Social Networking Software

Facebook adds MySpace-style feature of adding songs to your profile

Remember MySpace? As far as social media went, we really had it good back then. With all the platforms available to us today, it's hard to imagine the simplicity of MySpace existing today.

You could soon have a MySpace favorite feature on your Facebook (iOS, Android) account, though. In a blog post, Facebook said it's testing the ability to add a song to your profile. The company is also working on integrating music into Facebook stories, expanding Lip... Read More »

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Facebook Messenger's new design goes for simple, uncluttered look

Facebook will finally begin rolling out the latest iteration of Facebook Messenger after announcing plans to revamp the app in January. Facebook's VP of Messenger Stan Chudnovsky admitted that the social media giant was overzealous in its attempts to expand and monetize the app as it became a dominant force worldwide.

But Facebook Messenger 4, he said, would be simplified and scaled back, with less tabs and greater customization options.

"We believe Messenger 4 delivers the closeness and... Read More »

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How to share SoundCloud songs to your Instagram Stories

In the past, to share what you're listening to with your friends on Instagram (iOS, Android), a screenshot has been the only way to do it.

Now you can share your music discoveries on SoundCloud (iOS, Android) directly to Instagram, according to the SoundCloud blog.

"Scanning the New & Hot charts to find your next favorite song or artist is hard work - work that now delivers an immediate reward, because easily shared, means easily heard,"... Read More »

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Snapchat's election push has activated over 400,000 registered voters

Social media companies have been working hard to drive civic engagement among millennials for the 2018 US midterm elections. The platforms have been linking voter registration portals to their sites and promoting the importance of voting for months, and there's new evidence that it's working.

Most recently, Snapchat (iOS, Android) reported that its push resulted in 400,000 users registering to vote in a two week period. On National Voter Registration day, the site added a button in... Read More »

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Instagram now lets you video chat with up to six people

Do you have half a dozen friends you'd like to group video chat with? Instagram can help.

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With the latest version of the Instagram app for iOS, Android, and Windows 10, you can call up to six people to join you in a group video chat, according to an updated help page from the photo and video sharing network. The new number is a bump up from... Read More »

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Twitter adds messages to explain why tweets were deleted

Twitter has struggled for years to balance the beliefs of free speech advocates against the concerns of those on the receiving end of endless barrages of hateful and dehumanizing Tweets.

In the last few months it's made changes to a number of rules and aspects of its platform to make it safer for everyone but primarily minorities and women, who still complain of targeted harassment and little protection from abusive users.

Twitter tweaked the platform a bit more yesterday,... Read More »

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Twitter will now let you know when a tweet you reported is taken down

Twitter (iOS, Android) announced yesterday that it's adding new notices to let you know when a Tweet you've reported has been removed.

"One piece of feedback we've heard regularly is that it's not always clear to people when we took enforcement action or if someone deleted a Tweet on their own. Starting today, we're adding new notices to make it easier to see when we've taken enforcement action on a Tweet," Twitter said in a blog post.

Now... Read More »

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Twitter removes 'Moments' from Android and iOS apps and sends it to desktop

Moments on Twitter (iOS, Android) will disappear from the mobile app after October 23. Twitter's Support account announced the decision yesterday. The social media site said that Moments on mobile isn't used enough to justify keeping it.

"When features aren't used as often, we'll remove them, so we can focus on building other products you'll love," Twitter said.

Instead, users can now only create a Twitter Moment on desktop. Twitter launched support for mobile Moments in 2016.

SEE: Twitter app adds data-saving feature to control bandwidth usage

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How Instagram is using AI to curtail bullying in photos and captions

Yesterday Instagram Head Adam Mosseri said the social media site is taking new strides to stop bullying for National Bullying Prevention Month. In a blog post, Mosseri said that Instagram removes any content that violates the community guidelines, but some items slip through the cracks.

"There is no place for bullying on Instagram," Mosseri said. "But online bullying is complex, and we know we have more work to do to further limit bullying and spread kindness on Instagram."

The... Read More »

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Facebook Messenger is testing voice commands for chats and calls

Facebook Messenger (iOS, Android) could soon feature voice capabilities to let you dictate and send messages, initiate voice calls, and create reminders. Jane Manchun Wong, a tipster for TechCrunch released a few prototype images on Twitter.

Wong's pictures showed a new Messenger design, featuring an "M" button at the top of Messenger's screen. Tapping the M icon opens a Siri-like assistant.

Adding a voice feature makes Messenger more accessible to people with impaired mobility or... Read More »

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