Facebook made a game with Porgs and that’s really all you need to know

By Friday, December 15, 2017 0 Permalink 0

If there’s one thing we should all be able to agree on about The Last Jedi it’s most definitely the Porgs. ;

Now, Facebook is helping you relive all the best Porg moments from The Last Jedi and then some, thanks to the social network’s new Porg Invasion game. ;

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Playable on Facebook’s app and website, as well as Messenger, the adorable — and spoiler-free — game puts you on board the Millennium Falcon as it’s quickly being overrun by Porgs. Switch off between BB-8, who must frantically snatch each critter out of the air, and Chewie, who has to fix the destruction the Porgs leave behind. Read more…

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The internet companies working to save net neutrality

By Friday, December 15, 2017 0 Permalink 0

The government didn’t completely kill net neutrality, as long as companies that offer our internet access enforce its principles. ;

Some probably won’t. Comcast, America’s most-hated company, has hinted at creating “fast lanes” where internet companies would have to pay for better access to the network. ;

But other internet service providers (ISPs) were founded, at least in part, on the principle of offering a fairer system. And after Thursday’s ruling, that promise remains. ;

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“Net Neutrality lives on,” reads an email from Sonic on Thursday. No, it’s not from the hedgehog or the drive-in. Sonic is an internet service and phone provider available in more than 125 cities in California, and it was sharing with its about 100,000 customers that it “will remain committed to the principles of net neutrality.” Read more…

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It’s easier than ever to take a break from annoying Facebook friends

By Friday, December 15, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook has launched a feature to let you temporarily hide annoying friends from your newsfeed. ;

The feature, Snooze, allows you to unfollow a person, page, or group for 30 days. ;

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With Snooze, you can clear your News Feed of friends you still like, but who currently won’t stop posting about their recent exotic vacation, wedding, or new cat. When their life is back to normal, you can “Unsnooze” them, and they’ll be none the wiser. ;

If you don’t Unsnooze, though, a Snooze will automatically expire after a month. Don’t worry — you’ll be notified, so if someone’s vacation or cat-picture phase lasts longer than that, you can renew as needed. ; Read more…

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Facebook on how it affects your mental health: It’s you, not them

By Friday, December 15, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is a symbol of one of the great debates of the 21st century: Is social media a gift to humanity, or is it a curse that drives us further apart and deeper into our own ideological echo chambers? ;

There is no simple answer to that question, which is why it frequently becomes a cultural obsession as it did this week, when a recent video surfaced of a former Facebook executive decrying the negative effects of social media. ;

SEE ALSO: Facebook responds to criticism that the network is ‘destroying how society works’

Now Facebook is joining the conversation with a lengthy blog post about its efforts to understand how the social media platform affects users’ well-being. The bottom line is that whether or not social media makes us miserable seems to depend on how we use it, say Facebook’s David Ginsberg, ;director of research, and Moira Burke, a research scientist. ; Read more…

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How Snapchat is cooking up the next dancing hot dog

By Thursday, December 14, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Snap is opening up to more creators. The self-proclaimed camera company released Lens Studio on Thursday as a way for developers to build augmented-reality experiences for Snapchat.

The tool, available as a desktop app on Mac and Windows, is similar to Facebook’s AR studio, released earlier this week. Google offers ARCore, and Apple has ARKit. Snapchat is betting designers will want to use its system to build for its community of 173 million daily active users. Snapchat users are quite familiar with AR and have been using it since the app released lenses (or face filters) in 2015. ;

SEE ALSO: Snapchat just completely redesigned its app. Here’s why. Read more…

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Help your business grow with help from social media tool SMhack

By Wednesday, December 13, 2017 0 Permalink 0

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Social media is a great way to reach potential customers and engage an audience. But it can also be insanely complicated. Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, there are too many platforms and not enough time. But there’s a great social media engagement tool that can help you keep everything under control: SMhack. ;

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SMhack ;brings all your social media interactions to a single place so you can engage audiences, publish content, analyze results, and track your competitors like a pro. It has important functions like reply, retweet, and DM built in to help streamline your workflow and also lets you schedule posts for later so you don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night to post something crucial. SMhack is also great for collaboration because it lets you add and assign user roles to individual team members. Read more…

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People couldn’t stop talking about ‘Stranger Things’ on Facebook this year

By Wednesday, December 13, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Was it Dart, Dad Steve or Daddy Hopper?

Whatever the reason, Facebook’s annual IQ report revealed that Stranger Things 2 dominated Facebook conversation in 2017. The report revealed and examined fashion, health, and social trends on Facebook, but nothing had quite as much of a supernatural spike as the buzz around Stranger Things.

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The buzz around Stranger Things 2 is more than twice what it was for Season 1 back in 2016, and even higher than the impressive impression left by 13 Reasons Why. Both shows come from Netflix, which fits with Facebook’s overall increase in conversations about streaming media since 2016. Read more…

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Facebook responds to criticism that the network is ‘destroying how society works’

By Tuesday, December 12, 2017 0 Permalink 0

In an unexpected move, Facebook PR just pushed back against criticism after a former executive’s critical words of the company affecting our behavior and society spread this week.

“The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” said Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and served as its vice president for user growth. ;

SEE ALSO: Former Facebook exec says network is ‘destroying how society works’

The comments were made on Nov. 13 but a video of him speaking at Stanford Graduate School of Business circulated after The Verge shared it on Monday, nearly a month after the event. ; Read more…

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Now is the worst time to bring back the Facebook Poke

By Tuesday, December 12, 2017 0 Permalink 0

I find that the absolute best way to introduce yourself to someone is to sneak up behind them, tap them on the shoulder, and then run away as fast as you can.

Or… hold on, no. What I meant to say is that’s bizarre, anti-social behavior that no one should ever do outside of schoolyard playground.

Yet Facebook appears determined to make this a common, accepted way of getting someone’s attention on the network. It’s made a change to how your friends’ profiles appear when you’re browsing them on mobile: Now, instead of a Message icon in the row of buttons beneath the profile picture, there’s a new button with a familiar name: the Poke. Read more…

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