Thursday, September 29, 2011

Twitter Acquires Julpan


On Wednesday, September 21 Ori Allon, the creator of Google’s Orion search technology and founder of Julpan, announced a deal with Twitter. Julpan is a company that analyzes social media, and Twitter has just acquired it.

"I am very proud to announce that Julpan has been acquired by Twitter," Allon wrote on Julpan.com. "We founded Julpan more than a year ago. In that time we've created innovative, early-alpha-stage search technology that analyzes social activity across the Web to deliver fresh and relevant content to users. "

"Twitter houses an industry-leading engineering team that is tackling some of the Internet's most interesting opportunities. With more than 230 million tweets per day on every subject imaginable, Twitter gives us a chance to make an even greater contribution toward instantly bringing people closer to what is most meaningful to them. We look forward to joining forces with Twitter's engineering team to explore how we can best integrate and optimize Julpan's innovations.”

"I'd like to personally thank the talented engineers, architects and designers of Julpan. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people with whom to invent some of the world's best social search technology."

Until Wednesday, Allon had been the CEO of Julpan, but in his post he signed it “Director of Engineering, Twitter.” So far, there has not been any mention of the financial details of this deal.

In 2006 Allon sold the rights to Orion to Google. He then worked for Google until last year when he left to start Julpan. Julpan allows users to sort through blogs, tweets and online social content "to help determine what exactly people care about at any given moment."


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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Roast of Charlie Sheen Dominates Social Media

Charlie Sheen RoastThe premiere of Two and a Half Men sans Charlie Sheen aired on Monday night, "conveniently" at the same time as The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen. Coincidence? I think not. However, despite losing its main character, the show, which replaced Sheen with Ashton Kutcher, received 28 million viewers, the largest audience for any episode in show history. And while it may seem that Two and a Half Men is thumbing its nose at Sheen, the "total freaking rock star from Mars" himself was all full of "winning" Monday night, on the social media front that is.

While Kutcher and Men may have won the ratings battle, it was Sheen and his roast that won the the social media battle garnering nearly 400,000 tweets throughout the night while Two and a Half Men clambered behind with only 150,000 according to Visible Technologies.

Bluefin Labs, a Social TV Analytics platform, also released their numbers for the show's discussion on a plethora of social networking sites including Twitter, Facebook and thousands of fans located on micro-blogs. Sheen stood on top of his internet throne bringing in a total of 148,000 comments from 98,000 unique posters. Compare that to the 92,000 total comments from 75,000 unique posters on Two and a Half Men and it looks like Charlie Sheen is smoking the show harder than the seven gram rocks he is already famous for.

The best part, at least for Sheen, is that Two and a Half Men didn't even come in second place overall for the night. In addition to Sheen's roast, Dancing with the Stars also beat out Kutcher and his premiere. The famous tweeter that he is, Kutcher added his own tweet on Monday writing, "Man I wish I had the east coast feed so I could watch it with you all... #2.5." But Kutcher wasn't the only celebrity hitting the Twitter feeds as Sheen sent a plethora of tweets from his viewing party on Monday night, giving thanks to friends, family, fans and roasters alike.

"Thank you @comedycentral...! I'm moved... speechless and grateful! (and glad it's over...) Well done my friends. Well done!" Sheen tweeted Monday night. As far as ratings for the roast, it didn't do too bad either. Sheen's roast was the most-watched roast in Comedy Central history, gathering 6.4 million total viewers and delivering a 4.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter - Charlie Sheen's Roast Wins Social Media Battle

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ASK not about Santorum Search Scum


Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is being SEARCH SCUMMED by Google, Bing, and Yahoo, but not ASK.

When you search for 'santorum' in Google, the first result is a website splashpage (spreadingsantorum.com) that is so nasty, so raunchy, so disgusting, that I will not publish it, nor link to it here.

Isn't that cleaver, the splash page has a splash of what they call santorum. gross



As of this publication 27,053 people facebook liked that lude splash page. And as of this publication there were over 2400 links from 135 linking domains, linked to spreadingsantorum.com.

Getting 135 domains to link to a person's name would be easy for any SEO. Why the major search engines would accept this as a fair result for a presidential candidates name appears political.

