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Why use words? Emojis dominate Instagram

Why use words? Emojis dominate Instagram

If you were to comment on Instagram with actual words and phrases, you'd look out-of-place in a sea of emojis and hashtags. It makes sense that on a platform ruled by images, emoji would be the language of choice. If a picture is worth a thousand words, do emoji carry the same weight in prose? Some would consider the pictorial designs worth a few phrases at best, but a team of Instagram researchers took a look at the way users are writing on Instagram comments and found that the online language is evolving towards emoji.

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Facebook massages privacy with anonymous login and more

Facebook massages privacy with anonymous login and more

Facebook may be the natural home of over-sharing, but new Facebook Login options mean users now have more granular control over what third-party apps can know about them. Announced at F8 2014, the amended "Log in with Facebook" option will now serve up an "Edit the info you provide" link, where tweaks to exactly what gets passed over from your profile can be made. However, while the new feature may have been a year in the making, it's not a complete fix for online privacy.

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Facebook looking to host news stories with Instant Articles

Facebook looking to host news stories with Instant Articles

Facebook, the company, doesn't like it when you leave Facebook, the social network, to view other content on the internet. Which is exactly what you do when you click a link to a news article that someone has shared in a post. Facebook would much rather you stay on their site for as long as possible. A new report from The Wall Street Journal details an upcoming attempt by Facebook to keep you put called Instant Articles. The feature would allow users to read full articles in their feed from sources like Buzzfeed, New York Times, and National Geographic.

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Facebook testing mobile feature allowing users to pick News Feed priority

Facebook testing mobile feature allowing users to pick News Feed priority

Almost everyone uses Facebook these days, and everyone that does knows there are posts from certain friends that they want to see more than others. Well, the social network may finally be acknowledging it, as they have apparently begun rolling out a test feature to users of the Facebook mobile app allowing them to choose which friends and pages will appear at the top of their News Feed. Not everyone is seeing this new feature at this point, but those that do are able to give posts from the people they prefer a prioritized place atop their feed.

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Facebook Messenger scores video calling feature

Facebook Messenger scores video calling feature

Even if you don’t use Facebook as a way to share every mundane snippet of your day, there’s a good chance you use the social network’s Messenger app, which allows users to chat with each other, send files, and make voice calls. Joining that starting today is another feature, one that is keeping it on par with some other chatting app alternatives: video calling. With this, and as you’d expect, users can call each other and do so with live video feeds so they can see the person they’re talking to.

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Google Person Finder and Facebook Safety Check provide relief in Nepal Quake

Google Person Finder and Facebook Safety Check provide relief in Nepal Quake

Tragedy struck Nepal as a 7.8-magnitude earthquake caused damage throughout the capital, Kathmandu. The earthquake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, endangering climbers. Sadly, Google executive Dan Fredinburg lost his life in the avalanche. To help with the recovery and relief efforts, Google and Facebook are stepping up to the plate, reminding the public of their respective Person Finder and Safety Check features which can be used to check on friends and family from half way around the globe.

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Twitter Highlights lures lazy users with friends’ activity

Twitter Highlights lures lazy users with friends’ activity

Twitter has rolled out Highlights, a new feature aiming at summarizing some of the peaks from your timeline that you might have otherwise missed. The new tool automatically cooks up a summary of the most interesting things the people you're following are tweeting, along with local trending topics, twice a day. For Twitter, meanwhile, it's another way to try to maintain active users.

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Twitter abuse now requires your phone number

Twitter abuse now requires your phone number

As one of several new means of combating abuse on their social network, Twitter is bringing on phone number verification for users. This system will not require that every Twitter verify their account using a phone number, but would potentially have some users required to verify their account or risk having said account destroyed entirely. Twitter is also enacting a feature which hides abusive Tweets from those that abused users do not follow. Abuse, Twitter hopes, will soon be a thing of the past - or it'll be hidden from view, at least.

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Twitter tightens security after messaging snafu

Twitter tightens security after messaging snafu

Today Twitter is updating their Policy and Product outlines to further combat abuse on their social networking platform. This comes just one day after Twitter announced that they'd be opening the proverbial gates to more Personal Messaging between users, creating a feature update which needed to be turned on to be used. Today, Twitter updates their violent threats policy as well as expanding their coverage of suspected abusive Tweets. In short - Twitter isn't taking this whole "public abuse" thing sitting down - they want you to feel safe and comfortable in their social networking environment.

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Deactivating Twitter’s “Direct Messages from anyone” as fast as possible

Deactivating Twitter’s “Direct Messages from anyone” as fast as possible

Worried Twitter's newest feature "direct message from anyone" will put a kink in your private life? You're not the only one. Earlier today Twitter's update and blast on their newest feature update made more than one social network explode in a fury of misdirected madness. The key to this puzzle wasn't that this new feature was coming, however, but that it wasn't turned on by default. This feature, as it turns out, is something you need to turn on for it to work.

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