Facebook Hits 150mil Active Users

7 01 2009

Facebook says it has hit the milestone of 150 million active users, just more than two months after reaching 120 million and about four months after reaching 100 million. The site hit 140 million in the middle of December.

The announcement was made on the Facebook company blog
by founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Should Facebook sustain this rate
of growth, the 5-year-old site could hit 200 million users before
Zuckerberg reaches his 25th birthday this spring.

Nearly half of those 150 million members, Zuckerberg wrote, use
Facebook every day. Most of the site’s new members now come from
outside the United States. “This includes people in every
continent–even Antarctica,” the post read. “If Facebook were a
country, it would be the eighth most populated in the world, just ahead
of Japan, Russia, and Nigeria.”

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Facebook Sues Power.com

4 01 2009

Facebook is suing Power.com, a Brazilian start-up that lets users access a number of social networks through one portal.

Facebook filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San
Jose, Calif., for copyright and trademark infringement; unlawful
competition; and violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,
CAN-SPAM Act, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, among other charges.

Power.com signs users into their various social networks and
messaging clients and delivers the data from those sites and services
to one page. For example, you can see all of your friends, their status
updates, visit their profile pages, and even send a message to multiple
friends on multiple social networks–all in one place. Last month,
Webware editor Rafe Needleman described it as Meebo for social networks,
and it’s obviously a big convenience for people who have profiles and
friends spread across Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, Hi5, and the AOL,
Yahoo, and MSN instant messaging clients.

But Facebook would rather users go through them. It has
requested that Power.com use Facebook Connect instead of asking users
for their log-in information and has been in discussions with the
start-up for a month, according to The New York Times. But the Times
reports the two failed to come to any resolution, and so Facebook
decided to file suit. Power removed access to Facebook after the claim
was filed.





iGoogle Redesign

18 10 2008

Google recently rolled out a significant redesign of its iGoogle
homepage and already users are complaining that the new version is a
giant step backwards. The Google Group dedicated to iGoogle is quickly filling up with posts from angry users calling the new iGoogle “basic user interface stupidity” and petitioning for a return to the old look.

Of course any time a large, popular homepage like iGoogle undergoes
changes, there will always be those who hate it simply because it’s
different. In this case, while some may be vocally unhappy about the
changes, they appear to be in the minority. At the moment a petition
asking Google to bring back the old tabs across the top of the page has
a mere 136 signatures,not even showing up on the mass outcry radar.

does this remind you of any faily recent site redesigns? *cough*Facebook*cough*