Folks who are unhappy with TweetDeck‘s decision to eliminate support for LinkedIn should take a look at Sobees Desktop. This slick-looking application offers an easy way to manage Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts. Still in beta, this “social media manager” still has some kinks to work out, but shows plenty of potential.
Sobees Desktop lets you customize its layout so you can see the information you want, where you want it to be.Sobees Desktop features a customizable layout that you can easily tailor to your liking. You can decide how much information to see–whether that’s one social media account or three, plus a search field and an RSS feed–and how you’d like to see it. You can choose side-by-side columns, top-and-bottom boxes, or a combination of both. And it’s easy to switch between different layouts until you find one that meets your needs.
What you can’t do is devote more than one area of the layout (whether it’s a column or a box) to the same social media account. You can place your Twitter account in only one area, and the same with your accounts on Facebook account and LinkedIn. That means you can’t view different types of information from that one account–such as Twitter @replies and direct messages–side by side. Sobees does include icons that make it easy to switch between these views, but rival TweetDeck lets you view them at the same time, in neighboring columns.
Sobees makes it easy to update your status across one or more of the networks at the same time, and includes tools that allow you to search Twitter. In addition, Sobees points you in the direction of trending topics on Twitter.
Like TweetDeck, Sobees Desktop has a Web-based counterpart. But unlike TweetDeck’s two versions, which sync with one another, the two Sobees social media clients are standalone products, with no syncing features. A connection between them would be nice. (The company also offers a host of mobile apps, including sobees Lite and sobees MyFriends for iOS, which focus on Facebook; sobees Social Media, an iPad app that handles Twitter and Facebook; and an Android application called sobees for Twitter/Facebook. None of the mobile apps offer the support for multiple social media services offered by Sobees Desktop and its Web-based counterpart.) Overall, Sobees Desktop is off to a good start. This is an easy-to-use social media manager that offers plenty of customization options.
Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/product/1185260/sobees_desktop.html
LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (TheWrap.com) – Charlie Sheen has extended an olive branch to his “Two and a Half Men” replacement Ashton Kutcher via the magic of Twitter.
Days after trashing Kutcher and the direction that “Two and a Half Men” has taken with him, Sheen posted a tweet Tuesday morning apologizing for the whole outburst.
“Dear Ashton- My bad,” the mea culpa reads. “I was disrespectful to a man doing his best. I got excited and threw you into a crossfire. The rest of my statement I stand behind.
You, however, deserve better. Safety in your travels good sir. – The “late Charlie Harper”
The “rest of my statement,” of course, being the part where Sheen excoriated his former series.
“I’m tired of lying. I’m tired of pretending like the show doesn’t suck. I’m tired of pretending like Ashton doesn’t suck,” Sheen vented to TMZ in a phone interview last week. “I’m tired of pretending like they’re not completely adrift,” he added. “Because when you take away the anchor from your show, which they stupidly did, you go adrift. And these guys are approaching like salvage vessel.”
Sheen, who was let go from the series early last year following a spree of odd behavior, has vacillated in his outlook on “Men” in recent months. In September, the actor appeared at the Emmys to wish the show “nothing but the best” — days before reaching a reported $25 million settlement in his lawsuit against Warner Bros. Television and “Men” creator Chuck Lorre.
The actor’s most recent slam of the show came just days after Sheen received a cease and desist order from Warner Bros., warning him not to use Warner Bros. photos to promote his upcoming FX series “Anger Management,” as he reportedly did at January’s NATPE conference.
(Editing By Zorianna Kit)
Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/21/us-charliesheen-apology-idUSTRE81K1TR20120221
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Should somebody call NATO and mention that Chris Brown may be using Twitter as a weapon of mass destruction?
The Grammy winner is armed and loaded with Twitter verbal ammunition.
(Members of the jury: Exhibit A and Exhibit B.)
His latest target? WWE star CM Punk. Let’s crawl into the trenches…
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To be fair to Brown, it was the pro wrestler who fired the first shot.
Yesterday, the WWE star tweeted, “I would like @chrisbrown [to] fight somebody that can defend themselves. Me curb stomping that turd would be a #wrestlemania moment.”
Oh, no he didn’t! Naturally, his scatological foil felt the need to respond:
“Positivity regardless of how u feel! @CMpunk contact my assistant and I’ll have em send u an autographed pic for my biggest FAN!!!”
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Brown also apparently unleashed this scorcher, which appears to have been deleted:
“@CMpunk needs more followers. He’s such a leader! Not to mention the roids he’s on has made it utterly impossible for him pleasure women.”
