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Facebook wants to know how youre feeling

Facebook is asking users to choose an emoticon to express their moods when they update their statuses.

Emotions such as being “happy”, “tired” or “sad” appear in a drop-down menu for users to let their friends, and Facebook, know how they are feeling.

Users with access to the feature can also “tag” a status update with the respective facebook page. Typing “watching Game of Thrones”, for example, gives the option to link to the Facebook page for the television series.

The tagging feature includes other everyday activities such as reading, eating and drinking and listening to music.

The feature is likely to provide Facebook with more data about its users, which it can use to earn more revenue from targeted advertising.In January Facebook introduced Graph Search, a tool that allows users to search its database for “natural language” queries such as “friends who live in Manchester”. Previously users were only able to search for particular friends or pages by name.

A Facebook spokesperson said: “In late January, we began testing a new, more visual way for people to share how they’re feeling and what they’re doing in a status update. Now, you can easily add your current mood, what you’re listening to, reading, watching, eating, or drinking to your status update right from the new smiley face icon in the composer.”

source: Telegraph

Twitter to introduce music app

Twitter will reportedly introduce a music application that will suggest artists and songs to its users based on who they follow on the microblogging service.

Twitter Music, which could launch today, will play clips of music from existing services such as iTunes, according to the technology news website AllThingsD.

Users will be able to watch music videos from Vevo, which hosts music videos from major record labels, and listen to clips from SoundCloud, a website where users can upload and share their audio recordings. The app is likely to open separately from Twitter.

Ryan Seacrest, an American TV presenter, tweeted that he was “playing with @twitter’s new music app (yes it’s real!)”. The official Twitter Music account retweeted him, apparently confirming its existence.

The Coachella Festival, one of the biggest music festivals of the year, begins this weekend in Twitter’s home state of California. The xx, the Stone Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are in this year’s line up.

Twitter confirmed it had bought We Are Hunted today, a start-up that tracked the most popular songs that people were discussing on the social network. We Are Hunted said its developers would “continue to create services that will delight you, as part of the Twitter team” but declined to go into any more detail in a statement on its website.

source : Telegraph

‘Arrested Development’ Characters’ LinkedIn Profiles a Publicity Stunt

By ABC News

Jun 4, 2013 8:26am

Justin Racz is a freelance copywriter in the advertising industry, where competition is intense and everybody’s really creative.

Racz, a published author from Brooklyn, N.Y., wanted a way to make his resume and portfolio stand out on LinkedIn, the professional online network. He posted the profiles of Tobias Funke, George Bluth Sr. and G.O.B Bluth, who are characters from the popular series “Arrested Development.”

The idea came from his friend, Alec Brownstein, Racz said. Brownstein conducted a creative experiment that capitalized on people’s Google habits, and when Racz told him about an idea to create celebrity profiles, Brownstein suggested “Arrested Development” characters instead.

Fans were delighted last month when Netflix  released a fourth season of the cult comedy, years after it was cancelled by FOX.

“I thought it would be a great way to ride kind of the coattails of the buzz for it,” Racz said, describing himself as a “superfan” of the show.

RELATED: ‘Arrested Development’ Has Netflix Premiere Date

“I’m not kidding when I tell you this it is my lullaby,” he told ABCNews.com. “I have heard … each show multiple times … so like a child listening to a lullaby who knows the story and can just fall asleep, that’s what I would do. I would put it in my computer and close my eyes and fall asleep. It was my lullaby.”

Knowing the material so well meant it was easy and fun for him to write the three profiles.

Since he posted the profiles about a week ago, recruiters have gotten in touch and he has maintained the characters’ voices in his email correspondence with them, Racz said. Links within the characters’ profiles led to Racz’s resume.

“Recruiters, creative recruiters, have emailed and thought I’d be great for different clients, that my humor would be spot on for certain brands, so I’m speaking to a few of them,” he said, adding that he wanted to showcase his versatility, adaptability and all-important understanding of the digital environment.

“If you don’t know digital, you’re dead,” he said. “It’s true. If you don’t know digital, you’re dead and, frankly, I was concerned that my portfolio … shows that I have written a book. That, you know, I’m a dinosaur who writes books.”

At 38, Racz, who’s been in the business for about 15 years, says he’s concerned about being seen as an “old school.”

MORE: Netflix CEO Wants More “Arrested Development”

He is a freelance creative director for YMEE.us, has an MBA from New York University and has done creative work for diverse brands and clients, according to his resume. He has published several humor books, including “50 Boyfriends Worse Than Yours” and “50 Jobs Worse Than Yours.”

Now he’s hoping the publicity stunt gets him more work.

“I could have sent an email, you know, with my portfolio,” he said, “but so are 10,000 other people.”

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