast follows intrepid archeologist, Ruby, in a high-speed race into the depths of an ancient mine where you smash through dirt to uncover hidden treasure and face off with friends.
This is a free to play game available on the new Ruby Blast Facebook page
Facebook will be allowing users of WordPress.org and WordPress.com to add their content from a blog straight to their Facebook pages with just one click! This is about to make blog posting much more social and so much easier for the busy blogger.
According to a posting by Matt Kelly an engineer at Facebook on the Developer blog, he said;
Starting today WordPress publishers can easily integrate Facebook features, such as social publishing and mentions, through the new Facebook for WordPress plugin.
The plugin was built by Facebook engineers in collaboration with open source partners, and makes it simple for anyone to make their WordPress site more social – no coding required. The plugin will also work on mobile and support internationalization.
Admin on Facebook has just got easier or harder, depending on your point of view! The social network has added a couple of new functions that allow the Admin to expand control and management across the pages. Basically, what you get here is more admin permissions; these will be Manager, Content Creator, Moderator, Advertiser, Insights Analyst and so on. There is another neat feature too that will allow users to schedule posts anything from sixteen minutes to six months. Both these features are available right now through the admins page.
Source [The Next Web]
It seems that the thing that could never happen, has happened Facebook crashed and for some users they are offline for up to two hours. This of course has had a two fold effect! On the one hand, those affected Facebook users have been stunned by this and on the other employers around the world are rejoicing because all of sudden productivity has increased for the first in a long while!
According to a statement from Facebook;
‘Earlier today, some users briefly experienced issues loading the site. The issues have since been resolved and everyone should now have access to Facebook. We apologise for any inconvenience.’
The idea coming out of the Facebook ideas factory is an app for the iPhone, it is simply called Facebook Camera and it promises to bring to the device, a whole new outlook on how the iPhone user manages their images and the best thing about this app, is that its free and so you just cannot lose, can you?
This is how the app is described on the iTunes page;
With Facebook Camera, you can share photos on Facebook faster than ever, and see what friends are up to in a feed of nothing but their photos. Such as; Post a bunch of photos at once, See friends’ latest photos in one place, Play with crops and filters, Tag friends, add captions and say where you are and See photos from different apps.
The Facebook Camera app is a free download from iTunes
Source [San Techie]
When we hear about the power users of Facebook it is natural to think of those high powered celebrities that have thousands or millions of fans around the world. However, it seems that there around 20% to 30% power users on the social network and they are obviously doing everything right, such as sending friend requests, liking and commenting.
This is what makes a power user and to see if that is want you are, simply take a look at this info graphic by Demand Force to see if you are pressing all of the right Facebook button to qualify as a power user. If not then you will sure know how to become one now, so are you a power user or not, let us know!
When we speak about social gaming, we normally follow with, Angry Birds, Farmville and Draw Something, which to be fair are good games but not if you are a gamer. Ubisoft have realised this and so Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Commander for Facebook was born, it is not completely ready yet but they say it’s coming soon and to be honest we cannot wait.
These are the details for the Facebook version of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Commander;
Lead an elite squad in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Commander, a fast-paced strategic combat experience that challenges everything you know about Facebook games
There are plenty of us around who would dearly love to have just a small percentage of Mark Zuckerbergs luck and fortune, but life is not always that easy, while he and the Facebook team had the idea and connections to make it happen the rest of us do not!
However, that will not stop us from trying to hit the big time, after all this is the age of the internet and there are still plenty of opportunities out there. So using Facebooks growth, use the Forex Ticket calculator to see just much you could be worth if your business can match that of Facebook.
Source [Forex Ticket]
It’s a big story alright, but who are the key players? We are of course referring to the buyers in Facebook’s share floatation. If you’re curious about who gets all of those billions of dollars, then read on. You might be surprised by one or two of the beneficiaries!
1) Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg now has billions in cash and has pulled neck and neck with investment giant George Soros (who is a stately 81 years old in comparison to Zuckerberg’s sprightly 28). He still managed to lose out on the title of ‘America’s Youngest Billionaire’ to his former Harvard roommate and early Facebook employee Dustin Moskovitz, who is Zuckerberg’s junior by eight days. The Facebook IPO is probably the biggest tech story of 2012, outclassing the mobile network wars and the furore over British broadband deals, so it’s safe to say that Zuckerberg has earned the overall title of ‘tech legend’.
2) Sheryl Sandberg
Sandberg, the Google defector is worth around $72 million although she isn’t selling in the IPO. Sandberg’s tenure as COO (Chief Operating Officer) has seen Facebook’s user base grow to 900 million users. Her salary is a (relatively) modest 300K per annum, but her future profits should leave more than fairly compensated for turning Facebook into the mega-empire it is.
3) Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs was one of the earliest investors in Facebook, creating special new products to help keep Facebook buoyant when it reached 500 shareholders. This happened in order to prevent the company from having to declare the same information as publically owned companies are required to.
