Google+ Beats Twitter to be the Most Active Social Networking Site

Google+ didn’t fail to get enough criticism from those who didn’t find much of their friends on the network. But recent statistics show that the network is actually not a “ghost town”, but only second most active social networking platform.

Global Web Index has recently published a report from data collected in Q4 2012 which shows that Google+ has more user activity than Twitter and YouTube. According to GWI.8, 21% of global Internet population uses Twitter actively on a monthly basis compared to 21% on YouTube, 25% on Google+ and a whooping 51% on Facebook.

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Facebook Makes Photo Appear Larger

Click to enlarge. Photo courtesy: Mashable.

One of the most popular and most used feature of Facebook is its photo albums. Apart from updating status, playing Farmville and interacting with others, almost everyone on Facebook takes advantage of Facebook’s unlimited photo album feature. Recently, the social networking giant has announced that it now shows larger photo in less time.

Published in Facebook’s official blog, Justin Shaffer wrote, “Now, the photos you share on Facebook are bigger (720 pixels to 960 pixels) and load twice as fast, giving you quicker access to more detailed images.”

Users don’t have to worry about photos that have been already uploaded and share with friends as Justin added that the existing photos will appear larger as well.

Another update in the Photo feature is that Facebook is replacing its black old theater look with a white photo viewer that is significantly larger than previously the theater was.  The Theater look was released back in February when Facebook officially started supporting high resolution photos.

Let us know in the comments if this change means anything to you.

Facebook Attracted 1 Trillion Page views in June

Ever wondered how many page views does the largest social networking platform attract every month? If you’re curious, there are information. According to Google’s DoubleClick, in June 2011, Facebook attracted as much as 1 trillion page views and 870 million unique visits.

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Interesting thing is that, Facebook attracted ten times more page views then the second most visited website, YouTube. According to data, YouTube 100 billion page views (only) and about 790 million unique users on the site. However, the stats were shown excluding sites that don’t load properly, ad networks, adult websites and a few of Google’s very own websites.

Facebook now has 750 million users and we expected the unique visit per month to be more than 870 million. But this shows that not everyone on Facebook is really active.

If you’re not sure what the differences between page views and unique visits are, unique visit counts every single person visiting a site as long as cookies remain on their browser. If they don’t wipe it out, typically a person is counted as one unique visitor for as long as one month (or the period of time you want to generate statistics of). Learn more about unique visits on Wikipedia.

Page views, on the other hand, represent how many times pages were loaded on visitors’ machines. With that said, if you log in to Facebook, you first have to visit Facebook.com, logging in will redirect you to your News Feed, and clicking on a story will redirect you to its own page. Each time any page of Facebook is loaded, it’s counted as page views.

Teachers Acted for their Rights to Friend Students on Facebook

Earlier we reported that a new law passed in Missouri and effective from August 28, 2011 prevents teachers from becoming friends with their students on Facebook. Latest on that matter is that the teachers in Missouri has filed a lawsuit against this Amy Hestir Student Protection Act.

As reported by ZDNet, the lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the concerned act claiming it to be unlawful. According to the act, any kind of private communication between teachers and students — that includes text messaging or online communication — are prohibited to protect children. However, Missouri State’s Teachers Association believes this goes against the teachers’ first amendment rights of free speech and association.

The Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, named after a student who was molested by a teacher years earlier, has practically good sides and bad sides. By prohibiting teachers from communication students privately, the act makes sure student’s aren’t harassed in any way. However, on the bad side, students cannot make contact with teachers when they face difficulties understanding class assignment and in situations like that, which can be sometimes emergencies.

The Teachers Association has filed a lawsuit, therefore, for their right to make their students friends on Facebook and other medium. It’s time that will tell us what’s in the future of Amy Hestir Protection Law.

Facebook Announces New Privacy Features

One of the two things the largest social networking site Facebook does is regularly changing its privacy settings (still not being satisfactory to end users). It happened again. As expected, Facebook came up with seven deadly changes on how users are exposed around the world.

