social networking

Facebook combines emoji with multi-option Likes for ‘Reactions’

Facebook combines emoji with multi-option Likes for ‘Reactions’

While there was news lately about Facebook possibly introducing a new "dislike" button alongside their iconic Like, it seems the social network is already testing another option for expressing different opinions or feelings on a post. Called "Reactions," the feature turns the single-response Like into seven different emotions, complete with corresponding emoji. Sources told Engadget that Reactions will go into testing as early as this week for Facebook users in Ireland and Spain.

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Facebook launches Doodle to decorate your photos

Facebook launches Doodle to decorate your photos

Facebook's mobile app for Android and iOS users sees an update this week which includes the ability to Doodle on photos. This functionality has existed for Messenger before, and is now just being imported back to the main Facebook app. This system allows you to not only edit the photo you're uploading - as you were able before today - but to draw on it as well. A variety of colors and abilities in illustration are being made available this week to join in with the stickers and the tags and the filters.

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Twitter Moments debuts for curating tweets, topics, and events

Twitter Moments debuts for curating tweets, topics, and events

Previous known as Project Lightning, Twitter has just rolled out a new feature that curates and collects tweets about important events and trending topics. Now called Moments, the feature compiles media and information from tweets in a user's timeline that they may have missed into a single slideshow-like presentation. Moments seems to be Twitter's solution to its problem of giving new users a quick and easy to discover new content, as well as offering experienced users more control over their timeline.

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Reddit launches Upvoted, a news site with no commenting or voting

Reddit launches Upvoted, a news site with no commenting or voting

Social aggregator Reddit has revealed it is launching its own news site, Upvoted, that will focus on presenting interesting news and media that surfaces from Reddit's own communities. The site is set to go live later today, and, most interestingly, will not allow any comments from readers or up/downvotes, as is the common practice on Reddit proper. As Wired reports, Upvoted will seem similar to most other news sites, presenting everything from stories, pictures/videos, infographics, and more, from a variety of categories including lifestyle, science, politics, technology, and sports.

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What is Peeple (and why are we so angry about it?)

What is Peeple (and why are we so angry about it?)

The internet is a loud, judgmental, invariably angry place, but startup Peeple has inspired more than the usual degree of bile. Promising to be for individuals what Yelp has become for businesses, the app won't launch until sometime in November but its core concept - allowing anybody to leave a review or, if they're feeling lazy, just a one to five star rating, on you - has already prompted fierce debate online.

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go90 is Verizon’s tone-deaf attempt at a video app

go90 is Verizon’s tone-deaf attempt at a video app

Today Verizon Media revealed go90, a video app for iOS and Android devices. This app can be run on devices from any data network, but some content may be limited to Verizon Wireless customers. The app's presentation begins with a sign-in/sign-up screen after you've downloaded it, then presents a "free" multimedia experience that Verizon Media says is "thanks [to their] super cool ad partners!" Verizon Media also suggests that they've been "cooking it up" in their "Silicone Valley labs" for months.

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Tweetbot 4 released for iOS with iPad support, split-screen, landscape view

Tweetbot 4 released for iOS with iPad support, split-screen, landscape view

Twitter client Tweetbot 4 is released after an extended development time by Tapbots LLC. This release includes support for the iPad - universal support - meaning you're going to be able to use it with (almost) any iPad. This new version has a "Column View" for the newer iPads and iPhone 6 Plus, and Split View multi-tasking on the iPad. More granular mute filter settings are enabled, and users are now able to work with statistics and activity views, too.

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Tinder ‘Super Like’ is now available for swiping worldwide

Tinder ‘Super Like’ is now available for swiping worldwide

Less than a month ago, social dating app Tinder introduced a new "Super Like" feature for when users come across someone who just seems to good to be true, giving them a way to express their interest in meeting. Until now, the Super Like was limited to a beta test among Australian users, but Tinder says the feature is now rolling out to user around the globe. Swiping to the right or left to reject or show interest remains the same, while swiping up is used for the new Super Like.

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Facebook to help UN bring internet access to refugee camps

Facebook to help UN bring internet access to refugee camps

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced over the weekend that he and Facebook plan to help the UN bring internet access to refugee camps. Zuckerberg says that internet access is an "enabler of human rights" and a "force for peace." Zuckerberg also pointed out that helping to bring internet access to more users isn’t altruism, that "we all" benefit when we are more connected.

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Facebook is down: tiny details

Facebook is down: tiny details

Today Facebook has gone down for thousands (if not millions) of users around the world. Blackout began at around 11:30 AM Central Time in the United States and appears to have affected areas in Europe and Asia as well. A live outage map suggests that most users reporting problems come from the United States, centering in around New York City, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. Twitter complaints are coming at an increasing speed at the time this article is published, with just a few tweets a minute at 11:40 AM Central Time up to over 80 tweets per minute closer to 11:50 AM Central Time.

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How Facebook plays 360-degree keep-away from YouTube

How Facebook plays 360-degree keep-away from YouTube

This afternoon Facebook launched its 360-degree video initiative, and with it a brand new security measure to keep content exclusive. Facebook's 360-degree video feature is much like YouTube's very similar 360-degree video feature. Once you're watching a video, you're inside a sphere of content, able to turn any direction to see a different angle on your environment. The big difference here between the two services is the way they execute and display a flat video file made spherical - in effect making both services mutually exclusive.

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Facebook 360 videos begin to roll out in news feed

Facebook 360 videos begin to roll out in news feed

Facebook has been teasing its plans to produce 360-degree video for users for a while now. The big thing we didn’t know about the 360 video plans was just when the videos would launch. As of today Facebook has announced that the 360-degree videos will begin rolling out in News Feed.

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