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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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Twitter to launch standalone music app

Twitter to launch standalone music app

Twitter is apparently looking to bring some music into its service. The company is getting ready to use We Are Hunted, a music discovery service it had acquired 6 months ago, to help build itself a standalone music app. The app will give personalized music recommendations to users based on the musical artists the user follows, and the musical artists the user's followers follow. The service, while less personalized, will still be usable for those without a Twitter account.

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Path 3 now available, offers private messaging and stickers

Path 3 now available, offers private messaging and stickers

The latest version of Path, Path 3, has been announced, bringing with it a new private messaging feature and expressive stickers, giving users the ability to express an emotion that a text-based emoticon can't. While the stickers are interesting, it's the new ability to privately hold a conversation with friends that is the big feature in this release, adding an element of privacy that was previously missing.

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Facebook study shows users are engaging more with friends

Facebook study shows users are engaging more with friends

Carnegie Mellon University performed a seven-year study on Facebook and its users. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon studied data from 5,076 Facebook users from 2005 to 2011 to analyze the correlation between changes in Facebook's privacy features and user's sharing their information. The study showed that every time Facebook improved its privacy features for users, users would actually share more information with their friends as well as 3rd party developers and advertisers.

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Facebook no longer appealing to teens

Facebook no longer appealing to teens

It seems that Facebook is on its way out from the Teen community. Many teens are moving more towards social media platforms like Instagram (conveniently owned by Facebook) and SnapChat. It's most likely because of Instagram/SnapChat's appealing user-friendly mobile apps (Facebook for Android still needs work), and because of teenagers' obsession with sharing photos. Some teenagers only use Facebook as a last resort when they get bored of their other social media apps.

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Facebook marking down gifts as much as 80%

Facebook marking down gifts as much as 80%

Facebook is apparently marking down gifts from its marketplace in order to get more people to use it. Not only that, but you'll also be given the option to "give a gift" whenever your friends get a new job, a promotion, or give birth to a child. Facebook is going to great depths to market its own marketplace. Perhaps it should utilize its own, newly updated custom audiences tool. It could benefit from better targeted marketing, and it can't really boast about the success rate of its tool if its own marketplace isn't doing so well.

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Facebook makes targeted ads easier for marketers

Facebook makes targeted ads easier for marketers

Facebook plans on making marketing much more easier for companies. It has announced that its custom audiences tool, which was released back in September to let marketers create more relevant ads for users, has received an update that will help marketers to create better, more targeted ads to attract users with. This tool will combine the help of 4 companies, Datalogix, Epsilon, Acxiom, and BlueKai, to help businesses with their online/offline marketing.

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Falcon Pro reaches Twitter’s 100k token limit

Falcon Pro reaches Twitter’s 100k token limit

Falcon Pro, arguably one of the best Twitter clients available for the Android operating system, has just reached its 100,000 token limit set by Twitter. The limit was set by Twitter back in August of last year, and it limits 3rd party apps, who utilize Twitter's main features, to only 100,000 users. Falcon Pro has hit this limit only 3 months after it launched its app, catching them by surprise.

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Pinterest raises $200 million in funding valuing the company at $2.5 billion

Pinterest raises $200 million in funding valuing the company at $2.5 billion

If you're one of the many users of Pinterest, you might find it interesting that the company recently raised $200 million in funding. By raising $200 million in funding, the company now has a value of $2.5 billion reports AllThingsD citing sources close to the situation. Previously reports and rumors were flying that the company was trying to raise funding, but that funding is now complete.

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