Whatsapp Now Has Half A Billion Users! Saw Fastest Growth In India #Android


WhatsApp, the instant messaging service now has 500 million active users across the world, beating even Facebook by length to become fastest growing service ever when it comes to rate of user acquisition.

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In an official blog the company on Wednesday also revealed that its users share 700 million photos and 100 million videos each day. On April 1 the company also declared that its users have shared 64 billion messages within 24 hours, creating a new record.

“Thank you all, half a billion people throughout the world are now regular and active users of WhatsApp,” the post read. “In the last few months, we’ve grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are also sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day. We could go on, but for now, it’s more important that we get back to work – because here at WhatsApp, we’re just getting started.”

WhatsApp is way ahead in the race than its owner Facebook by acquiring 419 million users in the first four years after its launch whereas the social networking giant which bought instant messenger for whopping $19 billion had 145 million users, according to ReadWrite, a technology news website.  

Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp said to Recode, a website that includes tech news, out of these 500 million users, about 48 million users are Indians, which is also the fastest growing user base for WhatsApp. In Brazil, the messaging app has 45 million users. Alltogether, WhatsApp and Facebook now possess nearly 1.5 billion active users, offering the networking giant a huge reach, especially on Smartphones.

In spite of the large user base, it is still unclear that how Facebook can monetize WhatsApp. The messaging service doesn’t host any advertisement and both CEOs have mentioned that this is not going to change anytime soon.

 “In spite of its rapid growth, we have not yet thought of monetizing WhatsApp,” Koum said to Recode. The main focus is on offering clean and usable instant messaging service, “there is no sufficient money and celebrities in the world to convince people to use worthless products. Nowadays people are so tech savvy. People look for a better user experience”, Koum added.

Koum also informed that the free voice call service on WhatsApp will make available to the users in the following months.

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5 Social Media Trends To Be Followed By An Entrepreneur


As the social media’s growth is rapid these days it is important for an entrepreneur to be updated in all the trends catching up to reach people better. So here are some media trends which are to be in the minds of an entrepreneur to excel better.

#1.Diversify

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When it comes to setting up a new business, social networking sites are to be considered. But the question is how many? The answer would be most of them, as reaching out it to people is very essential. Even though socializing is very necessary here, managing a lot of them would be a difficult task. So depending on resources and time, it is better to have as many as social networking sites as you can to establish yourself.

The most important point, do not stick on to one site as you can never predict when the sites will go off air. If the site shuts down, you will lose all your connections and work. So make it a point to keep your connections active on other sites too.

#2.Visual content

Visual content plays a very important role in social media business these days. About 63 percent of the social media websites use visual content to convey their ideas to people.  Video content on the social media platforms through apps like Vine and Instagram featuring microvideos, and info graphics delivering messages in an innovative way have widely caught eyes of people. 

#3.Social media, SEO, Content Creation

For an entrepreneur it is very important to think that all the three social media, SEO and content creation are the wheels of online marketing. These three factors relate to increase in the visual response, building your brand, gather customers and increase sales.

#4.Social media as a brand builder

Building your brand through social media impacts on the SEO and helps increase sales. Focusing on building your brand should be the key.

All these years of evolutions in social media have clearly taught us one thing, the entrepreneur with an engaged approach and flexibility will get huge returns on the investment. Learning the latest trends in social media marketing, targeting your goals and willing to experiment the tactics will help you grow and make changes as your business develops.

#5. Google+

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Google+ is the social media site in which every entrepreneur should have his focus on. Surprisingly, Facebook and Twitter have no influence on the SEO rankings and Google+ is the best way to access the Google authority which will play a major role in the SEO by the end of the year.

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Track your Facebook ‘Friends’ precise location


The feature will be soon rolled out into iOS and Android app

Call it yet another attempt at intruding your privacy or a great way to advance social meet ups. Facebook has rolled out a new feature where your friends are notified when you are nearby or vice versa – enabling friends to catch up for a coffee or even watch a movie together.

Thankfully, the feature enables you to choose which one of your friends will get to know when you are nearby and how long they will remain notified, thereby enabling you to avoid those who you really want to.

