Happy First Vine Birthday

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On Friday the Twitter mobile service Vine that lets you capture and share short looping videos celebrated one year of online presence.

It started as a service to make it easier to share short looping videos with a phone and just four months after its release it became the fastest growing app worldwide.

Compared to Instagram which has 150 million users the mobile app has a much smaller user base. In August 2013, the team proudly announced on Twitter that in just eight months the app has reached 40 million users.

To celebrate its first birthday, the team is collecting and showing off viral videos made by users on its site. It is also asking users to join the celebration and share their favorite videos and has created a special hashtag #VineBirthday. 

To get a taste of the viral videos here are some examples. You can join the celebration, see the viral videos of the past one year and share your favorite videos on the Vine site.

 

Source: Vine blog, Picture: Vine

 

Twitter confidentially files with SEC for planned IPO

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It was expected and after months of rumours Twitter has finally submitted papers to SEC for planned IPO. It has done this confidentially submitting S-1 documents to SEC for the highly anticipated initial public offering.

The interesting part is that the company posted the announcement on its official Twitter account today.

We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.

The documents that Twitter filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are sealed, as Twitter is taking advantage of federal legislation passed last year that allows companies with less than $1 billion in revenue in its last fiscal year to avoid submitting public IPO documents.

Submitting under the S-1 provision under the Jobs Act confidentially will help Twitter avoid public scrutiny and will require that it provides sensitive company information just 21 days before the IPO.

It is expected that this will be the largest IPO of a tech company for 2013 and will reach $15-20 billion from the public offering. The IPO will be handled by Golden Sachs.

Minutes after officially posting the info that Twitter is submitting an IPO the twitter team posted a simple message:

 Twitter has a lot to do before the IPO. Good luck Twitter.

Facebook Graph Search Now Available to Everyone using US English

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Facebook has been working hard on providing the powerful capabilities of Graph Search to everyone. Starting today, Facebook Graph Search is available to all users. At least the ones that are using Facebook in US English. This is a powerful and useful addition.

Graph Search appears as a larger search bar at the top of the page. Here you can write a query say, ” Who are my friends in Sofia, Bulgaria” and voila you get a pretty good response.

You can find many, different uses for Facebook Graph Search. Finding photos, friends with birthdays, places, interests, companies that provide a specific product and much more. Write the question, choose or refine the suggestions offered in real-time and “voila”. You get pretty good answers.

Note that you have to review and adjust your privacy controls. Back in December Facebook introduced new privacy controls and announced that they are retiring the old “who can look up my timeline by name?” setting in the coming months. Now that people have had an opportunity to explore those tools, Facebook is starting to retire this setting for the small percentage of people that use it.

Facebook is not stopping there. The Facebook team continues to work on other improvements to Graph Search, such as searching for posts, comments and mobile.

Go ahead. Check it out if you hadn’t already. Let’s hear what you think of Facebook Graph Search.

Twitter App For Windows 8 Updated With New Features

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The official Windows 8 Twitter App got a new update which adds new and useful features. Another notable new feature is the multiple account support.

The announcement on  The Windows Experience blog states that users of the Twitter App for Windows 8 devices now have the ability to sign-in with multiple accounts.

The new Twitter app for Windows 8 also includes list support. Users can now go to their own Twitter profile, or the profile of another user, and view lists. The app also now allows people to pin lists to their Windows 8 Start screen, along with any other Twitter user profile. These offers power Twitter users a way to keep better track of the lists and profiles they track the most.

If you have Twitter for Windows 8 installed already, you will be offered the update soon.

If not, you can download the Twitter App for Windows 8 directly from the Windows Store!

You Tube Introduced Embeded Off-Site Subscribe Buttons

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Now you can subscribe to a YouTube channel with the new set of embeddable Subscribe to YouTube Buttons. If you are a video creator using YouTube and would like to put a Subscribe button on your web site this is for you.

This is good news for all of us using YouTube and having good video content on the site. Now we can ask our site readers to follow us on YouTube with a button directly on our site.

Good news, right? Let’s see how this work.

Should Facebook introduce and charge customers for Ad Free version

Should Facebook introduce and charge customers for Ad Free version

Facebook should change its model and introduce paid subscription for an Ad free option. That is what Biz Stone, one of the Twitter Co-Founders has proposed in a post in Medium.

The “freemium model” is not a new idea and certainly introducing some kind of payment to hide the ads that are bloating the screen is a an idea that will attract users. Here is what he proposes:

They could offer Facebook Premium. For $10 a month, people who really love Facebook (and can afford it), could see no ads. Maybe some special features too. If 10% percent of Facebook signed up, that’s $1B a month in revenue. Not too shabby.

Agreed, this would be interesing but will Facebook introduce this is something we would have to wait and see.