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Twitter is making it a little more difficult to be an anonymous troll. The social media giant is getting rid of its default “egg” profile picture. This default has come to be associated on Twitter with harassment and abuse. According to a Twitter representative, “We’ve noticed patterns of behavior with accounts that are created only to harass others – often they don’t take the time to personalize their accounts. This has created an association between the default egg profile photo and negative behavior, which isn’t fair to people who are still new to Twitter and haven’t yet personalized their profile... Read more...
Facebook has been on a fake news hunt for the past few months. Its latest algorithm is intended to not only prevent fake news, but improve the overall Trending experience. The improvements are largely based on user feedback. The biggest and most requested change is that Facebook will now display a headline from a publisher’s article about a particular topic. How will the publishers be chosen? The headlines will be selected based on engagement around the actual article or publisher, and whether or not others are linking to the publisher’s article. After clicking on the topic, users will be taken... Read more...
One evening you are chatting with that cutie you swiped right on, and suddenly you remember the perfect YouTube video to share with them. How should you share the video? Should you copy and paste the link? Should you post it on their Facebook or Twitter? Should you email it to them? Now you don't have to make these tough decisions. Google recently released native sharing for a small percentage of YouTube users. These users can invite friends into conversation threads. Friends can chat about the shared video right inside YouTube’s mobile app and reply with another video. The message threads... Read more...
Since its launch in 2013, Slack has risen to superstardom. In a recent blog post, the company highlighted some of its recent milestones, which includes hitting 2.3 million daily active users by its second anniversary, over 675,000 paid seats, and over $64 million in annual revenue. Not bad for a software solution that came out of nowhere just a couple of years ago. Given its meteoric success, it's only a matter of time before this cloud-based collaboration tool gets snapped up by a bigger company, but that company apparently isn't going to be Microsoft. According to TechCrunch, Microsoft apparently... Read more...
Apple is spreading its wings when it comes to using social media to engage its vast user base. That expansion kicks off today with the launch of @AppleSupport on Twitter, which not only will provide Apple Customers with tips and tricks for its products, but also field questions from those in need of technical assistance. @AppleSupport made itself useful this morning by providing iOS users some helpful tricks to get the most out of the Notes app. Customers can simply mark their tweet with #AppleSupport to enlist the help of Apple Support. The Notes app has some awesome hidden tricks. A favorite... Read more...
Whenever an organization becomes too large, too complex, and too intertwined in too many facets of business, governments begin to take notice. You need look no further than the breakup of the Bell System last century to see what's possible when a single entity begins to control too much of a given field. Now, regulators in the European Union are beginning to cast a similar glance in the direction of Google, with a motion being backed this week that would break up the company and in turn reduce its strength.Google hasn't exactly been in the best of graces with the EU, coming under fire for privacy... Read more...
Imagine you are sitting in a restaurant and, instead of being served by a human waiter; a small, flying robot comes up to your table to serve you. That’s the scenario taking place in Singapore as restaurant-goers visit one of Timbre Group’s five outlets.By the end of next year, the autonomous flying robotic waiters, called Infinium-Serve, are expected to start serving customers. Designed and developed by Infinium Robotics, the company’s goal is to provide a product that will increase the productivity of restaurant outlets. Especially when it comes to businesses that are unable to hire enough people... Read more...
Twitter is looking for new ways to collect data in order to fuel its ad-oriented business model. To that end, the company is rolling out an update that will let its Twitter app track what apps users have downloaded and are on their mobile devices. The data collected, according to Twitter, will help the company to provide a more “tailored experience” and content to its users. As a result of the information gathered, “who to follow” suggestions should be improved, more relevant promoted content will be displayed, as well as adding Tweets, accounts, and other types of content to a user’s timeline... Read more...
It's been quite the year for Facebook's Messenger app. Prior to the summer, a lot of people didn't even know it existed - myself included - but come summer, everyone was handed a deadline: Transition, or lose messaging capabilities. At the start of August, Facebook stuck to its word, and disabled the messaging capability in the main app, leading to a revolt - thousands took to Apple's App Store to give the app a 1-star rating. At that point, it seemed like maybe, Facebook would backtrack on this whole forced transition thing. It didn't, and look at where the app is now: It enjoys half a billion... Read more...
The Xbox One might not be the best selling console of the modern generation -- that honor belongs to Sony's PlayStation 4 -- but give Microsoft credit for continually improving the experience with frequent updates. Hundreds of new features have been added via 10 updates within the console's first year, and this weekend, Xbox One owners will receive the last major upgrade of of 2014. What can you expect? For one, Microsoft is adding custom backgrounds to the mix. Each account on your Xbox One console can have a background all their own, with choice of color as a theme or achievement art as the background... 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...
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg isn't a stranger to question and answer sessions, including those conducted in-house at Facebook. And though it's become a bit of a tradition to have those kinds of meetings internally, never before has he engaged in an open Q&A session on his home turf -- until now, that is. Zuckerberg spent over an hour addressing questions received from around the world, as well as by several Facebook users who attended the event at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The topics were varied, some inevitably more interesting than the others, such as why... Read more...
Lately, there appears to have been an escalation when it comes to harassment online. While Twitter’s stance is that users “may not engage in targeted abuse or harassment,” a lot of the harassment has been taking place on the social media network itself. More specifically, the targeting and harassment of female users across various mediums, platforms, and professions has led to an escalation that involves death threats, exposure of private information, doxxing, and a plethora of sexist hate speech. One only has to look at Zelda Williams, the daughter of actor Robin Williams, who... Read more...
Governments around the world are increasingly interested in what their citizens are doing on Facebook. According to the social network's third Government Requests Report, which provides information about the number of government data and content removal requests received during the first half of 2014, combined government requests rose 24 percent since the last half of 2013. That works out to 34,946 requests for data. In addition, Facebook noted a 19 percent increase in the amount of content restricted because of local laws. Image Source: Flickr (Maria Elena) "As we’ve said before, we scrutinize... Read more...
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