social networking

Tinder close to finalizing its advertising system

Tinder close to finalizing its advertising system

The pattern should be clear by now: social networking companies offer their service to users for free, and once they grow to a certain level, it's time to start making money with advertisements. Well, everyone's favorite swipe-right-swipe-left dating app Tinder is looking to join the ranks of Facebook and Twitter by showing users ads in the near future. As the company gears up to begin generating revenue, sources say they shopping around for potential partners to fill the advertising space in their app.

Continue Reading

Facebook is down for real, its not just you

Facebook is down for real, its not just you

This morning Facebook was found to be having some down time across the United States and across the planet. You'll likely find your fair share of Facebook comments on Twitter this morning if you also follow that social network with a bunch of social networking pals. If you're thinking about what you could do in this time of peril, there's always the SlashGear Facebook portal for further exploration. Or if you're feeling adventurous, you could hit up the Space portal!

Continue Reading

Snapchat’s Safety Center wants to educate parents

Snapchat’s Safety Center wants to educate parents

Snapchat is one of those big ironies of Internet history. It was originally designed to be safe and private due to the "ephemeral" nature of shared content. That, however, was used as a license to share revealing photos, which would eventually get leaked circulated to the public. Add to that more recent complaints about the company's security practices, or lack of it, and you would understand why Snapchat is now trying to save its reputation with a Safety Center that informs parents and teachers what Snapchat is all about.

Continue Reading

Tumblr begins filtering ‘torrent’ searches, tags

Tumblr begins filtering ‘torrent’ searches, tags

Since Yahoo acquired Tumblr, they have been cautious to make changes, if any, to the social network. However, it appears there have been a few adjustments recently to the censorship or filtering of tags searches. But it's not related to adult content, something that many users fond of the site feared would change when Yahoo took over, rather it's mentions of the word "torrent." This could be related to a new initiative to fight piracy, but any searches for "torrent" will come up blank, both for public and logged in users.

Continue Reading

TweetDeck Teams lets you share Twitter accounts without sharing passwords

TweetDeck Teams lets you share Twitter accounts without sharing passwords

This week the folks at Twitter - who own TweetDeck - have introduced a feature for the platform called Teams. You and your associates will all need TweetDeck for this feature to work, but once they do, it makes sharing one Twitter account super easy. This system allows you to share access to a Twitter account instead of sharing your password for said account. You can give contributor access or admin access, and deny access to this one main leader account at any time.

Continue Reading

Facebook posts land inmate 35 years in the hole

Facebook posts land inmate 35 years in the hole

Being punished for accessing Facebook is nothing new — it’s just typically grounded pre-teens who face the wrath of their parents, not an inmate at a state correctional facility. In South Carolina, one inmate just received 37 years — years — in solitary confinement for posting how much he missed his family. In addition to the alone time, the inmate in question, Tyheem Henry, also lost double that time (74 years) of canteen (inside marketplace for snacks and such), phone, and visitation privileges.

Continue Reading

Flickr debuts Camera Roll: a new, organized interface

Flickr debuts Camera Roll: a new, organized interface

On Friday, Flickr launched the Camera Roll feature for a limited number of users. Still labeled as a beta, Camera Roll is a sleek new interface that focuses on organization, speed, and intuitiveness. Users are immediately presented with all of their photos arranged by either date taken or date uploaded, with smooth scrolling and options to make edits or select multiple images. But what's really new, and useful, is the addition of a timeline à la Facebook on the left, which lets users drill down to find photos by year and then month.

Continue Reading

Google Helpouts shutdown scheduled for April 20th

Google Helpouts shutdown scheduled for April 20th

In a few short weeks, the system known as Google Helpouts will be shut down indefinitely. Users who have used Google Helpouts in the past - who've contributed lots of content - will be able to save their work starting on the 20th of April as well. According to Google, "the Helpouts community includes some engaged and loyal contributors, but unfortunately, it hasn't grown at the pace we had expected." Because of the pace of growth, Google has decided to shut down the system from top to bottom.

Continue Reading

Facebook Legacy Contact elects a guardian for your digital grave

Facebook Legacy Contact elects a guardian for your digital grave

Facebook is making it easier to handle your post-death digital footprint, introducing a new Legacy Contact feature which allows a pre-determined contact to turn a profile into a memorial. Legacy Contact builds on an existing option that converts the profiles of deceased Facebook users into stable shrines to their memory, allowing a trusted person to be nominated and that individual to then have some basic editing rights after a death has been confirmed. Alternatively, however, there's the option to have your Facebook account self-destruct when you yourself pass away.

Continue Reading

Flipboard for Desktop arrives to clean up news

Flipboard for Desktop arrives to clean up news

After five years of running on mobile platforms like the iPad, Android, and Windows Phone, Flipboard has arrived on the desktop. This system is ready to roll in your web browser - it's covering web-based content, after all - and is very, very similar to what you've seen on your mobile phone. Inside Flipboard's web browser-based console you'll be able to work with the same account you had on your mobile device. One decision in one place affects the other. All connected to the web, all made with the same clean design aesthetic.

Continue Reading

Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Maybe because they’re trying to get in on the Etsy racket, or maybe just because they can; either way, Facebook is now making it much easier to sell things via Groups. Today, the social giant is announcing a new feature for Groups, which will allow users to sell items in a more streamlined way, with posts that are more easily manageable and professional looking. The feature was spotted previously, with Facebook saying they were trialing it for some groups who were noticed to have been actively selling anyway.

Continue Reading

Twitter says it lost 4M users because of iOS 8 rollout

Twitter says it lost 4M users because of iOS 8 rollout

As a part of Twitter's quarterly earnings announcement earlier this week, the social network's CEO Dick Costolo and CFO Anthony Noto commented about how Apple's release of iOS 8 in 2014 led to a loss of 4 million active users. The information was related to Twitter's user growth, and as the number of active users per month is seen as an important benchmark for social networks, it was noted that the 288 million users Twitter was reporting could have been 292 million if not for the issues with iOS 8.

Continue Reading