The feature will be soon rolled out into iOS and Android app first in the United States. Facebook announced that the feature will only work if both – you and your friend – are on each other’s white list. “Sharing your location with Nearby Friends goes two ways — you and your friends both have to turn on ‘Nearby Friends’ and choose to share with each other to see when you are nearby. Your friends will only be able to see that you are nearby if you share this info with them and vice versa.”

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You can even turn on precise location which could come out really handy to trace a friend or a dear one in a really crowded market.

The travel-sharing feature allows a friend to notify you when they are traveling. “You’ll be able to see the city or neighbourhood they are in, including on their profile. When you see a friend visiting a place you’ve been, it’s the perfect opportunity to send a recommendation for a great restaurant,”

The market is already flooded with apps that enable you to share your location with friends.

Apple has its own app called Find My Friends.

That enables you to locate friends and family using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The free app uses Apple ID to sign into the iCloud and you can send your location details ( can be a temporary share with time limits) to those in your contacts or even send an email. “When your friend accepts your invitation using the Find My Friends app on their device, you can start following their location. Your friends can request to follow your location the same way.”

Similarly,  SocialRadar currently works on your iPhone and could soon be available on Android and Google Glass.

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Best Andriod Apps To Keep Yourself Updated About The Election #LSpolls2014


Lok sabha Election of 2014 is made special with the advent of mobile applications, which enables the users to view and share election updates with others. The traditional methods such as door to door campaign and rallies have proved insufficient to influence the tech savvy generation. Considering fact, many mobile app developers have come up with applications that are available on the play store or can be downloaded for free. Check out some top apps that will help you track the upcoming Lok Sabha election thus enabling you to make vote smarter, as compiled by Yahoo News.

 

Election India

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Election India provides mock voting option for the users to vote for their preferred political parties. This app includes detailed descriptions regarding election updates, political parties, political leaders, political videos, Facebook fan page and more. This also includes brief information about the current party president, party website link, and major political parties in India. Using Election India, users can write reviews on their political parties and can check the reviews from other app users as well. Election India also provides previous election results that contain information about the elected Prime Minister, party seats, and other major parties. Mock voting results can be viewed state wise and party wise for each individual state.

Election Watch Reporter (EWR)

 

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EWR is an app that reports complaints regarding election breaches. Users can use this app to file complaints regarding the violation of electoral rules,or expenditures done by the candidates during their campaigns. Users can add images and locations with their complaints which then can be reported to the Election Commission directly. Election Watch Reporter allows its users to file complaints under sections such as Media Advertising, Election Rally, Misuse of Official Vehicles, Liquor or Drugs Distribution and more.

Voter List LS 2014

 

This app provides the access to the detailed electorate lists for the upcoming elections. The app provides a state wise list of the voters. The entire states and the union territories of the nation are supported by this app. The simple and easy to use interface of Voter List LS 2014 app also enables the users to get the voters details in their local constituency as well with great ease.

 

Elect For India

 

This app enables the users to view the political candidates nominated for 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Using this app users can leave their opinion vote and also can view the opinion results. Voting schedule for 2014 election can also be viewed using this app. Users can view the latest news, videos and updates about the election. Elect For India also helps the users to share the candidate details to their friends via Facebook and Twitter.

Voting Line

 

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This app provides the opportunity to experience real time voting trends throughout India. Users can evaluate the prevailing political trends of the country using this app. Voting Line facilitates the users to select right political leader for the country and also helps to evaluate  the opinions and current   scenarios Using this app one can vote for both Loksabha and Vidhan Sabha Constituencies on a daily basis. Users can also check the voting percentage of different political parties on a daily and monthly basis. Voting reports are organized based on the votes casted by the users of this app. Report can be analyzed on various listing options including age, education, state, and religion. The app keeps the information regarding the users and their voting opinions confidential.

India Politics

 

India Politics enables the users to watch events and speeches of their favorite leaders through Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. This app updates latest news and trends about general elections, election dates and results, tweets from political leaders and parties. It also provides previous election results from all the major political parties in a state wise list.

