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Twitter updates with direct message syncing

Twitter updates with direct message syncing

Users love when things can be synced across multiple devices, so it should come as a big relief that a Twitter update today now includes syncing of direct messages across multiple devices. The update applies to a slew of platforms: Android, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, the Twitter web interface, and the mobile web app, as well as TweetDeck.

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State Department spent over half a million to boost Facebook page “likes”

State Department spent over half a million to boost Facebook page “likes”

According to an inspector general's report, the government spent approximately $630,000 from 2011 through 2012 to increase the number of "likes" the State Department's Facebook page received. While the initiative was successful, having increased the numbers on the page dramatically, many critics are speaking out against the action, calling it a waste of money.

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Twitter to promote content from brands, promises not to show more ads

Twitter to promote content from brands, promises not to show more ads

Promoted content, sponsored posts, and other forms of advertisements are nothing new on social media websites, but services like Facebook and Twitter are constantly finding new ways to bring advertisements to their sites. Case in point: Twitter announced today that it will begin experimenting with ways to post promoted content from brands without showing more ads than there already are.

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Twitter testing embed notifications for tweets

Twitter testing embed notifications for tweets

Users have been able to embed tweets onto websites for ages, but unlike replies and mentions, the writer of a tweet would never get notified whether or not their tweet was embedded onto a website, as well as which websites the tweet was embedded on. However, it seems Twitter is secretly testing this feature, and some users noticed it over the weekend.

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Facebook hashtags arrive on mobile web app

Facebook hashtags arrive on mobile web app

After rolling out hashtag support for desktop users, Facebook is giving the honor to mobile users now within the web app. If you log into your Facebook account through the browser of your choice on any smartphone or tablet, you'll be able to tap on hashtags in Facebook posts to search for that specific topic.

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Google+ turns 2, is aging like fine wine

Google+ turns 2, is aging like fine wine

It may be hard to believe, but Google+ turned two years old today. Just two short years ago, we were treated with Google's second attempt at a social network, one that we thought would bite the dust yet again, but here we are today, still basking in the existence of Google+, which now has even more features and more users than ever.

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Facebook security bug worse than initially reported

Facebook security bug worse than initially reported

Last week, Facebook faced one of those difficult security problems that companies usually have to face once in a while. The social network reported that a security bug left approximately six million users' information exposed, namely email addresses and phone numbers. However, it seems the problem goes much deeper than that.

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Social media in the dock: UK revamps offensive comment policy

Social media in the dock: UK revamps offensive comment policy

The UK's head of public prosecutions has issued new guidelines for cases involving social media, a contentious area which has seen users of Twitter, Facebook, and other networks prosecuted for offensive or threatening messages in the past years. The new guidelines, Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC says, aim to cut the threat of "the potential chilling effect" of social media users being afraid of speaking their mind for fear of running the risk of arrest, while still giving law enforcement the power to stop those harassing, stalking, or threatening others, or publishing (or retweeting) grossly offensive or obscene messages.

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Facebook event set for arrival of “new product” next week

Facebook event set for arrival of “new product” next week

As if the announcement and launch of Facebook Home wasn't enough, Facebook has yet another event in the pipeline for next week that looks to unveil "a new product" that supposedly comes from "a big idea." The event is scheduled to take place on June 20 at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.

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Twitter’s FollowMe creates highlight reels of your best tweeting moments

Twitter’s FollowMe creates highlight reels of your best tweeting moments

In an effort to help users gain more followers, Twitter has launched a feature called #FollowMe that allows users to create a short highlight reel that shows off their best tweets, photos, and Vine videos. It's sort of like a resume to show other Twitter users that you're worth following because of how hilarious you are, but don't blame #FollowMe if no one likes your highlight reel.

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Foursquare Time Machine visualizes check-ins in 3D, recommends other hot spots

Foursquare Time Machine visualizes check-ins in 3D, recommends other hot spots

Foursquare enjoys giving its users new ways to visualize all of their check-ins over the years, and they've introduced a new feature that makes that happen once again. It's called Time Machine, and while it may just seem like another feature for Foursquare to use in order to recommend other hot spots to go to, Time Machine visualizes all of your check-ins in the coolest way yet.

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Facebook hashtags go live, gives a shout-out to Twitter

Facebook hashtags go live, gives a shout-out to Twitter

Twitter is the pioneer of the hashtag, but since then, many other online services have been adopting the number sign as well, because why not? Twitter's biggest competitor, however, just now added support for hashtags. That's right, Facebook now lets you click on hashtags that your friends have long been posting to their status updates.

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