The wrestler hasn’t retaliated yet, but should these two start busting out those sleeper holds and figure-four leg locks?
At least Brown also has been using Twitter to unveil some not-so-threatening news: Yesterday, he raised eyebrows by announcing his musical collaboration with ex-flame Rihanna on a remix of “Birthday Cake,” while she in turn tweeted news of her cameo in a remix of his hit “Turn Up the Music.”
Whether people will be able to ignore his notorious 2009 assault on her, though, is another matter.
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Article source: http://www.eonline.com/news/chris_browns_latest_twitter_beef/295689
The seven women, best friends since North Miami Beach High, gathered for a 40th birthday weekend at a beach resort a couple of years ago.
“No husbands, no children, girls only,” recalls Eve Greenbarg-Albright, one of the seven.
They talked about kids, family, work. They ordered take-out food or made pizza. “We’d be just as happy with Slurpees, MMs and chips,” says Greenbarg-Albright.
An unremarkable bonding weekend for old friends — except for the location, which remains a closely guarded secret. When one of the seven friends is Sheryl Sandberg — No. 2 at Facebook, Forbes-ranked fifth most powerful woman in the world and likely to become a billionaire when Facebook’s stock goes public this year — privacy becomes paramount.
Greenbarg-Albright will say only this: The resort is “somewhere in Mexico.”
Sandberg, 42, has reached the heights of success in business while still finding time to speak about the need for women to support each other. And that’s what she practices, too, maintaining a circle of women friends from middle and high school in North Miami Beach, their relationships forged while riding bikes or camping out for concert tickets. Smart and accomplished in their own right, they have remained close for as long as three decades, as Sandberg moved from Harvard grad to the Treasury Department, to Google and now Facebook.
“To understand Sheryl, you have to look at this core group of female friends,” says Brad Meltzer, a best-selling thriller writer who was a year behind them at North Miami Beach High and knows all seven. “They’re smart, dynamic women who have always supported each other. … It’s a rare thing to have friends who are so close for so long.”
One of the group, Elise Scheck Bonwitt, a Miami-Dade lawyer and mother of five, says Sandberg’s support of women is “just her carrying out what we had in our relationships in high school.”
Some things have changed. Once the women kept in touch by forwarding round-robin letters via the U.S. Postal Service. Now they have a private space on Facebook. All are married. All have kids. A quarter-century after high school, they still get together once or twice a year, “but it’s harder than it used to be,” says Scheck Bonwitt, as the group juggles work and families.
Sandberg isn’t talking to journalists right now; a public relations agency says Facebook executives are in a “quiet period” required by federal regulators as the company prepares for the initial public offering of its stock in the next few months, a move expected to generate $5 billion.
Friends believe the foundations for Sandberg’s stunning success are rooted in her South Florida years. As second in command to Facebook company creator Mark Zuckerberg, she’s become known as the steadying influence on a company filled with brilliant, mercurial entrepreneurs without a lot of organizational or people skills. Fifteen years older than Zuckerberg, she’s considered a personable, smart and efficient manager who has helped the company grow dramatically. Since she arrived four years ago, Facebook has gone from 130 employees to 2,500, from 70 million users to more than 800 million.
Her North Miami Beach friends say she’s extremely bright, commanding, with a way of connecting. “Driven and motivated,” says Greenbarg-Albright. “When she walks into a room, she is very confident.”
Article source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/21/2649415/sheryl-sandberg-the-fifth-most.html
Facebook building a mobile ad platform is one of those rumors that is just completely expected, so it makes sense that it keeps showing up. SFGate points out that the social networking giant is expected to announce major advertising plans on the last day of this month at a splashy event in New York, implying Facebook will unveil mobile ads next week. The timeframe for such an announcement has very quickly gone from “2012″ to “March 2012″ to “February 29, 2012.”
On February 29, 2012, the company’s first Facebook Marketing Conference (fMC) is taking place. The company has booked the American Museum of Natural History in New York for the six-hour, invitation-only event, which will be streamed online.
The fMC invitation is very vague: “Join us as Facebook leaders, along with product and marketing experts, share our newest solutions, actionable insights, and proven strategies that demonstrate how you can use social technology to drive business growth.” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook vice president of product Chris Cox, and Facebook vice president of advertising David Fischer are the three executives listed as attending. Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not mentioned, but he could of course still make an appearance.
