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Facebook testing Snapchat-style self destructing statuses

Facebook testing Snapchat-style self destructing statuses

Facebook is testing self-destructing status messages, with some users spotting Snapchat-like expiration options in the company's iOS app. The new option, not yet available to all users, offers a range of times from a single hour of visibility through to seven days.

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Apple may buy Path, that social app you don’t use

Apple may buy Path, that social app you don’t use

If there’s one thing Apple currently lacks, it’s a good social layer to their various offerings. Perhaps to satiate our need to be digitally social, Apple is reportedly close to purchasing the nearly four-year-old Path. Insiders say the deal may already be done, too.

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Facebook’s Privacy Checkup ensures you know your settings

Facebook’s Privacy Checkup ensures you know your settings

If you've posted anything on Facebook recently, you might have been met with a new box called "Privacy Checkup". This is a new tool that helps ensure the social network's users understand their settings and who gets to see posts and apps.

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Twitter rolls out activity dashboard for the little people

Twitter rolls out activity dashboard for the little people

Celebrities and other big wigs on Twitter have long had access to their accounts' metrics, able to see user engagement and other information on followers and account activity. That feature has been extended to include (almost) every user, regardless of whether they're verified.

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Facebook starts looking for click-bait so you don’t have to

Facebook starts looking for click-bait so you don’t have to

Lots of people use Facebook as a news feed rather than a social site. Even if you mix the two up, chances are you see some website news in your feed (like ours). Facebook is making another pass at creating the best system possible, and it will help weed out the nonsense for you. As for websites and publishers — they may have to change their practices.

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Blame your friends for Twitter screwing up your timeline

Blame your friends for Twitter screwing up your timeline

Twitter's little-loved new habit of putting other users' favorited tweets into your timeline may well be changing, it's reported, though only to clarify why they're showing up, not stop them altogether. The short-message social network began frustrating users earlier this month, by effectively treating some favorited tweets as favorites in how they were displayed to other users. Now, some background on exactly how that's decided - and how it might be evolving - has emerged.

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Twitter will remove deceased’s photos on family’s request

Twitter will remove deceased’s photos on family’s request

Twitter has put in place a new policy that somewhat goes contrary to its usual stance on censorship and freedom of speech. Starting today, the immediate family of a deceased, or an authorized representative of his or her estate, can not only request that the Twitter account be deactivated but to also have images of their loved ones removed from Twitter altogether.

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Twitter’s last experiment was unpopular… so they increased it

Twitter’s last experiment was unpopular… so they increased it

Earlier this month, Twitter quietly began a new experiment which pushed other users' favorited tweets into your own timeline, as if they were retweets. Unsurprisingly, it wasn't especially welcome, so Twitter has taken the obvious next step: rolled it out to even more people.

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Instagram Bolt launched: no Snapchat rival for you!

Instagram Bolt launched: no Snapchat rival for you!

The hottest new Snapchat rival has launched for iOS and Android - but you can’t have it yet. Not unless you live in New Zealand, South Africa, or Singapore. That’s where the developers behind Instagram have decided to launch this platform first.

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Soon, you won’t be able to chat in the Facebook app

Soon, you won’t be able to chat in the Facebook app

Facebook is cutting chat support from its main mobile app on iOS and Android, following up on its promise to split the Messenger functionality out and drive users to the standalone app. Facebook users are being notified from today with an in-app message warning them that, as of around two weeks time, they'll no longer be able to rely on the chat tab in the regular Facebook app.

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OkCupid defends Facebook: We test you too

OkCupid defends Facebook: We test you too

OkCupid is bravely - or foolhardily - wading into the furore over social sites experimenting on users, defending Facebook in the process as it reveals some of the discoveries its own testing has come up with. The stat sifting turns up several insights around the value of pictures on profiles, as well as how suggestible users are, though the fall-out seems less intensive than Facebook's mood-altering trials.

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Social goes shopping with Facebook ‘Buy’ feature

Social goes shopping with Facebook ‘Buy’ feature

You may soon get the option to buy something neat you find via Facebook. The company has announced they are testing a “Buy” button on posts which would let you purchase an item on display right from Facebook. The service works from either desktop or mobile.

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