Category Archives: Social

Social Media is the current buzzword and we will bring you all the happening from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Reddit, MySpace and more at this very page.


Facebook launches free calling for iPhone users in US

Facebook-Messenger_iPhoneAbout a fortnight ago, Facebook started testing a voice calling feature in its Messenger app for iPhone users in Canada. Much like any other VoIP app, this feature allowed the iPhone users to make free voice calls using Wi-Fi or cellular data to other messenger users in the country. Looks like the testing went well, as the social giant has now released the feature for US iPhone users.

Free voice calling in Facebook Messenger went live in the US earlier today and it is pretty easy to use. The feature does not require any update to the existing app and users can just open a conversation with another person in the app, tap the “i” button in the top-right corner, and then tap ‘Free Call’.

Company is yet to reveal when it is going to bring the feature to international or Android users.

This is certainly a useful feature and a big step for Facebook, which has just become a big player in VoIP market. However it would be interesting to see if Facebook brings video calling as well to Facebook Messenger.  Company already have a tie-up with Skype for its video calling on its website and the same -tie up could be extended to mobile devices.

To remind you, just about 24 hours ago, Facebook had also taken the wraps off its Graph Search beta, which allows you to find people, places, interests, & photos in a better way on Facebook.


Facebook announces Graph Search, currently in beta

Crushing the expectations of a smartphone, Facebook announced new search experience for its users earlier today at a press event. Dubbed as Graph Search, it is still in beta. It is not a web search feature, but more like a search of all the information that Facebook has amassed in these years including check-ins, people, photos, connections, interests and more.

As Facebook puts it: Graph Search will give you answers not links.

“Graph Search will appear as a bigger search bar at the top of each page. When you search for something, that search not only determines the set of results you get, but also serves as a title for the page. You can edit the title – and in doing so create your own custom view of the content you and your friends have shared on Facebook,” company noted in a press release.Graph Search

How are Web Search and Graph Search different?

Facebook is clearly not jumping in normal web search arena and knows its own strengths, which lie in massive volume of social connections. First of all, the search results of Graph Search, will only be coming from Facebook content, suppose you search for “my New York friend who is in MIT” Facebook will go through all its content and show a set of results, which will include people (including possible your friend), places, & photos.

Facebook stresses that Graph Search has been built by keeping privacy in mind, as you would know, not everything is visible to everyone on Facebook and same will the case with Graph Search, you will only those search results, whose privacy settings don’t bar you to see them.

“We’re very early in the development of Graph Search. It’s only available in English today and you can search for only a subset of content on Facebook. Posts and Open Graph actions (for example, song listens) are not yet available. We’ll be working on these things over the coming months,” added Facebook

According to Facebook, the current version of Graph Search will focus only on people, places, photos and interests.

You can go to this link, to register for an invite to Graph Search, which might take some time to arrive.

Here are some FAQs from Facebook:

What is Graph Search?

Graph Search is a new way for you to find people, photos, places and interests that are most relevant to you on Facebook.

What is Graph Search useful for?

Graph Search will help you instantly find others, learn more about them and make connections, explore photos, quickly find places like local attractions and restaurants, and learn about common interests like music, movies, books and more. All results are unique based on the strength of relationships and connections.

What can I search for?

With Graph Search, you can search for people, photos, places and interests. How do I search? Type your search into the blue bar at the top of the page. As you start to type, suggestions appear in a drop down. You can refine your search using the tools on the right-hand side of the page.


New MySpace opens to public

myspace-newYes, MySpace has been re-launched with a new design and if you open it now, you will see Justin Timberlake’s face all over it. Timed with release of Timberlake’s latest single “Suit & Tie,” who is also site’s prominent investor, new MySpace is now open to any and every one.

The so-called new version of this yesteryear social network reached beta last year in July and was accessible to a select few on invite basis until now.

You can now create accounts on MySpace using Facebook/Twitter credentials, or use your old MySpace login. If you are not interested in either of the two options, you can also create a fresh account and not use your existing social IDs.

