Saturday Social – Foursquare Food, Facebook Highs and a Selfie Sitcom!
ABC Commissions Sitcom Called “Selfie”
These days the television programs appearing on our screens are becoming weirder every day, and TV stations feel this gives them the right to suggest any new trend as the basis for an up and coming comedy show.
ABC have commissioned a pilot episode of a new sitcom called “Selfie” which will primarily feature a 22 minute long montage of unknown females taking pictures of themselves using their mobile phones.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the sitcom was inspired by “My Fair Lady” as the show “tells the story of a self-obsessed 20-something woman who is more concerned with Likes than being liked.” The TV show will be gracing screens across America in the Autumn months and joins a long line of programmes based on social media trends, many of these shows have failed rapidly so whether Selfie will join this list is yet to be seen.
Facebook Shares Reach Record High
On Wednesday, Facebook recorded their highest set of quarterly results yet, exceeding expectations due to soaring mobile advertising revenues. This is a fantastic result for the company who only began showing mobile ads in 2012, with research showing that more than three quarters of Facebook users log in using their mobile around once a month.
The social network, which turns 10 years old next week, announced that it had achieved revenues of $2.59bn for the last 3 months of 2013 – a 63% increase from the same time last year.
These results came just one week after a study from Princeton University predicted that Facebook would “die like a virus” and be almost wiped out by the year 2015. Mark Zuckerberg said of the news: “It was a great end to the year for Facebook. We’re looking forward to our next decade and to helping connect the rest of the world.”
Foursquare Now Lets You Order In
On Thursday, Foursquare announced its new partnership with GrubHub Seamless, allowing customers to order a take away from thousands of restaurants using their Foursquare account.
The two companies, Grubhub and Seamless merged back in May 2013 in order to create a bigger company that was in a better position to deliver the best experience they could to hungry diners. Foursquare’s integration with them means users can now order the food they want with minimal effort.
When viewing a restaurant on the app, users are then able to click on an icon to order the meal they want from any participating restaurants. To find restaurants taking part in the new feature users simply have to search for the cuisine they want and add the word delivery to the end. Eg. Pizza delivery.
Yahoo Email Hack Attempt and Passwords Reset
Yahoo have revealed that there was an attempted hack into their customers’ email addresses and as a result all passwords were reset to enhance security.
It is thought that the usernames and passwords for the accounts targeted were from a third party database which had been compromised. The company did not reveal just how many accounts had been affected but said “Our ongoing investigation shows that malicious computer software used the list of usernames and passwords to access Yahoo Mail accounts,”.
This is not the first problem Yahoo have encountered since redesigning their mail service back in October, thousands of users have already complained about the disappearance of many primary features and an influx of technical problems with it.