September 23, 2014

Army Chief of Strategic Communications Talks Soldier Social Media Limitations

More WebProNews Videos How much information is too much for a soldier in the United States Army to divulge through blogging and social media? Anything that puts other soldiers’ lives at risk. According to the Army’s Chief of Strategic Communications, Lt. Col. André Dean, that’s about it. WebProNews recently sat down with Dean to talk about the social media use of soldiers. “We have since 2007…jumped into social … [Read more...]

Keep it Here for Live Coverage of PubCon This Week

More WebProNews Videos PubCon Las Vegas gets started tomorrow (at least content-wise), and promises to deliver  tons of great information about social media marketing, search engine marketing, etc. WebProNews will be covering the event with many exclusive interviews with speakers at the show (see PubCon’s full speaker list here).  At BlogWorld last month, WebProNews sat down with Brett Tabke, CEO of WebmasterWorld, which … [Read more...]

David Fincher Shares Real Thoughts on the Facebook Story

David Fincher, the director of The Social Network shares some interesting thoughts about the story told in the movie - the founding of Facebook. In a press conference following a screening of the film in New York, Fincher lets loose on his thoughts about how the situation among Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin and Sean Parker went down. Fincher says calling the Mark Zuckerberg character an "asshole" is a "reductive and overly-simplistic" … [Read more...]

Facebook Likes Just Officially Became More Important to Search

Facebook announced a few Platform updates, including updates to the Live Stream Plugin, Liked articles appearing in search results, and improvements to real-time updates. The second one is in line with a feature the company was testing that we mentioned recently. "Consistent with how we treat other Open Graph object types, we’ve introduced the ability to see articles shared by your friends in the search typeahead," says Facebook's Namita … [Read more...]

Facebook Announces Further Instant Personalization of Scribd

Facebook announced today that Scribd has expanded its Facebook-based instant personalization.  "While it's rare we read together, reading can be social," says Facebook Platform product marketing manager Fran Larkin. "People share articles on Facebook, form book clubs, get book recommendations from friends, and debate and discuss news stories. Now Scribd, a social reading and publishing site, is making it easier to find great … [Read more...] Launches Shopping App On Facebook

Comparison shopping site has introduced a new shopping application on Facebook. The new shopping application can be accessed on's Facebook Fan page withing the “Shop” tab. The app allows users to compare prices from 2,000 stores from the fan page via a search box. partners can also add the app to their own Facebook fan pages for free during the beta trial period. Users will be able to shop … [Read more...]

Study Finds Businesses Still Deeply Concerned About Social Media Security

McAfee released a new report authored by faculty affiliated with the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University, finding that business leaders worldwide see the value of Web 2.0 in supporting productivity and driving new revenue , but remain deeply concerned about security threats. Over 1,000 global businesses in 17 countries were surveyed, and half were concerned about the security of … [Read more...]

What’s Going on With That Twitter Documentary?

Last year, we interviewed Siok Siok Tan, who was getting a documentary about Twitter off the ground. Now, Twittermentary is nearing the end of the production cycle. "We are gearing up for a sneak preview in NYC on Oct 7th 6-9pm at Roger Smith Hotel," Tan tells WebProNews, giving us an update about what's going on with the film.  "We just launched a crowd funding initiative on IndieGogo to raise 10,000 USD as the finishing … [Read more...]

Movie Review: The Social Network (The Facebook Movie)

It's not often I get the opportunity to write movie reviews for WebProNews, because it's not often that major motion pictures are released about subjects within our general scope of coverage. I had the opportunity to attend a screening of The Social Network last night, so it seems appropriate that I offer my thoughts about the film here. Do you plan to see The Social Network? Let us know. Interestingly, the theater had tighter security than … [Read more...]

Facebook Explains Outage

Facebook was down for over 2.5 hours for some users, according to a post from the company. A post in Facebook's engineering notes says: The key flaw that caused this outage to be so severe was an unfortunate handling of an error condition. An automated system for verifying configuration values ended up causing much more damage than it fixed. The intent of the automated system is to check for configuration values that are invalid in the … [Read more...]