This post is the first part of a new weekly series, Social Media Updates Mashup, featuring the latest and hottest social media and web news and updates around the net and on onwaweb.com.
This Week In Social Media News
The Google Knowledge Graph
The Knowledge Graph enables you to search for things, people or places that Google knows about—landmarks, celebrities, cities, sports teams, buildings, geographical features, movies, celestial objects, works of art and more—and instantly get information that’s relevant to your query. This is a critical first step towards building the next generation of search, which taps into the collective intelligence of the web and understands the world a bit more like people do. The Knowledge Graph is a huge collection of the people, places and things in the world and how they’re connected to one another. With this technology, Google can get you the best possible answers and help jump start your discovery. Read more about the Google Knowledge Graph on Google Blog.
Facebook’s New Camera App Looks So Much Like Instagram
Facebook has introduced a new mobile photo app- the Facebook Camera app- which lets you take pictures and share with your friends on facebook while on mobile. It looks so much like Instagram. With the new Camera app, you can share photos on Facebook faster than ever, and see all your friends’ latest shots in one place. Via Onwaweb.
Rumours of a Facebook Browser
A custom browser would be a significant step toward Facebook becoming your web, as opposed to just an Internet site you visit and service you use. A rumour has it that Facebook wants to buy Opera Software — manufacturers of the Opera web browser, which claims more than 200 million users worldwide. The Facebook browser would include default menu bar plugins, further permeating Facebook into users’ general web experience. Via Mashable.
Facebook Users to Play Games Directly in Their News Feeds
We’re launching the ability for people to try games directly in news feed. Feed gaming enables developers to share a playable version of their game within news feed and timeline stories, reaching new users through some of our main distribution channels. Developers can leverage in-feed gaming to create engaging stories for users. This involves publishing a story on behalf of a user which has a flash object attached. When a user’s friends see these attachments, they will be able to click to play them inline. This opens up some interesting scenarios for a small embeddable version of your game to be shown to a user’s friends, at the end of which you can encourage them to click through to your canvas app. Via the Facebook Developers Blog.
How Facebook Makes Its Money
Facebook’s first few days on the stock market are in the books: Shares closed Tuesday at $31, down significantly from their $38 issue price. You may wonder: How does Facebook make money? Sure, 900 million users and billions of photos, but how is this a business? The first three months of this year, Facebook sold $872 million worth of advertising, or almost $1 per user. That represented 82% of Facebook’s sales, which sounds like a lot. But it’s actually down from85% last year and 95% in 2010. Via ReadWriteWeb
Youtube Turns Seven
In May 2005 we first shared YouTube with the world. Seven years later, you’re the ones doing the sharing! We’re so honored that you’ve used YouTube to share how-to tips, political moments, home videos, comedy, music, and so much more. What started as a handful of videos shared among friends has transformed into a global platform delivering the next generation of channels to anyone, anywhere, and on any device. Via the Youtube Blog