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Apple's Online Store Gets More Social With Twitter and Facebook Links

Following today's mysterious downtime for Apple's online stores, users have been scouring the store pages to look for any changes. While the store remains largely unchanged with no major new product offerings, Apple does appear to have made one small change to its Mac Pro model selection page, changing the "select" button for each model into a combination button with a drop-down section allowing users to post a link to the configuration to Twitter or Facebook.

Clicking on the options allows users to customize the postings on either service.

Curiously, the addition has not yet made it to the product pages for Apple's other products, so it is unclear whether Apple is merely running an initial test of the feature with the Mac Pro or if the incomplete roll-out is due to other factors perhaps related to the issues that apparently brought the store down entirely for several hours earlier today.

Apple has been gradually building social features, primarily linked to Facebook and Twitter, into its offerings for some time now. One of the earliest and highest-profile additions came in the form of sharing options in the iTunes Store, launched with iTunes 9 nearly two years ago.

Update: As noted by forum member alex.sebenski, the social links are also present on the iPod classic page.

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98 months ago
You: "Mac Pro only $4,999"

Your Facebook friends: "Why are you telling me this?"

Rating: 82 Votes
98 months ago
Sounds like a pretty pointless feature to me.
Rating: 60 Votes
98 months ago
This is the upgrade everyone was expecting for the Mac Pro this August?

Rating: 39 Votes
98 months ago
"Hey man! I found this awesome site called Apple that sells computers and a phone called iPhone!"
Rating: 35 Votes
98 months ago
Where is the Ping integration??
Rating: 22 Votes
98 months ago

I have been waiting for the New MacPros to buy a new video editing system (im going Smoke, dumping FCP) and THUNDER BOLD WAS A KEY FEATURE i was waiting for!!!!!

You're yelling it wrong.

Rating: 18 Votes
98 months ago
F' everything about this.
Rating: 17 Votes
98 months ago
Yearly update to the mac pro. Thanks apple!
Rating: 13 Votes
98 months ago
Thank you Apple for perpetuating the image of all Mac users as fanboys who are constantly shouting, "HEY!! LOOK AT ME!!!! I'M USING A MAC!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Rating: 11 Votes
98 months ago
I find it funny that some of the most outdated products are the only one who got the social networking buttons. Hey everyone, look at the not updated in a long time Mac Pro or iPod Classic! :p

I would assume these would be the products Apple wants to hide the "share" buttons with. ;) But maybe they're just testing them.
Rating: 11 Votes

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