53 posts and columns on updates
Facebook announced Thursday that Home, its application made to create a full Facebook experience on Android smartphones, is close to hitting one million downloads in the first month since its release. Facebook also plans to update its app with improved features in the coming weeks, making it easier for new users to learn how to use Home and also introducing a chat buddy list and app tray.
LinkedIn announced an update to its search function on Monday, tweaking some smaller qualities to the site’s people-browsing capabilities. Among the improvements are a “smart query intent algorithm” — which learns and gets better with each search you perform — as well as suggested searches and automated alerts.
Twitter updated an algorithm on Tuesday to give its users better trending-topic recommendations based on whom they follow and where they are located. The move is one in a succession of recent site enhancements aimed at improving overall user engagement. The update will apply to Twitter.com users, as well as Twitter iPhone and Android users, and will slowly roll out starting Tuesday.
Redmond encounters several problems in its first attempt to update Windows Phone 7 devices. And these problems have come in an update that doesn’t even add features. This update is designed merely to get the phones ready for an update, expected later this month, that adds copy and paste, along with performance improvements and better search from within the Windows Marketplace.