Planet Google

Google Puts Ancient Social Network Orkut Out Of Its Misery

lol bye (Screengrab: YouTube)

Start saying your farewells to Orkut — if you’ve ever even heard of it, that is.

Google is shutting down Orkut, the outdated social network the company launched 10 years ago. Starting today, the site will no longer accept new accounts. Current Orkut users (we hear they’re out there somewhere) will have until Sept. 30 — the site’s official closing date — to export all their precious photos and posts. Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Justin Bieber’s Latest Investment Is a Social Network for #Teens

"Yo sweet pitch deck, dawg." (Photo by Nicky Loh/Getty Images)

Sure, Katy Perry just passed Justin Bieber as the most popular person on Twitter. But that doesn’t mean the diminutive Canadian heartthrob is losing his taste for the digital rat-race.

Fortune reports that he’s just made a new seed investment, his first in a social network. The Biebs is pumping some of his endless cash into Shots of Me, a new teen-targeted social network due to launch later this week. VC Shervin Pishevar and boxer Floyd Mayweather have also invested. Read More

Teen Beat

LinkedIn, the Last Corner of the Internet Not Controlled by Teens, Will Soon Be Invaded by Teens

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Whenever you feel like escaping the grasp of teenage drama that pervades every corner of social networks–from Facebook to Twitter to especially Tumblr–you can always head over to LinkedIn, where adults are doing adult-like things like updating their job profiles with self-serious descriptions and posting links to stories about How to Be a Better Manager.

But beginning in September, that will all change. No longer will there be a single sliver of the Internet that is safe from Youths. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

The Key to Being Good at Twitter Is Tweeting Sappy Stuff You Used to Put in Your Away Message

Awwwz. (Photo: Twitter)

We’ve always wondered if there were any holdouts still ascribing to the mating rituals of AOL 4.0, when users telegraphed their feelings by filling their away messages with maudlin love quotes.

It turns out, those methods are alive and well. Some women ages 20 to 35 are still partaking in the same behaviors on Twitter by following Notebook of Love (@Notebook) and retweeting it like crazy. @Notebook garners so many retweets and favorites, in fact, that it’s the most engaging of all Twitter accounts. Read More

Inmail

LinkedIn Bans Prostitutes From Using Its Site

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LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has decided to ban prostitution, the world’s oldest profession. In an update to its privacy policy and user agreement, spotted by ReadWriteWeb, LinkedIn specifically calls out sex workers and asks them to please stop advertising their wares on the site. Read More

Privacy Police

Creepy ‘Google for Spies’ Mines Your Social Networks to Predict What You’ll Do Next

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It was only a matter of time before some frighteningly powerful security firm decided to write a program that collects and analyzes all of the tiny wisps of ourselves we leave across the web every day. From tweets to Facebook likes to where you got your last cup of coffee on Foursquare, a new piece of software developed by one of the world’s biggest defense contractors knows exactly what you’ll do next, perhaps even before you do. Read More

meow

Good News, Cat Ladies! There’s Now a Social Network Exclusively for Cat Pics

Cats! Cats! Cats!

All but the most obsessive cat ladies surely recognize that unless your kitty is Maru, you can only post so many pictures before you start hemorrhaging Facebook friends. It’s a dilemma for which there is now a solution: Catmoji, a newly launched niche social network (with an interface that works a lot like Pinterest) built solely for the purpose of sharing photos and videos of cats.

“The Internet loves cats, we also love cats and cats make people happy,” Malaysian-based founders Matthew Phiong and Koekoe Loo explained via email. “Our mission is to make the Internet a better and happier place with cats.” Read More

Privacy Police

If You Work for a Spy Agency, Maybe Don’t Brag About It on LinkedIn

This guy: prooooobably not a CIA assassin. (Photo: LinkedIn)

Sure, being a James Bond-level spy is a glamorous job, one that most people would love to humblebrag about online. But if you’re a secret agent working in international espionage, you might not want to let people know about that on LinkedIn.

Flemish daily newspaper De Standaard reports that a simple search for “State Security” on LinkedIn pulls up a crop of spies who have copped to their “secret” jobs on the social network. This is essentially the Belgian equivalent of listing your position as “Top Secret Spy at the CIA” on LinkedIn. Read More