It’s really no surprise Facebook isn’t saying what it plans to announce. One rumor says Timeline for Pages will be unveiled at the event. On the other hand, the social networking giant did just partner with Bango, a company that provides billing and analytics for app stores, mobile apps, and websites.
The last rumor suggested Facebook is planning on inserting Featured Stories into people’s mobile feeds in March. It would make sense for the announcement to come at the end of February and for the gradual rollout to begin next month.
When Facebook revealed earlier this month that it had 425 million mobile users as part of its filing for an initial public offering (IPO), the company admitted that it was still not monetizing its mobile users. In other words, Facebook’s mobile business is not making any money. In the Summary Risk Factors section, the filing stated: “Growth in use of Facebook through our mobile products, where we do not currently display ads, as a substitute for use on personal computers may negatively affect our revenue and financial results.”
Facebook has managed to establish itself as a major advertising supplier because it has a unique offering to businesses that are willing to gamble a little with their marketing dollars. Advantages include being able to target users with a precision not found in most other forms of advertising. With its quickly growing user base (845 million monthly active users and counting), the company’s social graph is exploding across all demographics, which only further fuels improved ad targeting, performance, and revenue as well.
If it can replicate the same success on the mobile side of things, the company will be able to create a respectable new source of revenue for itself. It won’t be easy. Facebook will have to consider the usual potential privacy issues, as well as figure out how to work around the problems every advertiser faces in mobile: small screens, slower connections, and the strong relationship users have with their personal devices.
Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/facebook-launching-mobile-ads-next-week-rumor/9372
View Photo Gallery: New Jersey Nets’ Deron Williams, right, drives to the basket as New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin defends during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday.
Jeremy Lin joined Facebook on Sunday, and as of this writing, has not posted anything other than a profile picture. Nevertheless, he’s gained 72,000 subscribers and counting, and more than 450 people have commented on his profile picture — a simple image of the Knicks superstar wearing a white jacket, with a huge smile on his face.
The English-language comments on Facebook — or “LINBOOK!” as one of them put it — fall into five categories:
Compliments: Lin’s Facebook profile is, unsurprisingly, a lovefest for his fans. Women have taken to it, posting heart emoticons and telling Lin that he’s cute. Men are not hesitating to tell Lin that he is “The Man!”
Racism: It looks like the fired ESPN employee who posted an ethnic slur on its site isn’t the only one spewing venom towards Lin (though the athlete has said that he believes the remark was unintentional, and has accepted the sports site’s apology). Perhaps because there are too many comments to moderate, some nasty things that people have said about Lin and his race remain on the page.
Religion: Lin’s Christian fans are watching the page, and they’ve been posting their prayers for his success. “Play for God! Prayer for u!” posted one fan, while another wrote, “
God bless you ! Working with Jesus~walking everyday~walking all the way~ [sic].” They like to remind him that life is not about winning or losing, but about God. “
The Lord is our shepherd. Thanks for sharing his words through u!” wrote one fan.
Advice: Lin’s fans have Facebook-comment wisdom to offer him. Some of is it basic, like the fans who offered, “Congrats Jeremy! Stay grounded, humble and MOST IMPORTANTLY…………STAY ON THE KNICKS!!!! [sic]” or like the conflicted Allen Iverson fan who said, ”
Jeremy be smart don’t be like one of my favorite ballers A.I. [sic]” Some of the advice is more specific, like this kernel of wisdom from one fan: “
Jeremy, I recommend that you having ginseng to bring the physical strength !(less garbage food will do you good!) [sic]”
Puns about his name: For the rest of his life, Jeremy Lin will hear headline-worthy puns about his name at games, on social media, or even just shouted to him when he’s recognized on the street. Surely, the repetition of such annoying puns would be enough to drive a man Linsane. Ok, sorry. But many of Lin’s Facebook followers are simply parroting back his best headlines: “Lin’ing!”
“All i do is lin lin lin.”
“Super Lintendo!” Wrote one fan: “I study LINguistics in college just for you!!!!!!!!”
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Article source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/post/jeremy-lin-joins-facebook-parsing-the-comments-on-his-page/2012/02/21/gIQAJHBcRR_blog.html
NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
Penguin Group (USA) announced today that A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is the March pick for The Penguin Twitter Book Club. Penguin will lead regular discussions with book club members during the month of March. In early April, when the book club has finished reading A Discovery of Witches, the author Deborah Harkness will join the discussion in an hour-long live Twitter chat.