What about ASK? Why isn't spreadingsantorum.com not coming up as #1 in ASK search results? (It's not even on the first page). Is ASK making a statement or is ASK behind the curve on data aggregation and search results?

Just as anyone who has been attacked on the web, Rick Santorum has taken his appeal to Google. But a representative from Google recently stated that they don't remove results from the web. This leaves Candidate Santorum in a difficult position.

"I suspect if something was up there like that about Joe Biden, they'd get rid of it," Santorum told Politico. "If you're a responsible business, you don't let things like that happen in your business that have an impact on the country."

I suppose your right. Besides what's changed? Google had removed certain search results in the past. For example, in an article by Danny Sullivam, clearly Google made adjustmets.

Google Kills Bush’s Miserable Failure Search & Other Google Bombs


Google bombing isn't anything new. According to Google Watcher Danny Sullivan, Google bombs date back as far as 1999, when a search for "more evil than Satan himself" resulted in the Microsoft homepage as the top result.

Rick Santorum makes a good point, and perhaps a basis for legal action against Google, Bing and Yahoo,
 "To have a business allow that type of filth to be purveyed through their website or through their system is something that they say they can't handle but I suspect that's not true," Santorum said.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Skype Update for Mac Users


On Thursday, September 15, Skype introduced its users to an interesting new update. The update allows all beta Mac users to utilize Facebook integration, an ability that has already been available to Windows PC users for a while.

“We now release updates for Skype for Mac quicker than ever before,” said Skype in a blog post. “We've released a number of updates in 2011 which included, amongst other features, a brand new interface, video call control bar and HD-quality video calling.”

"Just like in our Windows client, you will now be able to IM and connect with your Facebook friends without leaving Skype. You will also be able to read and update your News Feed, as well as comment and 'Like' your Facebook friends' posts - all within Skype for Mac."

It’s really easy to set up the Facebook integration. All you have to do is sign into Skype, click the “Connect to Facebook” tab and then enter your Facebook details. It’s that easy!

The Facebook integration feature for Windows was introduced to users in October 2010. When Skype added that feature, they also added “Facebook Phonebook.” The Facebook Phonebook feature allows users to call and text their Facebook friends from their mobile phones and landlines with just a few clicks. Skype also allows users whose Facebook friends are also on Skype to make Skype-to-Skype calls for free.

All of this follows the Facebook-introduced video calling with Skype which was released about two months ago. Skype CEO Tony Bates stated in July that the company has been working on the Skype and Facebook integration for about six months now. Skype has a goal of one billion users and Bates says that he believes that the Facebook video calling via Skype will “help us get there.” He continued saying, "We want to be as ubiquitous as possible."

The Skype blog also stated, “We are also introducing an advertising platform in this new release, but if you are a paying Skype consumer or have Skype Credit, you won't see any display ads; similar to the model that is currently being used in our Skype for Windows client.”

If you’re a Mac user and you want Facebook functionality, Skype 5.4 is just for you. It is now available for download.



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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Amazon Develops a New Strategy for Social Media

Amazon.comAmazon.com has recently decided to step up its efforts on the social media front after missing out on potentially one of the biggest and hottest technology trends to come about in recent years. The company just hired John Yurcisin as Director of Social Media earlier in the year to help Amazon come up with better social strategies.

In addition to that, Amazon is also building a Social Games Group in an attempt to compete with Zynga, the current leader in social internet gaming, who is also planning an initial public offering. Amazon is also hiring developers and engineers for the project with a poster in the company's new Seattle campus unveiling the Social Games Group as "Worldwide Breaking News".

According to the poster, Amazon is most interested in software development engineers and Flash developers with the latter most likely related to Adobe's Flash Player, a software that is also used to add video, animation and other interactive content to websites.

Amazon also posted social games jobs on Linkedin as well as Dice.com. One post that was added on August 15 stated that the company was looking for a Senior Social Games engineer and that the group is working on a "cutting edge initiative within Amazon." Despite its leading advancements in other technological areas, Amazon has lacked in terms of social media as well as social networking.

However, it is still unclear as to what exactly Yurcisin is working on over at Amazon, especially considering the fact that a spokesman from Amazon declined to comment on any of the company's social plans. However, Yurcisin's Linkedin page does have him listed as "Director, Social" at Amazon and says that he has held that position since May.

Source: Reuters - Amazon steps up social media efforts