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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 followers to 100,000 within minutes. Apparently the sight of a tumbling Instagram fan base was so hard... 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 those who are seeing the new feature, they're presented with an adjustable slider that allows them... 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 reflected this strong emphasis on recency. But our long-standing goal has been to let people search... 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 uncle or friend who rages against your political affiliation with snarky memes and links from dubious... 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 Facebook made the decision to force its users to install the Messenger app. "Messaging is one of the... Read more...
A person lying about their age is hardly newsworthy -- we've all done it at some point or another, and if you haven't, someday you will -- but when that person is 113 years old and fibs about her date of birth in order to sign up for Facebook, well, that's a different story. For as brilliant as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is, along with his team of talented engineers, not one of them figured that anyone born before 1905 and still living would be interested in signing up for the social network. They were wrong. Anna Stoehr, born on October 15, 1900, near Manning, Iowa, will celebrate her 114th birthday in just a couple of days. She now lives in Minnesota and is the state's oldest resident.... Read more...
One of the biggest dilemmas facing the decision makers at Twitter is how to turn a highly popular microblogging platform into a money generating machine. Integrating ads is one answer, though it's not the only one. In the near future, you might see a "buy" button inviting you to purchase goods and services from tweets posted to the social network. How will it work? To begin with, Twitter is reportedly partnering with payments company Stripe Inc. to save credit card details so that a person can purchase an item with a just a couple clicks. "We want to be a bridge between a consumer wanting something and getting it," Nathan Hubbard, Twitter's head of commerce, told Bloomberg in an interview. "Conversations... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to analyze your Twitter posts? The microblogging service is making it possible to do that through its Tweet activity dashboard, a new tool that lets you see how people engage with your posts in real time, compare your posting activity every month and see how they trend over a period of time, and get a detailed view of the number of retweets, replies, favorites, follows, or clicks a particular Tweet receives. For the casual user, it's a neat tool that you might check out every so often as a novelty, or more often if you want to take better advantage of the social networking scene. However, for businesses and people that use social networking tools to expand and promote their... Read more...
Long before Facebook was $190 billion company (in terms of market capitalization), Mark Zuckerberg used to lord over his employees with an unusual style. How unusual? Well, have you ever been fake-threatened with a samurai sword if you didn't hit a deadline? Former Facebook engineer Noah Kagan claims that was one just one of Zuckerberg's unique ways of motivating employees during his early days. Kagan, who was the 30th employee at Facebook and now runs SumoMe, recounts some interesting tidbits about his time at the social network in an e-book titled, "How I Lost $170 Million: MY TIME as #30 AT FACEBOOK" (PDF). He recalls how Zuckerberg would mock-threaten to chop someone's head off for "bad work."... Read more...
It's best not to let the actions of a relative few be viewed as a reflection of society as a whole, otherwise we might as well throw in the towel and call it a day. Why? On Friday, Facebook went down in some areas for a period of time. It's annoying when that happens, but it took a new level of idiocy for some Los Angeles residents to call 911 about the outage. Yes, it's come to that. Posting status updates and eagerly checking for likes and comments has become such an addictive past time that some users are willing to tie up emergency 911 phone lines to inquire why the police aren't sending resources to fix the issue. Because, you know, computer engineering with a specialty in social networks... Read more...
Silicon Valley is suddenly awakened to the fact that workplace diversity is a thing, one in which technology firms as a whole are somewhat lacking. Several companies have vowed to do a better job at building a diverse workplace, including Twitter, the latest firm to come forward with statistics in an industry that typically keeps such data out of the public eye. As with several tech firms, Twitter's workforce is dominated by white males. Overall, 7 out of 10 employees are male, and when it comes to technical jobs, the percentage of males jumps to 90 percent, meaning just 1 in 10 technical employees are female. Source: Twitter Leadership roles are just as lopsided, with 79 percent of the positions... Read more...
The world's largest social network -- that would be Facebook, folks -- has agreed to acquire LiveRail, an advertising technology company, for an undisclosed sum of money (online reports have the figure pegged at between $400 million and $500 million). While announcing the planned acquisition, Facebook pointed out that LiveRail has helped several companies serve better ads in the videos that appear on their websites and apps. That might be a hint as to why Facebook went after LiveRail and was willing to pay in the neighborhood of half a billion dollars (assuming the reported figures are true). Facebook has made a major push into mobile, and LiveRail's web and mobile ad technology could help the... Read more...
Your life can be an open book on Facebook if you want it to, but the problem for some less savvy users is that it's an open book even they don't want it to be. After all, it's not just experienced PC users posting to Facebook anymore -- anyone and just about everyone users the social network these days, and to make sure people aren't sharing more about themselves than they're comfortable with, Facebook is making some changes to its privacy settings. From now on, when someone joins Facebook, the default audience for their posts will be set to Friends only. Prior to the change, the default setting was Public, meaning everything posted could be viewed by anyone on the web. Going forward, only accepted... Read more...