The Penguin Twitter Book Club kicked off in February with The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown as the inaugural title. Throughout February, there have been moderated chat sessions on the book, and on March 5, at 9:00 PM EDT, the author will lead an hour long discussion with followers. Brown said, “As a reader, I’m excited about the idea of Penguin’s Twitter Book Club, and as an author, I’m thrilled The Weird Sisters is the first selection for discussion. I think I’m fortunate to live in a time where readers and authors can connect and to have a publisher that supports and encourages those conversations.” In the first week of the book club, the #readpenguin hashtag had over 24 million impressions and reached 1.5 million people.
Jeff Gomez, Penguin Group (USA) VP of Online Consumer Sales and Marketing said, “The Penguin Twitter Book Club allows readers and fans to instantly and constantly interact with Penguin and our authors. Our overall web strategy is to go where the users are, and wherever there’s an audience discussing our books. The Penguin Twitter Book Club and our other social networking endeavors are crucial in connecting our writers to readers everywhere.”
Deborah Harkness, whose upcoming book Shadow of Night (Viking, July) is the second in a trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches, said, “One of the great pleasures of being a writer is interacting with readers, and the Penguins Twitter Book Club represents an exciting new way for me to hear from fans using social media. I’m delighted that A Discovery of Witches is the March selection.”
Follow @penuginusa and join The Penguin Twitter Book Club.
Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group (
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Article source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/penguin-group-usa-launches-twitter-book-club-2012-02-21
Early Monday Chris Brown sent an all-caps “HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBYN!” tweet out to Rihanna (a.k.a. Robyn Fenty), and Rihanna replied with a “Thanks!” Coupled with recent speculation that he’s on a remix of her single “Birthday Cake,” haters and defenders wasted no time weighing in:
“BREAKING: Rihanna to have Chris Brown inspired pinata at her birthday party. Happy Birthday Rihanna.” — @ NewsThatsFake
“Chris Brown Rihanna: The New Bobby Whitney” — @ RihannaWatch
“The fact that Chris Brown Rihanna tweeted each other shows they are moving on not holding onto the past. Other people should move on 2!” — @KizzleBrown
“Rihanna and Chris Brown are collaborating in studio for a new song. I’m sure it will be a hit!” — @VeryRudeTweets
“I would like @chrisbrown fight somebody that can defend themselves. Me curb stomping that … would be a #wrestlemania moment” — @CMPunk
“Positivity regardless of how u feel! @CMpunk contact my assistant and I’ll have em send u an autographed pic for my biggest FAN!!!” — @chrisbrown
Birthday amends: Chris Brown, Rihanna dancing around the cake
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Photo: Chris Brown at the 54th annual Grammy Awards Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press
Article source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2012/02/tweets-that-pop-chris-brown-salutes-rihanna-triggering-twitter-comments.html
(CNN) — “It’s a long-time habit I’ve got to try to conquer,” admits rising star Keegan Bradley, as he confesses to breaking one of golf’s biggest taboos.
He’s not talking about overcoming a problem with drugs, gambling or alcohol, nor is the American going through a personal or professional crisis.
No, the 25-year-old, who won his first major title in 2011, has a big issue building up in the back of his throat.
“I’d like to apologize for my spitting,” the PGA Championship winner wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter. “It’s like a reflex; I don’t even know I’m doing it.”
In some cultures, expectoration is not uncommon. But on the golf course, it’s a massive no-no and such behavior often sparks outrage.
Tiger Woods was fined for a similar transgression in a European Tour event in 2011, and golf coach and broadcaster Denis Pugh took exception to Bradley’s repeated hocking during last weekend’s Northern Trust Open.
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The tension seemed to get to the 25-year-old, who spat repeatedly during his pre-shot routine while engaged in a three-man playoff eventually won by Bill Haas.
“Perhaps it’s a cultural thing, OK to spit in USA? If so how did you let that happen America?” Pugh wrote on Twitter.
“In USA wherewhen is spitting not appropriate?Church? Dinner table? Ladies present? Full view of hd tv camera? There must be a time not 2do?”
Pugh orchestrated a campaign directed at one of Bradley’s sponsors, equipment maker Cleveland Golf, who at first defended their player.
“We support Keegan whether he spits or not!” the company countered, before explaining that the player chews sunflower seeds “and they have to go somewhere.” Then they got light-hearted about it: “We don’t have the licensing agreement for his saliva!”
However, the public pressure told as Cleveland subsequently issued a statement on Facebook admitting that maybe Bradley had some improvements to make.
