Firstly, Businessweek reports Facebook engineers are working on a search engine for the social media site.
Although Facebook is keeping mum on the details, sources say this search engine would make it easier for users to search and utilize the massive amounts of content on the site, including status updates, articles, and brand pages.
While Google’s attempt at getting into the social media game with Google+ has been touch and go with users, Facebook might be onto something with their take on the search engine. Now the only question is whether or not users will walk away from Google to search for all their content through Mark Zuckerberg’s mega site.
Only time will tell.
Mobile social game developer OMGPOP made headlines this week after being snatched up by online gaming empire Zynga for more than $200 million,The New York-based company is responsible for the latest mobile app craze – Draw Something – which has 14.6 million players doodling against each other Pictionary style on their iPhones or Androids.
Draw Something is considered a Silicon Valley overnight success story. The app it’s self has only been around for two months, but has already sucked millions and millions of users into the fun. Online games and their popularity largely depend on people’s attention spans and for Zygna’s sake here’s hoping people don’t tire of sketching any time soon.
Lastly, Nielsen reported this week that 49.7 of cell phone users own a smartphone – that’s up from 36% a year ago. Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android lead the smartphone race with Android-based phones accounting for 48% off smartphones owned and Apple’s various iPhone versions make up 32%.
Meanwhile, Blackberry only accounts for 5% bought. Research In Motion, the company behind Blackberry, hopes to win people over within the next few months and take back a percentage of the pie.
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