social networking

Snapchat is down: double-check your snaps

Snapchat is down: double-check your snaps

Since about 3PM Eastern Time today, the social network Snapchat has been down for the count for users across the United States. and in various places in Western Europe. This service appears knocked out for a wide variety of users though the official Snapchat Support Snapchat Status suggests "All systems normal." Don't panic - you're not alone. There's always the internet, and there ARE other social networks out there where you're going to be able to seek support. You're going to just have to stay strong.

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Instagram now loops like Vine

Instagram now loops like Vine

The war of the tiny media sharers continues. Instagram has had an internal update which allows videos shared to the service to loop. Just like Vine, whenever you tap the "play" button on an Instagram video, you're going to be watching that video over and over and over again, prompting Vince super-sharers to trade services. If they do so dare, of course. This is the next step in Social Networking, after all - adding ALL the features of competing services to do better than they.

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Facebook’s new Privacy Policy gives it more reach

Facebook’s new Privacy Policy gives it more reach

Facebook changing its privacy policies is nothing new, but once in a while it manages to hit a nerve that causes privacy advocates and governments agencies to take notice. Especially when Facebook does so rather silently. That might be the case last weekend when the social networking giant made some modifications to its Privacy Policy change that, though still in plain English, is somewhat ambiguously worded in such a way that it can be open to interpretation and abuse. By Facebook, of course.

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Snapchat’s ‘Literally Can’t Even’ panned by users, critics

Snapchat’s ‘Literally Can’t Even’ panned by users, critics

Yesterday saw the debut of Snapchat's first original web series, Literally Can't Even, and users of the ephemeral messaging app are widely giving it a big thumbs-down. The show is written by and stars Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn, who play two 20-somethings living their life. The first episode, titled Sip & Surf Pool Party XXX, is just under 5 minutes long, and is a debut of Snapchat's initiative to create original content and publish it exclusively to the messaging platform. Read on to see what viewers had to say.

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Snapchat Discover video series taps Spielberg and Goldwyn

Snapchat Discover video series taps Spielberg and Goldwyn

The title of the web-based episodic video series about to be released by Snapchat is literally the following: "Literally Can't Even." This web series will follow the daughters of directors Steven Spielberg and John Goldwyn as they go on comedic misadventures through life. The women will be playing alternate reality versions of themselves, as it were. Starting on the 31st of January - tomorrow - this web series will premiere in Snapchat's new Snap Channel. This is all part of Snapchat's new Discover initiative for expanding the reach of Snapchat into new forms of media.

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Facebook down because of Facebook

Facebook down because of Facebook

That's not an error in the title you've just read - Facebook itself was responsible for the Facebook outage last night. Apparently there wasn't any sort of hacking going on, nor did the end of the world come close to happening - instead it was a tiny glitch. This error happened, according to Facebook, when they "introduced a change" that affected their configuration systems. This includes Instagram too. Both services should be back in action 100% for users around the globe - if not, count on another statement arriving shortly.

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Twitter adds group messaging and 30s videos

Twitter adds group messaging and 30s videos

Twitter may be the social network where you tell the world what you had for breakfast, but new private messaging features now allow you to share it on a need-to-know basis. The support for private conversations - added to Twitter today, along with new video features that streamline the sharing of clips - builds on the social service's existing Direct Messages support, but expands them to an impromptu group of up to twenty people who needn't be following each other. It's the company's response to wildly popular instant messaging clients like Facebook-owned Whatsapp.

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Tweetbot for Mac hits limit on Twitter tokens, pulled from App Store

Tweetbot for Mac hits limit on Twitter tokens, pulled from App Store

The desktop version of popular third-party Twitter client Tweetbot has disappeared from the Mac App Store, and the cause is believed to be because of the limit on API tokens that Twitter imposes on developers. In a nutshell, Twitter gives app developers a limited number of tokens, which allow users to sign in and use the social network through the chosen app. Without any more tokens, the app becomes useless to new buyers.

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Pinterest revamps search to attract more male users

Pinterest revamps search to attract more male users

Data from comScore says that out of Pinterest's 72.5 million US visitors, 71% are women. However, Pinterest wants to tip the scales in the direction of an increased male demographic, and as part of their efforts, the social network has just announced new changes to its search filters that better customize results for users. Now searches will take into account the gender selected by users when they created an account. For example, Pinterest says if a male user searches for watches, results will skew towards what has been pinned by other men.

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Renegade social site Ello now has ads via YouTube

Renegade social site Ello now has ads via YouTube

Remember Ello? Not until you just read that, I bet. The ‘Facebook killer’ social network was ad-free, and a bit of fun for a week or so. Various brands latched onto it as a new medium to share themselves with the world, with its stripped-down interface and stark indifference to social as we know it. A big selling point for Ello was ads, where none existed. According to the founders, none would, either. Until today, with the rollout of video and music on Ello.

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WhatSim dedicates your smartphone solely to WhatsApp

WhatSim dedicates your smartphone solely to WhatsApp

What's up with WhatsApp these days? The popular, or sometimes unpopular, messaging service, now owned by Facebook, is back in the spotlight. First it is moving to shutdown third-party WhatsApp apps, for the sake of security and privacy of course, and then it revealed a so far Chrome-only web app. Though not exactly its doing, the announcement of this rather odd SIM card, called, what else, WhatSim, puts the service again on a pedestal, letting users worldwide chat to their hearts content.

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Facebook News Feed changes could prevent you from looking foolish

Facebook News Feed changes could prevent you from looking foolish

Facebook is more than just a social network. For many, it’s their primary source of news content, making their news feed much more than updates from family and friends. Sometimes, you come across content that appears real, but it’s quickly recognized as a ‘hoax’ story. In their ongoing attempt to end the clickbait, Facebook is now allowing us to report hoax posts. Facebook’s algorithm also takes into account how many delete the post, which will drive the ‘hoax’ down in the distribution rankings.

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