Kate Knibbs

Kate Knibbs

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Kate Knibbs is a writer from Chicago. She is very happy that her borderline-unhealthy Internet habits are rewarded with a job. You can find her at @kateknibbs on Twitter. E-mail her tips, rants, comments, and pictures of your talented animal friends at kateknibbsfreelance@gmail.com

Facebook adjusts Newsfeed to make updates from Pages better, prefers links over plain text

Facebook adjusted the way it promotes Pages in the Newsfeed, choosing to privilege posts that include link-sharing instead of posts that just have text. But big-name Pages users, including Justin Bieber's team, have already figured that out.

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Instagram is growing faster than Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest combined

A global survey indicates that Instagram continues to grow faster than competitors. It also underscores Facebook's continued dominance – even if teens are leaving, Mark Zuckerberg's company is still killing it.

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Magazine reader Issuu joins the Android Army, offers 15 million publications

Issuu is known for its high-quality presentation of magazines and newspapers. But only now is the platform going native on mobile. Issuu is making its Android debut.

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Email is 40 times more effective for marketers than Facebook and Twitter, survey says

If you want to tell everyone how you're feeling or share a link, social networks are the way to go. But if you want to acquire customers, email is still a better tool – for now – according to a survey.

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To catch a child predator, Mom pretends to be daughter on Facebook

A Canadian mother posed as her daughter on Facebook to entrap a child predator, which led to the predator's arrest. If she had not paid attention to her child's online activity, her daughter could have put herself in danger.

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Want to pay with a tweet? Twitter nears e-commerce deal, according to report

Twitter is making a deal with e-commerce startup Stripe, according to a report. If accurate, this may be a big step for Twitter into the world of online shopping and digital retail.

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NBC will stream Olympics coverage on Facebook

NBC will stream 2014 Sochi Olympics coverage on Facebook, using the social network as a promotional tool for the Winter Games. They've already got Macklemore involved...

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Facebook debuts Twitter-esque ‘Trending’ feature, highlights popular conversations

Facebook announced a new feature, "Trending," a service to show users the most popular conversations happening on the social network. It's like Twitter's Trending Topics, but less effective.

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Senator Rand Paul signs up for Snapchat, adds new platform to share his POV

Senator Rand Paul has joined Snapchat, the disappearing photo-sharing service. The opinionated politician continues to excel at social media, who's already using Twitter heavily to air his grievances.

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President Obama on young people: ‘It seems like they don’t use Facebook anymore’

President Obama was the first presidential candidate to tap into the power of social media, and he still appears in the know when it comes to what's cool to use and what's falling out of style. What's no longer cool? Facebook.

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Twitter improves targeted ads with way more specific audiences

Twitter improves targeted ads, now uses email addresses and usernames to create tailored campaigns for advertisers.

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Facebook will help Russian search engine Yandex

Russian search engine Yandex is partnering with Facebook for a mutually beneficial exchange of information for traffic. Should Google be worried?

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Snapchat deals with major spam attack

Snapchat apologized for a recent increase in spam messages in a blog post today, though once again the company didn't offer much help to users dealing with the problem.

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The Syrian Electronic Army hacks Microsoft’s Twitter accounts

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked Microsoft's blog and Twitter account over the weekend. This was the hacker collective's second attack on the tech company this month, but it's not likely to be the last.

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Twitter tests bot to help you engage with others

Want Twitter to tell you how to be better at Twitter? Your time has come: Twitter is testing a new bot called Achievements that DMs users some analytics to help them engage with other users.

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