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FinMin to use Facebook, Twitter to push disinvestment

New Delhi - Government is looking at using the social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, in a big-way to generate interest in its disinvestment programme among investors, high networth individuals and opinion makers.

The Department of Disinvestment in the Finance Ministry will hire an advertising or public relation agency for the purpose.

DoD said the agency will carry out advertising/PR work for sale of government holdings in state-owned firms through market instruments like, Initial Public Offers (IPOs), Further Public Offers (FPOs) and Offer for Sale (OFSs).

Twitter releases new feature that allows users to catch up on missed tweets

TwitterWashington, Jan 02 : Twitter has released a new feature that allows users to catch up on missed Tweets.

According to CBS News, the latest feature called "While You Were Away" offers up missed tweets a user might consider important.

The tweets missed by the users are pinned to their timelines.

The feature is available to particular sections of users as of now.

Meanwhile, the social networking giant has also announced several updates that will make it easier to take a public conversation private, including the ability to share and discuss tweets privately via Direct Messages. (ANI)

People who are less popular on Facebook raise more money for charity

FacebookWashington, Dec 24 : A new study has revealed that people with fewer friends on Facebook raise more money for charity than those with lots of connections.

The study by an economist at the University of Warwick found a negative correlation between the size of a group and the amount of money given by each donor - with the average contribution by each person dropping by two pence for every extra connection someone had on Facebook.

Facebook testing new classifieds feature within Groups

FacebookWashington, Dec 18 : Social networking site Facebook is reportedly experimenting with a feature where Group members can post details about the items they intend to sell instead of the usual status updates.

According to The Verge, there are designated fields for an item title, location, description, photo, and asking price.

After the details are entered, Facebook then posts the sale in an interesting and easily readable format to help users locate it in the classifieds.

The social networking site's role is limited to making one's sale presentable.

Twitter set to partner with Foursquare to add location to tweets

Twitter FoursquareWashington, Dec 18 : Social networks Twitter and Foursquare have reached a deal under which tweets would now include information about the location of users.

According to CNET, the partnership is set to start next year, and the new " geo-based" features could roll out as soon as the first quarter, said the publication.

Foursquare, which was started in 2009, allows users to "check in" to locations and scan the city for new and interesting places with the help of its mobile app .

While Twitter already offers some location-based features to its users, it does not currently in-depth location information for individual tweets. (ANI)

Facebook launches new feature to enhance photos by default

FacebookWashington, Dec 17 - Facebook has launched a new feature wherein the photos that people post from their phones would be enhanced by default with the app adjusting lighting, shadows and general clarity.

However, only iPhone users would be able to see the upgrade on their phones as of now. The changes that the app makes can also be removed from the photo or enhanced further.

According to the Verge, Android will soon be updated with the feature wherein the operating system's users would be able to see the default photo enhancer.

Facebook is reportedly not bringing the feature to desktop and seems interested in only improving the quality of the users' poorly shot mobile photos. (ANI)

Instagram adds five new filters for still images

InstagramWashington, Dec 17 - Instagram has reportedly added five new filters to give users more options to experiment with still images.

According to Tech Crunch, each of the new filters has a slightly odd-sounding name. The five filters are called Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua.

The Instagram blog says that the filters soften and subtly shift colors to achieve the look and feel the user wants for each photo.

The app will also use a preview of the user's actual photo within the filter icons as opposed to the ultra-familiar hot air balloon preview, the report added. (ANI)

Use of social networking sites drops in UK, U.S. during 2014

Use of social networking sites drops in UK, U.S. Washington, Dec 12 : According to a study conducted by U. K. telecoms regulator Ofcom, the use of social networking sites like Facebook has dropped in the United States and the United Kingdom during 2014.

The weekly access to social networking sites in the UK dropped from 65 percent in September, 2013 to 56 percent in October 2014 while it was far more marginal in the U. S., dropping from 56 percent to 54 percent, reported TechCrunch.

The research by Ofcom found that visits to traditional social networks in Japan and China also fell from 2013 to 2014.

Instagram's monthly user base surpasses Twitter's by hitting 300 mln mark

InstagramWashington, Dec 11 : Just nine months after it hit the 200 million mark, Instagram has now said that 300 million now use its photo app every month with 70 percent of them coming from outside the United States.

The figure makes the app bigger than Twitter which had 284 million active users six weeks ago, reported Tech Crunch.

Despite fears that the acquisition by Facebook will have an adverse impact on the app, Instagram has been doing well for four years now with 70 million photos being shared on it every day and over 30 billion total. (ANI)

Facebook post claiming to protect users' copyright not worth posting on site, claim experts

FacebookWellington, Dec 06 : Copyright experts have dismissed the post that is going viral on Facebook claiming to protect users' copyright over their own photos as sheer nonsense saying that it is not worth posting on the site.

According to Stuff. co. nz, such posts keep cropping up from time to time whenever Facebook makes changes or announces that it will make changes to its privacy settings.

Variations of the viral post were first spotted in 2012 and resurface time and again.

Many users across the world are posting the viral message on their walls that claims to protect their copyright over their pictures.

Twitter introducing changes to make reporting abuse, blocking easier in coming weeks

London, Dec 03 - In a bid to tackle increasing cases of online abuse, Twitter is making changes that will allow users to report abuse or offensive content "more easily."

