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Facebook Groups: Facebook’s Newest Stand-Alone App (AllFacebook)
Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone out of his way to mention Facebook’s Groups feature during the company’s earnings calls for the third quarter of 2014 and fourth quarter of 2013, hinting during the latter that a standalone application might be forthcoming. Forthcoming is now here, as the social network announced the launch of its Facebook Groups app in a Newsroom post Tuesday, saying that the app is available in all countries, for iOS and Android. Business Insider The Facebook Groups app allows you to more easily share, chat, and generally keep up with Facebook groups on the go. You can manage memberships, toggle between groups, join new groups, and view notifications all within the app. TechCrunch “No one is really doing this out there. We think what we offer is unique,” said the Groups app’s project manager, Shirley Sun. Despite Yahoo and Google fiercely competing to dominate group email lists, there’s a surprising lack of people and rich content-focused social feed groups services, and Facebook is happy to capitalize. The Wall Street Journal/Digits Facebook says 700 million people use the Groups feature monthly on mobile and desktop – slightly more than half of Facebook’s users. Groups is more popular outside the U.S., and it is growing fastest in Brazil and Indonesia, where internet usage is moving away from desktop and into mobile. Inside Facebook In related news, Facebook’s Storyful team announced its latest offering: FB Techwire, a resource of hot topics and important stories for tech journalists. Facebook’s Meghan Peters wrote about the new page: “Today we’re introducing FB Techwire, a resource for journalists to discover original content including breaking news, first-person analysis, photos and videos posted to Facebook by technology influencers and organizations.”
Target’s New App Steers You to the Right Aisle for Black Friday (Adweek)
Even with the e-commerce boom, shopping at brick-and-mortar stores will continue to rule this holiday season. But with more shoppers using smartphones to compare prices, Target is one of several major retailers tackling this trend of “showrooming” head-on with a new, souped-up mobile app.
80 Percent of Active Daily Twitter Users Are Mobile and International (SocialTimes)
Plus, 98 percent of the top international brands, which Simply Measured refers to as the Interbrand 100, have a Twitter account. Seventy percent of the same brands have more than 100,000 followers — an increase of 12 percent year-over-year.
Uber CEO Tweetstorms Empty Apology For His Executive Threatening Journalists (BetaBeat)
Travis Kalanick took to Twitter to issue an apology, though it doesn’t look like Uber is going to be changing the way it does business. It’s nice to see that he’s taking personal accountability enough to issue the apology on his personal social accounts, but it doesn’t nearly approach the ideal move: giving those same journalists that his executive threatened more access to his typically opaque and shady company.
New Report Says Smart TV Industry Reaching ‘Point of No Return’ (LostRemote)
According to an industry analysis done by Futuresource Consulting, smart TV manufacturers aren’t really benefiting from all the consumer activity around them, and that the industry is reaching a “point of no return.” Really?
IBM Launches Business Email That Integrates Social Media (Re/code)
IBM on Tuesday launched a new email application for businesses that integrates social media, file sharing and analytics to learn a user’s behavior and predict interactions with co-workers. The application is part of IBM’s attempt to shift its focus to cloud computing and data analytics from the hardware services that have long been the company’s bread and butter.
Pinterest, Instagram Growing Faster Than Twitter, Facebook (AllTwitter)
Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram are growing faster than any other social platform in the past six months, reveals new data from GlobalWebIndex. Tumblr’s 120 percent growth in active users narrowly beat out Pinterest’s 111 percent gain in the same category between Q1 and Q3 2014.
Twitter’s Powerful New Search Engine Includes Every Tweet Ever Sent (The Verge)
In an effort to make itself a more permanent home for information, Twitter has announced that you can search through every tweet sent on the service since 2006. Twitter has always stored tweets permanently (that’s not just up to the Library of Congress), but used to purge tweets from the search index after only a few days or weeks.
Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline (Mashable)
The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Senate’s 59-41 vote Tuesday night was a nail-biter to the end.
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