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Fans of animated GIFs (pronounced with a soft "G," according to Steve Wilhite, inventor of the Graphics Interchange Format) have reason to rejoice. Twitter has silently bumped up the file size limit for posting GIFs to 15MB on the web, which is triple the amount of the original 5MB limit. Expect to see more animated GIFs as a result of the change. Posting GIFs on Twitter is already a popular thing to do. According to Twitter, its users shared over 100 million GIFs in 2015, which prompted the microblogging site to add a GIF search function in early 2016. "Whenever you’re composing a Tweet or Direct... Read more...
As much as we sometimes complain about our Facebook feeds being cluttered with political drivel, annoying rants, and all sorts of nonsense, that's more a reflection of our friends and family than the social media service itself. As a company, Facebook has taken the idea that with great power comes great responsibility to heart, whether it's attempting to connect all corners of the planet to the Internet or, as announced on Tuesday, updating its resources to help people with suicidal thoughts. Facebook developed a set of tools in collaboration with mental health organizations to help people who... Read more...
You wouldn't know it by the way people with smartphones tend to ignore their physical surroundings in favor of whatever is on their digital screens, but use of social media apps is down. That's according to market research firm SimilarWeb, which compared data on Android apps over a yearlong period. What the study found was that in almost all countries, Android users are spending less time on all four major social media apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. In some territories, the drop was significant. That was the case for Twitter usage in France, which dropped from an average... Read more...
Facebook is a great place for keeping in contact with long distance family and friends, posting pictures of an awesome meal, staying up to date with current events, and, if we're being totally honest, stalking ex lovers. Breaking up with a person in the social media era comes with an additional set of challenges that didn't exist before sites like Facebook, but thankfully Mark Zuckerberg and his team of engineers are taking steps to ensure that when relationships end, your privacy stays intact. "Starting today, we are testing tools to help people manage how they interact with their former partners... Read more...
Have you heard the one about an enterprising high school student who built a clock from scratch, took it to school to show his teachers, and was subsequently arrested? Neither had we until it happened to Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, who was put in handcuffs by local authorities. Mohamed is a maker and an inventor. He'd love to be on Shark Tank, a show where budding entrepreneurs show off their inventions to a panel of "sharks" in hopes of securing a high profile and wealthy investor to back their company or product. But instead of encouraging... Read more...
The past few weeks haven't been all peaches and cream for reddit, one of the most popular websites in the world. After management abruptly terminated Victoria Taylor, coordinator of the site's Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions and a beloved figure of the community, moderators of several subforums revolted by marking their sections as private, thereby locking out the public and denying reddit the mass amount of traffic it receives. Interim CEO Ellen Pao issued an apology to the reddit community, and the moderators in particular, over the lack of communication with Taylor's firing. Simply put, Pao told... Read more...
Usually people who enjoy such things put ketchup on eggs, but it was Heinz that had egg on its face after a QR code on one of its bottles directed a German man to a hardcore pornography website. That wasn't the company's intention, of course -- the QR code was supposed to direct visitors to a promotional website where they could design their own label.The promotional page was part of a contest that ran from 2012 to 2014. Now expired, Heinz made the embarrassing mistake of not registering the URL for a couple of extra years, leaving it up for grabs instead. A German porn site picked it up, likely... Read more...
Facebook gave the world a heads up earlier this month that it was planning to host full-length news articles as part of a new initiative called Instant Articles, and now just over a week later, the social network is ready to make good on that promise. What that means for you (assuming you use Facebook) is a better reading experience, versus clicking through to an external site that sometimes takes up to 8 seconds to load. In addition to speed, Instant Articles boasts a few interactive features that publishers can take advantage of. For example, you can zoom in and get a closer look at parts of... Read more...
On Sunday Facebook attempted once again to lend clarity to its Community Standards and policies as they apply to government requests. Specifically, Head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert and Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby set out to provide "more detail and clarity on what is and is not allowed" on the site, citing in particular “nudity” and “hate speech” as areas in need of particular attention. In addition, Bickert and Soderby stated that circumstances may arise in which Facebook will need to remove or restrict access to content due to said content being against the law in... Read more...
Twitter boss Dick Costolo recently admitted that the microblogging site downright "sucks" at dealing with trolls and harassment, and give him credit, owning up to the problem is imperative if there's to be a solution. And he vowed there would be, promising to kick abusive clowns off the service "right and left." As he and the rest of the Twitter gang in charge prepare to do that, there are new rules in place that will make it easier to ban users. Specifically, users are no longer allowed to post what's known as revenge porn."You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed... Read more...
Robert Palmer nailed the social networking scene when he sang, "You might as well face it you're addicted to Likes." Okay, we might have changed the lyrics just a tad, but Facebook Page owners who deny getting excited at seeing their Likes count climb will be put to the test. In an effort to make Page Likes more meaningful, Facebook is going to remove Page Likes from memorialized and voluntarily deactivated accounts. For some business Page owners, this might not be a big deal. But for others that have been around for a long time and have amassed a large number of Likes, they could potentially see... Read more...
By his own admission, there are several groups that have cause to hate on Curt Schilling, the former Red Sox picture who played on an injured and bloody ankle to beat the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the 2004 American League Champion Series. And he's fine with that. The outspoken Republican is used to a high level of vitriol, but when it's directed at his daughter on social media, that's another story. It all started with a single tweet. Schilling's daughter had just been accepted to college to play softball, and as any technology savvy father would do, he posted a congratulatory message on Twitter.... Read more...
Microsoft doesn't appear very interested in using the Nokia brand, even though it negotiated the rights for the next 10 years when acquiring the Finnish company's mobile phone division for $7.2 billion. However, we haven't seen the last of the Nokia name -- not by a long shot. Last week, reports surfaced that Nokia is planning to re-license its handset brand to other interested third parties, and now the company is taking to Twitter to tease an upcoming reveal. "We at Nokia love the feeling of a fresh start. Can't wait for what's next!, #thinkingahead," the company posted to Twitter a couple of... Read more...
Business-oriented social networking sites, such as LinkedIn, might have to step up their game. According to unnamed sources that spoke to the Financial Times, Facebook is working on a new website called “Facebook at Work” which will allow users to have a work profile that is separate from their personal profile. The report says that “Facebook at Work” will allow employees to edit documents, collect professional contacts, collaborate with each other, and chat with colleagues. Financial Times goes on to say that the company’s own employees have been using the site in... Read more...
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