Google Is Stripping Google+ from Its Services – First Up, YouTube

A few years ago, Google went all in with Google+. Google+ is Google, remember? In an effort to unify all Google products under a common banner, Google tied everything to Google+ – including YouTube. This made a lot of people…

Instagram Has a Bot Problem, Despite ‘Purge’, Say Researchers

After looking at over 10.2 million accounts and studying the behavior of 20,000 purchased fake accounts, some Italian researchers have concluded that Instagram still has a bot problem. How bad is it? According to security researcher Andrea Stroppa, it’s not…

Twitter Is Playing Whack-a-Mole with ISIS Accounts

Twitter has ramped up its own war with the so-called Islamic State, suspending more and more pro-ISIS accounts with every passing month. A recent report from ABC News quoted people familiar with the operation as saying Twitter has suspended at…

Instagram Will Finally Verify Users as It Tops 300 Million

Instagram has just announced a significant milestone – 300 million users. The company says that its user base now shares over 70 million photos and videos every day and CEO Kevin Systrom says that 70 percent is international. Alongside this…

Twitter Says It Has About 23 Million Active Bots [UPDATED]

UPDATE: To clarify Twitter’s statement in the filing, the (up to) 8.5 percent of accounts that “automatically contacted our servers for regular updates without any discernable additional user-initiated action” could include apps pulling content and displaying it without manual user…

Facebook’s New ‘Trusted Contacts’ Lets Your Buddies Help with Account Recovery

Facebook wants you to tap your buddies to help you regain access to your account, should you find yourself locked out. Today, they’re unveiling the all new “Trusted Contacts,” which is a revamp of their “Trusted Friends” feature that they…

Airbnb’s New Verification Program Requires Offline ID, Rolling Out to 25% of Users Today

“Trust is the key to our community,” says Airbnb’s Vivek Wagle. “There is no place for anonymity in a trusted community.” And with that, Airbnb announces a move that is likely to ruffle the feathers of some users, while engendering…

A Funny Look at Getting Verified on Twitter [VIDEO]

For those of you who love Twitter and wish to have influence on the network, the sad fact is that you’ll probably never be verified. No matter how hard you try, Twitter isn’t likely to contact you directly, expressing their…

Twitter Asks You to ‘Welcome Back’ Previously Inactive Users in Order to Promote Engagement

It looks like Twitter is making a small, non-intrusive push to promote more interaction between members of the service. Some users are seeing a new message appear atop their streams on Twitter.com. It notifies them that someone (a particular @person)…

Twitter May Be Getting More Serious About Two-Factor Authentication

Is Twitter ramping up their efforts to implement two-factor authentication to make your accounts more secure? Two-factor authentication (2FA), generically, is any approach to authentication that has multiple layers. Around the web (like with Google for instance), it is usually…

These Phony Twitter Accounts Can’t Verify You (Hint: They’re Not Even Verified Themselves)

I know that it would be really cool to be verified on Twitter. It would mean that you were important – important enough to need a verified account because of all the jokers out there that want to create fake…

Xbox Live Account Regional Migration Now a Reality

Good news, traveling Xbox LIVE members. Microsoft has just announced that Xbox LIVE region migration is now available to all users. Region migration lets users easily transfer their LIVE accounts with them if they happen to move. This means that…

Twitter Suspends Top Anonymous Account for Terms Violation [UPDATED]

UPDATE: They’re back. And yes, it was the leaking of Westboro members’ personal info that did it. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: @YourAnonNews, online hacktivist group Anonymous’ most popular Twitter account, has been suspended. It appears to have happened just before noon ET.…

Cosplay Facebook Accounts Are Apparently Disappearing Left and Right

If you run a personal Facebook page with the word “cosplay” in it, there’s a good chance your account has been suspended or may be suspended in the near future. Cosplayers who operate Facebook accounts under their given cosplay name…

Facebook Likely Has 83 Million Fake Users

If you picked any Facebook user at random, there is nearly a 1 in 10 chance that the user you picked isn’t real. Maybe it’s a duplicate, maybe it’s a spam account – but either way, it’s a fake Facebook…

Facebook Including Deactivated Accounts In Total Friend Count [UPDATED]

UPDATE: Facebook has told me that your friend count does in fact include some deactivated friends – We recently changed the way we count the number of people you are friends with to include some accounts that are not currently…

YouTube Gets Google+ Synchronization

The Google consolidation era is continuing with full force as their latest announcement sees a marriage of Google+ accounts with YouTube. While it’s not quite a synchronization process–this feature appears to be voluntary–the goal is the same. Like it or…

Bot or Not Lets You Test the Human Element in Any Twitter Account

If you’re active on Twitter, you’ve probably encountered plenty of bots – fake users that spam the hell out of you with links, free iPad offers, and other dubious things. These accounts are just a part of the Twitter experience,…

Breastfeeding Women of Facebook Bemoan Photo Removal Practices

Facebook has always been a little prudish when it comes to breasts. Although Facebook’s policy strictly prohibits the sharing of images with nudity, the line regarding what constitutes nudity is oftentimes a bit blurry. Just in personal experience, I’ve had…

Key Stats Show Slump In Twitter Use

Here’s are some metrics that should concern those inside of Twitter:

  • The number of new users per month is down 20% since its peak in July 2009.
  • The average Twitter user has just 27 followers, down from a peak of 42
  • 80% of Twitter users have tweeted fewer than 10 times
  • The percent of active Twitter users is down to just 17%