The police in the US have found a new use for Facebook. From finding missing people and posting surveillance footage asking the public to help identify the people in the videos, various departments have created pages on Facebook hoping to gather additional information from the public.
I heard last week that Blogger, the Google owned blogging service has been shutting down some pretty big mp3 blogs, maybe you know them, Pop Tarts Suck Toasted, I Rock Cleveland, LivingEars, and It's a Rap. If you click on any of these links you will notice the blog has been wholesale DELETED
What is Buzz about? Buzz automatically brings social media into Gmail and the rest of the Google-sphere. Maybe your not really into sites like Facebook or Twitter, but Buzz offers a bit of a new approach to this whole thing.
So there has been huge fanfare about the new Facebook homepage redesign and what it means to developers, businesses and ultimately the end-user. Although there has been a mixed reception on the new Facebook homepage, on paper it does sound like a user-friendly setup. The aim it seems to keep everything a maximum of 2 clicks away.
At least that's what the "social media rock stars" told the audience at an event this afternoon hosted by the Recording Academy as part of its Grammy Awards festivities this weekend. Panelists included Pete Cashmore of Mashable, Kevin Rose of Digg, David Karp of Tumblr and actor-musician Jared Leto.
So finally Google has brough social search to the masses. Social search has now reached BETA status and is enabled for all signed-in English browsers (which should be you seeing as you are reading this!) It looks to be a very useful tool for users once it has had a bit of refinement.