Archive for June 2009
In case, you did not know, Michael Jackson, the “King Of Pop” just passed away yesterday and we are really sad on the loss of such a great pop-star. Many users on the web must have felt the same too, as Google searches about Michael Jackson exploded on Google yesterday. Here is a chart showing the search trend yesterday and here is Google explaining the trend:
Search volume began to increase around 2:00pm, skyrocketed by 3:00pm, and stabilized by about 8:00pm. As you can see in Google Hot Trends, many of the fastest rising search queries from yesterday and today have been about Michael Jackson’s passing (others pertained to the death of another cultural icon, Farrah Fawcett). People who weren’t near a computer yesterday turned to their mobile phones to check on breaking news. We saw one of the largest mobile search spikes we’ve ever seen, with 5 of the top 20 searches about the Moonwalker. The spike in searches related to Michael Jackson was so big that Google News initially mistook it for an automated attack. As a result, for about 25 minutes yesterday, when some people searched Google News they saw a “We’re sorry” page before finding the articles they were looking for.
This undeniably show the amount of global interest on Michael Jackson and how Google could have been better prepared to deal with it. Here is a song video in his tribute — Heal The World that we found was one of his best songs. More song and videos can be found on his YouTube Channel.
Hate scrolling and you have too many Tumblr posts?? Then Tumblr’s latest update might be for you. Tumlr is now testing a new feature called Endless Dashboard scrolling which you can enable on your preference page. However, it is claimed that it is not supported in Internet Explorer but Internet Explorer users are the vast majority and there would be less people using it. What’s your take on this?
YouTube is on roll lately with its new channel redesign — now it is introducing a new trailer section for its movie sections. This is another good source of trailers for lovers of movies who want to get a peek before-hand. However we can also see this as a direct take on against Apple and Yahoo who have their trailer sections. So far there are quite a few trailers and most of them are in HD mode which is a plus for trailer fans. You are gonna love it.
This week’s Boxee event at San Francisco has been pretty successful and Boxee has announced a major update to its Boxee software such as a Windows version of Boxee in testing. At this week’s event, it has also announced the winners for its Dev Challenge and here are the winners below. Congratulations to the following winners and we hope developers can take Boxee to the next level by developing great apps through its API.
People’s Choice – DropBoxee by Jon Steinberg
Judges’ Choice – We Are Hunted by Nick Dima
People’s Choice – Facebook Photos by Junda Liu
Judges’ Choice – Facebook Photos by Junda Liu
People’s Choice – BBC Live by Ian Tweedie
Judges’ Choice – OpenCourseWare by Roshan Revankar
Most of you share stuffs like photos, videos and status updates on your Facebook, but up till this point, there was no way to control exactly who can have access to this content. Now Facebook is going a bit further to enable you to set how you can share these content with an updated privacy control which is in beta. Facebook gives a good detailed explanation on this:
You may have some posts you want to share with a wide audience, such as whom you voted for or how great the weather is today. Other times you may have more personal updates like your new phone number or an invitation to join you at your favorite restaurant for dinner that are meant for only close or nearby friends.
If you have access to this beta version, every time you publish content into your stream you are able to control which people can access that specific piece of content. After writing a status, uploading a photo or creating other content from the Publisher, use the lock icon in the lower-right corner of the Publisher to access the drop-down menu. From there, you can then choose to make the post visible to:
Everyone: Anyone, on or off, of Facebook can see it.
- Friends and Networks: People you have confirmed as friends and people in any school or work networks that you’ve joined can see it.
- Friends of Friends: Anyone who is friends with a friend of yours can see it.
- Friends: Only people you have confirmed as friends can see it.
- Custom: Choose any friend or Friend List to include or exclude from seeing that piece of content.
Let’s say you want to let everyone know about a video you just watched recently, you can set it to “Everyone” but if you have a photo that you want to share with your friend, you can set it to “Friends” or “Custom” to choose who gets to see it. This updated privacy control lets users have greater control to who have access to stuffs thy share and we really like it a lot.
You heard it right — maybe you got tired of the old channel design, so YouTube is launching a channel redesign which has been in beta for quite a while for all users. Starting today, all new accounts will automatically have the new version of channels. And all existing channels will change over to the new design on July 15, so check this date if you want to be the first to see it happening. If you want to try it out before that date, here’s how: Just click on the “Upgrade my channel!” link on your Channel Design page. Meanwhile, you can keep track of the updates at their new dedicated blog. Like it or not — be sure to comment and tell us!!
FriendFeed might just be the next great place to share other stuffs other than pictures — from now on you can also post other files such as PDF or a spreadsheet. Here is FriendFeed’s tips on how to share files:
To share files on friendfeed.com, simply click the “Files” link underneath the post box and select which files you want to include. You can also share files by including them as attachments on emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Learn more about posting via email.)
FriendFeed’s file sharing feature might just be another reason for users to use FriendFeed — to share and collaborate. We don’t know how file sharing and social networking might work out to be, but whenever you are sharing something, just think of FriendFeed.