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Aspects of Digg's new Newsbar

29/12 (1526 hrs IST): Last week, Online Content discovery platform Digg had introduced The Digg Social Reader, an Application that allows readers to record the stories they’re reading on Digg & make them available to friends on Social Network Facebook.

When a user clicks on a Digg story in Facebook, he/she sees a story in the Digg Newsbar; a bar across the top of Browsers. This shows readers how popular that particular story is across the Social Media, & also throws up a similar story that may be of interest.

Now, Digg has added a new option for all users to view stories with the Newsbar. Anywhere you see a list of stories — including Top News, My News, Newswire & the Newsrooms — you can now directly access that story in the Newsbar.
According to a Blog Post by Paul Hulett, "We believe this is the best way to read Content, interact with the Digg community via comments, share to Facebook & Twitter & access related stories all from your browser."

If users want to navigate directly to the story’s web page without the Newsbar, click on the icon next to the title.
You can go to this URL to catch up with the rest of the Post:

62 mln users & counting?

28/12 (1418 hrs IST): Social Networking Site, Google+ has registered 62 million users & continues to add 625,000 new users every day, according to an "unofficial" count kept by Paul Allen, Head, Ancestory.com. Paul & his team have dubbed themselves as the unofficial statistician of Google+. The prediction is of Google+ touching 400 million users by end of 2012.
You can go to this URL to read up on Paul's post:
We await the official word from Google Inc.

Blog network launched

28/12 (0914 hrs IST): Finally, there is some movement on the Blogging front. Slashsquare Network is a new Indian Blog Network & Digital Media company that has launched a Blog Network called Slashsquare.this will include some niche blogs along with HellBound Bloggers (HBB), a technology Blog.
Slashsquare has been started & will be managed by S.Pradeep Kumar, Founder/Editor of HBB. In a BlogPost he has explained the rationale behind Slashsquare. He says having a lot of Blogs under a common name makes sense. So the reason to start Slashsquare.  

The StumbleUpon List 2011

27/12 (1928 hrs IST): Website discovery platform StumbleUpon has just released its 'Most Popular' list for 2011. The Japanese tsunami was on top of the list while Apple co-founder Steve Jobs death this year, too, send searches soaring. StumbleUpon has also released an infographic along with the list which you can see by clicking here

Bookmarking service to relaunch

27/12 (0730 hrs IST): Social bookmarking service Comment to will relaunch on Jan 1. According to its founder, the new version will be easier to use & faster. Comment To allows you to bookmark, comment & share the bookmarks of any Site, across the world.
We await the unveiling. 

60% of Web visitors in India shopped Online in Nov

23/12 (1945 hrs IST): comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has said in a report on visitation to the top Retail and Coupon sites in India that nearly 60 % of Online users in India visited a retail site in November 2011. This was based on data from its comScore Media Metrix service. The number of online shoppers increased 18 % in the past year. The report also found that Coupon sites were rapidly gaining in popularity, with 16.5 % of the Indian online population visiting the category in November, led by Snapdeal.com & Mydala.com.

“The online channel is playing an increasingly important role in connecting retailers with potential customers in India,” said Kedar Gavane, comScore Director for India. “To take advantage of this growing opportunity, retailers must ensure they are addressing the needs of potential customers, which include attractive pricing and the convenience of ordering online. The rapid growth of online coupon sites suggests that consumers in India are looking for deals, highlighting the need for online retailers to adopt effective marketing and pricing strategies for their goods.”

Gardens of Time is Facebook's Top Game

22/12 (0745 hrs IST): Which Games on Social Network Facebook drew the most players in 2011? Topping the list was Gardens of Time, a 'find that hidden object' Game, where you locate objects in history.
The next one was Sims Social, which is all about relationships. Here's the list:
 Cityville  (By Zynga)DoubleDown Casino (by DoubleDown Interactive)Indiana Jones Adventure World    (By Zynga)Words With Friends (By Zynga)Bingo Blitz (By Buffalo Studios) Empires & Allies (By Zynga)Slotomania-Slot Machines (By Playtika) Diamond Dash (By wooga)
For more on this, go to this URL

Kill those malicious tracking cookies

22/12 (0830 hrs IST): For those of you ever interested in protecting your Online privacy, there is a new anti-spy Browser-based tool called Nixory. It claims to detect & remove malicious tracking cookies from your Brower. It is an Open Source tool & is compatible with all the major Browsers.
Click here to check out Nixory.

Over 22 million new users come Online in Brazil in the past 12 months

21/12 (0606 hrs IST): The number of broadband Internet users in Brazil has touched 55.4 million in November 2011, up by 68% from the same period last year.

According to various Online reports
quoting Brazilian Telecommunications Association (Telebrasil), a total of 22.4 million new users were registered in the past 12 months. Among the broadband internet users, 38.9 million access the service through mobile devices. The remaining were conventional cable users, reported Xinhua.

Smartphone users in Brazil, too, have increased with speed. The number has gone up 130% in the past 12 months since the country launched a National Broadband Internet Plan in 2011 to provide affordable broadband service to all Brazilians by 2014.

