Stuff you need to know about social media from the past week.
Facebook tests voice chat – a sign of things to come?
You’ve probably heard about Zuckers’ recent collaboration with Skype, but now it seems they are testing out the ability to call your friends using VOIP through your facebook account (see left). Given the absence of any Skype branding, it may be something facebook is working on solo. Personally i’m excited about the possibilities – any way to reduce mobile phone bills is great – not to mention the fact we are all already on facebook virtually 24/7 anyway (or maybe that’s just me…). Big thumbs up Zuckers!
Almost half of us Aussies are visiting facebook every month
Social Media News (the extremely prestigious blog that I now also contribute to) recently published some Australian social media stats for Jan 2011. There weren’t any real surprises, although I suppose the volume of visitors to blogspot was probably a little higher than I expected. Facebook is receiving 9.8million unique visitors per month – that’s almost 50% of our entire population. And when you consider our population includes all those pesky annoying kiddies and those EVEN MORE annoying oldies who probably think a ‘newsfeed’ is what they see on the tv at 6pm every night… it’s pretty crazy. [no offense nanna – you are pretty hip with your mobile, foxtel and computer]
Meet your hostel bunk buddies on facie-bee before you get there
I love this one, and frankly can’t believe it hasn’t been rolled out throughout all hostel sites already. Hostel booking site GoMio has released a facebook integrated social app that helps travellers connect with others who will be staying at the same hostel before they even get to their destination. Cool. This one will revolutionise the way we travel methinks – finally for those of us who have crappy friends who either have no money, no sense of adventure or are partner-obsessed, it will be a little less daunting to go out on our own. [no offense friends, but seriously.] [note: i probably shouldn’t say that since my mortgage will probably lead to me being 55 by the time I next can travel overseas, which effectively places me in the same group of losers. FML.]
Facebook finally develops app for iPad
Or at least, they are in the process of doing so. It has long been one of Earth’s greatest mysteries – up there with the Bermuda Triangle, the construction of the Pyramids and how Tony Abbott was ever even in the running for Australian Prime Minister. Oh wait, the answer to that last one was recently discovered to be that that the Australian voting public largely consists of idiots. [cue mental mum lecture about ‘being careful what you write on here’. fail]
Anyway the point is Zuckers took some time away from devising creative ways to get more advertising money and coming up with more annoying changes to our profile layout to focus on doing things that facebook users actually want. Good one Zuckers, another thumbs up!
China gets in on Egypt censorship
Not wishing to be out-done in its own field of expertise (censorship), the Chinese government has bizarrely blocked Twitter searches on the term ‘egypt’. This follows a recent nation-wide blocking of Twitter and Facebook in Egypt due to the violent protesting in the country over calls for President Mubarak to step down. You may remember such stories from previous articles I wrote, such as “the Latest in the social-media-sphere”. My guess is that the Chinese government were a tad worried their billions of people may get some ideas from the use of social media to rebel against authoritative rule. Let’s hope it only helped spread the word.
Prepare yourself for many more facebook comments in your newsfeed
For those of you who bother to check out blogs (as if you would!), news sites or any websites that allow commenting, prepare to start seeing much more of ‘facebook commenting’ – which allows you to comment on the page or article through your facebook account. Admittedly this third-party app has been available for awhile, but word is that facebook are working on an EVEN BETTER version that is gaining some hype in the internet-esphere. Inevitably this will result in a bunch of newsfeed stories about comments your friends are making on other sites. It makes sense for us bloggers to adopt because it helps spread the word virally. But will it get annoying? Time, my friends, will tell.