Jay is having trouble with the design of his Twitter account. Leo says that Jay is using the new Twitter interface that's being gradually rolled out, and it looks more like Facebook. If he doesn't like it, he could still use a third party twitter client. Leo likes Tweetbot.
David would like to use a URL shortener when he tweets. How can he do that? Leo says that Twitter usually does it automatically. But if not, Leo advises using Bit.ly. Then he can input the URL and add it. He can also customize it.
However, the disadvantage is that it's not apparent where the link leads to, which can be risky.
Daniel has so many social media outlets for his business, and it's becoming a full-time job managing all of it. Leo says that if he has a business, he should at least have a web page, and a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Pinterest is good for selling goods. Google Plus is good, but it's not widespread at all. Twitter is great for communicating with customers, though. LinkedIn is good for finding employees. But at the end of the day, it's best to just keep it simple. YouTube is great for video, but he's better off driving people to his own webpage.
A few days after Facebook spent $19 billion on the smartphone app WhatsApp, a possible denial of service attack (DDoS) threw it off line for several hours. Leo says that the cost of WhatsApp is "stupid money" that Facebook has, and they can spend on dumb acquisitions and not suffer for it. Meanwhile, former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich said the deal is "everything that is wrong with our economy." Leo says that Reich really doesn't understand technology or the Internet.
Facebook's Android app changed it's permissions to include reading and writing your personal text messages, download files to your phone, and read your calendar events and confidential information. The nice thing about Android is that it will warn you about permissions and changes in advance. Leo says that it may be just to have permission to verify your phone number as accurate, and to add addition features. But these changes only serve to fuel the feeling that Facebook is spying on you.
Leo says that Facebook's new app Facebook Paper, an app that turns your facebook feed into something that looks like a magazine, could end up killing their original app. And Leo says that's a good thing. To succeed you have to push forward and leave the past behind, and Facebook Paper is a beautifully designed app. And Heather says it makes it easier to fly past the boring stuff.
Chip has a hobby of winning prizes through Facebook and other media. He would like to figure out a way to enter without using his Facebook account. Leo says that a token is used to link to his "Like," and without it, he can't enter. One way around it is to use a fake account, but it is cheating in a way.
Google, Apple, and Facebook all turned record profits this quarter. Facebook made more money on its mobile platform than on the desktop for the first time. And for its 10th anniversary, Facebook is releasing a new app called Paper. It's a new news feed that allows you to post as well. Leo says it's gorgeous. It turns Facebook into more of a magazine. It'll likely replace Facebook's app. It will be available February 3rd, and may have changed Leo's mind about Facebook being dead.
Courtney Love, the widow of Kurt Cobain, won the first ever Twitter defamation case. Love had been suing Cobain's estate, became disillusioned with her attorney, and tweeted that her attorney had been paid off by the estate. The attorney then sued Courtney Love for defamation, and won the case.
Courtney Love Wins Twitter Defamation Case (Huffington Post)…