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As first reported by Mashable, Facebook is rolling out Shared Photo Albums.

A much needed feature that should up engagement even more, the shared photo album feature will allow up to 50 contributors to join an album. Each contributor can upload 200 photos, giving you the potential for an album of 10,000 photos. Previously, Facebook albums were limited to 1,000 photos and one user.


 Imagine a wedding. All the guests can share their photos in one album, allowing all attendees to see all the photos. Previously, you might see a few albums from individuals, but due to friending and privacy settings, you might miss out on somatroph hgh all of the event photos.

According to Mashable, there are specific privacy settings for the new shared albums:

The new shared albums have three available privacy settings: public, friends of contributors and contributors only. This gives the album creator control over who has access to the group’s images, said Bob Baldwin, the software engineer at Facebook who spearheaded the project with colleague Fred Zhao.

The new feature was created at one of the company’s all night Hackathon events. They’ll be rolling out this feature, starting today, to a limited number of English-speaking users. It will be slowly distributed to all English users and then distributed internationally.

I was checking into a new book on Champagne on Amazon this afternoon when I noticed a new button – “Add to Collection.”  Imagine my surprise when I realized that Amazon is launching their own version of Pinterest.


This makes sense. After all, why have people posting Amazon things on Pinterest when they could be pinning to Amazon directly, sharing with others and shopping right at that moment. One of the annoying things for me about Pinterest is that I don’t always know where to get the things that are pinned. But if it’s pinned on Amazon, I can get it at Amazon. Brilliant.

Basically, the concept is the same as Pinterest. You can create collections, customizing each name and adding as many things as you want. You can browse other people’s collections as well, pinning their finds to your own collections.

Not all products have the “Add to Collection” button yet. But if you click that little “Learn More” link in the dialog, you’ll find you can add a “Collect” button to your browser, allowing you to pin anything on Amazon’s site. Right now, this feature seems to be limited both in scope (you’re confined to Amazon’s site and not the rest of the web) and in release (not all products have the magic button). We’ll see how well it takes off and what Amazon does with the data.

I admit, I’m nostalgic. I’ll watch old re-runs of Happy Days and pine over a bit of the simplicity. Part of that simplicity is simply walking up to a jukebox and putting in a quarter, selecting your song. Now, I’m actually too young to remember doing that in a soda shop. But I’m pretty sure I’ve played with smaller versions on tables in old diners, truck stops, and of course, in the bowling alley where my parents spent their Saturday nights while I was a kid.

There’s something just fun about a jukebox- flipping through the songs, seeing which are new, which are old, and which make you laugh.

I can’t decide if a new app I’ve come across today makes me happy or sad. You certainly no longer have to get out of your seat to do anything in this world (Wall-E anyone?). At the same time, there’s a bit of a power trip attached to this app as well.

TouchTunes allows you to control the juke box in your local hangout – from your phone.


Basically, the app controls fda warning electronic cigarette a TouchTunes juke box, which is located in over 60,000 locations. The app found plenty of installations, all within .3 miles of my San Francisco apartment. Somehow, I’ve just never noticed the juke boxes.

The first step is to check in at any Touch Tunes location. From there, you add money (no juke box is free) to your Touch Tunes wallet and drop some credits into the juke box, electronically. From there, you can choose the music you want play, searching by song and/or artist. You can even compete with other users to become the “House DJ”, although I’d think the person who puts the most credits in would get that designation.  The cost to play a song depends on the song itself and the location in which you are playing it. The more you buy, the more you earn – TouchTunes awards you credits when you buy credits. I haven’t experienced this yet – I need to get out there and visit a juke box first, I suppose.

The TouchTunes app is free and available for both iOS and Android.

Facebook is where we often post minutia of our lives and therefore annoy everyone. “I had the best latte of my life this morning.” I mean, who really cares?

Now you can take those small triumphs and post them on Happier.  Maybe you saw a bluebird or a butterfly; maybe you saw a commercial that made you smile. Just share it on Happier. Happier is for positivity, and that is reinforced by positive comments. I would think it would be zero tar electronic cigarettes impossible to be sad when visiting happier. It might be possible to be annoyed.


In that case, try Hater.

Hater is an app we first saw advertised at SxSWi this past year. Annoyed with the Kardashians? Hate that she named her child North West. Complain about it on Hater. Irritated with traffic? Complain on Hater.

Hater App

Where does this leave Facebook? I suppose it’s everything – and everyone – else. I kinda hate that. Maybe I ought to start using Hater.

"Boston Skyline" by Flickr user brentdanley, cc-nc-sa license

Our hearts go out to those in Boston right now.

If you need to find someone, find a runner, or find someplace to stay, social media has you covered in the aftermath of today’s horrible events.

Google PeopleFinder: Boston Maraton Explosions: Enter information if you’re looking for someone or if you have information about someone (or yourself).

Red Cross Safe and Well: Like Google’s people finder, this lets you enter information about someone – whether you are in search of them or you have information about anyone.

The Boston Globe is working to make sure everyone has a safe Pokies place to sleep tonite. If you’re a runner in need of a place to stay, enter your information on this Google Doc. You can also check this spreadsheet for possibilities of a place to lay your head.
If you have a place to offer stranded runners, you can enter your information on a separate Google doc.

Finally, you can check on the status of a runner, and see their last check-in from the race, that option is now at the top of the Boston Marathon site.

If you know of any other social aids for those in Boston today, please list them in the comments.

Stay safe.


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