 

Indian Election

 

Indian Election is an official app by the Election Commission of India which helps users to find their nearest polling booth. Using this app, people can enroll in to the voting list or confirm their enlistment. The app also enables the user to update or correct their personal information in voting list. This app can be downloaded from play store and is available for iOS, Android, and Windows operating systems.

 

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Facebook can predict when you‘re headed for break up


Scientists have developed a Facebook algorithm which they say can accurately identify who you’re dating and when you’re in danger of breaking up. 
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The algorithm developed by a Cornell University professor and a senior Facebook engineer takes advantage of a new metric system called “disperson,” which looks at connections between people who have different sets of friends. 
 
Researchers say close friends are likely to share a lot of friends in common, which social scientists call “embeddedness”. 
 
The researchers used multiple sets of anonymous data, including a large data set1.3 million Facebook users
 
They identified with 60 per cent accuracy who was dating whom, much better than the 2 per cent accuracy they’d getrandom guessing, ‘The Verge‘ reported. 
 
High dispersion also seems to be correlated with longer relationships, researchers said. 
 
Couples were 50 per cent more likely to break up in the next two months if the dispersion algorithm failed to guess that they were dating, the study found. 
 
Resaerchers also looked at metrics such as how many times a user viewed another person’s profile, attendance at the same events, and messages sent. 
 
Dispersion turned out to be the most overall accurate metric for determining romantic relationships.

Indian Engineer To Get Rs.8.4 Lakh For Exposing Facebook’s Image-Deleting Bug


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Arul Kumar, a 21 year old Indian Electronics and Communications engineer hailing from Tamil Nadu, has been awarded bounty of $12,500 by Facebook for recognizing a bug within website which allowed users to delete an image or an  interaction from other users without his or her concern.

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The whole story started when Kumar, also a researcher, posted in his blog about a flaw within the Facebook Support Dashboard. According to the blog, it is easy to exploit the Facebook Support Dashboard and delete any picture from any user page, including verified ones. The blog also had a detailed structure of the bug. For more confirmation, Kumar even had made a video on the bug and send it to the Facebook security team.
About the flaw, it works well with any browser, but according to Kumar, it works better through mobile devices. Initially, the doer needs two profiles, one as the receiver and the other as a sender. Parameters used are Photo_iD and Owner Profile_iD. Once exploited, hackers can delete any photos from any user profile without the owner even knowing about it.

Interestingly, this event shares great similarities to that of Khalil’s, a security expert who couple of weeks before broke into Mark Zuckerberg’s profile. When Khalil came across multiple faults in Facebook, he tried to report the openness to Facebook Security Team, who instead of rewarding dismissed his bounty or even didn’t take it seriously. Impatient and desperate, Khalil hacked into Mark Zuckerberg’s wall and displayed the bug that gave the freedom to post on any Facebook user’s wall. Apart from hacking, Khalil also wrote a huge post explaining about the bug and his discontent against Facebook Security Support team for not taking his efforts seriously.

Soon after the whole event, Khalil’s profile was suspended and eventually he didn’t receive any bounties. According to Facebook, Khalil had broken the golden rule of ‘never to compromise a real-time user’s profile while displaying a bug’ and eventually was disregarded.

As Khalil, Kumar also faced some initial refusals from the Facebook team. But what made the difference was that Kumar detailed the whole bug in a comprehensive video and had sent it to the security team. He even exploited Zuckerberg’s Facebook photo, but did not delete it. This move certainly impressed Facebook as they have recognized the bug and decided to reward Kumar $12,500. The social networking giant also approved 3 Open Redirectors by Kumar, making him eligible for an extra bounty of $1,500.

Facebook, Google Cannot Flout Indian Law, Says Court


The Delhi High Court Friday said that social networking site Facebook Inc and search engine Google Inc are bound by the rules of this country and cannot flout the law just because they are foreign companies.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru also directed the two companies to display on their websites the name and contact details of their grievance officers.

“We direct Google Inc and Facebook Inc to display the name of grievance officer on their respective sites. We also direct other intermediaries that the compliance (of the rules) be done in two weeks,” the court said.

