Playground Buzz – The Most Intriguing Social Media News of the Week

By Affinitive

Happy Friday! Admittedly with Daylight Savings in effect, it’s been hard to not stay outside all day, but we’ve been coping. When not giggling over Pictures of People Scanning QR codes, we’ve been contemplating deleting all those smug SXSW tweets from our stream, puzzling over the use of homeless people as hotspots, and mourning the end of the print editions of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

We’re logging off for the weekend with these in mind:

Google + Ruined Google
Google’s weathered its fair share of criticisms and pointed fingers for recent changes in mission, algorithms, and that “Search Plus Your World” gig they pulled. Former Google Exec James Whittaker (who now works for Microsoft) finally broke fourth wall by publicly airing out his grievances with the platform and its changes in a very public blog post.  We chortled into our coffee when we read this gem:

Google was the rich kid who, after having discovered he wasn’t invited to the party, built his own party in retaliation. The fact that no one came to Google’s party became the elephant in the room.

That’s a pretty good burn!

Yahoo Sues Facebook: a Case of Schadenfreude Ensues
In a case of Internet Schadenfreude and copyright, Yahoo has filed a suit against Facebook for patent infringement. The 19 page lawsuit over 10 patents certainly has caught the attention of the interwebs, as everyone is silently wondering if the heads over at Yahoo have finally cracked, or if there’s something that the rest of us don’t know, especially after reading this statement:

Facebook’s entire social network model, which allows users to create profiles for and connect with, among other things, persons and businesses, is based on Yahoo’s patented social networking technology.

Apparently Yahoo’s stolen patented technology is beyond royalty payments and includes the News Feed, advertising methods, and privacy settings – just to name a few. Yahoo is currently demanding triple damages and to enjoin Facebook from operating aforementioned patents.

Maybe Yahoo should have taken a look at other platforms that have the same features, although there is one feature that Facebook can’t claim is too vague – the seamless messaging between chat and email. Now to sit and wait.

CNN to buy Mashable?
Rumor has it that news outlet CNN is looking to snap up Mashable for around $200 million, according to Reuters blogger Felix Salmon. The piece of gossip was picked up by the New York Times as well, but only going as far as to say that there were talks. There have been no official comments from the Social Media blog itself, however.

PayPal Launches Credit Card Reader
E-payments business PayPal has decided to go (in real) live by coming in-store in a move that may allow it to bypass NFC, QR codes, or any other existing mobile form of payment.  Small businesses who aren’t already using Square for such transactions can now invoice and accept payments directly to their mobile device by plugging in PayPal Here. Simply plug the triangle into the headphone’s jack and then either swipe customer’s credit cards or scan checks and cards. Nifty! For more on the technicalities on how it all works, check this link, or watch the demo.

Pinterest Launches New Pages
Just when you thought that you knew everything there is to know about Pinterest – ever -  the platform goes and launches its new profile pages. This is the first major site redesign for the platform since its burst in popularity over the last six months. The new design has “opened up” the look of user’s profile, making it easier to see a user’s boards and pins right away. Next for the ever busy platform will probably be cross-pinning from sites like Hulu, Netflix, and Vimeo, as well as developing an iPad app and Open API for developers. User beware however, with the rise of user signup and popularity, it seems that Pinterest scams are also on the rise.

Transparency in Government Leads to Sarcasm Bombing
Kansas governor Sam Brownback learned firsthand that transparency through social media can set up just that – a lot of people throwing stones at your glass house. The politician earned the wrath of the general public when he announced that he did not read a controversial, 69 page anti-abortion bill, but would sign it anyway. The governor’s nonchalance was met with a flood of sarcastic messages and wall posts on his Facebook page. Some of the more SFW gems included:

“Hi Sam- I had sex with my wife and she didn’t get pregnant. I’m here to turn her in.”

“I just called your office, and they wouldn’t let me schedule a pap smear. I’m confused, aren’t you taking care of all this now?”

“Hey Governor Brownback, I was considering going on birth control because I’m fed up with being a teacher who has acne. Which one would you recommend for this?”

“UPDATE: My wife changed her pad. You may resume regular activities. Thanks again for caring so much, Sam.”

In a social media “no-no” the governor has made an attempt to clear some of the negative comments.

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