Social Media

Can Twitter Curb Abuse or Is It Just Too Easy to Be a Troll?

Though many social networks, forums, and websites struggle with how to deal with abuse and harassment, Twitter is usually the first one mentioned when the issue is discussed. Twitter is more public than, let’s say, Facebook (where you choose your friends) – so the instances of harassment are much greater. Twitter is also more high-profile than many other social media …

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Facebook Down, Slow for Some Users

It’s not just you. It appears that Facebook is down or slow to load for many users. The outage began around 9am EDT. Both DownDetector and DownRightNow are reporting liely service disruptions and reports out outages. Plus, users are complaining on Twitter, as they typically do. #Facebook Server Down pic.twitter.com/59brw7LUzS — Rajbhan Vishwakarma (@rajbhan) May 15, 2015 Facebook is having …

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Twitter Shares Findings On Video Engagement

Twitter released some new findings about video usage on its network based on commissioned surveys across fourteen countries and speaking to over a thousand people specifically selected to reflect the demographic profile of each country. This infographic represents U.S. insights. “The majority of Twitter users (82%) watch video content on Twitter and most watch on a hand-held screen,” says Matt …

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Reddit Unveils New Anti-Harassment Policy, But What Does It Actually Do?

Reddit, a site that’s basically run by volunteer moderators with minimal tinkering from the higher-ups, says it’s going to get more serious about dealing with harassment. “We have been looking closely at the conversations on reddit and at personal safety. We’ve always encouraged freedom of expression by having a mostly hands-off approach to content shared on our site. Volunteer moderators …

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Former Google+ Chief Loves Facebook’s ‘Buttery Smooth’ Instant Articles

As you may have read, Facebook finally introduced its Instant Articles offering officially. The company has partnered with The New York Times, National Geographic, BuzzFeed, NBC, The Atlantic, The Guardian, BBC News, Spiegel and Bild to launch the initiative, and will add additional partners in time. What it does is enable publishers to feed content directly to Facebook, which then …

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Facebook Doesn’t Own Your Photos, But Someone There Thought It Might

Here’s an interesting story of a Facebook rep not quite understanding the company’s policies (or understanding them perfectly … muahahahaha). After months of issues, while once again trying to get the Facebook page for her website restored, the blogger behind online photo theft-tracking site Photo Stealers received a rather interesting response from a Facebook sales rep. “…once something is posted …

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Facebook Status Update Engagement Down 72%

Simply Measured has a new report out evaluating the performance of the Facebook efforts from the top brands. The findings may help businesses of all sizes plan their own strategies. What strategies have you found to work the best in recent months? Share your thoughts in the comments. The study looked at data from 11,522 posts by 96 brands, 1,172,091,468 …

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Facebook Instant Articles And What They Mean For Referral Traffic

And so it begins. After months of rumor and a little bit of chatter from the company itself, Facebook finally announced Instant Articles, its initiative to get publishers to let Facebook host content. The company bills it as “a fast and interactive experience for reading articles in News Feed” and “a tool for publishers to create fast, interactive articles on …

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You Can Now Tweet the Pizza Emoji to Order Pizza

When making your own pizza became too hard, restaurants began making pizza for you. Then, when going to a restaurant to eat pizza became too much of a hassle, delivery joints popped up to bring pizza right to your door. Soon, calling in a pizza order became way too stressful, so delivery pizza joints began allowing online orders. But of …

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New Facebook Feature Should Increase Link Sharing

Facebook is testing a new feature that could (and should) lead to mobile users sharing more links, which in turn, should increase Facebook’s lead as the social media referral traffic king. TechCrunch reports that Facebook is piloting “a new way to add a link that’s been shared on Facebook to your posts and comments”. Essentially, when you go to post …

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Flickr Just Got A Big Redesign. What Do You Think?

Flickr just unveiled a major overhaul of its upload, photostream, share and search experience across mobile and desktop. It comes with the company’s advanced image recognition technology. “This new set of tools and powerful search will make it easier to access, organize, and share your photos anywhere,” a spokesperson for Flickr tells WebProNews. So far, I haven’t seen a lot …

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Facebook Banned in World’s Third-Smallest Country

The Republic of Nauru sits in the central Pacific and is home to around 10,000 people. The Micronesian island is 8.1 square miles in total area, which makes it the third-smallest country in the world (behind Vatican City and Monaco). And it’s just banned Facebook. “Pornography is not consistent with our faith or our values,” said Minister for Justice David …

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