Items tagged with Social Network

Ever wonder why some stories show up on your Facebook News Feed while others get buried beneath the pile? It largely has to do with user engagement. When you like, comment on, or share a post, Facebook's algorithm takes note and posts more of that type of content on top of your News Feed. The downside to that approach is that it doesn't into consideration stories of interest that you didn't interact with, and to address that, Facebook is making a change. Going forward, the algorithm will also take note of how much time you spent on a story. It stands to reason that if you consistently spend more... Read more...
Shares of Twitter initially rose 7 percent in after hours trading after it was announced that its CEO Dick Costolo had decided to step down, a decision that will go into effect less than three weeks from now (July 1, 2015). Twitter co-founder and chairman of the board Jack Dorsey will step into Costolo's shoes as interim CEO while the microblogging service searches for a permanent replacement."I am tremendously proud of the Twitter team and all that the team has accomplished together during my six years with the company. We have great leaders who work well together and a clear strategy that informs... Read more...
Social networks are no longer solely about communicating with friends and family, they're also platforms for digesting news. You can even subscribe to daily news feeds from Facebook to help stay current on what's happening around the world. However, as we increasingly turn to social networks for news and civic discussions, are we also creating so-called "echo chambers" in which we're only seeing information from people who share the same views as us? Facebook says no. The world's largest social playground conducted research in hopes of answering that very question, and one of the things it found,... Read more...
In an effort to ensure that the content that matters to you most reaches your eyeballs before all else, Facebook is tweaking things on the backend with three updates, all of which are focused delivering a better News Feed and social networking experience. As such, one of the updates will give priority to the things posted directly by your friends and family.When your best friend Phil or Aunt Mabel post a photo, video, status update, or link, it'll appear higher up in your News Feed so that you're less likely to miss it. This means that pages you follow, whether they're businesses that you 'Liked'... Read more...
Twitter CEO Disk Costolo admitted about his microblogging service that "we suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years," which he followed up with a vow to be more aggressive in eliminating that kind of unwanted behavior. Taking a step towards fulfilling that promise, Twitter has made some changes to its violent threats policy.Prior to the policy change, the prohibition on violent threats was limited "direct, specific threats of violence against others." It's now been reworded to include "threats of violence against others or promot[ing] violence against... Read more...
Until the grim reaper decides to retire, death will remain the one thing that no living creature can avoid. It's not a comfortable subject for most, though once you accept it's going to happen, you can make preparations, both to make things easier on your loved ones, and in the case of Facebook, to preserve your legacy in the online world. How so? By designation someone as your "Legacy Contact." This is a new feature of Facebook in which people can designate a family member or friend to manage their account once they've gone to the other side. Once Facebook is aware of their passing, it will memorialize... Read more...
It's a good thing Facebook was only out of commission for an hour, otherwise can you imagine the uproar that would have erupted from the hundreds of millions of daily active users who would have to find some place else to post their pictures of dinner or political rants? Instagram wasn't an option, because that was also down -- both self inflicted wounds, Facebook says. "Earlier today many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram. This was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems. We moved quickly... Read more...
Try as they might, no social network has been able to grow as large as Facebook in the U.S. or threaten its market share, at least not yet. It's especially popular among adults -- based on the latest data provided by Pew Internet, 58 percent of the American adult population use Facebook, which is more than double its next closest competitor. That would be LinkedIn, considered a social network for professionals, which has captured 23 percent of the adult audience. After that, it's Pinterest (22 percent), Instagram (21 percent), and Twitter (19 percent), with... Read more...
The Internet at large has proved a breeding ground for hoaxes, and the platform of choice these days appears to be Facebook. Makes sense, considering it's audience of 864 million daily active users, and 1.35 billion if tallying active users on a monthly basis. So, if you've used Facebook recently, then you've probably seen friends and family members posting messages forbidding the social networking site from using their posts and pictures in any way without their permission, followed by a warning that you should copy and paste the post to your wall, too. Only you shouldn't, because all it does... Read more...
The rise in popularity of instant messaging apps and photo sharing programs like Snapchat that have built-in text messaging features may be contributing to a mini-exodus of teens from Facebook. Based on figures in a report released by Frank N. Magid Associates Inc., 88 percent of social media using teens between the ages of 13-17 years old spend time on Facebook, down from 94 percent in 2013 and 95 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, Twitter and messaging applications have seen a rise in popularity among the same demographic during the same time period, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Though to put that... Read more...
Imagine of the horror of being Justin Bieber and waking up to find that your Instagram fan base has diminished by 3.5 million followers overnight, or 15 percent. Talk about a feeling of loneliness in your sprawling mansion! Except of course for the multiple housekeepers and entourage, but otherwise, how horrific, right? It wasn't just the pop singer who lost scores of followers, either. In an effort to purge spammers, Instagram wiped out millions of fake accounts, causing celebrities to lose a significant amount of their fan base.According to Business Insider, rapper Mase went from 1.6 million... Read more...
Having trouble taking good looking photos with your smartphone or tablet? So do a lot of people, though that hasn't stopped the majority from posting their snapshots to Facebook anyway. Ah, but don't be surprised if the quality of pictures on the world's largest social playground starts to improve. Why? Apparently Facebook has decided to do its users a solid by auto-enhancing newly updated pictures.The social networking site told TechCrunch that this new feature has already begun, though currently it only applies to users who upload photos from an iOS device -- Android support is coming soon. For... Read more...
Remember that comment you posted to Twitter eight years ago? No? Well now you can look it up, along with every other public tweet made by anyone. In a blog post this week, Twitter announced that it now indexes every public tweet since 2006, which has been something the microblogging service has wanted to do for quite some time now. "Since that first simple Tweet over eight years ago, hundreds of billions of Tweets have captured everyday human experiences and major historical events. Our search engine excelled at surfacing breaking news and events in real time, and our search index infrastructure... Read more...
It's a funny thing, using Facebook. At it's best, the world's biggest social playground is a wonderful online tool to keep us connected with family, friends, sports figures, our favorite brands, and so forth. But have you ever found yourself feeling irritated with the posts that appear on your news feed? We've all been there, and if it happens frequently, you'll like that Facebook is making it easier to control what you see. It begins by making it quicker and easier to unfollow people, Pages, and Groups. This can be especially helpful during election periods -- we all have that tinfoil wearing... Read more...
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