Facebook Admits Defeat to Twitter.

  • First you could tag people into posts using a ‘@’: Copied from Twitter
  • Then in June 2013, the shameless introduction of Hashtags ‘#’: Directly copied from Twitter

And now this?  …This is just embarrassing.

Trending

Trending

“Trending shows you the popular topics and hashtags that are being talked about on Facebook. You’ll see stories from people and Pages who’ve shared them with you or have shared them as Public. From the right side of your homepage, click a topic that’s trending to see what people are saying about it.” (See full article here: https://www.facebook.com/help/1401671260054622)

A spokesman from Facebook admits that Facebook’s “Trending” is very similar to a feature that’s been around on Twitter for years, but states that “Facebook’s version is slightly different than that of Twitter.” By different I think they mean it looks rubbish, trends rubbish content, and worse still “Note: Trending isn’t available to everyone right now.

Isn’t this exclusionary approach to rolling out a feature completely against the nature of social media? Why only some people can use the Trending feature and others can’t on a social media platform as profound as Facebook, I simply cannot comprehend (although I suspect very few people will want to use it anyway).

Is this a white flag of surrender flying high? Is this Facebook taking a seat and admitting defeat to Twitter?

I see the introduction of Trending content as a desperate effort by Facebook to retain it’s existing users and a damage-limitation strategy to the alarming declining figures the network is ‘Faceing.’ But then again, with recent headlines like the following, who can blame them.

Facebook is losing its title as people’s most important social network that it has enjoyed for so long. That said, I will still be sharing this blog post on Facebook. 🙂

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Vine: “Make a Scene” on The Looping Video Social Networking App

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What’s it all about?

Vine is a fantastic social media app for creating beautiful (or ugly) looping videos. A vine can be made of several short videos and can last up to 7 seconds in total. “Make a Scene” is their tagline, and with this app that is exactly what you can do. Its interface is very simple and fun to use. Being owned by Twitter, it is needless to say that the app supports seamless social media sharing – making it easy to share your ‘vines’ with friends and family.

Personal and business

This is are a great way to share a story! If a picture speaks a thousand words I will leave it to your imagination how many words a looping video of 7 different scenes will speak…

Aside from the social realm, I see vine being a great promotional tool for businesses too.

See and share life in motion.

vine.co

(available on iOS devices, Android, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8)
 

LaunchRock – create a “Launching Soon” webpage for your company or product, in minutes

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Start Now and Launch Your Page in Minutes. Acquire, engage and grow your audience with powerful social sharing tools & analytics that drive user growth.

Joshua OCock‘s insight:

LaunchRock is a great service that allows you to create a ‘Launching Soon’ webpage for your company, product, service, song, app, blogsite, …etc  you are about to launch. What this service provides that is golden to users is data collection of email addresses followed by easy sharing on across their social media platforms where incentives can be introduced. The analytics and understanding that LaunchRock offers is absolutely brilliant too.

For advanced developers, you can use html, css or java to customise your page – for the rest, “if it aint broke – don’t fix it” the templates offered are tried and tested and definitely work well!

See on launchrock.co