Man discovers 36-year-old message in a bottle and the original writer is delighted

By Friday, June 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Old school communication meets new school communication.

Ryan Burchett found a message in a bottle last weekend on Little St. Simons in Georgia. The buoyant letter was 36 years ago and thanks to social media he was able to connect with the original sender.

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Douglas Stephens sent the bottle afloat off the Atlantic coast of Florida back on June 10, 1981. The letter included his name, address, the date, and a request for the finder to let him know where and when they found the bottle.

Burchett found the bottle while fishing with friends in southern Georgia, 40 miles from Fernandina Beach where Stephens set the bottle adrift. Read more…

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Facebook is adding a new app, all about video creators

By Friday, June 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook wants more video, so it’s releasing a new app just for creators, the company announced at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. ;

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It’s in part an update to Facebook Mentions, an app currently available to verified accounts on the social network, which includes celebrities, online influencers, and journalists. ;

Mentions is where Facebook first released Facebook Live back in August 2015 and it provides a lighter version of Facebook with a Following tab, a Trending tab, and a Mentions tab. ;

But this new app, to be released later this year, will be focused on the creator, Facebook product director Daniel Danker announced during the “Future of Facebook Video” panel at VidCon. ; Read more…

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Someone painted Mark Zuckerberg’s face on their nails and he’s into it

By Friday, June 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

In the wonderful world of outrageous nail art, this is one manicure you’re sure to “like.”

Mark Zuckerberg, the man behind Facebook, posted a photo on his Instagram of some very on-brand nail art, and it is really something.

This is a first. #fcs2017

A post shared by Mark Zuckerberg (@zuck) on Jun 22, 2017 at 4:58pm PDT

Let’s dissect the social network homage that is happening on these unnamed fingers. ;

On the pinky, we’ve got our classic “like” button, which is really a thumbs-up so this is a real missed opportunity. On the ring finger we’ve got the Zuck-man himself, beautifully illustrated I might add. The next two fingers spell out “face” and “book” complete with pink heart accents. Very classy. And on the thumb where the “like” button should have gone, we got the “love” button instead. All with the rich FB blue as the background color. Read more…

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Facebook has new safeguards for profile pictures, but it’s just a first step

By Thursday, June 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is revamping profile pictures to make them safer, starting with India.

The company has launched two new features in India to reduce misuse of profile photos, announced on Thursday. Though the issue is not limited to that region of the world, the problem is prevalent in the country, according to Facebook.

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The features include “profile picture guard” and “profile picture design.” The guard takes away some of the obvious ways of copying the photo; for example, people will no longer be able to download, share or send the profile picture as a message on Facebook. Read more…

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Facebook has a new mission—and its Chris Cox’s job to make it happen

By Thursday, June 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Mark Zuckerberg revealed a new mission statement for his company Facebook on Thursday: Bring the world closer together.

It’s Chris Cox’s job to figure out how to make that happen.

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“We’re about to pass 2 billion people,” Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, said in an interview ahead of the summit. “We’re taking the opportunity to revisit our mission statement which is important because we’re a mission-driven company. We’re going from connecting people to moving closer.”

Facebook is hosting its first-ever Communities Summit this week in Chicago, where Zuckerberg and Cox will be speaking to be about 300 Group administrators about the company’s new efforts, including five product updates. ; Read more…

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Facebook is embracing YouTube-like stars as it pushes for more video

By Thursday, June 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Laura Clery lives the Hollywood dream. ;

She moved to Los Angeles at 17 to be an actress. She slept on friends’ couches and ate their food as she worked to get an agent and learn the ins and out of the industry. She ended up landing the first commercial she auditioned for. ;

“I was like, ‘Oh, this is easy,'” Clery said with a laugh.

Thirteen years later, she’s still laughing. Her career has never been better, but that’s not because she’s been in movies or in a recurring role on television. ;

She’s a Facebook star. ;

For almost the last decade, if you wanted to start as an online video creator and perhaps one day make it in on stage or on TV, you went to YouTube. The video platform became a bustling marketplace for a wide range of people looking creating everything from makeup tutorials to comedy skits. ; Read more…

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Facebook’s AMBER Alerts system launches in Australia

By Thursday, June 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook’s AMBER Alerts are now available in Australia as part of a partnership with the country’s state and federal police, and Australians will now be notified of missing children on top of their News Feeds.

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While the instance of abducted children in Australia is low, according to the Australian Federal Police, the system’s availability will issue a 24-hour alert to users on Facebook who are in the area of where the child went missing.

“We know that when a child is missing, the most valuable thing we can do is get information out to the public as quickly as possible,” according to Facebook’s Director of Trust and Safety, Emily Vacher, in an online statement. Read more…

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Fan stops traffic to get a selfie with The Rock

By Thursday, June 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is all about making his fans happy and sometimes that means halting traffic to do so.

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The Rock was driving in his pickup after work when a fan pulled up beside him, recognized the actor, and started to freak out.

In a Facebook post, he wrote, “I rolled the passenger window down to say hello and then he REALLY freaked out.”

The fan immediately parked his rig in the middle of the road and went to stand next to The Rock’s driver side window, which was in the way of oncoming traffic. The actor pulled out his phone to record the hilarious encounter. Read more…

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How Facebook Messenger bots are driving social change around the world

By Wednesday, June 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

You could say Facebook Messenger was once the social network’s most loathed feature. In 2014, the company forced users to download a separate app if they wanted to send and receive messages on their phones, and as a result, Messenger rose to No. 1 in the App Store—but with a dismal one-star rating.

Fast forward three years, and you still need to download the app (sorry). But Messenger has evolved, updated with shiny new features, a discover tab, advanced functionality, and a streamlined desktop version. And while it isn’t perfect, it has become something none of us expected: an actual force for social good around the globe. Read more…

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