In Test Mode: Business FB Pages can now communicate directly with fans

20/12 (1601 hrs IST): This will come as welcome news for all those brands who have a Business Page on Social Networking Site Facebook. FB has started implementing a feature which now enables Business Pages to send & receive private messages to their fans.

These will hopefully allow corporates to interact better with potential clients.An FB spokesperson has confirmed the same but said this was still in its "testing" stage. Many see this as an attempt by FB to introduce new things in the light of its rival Google+ adding many features in the last few weeks. 

Quora launches Boards

20/12 (0700 hrs IST): Question & Answer Search Engine Quora has launched a feature called Boards. A BlogPost by Adam D'Angelo of Quora said the new feature was added based on user feedback & trends. Boards is not to be confused with Topics, though.
If you are a Quora user, on your profile page, you can now create any number of Boards. Then, you can post any kind of Content to them. You can write new posts, you can re-post questions, answers, topics, or anything else that already exists on Quora, & you can also post a link to any page from the web. Boards have followers. When you post something to a Board, it will be shown to all of them. In this way, a Board works like a "lighter-weight version of a Blog." But you can use them for organization, to make lists of things, as mailing lists, or anything else you want. You can add multiple authors to a board to make it collaborative. Quora has also allowed private boards as well.
To read up on the rest of Adam's Post, go to this URL: http://www.quora.com/blog/New-Product-Boards

All girls, all the time

17/12 (0601 hrs IST): We've seen all kinds of Social Networking Sites being launched of late, some interest based, some free-for-all, others even location-based. Now, there is a Social Network exclusively for women.  With the tagline - Girl time all the time - guys out there may be rubbing their hands in glee, screaming, "Yummieee", but wait. Membership is open ONLY to girls.
Luluvise announced its public launch on December 13 this year. Based in London, UK, it was only about a  month ago that the company had announced that it had secured US $1 million in financing from prestigious US & UK investors. CEO & Founder Alexandra Chong, had even met UK Prime Minster David Cameron during his Tech City tour in support of Startups & innovation in London.

The idea for starting Luluvise came after one particular "juicy Valentine's Day date" which Alexandra wanted to share with friends but was not comfortable posting it on Facebook. So, she decided, what the heck. Let's have an all-girls Social Site. Score: Facebook: 0, Luluvise:1
With several in-built features, the Luluvise platform, says a press release, aims at streamlining “girl time” activities to safely re-create the patterns of close female friendship.  All of this is targeted to the most expressive and communicative demographic online:  women, who generate more than 70% of the messaging activity on Facebook for example, spend 35% more time on Social Networks than men, and drive 80% of all consumer spending.
Now, girls can safely gossip, exchange notes on their dates or talk of the latest sale in town without having to worry about....err..... eavesdropping by men. 
The Site maybe a few days old but already, there are Online murmurings of it being sexist. Some men have complained on other Networks including Twitter about it's `Only Girls' criteria. What seems to have especially got the goat of these men is the fact that girls can now openly talk about their ex-beaus on Luluvise
One question: With a lot of anonymity still built in in the Internet, how will the gals at Luluvise really, really establish the gender of a prospective member? This Website tried getting in through Facebook but were rejected (obviously since our FB Page is a Business Page). Luluvise does insist on prospective members specifying their gender 1st in their FB account or while joining in, but even then, anybody could claim to be a girl, put up a fake photo & join in in all that happy gossiping. 
Also, is it time then for the men to have a similar site?
Answers can be sent to tellus(at)whatsnewonthenet.com

It's out! The Top-10 Searches in the world in 2011

16/12 (1152 hrs IST): So, what did the World Search for on Google in 2011? The Search major has released its annual Zeitgeist 2011 list, which shows which subjects were searched the most on the Internet. This is for the 11th year in a row that Google has released a list like this.  While we shall not go into the entire list here, let us just tell you that 3 of the Top 10 spots went to Apple & 1 hilariously went for a product which is not yet launched - the Apple iPhone 5!
Click here to check out the Top 10 list. 

In Nov for a week, Chrome became the most popular Browser for the 1st time ever

15/12 (1919 hrs IST): Internet Browser Chrome became the world's most popular one for the 1st time ever, worldwide, according to analytical co StatCounter.
The firm's research arm StatCounter Global Stats reported that in the last week of Nov 2011, Chrome usage was recorded at 23.6% of the global market, slightly ahead of Internet Explorer's 23.5% for that week. In the US market though, IE8 was still the leader during the period but Chrome lead in the UK market. If all the data is aggregated, then IE8 still has the upper edge, & is No:1.
Go to this URL http://gs.statcounter.com/press/chrome-15-becomes-worlds-most-popular-browser to read the entire report.

hi5 Tagged

15/12 (0723 hrs IST): Social Discovery platform Tagged has acquired the 3rd-largest Social Networking Site after Facebook & Twitter, hi5, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The terms of the acquisition remain undisclosed.
 You can go to this URL http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/12/14/tagged-acquires-facebook-competitor-hi5/?nr_email_referer=1%29 to read the WSJ report.

