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Yelp Adds Video to Their Reviews

Posted in Yelp by Tam Yue on May 22nd, 2014

Yelp to add videoYelp announced today that people who wish to post reviews on their site will be able to add up to 12 seconds of video. They have allowed users to post pictures with their reviews but the addition of video will allow the reader to experience the atmosphere of the business.

Yelp already has a plan to make sure that all the videos are screened prior to them being added to the site. This screening process will make sure that no unsuitable videos are posted and it will allow the most useful videos to move to the top of the review.

This new feature is expected to roll out in early June to their “elite users” prior to it becoming available to everyone else a little later in the year. They have over 23,000 pictures uploaded to the site every day, …

Cloak App Helps Avoid Social Interaction

Posted in Mobile Apps by Darrin Olson on March 22nd, 2014

Cloak Mobile AppWhile most applications involving social media encourage interaction, Cloak is an anti-social app developed to help individuals avoid interaction.

Cloak is a mobile app for iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) that will query posts on Foursquare and Instagram for individuals that you specify, or for everyone in your social network, and try to identify their last known location. Individuals that were recently nearby will show up on a map identifying where they recently were so you can go somewhere else. After about four hours the locations time off and no longer show, assuming the individual you want to avoid has moved on.

The app currently only interacts with Foursquare and Instagram, so your anti-target must utilize one of these services for the system to work but the creators hope to integrate with other social media services soon including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Snapchat …

Google to Make Gmail More Social

Posted in Gmail by Darrin Olson on February 9th, 2010

Google reportedly has a planned press conference on Tuesday to announce some new features to its online email service which will turn it into more of a social hub of communication between friends. The new “widget” that will be added to the free Gmail tool will allow users to keep up with their friends through a stream of quick updates, similar to sites like Facebook and Twitter.

This is not a surprising move for Google who is continuously trying to keep online users centered around Google’s tools, providing the company with more information as well as additional content and exposure to online ads.

Google could also potential integrate other online social media content into it’s stream from users, such as videos from YouTube or pictures from Picasa. It could even tie into external sources with open API’s such as …

Nokia’s Surge gets official on AT&T

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2009

Nokia's Surge gets official on AT&TWe’ve been waiting for Nokia’s Surge for months and AT&T has finally made it official. The Symbian S60-based smartphone is aimed at social media enthusiasts and features a full QWERTY keyboard, a browser with Flash support, and the pre-installed JuiceCaster app for easily updating your Facebook / Twitter status.

You’re sure to love the price too. Just $79.99 after rebate. It also boosts a 2 megapixel camera, AT&T Navigator, and AT&T Video Share. Social butterflies can get in on the action on July 19th.

Samsung Vice hits Bell Canada

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2009

Samsung Vice hits Bell CanadaSamsung announced the availability of its new Vice for the Canadian market via Bell. The 3G phone features a sliding full QWERTY keyboard with standard number keys that should make texting, emailing, and Facebook easier.

The phone also comes with a 2.2-inch color display, 2MP digital camera, built-in GPS, Bluetooth 2.0, integrated media player, and a microSDHC card slot for expansion. You can get the Samsung Vice through Bell Canada for $49.95 with a 3-year contract.

Sprint to get Samsung Exclaim June 7th

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2009

Sprint to get Samsung Exclaim June 7thThere had been some rumors about the Samsung Lucello, a dual slider with a messaging focus, that was set to hit Sprint soon. Well, this device now has an official name and a release date. It’s called the Samsung M550 Exclaim and it’s set to release on Sprint on June 7th.

The interface is all about social networking with a menu that allows instant access to Facebook, MySpace and Google. As phones go, it’ pretty middle-of-the-road, with a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and EVDO Rev 0. The Exclaim will be available in pink and blue flavors.

Facebook awarded $873 million judgment against spammer

Posted in Legal by Darrin Olson on November 24th, 2008

Facebook wins lawsuit against spammerThinking of working out some SPAM scheme to take advantage of users on social networking sites? After last week many would-be spammers may be thinking twice. On Friday the social networking site Facebook was awarded an $873 million fine for damages from an online spammer. This was the largest settlement awarded to date under the CAN-SPAM act of 2003.

A Canadian citizen named Adam Guerbuez with his company Atlantic Blue Capital used different types earlier this year to trick Facebook users into thinking they had messages from other Facebook “friends”. The messages were really from Guerbuez and his company and contained advertisement for sex enhancement drugs, illegal narcotics and sexual explicit materials.