Social Media

Social media and how the world reacted to the tragedy in Paris

While many of us often lambast social media for its seeming frivolity, it is in moments of tragedy when the power and the humanity of social media and the people who give it life are at its peak.
Social Media

Study: A week without Facebook leads to a happier, less angry, less lonely life

The Happiness Research Institute released findings from a study showing how a group of participants who quit Facebook for a week were happier, less worried, and less lonely than a group who stayed on the social network.
Social Media

Snapchat starts charging for Lenses and then retweets complainers

Snapchat on Friday started charging for some of its lenses, a feature that lets users add comical overlays to selfies. Some users started kicking off on Twitter about the new in-app purchase, with the Snapchat team retweeting some of the…
Social Media

Paris attacks: Facebook puts its ‘Safety Check’ feature into action

Facebook activated its Safety Check feature on Friday night following multiple terror attacks across Paris. The service gives Facebook users with friends in the city an easy way to check up on their safety.
Movies & TV

The Amazing Race goes viral, casting YouTube and Vine stars for new season

The new season of CBS' The Amazing Race features a cast of social media stars from Youtube, Vine and Instagram.
Social Media

Facebook testing Snapchat-like disappearing messages in France

Facebook is testing a feature exclusively in France that works similarly to Snapchat's messaging system, and allows users to turn on and off an option for messages to self-destruct in an hour.

Nikon names New York the 2015 top state for autumn photography

Through a campaign involving crowdsourcing and social media, Nikon received over 2,000 submissions which it used in determining that New York was the top state in the country for photographing fall foliage.
Social Media

Facebook Instant Articles aren't doing that well, and publishers aren't pleased about it

Not everything Facebook touches turns to gold. Facebook Instant articles has now drawn the ire of heavy-hitting publishing partners like the Washington Post and The New York Times.
Social Media

Artist creates thousands of fake Facebook profiles to fight ‘user commodification’

Artist Constant Dullaart creates thousands of fake Facebook profiles by using the names of dead 18th-century soldiers to address Facebook policies and point out how the platform commodifies user identities.
Social Media

Facebook enables 360-degree video for iOS and Gear VR

Facebook has enabled 360-degree video support for iOS and, for those ambitious enough to adopt virtual reality early, Samsung's Gear VR. Only a few select content producers can upload 360-degree video at this time.
Social Media

Should you pay someone to manage your breakup for you?

Apps and online services such as The Breakup Shop aim to manage the last and sometimes worst phase of dating, but haven't yet figured out how to handle the emotional part of breaking up.

Developer behind malware app InstaAgent says there’s nothing to worry about

A third-party Instagram app promising to show who's viewing your profile has been exposed as malware. The app, InstaAgent, steals the supplied login data and sends it to a server, then may attempt to post pictures to your account.