Social Media

Facebook Messenger Reaches 1.2 Billion Users Reports Good Adoption of New Initiatives

One of the more interesting elements of the recent rollout of Facebook Stories was the backlash, the pervading sentiment that Stories won’t – and doesn’t – work on Facebook. The basis for that perspective, in general, seems to be ‘none of my friends are using it, so no one is’. So it’s a failure. Put a fork in it, it’s done. ... Read More »

The Free Social Media Tools You Should Already Be Using

TweetDeck app | Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg If you want to learn more about a situation or get to the bottom of something important, you’ve probably been told to “follow the money.” You can apply this advice to business and leadership, too. If you want to keep a pulse on industry trends and stay ahead of the curve, one of the ... Read More »

Facebook creeping is no longer totally anonymous

Facebook’s new “Stories” update is here, and it ruins the best part about the entire social network: Mindlessly plumbing your friends’ lives without fear of getting caught. When you watch a friend’s Story — which exists for 24 hours and is comprised of one or more photos or short videos — that friend will know you’re creeping. This is how ... Read More »

Pinelands member taking social media critics to court

BRIDGETON – A state Pinelands Commission member is taking 14 people into state court over alleged insults on social media, including one unsympathetic lyrical comparison to the devil, because of her support for a natural gas pipeline. Vineland resident Jane Jannarone claims, in a lawsuit filed in Cumberland County Superior Court on March 20, that the postings set out to ... Read More »

Social media firms accused of ‘commercial prostitution’

Google did not take down a video with “malicious and hateful comments about Jewish people” CREDIT: ERIN LUBIN/ BLOOMBERG  Social media companies have been accused of “commercial prostitution” and having “no shame” after being grilled by MPs over their failure to take down abusive content. MPs condemned Google for not taking down a video by a former Ku Klux Klan leader ... Read More »

We need to rethink adoption in the social media age, says senior judge

Lord Justice McFarlane: ‘The difficulties facing adopters and adopted children have been made more difficult with the ever-increasing facility to trace and make contact via social media.’ Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Too many children are being forcibly adopted against the wishes of their families and prevented from having any contact with their natural parents, a senior judge has suggested. In ... Read More »

Windows 10’s Creators Update bug bash begins, signalling an end to new feature releases

On Friday, Microsoft announced the launch of its “bug bash” for the Windows 10 Creators Update, a sign that it’s beginning to slowly wind down its development process before it finally releases the next major version of Windows. Historically, Microsoft begins each iteration of its milestone Windows 10 releases by fixing a few last-minute bugs from the previous version. It ... Read More »

Google Photos update tweaks interface to put focus on album, device folders

If you’re a regular user of Google Photos (and if you’re not, you should be), don’t freak out if things are arranged a little differently when you fire up the app today. A new update rolling out to users brings some interface and layout tweaks, but the most interesting stuff is hidden deep in the code. GreenbotThe album view in ... Read More »

4 ways to block political posts on Facebook

If you thought that deluge of political rants, memes, and arguments in your Facebook feed would end with the 2016 Presidential Election, think again. If anything, the thrum of political debate has only grown louder since the final votes were tallied. Whether you participate in these posts, just seeing them is proven to be wearing and stressful , and can ... Read More »

AI beating humans? Not in my lifetime, says Google’s cloud chief

By Martyn Williams | Follow Senior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service | Nov 16, 2016 5:16 PM PT Diane Greene, senior vice president of Google, speaks at the Code Enterprise conference in San Francisco on November 15, 2016. Credit: Martyn Williams MORE LIKE THIS Why Cortana’s new boss is obsessed with artificial intelligence Steve Jobs Interview: One-on-one in 1995 Will ... Read More »