Here is a quick roundup of the latest happenings in the social media world.
Yahoo! and Facebook are finally burying the hatchet. The two companies announced on Friday that they had put an end to their months-long patent dispute and were launching a new advertising partnership:
Under the agreements, which include a patent portfolio cross-license, the parties will work together to bring consumers and advertisers premium media experiences promoted and distributed across both Yahoo! and Facebook. Yahoo! and Facebook will also work together to bring Yahoo!’s large media event coverage to Facebook users by collaborating on social integrations on the Yahoo! site. — (Source: Facebook Newsroom)
On Thursday, Google released Hangout Captions. This new app was designed to provide people who are deaf or hard of hearing with live transcripts of discussions in Google+ Hangouts.
“By adding the Hangout Captions app, you can either connect live text from a professional transcriptionist to your Hangout, or type right into a text box yourself to transcribe a Hangout for your friends,” says Naomi Black from the Google Accessibility team, in an update on Google+.
Right now, Hangout Captions only supports transcription through StreamText or local transcription inside of the Hangout. For more information, click here.
Earlier this week, Google also announced that it would be discontinuing several of its products. Here is the list:
- Google Mini
- Google Talk Chatback – Website owners are encouraged to install and use the Meebo Bar.
- Google Video – The service will be moved to YouTube. Users have until August 20 to migrate, delete or download their content.
- iGoogle (November 1, 2013)
- Symbian Search App
“Closing products always involves tough choices, but we do think very hard about each decision and its implications for our users,” says Matt Eichner, General Manager (Global Enterprise Search), on the Google Blog. “Streamlining our services enables us to focus on creating beautiful technology that will improve people’s lives.”
Twitter announced on Friday the introduction of several new features aimed at improving its search function.
- “Search autocomplete” – When users type a query in the Twitter Search box, the action automatically brings a drop-down menu with term suggestions.
- “People you follow” filter – Appearing next to “Top” and “All” in the main search result area, the feature allows users to access query results within the Twitter accounts of the people they follow.
- Spelling corrections – Misspelling a search term will still bring the right results.
- Related suggestions for topics with multiple search terms – These suggestions appear at the top of the search result page.
- Results with real names and usernames – “When you search for a name like ‘Jeremy Lin,’ you’ll see results mentioning that person’s real name and their Twitter account username,” says engineer Frost Li, on the Twitter Blog.
Twitter also recently added Catalan and Ukrainian to its list of supported languages. Afrikaans, Basque, Czech and Greek should be next.
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