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Google+ adds support for animated GIF profile pictures

Google+ adds support for animated GIF profile pictures

A quick search will show endless Facebook users seeking out ways to use animated GIFs as their profile picture, and while that social network still doesn't allow it, Google+ has stepped forward to fill that void. As of today, users of Google's social network can now set animated GIFs as their profile picture, which plays on the account's banner when the page is being viewed.

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Facebook Events now show weather forecasts

Facebook Events now show weather forecasts

Facebook has updated its Events feature to include weather forecasts. The weather forecasts only begin to appear when the event is happening within the next 10 days, however, but its a nifty little feature that should aid when planning a get-together. When you're creating a Facebook event, the weather forecast should appear right below the "When" section.

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Zynga distances itself from Facebook

Zynga distances itself from Facebook

Zynga has announced that it will no longer be requiring people to log into their Facebook accounts when entering its site. Zynga wants to distance itself from Facebook in order to become a more independent game developer. You are now able to access your favorite games, like Farmville, Chefville, Draw Sometihng, and more via a stand-alone Zynga account.

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Pinterest rolling out revamped design

Pinterest rolling out revamped design

Pinterest will be rolling out a newly revamped design to all of its users starting today. The new design was well received by a small sample group that had tested it back in January. The new design will help improve user experience by making things more "simpler and cleaner". Now users will be able to browse through pins, plan their fantasy weddings, design their fantasy homes, and crave their fantasy meals much more quickly and easily.

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Facebook study shows friends are a great network for job opportunities

Facebook study shows friends are a great network for job opportunities

Those of you who are currently unemployed, or are looking to venture onto another job, apparently the best place to start looking is straight from your Facebook's friends list. Facebook's Moira Burke and Robert Kraut performed a study to determine whether your friends really are your best network in finding a new job, or if it's better to network with a group of distant acquaintances.

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Facebook blocks MessageMe users from its “Find Friends” feature

Facebook blocks MessageMe users from its “Find Friends” feature

MessageMe may be the new guy on the block, but it has been experienced phenomenal success since its launch. The app had launched a little over a week ago, and has already hit the number 2 position on iOS's Social Networking section. The app sees so much success, even in an over-saturated market of messaging apps, because its part of a social gaming company called LOLapps, which currently has over 50 million active users on Facebook.

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Facebook to add hashtags, says sources

Facebook to add hashtags, says sources

Hashtags have long been the domain of Twitter, where users utilize them alongside keywords to make searching and grouping easier. Over time, hashtags have become an embedded part of our vernacular, used as a part of speech to emphasize a particular aspect of the conversation, the speaker's setting, and other such things. As such, it only makes sense that Facebook would add the hashtag to its own service.

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