Social Media

Instagram Tweaks 'Explore' Tab to Promote Videos
April 15, 2016 at 8:23 am

Instagram now supports 60-second videos, but what's the point if it's hard for people to find them among Instagram's sea of snapshots? Have no fear; Instagram has tweaked the design of its Explore tab in the Instagram app to give videos a little more star treatment. With Video Channels, the app will display a "Videos You Might Like"…

Periscope becomes Etch-a-Scope with new sketching feature
April 11, 2016 at 11:38 am

Twitter has just announced that it is testing a new feature on Periscope that allows broadcasters to sketch as they stream. In a Periscope stream of the beta test, which Twitter user Matt Navarra posted, we see a live broadcast in progress with the broadcaster being able to sketch basic line drawings via touch. The…

Facebook apologizes for freaking people out with misdirected Safety Checks
March 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

Facebook has apologized for mistakenly asking users in the US, UK, and other countries whether they were affected by a bombing in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday that killed at least 69 people and wounded left around 300 wounded. Facebook deployed its Safety Check notifications shortly after the blast, as it did after recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Nigeria,…

Outbrain's Chat Bots Are Coming To Facebook Messenger, Kik And Telegram
March 24, 2016 at 10:21 am

You may not have heard of Outbrain, but you’ve almost certainly seen the strange but alluring links it presents to you at the bottom of many news sites like CNN and The Guardian. Headlines like “Are you throwing away the healthiest bit of the avocado, the SEED?” have actually been tailored to you through Outbrain’s…

Facebook drops support for Blackberry
March 22, 2016 at 9:37 am

Blackberry said it is "extremely disappointed" with Facebook's decision to discontinue support for its app. It means Blackberry users will have to use the mobile version of the website to log on to the social network. It is not clear when this will come into effect. Earlier this month WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook,…

Where are they now? How these 9 social networks have fared since Twitter was born
March 22, 2016 at 9:35 am

A lot has happened in the ten years since Twitter was founded — Apple’s App Store and Google Play have come to fruition, the app economy is a billion-dollar industry, and mobile phones have become the new computers. This shift in the way people communicate and interact with each other opens many opportunities not only…

An interview with the realest social media managers in public transportation
March 21, 2016 at 8:41 am

On Wednesday, San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) experienced an electrical issue that took out a portion of track, forcing the agency to use a fleet of loaned buses to transport passengers and causing massive delays. Naturally, riders took their frustrations to Twitter, complaining about the near-constant service disruptions and the nagging feeling that…

Are you drinking while tweeting? This algorithm can tell
March 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Tweeting under the influence may not get you in as much trouble as drunk driving does, but it can still mean a whole lot of hot water. Now there’s an algorithm that can tell when you’re drinking while tweeting—and also figure out where you’re imbibing. Using machine learning, researchers at the University of Rochester have…

Pope Francis is joining Instagram
March 16, 2016 at 11:31 am

Italian wire service ANSA reported that Holy See prefect for communications Dario Viganò told Vatican radio that Pope Francis will be making his Instagram debut Saturday, March 19. This is an addition to His Holiness’s social media presence, which currently includes hisTwitter account with 8.9 million followers. This news follows the pope’s recent meeting with…

Facebook buys selfie face-swap app Masquerade
March 10, 2016 at 9:55 am

Facebook has bought photo-editing app Masquerade, which lets people change their appearance in real-time. The app can transform faces - often in a cartoon-like fashion - and overlay make-up, animal features or accessories on live video. Masquerade's filters have been compared to those in rival Snapchat, which Facebook tried to buy in 2013. One expert…