Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:
- Social Networking Use Up While at Work
- Picnik Cloud-Based Image Editing Comes To Picasa
- Microsoft Outlook Integrates Facebook
- TweetDeck Passes 15 Million Downloads
Social Networking Use Up While at Work
In a new study from Trend Micro, it is apparent that workers in four developed countries are turning to social media while on the job. Trend Micro surveyed 1600 people and found that social web use while at work has risen from 19% to 24% between 2008 and 2010. Subjects were polled in the U.S., U.K, Germany and Japan. Germany showed the most growth with more than a 10% leap in the European country.
Another interesting information piece in the survey: workers on laptops were far more likely to use social networking on corporate networks than desktop computers, in all countries other than Japan.
IT managers and corporate leaders may feel that personal use of computers is taboo, but it is apparent that workers think otherwise. With the dramatic rise of social networking use in general in recent years, workplace use rising is of no surprise.
Picnik Cloud-Based Image Editing Comes To Picasa
For those who use Flickr or other photo sharing sites, one pet peeve is that of editing your images after you upload them. Typically you have to download the image, re-edit it and upload it again. This is a tedious process, especially for those who are not very technical.
Picnik takes the pain out of cloud-editing images, allowing you to crop, re-color and touch up your images directly on the web in your browser. Now, Picnik is available for Picasa users in addition to Flickr, where Picnik has been available for years. Google acquired Picnik a while back and it's great to see Picasa using the technology for its users.
Do you use image editing -- would a cloud-based solution work for you? Try out Picnik and let us know how it works for you in the comment section!
Microsoft Outlook Integrates Facebook
Microsoft has made Outlook more social by offering the Social Connector, a plug-in that has integrated LinkedIn and MySpace for a while now. Today, the connector has been updated to bring in Facebook and Windows Live support, adding a while new level of functionality.
In using the new Connector in Outlook, users can see recent conversations and shared appointments and also view profile and status updates for users you are "friends" with on Facebook. Unfortunately you cannot update your Facebook status from the plug-in, it only pulls information into Outlook.
There is no doubt that in the enterprise, email is still king. Any update to the aged medium that brings in social media is sure to be a hit. Also, this update makes Outlook even more of a social hub. Watch for Microsoft to update the Connector to access more social networks going forward.
TweetDeck Passes 15 Million Downloads
Twitter is a very popular service, and it has spawned its own industry of Twitter clients. There are a few notable ones including TweetDeck, Tweetie, Seesmic and numerous clients for mobile phones and iPod Touches.
TweetDeck recently announced on their blog that the company's desktop client has surpassed more than 15 million times. This makes TweetDeck 5 times more popular than any other Twitter client in terms of downloads. The company also announced that it has brought in more than US$ 3.5 million in funding and has grown their company accordingly.
TweetDeck continues to come out with new releases that bring great functionality. For example, the most recent version has added geolocation and easy image uploading capability. With so many downloads and innovation, Tweedeck has come a long way.
Do you use TweetDeck or another Twitter client? Sound off in the comments!