News Round Up

It’s been a Facebook and Google heavy week for social media and tech news.

Women’s rights group Ultraviolet lashed out at Facebook over the complete lack of female board members; the Facebook userbase is 58% female, and yet they’re not represented on the board.

Facebook announced on Monday that they have hit the 901 million users mark, which puts them on track to hit the 1 billion mark well before the end of the year. If Facebook were a country, it would be the 3rd biggest in the world. It isn’t all good news though, as ReadWriteWeb also reports that their reach is lagging.

Facebook also turned over some fairly dissapointing paperwork, which some are suggesting shows a slow in the economic boom the company has been seeing in these past years. Bad news, considering the IPO is looming on the horizon.

This could show a shift in Internet usage trends, as people are moving away from social and towards curation and sharing. StumbloeUpon, the social bookmarking site, recently hit 25 million users, and this number is growing in the millions.

Ever wonder how Google works? If you have 7 minutes to spare, this video will tell you everything you want to know about how the search algorithm returns all those sites.

Following on from the story that Google would be updating their algorithms to make the Internet a little less spammy, as of yesterday, sites which offer keyword littered nonesense would be demoted in the Pagerank. And Justin Bieber is one of the keywords they’ll be targetting – finally! Not to worry though – have offered up some top tips for avoiding the over-optimisation penalty.

On a lighter note, Google released another fun easter egg – trying searching for ‘zerg rush’ for a fun little Saturday afternoon game.

Google Drive has finally surfaced, and you can read a round-up of of the tech reception to this latest cloud service right here on this blog.