Twitter announced yesterday that it’s acquiring Gnip, a company that analyzes tweets, Facebook likes and Tumblr reblogs for marketers.
It seems like an obvious move. Why should Twitter sit by and let third-party companies profit from its massive content output without getting in on the fun? Still, marketing groups like Gnip have been profiting from social media companies for some time. Twitter is only the most recent in a line of tech startups trying to get in on the action.
Bitly, too, sat on its own database of social behavior data for years before recently making moves to license it. So Bitly CEO Mark Josephson isn’t surprised by the Twitter acquisition.
The Facebookers Will Inherit the Earth
It was not hard to predict this particular backlash. A Kickstarter darling, one of the golden children of the video gaming world and a particular favorite of the notoriously clannish PC gaming community, got bought by painfully mainstream social media empire Facebook for $2 billion. Geeky bleeding edge tech, meet ubiquitous Silicon Valley titan and platform for both Farmville and Cityville. The ever-wary video game community began to rage.
The company in question is modern virtual reality standard-bearer Oculus Rift, once among the most popular entities in the video game community, now shunned by its early supporters in hopes of gaining broader acceptance. Sort of like Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls.
Chaotic Moon Studios, the same guys that brought us CUPID the flying taser drone, put out a video this morning demonstrating the possible future of Oculus Rift.
Chaotic Moon has been playing around with Oculus Rift’s first developers kit for a few months. But when they heard the announcement that Facebook had Read More
The Facebookers Will Inherit the Earth
Virtual reality developer Oculus Rift has been acquired by Facebook, and the company’s original backers from Kickstarter are asking, “where’s my share?”
The once supportive community of backers has lit up with frustration and cries of betrayal. Many of these backers are voicing the same complaint: that they won’t see a refund or a return on their investment.
While many are scratching their heads over Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of virtual reality company “Oculus Rift,” one developer has some strong words for the company.
When Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of the enormously popular sandbox game Minecraft, heard the news, he immediately withdrew his support from Oculus Rift:
Rise of the Drones
Ever since the middle of the summer, Facebook has been wrestling a pig, trying its best to smear some red lipstick on the unruly beast. The company is tired of being the go-to site for pictures of babies and food. Facebook wants to be a personalized, digital newspaper, full of rich discussion and Read More
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope — it’s a Facebook drone.
The social media site reportedly wants to use drones to bring Internet connection to the two thirds of the world that still lack connectivity, starting with parts of Africa. The initiative is part of the internet.org project, which Facebook backs.
In a move that surely induced cringes in teens and twenty-somethings the world over, Bill de Blasio tweeted a profoundly corny dad joke about Facebook last night.
The missive was deployed at 8:58 p.m. and was both topical and punny. Referring to both Facebook’s new offices and its recent acquisition of WhatsApp, the mayor said: Read More
death and taxes
Last summer, we learned that Facebook’s NYC team would be leaving its Madison Ave. office for a Frank Gehry-designed space in Astor Place’s 770 Broadway building. Guess what? Moving day is finally here.
On the off chance that disaster strikes on your commute home, you might want to delete your more incriminating tagged photos. Facebook has tweaked its policies to make more of your profile information available to the general public after you die.
Previously, when a user’s account was “memorialized” after their death, it was virtually sealed off so that only friends could view their information, a Facebook blog post says. Now, their privacy settings will be preserved so that even if their account is memorialized, other users will still be able to view whatever information they made public.