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The changes are mainly focused on its tagging system and sharing policy. Here is a list of six new features (along with our fancy rating) Facebook is rolling out to its 750+ million users soon:

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Tag Universally
Clearly a copy-pasted feature from Google+ which, in aspects of Facebook privacy, doesn’t really strengthen its settings. Now, in your comment, wall post or status update, you can literally tag anyone who’s been using Facebook from any corner of the world. This really exposes everyone. Although there’s an option for you to turn off the option for others to tag you, this feature isn’t going to be very useful as many people have said on comments left on news blogs. We give this feature a 1/5.

Control Tagger
In a simple word, you can control who tags you in their post, and who tags others in your post. That’s literally all this feature is. However, one useful update is that Facebook will now require your approval to each photo/post you’re tagged on. This way, you might avoid being tagged on some embarrassing stuff. That’d be nice, for real. We’d reward this feature with a 4/5.

Do more when Removing Tags
That’s all this feature is about. Whenever you don’t like being tagged on a certain photo, you could simply remove the tag from the photo page or your wall. Now, Facebook thought people wanted to do different things at that very moment. That’s why it will show up a window asking you whether you want just to remove the tag, or ask the uploader to take the photo down, or simply block him from your list. That’s a nice feature that will save time for busy people. From our side, this feature gets a 4/5.

See Who Sees What
Another copy-pasted feature from Google+ without any doubt. Now, you can view your profile as certain people would view it. To be more exact, until now you were able to check how your profile looked when someone not in your friend list viewed it. With the new feature, you can totally see how it looks to certain person, for example, your mom or boss. That’s certainly a good inclusion despite being copied from Google. We’ll give it 4/5.

Public
Facebook came up with a brilliant (and LOL at the same time) logic that its “Everyone” privacy settings preset was a wrong label. It says, with that settings active, anyone might see your stuff, but ‘everyone’ will not see. That’s why they updated the word ‘Everyone’ to ‘Public’, as seen on Google+ (third copy-pasted feature). As it literally does no improvement on the overall features, we give it a straight face rating 😐 !

You don’t have anything to do to get these privacy settings. These will be delivered to your Facebook account soon. However, you already know what the new features are. Which of these do you think are going to be useful for you? Let us know in the comments.

Google+ Bringing Games on Board

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If you are a social gaming fan and if you have been on Google+, chances are you have already started to miss some games on the site. Lately, the search giant has announced that some popular games are being brought on board with a separate page called ‘Games’.

Games like “Angry Birds”, “Zynga Poker”, “Sudoku” and so on are very popular and well-known in other social networking sites specially Facebook. Google, in a blog post, said that it will bring these games including some other in a separate section inside Google+ called Games. The page, or tab called Games, will be accessible from the top of the page on Google+.

As user privacy has been the top most concern of Google+, the company said that the same will go with games. Users can show off their high score in games with only interested followers who will click the Games tab to show others’ Games updates. In that way, those who aren’t interested in Games will simply not see anything related to Games.

However, sources said that there is almost no chance that Google+ might bring FarmVille and CityVille as those may be exclusively available on Facebook. So, if you are a FarmVille freak, you still have to keep your Facebook account active.

Facebook Tests New Chat Sidebar

Facebook faced some criticism from its users after few weeks ago it revamped its chat system to show up the most contacted list on its sidebar. Now, the social networking giant is testing a redesigned chat sidebar that is more like the very old way of chatting.

The new sidebar shows up the most contacted friends on top of it and adds a separator called “More Friends Online” below which other online friends from your list appear. Unlike the old chat navigator, the new sidebar goes all the way up to the top of the browser’s screen to show as many contacts as possible.

The new feature reportedly hasn’t been rolled out to all Facebook accounts yet. But apparently it’s going to be stick and permanent chat style for a while.