It said the Information Technology (Intermediaries) Rules mandate that all social networking sites have to publish the name of grievance officer and their contact details.

“Just because you are a foreign company, you cannot flout the law. Like us, you are bound by the rule of law of this country,” said the court, also asking the central government to take steps to ensure that the social networking sites comply with the rules.

The bench also asked the central government to file its response on the allegations of petitioner that Delhi Police, Indian Railways and others have created accounts on social networking sites despite government departments being barred from doing so under the law.

The petitioner submitted that government departments like Delhi Police and the Indian Railways are not entitled to create accounts on social networking sites.

The court was hearing the PIL filed by former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader K.N. Govindacharya through his advocate Virag Gupta alleging that the websites have no mechanism for protection of children from online abuse.

The PIL has said that children below 18 years are entering an agreement with the social networking sites to open accounts which is against the Indian Majority Act, the Indian Contract Act and also the Information and Technology Act.

The plea has also sought recovery of taxes from the websites on their income from operations in India.

Source: IANS

Siddharth Mallya’s Facebook horror


An imposter pretending to be the UB group scion is posting status messages about them among other things.

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Siddhartha Mallya recently faced a situation on Facebook. The UB Group scion has a number of fake accounts on Facebook that are all posting updates as him. In fact, one of the impersonators

(https://www.facebook.com/sid.mallya.5?fref=ts) even posted an update about UB Group tying up with Fox Searchlight to come up with UB Motion Pictures which was totally false.

Sid’s team has approached Facebook and even asked them to shut down all impostor accounts, especially this one. According to the statement from Siddhartha’s spokesperson, “On behalf of Sid, would like to clarify that, there is no truth whatsoever to the matter of the so-called creation of UB Motion Pictures. This update has been posted on Facebook by an impostor who is posing as Sid and NOT by Sid himself. Hence would request everyone to completely disregard any updates on these fake accounts and only consider news that are issued from official sources.”

This is not a random case. A lot of celebrities are being impersonated on social networking sites. Recently model Sahil Shroff discovered that someone had hacked into his Facebook account and was fooling around with girls using his name. Actress Amrita Rao wanted her identity to be undisputed on a popular micro-blogging site. And to this effect, the actress had filed five impersonation complaints recently. “In fact two accounts that were impersonating me have already been deleted by the authorities recently, and three others are under close scrutiny,” she had shared.

Actor Hurman S Baweja was in shock when an unknown person created a fake account in his name on a networking website and sent random requests to several girls.

Noted South actor Kiccha Sudeep had recently cautioned against a fake Facebook account in his name carrying ‘derogatory’ material, including against Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

Actress Shruti Haasan was taken aback to find out that there are more than 20 Facebook accounts all posing to be Shruti. However, the actress has no Facebook account and only interacts with her fans through Twitter.

Facebook can cause frustration: Study


Social networking site Facebook can make you feel envious of your “successful” friends, leading to frustration and dissatisfaction, a new German study has found.

Researchers led by Dr Hanna Krasnova of the Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin surveyed Facebook members regarding their feelings after using the platform.

More than one-third of respondents reported predominantly negative feelings, such as frustration. The researchers identified that envying their “Facebook friends” is the major reason for this result.

Krasnova, explained that, “Although respondents were reluctant to admit feeling envious while on Facebook, they often presumed that envy can be the cause behind the frustration of ‘others’ on this platform – a clear indication that envy is a salient phenomenon in the Facebook context”.

“Indeed, access to copious positive news and the profiles of seemingly successful ‘friends’ fosters social comparison that can readily provoke envy. By and large, on-line social networks allow users unprecedented access to information on relevant others — insights that would be much more difficult to obtain offline,” Krasnova said in a statement.

Those who do not engage in any active, interpersonal communications on social networks and primarily utilise them as sources of information, eg reading friends’ postings, checking news feeds, or browsing through photos, are particularly subject to these painful experiences.

The study also found that about one-fifth of all recent on-line/offline events that had provoked envy among the respondents took place within a Facebook context. This reveals a colossal role of this platform in users’ emotional life.

Paradoxically, envy can frequently lead to users embellishing their Facebook profiles, which, in turn, provokes envy among other users, a phenomenon that the researchers have termed “envy spiral”.

