The rebranding will focus on two popular features
Google's largely-failed social media experiment, Google+, is reportedly approaching a transformation, with a renewed focus on Photos and Hangouts. The two popular features appear to be splitting apart from the central service, marking the first step in an apparent rebranding effort that is likely aimed at revitalizing -- or quietly killing -- the stagnate social network.
Proposed tool would help keep photographs taken while drunk away from Facebook
Pictures of drunk people on Facebook may lessen in future, if plans revealed by the social network's AI research lab come to fruition. Lab head Yann LeCun wants to create a digital assistant for Facebook which is capable of detecting whether photographs being uploaded to the service are being done while the user is under the influence of alcohol, with the aim of preventing anything the user would find embarrassing when they are sober from being shown to visitors.
Social network for employees said to be used by Facebook workforce daily
Facebook is reportedly trying to push itself into the workplace, by making a service for communications within a company. Said to be called "Facebook at Work," the service is said to be able to allow employees and management to talk to other team members, connect with other professionals, and collaborate over documents.
Founder bills Netropolitan as social network for the affluent
A new social network for affluent individuals has launched, with an unusual membership strategy. Netropolitan is billed as the "world's most exclusive online community," with new users looking to sign up to the service required to pay $9,000 for the first year's membership fees, followed by annual fees of $3,000 in subsequent years.
Pinterest adds direct messaging of followers to service
Pinterest has added the ability to message other users to its service for the first time. An extension from last year's pin-sharing feature, Pocket-Lint notes the social network's mobile apps include the option to send messages back in responses to pins, including support for messaging multiple followers in the same thread, with the site suggesting it could be useful for planning events or projects with others.
Social media usage examined in government-funded research
The US military has been analyzing the use and influence of social networks and social media, according to a report. Research funded by DARPA under the Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program was conducted with the ultimate aim of developing tools to help "counter misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information."
Early Google social network shuttering, focus shifts to YouTube, Google+
Google is warning it will be shutting down its early social network, Orkut. Closing after ten years, the service will officially stop operating on September 30th of this year, with the search company planning to focus its "energy and resources" on its other social efforts, including Google+, YouTube, and blogging platform Blogger, to make them "as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them."
Social network introduces new rules for posts concerning regulated goods
Facebook is attempting to curb online sales of guns by updating its policy on user posts and pages on its social network. A number of "educational and enforcement efforts" were introduced by the company on Wednesday to both Facebook and Instagram, which will cover not only firearms but also discussions relating to other regulated item sales or services.
Frontback for iOS updated, adds new notifications, self-timer, and more
Frontback has released v1.7.0 of its camera app that captures using both front and back cameras. Users can capture moments using both front and back cameras, write short captions to accompany them, and share instantly via SMS, e-mail and social networking. Frontback v1.7.0 has added a self-timer feature for easier photo-taking, as well as new social network notifications. Support for full screen photo view is also now included. Available as a free download, Frontback requires iOS 7.0 or later.
Column appears alongside News Feed
Facebook has introduced a new Trending feature that enables users to view topics that are currently surging in popularity. The discovery tool is said to be personalized, combining notable topics from across the social network and conversations that are relevant to each specific user.
Private social networking app receives iOS 7 design revamp
Second Gear has released the latest version of Glassboard this week, offering users a redesigned aesthetic to accompany iOS 7. A private social network tool for teams, Glassboard consists of multiple 'boards' that each represent a specific grouping of people. Within each board, users can share messages, photos, videos, files and location privately and securely. Second Gear recently acquired Glassboard from NewsGator, and with the change Glassboard 3.0 now offers a layout that reflects the design language of Apple's iOS 7.
Facebook user claims not to have endorsed company, seeks $750
Facebook is being sued over apparent false "likes" being used in advertising on the social network. Anthony Ditirro has filed a class-action suit against Facebook in San Jose, for allegedly showing that users are endorsing products on the service to friends and acquaintances linked to the user, even if the claimed endorser did not actually "like" the associated Facebook page.
Microsoft-created social network gets its own mobile apps
Microsoft's own work-in-progress social network now has its own mobile apps, something the other large social networking sites have already implemented. Apps for Socl, the site opened for testing by Microsoft's Future Social Experiences Labs (FuSE Labs) this time last year, are now available to download on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
System could create specific responses based on earlier messages
Responding to social network postings could be easier in the future, according to a patent filing from Google. A listing on the USPTO for the "Automated generation of suggestions for personalized reactions in a social network" advises of a potential system that could suggest appropriate responses to posts and messages, one that takes into account previous messages by the user.