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Facebook Takes Gold From Google

facebookmedal copyAs we all know Google has been the number one internet site in the US for as far back as many of us can remember.  Hitwise announced via Twitter, that Facebook was the number 1 visited site on Christmas Day, for the first time ever.  Now it’s obvious that people wanted to wish their friends and families “Merry Christmas,” which is the reason for the top spot.

Hitwise hasn’t released any actual numbers at this time, but regardless, this is a very important mark in Facebook’s history.  As Facebook continues to grow pasts it’s 350 million users, the site could very soon dominate the most US visited site list.  (more…)

Facebook’s Trends of 2009

3d-text-effect-2009 copyAs I predicted earlier this month, everyone is pumping out data from the what happened this year.  Last week, I shared with you some of Twitter’s most tweeted words.  Now this week, Facebook has decided to share some of the most talked about topics through status updates. 

“Status updates on Facebook help people understand their friends and the people around them–how they’re feeling, what they’re doing and what they’re thinking,” says Facebook’s Lars Backstrom in a Facebook statement. “In the United States alone, people on Facebook are sharing hundreds of millions of words every day, thousands per second, in status updates. When taken as a whole, these words offer a unique barometer into the issues, world events and thoughts that are connecting people.” (more…)

Senior Citizens Use Social Media & Web Too

Computer-older-womanHave you ever heard someone say they are too old to figure out how to use a computer?  As a 22 year old, I find it hard to imagine life without a computer, since I’ve always had one in the house since about 3rd or 4th grade.  I know we were one of the last families in the neighborhood to get one.  My brother, sister and me were definitely brought up in a different age than my parents.  While my mom became accepting to the computer, my dad says, “computers are the end of the word as we know it!”  Asking my dad to find the power button on a computer is impossible, which is why I was flabbergasted to learn that my 15 year old brother taught him how to text.

While my dad is more than a decade and a half away from becoming a senior citizen, a new survey recently showed that seniors enjoy using the internet, and some of their favorite sites include Facebook and YouTubeNielsen estimates that today nearly 17.5 million seniors are active on the Internet, which is up from 2004, when it was estimated only 11.3 million seniors used the internet. (more…)

Facebook Friends Cause Appeal?

gavel copyOnly in 2009 could social networking site Facebook interfere with a trial. Right now, Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon is being convicted of embezzlement.  Defense lawyers say that Dixon used donated gift cards which were supposed to go to a local charity, on her and her family.

The trial has already had a rocky start with one juror possibly being charged by withholding a possible conflict of interest.  In 2006 Shawana Tyler, entered a contest sponsored by the city for a shopping spree to fill a shopping cart up with as much food as you can in 2 minutes.  Tyler thought the grocery store sponsored the contest and doesn’t remember seeing the mayor there.  But photos from the event, archived by the Baltimore Times show the two standing next to each other, while Dixon gave a speech. (more…)

Facebook Wants You To Use Twitter

FacebookTwitterYes, I know it looks like something that would never happen, but since the launch of Facebook’s URL shortening service yesterday, TechCrunch confirmed that Facebook will now have the ability to send your status updates from the site onto Twitter.  Surprisingly, this will be an option directly on your Facebook status bar, and you will not need a Facebook app to use this.  A similar feature currently exists on Fan Pages, but will now be available to all profiles. (more…)

Bit.ly Fights Back Against fb.me & goo.gl

shortYesterday was a big day for Facebook & Google, as they both announced they were releasing their own shortening services.  As I mentioned in yesterday’s post this creates some major competition for exclusive shortening service websites like bit.ly and tinyurl.com.  While that remains true, bit.ly is fighting back in a major way.

In a blog post released Monday evening, the company announced bit.ly Pro account.  While it may not seem like such a big deal, it’s what the account offers which is going to attract a lot of businesses and bloggers.  (more…)

Facebook & Google Get URL Shorteners

fbmeURL shorteners have been extremely helpful within the past year or so.  With the use of micro-blogging sites like Twitter, which limits you to 140 character, the use of site shortening services have seen an increase in traffic. 

Today, Facebook users have noticed that the social networking site has come up with its own shortening service.  Known as fb.me, users will now see this to help shorten links they post on the site.  A simple search on Twitter shows that many have already started using the new service.  An example, if you type “fb.me/iePlexus” you’ll be automatically taken to iePlexus’ Facebook Fan Page.  

While in the middle of writing about Facebook’s new feature, Google also announced they have created their own shortener, Goo.gl.  In a blog post early this afternoon, the company says while they are excited for the launch, the service will only be available through the Google Toolbar and FeedBurner. However, it looks like Google wants to eventually open the service up to everyone. 

It should be neat to see how both these services succeed.  However, if companies like Facebook & Google are creating their own shortening services, exclusive site shorteners like tinyurl& bit.ly could no longer exist.