Facebook Announces New Chat Services


Today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced some new changes to the popular social networking site, thanks to a new partnership with Skype. In the new partnership, Facebook will provide it’s users with a new video chat service, powered by Skype. Also announced were a new interface to make chatting even easier, as well as a much-anticipated group chat feature. Let’s take a look at exactly what went down with today’s announcement:

1:15pm: Zuckerberg talking about where social networking is 5 years ago compared to today.

1:19pm: Talking about the next 5 years and where social networking is going.

1:20pm: The next five years is not just about active users. It’s about the value, time spent on the network, and how it affects the economy.

1:23pm: Now he’s talking about exponential growth and something about paper going to the moon?? Also mentioned 750 million users on Facebook.

1:26pm: Now talking about the growth of Sharing on Social Network.

1:27pm: 4 billion things shared every day on Facebook.

1:28pm: Group chat announced for Facebook. New design for chat coming, as well as video calling.

1:29pm: Zuckerberg talking about the new design. “Buddy list” style way to chat online is coming.

1:30pm: Announcement of partnership with Skype for video chatting.

Group chat being demo’d.

1:37pm: Group chat rolling out today. Now discussing new sidebar for chat. Video calling will also roll out today.

1:38pm: New call button to begin showing up on profiles for video calling.

1:38pm: Video calling being demo’d. Video calling already launched to “millions of users.”

1:39pm: Small download required to activate video chat. Downloads within browser and launches in under 30 seconds.

And there you have it. The rumors were true. It wasn’t the iPad app that I was hoping for, but hopefully we will see that coming very soon! The new chat features will launch today on Facebook’s website.

Google+: The Rundown

Today on Digital Lust, I am continuing my weeklong coverage of Google+, the new social media experience from Google. Yesterday, I gave a quick overview of the service, and now that I have my hands on it, let’s get more in depth with how it works.

The Circles of Friendship

One of the most unique features of Google+ is what you share with who. All of your friends can be grouped into different Circles. Grouping people in different circles helps you to share certain things with certain circles–so if you’re like me, who will likely use Google+ for both personal and blogging purposes, you can keep things from circles that may not be relevant to them. If you want to post pictures of yourself that you don’t want some others to see, you can do it. If you have a news story that you want to share with some people that may not make sense to others, you can do that too. It all revolves around who you put into your circles.

The Stream

Your stream essentially serves the same purpose as your Facebook Wall, with a few extra features. The most prominent, of course, is the ability to view the stream based on circles. For example, if you want to view the stream for just the people you have in your Friends circle, you just select that stream on the left navigation bar. If you want to view all of your streams at once, you can do that too. It’s a pretty cool filtering system that Facebook doesn’t have, and is definitely a good way to filter out the crap. In the above image, I chose to just view posts that are in my Stream for people that I have invited as part of the Google+ Giveaway. It shows posts that I have made to people exclusively in the stream, as well as posts that would be made by people in the stream (nobody that won last night has accepted an invite just yet, which is why this is so empty). The concept behind this is pretty awesome.

Websites like Mashable have already established a presence on Google+.

Photo Sharing


One of my favorite features on Google+ is the way in which photos are shared. You can share them with everyone, or you can share them with specific circles. This works, especially for those who have pictures that they do not want to fall into the wrong hands. There is also an Instant Upload feature on the Android App (which I’ll be giving more details about tomorrow). Photos upload insanely quick on the service. You can tag friends in pictures, too, which is a welcomed feature that has become so prominent on Facebook.

Google+ may, at first glance, seem very similar to Facebook. In reality, it really is. Google really has given it more features to make the social experience more seamless and pleasant, and hopefully, it will catch on and become the next social success story.

Tomorrow, I will talk about the Android app in App Attack, as well as go in-depth with Huddle, the new chat service.

YouTube Today: PRANKS!!!!!

In this week’s edition of YouTube Today, we’re gonna take a look at some of the funniest pranks we could find. Whether it’s pranking your friends while they’re drunk, or replacing your boss’s car with a full-scale replica made out of nothing but Legos, these pranks highlight the fact that life cannot always be too serious, something that I’ve been preaching for a while. Lets take a look!

Legoland CEO Gets a New Car!!!…Out of Legos

In this first clip, the CEO of Legoland in California left work one day to see that his staff has replaced his car with a full scale recreation made out of nothing but Legos. Even as the CEO, you really can’t help but laugh at the effort that was put into this prank, without those responsible even getting caught in the process.

Greatest Drunk Prank Ever? Or Baaaad Idea?

A note to all of my readers….DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME, AT A FRIENDS HOUSE, OR REALLY, ANYWHERE. In this clip, a group of guys takes advantage of their friend’s incredible level of blacked-out drunkenness to pull a prank that sends him floating through a pond and into a fountain. Its truly amazing that the guy didn’t even wake up when he was put in the water. How much did he drink??

