Here is a quick roundup of some of the latest happenings in the social media world.
Administrators and owners of Google+ Pages can now interact with all the members of the social network, even those who have not circled them.
According to The Next Web, Google will soon launch an analytics product for Plusers:
“[I]n the coming weeks we will be launching tools to give you access to as much data as possible about your Google+ page and +1 activity: who’s interacting with your page and how; your users’ demographics; and info about their social activities like +1′s, shares and comments — all to help you learn how social campaigns affect your bottom line.”
This week, the company also announced that Gmail users living in the United States and Canada will continue to be able to make free domestic calls through 2013.
Finally, Google is putting an end to the automatic installation of “silent” third-party extensions in Chrome. Version 25 comes with the option disabled by default:
“When a third party program installs an extension, the Chrome menu will be badged, and users can click through the Chrome menu to see a dialog containing an option to enable the extension or to remove it from their computer,” says product manager Peter Ludwig on the Chromium Blog.
Instagram’s new user agreement did more than anger members. Despite reverting to the original version of its TOS, the company was hit by a class-action suit a few days ago.
According to Reuters, the user who filed the civil lawsuit is Lucy Funes, a resident of California. She claimed breach of contract on behalf of herself and others similarly affected.
“In short, Instagram declares that ‘possession is nine-tenths of the law and if you don’t like it, you can’t stop us,'” the lawsuit says. (Source: Mashable)
“We believe this complaint is without merit and we will fight it vigorously,” said Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes.
Posterous introduced its new Spaces export tool on Thursday, which allows bloggers to back up all their content.
To use the tool, visit http://posterous.com/#backup and click the “Request Backup” next to your Space. When your backup is available, you will receive an email. The last step is to return to http://posterous.com/#backup and follow instructions.
The Wikimedia Foundation announced on Thursday the success of its 9th annual fundraiser. It only took nine days for the foundation to collect the $25 million needed to keep the Wikimedia projects freely available to everyone around the world in their own language. More than 1.2 million donors contributed to the 2012 campaign.
“Though the fundraiser is an important part of Wikipedia’s success, volunteer contributors are the heart of the world’s largest encyclopedia,” says the press release announcing the news. “To highlight the tens of millions of hours they put into the projects each year, the Wikimedia Foundation will conduct a thank you campaign with short videos that showcase some of the roughly 80,000 volunteer editors, photographers and free-knowledge advocates from around the world who regularly contribute to Wikimedia projects. The campaign starts on December 27th and runs through the end of the year.”
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