Archive for June, 2012

Today is Social Media Day

June 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Today is Social Media Day. Are U celebrating?


Instagram down due to severe electrical storms

June 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Instagram tweets that it is down due to severe electrical storms, which had hit Northern Virginia yesterday. Instagram’s cloud servers are based in Northern Virginia via Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud.

It’s the same service that’s used by Netflix and Pinterest reports Business Insider.


Facebook, Twitter effecting the way we socialize

June 30, 2012 2 comments

According to this very interesting news, published in the Global Post, social networking platforms Facebook and Twitter are making teenage girls come across as more aggressive. Language employed by the users (consumers) of  social media is becoming shorter, sharper and more “to the point,” Marie Clair, from Britain’s Plain English Campaign says. As a result, the many teenage users have less time to deliberate carefully over their words, and can come across as curt, straightforward and even aggressive when speaking to one another and adults. The change is more noticeable in girls than boys because they communicate more frequently, Clair has said.

Social media have effected the way we socialize and communicate. Not too much, but yes, much has been written about how social media is effecting our language and social skills, our behavior and interactions with others.

English actor and film director Ralph Fiennes has also said that social media like Twitter is eroding our modern language and diluting it “so that the sentence with more than one clause is a problem for us, and the word of more than two syllables is a problem for us.”

A teen in socialtimes writes – “it irritating that many teens cannot go for longer than ten minutes without checking their Facebook pages before having withdrawal symptoms, but it is even more frustrating when they can’t even go half as long as this without mentioning the site”.

As per another Guardian report in March this year, reported a research finding that – People who score highly on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory questionnaire had more friends on Facebook, tagged themselves more often and updated their newsfeeds more regularly. This research comes amid increasing evidence that young people are becoming increasingly narcissistic, and obsessed with self-image and shallow friendships. The latest study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, also found that narcissists responded more aggressively to derogatory comments made about them on the social networking site’s public walls and changed their profile pictures more often.

In a recent survey in India it was found there is a considerable increase in young people using social media platforms like twitter and facebook. Twitter pushes individual to discover new words and acronyms of their own, to fit in 140 characters, which requires mental maths to decode the message and hence a new language which is point to point. Carol Craig, a social scientist and chief executive of the Centre for Confidence and Well-being, said young people in Britain were becoming increasingly narcissistic and Facebook provided a platform for the disorder.

A number of other studies have also linked narcissism with Facebook use, but this is some of the first evidence of a direct relationship between Facebook friends and the most “toxic” elements of narcissistic personality disorder.

In its research site Microsoft writes, “a large portion of language found in user-generated content is in the Informal English domain — a blend of abbreviations, slang and context specific terms; lacking in sufficient context and regularities and delivered with an indifferent approach to grammar and spelling”. (In context of organizing a workshop)


Twitter drops partnership with LinkedIn

June 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Since 2009, Twitter and LinkedIn has worked together on allowing users of the professional social network to publish tweets to their LinkedIn profiles. This two and a half year partnership is being dropped by Twitter says a LinkedIn Blog Post.

Twitter consumer product chief Michael Sippey wrote in a post on Twitter’s developer blog that the changes were part of a move to deliver a “core Twitter consumption experience through a consistent set of products and tools.”

Twitter has been gradually moving to push out partners who display tweets on their websites, but those efforts have been primarily focused on mobile clients, where Twitter’s been emphasizing its own offerings.

Users will still be able to post updates on LinkedIn and broadcast those updates to Twitter, but content-sharing won’t go the other way. To do this – Compose your update, check the box with the Twitter icon, and click “Share.” This will automatically push your update to both your LinkedIn connections and your Twitter followers just as you’ve been able to do previously.

What’s bizarre, though, is that Twitter just upgraded its own Facebook app, which crossposts tweets to users’ Facebook profiles—exactly what LinkedIn has been doing, with Twitter’s blessing, since 2009.

Meebo to shut down on July 11

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That’s the News. Meebo full set to shut down on July 11.

Meebo is a consumer internet company reaching approximately half of the US Internet population. Meebo Bar is its flagship product, which provides publishers a way to connect their websites with social network sites like facebook. It also helps users build their own web experiences around the things that interest them the most.

Meebo’s product will be folded into Google’s current offerings to improve chat and integrate with the Google+ social platform.

Meebo was founded in 2005, and is headquartered in California. On 4 June 2012, Meebo in its blog disclosed that Google Inc. will be buying the company.

A Car for the Blind

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Named as the Da Vinci of Humanoid Robots, Dr. Dennis Hong is busy designing a car for the blind. (name given by Washington Post)

Motivated by the long-term goal of providing blind people the opportunity to perform a variety of everyday activities independently and safely, Hong decided to start by designing a car for the blind.

In a Ted talk on 4 March 2011 Dr. Hong shared the design behind the car. It would use robotics, laser rangefinders, GPS and smart feedback tools.  It’s not a “self-driving” car, but a car in which a non-sighted driver can determine speed, proximity and route – and drive independently.

A range of equipment and tools will enable a blind driver to determine his or her environment, surrounding objects (both moving and stationary) and speed. Some of these include a pair of gloves that sends messages to a driver and various video cameras that produce specific sounds based on what is captured on film.

While Dennis Hong’s innovative technology does not make it legal for the blind to drive on the roads, it represents a tremendous breakthrough in the quality of life for those who are visually impaired.

Dennis Hong is Associate Professor at Virginia Tech, is the founder of ROMELA (Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory) at the University. He is the first person of Korean descent to speak at the world renowned TED conference. It was Star Wars which planted a sci-fi seed in him as a child, which eventually led to a full grown reality.

Wimbledon, London 2012 Olympics on Facebook – Courtesy BBC

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The BBC has begun streaming live sporting events on Facebook, the biggest tie-up to date between the social-networking site and an international broadcaster.

The application launched on Thursday, with live coverage from the Wimbledon tennis championships.

During the Olympic Games, the BBC will run 24 simultaneous streams in addition to the main BBC channels.

Users outside the UK will not be able to access the feeds. The service used the same “geo-IP blocking solution” to limit access as other offerings, such as the iPlayer, the BBC said. It added that users must have a TV licence to legally watch the material.

Other international broadcasters, such as NBC, have set up alternative streaming services – the US broadcaster has teamed up with YouTube to provide live coverage on

Users are able to share information about what they are viewing with their friends, as well as discuss the action with other fans via a live-chat feature. Information about what other Facebook friends have been watching appears alongside the video feed

The app, which is in beta test mode, is currently providing up to six simultaneous streams of Wimbledon tennis matches.

Targeted advertising, not controlled by the BBC, will appear to the right of the app in line with the Facebook-wide layout. The BBC does not make money from the arrangement.

However, during the Olympics these adverts will be removed due to restrictions put in place by the International Olympic Committee.

More details about the service have been explained in a blog post.

‘Favourite moments’

Facebook said the BBC’s coverage would be added to its London 2012 portal which it announced earlier this month.

“We are really pleased that the BBC has chosen to bring its legendary sports coverage to Facebook,” a spokesman said.

“Watching major events such as Wimbledon and the Olympic Games is a naturally social activity.

“Now viewers within the UK have the ability to share their favourite moments with friends and to discuss the action live as it unfolds.”

Phil Fearnley, general manager for BBC News & Knowledge, said the app would create a “distinctive live-streaming experience” for viewers.

“We hope to use it to test the benefits of social viewing, as part of our ambition to deliver more innovative and transformative experiences to sports fans,” he said.

The BBC said there were no plans as yet to bring other live events, such as news, to the social network.

(source: BBC)