Facebook Dislike Button

Facebook ‘dislike’ button is finally here, but only in Messenger

By on December 17, 2013 at 5:45 AM.

Facebook ‘dislike’ button is finally here, but only in Messenger

Facebook has updated its Messenger app with a new set of stickers that include a “dislike” button, All Facebook reports, a feature that some users would actually like to use on the social site. However, the “dislike” option is only available on the desktop and mobile versions of Facebook Messenger. In order to access the new sticker pack, which also includes several new finger “likes,” as seen in image above, users will have to download it from the Sticker Store inside the Messenger app. More →

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Facebook User Tracking Deleted Posts

Facebook keeps track of every message you type – even ones you don’t post

By on December 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM.

Facebook keeps track of every message you type – even ones you don’t post

Every social network user has at some point typed something they knew they’d regret sharing and has promptly erased it before clicking “post.” However, Slate’s Jennifer Golbeck reports that these discarded thoughts don’t completely disappear — rather, Facebook uses a code that keeps track of every time you delete a would-be message and sends metadata about that message back to its own data bases. More →

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Google Plus Social Activity Study

You’ll never guess what type of people use Google+ the most

By on December 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM.

You’ll never guess what type of people use Google+ the most

A new study looks into Google+ usage, a social network that has been labeled as a “ghost town” in the past for not being actually used as much as Google would want it to be. Performed by GlobalWebIndex (via Quartz), the new study shows that Google+ is mostly interesting to and therefore most used by… people who work in IT. Shocking, we know. Other top user types include senior “decision makers,” company owners, people who are self-employed and people living with friends or who are single. Since nearly a third of Google+ usage is tied to IT workers, Google’s social network is to engineers what Facebook is to moms and Twitter is to journalists, Quartz concludes. More →

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Facebook Messaging App Analysis

Zuckerberg’s big headache: Messaging app fans don’t use Facebook

By on November 27, 2013 at 3:45 PM.

Zuckerberg’s big headache: Messaging app fans don’t use Facebook

A new report by On Device Research hammers in the challenge Facebook is facing right now. Confirming other reports on the topic, ODR finds that Facebook usage is heaviest among users aged 51 years and older. In sharp contrast, WhatsApp usage peaks among the 25-39 year olds. In the 16-24 year old bracket, the percentage of Americans using Facebook on a weekly basis outpaces WhatsApp users by the slimmest of margins at 40% to 37%. But the most interesting finding in the ODR report concerns the surprisingly small overlap between Facebook and WhatsApp users. More →

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YouTube Google+ Comments Criticism

YouTube cofounder slams decision to force Google+ on YouTube users

By on November 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM.

YouTube cofounder slams decision to force Google+ on YouTube users

Count YouTube cofounder Jawed Karim among those who’s not a fan of forcing YouTube commenters to have a Google+ account. As The Guardian notes, Karim this week posted a comment on his YouTube page asking “why the f— do I need a Google+ account to comment on a video?” Google has claimed that it’s requiring commenters to have Google+ accounts to help them “see posts at the top of the list from the video’s creator, popular personalities, engaged discussions about the video, and people in your Google+ Circles,” and thus deliver a more personalized experience. Even so, Google’s assurance that the new comments system is being put in place for users’ benefit is unlikely to quell critics who think the company is cynically trying to find yet another sneaky way to foist Google+ on everyone.

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Facebook Mouse Cursor Tracking

Facebook may have actually figured out a way to out-stalk Google

By on November 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM.

Facebook may have actually figured out a way to out-stalk Google

Facebook just may have gotten a leg up in its race with Google to see which company can come up with creepier ways to collect information on its users. The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is testing out technology that would actually track the mouse cursor movements that users make while they’re visiting the website as a way to watch more subtle interactions than standard clicks. Facebook analytics chief Ken Rudin tells the Journal that Facebook would like to know answers to questions such as “Did your cursor hover over that ad… and was the newsfeed in a viewable area?” Rudin emphasizes that no decision has been made on whether to roll out the cursor-tracking technology although he says that company “will probably know in a couple of months” whether it’s worth deploying.

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Facebook Video Ads Delay

Facebook reportedly puts off adding video ads until next year

By on October 25, 2013 at 8:30 PM.