4) Mark Pinkus
The founder of Zynga (the social games empire with a mutually beneficial historic partnership with Facebook) Mark Pinkus will be $163.6 million will be better off after the IPO. Social gaming has helped to keep users engaged with Facebook over the years.
It might surprise you to know that Microsoft own a stake in Facebook, albeit a very small one. After Facebook resisted their offer of fifteen billion a few years, Microsoft were determined to get a piece of the Facebook cake one way or another. Their stock is currently valued at $1.6 billion, which makes it even more valuable than their own stock.
Why is it so fascinating? We’ve seen a pioneering company mature during our own lifetime into something that’s synonymous with the way we communicate nowadays. Will the initial hype about the share sale turn out to be as exciting as expected, or will people hedge their bets on a company that’s so influencial but still perhaps a little too mysterious.
Based on the very successful novels and TV series, Game of Thrones Ascent is about to tackle another tricky market, the social gaming market when it launches on Facebook. The player gets to be a noble and has to live in Westros when things are just getting exciting with political chaos. You must choose which house your allegiance lies with and see how far you can go. Sounds great and it should be launching very soon, although the developer Disruptor Beam, has no actually specified an actual release date yet!
This is what the Disruptor Beam announcement has to say about the game and the beta version;
Disruptor Beam, a game company that brings together fan communities and online games, has today announced a license from HBO Global Licensing to produce a new social game based on the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning series Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones Ascent, a story-driven game that will bring the fantasy world to life for millions of people, is currently in development by Disruptor Beam for future release on Facebook. Fans can follow the progress of the game and receive updates related to its development, including learning how to participate in the upcoming beta program, by visiting Disruptor Beam’s website at http://www.disruptorbeam.com.
Source [Venture Beat]
Well it is done and dusted, the world’s largest social network is now on the stock market and yet it seems that nothing much really changed, apart from the fact that Mark Zuckerberg realised that he can now afford to get married, (Congrats!)! This seems like a better time than ever to examine how Facebook has been divided up, we all know the film version, but the real share model for Facebook is a little bit more complicated and as such, we require the use of an info graphic to explore this. Lucky for us, we have such a thing, SEO Intel Biz have done the number crunching and come up with this graphic to show how the Facebook share allocation stands at the moment. Whoever said that social networking was a waste of time and effort?
Source [SEO Intel Biz]
It may come as a surprise that over fifty five per cent of the users on Facebook and Twitter are female, while sixty per cent of the players using the social games developed by Zynga are also women! So what is going on here are the men of the world on the way out, or has equality finally hit the real world? Well it seems that this is a reality check for us men folk who clearly have had it far too easy in the past and not only will we have to compete with other men, we will have to compete with women too and to be honest it is about time. To see how the female of the species has worked her way up the equality ladder check out this info graphic, it has some interesting ideas on where women have excelled and men have simply lost out!
Source [Media Bistro]
This is an important question for Facebook and for potential investors in the social network considering that the initial public offering (IPO) is around the corner. Yet it seems that the majority of Facebook users according to a recent survey by CNBC and Associated Press have found that 57% have never clicked on an advert! This might sound bad, but on the other hand, that means that 43% of Facebook users do click on the adverts, which is not bad business!
According to Brian Wieser, who is the Internet and media analyst at Pivotal Research Group;
“This does highlight what we are arguing is the riskiness of the overall Facebook business model. It is not a sure thing. It sure looks likely that it will be one of the most important ad-supported media properties, but it’s not certain because there will be marketers who are challenged to prove the effectiveness of the marketing vehicle.”
Source [The Telegraph]
It is widely believed that social media is mainly used by teenagers, but that is not the case and in fact, there are many more adults using this form of networking media and you know what that means? Your Mum is on Facebook!
So now you know that mother is probably on Facebook is this going to change anything or are you going to just keep posting those images and thoughts that you randomly have to your timeline where mummy can see what you get up to?
It seems that despite the obvious embarrassment, many parents and kid would accept a friend request from their closest relative, despite the issues that may crop up from time to time as this info graphic from GMR Marketing shows.
There have been plenty of complaints about how young Mark Zuckerburg is and more to the point what he wears, so here is the solution for the Facebook initial public offering (IPO) this week! He can still wear the trademark hoodie, but in this case, it is pinstriped, which will please the Wall Street suits too!
This is what the Gray Executive Pinstripe Hoodie has on offer;
After years of experimentation and one enormous bill at our local particle accelerator, the fashion physicists at Betabrand have finally combined business-suit and hoodie molecules at the subatomic level.
The result: our new, limited-edition Navy Executive Pinstripe Hoodie, a revolutionary business-casual — or casual-business, if you prefer — breakthrough, made right here in San Francisco.
Priced at £93 ($148)
Source [Incredible Things]