Social Media

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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There’s a Good Chance Your Tinder Match Isn’t Single

Not that anyone on Tinder would care, but a new report says that there’s a pretty good chance the person you just matched is already accounted for. The study, published by Global Web Index, says the 30% of Tinder users are married and another 12% are “in a relationship”. So it’s pretty much a coin flip on whether you swipe …

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Facebook Advises Pages Against Posting YouTube Videos

Facebook is making it clearer and clearer to Page owners that they’re more likely to see better reach if they post native Facebook videos as opposed to videos from YouTube or other services. Are you having any luck reaching fans with non-Facebook videos? Let us know in the comments. According to a report from AdWeek’s SocialTimes, some Page admins have …

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Foursquare Might’ve Just Made Swarm Fun

Last May, popular location app Foursquare announced that they would be splitting the core functions of the app in two, creating an entirely new app called Swarm that mostly dealt with check-ins, friends, and the real “social” aspects of Foursquare. But to many longtime Foursquare users who loved the gamification elements of the app, there was a problem with Swarm. …

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Middle Finger Emoji, Everyone’s Most-Desired Emoji, Comes to One Platform

If there’s an emoji that the world needs more than “Reversed hand with middle finger extended”, I sure don’t know what it is. Of course, everyone with a smartphone wants to be able to tell their friends to f*ck off with a single tap, but currently you can’t. Why? Because tech companies like Apple and Google have decided it’s too …

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A Closer Look At The New Google+ Collections Feature

Google seems to be telling people that Google+ is very much alive. Last week, it randomly joined Twitter out of the blue, and now it just announced a new feature that brings to mind offerings from Pinterest and Flipboard. The feature is called Google+ Collections, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Users can create collections of content …

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Facebook Instant Articles: More Details Emerge

There have been reports for months that Facebook has been looking to get publishers to let the social network host their content so it can show it to users in a quicker, more user-friendly manner, particularly on mobile devices. In March, The New York Times reported that itself, as well as BuzzFeed, National Geographic, and others were joining Facebook in …

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Facebook Is Testing Its Reply to Comments Feature on Personal Profiles

UPDATED WITH COMMENT FROM FACEBOOK Facebook appears to be rolling out its reply to comment feature site wide, allowing users to start threaded comments on personal profiles’ posts. For two years, this feature has only been available for pages with 10,000+ likes. The option to reply to comments only appears on statuses and photos posted directly to Facebook. Cross-posted content, …

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Instagram Defines Its Most Popular Emoji, Which Are Taking Over Our Speech

Instagram software engineer Thomas Dimson spent, by the looks of an new blog post, a pretty substantial amount of time looking at emoji use across the platform. What he found is that emoji are pretty much taking over our language. In fact, he says that nearly half of all captions and comments on Instagram contain emoji. In late 2011, when …

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What the Hell Is Google+ Doing?

What the hell is Google+ doing? But seriously though, what the hell is Google+ doing? Hello Twitterverse! Can we get some love for our #firstTweet? — GooglePlus (@GooglePlus) May 1, 2015 What the hell, guys? @headbangirl Ouch that stings a little, but it still made us think of this… pic.twitter.com/dwpYl2vmCk — GooglePlus (@GooglePlus) May 1, 2015 You know what, it’s …

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Facebook News Feed Change Leads To Increased Sharing?

Breaking news: Facebook is the most dominant social network for people sharing content. Seriously though, the social beast only manages to keep growing and extending its lead. ShareThis has a new report looking at Q1 consumer sharing trends, finding that Facebook strengthened its leadership position, and giving some credit to a January update Facebook made to its News Feed algorithm. …

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Facebook May Give Users More Control over What They See in News Feed, Which Could Be Good for Pages

Facebook, forever maligned for what it shows and doesn’t show people in their news feeds, might be moving to give users a bit more control. AdWeek’s SocialTimes spotted a new feature on mobile – a prompt that’s showing up atop users’ news feeds asking them to “pick friend and pages and see their posts at the top of News Feed.” …

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