Google Plus struggles to add women after mostly-male launch

Since the launch of Google Plus almost two months ago, Google’s social media network has grown faster than any other network, reaching over 20 million users in just a month. Google’s invite-only launch positioned Google Plus as a male-centric network, and early Google Plus adopters were quick to criticize the initial gender ratios.


LinkedIn removes photos from ‘social ads’ after complaints

A new feature on LinkedIn called “social ads” has been modified to take out user photos after it attracted the attention of several blogs. The feature allowed the social network to place users’ names and pictures into contextualized ads that other users could see. While the feature wasn’t brand new, the setting was turned on by default.


Anonymous fights with itself over planned Facebook attack

New details have emerged on the purported plot by hacker collective Anonymous to “kill” Facebook on Nov. 5. In recent Twitter posts, it appears the group has confirmed that some of its members are working on the plan, nicknamed #OpFacebook, but that other members do not support the initiative.


LinkedIn’s first ever earnings report is surprisingly strong

LinkedIn on Thursday released its second-quarter earnings, its first time reporting such numbers as a public company. Its revenue for the quarter registered at $121 million, an increase of 120 percent compared to $54.9 million for Q2 2010. And the company’s net income for the second quarter was $4.5 million, which barely bests $4.3 million from Q2 2010.


Ning adds in-browser photo editing to social networks (exclusive)

Build-your-own-social-network company Ning announced today that it is adding Aviary, a photo-editing tool that works inside a social network’s web browser, to its social networks.That gives social networks built on Ning a one-up over sites that are built around image sharing, like 4chan or news aggregators like Reddit. It removes the barrier of having to purchase (or pirate) expensive photo-editing applications like Photoshop to modify images and create original content for those sites.Photo editing is a feature that’s so popular it spawned a new startup from 4chan founder Christopher Poole called That site is essentially a massive image-sharing board that lets users “remix” images with rudimentary photo-editing tools — all from within the web browser. And so far it’s proved to be pretty popular, with hundreds of new, remixed images appearing on the site daily.”If you look at usage and popular features, photos are right up at the top of the list,” said Ning Chief executive Jason Rosenthal. “And users are really doing both Photoshopping and photo sharing, people are already uploading and sharing photos around the topic of the site.”Palo Alto, Calif.-based Ning previously eliminated its free product and focused on paying customers. Small groups interested in building a tight-knit social network can pay $3 per month to build one on Ning. Then there are “plus” and “pro” pricing plans that are for larger social networks, which cost $25 and $60 per month. The company has more than 100,000 social networks built on top of its service. More than half of those social networks are either “plus” or “pro” clients.


Facebook’s Zuckerberg attracts the most followers on Google+

In a game of social networking chicken with Google, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not blinking. Zuckerberg currently has the most followers on Google’s new social network, Google+, beating out Google CEO Larry Page and Senior VP Vic Gundotra, according to

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Winklevoss twins finally finish row with Facebook

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twins whose story was prominently told alongside Mark Zuckerberg’s in the movie The Social Network, have decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court concerning their $65 million cash-and-stock settlement with Facebook and Zuckerberg.

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Twitter partners with Yahoo Japan for real-time results

Twitter on Tuesday announced it has formed a partnership with Yahoo Japan that will allow Yahoo customers to see real-time Twitter results integrated with search results. Tweets will be integrated into various Yahoo services, beginning with real-time results pages.


Facebook tries to counter user decline claims

Facebook is countering yesterday’s news that its overall growth is slowing and that its presence in North America is declining. The site Inside Facebook reported Facebook lost about 6 million members in the U.S. and 1.5 million members in Canada during the month of May.

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Facebook planning $100B IPO for early 2012?

Facebook is planning to file an initial public offering as early as October or November, according to a CNBC report. A filing at that time would most likely lead to an IPO in the first quarter of 2012, with a potential $100 billion valuation.

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Facebook growth slows for second straight month

Facebook may be close to reaching 700 million users, but its overall growth slowed in May for the second month. The popular social network is still adding users in developing countries, but is now shedding users in places that have had Facebook for a while, according to Inside Facebook.

European regulators investigate Facebook facial recognition over privacy concerns

Several European privacy regulators said Wednesday they are investigating Facebook’s facial recognition software, which was enabled without the consent of millions of users Tuesday, according to the Financial Times. Facebook says the purpose of the new feature is to make it easier for users to tag photos.

Twitter and LinkedIn go Dutch

ComScore just released a social networking study that shows the highest Twitter and LinkedIn penetration in the world is in the Netherlands.

Twitter cofounder Biz Stone to advise AOL

Internet behemoth AOL announced today that it has hired Biz Stone, cofounder of white-hot microblogging service Twitter, as a “social impact advisor.”

Can Google get social in Texas?

The South By Southwest Interactive conference could prove a crucial testing ground for Google’s ambitions to compete with Facebook.

MyLikes raises $5.6 million for social endorsements

MyLikes, an advertising platform based on spreading personal product endorsements through social networks, announced today that it raised a $5.55 million round led by Khosla Ventures.

LinkedIn blocked in China, a happy day for Chinese clones

As of 10pm Shanghai time, reports are pouring in that LinkedIn too has now succumbed to the Great Firewall. I can’t access it from Shanghai without using circumvention technology like a virtual private network. Sometimes such blockages are temporary, but I’m guessing this one has permanent implications.

Do women play more games than men?

Women now play games more than men, according to a report by mobile app analytics provider Flurry. At least that’s true in the realm of mobile and mobile social games, where the likes of Zynga’s FarmVille and Popcap’s Plants vs. Zombies are at the forefront.

Digg shows page view stats in ongoing effort to recapture relevancy

Social news aggregator site has unveiled more new features designed to satisfy users unhappy with the direction the site has gone since a botched redesign attempt last year. Interestingly, some of the features look promising enough that longtime users may be distracted for a few days before remembering the fact that there are still massive issues Digg needs to fix before possibly recapturing its lost user base and site community activity.

Digg’s redesign fails to address core problems

Social news aggregator site Digg did a good job last week of unveiling a new look and adding back some features it had removed prior to version 4, but the company still has a long way to go before it finally erases all of the mistakes it has made.

Seven reasons why video games will grow in 2011

Console video game sales aren’t getting the love they once did from consumers. Activision Blizzard shocked the game industry yesterday when it said it was laying off 500 people and shuttering the Guitar Hero video game franchise.