Facebook reportedly puts off adding video ads until next year

Good news for everyone who’s been dreading having video ads play when you log into Facebook: It seems Mark Zuckerberg and friends have decided to delay the debut of Facebook video ads until at least 2014. Unnamed sources tell AllThingsD that Facebook has told advertising partners that they shouldn’t expect any video ads to go up this year because Facebook is still trying to figure out how to make them work without annoying its user base. The good news is that Facebook has apparently decided that the autoplay ads won’t have any sound unless users decide to click on them and flip the sound on, AllThingsD reports.

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Twitter Direct Messaging Revamp

Twitter reportedly pondering a WhatsApp-style direct messaging app

By on October 17, 2013 at 8:30 PM.

Twitter reportedly pondering a WhatsApp-style direct messaging app

Could Twitter soon go head-to-head with WhatsApp, Kik and other big mobile messaging services? Unnamed sources tell AllThingsD that Twitter has been working on “plans to significantly update its direct-messaging product in the near future” and has even “kicked around the idea of launching a standalone direct-messaging application separate from the Twitter app.” Doing a standalone direct-messaging app would put Twitter in direct competition with the scores of messaging apps that have taken the mobile world by storm over the past couple of years. AllThingsD notes that Twitter is still not settled as to whether its messaging revamp will include a standalone app for direct messages, although the company is definitely feeling some competitive heat from its rivals in the mobile messaging world.

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Facebook Search Privacy

Facebook policy change leaves users with nowhere to hide

By on October 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM.

Facebook policy change leaves users with nowhere to hide

Facebook users who prefer to lurk in the shadows will not be terribly pleased to learn of a new change to Facebook’s privacy settings that is currently in the process of being rolled out. Facebook users until now have had the option to hide their accounts from the website’s search service. Enabling the setting would mean that their profiles would not be included in search results even when people search for them by name. This will no longer be the case once Facebook removes the privacy option in question, however. Facebook says that the new change will only impact a single-digit percentage of its user base, but we’re not sure how comforting that is. Considering Facebook is currently home to about 1.2 billion users, that means this change could impact more than 100 million people around the world.

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Instagram User Feed Ads

All good things must end: Instagram officially bringing ads to user feeds

By on October 3, 2013 at 9:45 PM.

All good things must end: Instagram officially bringing ads to user feeds

Come on, Instagram users: You didn’t think your feed would stay blissfully ad-free forever, did you? Instagram announced on Wednesday that it will start delivering ads to users’ Instagram feeds over the next couple of months as a way to grow its revenues. The Facebook-owned company says it wants to make sure that “any advertisements you see feel as natural to Instagram as the photos and videos many of you already enjoy from your favorite brands” and will insist that the ads it displays will “be enjoyable and creative in much the same way you see engaging, high-quality ads when you flip through your favorite magazine.” Users will also be able to block ads that they don’t like and will be able to give Instagram feedback about what ads they’d prefer to see in their feeds.

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Facebook CEO Zuckerberg NSA Scandal

Zuckerberg: NSA scandal hurt users’ trust in Facebook

By on September 19, 2013 at 11:30 PM.

Zuckerberg: NSA scandal hurt users’ trust in Facebook

The fallout from the National Security Agency surveillance scandal hasn’t just hurt trust between American tech companies and foreign governments — it’s also damaged the relationship between American tech companies and their own customers. Per ReutersFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this week that revelations about the NSA’s vast data collection practices have made users less likely to trust Facebook and said that the government’s handling of the scandal has been woefully inept. More →

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Facebook Mobile App Video Ads

Facebook working to squeeze silent auto-play video ads into mobile app

By on September 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM.

Facebook working to squeeze silent auto-play video ads into mobile app

So, you thought you could escape the coming era of auto-play video ads on Facebook by accessing the site through your mobile phone, did you? Well, you’re out of luck. Facebook announced this week that it will bring auto-play videos to its mobile app that wouldn’t play any sound unless users click on them. Although the auto-play videos will be limited to videos from users’ friends and their favorite bands at first, Facebook does say that it wants to bring silent auto-play video ads to its mobile app if they won’t degrade the user experience. Facebook has been experimenting with adding auto-play ads with full sound to users’ pages on its desktop website although it’s apparently still trying to figure out how to add them without driving users crazy.

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