Daily Archives: August 30, 2011

Stephen King gets Klout!

Klout perks keep getting better and better. The latest offer is Stephen King’s new book Mile 81.

Klout is really trying to find a perk that appeals to each and every user. Below is the press release from Klout.

We’re excited to share that Stephen King’s new eBook, Mile 81, will be available first to Klout influencers through Klout Perks! Not only will it feature King’s new short story, Mile 81, but also a sneak peak of his latest novel11/22/63. This is an exciting development in publishing and we expect many authors to choose to give sneak peaks of their newest works through Klout Perks. Stay tuned and read more below!

Official press release:
STEPHEN KING’S EBOOK ORIGINAL MILE 81 TO GET KLOUT
New York, August 25, 2011—On September 1, 2011 Scribner will publish an eBook-only edition of Stephen King’s new short story Mile 81 (Scribner, $2.99/eBook; 80 pages). Available at all eBook retailers, Mile 81 is the chilling story of an insatiable car and a heroic kid whose worlds collide at an abandoned rest stop on the Maine Turnpike. Mile 81 also features a free excerpt from Stephen King’s next highly anticipated novel 11/22/63 (Scribner, on-sale: November 8, 2011).

In order to create a unique social media conversation about both of Stephen King’s forthcoming works, Scribner has teamed with Klout—the emerging standard for measuring online influence—who will offer a select number of Klout influencers the chance to download a free eBook of Mile 81 starting today, one week before it goes on sale nationwide. Through Klout’s Perks program, which offers exclusive products and experiences that are geared toward users’ preferences, the select influencers will be encouraged to discuss Mile 81 with their social media contacts and will also have the opportunity to share the eBook with one other person. The free eBook can be read on desktops and most eReaders.

“Social media contacts and influence are increasingly important,” said Susan Moldow, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Scribner. “Klout has been a pioneer in reaching key online influencers. We are excited to team up with them to promote the publication of this terrific new short story from Stephen King, and to preview 11/22/63 ahead of its November publication.”

Check out other great Klout Perks! Also, to learn more about how we choose people for Perks, see How to get Klout Perks.


Facebook & Instagram

Following a failed attempt to acquire InstagramFacebook will roll out up to a dozen photo filters in a mobile application release, according to a report from The New York Times Bits Blog

Several Instagram-like photo filters are ready for release, two unnamed Facebook engineers cited in the report say, but the release date is unknown at this time.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is pushing engineers and artists “to create more filters before releasing the new product,” Bits reports. “Facebook will also try to introduce new styles of filters with the hopes of drawing users away from other photo apps.”

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Facebook photo filters. TechCrunch reported in June that Facebook was working on a spin-off photo-sharing application for iPhone. Screenshots obtained by the blog indicated the app would have “location elements, likes and comments, multi-picture mode, filters, multi-user albums, face-tagging, and more.”

Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom declined to comment on whether Facebook attempted to acquire his startup over the summer. Representatives at Facebook could not be reached for comment Wednesday.


HootSuite Adds Facebook Friendly Features

HootSuite Adds Some Friendly New Features
I got this exiting email today from Ryan Holmes, CEO HootSuite. Looks like HootSuite is expanding.

Can’t wait to start using these awesome new features!

Hello Ryan,

Big news from HootSuite HQ today: The social media dashboard is now equipped with even fuller Facebook functionality which means you can do even more in the dashboard then ever before!

Now you can manage your Facebook Groups and Events – along with your Profiles and Pages – within HootSuite streams. Plus, you can attach and upload photos directly to Facebook, search all public updates for brand mentions and even geo-locate your campaigns.

More Facebook in your HootSuite
Wall in the Stream
Monitor and manage any Facebook newsfeed directly in a HootSuite streams. Customize with columns for photos, videos, news, groups, and events alongside your profiles and pages.

Monitor HootSuite directly in the Streams

Photo Fun
Make an impact by posting photos directly to Facebook Profiles, Pages and Groups – not just a link, this enhanced functionality allows you to choose and upload your file.

Post Photos directly to Facebook with HootSuite

Brand Specific
Improve your monitoring and posting by filtering Facebook streams to view content from selected users. Plus, new Facebook Search capabilities allow you to search all public posts and save as streams for constant monitoring of keywords and terms.

Filter by Facebook users in HootSuite
Profile Party
Managing a bucket of pages? Easily pick your profiles with an updated Profile Picker allowing you to set favorites, select default profiles and enjoy auto-complete functionality for faster selection.
Feature Friendly
We listen carefully to ideas from our users to make the dashboard as useful as possible. Have a suggestion? Submit it via our Feedback Channel, or vote for another to let us know what you want to see next.

With thanks,

Ryan Holmes

Ryan Holmes, CEO

PS: Did you see the new Facebook release video? It features a new song by “Hey Ocean!” – visit their Facebook Page for a special surprise.


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