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Twitter adds notifications, Pinterest adds buttons and Facebook gets more transparent


Twitter notificationsI thought we’d cap off another week with a round-up of new features on our favorite social media channels.

Twitter

Real-time notifications are coming soon to Twitter.com. When you log on, you’ll get a pop-up noting replies and anyone who favorited or reTweeted one of your Tweets. Other options include a notification when someone DM’s you (very wise) and when you get new followers.

The notification box is interactive, so you can respond appropriately without having to find the message in your stream.

If you’re using a Twitter mobile app, you already have this capability but adding it to the website is a way of driving traffic to the site.

These notifications are nice if you like to respond when people mention you. (Thanks for the RT!) But they can get very annoying, very quickly if you have a busy blog. If you want to turn any of the options off you’ll find them under Settings –> Web Notifications once the system goes live.

 Pinterest

Pinterest is making it easier for your followers all over the web to pin on your behalf. (User Generated Content) They just added the ability to pin from Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress.org and Wix.

WordPress has an easy plug-in. Blogger added Pinterest to the default list of share buttons, but you might have to check the box to make it show up. To make the Pin It button show up on Tumblr you have to add a line of code in the HTML editor. That’s more than most people are willing to do so I don’t call that a win.

Wix. . . well, that’s a new one on me. Wix is a free website builder and host. Reminds me of the old Geocities days. Anyone using this platform? I’d be interested in hearing about your experience.

Facebook

Facebook just rolled out their second Global Government Requests Report. This time around, they’ve expanded the scope to include “government requests to restrict or remove content from our service on the grounds that it violates local law.”

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share, and to make the world more open and connected. Sometimes, the laws of a country interfere with that mission, by limiting what can be shared there. When we receive a government request seeking to enforce those laws, we review it with care, and, even where we conclude that it is legally sufficient, we only restrict access to content in the requesting country. We do not remove content from our service entirely unless we determine that it violates our community standards. We take a similar approach to government requests for account information. When we receive a request for information, we carefully assess whether we are legally required to comply. As we have long emphasized, we push back on requests that are overly broad, vague or do not comply with legal standards. When we are required to provide information, in most instances we share basic information only – such as name and IP address.

Between July 2013 and December 2013, Facebook received 12,598 requests for user data inside the US. This is slightly higher than the first half of the year but it’s also the first time they were able to give a specific figure instead of a range. Facebook complied with 81% of the requests.

India was number two for requests with 3,598. France, Germany, Italy and the UK all sent in more than 1,600 requests.