Twitter may soon introduce a Shorten button

Twitter continues to pack its web interface with features. Now, it seems the microblogging site may soon introduce a Shorten button, to be located next to the Tweet button. Shorten is a URL shortener. Enter a URL and click the Shorten button to convert long URL into a shorter link (yes,

The button is gone now; it only appeared for a few minutes and quite surely an accidental exposure. (And unfortunately, I didn’t manage to screenshot it.)

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Facebook’s strategy for global domination: Shame Google

Social networking giant Facebook was caught playing dirty. It is revealed by Don Lyons that Facebook have engaged top PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, to plant negative news about Google. Facebook confirmed this and stated the following reasons for the engagement:

First, because it believes Google is doing some things in social networking that raise privacy concerns; second, and perhaps more important, because Facebook resents Google’s attempts to use Facebook data in its own social-networking service.

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Trending topics making a comeback on new Twitter homepage


Twitter has just unveiled (again) a different homepage design. It is only on recently (April 08 2011, to be exact) that Twitter homepage design underwent a major revamp. This time around, Twitter introduces only a few minor changes:

  • Inclusion of What’s on Twitter right now, which highlight three current trending topics. Trending topics were featured prominently in the design layout introduced on July 29 2009. From March 30 2010 onwards, trending topics ceased to appear on Twitter homepage. (I’m wondering if the return of Executive Chairman / Product Lead Jack Dorsey has anything to do with this tweak.)
  • Suggested Users photo collage is gone.

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Pioneering social network Friendster initiated countdown to reincarnation

Friendster Exporter

The pioneering social network, Friendster, has started to request its members to start exporting their details using its Friendster Exporter. Members can export data, including your profile information, your friends list, your photos, messages, comments, testimonials, shoutouts, blogs and groups.

By May 31 2011, all the photos, messages, comments, testimonials, shoutouts, blogs, forums and groups that you may have now will no longer be part of your account.most of these data will be deleted. However, Friendster accounts will be NOT be deleted. The social network will preserve users’ ID, basic information, friends’ list and wallet and migrate them to the upcoming iteration of Friendster.

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Latest Estimates for Facebook Users by Country – Asia (Quarter 1 2011)


Facebook in AsiaSince March 2010, I’ve been monitoring the growth of Facebook users in Asia on GreyReview. In October 2010, I’ve found out that Facebook exceeds the 100 million users mark. At the start of year 2011, there was an estimated total of 111.9 million of Facebook users in Asia.

This is the latest edition of Facebook in Asia series. The followings are some interesting observations of Facebook growth in Asia in the first three months of 2011:

  • The latest estimated number of Facebook users in Asia: 131.3 million.
  • Total Facebook users grew by 17.3% in the Quarter 1 2011, which is slightly less than the 21.4% in the previous quarter (Quarter 4 2010).
  • Indonesia continues to lead with 35.2 million users. Second-placed India with 23 million, followed by Philippines (22.4 million), Malaysia (10.1 million) and Taiwan (9.1 million)
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A detailed look at the new version of Color mobile photo sharing application

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Color Labs just released a new version of Color, its location-based photo sharing application for iPhone and Android smartphones. Noticeably, the latest version 1.0.2 comes with a much better set of primary navigation buttons.

When Color was launched on March 24 2011, many complained about its confusing user interaction design. Version 1.0 of Color was indeed overly minimalistic. The release of this latest version is addressing some of the design shortfalls.

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Which Countries have over 1 Million Facebook users?

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As of the weekend of Week 8 2011, there is an estimated total of 642.5 million Facebook users worldwide. It was reported in early January 2011 that Facebook surpassed 600 million users mark. About 76% of Facebook users are from outside the US.

  • Top 10 countries make up 366.2 million Facebook users, or 57% of total Facebook population.
  • Top 20 countries constitutes 75% (or 481.1 million) of total Facebook users worldwide.
  • There are a total of 71 countries with over 1 million Facebook users. Together, users from these 71 countries represent 96% of total Facebook population (see List below).
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Over 111 million Facebook users in Asia on New Year’s Day; Slowing growth, Indonesia widens lead and South Korea on hyper-growth

Facebook in Asia 2010

As of January 01 2011, there are a total of 111.9 million Facebook users in Asia. The social network added almost 20 million new Asian users in the Quarter 4 2010. After increasing by 10 million users in the month of October 2010, Facebook experienced growth slow down between November 2010 and December 2010. Nevertheless, Facebook population grew by 21.4% in Asia in the last quarter of 2010.

In November 2010, Indonesia overtook the UK to become the world’s second largest market for Facebook (behind the United States.) In Quarter 4 2010, over 5 million new users from world’s fourth most populous nation joined Facebook. Indonesia also widened its gap with second-place Philippines over the last 3 months. In November 01 2010, the gap between Indonesia and second-place Philippines was 11,901,900 users. Now, the gap is 13,227,560.

Today, there are over 32 million Indonesians using Facebook. Philippines is behind Indonesia, with over 18 million, followed by India (16.9 million), Malaysia (9.5 million) and Taiwan (8.7 million).

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