Social Media to Fill the Hyper-Local News Gap

CO-Landing-TutorialCO Everywhere announced today its launch of a new mobile platform that leverages social media to create a real-time local news feed of everything happening in the locations you care about most; where you live, work, go to school or your next vacation destination.

The newly released iPhone app pulls real-time social content from 1,000+ sources and filters those stories by geography to keep users connected to any location in the world. CO Everywhere hits the App Store today and is available to be downloaded worldwide on iPhone.

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Ashton Kutcher and UberMedia launch a Twitter App

UberMedia announced today that they have teamed up with actor Aston Kutcher to create his very own Twitter client, named A.Plus (based on Kutcher’s Twitter handle). The free application is available now at APlus-app.com.

CEO Bill Gross said in his blog “we’re very excited to help Ashton create his very own Twitter client. It’s a Windows and Mac Desktop client that we think you will love. It has 8 channels curated personally by Ashton, and a killer live-preview functionality (with a built-in browser) so you can see the links contained inside of Tweets live as you browse.”

Ashton says, “What we’ve built is a social media surfing device with curated channels to enhance the discovery process of the real-time web. I hope people enjoy it as much as I do.”

Kutcher posted this video on YouTube, talking about A.Plus. Are you going to try it?

Salesforce.com and Toyota to Create Social Network for Customers and Their Cars

New “Toyota Friend” to Be Powered by Salesforce Chatter

Salesforce.com and Toyota Motor Corporation announced today that they have formed a strategic alliance to build “Toyota Friend”, a private social network for Toyota customers and their cars. Toyota Friend will be powered by Salesforce Chatter, a private social network used by businesses, and will be offered, first in Japan, initially with Toyota’s electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHV) due in 2012.

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Bing Makes Search Social With New Features

Search is becoming social with the addition of new social features announced by Bing today. The “decision engine” from Microsoft says bringing together the power of search and Facebook, people can now receive personalized search results based on the opinions of their friends simply by signing in to Facebook. New features, available today, make it easy to see what people’s Facebook friends like across the Web, incorporate the collective IQ of the Web into their decision-making and conduct conversational searches.

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‘American Idol’ to add voting via Facebook

 

Entertainment Weekly (EW) is reporting that FOX’s ‘American Idol’ will soon allow fans to vote using their Facebook accounts on a dedicated voting page. According to EW, fans will be able to vote up to 50 times on Facebook. Fans can still vote via phone and text message, of course. Online voting is expected to start during the March 1 performance.

 In its 10th season, Idol continues to bolster FOX’s ratings; according to Nielsen, Idol has dominated the top two slots in the weekly rankings.