social networking

Google turns to 4chan founder moot for social reboot

Google turns to 4chan founder moot for social reboot

The founder of controversial messageboard 4chan, a place often described as part of the internet's dark underbelly, might not be the obvious candidate to join "Do No Evil" Google. Still, that's just what's happened, with Chris Poole - aka moot - announcing this week that he's climbing into bed with the search giant.

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Tinder wants you to play matchmaker with new share button

Tinder wants you to play matchmaker with new share button

I think that as humans, we have a natural desire to play matchmaker. Back in school, people were constantly setting their friends up with the "perfect" match. Through adulthood I've still seen that happen, though to a somewhat lesser degree. Well, Tinder seems to be one of the more popular ways to find a date, and they want to help you in your quest to find a perfect match for your friends. Or at least find them someone that they'll want to swipe right on.

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Facebook Live Video is now available on Android

Facebook Live Video is now available on Android

Following a debut back in December, Facebook's Live Video feature has gradually been making its way to mobile, starting with iPhone users in the US. Now it's time for those with Android devices to get in on the phone, as the live streaming tool is making its debut on Google's mobile platform this week, the social networking company has announced.

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Facebook’s new Reaction Buttons: Like, an in-depth guide

Facebook’s new Reaction Buttons: Like, an in-depth guide

Today Facebook's "Reactions" update ushers in the social network's biggest change since the introduction of the Newsfeed. Here you, the user, will be able to select from several different emotions where before only "Like" would do. To make the most of your journey into the future, we've created an in-depth guide - how to tap, how to decide, and how to react to reactions. Let us be your guide across the threshold of confusion!

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Tweet NASA your artwork and they’ll send it to an asteroid

Tweet NASA your artwork and they’ll send it to an asteroid

If you've ever thought of your artwork floating among the star, NASA has the opportunity for you. The space agency has launched a campaign dubbed "We The Explorers," where their OSIRIS-REx will be traveling to the asteroid Bennu and back, carrying art from anyone sent in via Twitter. It's basically a public time capsule that's being sent into space and deposited on an asteroid, where it will remain for all time.

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Twitter brings video sharing to Direct Messages

Twitter brings video sharing to Direct Messages

Now that the outrage over Twitter's potential changes to the timeline has calmed, the social network has been rolling out several new features to its app this week. Yesterday saw the official debut of GIF support, including the ability to see which moving images are trending, as well as search. Now Twitter users are able to capture and then share videos in Direct Messages, bringing the private, one-to-one message type closer to basic texting apps and services.

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Facebook’s Instant Articles open to all publishers in April

Facebook’s Instant Articles open to all publishers in April

Facebook will be opening Instant Articles up to all publishers this upcoming April, the social network has announced. The service, which is already being used by a few hundred publishers, will be available to all regardless of the publication’s size and location. The change will take place at the Facebook F8 conference on April 12, with the social network pointing interested publishers toward its documentation to “prepare for open availability.”

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How Nintendo’s Miitomo plans to destroy Twitter and Facebook

How Nintendo’s Miitomo plans to destroy Twitter and Facebook

Pre-registration has begun for the first Nintendo mobile app, Miitomo, made for the masses to network socially. As this is Nintendo's first "smart device app", they've got a lot riding on its success. As such, they're making a big deal of how and when it'll launch. Starting today, Miitomo will allow pre-registration. In this pre-registration, users will attain Platinum Points for a new My Nintendo rewards program, one which will launch alongside Miitomo in March.

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ISS commander, astronaut Scott Kelly answering questions live on Tumblr right now

ISS commander, astronaut Scott Kelly answering questions live on Tumblr right now

If you've ever wanted to participate in a live, Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything)-like session with an astronaut in space, your chance is RIGHT NOW. All you have to do is head on over to Tumblr, where NASA astronaut, and current commander of the International Space Station, Scott Kelly is answering questions from space. He's participating in an "Answer Time" session, or Tumblr's take on the AMA, where readers can ask any question they like, with the chance Kelly will respond.

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Twitter users tank in Q4 earnings call

Twitter users tank in Q4 earnings call

In an earnings call this afternoon, Twitter reported a 2-million active user decline over the past three months. This is at odds with what the company had projected: just the opposite, a 2-million active user increase. Twitter has also made an effort to show that this quarter (their financial Q4) showed a "strong" business side, with continued strength in advertising business, especially in video ads and "across major verticals, channels, and geographies."

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WhatsApp Update: here’s what (emoji) you’re getting

WhatsApp Update: here’s what (emoji) you’re getting

This morning the updates began to arrive for WhatsApp, bringing on - amongst other bits and pieces - a whole new collection of emoji. this new version 2.12.441 allows users to roll with a tabbed collection of what you'll otherwise have been getting in iOS 9.1, but... you know... here on Android. This update to WhatsApp will only be showing these new emoji to users who also have the same last couple of versions of the app, so you might want to hold back on the delivery just yet.

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Twitter debuts controversial new algorithmic timeline

Twitter debuts controversial new algorithmic timeline

Starting today, Twitter is rolling out its new and improved timeline feature that nearly caused a revolt over the weekend. Originally rumored as a replacement for the social network's traditional reverse-chronological order timeline, the new un-named feature aims to make sure users don't miss important or popular tweets from the people they follow. Once in place, the feature adds a selection of said tweets to the top of users' timelines, similar to the existing "while you were away" feature.

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