- All users will soon receive an email alerting them to the vote on several important changes to Facebook’s Statement Of Rights And Responsibilities and its Data Use Policy. They’ll lose the ability to vote on future changes unless 30 percent of all users vote and the majority reject the proposal. Such a high turnout is unlikely, so this will likely be the last governance vote.
- Users will vote on whether: Facebook will eliminate voting on site governance changes in favor of taking high-quality feedback from users through a question-submission system and webcasts; Facebook can share data to and from its affiliates, including Instagram; Facebook may change who can contact you via Messages; Facebook may clarify who can view your content after you hide it from your Timeline. Facebook is not removing existing privacy controls, altering terms regarding who owns content posted to the site, or changing how advertising works. Continue reading
Billionaire philanthropist Mark Cuban is upset with Facebook. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks recently posted on his blog:
I am recommending that we de-emphasize pushing consumers or partners to like us on FB and focus on building up our followings across all existing social media platforms and to evaluate those that we feel can grow a material following. In the past we put FB first, twitter second. FB has been moved to the bottom of a longer list.
Why? According to Cuban, “Defining engagement by clicks, likes, shares, unlikes and reporting works for Google’s search engine, I don’t believe it works for a social network.”
Cuban’s comments touch upon a deeper controversy brewing among businesses on Facebook. The social network uses an algorithm to control which posts show up in the newsfeed of a brand’s Facebook friends and fans. But Facebook also allows brands to override the newsfeed algorithm to give updates more prominence – for a pretty penny, of course.
An app store? For Windows?
Microsoft’s much-discussed Windows 8 operating system is due to officially release January 2013, and the update is sparking plenty of heated discussion. But one of 8’s most exciting changes is the arrival of a Windows app store, similar to Apple’s app store for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
According to an article on Business Insider:
Microsoft is hoping that making an app store for Windows will carry over to the tablet, and then the phone. One of the biggest problems for Microsoft, in competing with Apple, is a lack of apps.
The app shortage is definitely one of the biggest complaints for Windows phone users, but the latest numbers from app analytics company Distmo are encouraging. Based on the chart below, the Windows app store already has almost twice as many apps as the Apple Mac app store – and a good chunk of them are free.
What do you think? Will the Windows app store put Microsoft ahead of Apple? What are your thoughts about Windows 8? Let us know in the comments!