WP Social Extreme WordPress Plugin

The WP Social Counter Extreme performs counting Twitter followers, Facebook fans, YouTube subscribers, Google+ page/profile followers, Instagram followers, Steam Community group members, SoundCloud follwers, LinkedIn followers.

It provides a widget with account options and various design layouts and Shortcodes that can be used in posts and pages.

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The counts retrieved from Social network API are cached and new values ​​are checked only once a day. This cache can be wiped when published a new post.

The cache avoids not only that your blog be seeking new results every time a page is loaded, but also prevents collapse of services from Twitter and FaceBook, if one of these services does not respond, the counter displays the last count it was successful.

Displays only the count in plain text:

  • Twitter Counter
  • Facebook counter
  • YouTube counter
  • Google Plus counter
  • Instagram counter
  • Steam counter
  • SoundCloud counter
  • Pintrest Counter
  • Linkedin Counter

Shortcode and Template code feature available

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Facebook Ads will show on third-party mobile Apps

Facebook is to start serving ads to third-party mobile apps via a new advertising network.

It announced the move at the start of its F8 developers conference, which is being held in San Francisco.

The decision to launch the Audience Network has the potential to disrupt the ad sector thanks to the depth of knowledge the firm has about its users.

But one company watcher said the social network would need to be wary of privacy concerns.

“Facebook will have to make sure from the outset that it sets some stringent guidelines as to exactly the type of data that it shares with advertisers,” Lara O’Reilly, senior reporter at MarketingWeek magazine, told the BBC.

Facebook suggested it would deliver better click-through rates than its rivals because it had a better chance of delivering “relevant and interesting” material to the public.

“The mobile ecosystem needs a way to deliver these kind of native, personalised ads to people, and I’m glad that we can deliver more than one million active advertisers to your apps,” said Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg at the conference.

Internet access via Facebook drones

The Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg  has announced to connect the two-thirds of the world that has no net access, using drones, satellites and lasers.It will put it in direct competition with Google, which is planning to deliver net access via balloons.Both of the net giants want to extend their audiences, especially in the developing world.

Details about Facebook’s plan were scant but it will include a fleet of solar-powered drones as well as low-earth orbit and geosynchronous satellites. Invisible, infrared laser beams could also be used to boost the speed of the net connections.Last year Facebook and other technology companies launched internet.org to help bring net access to the huge swathes of the globe that are still not connected.

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Aerospace experts:

The social network has already teamed up with telecoms operators in the Philippines and Paraguay to double the number of people using the internet in that region.

“We’re going to continue building these partnerships, but connecting the whole world will require inventing new technology too,” Mr Zuckerberg said in his post.

To bring the project to fruition, Facebook has set up a Connectivity Lab that will include experts in aerospace and communication technology, from Nasa’s jet propulsion lab and its Ames research centre.

It has also hired a five-member team that worked at British firm Ascenta, whose founders developed the Zephyr, which holds the record for the longest-flying solar-powered unmanned aircraft.

Earlier this month there were rumours that the social network was interested in buying drone-maker Titan but there was no mention of this in the announcement.

Facebook buys virtual reality gaming firm “Oculus”

Facebook has bought the virtual reality technology firm Oculus VR for $2bn [£1.2bn], it revealed on Tuesday.

In a surprise announcement, the social networking company said it had paid $400m in cash and the rest in more than 23m shares, currently worth $1.6bn [£970m], plus an additional $300m pegged to future performance.

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A detailed company statement said that Facebook recognised how Oculus had built a solid following among game developers, but that virtual reality technology would expand to other industries from communications and entertainment to education and media.

“Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow,” said Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. “Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.”

Oculus will remain in its base at Irvine in California while the transaction closes in the second quarter of the year. The company has just announced the Dev Kit 2 version of the Rift headset, complete with high definition displays and better head-tracking hardware. The company says it has also eliminated motion blur and judder, which should significantly reduce motion sickness in users – a vital element in ensuring wider consumer use for the device.

“We are excited to work with Mark and the Facebook team to deliver the very best virtual reality platform in the world,” said Brendan Iribe, co-founder and CEO of Oculus VR. “We believe virtual reality will be heavily defined by social experiences that connect people in magical, new ways. It is a transformative and disruptive technology, that enables the world to experience the impossible, and it’s only just the beginning.”

Source By: http://www.theguardian.com