The social media platform is set to introduce changes that will include a new reporting procedure, change in the way users block others and novel ways of dealing with reported tweets, reported the BBC.

Remarking that users' safety is always a priority, Twitter said that the changes are aimed at giving users "greater control over their experience."

The changes will take effect "in the coming weeks." (ANI)

Facebook launches new app for 'Groups' for easy accessibility

FacebookWashington, Nov 19 : Facebook is launching a new application for the social networking site's already existing 'Groups' feature that provides a shortcut on smartphones for easy accessibility to Groups.

According to CNN, the app updates the look of Groups but its core features are largely the same. The new features include unread counts and the ability to share a group.

The company said that thousands of users check and create groups every month. However, posting a group takes some time right now especially on mobile devices.

Facebook has been busy launching new apps recently like Rooms, Poke and Messenger.

Whatsapp's latest update provides 'fool-proof' security to users' conversations

WhatsappWashington, Nov 19 : The most recent update to Whatsapp's Android app includes an end-to-end encryption that is enabled by default.

It is the strongest security offered by a texting app even when compared to similar tools offered by giants like Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Unlike messages encrypted by Gmail or Facebook chat, an "end-to-end" encryption would mean that even Whatsapp will not be able to decrypt the messages even when compelled by law enforcement, reported The Verge.

The company will set up the key exchange between users but only the two users will be have access to the conversation itself.

Facebook wants to be your new tech news hub

Facebook wants to be your new tech news hubWashington, Nov 19 : In a bid to be people's tech news hub, Facebook has reportedly launched a new page that will surface only tech news on the users' timelines .

Just like FB Newswire, it will verify and gather the best content of the day in a manner that will make the conversation surrounding the news accessible to its audience. In that way, the new page is very similar to its forebear, only with a narrower focus, reported The Verge.

It is another tool for journalists to expose the highest quality work of those working in the tech community, the report said.

You can now search for anything you have ever tweeted

You can now search for anything you have ever tweetedMelbourne, Nov 19 : Twitter has reportedly widened its search function allowing users access to 500 million tweets.

According to News. com. au, the newly enhanced search function can burrow back through half a trillion tweets to find one's most embarrassing moment from as early as 2006.

Twitter said in a statement that its search engine excelled at surfacing breaking news and events in real time, and its search index infrastructure reflected this strong emphasis on recency.

It further stated that its longstanding goal had been to let people search through every Tweet ever published. (ANI)

Families that play Facebook games together, stay together

Washington, Nov 19 - A new research has suggested that Facebook games may actually do some good by breaking down both communication and age barriers within the family.

Research at Concordia University showed that social network games (SNGs) like CityVille, which are being played multi-generationally within families, beyond being a fun distraction, they can offer family members a meaningful way to interact and meet social obligations.

Senior author Mia Consalvo said that maintaining those connections is especially important as families find themselves dispersed across countries and continents and SNGs give families a convenient and cheap way to transcend geographical boundaries.

Facebook preparing new website 'Facebook at Work' to compete with LinkedIn

Facebook at WorkSydney, Nov 17 : Facebook is working on a new website called 'Facebook at Work' to compete with other sites like LinkedIn.

According to reports, Facebook has been secretly working on the new website that would also help users connect with people on a professional front, collaborate over documents and make professional contacts, reported News. com. au.

'Facebook at Work' will offer similar feature as Facebook like newsfeed, messaging and groups.

Along with the old features, the new tools will include the ability to work on shared documents.

Facebook and ' Facebook at Work' will function separately and no information will be shared between the two. (ANI)

Facebook eases privacy settings with launch of new page 'Privacy Basics'

FacebookWashington, Nov 14 : Facebook is reportedly working on simplifying its privacy settings.

The social network site added a new Web page called 'Privacy Basics' with interactive tips and guides on how to control ones information on the site, CNET reports.

The page reportedly has the same privacy settings as before, but in a bigger font size.

Users can scroll through the guide to learn about each privacy setting.

Facebook has also launched a Yelp-like service called " Places " that shows users what friends and strangers have posted publicly about restaurants and other venues, the report added. (ANI)

Twitter planning slew of new updates to lure 500 mln-strong `logged-out audience`

TwitterWashington, Nov 13 : In an attempt to lure its 500 million-strong "logged out audience" who visit Twitter each month but don't sign in, CEO Dick Costolo has revealed that it is planning a slew of new features.

Executives said that the social media platform is planning to improve its direct messaging product and introduce other updates that will allow users to take a public conversation private. The first of these updates will be rolled out next week and will enable users to share and discuss Tweets privately via Direct Messages, reported The Verge.

Facebook's new feature 'Say Thanks' allows users to express love to family, friends

Facebook Say ThanksMelbourne, Nov 13 : Facebook has come up with yet another surprise for its users- a new feature that allows them to show their love and gratitude to family and friends by sharing video cards.

According to News. com. au, the feature, called Say Thanks, will allow users to share sophisticated video cards with mates that feature some of their most memorable moments.

Users have the option of four video templates that can be flooded with photos and posts to create a personalised video within seconds.

The templates are tailored to different types of relationships: friends, old friends, family and "it's complicated," the report said.




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