This Week in Social: Facebook Apps, Foursquare Menus, Goodbye Megaupload

By Rob McNair

Facebook Apps

This week Facebook have announced even more apps, 60 to be precise, that are deeply integrated with Timeline. If you’re unsure what Timeline apps are they are for the activities you want to share with friends. You choose when to add an app, and you decide who can see it. This recent progression of apps is enabling Facebook to tell their story more, whether they love cooking, listening to music or going to a run there is something for everyone.

If you’d like to know which apps are available click here.

Foursquare Menus

Last week, Foursquare announced its latest Explore feature, which leverage its 1.5 billion checkins. Now, Foursquare will be publishing  pricing menus for over 250,000 local businesses across 13,000 markets in the U.S. Many of the restaurants have also added a pricing icon to give you a quick sense of how cheap/expensive a night you’re in for.

More on this story on the Foursquare blog.

Differing week for Orkut

This week has been an interesting week for Google’s Orkut as they have been ousted as the biggest social network in Brazil. On a positive note, they have launched their iPad app.

In December 2011, Facebook attracted 36.1 million visitors, marking an increase of 192% on the year, finally usurping Orkut, which received 34.4 million visitors in the same month.

Even though they have been ousted they have finally launched their app which has been slightly overdue. If you’d like to download the Orkut app it’s available for download in the Apple app store now.

Quora now has an offsite Follow Button

Quora has joined the “Button” club with the launch of the Quora “Follow” button. In the same vein as the Twitter “Follow” button, the Quora Follow button can be embedded in any website by cutting and pasting a customised snippet of code from the Quora Resources page.

Goodbye Megaupload

MegaUpload, one of the largest file-sharing sites on the Internet, has been shut down by the FBI. The site’s founder Kim Dotcom and three others were arrested by the police in New Zealand at the request of US authorities. The authorities seized approximately $50 million in assets. A total of 18 Mega-related domains were also seized by authorities including,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

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This post was written by Rob McNair

Rob has experience advising some of the worlds most iconic brands. He thrives on helping improving social media knowledge within organisations with the ultimate goal of making theirs brands more social, transparent and accountable.