The major emphasis seems to be on Music in this new avatar of MySpace( FREE Unlimited music and videos). In terms of the site design, there is this audio deck, which is present at the bottom of every page. You can use it to play and add songs to queues. Other prominent feature is “Discover”, which brings up a menu of trending music stories, displayed in square layout.

As you would expect in any social network, you can post status updates, photos, or music that will appear in a Twitter-like stream.

The new look seems to have gone live in last few days, and it even gives the users an opportunity to switch back to the old layout by clicking the grey-bar at the top. We are still waiting for an official announcement and will let you know when that happens.


A #pdftribute to Aaron Swartz

Researchers, academicians post their works as PDFs on Twitter in tribute

pdftributeTwitter is suddenly abuzz with academia coming out in the open to share the PDFs of their research and other scholarly works on the micro-blogging website Twitter. These people are paying their tribute to Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide day before yesterday, probably in the depression of on-going federal case of attempting to publicly release academic papers from JSTOR, a subscription-only service. His trial was supposed to start in a few days and if convicted he would have spent most of his life in jail.

Swartz helped develop RSS, co-owned Reddit and engaged in Internet digital activism, co-founding Demand Progress, a political action group that campaigns against Internet censorship.

The idea of sharing academic works as a tribute to Aaron was floated on Reddit yesterday night and it seems to have caught on now. According to a Tweetreach report, at the time of writing this post, there were over 500 tweets per hour with #pdftribute and more than 2.5 million impressions.

Eva Vivalt, who started this hash-tag and shared the above Tweetreach figure, noted on her blog:

Aaron Swartz’s death affected me like it did so many people. After I started to tweet this to people, Jessica Richman (@venturejessica), who is much more twitter-savvy than me, suggested using the hashtag #pdftributetoaaronswartz, which I then suggested shortening to #pdftribute. We both tweeted and tweeted, and others also joined in and tweeted and tweeted.

You can follow the #pdftribute tweets here.


Twitter messes up, resets passwords of even uncompromised accounts

new-twitter-logoThe last few days were indeed praiseworthy for Twitter but that did not last long, as company today sent password reset mails to several users claiming their accounts were compromised, even though most of them were not.

Twitter has now apologized for the same on its status blog:

We’re committed to keeping Twitter a safe and open community. As part of that commitment, in instances when we believe an account may have been compromised, we reset the password and send an email letting the account owner know this has happened along with information about creating a new password. This is a routine part of our processes to protect our users.

In this case, we unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.

TechCrunch was first to report about these emails and ironically it was actually also a victim of compromised account security as we spotted several spam tweets coming from its official Twitter account. You can see one in the image below, but the spam tweets have since been deleted from its account.techcrunch-spam-tweet

This popular blog noted in a post:

Keep your eyes peeled, Twitter users: Twitter is sending out emails to some of its users telling them it has reset their password and asking them to create a new one. If you can’t log into your account that may be why. Lots of users are affected judging by the amount of people tweeting about password problems.

If you are worried about the security of your Twitter account and have got an email such as the following, you should immediately change your Twitter password, although there are very less chances that your Twitter account would have been compromised. Someone has rightly said – better safe than sorry !.

Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account.

You’ll need to create a new password for your Twitter account. You can select a new password at this link: XXXXXXXXX

As always, you can also request a new password from our password-resend page:

Please don’t reuse your old password and be sure to choose a strong password (such as one with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols).

In general, be sure to:

Always check that your browser’s address bar is on a website before entering your password. Phishing sites often look just like Twitter, so check the URL before entering your login information!
Avoid using websites or services that promise to get you lots of followers. These sites have been known to send spam updates and damage user accounts.
Review your approved connections on your Applications page at If you see any applications that you don’t recognize, click the Revoke Access button.
For more information, visit our help page for hacked or compromised accounts.

The Twitter Team