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

By Affinitive

Happy Friday all! We’ve been in a flurry of signing holiday cards, flexing our bowling skills at the office holiday party, and eating social media – literally!

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

It’s Finally Here! Facebook Timeline

After much musing over when Facebook’s much anticipated Timeline was going to roll out for public consumption, it appears that Facebook is slowly but surely (and officially) unfurling the feature – starting with New Zealand as of 8pm ET on Tuesday. In a brief update, product manager Samuel W. Lessin of Facebook announced:

“We announced Timeline in September and made it available to developers building apps on our platform. Since then, over a million people have signed up for the developer beta to access Timeline. The feedback we’ve received so far has been invaluable. Starting today, we are making Timeline more widely available as we measure speed and other types of performance. We’ll begin by making it available to people in New Zealand and then roll it out more broadly in the near future.”

If you didn’t already access the Timeline hack back in September and are waiting for the feature to be available, you can keep track with the real time roll out map Mashable put up here. Nifty!

Facebook’s “Subscribe” Feature: Now for Websites

Many are already familiar with Facebook’s “subscribe” feature, which enables users to directly subscribe to another user’s posts and updates without actually friending (or liking) them, but it seems that Facebook doesn’t plan to stop there. The platform has released a subscription plugin for websites – a direct challenge for Twitter’s “follow” button. While the aftermath is bound to be interesting, but first, you gotta install the plugin. For instructions on how, read here!

The Price of Twitter Followers

We like to think that we’re invaluable as followers and fans, so our feelings were just a teensy bit hurt when we read a leaked email from Twitter that priced brand followers at only $2.50 a pop. The email, first uncovered by Clickz http://www.clickz.com/, was intended for a batch of prospective advertisers for its beta advertising program, included cost-per-follower (CPF) rates for Promoted Accounts (between $2.50 – $4 a follower) and cost-per-engagement (CPE) for Promoted Tweets (between $0.75 to $2.50). To read the email in its entirety, click here.

Twitter Launches Brand Pages and Boosts a Redesign

Twitter has been busy! While rumors of Twitter brand pages have been flitting to and fro since April, the platform has made an official announcement launching Facebook-style brand pages. Several partners in the program include: Pepsi Co, McDonalds, JetBlue, Nike, and Disney. The major announcement comes partnered with a major redesign centered around four major concepts of Twitter.

No Filters for Android Users: Instagram App is OTW

Android users are in luck, Instagram’s Chief Executive Kevin Systrom announced that while he can’t say exactly when, an Android version of the ever popular photo app is on its way and could potentially double its 50 million userbase.  More filtered snapshots to come your way!

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