Facebook does distract you a bit during the day, but the real distraction, according to workers questioned for a new survey, is chatty coworkers (14%), followed closely by computer glitches and meetings (both at 11%). Only 5% of workers said Facebook and Twitter is their biggest distraction at the office. In fact, 44% said social networks increase productivity. Another survey about Facebook in the workplace showed that using the site actually improves worker productivity. Why is this? The study said being on social networks allows workers to take a break and also virtually socialize with others, increasing feelings of happiness. The surveyRead More
According to this infographic by NetBase and SAP, people were quick to criticize the platform’s technical glitches and UI shortcomings. Others felt that connecting Pinterest with Facebook delivered unwelcome “spam” from pin-happy users. The number-one thing that Pinterest users hate? Three-quarters believe that the social network is a gigantic time suck.
A mobile Facebook feature called Find Friends Nearby, previously code-named Friendshake, is coming out of development and will soon be on its way to your iOS or Android phone. Perhaps springing from the social network's acquisition of ambient social app Glancee, it's still fairly primitive, merely navigating to a browser page on your device, where it will show you a list of other users within a given, undisclosed radius. Friendshake uses your phone's GPS to find the people around you on Facebook and easily add them as "Friends." If you go to http://fb.com/ffn from your phone's browser and log inRead More
Facebook is exploring options to connect kids to its social network, while ensuring it obeys federal laws. According to the Wall Street Journal, the social network is pushing for a more formalized structure for under-13s in an effort to curb users registering under a false age. Consumer Reports currently pegs the number of under-age users at around 7.5 million. Despite other privacy concerns, Facebook is reportedly looking to add buffers and parental controls to any kid-friendly version that might result from its current experiments. It could also tie parents' accounts to their little tykes' pages, allowing game purchases to beRead More
As a Valentine’s Day experiment, Facebook looked at the top 10 songs users are listening to as they make new relationships “Facebook official” or announce recent breakups on the social network. The Facebook Data Team looked at songs U.S. users played on Spotify after changing their relationship statuses. Among lovebirds on Facebook, Jason Derulo takes the top spot with his hit "Don't Wanna Go Home". When users fall in love they feel like celebrating, so along with romantic songs like "Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars, users also play songs like "No Sleep" by Whiz Kalifa. "The Cave" by MumfordRead More
Pinterest has exploded onto the social networking scene, amassing 13 million users, by some estimates, in just 10 short months. But while it's well known that the vast majority of users in the United States are women with an interest in arts, crafts and events, UK users are surprisingly different. Here's how Pinterest users in the United States compare to those in the UK. Check out the visual breakdown below compiled by Visual.ly sheds light on the interesting differences between U.S. and British Pinterest users.
According to Experian Hitwise “Facebook” was the most-searched term of 2011. This was the third year in a row that Facebook topped the list. The company’s name accounted for 3.1% of all searches in 2011, a 46% jump over last year, the researcher reports. However, if you take into account four variations of Facebook — Facebook, Facebook.com, Facebook Login and www.facebook.com — the social networking giant’s share of the top 50 searches was 3.48%, an increase of 33%. The four terms also appeared in the top 10: #1. Facebook #2. YouTube #3. Facebook Login #4. Craigslist #5. Facebook.com #6. Yahoo #7. eBay #8. www.facebook.com #9. Mapquest #10. Yahoo.com Looking at theRead More
How do Chinese connect online? On their own series of social networks, mimicking several blocked foreign counterparts. Renren and Kaixin001 fill Facebook’s void. Sina Weibo is the microblog of choice in Twitter’s absence. Youku is a video hosting platform, which only loosely enforces copyright laws; think of it as a YouTube-meets-Hulu, because many popular TV shows and movies are posted freely. Jiepang is the most popular location-based mobile app, with Foursquare-style checkins. This infographic, created by G+ (not to be confused with Google+), takes a look at China’s answer to social networking. Of the country’s half billion Internet users, half ofRead More