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Twitter Deploys New Algorithm to Fight Abuse Twitter Deploys New Algorithm to Fight Abuse

Twitter has a known and admitted problem with abusive content – one that truly embodies the phrase “no silver bullet.” How do you stop people from harassing others? How do you prevent people from tweeting abusive content? You can’t ban …

Should Your Business Use Meerkat or Periscope? Should Your Business Use Meerkat or Periscope?

Much has been made about the battle between new social live-streaming services Meerkat and Periscope, the latter of which is owned by Twitter. Meerkat gained a lot of early buzz at SXSW before Periscope launched, but Twitter quickly launched Periscope, …

Twitter Brings Back ‘Anyone Can DM Me’ Feature Twitter Brings Back ‘Anyone Can DM Me’ Feature

Twitter just announced the launch of a new feature that lets users accept direct messages from anyone, even if they’re not following the sender. Historically, two users have had to follow one another in order to exchange DMs. That will …

Facebook: We’re Getting Better at Axing Fake Likes Facebook: We’re Getting Better at Axing Fake Likes

Fraudulent likes have always been a problem for Facebook. The company says that fraudulent activity only accounts for a tiny fraction of all the activity on Facebook – but it’s an issue nonetheless. Facebook’s been amping up its efforts to …

Instagram Takes Harder Line on Nudity, Abuse Instagram Takes Harder Line on Nudity, Abuse

Instagram has always asked users to be nice and respectful of each other, but now the social network is taking a harder line on a handful of issues. And it’s updated its community guidelines to reflect this. “In the old …

Periscope Gaining More Traction Than Meerkat on Twitter Periscope Gaining More Traction Than Meerkat on Twitter

Since SXSW, much has been made about the competition between Meerkat and Periscope, the two new social live video streaming offerings. The the latter comes directly from Twitter, as the company acquired it before launch. Which one is gaining more …

Facebook Channels AIM, Tests Away Messages Facebook Channels AIM, Tests Away Messages

Away messages were the very first status updates. And now that Facebook has perfected the latter, it’s trying to bring back the former. In another update to Facebook Messenger – something we’re seeing a lot of these days – Facebook …

Twitter.com Is Now Useful to Those Who Don’t Use Twitter Twitter.com Is Now Useful to Those Who Don’t Use Twitter

If you don’t “use” Twitter (and by that I mean tweet, retweet, favorite, and follow people) or had no intention of signing up, visiting Twitter.com served no purpose. Until now. Twitter.com is now useful for people who don’t really want …

Reddit Tries Out An Email Newsletter Reddit Tries Out An Email Newsletter

Reddit just announced the launch of its first ever email newsletter. It’s called Upvoted Weekly, borrowing the name of its recently launched Upvoted podcast. It’s opt-in (double opt-in, actually) and promises subscribers the “very best of reddit’s content curated, packaged, …

Hillary Clinton Is Now on Facebook Hillary Clinton Is Now on Facebook

On Sunday, former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton announced she’s running for president, a move that likely wasn’t all the surprising to most. Of course, you can’t run for President without a strong social media presence these …

Facebook Is Messing Around With Its Trending Section Facebook Is Messing Around With Its Trending Section

Facebook is testing some changes to its Trending feature, which for some has become a staple of the Facebook experience since it launched on desktop early last year. In December, Facebook introduced some big changes, adding new sections to split …

Only 60% of Parents Admit to Facebook Spying on Their Teen Only 60% of Parents Admit to Facebook Spying on Their Teen

In what appears to be a study conducted in a room full of liars, Pew reports that only 60% of parents admit to checking up on their teenagers via social media. That means that 40% of parents have never, ever, …

Clorox Washes ‘Racist’ Bleach Joke Clorox Washes ‘Racist’ Bleach Joke

Clorox has become the latest in a long line of companies to say something dumb on Twitter. It won’t be the last. Looking to piggyback on all the chatter surrounding the new Apple emojis, which made their debut earlier this …

Facebook Messenger Gets Its Own Web Version Facebook Messenger Gets Its Own Web Version

Facebook is splitting up Messenger and everything else again. Got ya. Not exactly, but Facebook is spinning Messenger off into its own web app. Don’t worry, however, Facebook promises that it’s not going the strip chat functionality out of Facebook.com. …

Twitter Kills Discover Tab, Adds Context to Trends Twitter Kills Discover Tab, Adds Context to Trends

Your Twitter app just got a shakeup, as the company has decided to retire the #discover and Activity tabs on both its iOS and Android apps. According to Twitter, the reasoning is that it’s been working to put more content …

Twitter Adds Comment Feature To Retweets Twitter Adds Comment Feature To Retweets

You know how before when you retweeted something, it just tweeted out the exact tweet you were retweeting unless you quoted it yourself and added something that the 140-character limit would allow you to squeeze in? Twitter is now making …

Court: Woman Can Serve Divorce Papers via Facebook Court: Woman Can Serve Divorce Papers via Facebook

If you’re trying to dodge divorce papers, stay off Facebook. The Manhattan Supreme Court has just issued a ruling that will allow a 26-year-old nurse to serve her husband divorce papers via Facebook message, according to The New York Daily …

Chelsea Manning Is Now on Twitter Chelsea Manning Is Now on Twitter

Here’s an interesting one for your #FollowFriday. Convicted Wikileaks leaker Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, is now on Twitter. She first tweeted around noon on Friday, and has since published a handful of tweets. According to Manning, she …

‘Black Widow of Facebook’ Lured Men, Drugged Them, and Robbed Them ‘Black Widow of Facebook’ Lured Men, Drugged Them, and Robbed Them

With a nickname like “Black Widow of Facebook”, you better be pretty good at your (con) job. And according to police, Sofia Davila was certainly that. Fox News reports that the 21-year-old Argentinian woman has been arrested after she was …

Sharing From Pinterest To Facebook Pages Now Easier Sharing From Pinterest To Facebook Pages Now Easier

I recently wrote a long post looking at different types of content (mostly from social media) that you can embed on your blog. I remembered that you could embed pins from Pinterest, which I don’t think I’ve ever actually done, …

Pinterest Makes Pinning Faster And Easier Pinterest Makes Pinning Faster And Easier

Pinterest announced the launch of a new “Pin It” flow to make saving things faster and easier. “At Pinterest, we’re building a save button for the Internet because we think there’s a better way to save than leaving browsers open, …