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Google+ adds custom gender option to profiles

Google+ adds custom gender option to profiles

If you've been putzing around in Google+'s settings today, you might have noticed some new options under "Gender". Google software engineer Rachael Bennett announced on the company's social site today the arrival of "an infinite number of ways" for users to display their gender identity. Previously those who didn't want to use the "male" or "female" options were only given an "other" selection, but now there are four options, one of which is customizable.

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Facebook (finally) updates search, helps you find posts

Facebook (finally) updates search, helps you find posts

Searching for a post on Facebook has historically been terrible. Most connected people on the earth post to Facebook, but the service has largely been a terrible resource for, you know, finding the posts you want. Until now, you were better off scrolling through a timeline, but Facebook has changed all that. They’ve updated their graph search to better serve you when you’re looking for a particular post about a certain topic, and it will even show you those posts based on which of your friends posted it.

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Slingshot v2.0 ditches clumsy ‘send-to-receive’ feature

Slingshot v2.0 ditches clumsy ‘send-to-receive’ feature

Remember Slingshot, Facebook’s answer to — well, nothing and everything, really. The messaging platform tried hard to provide a secure environment, but the "send-to-receive" thing fell flat. To see a message, you had to send one, and it was just clumsy and strange. In version 2.0, which Facebook announced today, they’ve stripped that functionality away, instead opting for a more grounded approach. Now, sent messages will appear in a timeline, and your recipient has the option to react privately.

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Twitter beefs up ‘block’ feature to thwart bullying

Twitter beefs up ‘block’ feature to thwart bullying

Social media should be a safe place, and Twitter is taking additional steps to make sure it is. Today, the company is announcing additional features to their “block” feature aimed at calling out those with bad intentions. The aim is not meant for users actually being abused themselves so much as its for others who see abuse happening. When you open up the settings menu in a tweet, there will now be an option for filing a report as well as blocking the account.

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Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

“Adrift at sea”. “Facebook-lite”. According to former Googler Chris Medina, that’s exactly what Google+ is. Rather than serving as the “social backbone” it was designed to be, Media thinks Google+ is about as far from that missive as possible. In a recent post on blogging site Medium, Medina took aim at his former company’s “social” platform, calling them out for violating privacy and trust along the way. If you’re wondering what gives Medina pause to take on Plus, it’s easy: he used to work on it.

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Twitter rolls out tweets via direct messages

Twitter rolls out tweets via direct messages

Most twitter users have probably run across something on twitter before that they wanted to share with one person without posting it to your main feed. There hasn’t been a good way to do that sort of messaging someone a link in the past. That has now changed with twitter unveiling a simple new way to share tweets privately.

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Zuckerberg answers biggest Facebook Messenger question: Why?

Zuckerberg answers biggest Facebook Messenger question: Why?

Facebook has made many changes to both its web experience and its mobile apps, and a good number of them have never been popular. The latest debacle that the social networking giant has found itself in is about the forced move to a separate independent app for messaging. The company has just recently conducted its first public town hall Q&A, with Mark Zuckerberg taking the mic. And surely enough, the first question thrown at him, said to be the most popular one, is why on earth did Facebook force this change on them.

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Zuckerberg: not ‘cool’, movie about him ‘hurtful’

Zuckerberg: not ‘cool’, movie about him ‘hurtful’

At today’s AMA with Mark Zuckerberg, we all got the opportunity to submit questions for the Facebook CEO to answer. Some of what popped up was kind of hilarious, and some of what Zuck said was actually insightful. If you’v ever wondered what made Facebook and it’s founder tick, today’s AMA is a good glimpse into that. Besides, you also get to find out some really neat stuff, like what Mark thought of The Social Network, or why he’s always in a grey tee shirt.

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Facebook now lets Tor users access site directly

Facebook now lets Tor users access site directly

You’re probably not used to Facebook being cautious about your privacy. For a long time, they weren’t, with several snafus leading to the release of private data in a very public way. The social giant has just taken a bold step in the opposite direction, though, and lent credence to a very private Internet portal along the way. If you prefer to do your web surfing via Tor, which lets you obfuscate your IP address and personal info, you’ll now be able to access Facebook directly via a custom portal.

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Facebook launches Rooms, a forum for everyone

Facebook launches Rooms, a forum for everyone

Facebook has introduced Rooms, a new app adding yet another layer to social connections. Rooms isn’t like Facebook, nor is it a skinned version of like Paper. Rooms is a new way to connect and interact, where users create rooms based on interests. Though Facebook is looking back to the early days of the web as inspiration, we’d be remiss not to point out Rooms is a lot like another social service, form a different social provider. It also answers Facebook’s critics on one important front.

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