The researchers were also able to establish a negative link between the envy that arises while on Facebook and users’ general life satisfaction. Indeed, passive use of Facebook heightens invidious emotions that, in turn, adversely affect users’ satisfaction with their lives.

“Considering the fact that Facebook use is a worldwide phenomenon and envy is a universal feeling, a lot of people are subject to these painful consequences,” study co-author Helena Wenninger of the TU-Darmstadt said.

How Facebook and Twitter can boost your ego and make you more impulsive in just five minutes


  • Policy-makers need to consider the impacts, warn researchers
  • Inability to concentrate found to be one of the effects
  • Browsing social networks for just five minutes can cause loss of control

Facebook and other social network sites can cause users to lose control and may lead to violence, obesity and debt.

Browsing for just five minutes on social networks can boost user’s self-belief so much that they become more impulsive.

Effects can include an increase in binge-eating, loss of concentration and lack of application, a study showed.

 
Browsing Facebook for just five minutes can increase impulsive behaviour, the study found.Browsing Facebook for just five minutes can increase impulsive behaviour, the study found.

Researchers are also concerned that the loss of control prompted by using Facebook could lead to social problems such as aggression and violence.

‘Given that self-control is important for maintaining social order and personal well-being, this subtle effect could have widespread impact,’ the study from the US warned.

‘This is particularly true for adolescents and young adults who are the heaviest users of social networks and have grown up using social networks as a normal part of their daily lives.’

Dr Andrew Stephen, of the University of Pittsburgh, and Dr Keith Wilcox of Columbia University in New York, carried out the study with more than 1,000 Facebook users and said it was the first time it has been demonstrated that facebook and other social networking sites lead to loss of control.

They urged policy-makers to investigate social network use to better understand how people behave after using Facebook and other sites.

‘We have demonstrated that using today’s most popular social network, Facebook, may have a detrimental effect on people’s self-control,’ said Dr Stephen.

Research identified an increase in binge-eating as one of the effects of using social network sites.Research identified an increase in binge-eating as one of the effects of using social network sites.

The researchers found that the key to behavioral changes after using social networking sites is the way they boost a user’s feeling of self-worth.

For people who send and receive posts from a number of friends with whom they have ‘strong ties’ even using a site for a short period of time was observed to increase self-esteem.

This is thought to happen because the social conventions that prevent boasting in face to face meetings are weakened when posting online, the researchers argued.

Users are also likely to focus on presenting positive images of themselves which are reinforced by supportive responses.

Having had their self-esteem boosted, the study showed, the self-control of users was weakened and resulted in different types of behaviour.

Volunteers taking part in one test were instructed to either spend a few minutes browsing social network sites or to look through CNN.com and TMZ.com.

Participants were then asked to choose between a healthy snack or a chocolate chip cookie and it was found that those using social network sites were more likely to opt for the unhealthy option.

Social network use enhanced self-esteem, making them more likely to make an unhealthy food choice compared to those who did not browse Facebook,’ the academics reported in a paper – Are Close Friends the Enemy? Online Social Networks, Self-Esteem, and Self-Control – published online in the Journal of Consumer Research.

A similar test in which volunteers were asked to solve anagrams after going online showed that the Facebook users were more likely to lose concentration and give up on the puzzles.

Researchers also asked volunteers a series of questions to establish their Body Mass Index (BMI), how many credit cards they had and what their levels of debt were.

 ‘The results suggest that greater social network use is associated with a higher body-mass index, increased binge eating, a lower credit score, and higher levels of credit-card debt for individuals with strong ties to their social network,’ the researchers found.

‘This research advances our knowledge of social networks by demonstrating that social networks can have significant effects on consumer judgment and decision-making, even in tasks that are unrelated to social network use or more general social behavior.’

They added: ‘Our research demonstrates that social network use may also have a detrimental effect on well-being by leading certain people to exhibit lower self-control.

‘It would be worthwhile for researchers and policy makers to further explore social network use in order to better understand which consumers may be particularly vulnerable to suffering negative psychological or social consequences.’