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Facebook gets 5 new emoji to compliment the “like” button

Facebook gets 5 new emoji to compliment the “like” button

When you see a friend post a status about something bad that's happened to them, people tend to instinctively go for the “like” button. That's how people on Facebook show their support. But with just the one option, is the message you're sending being read as “I support you during this hard time” or “I like the fact that this happened to you”? Well, very soon, you'll have some new options for responding to status updates.

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Study finds that Facebook friends really couldn’t care less about you

Study finds that Facebook friends really couldn’t care less about you

Thanks to the miracle that is Facebook, we've got more friends, and we're more easily connected to them than ever. We see their constant updates and achievements, and we support them by hitting that little “like” button that lets them know that we care just enough to do the bare minimum. Oh, and according to a recent study, roughly 97% of your Facebook friends couldn't care less about you.

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Periscope broadcasts now play instantly on Twitter

Periscope broadcasts now play instantly on Twitter

In this age of smartphones and tablets, information of all kinds is at your fingertips. Information is transmitted so quickly via social media that you can literally watch major events right as they unfold. Well starting today, one of the easiest ways to share and view live video just got a lot easier.

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White House’s latest social effort lands it on Snapchat

White House’s latest social effort lands it on Snapchat

It's no secret the White House has been working to increase its social presence, and latest among that effort is its new Snapchat account. According to the administration, the new “WhiteHouse” account on Snapchat provides a “behind-the-scenes glimpse” of current White House happenings and likewise gives the public a way to engage with the administration. This follows the VR holiday tour the White House released last month.

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Top movie pirates taken down by clumsy social media use

Top movie pirates taken down by clumsy social media use

Following the recent sentencing of movie pirates in the United Kingdom, some curious folk hunted down the details on how police came to discover the pirates’ identities. Not surprisingly, and despite the prosecutor’s claim that the pirates had taken big steps to avoid detection, uncovering the pirates’ identities was pretty simple and largely revolved around the clumsy use of social media. In some cases, a single sentence was all it took.

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Remove irrelevant Facebook posts with this Chrome extension

Remove irrelevant Facebook posts with this Chrome extension

Years ago when I first joined Facebook, it was a nice way to keep up with what my friends were doing. The posts were in a simple, chronological order that made it easy to catch everything I wanted. But the best part was that the only posts I saw were ones that my friends made or shared. These days, it's filled with recommendations and posts from pages that my friends like. Well now there's a way to fix that.

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Adobe Post debuts on iOS for social media graphics creation

Adobe Post debuts on iOS for social media graphics creation

One of the lasting trends among social media apps for smartphones is the photo sharing service, such as Instagram and all its clones. But a growing sub-genre of that are apps like Over, LetterGlow, and Cover, which let users add graphics and stylized text overtop their images before sharing them on their favorite social networks to gain likes and hearts. Now Adobe has stepped up to the plate with its own take for iOS, dubbed Post.

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Reddit finally making an official Android app, begins beta sign-ups

Reddit finally making an official Android app, begins beta sign-ups

Reddit has had an official client app on iOS for some time now, following its acquisition of Alien Blue in late 2014, but Android users have been stuck resorting to third-party apps or the mobile version of the website. Thankfully that situation is coming to an end soon. The company has announced that it's now working on an official Reddit app for Android, and it's already allowing users to sign up for beta testing via online survey.

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Tumblr is first iOS app to support Live Photos sharing

Tumblr is first iOS app to support Live Photos sharing

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users now have a third-party app that supports the sharing of Apple's new Live Photos format. Tumblr has just released an updated iOS app that allows users to both post and view the animated photos taken with the latest iPhone model, meaning there's finally something to view on the social media network other than GIFs. The update also adds 3D Touch features, as well as opens Tumblr's new instant messaging feature to all users.

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Twitter’s newest feature will make photographers happy

Twitter’s newest feature will make photographers happy

Twitter users that appreciate viewing and sharing photos on the social service might notice something is much more pleasing when viewing the site on the web. Twitter says it is no longer cropping images appearing in the timeline into rectangles, instead displaying square and landscape photos in full, eliminating the need to click on them to expand. Unfortunately, Twitter users that appreciate viewing as many tweets on the screen at once without scrolling will not be pleased by today's update.

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Instagram debuts curated video feed in time for Halloween

Instagram debuts curated video feed in time for Halloween

These days, social media isn't just about flooding the world with your status updates. Networks have gotten a bit smarter, a bit more thematic. They are trying not to just blabber on about what people had for lunch or funny cat pictures. Social networks are becoming somewhat more informative and more relevant by trying to showcase what's happening in the world around people. In light of that, Instagram soft launched off its own video channel of curated content, starting with all the Halloween videos you can stomach.

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VSCO Cam unveils sister app for making GIFs: DSCO

VSCO Cam unveils sister app for making GIFs: DSCO

The makers of VSCO Cam, the popular photo-editing app on iOS and Android, have just launched their newest app, DSCO, which focuses on the ever-growing popularity of GIF creation. There's already a number of popular apps that offer tools for creating and sharing GIFs in a simple manner, so what's one more, right? Actually, DSCO relies on the same clean app design and tasteful use of filters that made VSCO Cam a huge hit.

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