Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:
- Foursquare Turning Cheaters Down
- Facebook Acquires Divvyshot..Better Albums Coming
- Digg CEO Shakeup: Immediate Actions Taken
- Community Pages Come To Facebook
Foursquare Turning Cheaters Down
Foursquare is a popular location based social networking site that is rising in popularity. One aspect of the websites' popularity is because of its gaming nature. In order to encorage continued check-ins, Foursquare allots badges and mayorships based on the amount of times you check in at a location.
One criticism of Foursquare, since the service's inception about a year ago, was the ability to 'cheat' the system. That is, because of how the software works, you could check in to a location without physically being near that particular business or location.
All that has changed, with a blog post yesterday Foursquare has announced that the service will not allow points to be awarded when you are not in the vicinity of a check-in. Using GPS and other geo-location tools, Foursquare now knows where you are and the service is stopping so called cheaters.
This move brings the rules in-line with competitor Gowalla, which also won't permit a check in under similar circumstances.
What do you think of Foursquare and Gowalla? Fun time social tool or stupid distraction?
Facebook Acquires Divvyshot..Better Albums Coming
Divvyshot is a group photo-sharing site that has just come out of a private beta. Also, Facebook is the largest photo sharing site on the net. There's no reason these two outfits can't combine forces and make photosharing on Facebook a much better experience, right?
This is what Facebook was thinking when they announced the acquisition of Divvyshot last week. One upcoming feature rollout for Faceboook: Divvyshot's fantastic ability to tag events in photos. Imagine the ability to see all photos of an event that were taken across multiple people's photo albums.
As a result of being taken over, Divvyshot is no longer taking new users and existing Divvyshot users have up to 6 weeks to take their photos off the service.
This is an interesting move by Facebook. Many users complain about the lack of features of Facebook's photo albums. Divvyshot's technology should provide some added functionality to a portion of the social net services that needs it.
Digg CEO Shakeup: Immediate Actions Taken
Earlier this week, Jay Adelson stepped down as Digg CEO to supposedly take on some new projects and go back to his euntpreneurial roots. Digg Founder Kevin Rose took over immediately and will go back to day-to-day management of the Digg.com site. Once a force in social web activity, Digg has lost influencial power when it comes to driving trends and traffic on the social web.
Rose took some immediate actions upon taking the helm. First, the Digg toolbar was eliminated. The Digg toolbar was a utility that kept stories clicked though via Digg to remain in a Digg.com frame. These types of iFrames are frowned upon, especially by the destination sites referred to by Digg.com. Even Rose called the concept of framing content "bad for the internet".
Also, previously banned domains from the Digg.com services will be unbanned. There were domains that Digg.com did now allow to be submitted for the service's voting, eliminating content from these sites to be discovered. Certain well-known blogs and sites were previously banned from Digg, despite outcry from the Digg community. These sites are now un-banned from Digg.com
What other moves should Digg.com implement to bring it's service to the next level? Please leave a comment below and lets discuss!
Community Pages Come To Facebook
Facebook offers a few different ways to reach out if you are a brand or organization. You can either make a specific account on Facebook, launch a Fan page or create a Facebook Group. The social networking giant just added another option called a Community Page, and the new option has a unique feature.
Community pages might look a lot like traditional Facebook pages. However, if enough people become a Fan of a community page, ownership/administration of that page is granted to the entire Facebook community. So, in effect, Community pages are much like a wiki inside the Facebook's walled garden.
Facebook Community pages are an interesting step, but are likely to add mass confusion. If a casual user wants to create a page, how are they supposed to know the difference between all these options? In an effort to bring new options, Facebook is unnecessarily adding complexity for content creators.