The Like button has been Facebook’s most iconic feature since its inception. Over the years, many users have asked the company to institute a “dislike” button to show their disapproval of certain posts but the company has refused to budge… until now. Bloomberg has published the inside scoop on Facebook’s decision to drastically change the classic Like button and it gives us a nice preview of what’s to come on the world’s most popular social network.
Admit it: You use Facebook on your computer a lot, even when you’re not supposed to do it. And often, you use Facebook at work simply because it might be the quickest way to talk to or text your loved ones.
But what if I told you there’s a second website you can use for that purpose that’s hidden in plain sight and that Facebook is not really keen on promoting.
If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with. That’s pretty much the relationship that most users have with Facebook and Google in the 21st century, because there’s really no one to live in the modern world without them.
But even though we spend hours of our lives every week scrolling through our News Feeds and checking our Gmail accounts, it doesn’t mean we trust the brands behind the products. More →
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.