This week’s Social Media Matters column (originally published February 11, 2011)

Social Media Matters
By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, February 11, 2011
Metro section

The Moron Test among top iPhone apps in 2010

Apple recently released a list of the most popular iPhone and iPad apps of 2010 broken down into two categories: free and paid.

The top 10 free iPhone apps for the year were: Facebook, Angry Birds Lite, Words with Friends Free, Skype, Tap Tap Revenge 3, The Weather Channel, Paper Toss, Bing, Rock Band Free, Talking Tom Cat.

Meanwhile, the top 10 most popular paid iPhone apps were: Angry Birds, Doodle Jump, Skee-Ball, Bejeweled 2 Blitz, Fruit Ninja, Cut the Rope, All-in-1 Gamebox, The Moron Test, Plants vs. Zombies, Pocket God.

On the iPad side of the equation, the top 10 free apps for 2010 were: iBooks, Pandora Radio, Netflix, Google Mobile App, Solitaire, Movies by Flixster – with Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb Movies & TV, Kindle, Google Earth, Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HD.

For paid iPad apps in 2010, the top 10 were: Pages, GoodReader for iPad, Numbers, Angry Birds HD, Keynote, Glee Karaoke, WolframAlpha, Pinball HD, Friendly for Facebook, Star Walk for iPad.

Any surprises? Personally, I was surprised that Facebook’s iPad app wasn’t number one on the free iPad list – that is, until I checked online and discovered that there is no official Facebook-developed app for the iPad.

This seems to be a shocking omission, don’t you think? For its part, Facebook says it hasn’t committed resources to developing an app specific to the iPad because the tablet market will be very diversified and committing limited resources to the project isn’t in their plans.

Still, I find this really odd. If I were Apple, I would pay to develop the app myself! The world’s number one social network should have a dedicated iPad app.

Roman Catholics get their own confession app

Believe it or not, American Roman Catholics now have their own confession-related iPhone app – and it even has the church’s blessing! Called “Confession: A Roman Catholic App”, it was created by Little iApps of South Bend, Indiana.

The app, which launched on Jan. 27, received the official blessing of Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana. It is apparently the first known app to receive approval from the Roman Catholic Church. The app costs $1.99 U.S. and is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It is meant as an add-on to the sacrament, and not a replacement.

Facebook problems?

If you’re having problems on Facebook, they have a very helpful page called “Facebook Known Issues” that you can find at facebook.com/knownissues. Photos not loading correctly? Other things happening that seem odd? Visit the Known Issues page to see if others are also experiencing the same problems. Often, they are.

The Facebook Known Issues page also provides tabs to report a problem and post a screen capture of what you’re seeing when experiencing an issue that shouldn’t be happening. This helps Facebook employees better determine what the problem is. There’s also a tips tab that helps users do a bit of troubleshooting on their own for basic things such as the latest versions of browsers.

Facebook hysteria of the week

Infamous Canadian convicted murderer Paul Bernardo is not on Facebook. Don’t waste your time joining a group dedicated to kicking him off the social network. He’s not there in the first place.

Correctional Services Canada have already put the word out that it’s not him and have stated that prisoners don’t have access to Facebook, however that hasn’t stopped many well-meaning people from jumping on the bandwagon. A Facebook page called “Help Remove Paul Bernardo from Facebook” (he was never on Facebook!) has accumulated more than 50,000 likes.

Despite a note posted on Jan. 6 by the page’s administrator saying that the page would be removed, it’s still there. Apparently, the content that was objected to was a “fan page” that someone had created for Bernardo. Although it baffles me that someone would create and maintain a Facebook page for a known criminal, other murderers have apparently had Facebook pages created by “fans” for them, too, including Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson and Jack the Ripper.

Canada’s financial regulator proposes social media guidelines

According to a Feb. 8 Reuters report, “Canadian regulators are proposing new guidelines to govern how investment dealers advertise and communicate with clients on popular social media such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs. The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) set out the proposed guidelines in a draft notice this week, asking dealers to submit comments within 60 days to help mould the new rules.”

Anyone who has dealt with releasing public information regarding publicly traded companies knows that the regulations surrounding such releases are tightly controlled. Social media outlets just complicate matters these days and are being looked at more closely. The guidelines will provide the industry with some much-needed framework surrounding when and how to use social media. For more information on the proposed guidelines, visit IIROC’s website at www.iiroc.ca.

3 Responses to This week’s Social Media Matters column (originally published February 11, 2011)

  1. Two reasons I love your blog; the first, I always discover something that I somehow missed in spite of living my life before a computer screen i.e. financial regulators proposing social media guidelines. Second, your banner makes me feel like summer and I particularly appreciate that as I come in from taking the dog for a walk. (Ten minutes of getting her boots on, getting my boots on,my scarf, my coat, my gloves, her leash…)
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