Twitter's job over the course of the next six months is to figure out how to inject 15 new ad types into its microblogging service without turning users away. Reportedly that's the plan, as Twitter finds itself under increased pressure to prove to investors that it can leverage a successful ad platform and become a profitable company. The social network also must convince businesses and mobile game developers that Twitter is a viable vehicle for advertising goods. That chance will come soon, as the first batch of ads will be released in just a few weeks, The Wall Street Journal reports. Those initial ads will focus on encouraging users to download apps through Twitter. It's an interesting time... Read more...
Facebook isn't afraid to make big acquisitions. Lest anyone need reminding of that, the social networking service dropped a bombshell on Oculus VR fans by announcing yesterday it had acquired the technology for $2 billion. That's just one example of Facebook's willingness to drop big cash on startups. In April 2012, Zuckerberg and company scooped up Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock. Wondering how Instagram has fared since then? Back when Facebook acquired the photo sharing app, it stood at between 30 million to 40 million users. The acquisition gave Instagram's growth a boost, as did the company's decision to launch on Android around the same time. Fast forward to today and Instagram... Read more...
That's not the sky you see falling on Wall Street, just Twitter's stock price. Investors hit the panic button after Twitter reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 financial results. Twitter's revenue in the fourth quarter was $243 million, up 116 percent year-over-year, though it's the user growth that spooked investors into selling off their stock. The microblogging service averaged 241 million users in the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of just 3.8 percent sequentially. It's the lowest quarter-on-quarter growth rate since the company began disclosing such data, Reuters reports. Image Source: Flickr (Anthony Quintano) As a result, shares of Twitters dropped 25 percent, hammering... Read more...
There's a general perception out there that Google's social network is a virtual ghost town, versus Facebook's online playground, which is always bustling with activity. Google's tried to dispel that notion on occasion by revealing user stats, and if you look closely at the latest numbers, you might be surprised at just how busy Google+ is these days. Tina Courtney-Brown at SiteProNews did some digging and discovered that Google+ is now home to over 1 billion registered users, which compares favorably to Facebook's 1.19 billion. It's true that Google+'s stats are somewhat artificially inflated due to Google integrating accounts for its various services. However, Courtney-Brown says over 540 million... Read more...
Michael Sippey, vice president of product at Twitter, has spent most of his professional career working at startups, none bigger than the microblogging site that lets you post your thoughts 140 characters at a time. Previous to joining Twitter in 2012, Sippey helped grow a blog platform called Six Apart and then Say Media, a media company born out of a merger between Six Apart and VideoEgg. What will he do next? We're about to find out. Sippey announced in a blog post that the time has come to "move on," though it won't happen abruptly. For the time being, Sippy has stepped into a advisory role at Twitter where he'll help with product strategy, give input on upcoming projects, and assist with... Read more...
By the end of the week, there's a good chance Twitter will be a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Twitter's bigwigs are targeting Thursday, and barring any surprises, it will go down as the biggest tech IPO since Facebook, making several people very wealthy over night. However, it's what happens to Twitter after going public that's of interest here. Twitter recently overtook Facebook as the most popular social network among teens in terms of which one has a bigger influence on buying habits and trends. That's not to say Facebook is losing users -- it's not -- but teens are definitely adding alternative services to their growing social portfolios, starting with Twitter,... Read more...
Want to surround yourself with sarcastic people with rapier wits and a general disdain for corporate culture? All you have to do is hop online. Better yet, head over to Twitter and witness the Weird Twitter phenomenon. For the uninitiated, Weird Twitter is a loosely connected group of Twitter users who play with grammar in sometimes odd ways to gain a few laughs. Or, in some cases, to rage against the corporate machine, as they're doing now. You may have noticed there are "promoted" tweets, or ads, in your Twitter feed. They target you with a brand or service, sometimes asking you to retweet and/or spread the word, creating a win-win situation for businesses and Twitter, but not necessarily for... Read more...
As any job seeker can attest, finding work isn't always easy. However, if you have an engineering background, Twitter may be interested in your services. In fact, the microblogging service is looking to hire almost 90 engineers of various types at its San Francisco, Boston, New York City, Seattle, Sunnyvale, and Dublin locations, with jobs ranging from writing code for Vine to tweaking Linux performance, and everything in between. In addition to a bevy of engineers, a handful of job openings at Twitter seem to suggest it's prepping itself for an IPO. Among the job listings are positions for "Stock Administration" and "Senior Manager for Accounting Operations." One of the minimum qualifications... Read more...
As the story goes, Mark Zuckerberg tried to resist implementing ads in Facebook as long as he could, though for the world's most popular social networking site to make money, the inclusion of ads was always inevitable. Not only was it the right move from a financial standpoint, but so was focusing on mobile. Facebook's mobile ad revenue caught fire and skyrocketed 75 percent in just three months. The enormous jump in ad revenue has left doubters with little to say, and more than a little bit of egg on their heads. It might also serve as a blueprint for other companies to follow. "You're going to see a lot of companies transitioning and trying to emulate this model because it's working so well.... Read more...
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