Social Networking Software

Apple enhances its Clips video app with new animated selfie scenes, stickers, and soundtracks

Those of you who want to create and share quick videos may want to try Apple's Clips app, especially with some of the cool new tricks and tools found in the latest version.

SEE: The best mobile apps for watching video

Apple has updated its Clips app for the iPhone and iPad with new content that you can add to spruce up your videos. The star of the show are the six new Selfie Scenes, which immerse you in a... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Video Software , iOS Software

Facebook Messenger is adding an 'unsend' feature that gives you 10 minutes to delete a sent message

Ever sent a message and immediately wished you hadn't? Facebook (iOS, Android) has listed the ability to delete a sent message as "coming soon" in its release notes for Facebook Messenger (iOS, Android) version 191.0 in iOS.

"Remove a message from a chat thread after it's been sent. If you accidentally send the wrong photo, incorrect information or message the wrong thread, you can easily correct it by removing the message within ten minutes of sending... Read More »

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Getting started with Premiere Rush, Adobe's new video-editing app

With the goal of creating an easy-to-use video-editing app that would let users create video for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other social-media platforms, Adobe has just release Premiere Rush. The new lightweight video editor is Adobe's next step in accelerating the creative experience with a dynamic link to Creative Cloud by letting users create video across platforms.

(For more on Adobe's vision and its plans for Premiere Rush check out my coverage of the recent Adobe Max conference... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Video Software , iOS Software

Twitter now lets you help ferret out fake accounts

Twitter has certainly had its work cut out trying to find and shut down fake accounts. Now, those of us who use Twitter can also play a role in exposing the phonies.

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Twitter has tweaked its reporting system so you can now tell the company if you think a certain account is fake. The process works through Twitter's usual reporting system. After identifying a tweet as spam, you can then further... Read More »

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Snap Camera spices up Windows and Mac video chats with Snapchat lenses

Want to make yourself look like a puppy dog, a devil, or an extraterrestrial in your video chats? You can now do that on your desktop or laptop computer via a new program from Snap called Snap Camera.

SEE: Filter your videos with these apps

Newly available for Windows and the macOS, Snap Camera taps into Snapchat's existing array of augmented reality filters, or lenses. You've long been able to play with such lenses in the Snapchat app on your mobile... Read More »

Topics: Digital Photo Software , Social Networking Software , Windows Software , Mac Software

Are dating apps responsible for a rise in sexual assaults? Not likely

Charlotte-Mecklenburg authorities in North Carolina are blaming dating apps like Tinder for a recent rise in sexual assaults. The police in North Carolina told ABC 11 that there have been 20 reported cases of sexual assault after using a dating app in Charlotte. In 2017, only 15 cases had been reported.

Police said the reported assaults were connected to apps like Tinder, Bumble, Grindr, Hinge, and Plenty of Fish.

"I don't find any company responsible for anything that happened," CMPD... Read More »

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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 »

Topics: Communications , Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software

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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