I’ve been on Facebook since 2004, way back when the social network was exclusively limited to those with .edu email addresses. Back in those days, fellow old-timers might remember that using Facebook was markedly different from it is today. Back then, it was possible for users to delete the entirety of a friend’s wall. Back then, many of the Facebook features that we now take for granted were incredibly exciting and new, such as being able to tag friends in photos and creating groups. Of course, way back in 2004, photo albums weren’t even yet an option. And to think, people somehow lived this way!
Before you get too alarmed though, Facebook won’t simply go ahead and disclose the private chats you have on Facebook with third parties. Instead, an agreement with Nielsen will allow the company to determine how often specific movies and television shows are discussed in conversations on Facebook, and whether those conversations are positive or negative. More →
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You should really just use Facebook through your mobile browser instead of through the Facebook app. AndroidCentral’s Russell Holly recently started using Facebook in his mobile browser instead of the app and he has also found it delivers a much better overall experience. More →
Some people just can’t seem to grasp the concept that social media posts are… social. We see people get themselves in trouble time and time again for oversharing, but it looks like a new king of poor social media judgement has just been crowned. Meet Malik First Born Allah Farrad, who will be spending the next 15 and a half years of his life in a federal penitentiary because of a single Facebook post. More →
Like it or not, Facebook has been collecting information about you from the moment you created an account. It’s something that a huge percentage of users are uncomfortable with, but it’s a trade-off they’re willing to make in order to stay connected to the world’s largest social network.
What you might not know is that you can actually see what Facebook knows about you (or at least what it thinks it knows about you) with a few simple clicks. More →
Earlier this week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey strongly alluded to the fact that there may some dramatic changes afoot for the popular microblogging service. Dorsey’s comments followed a Re/Code report suggesting that Twitter may consider upping its 140-character limit for messages – a constraint that has defined the site since it’s inception – up to 10,000. If this pans out, we’d be living in a world with tweets comprised of anywhere between 1500-2000 words.
More than 900 million people use WhatsApp on a regular basis, making the Facebook-owned app one of the most popular communication tools out there. WhatsApp offers encrypted instant messaging, voice calls and file transfers, making it a must-have app for many smartphone users. The app is available for a plethora of mobile operating systems, including computers, though it needs to be installed first on a smartphone.
Considering its massive popularity, it’s no surprise to hear that hackers are targeting WhatsApp users with specially crafted malware. On top of that, a serious bug might be used by some people to crash certain WhatsApp chats. More →
Facebook certainly likes to tinker. You might even say it’s in the company’s DNA. And with over 1 billion registered users across the globe, Facebook is in a unique position to run all sorts of testing at a scale that most other companies could only dream of. Unfortunately, most of the stories we’ve seen about such testing suggests that Facebook is more prone to abusing its power than using it for productive purposes.
How many times were you involved in a conversation with your friends and family about liking each other’s pics on Facebook or Instagram? Some people take this meaningless social interaction pretty seriously, though I guess it’s pretty clear where I stand on on the matter. If you’re interested in analyzing the likes your Instagram photos receive – or you have friends who might appreciate a service like this – you should check out a brand new app that can do all of the heavy lifting for you. More →
Mark Zuckerberg has big plans for 2016. In a blog post published over the weekend, the Facebook founder said that his aspirational New Years resolution for 2016 is to completely wire his house with an advanced Artificial Intelligence system similar to Jarvis, the digital butler from Iron Man.
There have been plenty of incredibly stupid memes in 2015, but this might take the cake. On December 23rd at 5:35 p.m., a Facebook user named Stephen Roseman posted an image of a dog with the following caption: “This poor dog was badly burned and disfigured trying to save his family from a house fire.”
A flood of likes, shares and prayers came in for the “poor dog,” and within hours, the post had gone viral.