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
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Feeling charitable? Facebook debuts ‘Donate Now’ button for nonprofit organizations

Facebook users can donate to some of their favorite nonprofits by using the social network's new "Donate Now" button, which allows for simple philanthropy. Nineteen charities are currently set up to receive funds directly from Facebook…
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How one man got a new career entirely through Instagram

Job searches often require the use of social media nowadays. But LinkedIn isn't the only option for digitally networking your way to a new gig. Case in point: one man got a new career entirely through Instagram.
Social Media

The most Instagrammed places in the world: A Thai mall, Times Square, and Disney

Where are the most popular places to share photos on Instagram? A fancy Thai mall takes top honors this year, along with some New York City sights like Central Park and Times Square. Cities in Brazil and Russia also make the list.
Photography

Notable photographer joins Facebook as ‘photo community liaison’

Facebook created a new position called "photography liaison" and hired photographer Teru Kuwayama to act as an advocate for photographers. Can Kuwayama create a better dynamic between the social network and photographers?
Social Media

Celebrity deaths and birthdays top the most popular tweets of 2013

Twitter revealed the most popular tweets of 2013, and this year, people were really focused on the tragic deaths of handsome white male celebrities. And the birth of one handsome white male celebrity.
Social Media

Creeps and stalkers rejoice: Twitter waters down its blocking feature

Twitter changed its blocking policy, making it far more lax. Now, even if you block someone, if your profile is public they can still follow and retweet you. This is a major mistake for Twitter, one that will make stalkers and bullies very…
Social Media

Twitter said to be testing profile pages, with ability to highlight popular tweets over others

Twitter is said to be testing a new type of profile page that would allow users to highlight their most popular tweets. Will these expanded profile pages boost user engagement as Twitter hopes, or distract from the service's core appeal?
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Yep, Instagram just got private messages: What you need to know about Instagram Direct

Instagram unveiled a major new feature today: Instagram Direct, a private chatting option that allows users to send photos and text to individuals or groups of up to fifteen people. Should Snapchat and Twitter be worried?
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Slang or gibberish can’t escape Twitter’s expanded keyword search for advertisers

Twitter announced an updated search criterion for advertisers called "broad search" that allows companies to target users in a new way. The new search is better at targeting Twitter users because it takes slang, bad spelling, and synonyms…
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Changes to ‘like’ and ‘share’ buttons, embedded posts make Facebook more public

Facebook is tweaking ways to share content: The company improved its "like" and "share" buttons, and is allowing for more customization on embedded posts. These adjustments highlight how integral third-party publishers are to Facebook's…
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Facebook to help brands find out when you’re talking smack or giving props to them

Facebook is testing ways to help brands surface real-time conversations. This will help it compete with Twitter, but may rouse privacy concerns. Would you want a brand to seek you out after you wrote about them on Facebook?
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Facebook expands AI project, takes another step closer toward robot apocalypse

Facebook hired a "deep learning" luminary for its New York City artificial intelligence research lab, NYU professor Yann LeCun. Will the expanding project change how we search online, or just help Facebook sell ads?