“We proudly stand by Keegan, as we have since he was on the Hooters Tour,” the world No. 19′s sponsor said.
“We know that he has a few quirks during his pre-shot routine, just like a lot of us, and he’s working very hard to overcome the spitting. We look forward to seeing Keegan in a Cleveland visor for many years to come.”
Pugh, who once coached former European No. 1 Colin Montgomerie, accepted the apologies and called Bradley “classy” for admitting his behavior was wrong.
“He’s actually a good man, his coach I are good pals,” wrote Pugh, who now works with European Ryder Cup players Edoardo and Francesco Molinari of Italy.
After watching the conclusion to Sunday’s tournament, Pugh tweeted: “Pro golf has some serious issues at moment and PGA Tour is turning a blind eye.”
“(PGA Tour commissioner) Tim Fincham must do something about slow play and spitting.”
But his was not a view shared by all golf lovers. Cleveland’s Facebook post also attracted a host of comments supporting Bradley, with one saying: “Spitting is not a big deal. His pre-shot routine is quite quirky, but it works for him. He’s won on Tour and will continue to win for quite some time.”
Other users agreed. “Don’t fix what’s not broken, it works,” read one comment, while another said, “He’s a heck of a young player and conducts himself with grace.”
Woods, arguably still golf’s biggest star despite his fall from grace in the past two years, fell foul of the sport’s disfavor for phlegm in February 2011 during a frustrating final day at the Dubai Desert Classic.
The 14-time major champion was fined for a breach of conduct after being spotted spitting on the 12th green.
“The Euro Tour is right,” said Woods, who also used Twitter to express his regret 12 months ago. “It was inconsiderate to spit like that and I know better. Just wasn’t thinking and want to say I’m sorry.”
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Article source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/21/sport/golf/golf-bradley-pga-spitting/index.html
Fluent, a new Web-based e-mail client created by three former Google engineers, turns your inbox into a Facebook-like stream that lets you view conversation threads, attachments and mail from multiple accounts at a glance.
Fluent works with your existing Gmail account (including Google Apps accounts), but there are plans to expand it to other webmail services at a later date. Fluent is currently in a closed beta period, but the company is adding new users every day. You can sign up for an invite on the service’s front page.
Fluent joins a long line of other e-mail services that try to bring a social networking feel to e-mail. Google in May added a new people widget that includes contact details, recent e-mails, shared documents, and calendar events for all your e-mail contacts. There are also services such as Xobni for Outlook and Gmail, and Rapportive, which was recently acquired by LinkedIn, that also bring personal profiles into your e-mail.
Fluent’s approach is slightly different since it appears to be more interested in bringing a social networking sensibility to how you view e-mail messages rather than stuffing your window full of personal details from your contacts.
I am still waiting for my invite, so I can’t say for sure how well Fluent works in the real world. But I did take some time to try out the demo version, and it looks like an intriguing way to rethink your inbox. Here’s a quick look at Fluent.
Fluent has a clean, basic interface. You have a main column for your inbox that is very similar to social networking streams in Facebook and Twitter. At the top of the stream is a search box. To the left is a single column where you can move between multiple e-mail accounts, view a to-do list, view starred items, view recent attachments, view all mail (for an individual account), and show or hide your e-mail labels. To the right of your e-mail stream you have a column where you can switch between your to-do list or your bookmarked messages.
Each e-mail appears in a separate frame similar to how Facebook displays news stories. The top of each message shows the sender (including an avatar if available), the subject line of the e-mail, and then a snippet from the message. Clicking on the “more” link inside a message expands it into a near full-screen view where you can add or remove recipients and edit the subject line. If you don’t like Fluent’s social networking-inspired stream there is also a more traditional compact view that shows only the sender and subject line.
Fluent’s e-mail settings include all the basics you would expect including an in-line reply window, one-click icons to mark a message as a favorite or archive it. There is a drop-down menu to add labels, forward a message, mark as unread or mark as spam. Fluent also has a one-click check mark icon to turn an e-mail into a to-do item. Fluent also has a slideshow format for all your inbox images that is viewable by message or you can view all your recent image attachments.
Fluent is pretty basic right now, but the company says it has more features planned for the future such as collaborative notes, file sharing, image manipulation and improved task management.
Once you get an invite, Fluent is free to try for now, but it’s not clear whether it will always be that way. The Sydney Morning Herald, which first reported on Fluent, said the company may charge for its service in the future.
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Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/250343/fluent_turns_your_inbox_into_facebooklike_stream.html
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