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Social Media News Ticker: Facebook Tests ‘Save for Later’ Reading Feature, Twitter Beefs Up Security

Check out this week’s summary of all the latest social media news, including changes and new features for Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Buffer:



  •  Twitter streamlines its ‘age gate’ process to make ads more attractive to adult brands – Twitter has refined its ‘age gate’ process for apps to improve the follow rate for more ‘adult’ brands; rather than re-directing users elsewhere to enter their age, the new process allows users to simply select their birthdate and then follow the brand without leaving the app (TechCrunch)
  • Twitter beefs up site security – Twitter just added another level of security for its users; the “forward secrecy” feature protects user data against the possibility of Twitter servers being compromised  (AllThingsD)
  • Twitter’s new product offers TV audiences, TV ads not included – last week Twitter introduced ‘TV Conversation Targeting,” allowing marketers to show ads to users who are tweeting about a show before, during and after the show airs; it’s available in Twitter’s self-serve ad tool (AdAge)

Mastercard advertises on Foursquare home screen



Any social media updates that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

Web 2.0 Security Is A Concern For Half Of Global Businesses

Business leaders worldwide are deeply concerned about security threats associated with using Web 2.0 technology.

On September 27, McAfee, Inc. released a survey of over 1,000 global business decision-makers in 17 countries, which revealed that half of businesses were concerned about the security of Web 2.0 applications (including social media, micro blogging, collaborative platforms, web mail, and content sharing tools). Continue reading

Consumer Reports Finds Many Social Network Users Naive About Privacy Risks

The June 2010 issue of Consumer Reports includes the annual Consumer Reports National Research Center State of the Net survey, which is based on a January survey of 2,000 online households, projected to 82.3 million U.S.  internet-using households.

According to the survey, two out of three online U.S. households use social networks such as Facebook and MySpace, nearly twice as many as a year ago.  Within the past year, 9% of social network users experienced some form of abuse, such as malware infections, scams, identity theft, or harassment.  Continue reading

50% of Companies Were Spammed from Social Networking Site in 2009

A survey of 500 companies found a 70% increase in spam and malware attacks via social networking sites in 2009, according to  security firm Sophos.

Facebook topped the list as the perceived riskiest of the major social-networking sites, followed by MySpace, Twitter, and finally LinkedIn.

The Sophos report (PDF) said that more than 50%  of the companies surveyed were spammed through a social-networking site last year and that 36% were hit by malware from such a site. Continue reading

Social network users not taking security precautions

Security software maker AVG Technologies and the Chief Marketing Officers Council polled 250 people and found that 86% use social networks at home or at work but less than one-third were taking security precautions. Sixty-four percent said they change their passwords infrequently or never, 57% said they adjust their privacy settings infrequently or never and 90% said they do not report problems to their social network administrator. More at Google news.

Careful what you email, post, upload and tweet: businesses implement agressive monitoring policies

According to a survey released today by e-mail security firm Proofpoint, 33 % of U.S. companies with more than 1,000 employees have people on staff whose primary or exclusive job is to read or otherwise analyze outgoing e-mail messages. 18 % investigated the exposure of confidential company information via video or audio posted to a site such as YouTube; 17 % investigated leaks of company information posted on social networking sites such as Facebook; 13 % looked into leaks sent via SMS text or a tweet on Twitter. 41 percent said they are “highly concerned” about the risk of information leaks via Twitter. Story on ZDNet.