Tag Archives: social networking

Desperately seeking the Twitterati

Kevin Rose - Dating expreimtent 'tweets'

The magnanimous Kevin Rose (yeah, the one who created Digg – see @kevinrose) has come up with cunning plan to enable the Twitterati to post (and reply to) lonely-heart style ‘tweets’. In only two 140 character posts he has managed to launch aTwitter-based love fest – all by utilising the power of searchable hash tags (#sman and #swomen). Twitter is now fluttering with single social networkers desperately seeking each other. We at Stuff think this (seemingly selfless) act from Mr Rose is inspired, but worry that this could spell yet another unwarranted UAE ban for a site most people use for culturally-appropriate purposes.

Facebook goes Arabic

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Chances are if you’re a Facebook addict then you already know this (you can poke us all you want, we enjoy it) but the social networking site has gone Arabic friendly. Aiming to get the site in every language across the world, Facebook took its sweet time moving into the Middle East. This is because while supporting any different language is a technical challenge, right-to-left languages are particularly tricky to encode for. But code it they did. Now there’s no excuse for not writing on the Stuff Facebook group. Happy poking.

New Facebook layout goes live today

Facebook’s new Twitter-baiting homepage goes live today. Let us know what you think.

[Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip-off]

Facebook redesign cashes in on Twitter

The Facebook redesign, to be implemented shortly, is seen by many as a way for FB to fight the recent wave of publicity and success enjoyed by social media rival Twitter. But it may be equally true that it’s simply a better way for Facebook to make cash from sponsors. Apparently, Twitter is also considering this kind of ‘lifestreaming’ advertising model. Are we on the cusp of a new form of social network advertising? Will it be more or less invasive than existing revenue-generating models? Will sites such as Facebook and Twitter continue to put users first? And how much will prove too much and drive us all into the hands of the next internet phenomenon? There’s a fuller explanation of how this all works over at Valleywag.