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    Twitter Adds “Related Headlines” to Tweets

    It makes perfect sense; when it comes to breaking news, Twitter is the preeminent source around the globe. So why not capitalize on it by expropriating every newsworthy tweet to provide more in-depth information behind the tweet (whether the author wants it or not).

    This feature started on 8/19 of this year and only appears on the tweet’s permalink page on Twitter (not the embedded tweet itself). Basically, related headlines are backlinks to the websites that embed Twitter posts.

    Now some tweetheads are upset by this blatant intrusion of their content but the reality is (as it is for all things online), your content isn’t really your own. By dint of using the social media site, you give up any claim of ownership to your tweets. This is part of the model that is going to make Twitter money and it is only going to get more intrusive. For some, this is okay, for others, well, Twitter will know it has crossed the line when enough people stop using it.

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    This one is for the web developer. JSFiddle is a really convenient way to build, manage, and share your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code.

    Similar to JS Bin, JSFiddle allows you to test your “fiddle” across various browsers and devices using any number of existing frameworks such as jQuery, Dojo, and Prototype (waiting for them to include Bootstrap by Twitter which I just started tinkering with for an upcoming project).

    JSFiddle is a godsend for the development community, especially those that frequent sites like Stack Overflow. Now there is no excuse to clutter up the forums with “reams” of (faulty) code when asking for help troubleshooting a bug. Create a JSFiddle and provide a public link.

    JSFiddle lets you fine tune, save, and share multiple versions of your code.

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    Digg: From $164 Million to $500,000

    While most of us are still slack-jawed over Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram, the Wall Street Journal reports Betaworks buys Digg for just $500,000. Once valued at over $160 million four short years ago (when Kevin Rose ruled the world), it is a reminder how fickle the Internet can be. Don’t blink, you might miss the next bubble burst.

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    It has been an obvious feature long time coming: Scheduled Posts. Finally, you can do inside Facebook what third-party tools like HootSuite and TweetDeck have done for years. That is, if you can find the feature.

    Rolled out along with page security (admins can now assign roles), Facebook decided to make the scheduler a little hard to find.

    Maybe it is Facebook’s aggressive development cycle but I always get the feeling that half the features are afterthoughts, retrofitted into an architecture designed for something else.

    Now that Facebook is a public company, I imagine the pressure to appeal to advertisers and businesses is going to be greater. A good example is the new Promoted Post which allow brands to set a nominal budget for “sponsored” posts to appear within news feeds (kinda like Twitter’s Promoted Tweet feature).

    Not to worry, I’m sure the design team at Menlo Park will get around to fixing the usability issues… if the marketing team could stop telling the development team to skip the QA team.

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    Pinterest, Latest Social Media Darlin’

    Just when you were getting used to organizing your Circles on Google+ a new kid hits the block: Pinterest. This nubile social media site describes itself as a “virtual pinboard” designed to bridge the gap between your real life and your online one. But you can think of it as a sexy blend of Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

    In just six months Pinterest has skyrocketed to 11 million strong, making it the latest social media darlin’ on the Web. And it would seem investors are as infatuated as the early adopters, pinning $37 million on the 8-person start-up. For sure, Pinterest is easy to use and easy on the eyes. I’m certainly more eager to go out on a date than I was when my cousin set me up with Tumblr (but that was in ancient times when computers had vacuum tubes, powered by mice in steel wheels).

    Alas, I guess I’ll have to add yet another social icon to this blog.

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