I Don’t Remember This Wall Being Here…

This office prank pretty much tops the list of office pranks–the construction of a new wall overnight confuses employees of a business–including the CEO. There’s a lot of turned heads and “wtf” moments, but the truly hilarious part comes at the very end.

How to Create a Soda Bomb!

Everyone has seen the whole Diet Coke and Mentos gag. But when it’s turned into a prank, and the reciever isn’t expecting it, it makes it so much better. The explosion in this one makes me want to pull this prank right now.

The Exploding Birthday Cake

This last one tops my list of the prank I want to pull the most on somebody. The bakery good explosion that occurs in this video is executed in such a way that it should be a surprise that nobody got hurt. The cleanup process is the one thing that would potentially make this prank a bad one, but watching it is absolutely hilarious.

Digital Lust Daily Feed: July 5, 2011

Wow, what a day. As you might have known from reading my bio (if you read it), I live in Orlando, FL, and the Casey Anthony trial came to a conclusion today to some shocking results. This led to me getting into some interesting debates revolving the verdict (but since this is not a blog about the law, we won’t discuss that here!). Needless to say–I’m really not too surprised about that outcome.

It was also a big day because of Google+. I finally got in, and I absolutely love it! I’ll be posting my official rundown and impressions of the site tomorrow, so be sure to stick around for that. I also announced my Google+ Invite Giveaway, and I have a few winners to announce! Look for that right after I go over today’s top news:

iPad Web Traffic hits 1%
It was announced today that iPad users are using their iPads so much that it is accounting for 1% of the total web traffic in the world. Interesting fact, seeing as how I have this stance that the tablet market is exploding. The number has grown significantly since the launch of the platform, and is only expected to get higher. It was also announced that iPad web traffic accounts for 2% of all web traffic in the United States.

HTC Sales Waaay Up…HTC Stocks Waaay Down
HTC has announced that their total amount of sales is up 88% over the past year. Of course, devices like the Evo 4G, the Droid Incredible, the HTC Thunderbolt, and the new Evo 3D are amazing devices that have held up well on the market, and the increase only further proves that point. The bad news regarding this however, is the optimism that investors have about the company. Stock prices for HTC have slid 19% in the past month–definitely not a good sign for the company.

Playstation Network FINALLY Concluding Restoration
The Playstation Network is finally returning to the Land of the Rising Sun. Sony has announced that the restoration of the Playstation Network will finally conclude in Japan, after a group of hackers took the service down back in April of this year. Sony has also concluded its Welcome Back program in the United States today, after extending it 2 additional days to help those who were having issues downloading their free content.

Google+ App Coming to iOS?
Maybe this isn’t so much a question as it is a question as to when Google will release their new app for Google+, the new, limited-beta social networking service from the Internet empire. The Google+ app has reportedly been submitted to Apple for submission, hopefully to see release soon. The Android app for Google+ is absolutely stunning, and hopefully the iOS edition will be equally as stunning.

Myspace to Become Social Talent Show?
Last week, Myspace was purchased by Specific Media for a total of $35 million. Actor/Singer Justin Timberlake has apparently obtained some ownership of the site, which lost its dominance as the leading social network to Facebook. Sources indicate that Myspace will be completely revamped as a “talent show” experience, in an attempt to revitalize the site to a new level of popularity.

Hotmail Turns 15 Years Old!
Wow, time flies! Microsoft’s “Hotmail” service has provided quality email service for 15 years today. The service has been immensely widespread over its 15 year course, and continues to grow today through Microsoft’s revamped “Live” service. Congratulations, Microsoft!

Picasa, Blogger to Get Re-branded?
Sources indicate that Google is preparing to completely rebrand and relaunch two of their popular services, to make them fit into the company’s portfolio more effectively. Picasa, the popular photo sharing service, is rumored to become simply “Google Photos,” while Blogger could become something as simple as “Google Blogs.”. With Blogger being the original home of Digital Lust, I don’t really know as to whether or not changing that particular service is a great idea–it’s popular the way it is, and who knows what could happen if it changes.

Google+ Giveaway: Day 1 Winners!!!
Today was the first day of Digital Lust’s first online giveaway, the Google+ Invite Giveaway! The response wasn’t anywhere near the fifteen invites I wanted to give away tonight, so be sure to submit your 50 word comment to any post on our site (and please include your Gmail address!). Tonight’s winners will have their invites sent shortly after this post is published, and hopefully they will have joined the fun soon! Enough rambling! Tonight’s winners are:

-Ron Schoenstein
-James Mozingo

Congratulations to tonight’s winners, and hopefully I will be able to give more out tomorrow!!!

That about wraps it up for tonight’s edition of The Daily Feed! Tomorrow on Digital Lust, I’ll be continuing my weeklong coverage of Google+ with a rundown of the main site and how it works. I also will be posting the first edition of YouTube Today, a mini-aggregator of a few YouTube videos that catch my attention. And finally, the Google+ Invite Giveaway will continue tomorrow. It’s gonna be a great morning, so be sure to come back and see what’s going on!