I hope you’re not hurting yourself! A new study (DON’T FALL ASLEEP) suggests that social activity surrounding broadcast prime-time this April topped its level a year earlier by 194 percent. That means a whole lotta people were heading over to The Voice‘s “Sprint Lounge with Christina Milian” instead of heading over to the fridge for a snack.
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Net-repreneurs Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning — best known as the kids who invented Napster in the ’90s — revealed their latest creation on June 5, a Facebook app cum video social network called Airtime. In a technical-gaffe-laden media launch event in New York, a string of celebrities (Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Ed Helms, Jim Carrey, among others) played along as video chats failed, PCs rebooted, and an exasperated Parker shook his head — as any vet of tech launches knows, these things happen to the best of them.
After an extended intro from Jimmy Fallon, Parker took the mic and presented a compelling — if business pitch-like — slideshow stack, explaining the inspiration and rationale for their new product. Available now, Airtime is video chat built into Facebook that allows you to click on any of your connected friends from a list at the side of the screen and chat with them via web browser, with no extra software to install. While you are chatting, you can browse, share, or take items from”interests” fields, as well as videos you have “liked” and similar items from your profile (crucially, not music, though surely that’s not far off). The idea, Parker stressed, is that you’re experiencing shared content together at the same time, rather than most social network activities like commenting on posts or playing games, where the interaction is delayed as someone posts something and everyone else consumes it later.
Is your child on Facebook? And by child, I mean under the age of 13. Technically, they shouldn’t be since Facebook currently does not allow users who aren’t yet teenagers. But that hasn’t stopped nearly 7.5 million such youngsters from finagling an account — including 5 million under the age of 10 — according to a 2011 Consumer Reports survey. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is developing technology that would open the gates to all kids to post their latest status update (Example? Apple juice is nice, but not three times a day! Mix it up, Mom!). The social network expresses some ambivalence about the discussions, but since so many children are already on the site, they might have a legal obligation to make the site safer by formalizing access and making parental supervision more comprehensive. “We are in continuous dialogue with stakeholders, regulators and other policy makers about how best to help parents keep their kids safe in an evolving online environment,” Facebook said. But is a more “restrictive” Facebook for youngsters a Trojan horse? READ FULL STORY
Say, remember when Facebook purchased Instagram for one kabillion dollars? Well, in news that is completely unrelated, the beloved social network/high-class stalker-enabling mechanism has announced the impending release of a new photo application called Facebook Camera. Facebook Camera — or FaceCam, as I’ll henceforth call it until Twitter tells me not to — also allows you to add all kinds of exciting filters to your photos. And those filters are not too different from Instagram’s. Mike Isaac at AllThingsD refers to the camera as “Instagram Redux,” which could just be reference to the fact that FaceCam features a wholly unnecessary French plantation scene. READ FULL STORY
It has become routine: First Facebook changes its format, and then users grumble about leaving the social network site before eventually settling in and accepting it – just in time for a new round of changes.
Facebook has been busy lately: Mark Zuckerberg and Co. may have just completed converting everyone to the new “Timeline” feature, (not to mention a well-publicized IPO on May 18) but they aren’t slowing down. The company in now rolling out a new timeline, currently to just a few select users, that has some subtle changes to the display, including streamlining the ‘Friends’ and ‘Photos’ tabs, as well as changing ‘Likes’ to ‘Favorites.’
Dear Young People: Casablanca is the story of a totally badass dude who runs a casino in a city that looks like the Disneyland version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, except with more booze and less inhibited sexuality. Said badass dude’s love interest is played by a crazy-hot Swedish chick — who is also a badass. The movie also stars Claude Rains, the walking personification of what Colin Firth wishes he saw in the mirror every morning, and Sydney Greenstreet, the greatest Evil Charming Fat Man in movie history. Every line of dialogue is quotable. Everyone smokes. Casablanca is Mad Men if Don Draper shot Nazis. READ FULL STORY
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