Facebook will run every one of its 1bn+ users through a new Privacy Checkup that flags up potentially unwanted sharing, as the social network responds to ongoing criticisms that it makes inadvertently spilling secrets too easy. The new tool, which will be rolled out to existing Facebook users over the next few weeks, highlights some of the primary concerns they have voiced, and highlights the options and settings which could help mitigate them. Meanwhile, there are changes afoot for new Facebook sign-ups, too.
If there was ever a key reason to want to use the Google-standard Android app "Photos" from Google+, today the group has given it. Here we’re seeing Google+ Photos bring on a set of abilities only otherwise given to the Auto-Awesome phantoms that run Google+. It’s almost as if Google initiated this program backward, letting everything be awesome automatically first, then giving the tools for manual workload second.
If you’re not the sort of person that likes to curate massive sets of photos, yet you are the sort of person to take massive sets of photos, Google may have your solution. Introduced in time for the Summer vacation season, right as it gets warm across the United States, Google+ Stories is appearing for the first time.
Facebook is going button crazy, adding a new - and slightly creepy - "Ask" button to check up on someone's relationship status, and reportedly intending to roll out an "I'm a Voter" button to encourage election engagement. The "Ask" button for current relationship is an extension of the similar options for things like employment and contact details, but Facebook has now made it easier to to find out whether someone is dating.
Facebook is taking a second shot at sniping Snapchat, reportedly readying a new short video messaging app despite only killing its Poke app earlier this month. Facebook "Slingshot" is the result - potentially to be renamed before release - of several months of internal handiwork, it's said, and follow a Snapchat-style model of ephemeral messaging.
Twitter has officially rolled out Mute, a way to quiet your timeline that's synchronized over all of your Twitter clients. The new feature allows selective muting of certain people or accounts, after which their tweets and retweets won't show up in your timeline, nor come through as SMS notifications.
Facebook has quietly axed its Poke and Camera apps, yanking them from Apple's App Store after they failed to set the social world alight. Poke was Facebook's attempt to cash in on the ephemeral photo craze begun by Snapchat, allowing Facebook users to send each other self-destructing photos, but which languished under the shadow of persistent rumors that the social network was trying to buy its smaller app rival.