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You can hide “Likes” on Instagram and Facebook now: Here’s how

You can hide “Likes” on Instagram and Facebook now: Here’s how

Instagram and Facebook users will now be able to hide their public like counts, an unexpectedly flexible result to the experiment the social networks have been running into how visible popularity impacts usage. The new settings include not only the ability to remove like counts on your own posts, but prevent them from showing up in your timeline generally, too.

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Twitter Ticketed Spaces will have users paying to attend

Twitter Ticketed Spaces will have users paying to attend

It was really only a matter of time before the Clubhouse-alike services and features started trying to monetize the audio-only social media hype. While Clubhouse itself seems to still be experimenting with payment systems, Twitter is pushing forward with what will be known as Ticketed Spaces, turning the nascent Twitter feature into something like a concert or VIP meet and greet where users will need to pay tickets to get in. As enticing as that may sound for hosts, the cut they receive might not be so encouraging.

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This Chrome experiment could fill the void Google Reader left in my heart

This Chrome experiment could fill the void Google Reader left in my heart

Google just announced an RSS feature for Google Chrome that'd allow users to follow blogs with ease. This is like a very tiny, limited part of the deal that was Google Reader, before Google ended service with the RSS aggregator in the year 2013 after approximately 8 years of service to the public. Now Google is once again "building on the open RSS web standard."

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Twitter verification reopens: Here’s how applications work

Twitter verification reopens: Here’s how applications work

Twitter is relaunching verification, opening up the blue check program after reworking its confusing - and at times controversial - policies. The social network has long used a blue logo on usernames to identify that individuals are who they say they are, but questions about just what degree of trustworthiness that implies had forced Twitter to go back to the drawing board to rework the system.

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Clubhouse for Android is going global

Clubhouse for Android is going global

Audio-only social media platform Clubhouse has been at the center of attention of the Internet since last year. While it enjoys a certain level of popularity, the network itself has been very limited in who it is able to reach. Clubhouse opened its doors to a few Android users last week but, in contrast to its pace in the past months, it is quickly expanding the app's availability to everyone in the world. That is, presuming you already have an invitation to join the still exclusive club.

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Instagram on the Web might finally allow creating posts

Instagram on the Web might finally allow creating posts

Although it is one of the biggest social networks in the world, Instagram is able to get away with one rather big sin. It's still a mostly smartphone-only affair, refusing to embrace tablets and even desktops to some extent. While Instagram does have a presence on web browsers, it's meant only for viewing and, only recently, messaging with other users. That may be changing, however, and the Web interface might finally let users make posts while still ignoring tablets.

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WhatsApp will limit accounts that don’t accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp will limit accounts that don’t accept new privacy policy

There is no stopping WhatsApp's, really Facebook's, changes to its privacy policy despite the immense backlash from its own users as well as privacy advocates. The bottom line remains that if you want to keep using WhatsApp, you'll have to agree to share some of your data with Facebook, despite WhatsApp bragging about its privacy-focused operations. You won't, however, immediately lose access to your account after the May 15th deadline if you don't agree to that policy but you will slowly see yourself pushed out of the service until you do.

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Clubhouse for Android is now out, slow expansion explained

Clubhouse for Android is now out, slow expansion explained

By now, you're probably tired of hearing how this or that new social network or feature is designed to take on Clubhouse. Although the audio-only platform has become so popular, its reach is actually extremely limited compared to the likes of Facebook and Twitter. In fact, it's only now that it's opening up its doors to Android users but even then it comes with a lot of caveats. Despite that, the startup isn't changing its pace and explains why it's adopting a measured approach to growth instead.

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Facebook: Trump stays suspended while we do our homework

Facebook: Trump stays suspended while we do our homework

Facebook may have hoped someone else would take the tricky - and politically-nightmarish - decision about whether Donald Trump should be permanently suspended, but with its Oversight Board refusing to play ball it's keeping the former US President on ice until it can figure the new rules out itself. The social media behemoth had referred Trump's suspension to its Oversight Board shortly after President Biden's inauguration, hoping for two main things.

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Facebook Trump ban upheld but Oversight Board refuses to make the toughest decision

Facebook Trump ban upheld but Oversight Board refuses to make the toughest decision

The Facebook Oversight Board has found the social network was right to restrict former President Trump's account in early January 2021, though has insisted on a review of the indefinite suspension the then-President faced on Facebook. The results of the hotly-anticipated - and undoubtedly divisive - Oversight Board investigation centered on Facebook's reaction to incendiary posts by Trump during the DC Capitol Building riot on January 6.

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Instagram automatic captions sticker: How and where

Instagram automatic captions sticker: How and where

This week the folks at Instagram released a system in which users can place a "sticker" in their video that auto-captions audio. This captions sticker was released to Stories for Instagram this week, and it may only be available for a limited set of users at first. If you've seen this same sort of functionality in Instagram before now, chances are you were using said feature with IGTV and the Threads app.

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Clubhouse download numbers don’t bode well for the network

Clubhouse download numbers don’t bode well for the network

It seems that Clubhouse's time in the limelight is coming to a close. Although its name still has some weight in the social media space, its user base may have started to plateau. After raking in millions of downloads earlier this year, the Clubhouse app has reportedly been downloaded less than a million times last month, hinting that its growth spurt might finally be over, giving the social networking giants the chance to take over.

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