Venture competition

14/12 (0910 hrs IST): The India Internet Group (IIG), an India specific VC, has launched a unique India-focused venture competition in the U.S. Targeted at entrepreneurs living, working or studying in the U.S., the venture competition seeks to identify and support plans for innovative, India-focused internet or mobile technology businesses.

A Blogpost said one of the primary goals of the IIG was to facilitate cross-pollination of ideas, technologies & Startups between the U.S. & India. 
You can catch up on the rules & regulations of the competition by clicking here.

Thoora announces shut down

13/12 (1620 hrs IST): Content discovery engine Thoora has announced it was shutting down from  December 15, 2011. This means its Website, the API, Wordpress widget & Android App, every thing.
An announcement on its Blog said it was being "suspended indefinitely" but did not give the reasons. It said " it hoped to meet the users again in the future".

This Colombian e-commerce Site is making waves

13/12 (1034 hrs IST): It went Online in early 2011 but is said to be climbing to the top fast, for a young company of its kind.
Not much is often read about Colombian Internet Startups but this e-commerce Site, Plaanck, is reportedly already the Top-600 Colombian Sites.  Operating from Medellin, Plaanck allows users to sell items of their choice, Online. And users are not even charged a fee for it. Instead, the Startup relies on advertising for revenue.
Now, according to some Online reports, Plaanck will soon launch group-buying deals between sellers & buyers, a move that could take the company to another level.

Cool site for Indian colleges

12/12 (1459 hrs IST): AOL India newly launched an Online magazine, also available on mobile phones, called CoolAge, is reportedly making waves on Indian campuses. CoolAge provides a platform for students as well as colleges to post articles, photographs or video on their achievements in the academic & sports world. 
Students from each college are editors of their own individual college pages.Campus festivals & other events find a place here as well as other stuff like Gaming. Those colleges who still do not figure, can go to CoolAge & enlist themselves.  

Twitter's got a new look

09/12 (1940 hrs IST): Micro-blog Twitter's got a new look. The new version is available on both, desktop as well as on mobile devices.
The latest version, according to a Blogpost by Twitter, has been simplified to make it easy to use for members. There 4 new tabs: Home, Connect, Discover & Me.

"We've simplified the design to make it easier than ever to follow what you care about, connect with others and discover something new," Twitter said.

Klout's update

08/12 (1642 hrs IST):  Online influence measurement Site Klou thas released an update to it's "Topics" system. The chappies have now added more topics & more control over 'em.

Now, users can be an influencer in just about anything. They can now more easily find topics with our new search bar. The Klout system detects users' influential topics based on the engagement they receive from the audience.

Users can add any topic to their Klout profiles from the topics tab. Just search for the topic you’d like and you can add it to your tab.
Click on the URL for more on the subject: http://corp.klout.com/blog/2011/12/improved-klout-topics/

YouTube's overhaul

02/12 (1150 hrs IST): YouTube has got a facelift, yet again, but this time the renovation seems quite big.

As part of the redesign, YouTube is replacing its staid white background with a touch of gray.

The changes are part of the biggest renovation that YouTube has undertaken since Google bought the site for US $1.76 billion five years ago.
There's a new Home Page that greets users now. On the left side of the page  users can create  their  own, personal, customizable YouTube Channel line-up..Then you can browse recommended Channels; customize your homepage’s feed; even link your YouTube account to Google+ & Facebook to see what your friends are sharing.
Among the other changes, users can also switch between feeds by clicking on different Channels on the left.  

Twitter & Mixi tie-up in Japan

01/12 (2002 hrs IST): Japan's leading Social Networking Site Mixi & Microblog Twitter have joined hands to develop new services, as well as advertising products.
A report in Asiajin says an example of this collaboration can already be seen on Mixi Xmas, a Mixi App provided by Mixi itself only during the upcoming winter holiday season, has "also to tweet" function after suggesting users to send a message on Mixi Voice. The two networks will collaborate on other seasonal events.
Twitter incidentally has a huge following in Japan.
Here's the URL if you want to catch up with the complete report:

Chrome tops Firefox

01/12 (1952 hrs IST): Google's Browser Chrome has overtaken Firefox for the first time globally on a monthly basis in November, according to StatCounter, the free Website analytics company.
In a release, the firm's research arm StatCounter Global Stats said Chrome took 25.69% of the worldwide market (up from 4.66% in November 2009) compared to Firefox's 25.23%. Microsoft's Internet Explorer was still leading strong around the globally with a 40.63% share.

"We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "Our stats measure actual browser usage, not downloads, so while Chrome has been highly effective in ensuring downloads our stats show that people are actually using it to access the web also."

In the US, Internet Explorer continued to perform strongly and had maintained a market share at 50.66%, up slightly from 50.24% year on year. Firefox retained second place on 20.09%, down from 26.75%. Chrome is up to 17.3% from 10.89%. Safari is on 10.76% from 10.71%.

In the UK, Internet Explorer was once again the market leader with 42.82%. Chrome is on 24.82%, having overtaken Firefox (20.56%) in July.

The buzz on Social Media: 2011

01/12 (0531 hrs IST): Digitalbuzz Blog has put out this interesting Social Media 2011 video-infographic containing data on Social Networking
You may watch it here: http://youtu.be/H61WvxOm1AM