The saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” does not apply in the world of applications, as the Rooms anonymous chatting app Facebook released last week raised the ire of the developers of Room, an iPhone app that debuted last month, as both apps allow users to create chat rooms and invite others to participate, without requiring real names.
The “anonymous chatting application“ that The New York Times’ Bits blog initially reported on earlier this month is now a reality, as Facebook introduced the latest app from its Facebook Creative Labs initiative, Rooms, a throwback to the Internet’s early days and a nod to anonymity, forums, message boards and chat rooms.
The average Facebook user has never heard of HydraBase, but the souped-up version of Apache HBase, an open-source distributed key value data store running on top of HDFS, was instrumental in the social network’s move in 2010 to revamp its messages inbox to include Facebook messages, SMS, chat, and email. Since then, the technology has been use to launch other features, as well.
User-generated content can be a valuable resource for brands on Facebook and other social networks, and customer profile-management provider Janrain will help its clients tap that resource with its launch of Janrain User-Generated Content.
When Facebook officially registered its initial public offering in February 2012, Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote about “The Hacker Way.” What does The Hacker Way mean two years later? Zuckerberg discussed Facebook’s hacker culture during the company’s annual meeting Thursday at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay in Redwood City, Calif.