Social Networks

Facebook tips on how to halt false rumours on social media

FacebookNew York, May 14 : Social networking websites can add fire to the fuel of a false rumour. Simply updating Facebook or Twitter pages may not be enough for organisations concerned with public safety to halt the spread of such rumours, a joint study by Facebook and Standford University in the US indicated.

Such organisations should make an extra effort to find some of the most shared posts promoting untrue rumour and comment there too, the study showed.

When people can see that a credible source has debunked the rumour, they would start taking such stories with a grain of salt.

New version of Facebook Messenger allows video sharing

Facebook-MessengerWashington, Apr 29 : Facebook has released a new version of Messenger for iOS devices, which allows video sharing and faster photo messages.

According to CNET, the version 5.0 of Facebook Messenger includes a new messaging interface allowing people to see a single row of icons that will allow them to insert multimedia content quickly.

Facebook assures that Android users will get a similar version of the app soon.

Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is taking a three- tiered approach to mobile with Instagram, Whatsapp, and Messenger. (ANI)

Facebook launches FB Newswire for journalists

Facebook-FB-NewswireWashington, April 25 : In a bid to make Facebook a more useful resource for journalists and news publications, the social networking site late Thursday launched FB Newswire that promises to offer scribes a repository of verified, real-time content for use.

"The Facebook page will have hand-selected and journalist-verified news stories from across Facebook's platform," Andy Mitchell, director of news and global media partnerships at Facebook, was quoted as saying.

Facebook crosses '1B mobile-users' milestone in Q1

FacebookWashington, Apr 24 : Facebook has now reached the 1.01 billion mark for monthly active users on phones and tablets.

According to Tech Crunch, Facebook's daily active users on mobile are at 609 million for the quarter.

However, mobile users doubled over the last year and now stand at 341 million.

The above figures are without Instagram users or those on Facebook Messenger, which themselves stand at over 200 million monthly users. (ANI)

Zuckerberg reveals Facebook Messenger has 200mln users

Mark-ZuckerbergWashington, Apr 24 : More than 200 million people use Facebook Messenger every month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said.

Zuckerberg has for the first time discussed about the company's in-house mobile messaging app and simultaneously signaled a growing interest in less public forms of expression.

Zuckerberg shared the news with investors during the company's first-quarter earnings call, where he joined COO Sheryl Sandberg and departing CFO David Ebersman to talk up a remarkable first quarter, CNET reports.

Facebook CFO David Ebersman stepping down despite staggering profits

David EbersmanWashington, Apr 24  : Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman is stepping down later this year.

David Wehner, the company's vice president of corporate finance and business planning, is succeeding Ebersman on June 1, Facebook announced.

According to TechCrunch, the announcement of Ebersman's departure came as part of Facebook's first quarter earnings report.

In the earnings release, CEO Mark Zuckerberg described him as 'a great partner in building Facebook'.

Study says 75% of Facebook brand content are photos

Study says 75% of Facebook brand content are photosWashington, Apr 23 : Majority of Facebook posts are reportedly photos, a new study has revealed

The study, which was conducted by Socialbakers says that 75 percent of Facebook brand content are photos.

According to Mashable, only 10 percent of brand posts are links, while text-only statuses comprise 6 percent of content. (ANI)

Polarising posts drive 'unfriending' on Facebook

New York, AFacebookpril 23 : Have you unfriended your best friend on Facebook because he/she posted frequent, uninteresting or contradictory comments about religion or politics? You are not alone.

An interesting research reveals that the most common reason for unfriending someone is that the person posted polarising comments often about religion or politics - the other big reason for unfriending is frequent, uninteresting posts.

One thing about social media is that online disagreements escalate much more quickly, the study said.

44 pc of Twitteratis have never tweeted: Report

44 pc of Twitteratis have never tweeted: ReportWashington, Apr. 13 - Twitter has a whopping 974 million registered accounts however 44 percent of these have never tweeted even once, a new survey has found.

Twitter analytics company Twopcharts found that the micro-blogging site has nearly 974 million accounts, meaning roughly 429 million accounts have never tweeted.

According to PC World, some of the account users just use them to read tweets and others may have created an account, only to forget that it exists.

When WhatsApping becomes a secret!

Whats-AppNew York, April 11 : Don't want to let your friends know whether you have read their latest WhatsApp posting - especially ones who get angry soon?

Here is your guide to eliminate those timestamps.

If you are using an Apply iPhone, open the app and go to Settings  Chat settings  Advanced.

There, you can switch off the 'Last Seen Timestamp'.

On Android smart phones, switch off your phone’s wi-fi and cellular connection, or just put in airplane mode.

Next, open WhatsApp to read, compose and send messages.

Close the app and turn on your phone’s connectivity again.

Facebook to roll out magnified right-hand column ads to make them hard to miss

FacebookWashington, Apr 10  : Facebook is reportedly planning to increase the size of the advertisements that are shown in the right-hand column on its Web site, in an attempt to attract more attention.

The ads will start appearing on the Facebook Web site later this month.

According to Cnet, they will have the same aspect ratio of the ads that run in News Feed and span the full width of the right column, which means marketers can run the same image in any of their ads and members will see fewer ads displayed in the right column.

Facebook still the King of social apps when it comes to mobile viewing

FacebookWashington, Apr 2 : While Facebook continues to dominate iOS and Android, on account of time spent by users on mobile devices, its lead has reportedly declined.

According to new data from app analytics service Flurry, the average US user spent an average of 2 hours and 42 minutes per day on mobile devices during the first three months of this year.

According to Mashable, Facebook and Instagram, which it acquired in 2012, accounted for 17 percent of that time, putting Facebook in the lead in the mobile space, but its share of time spent went down from 18 percent a year earlier.

John Carmack says wasn't expecting Facebook to purchase Oculus

John CarmackWashington, March 31 : Oculus CTO John Carmack has reportedly broken his silence over social network site Facebook's planned acquisition of Oculus.

Carmack, who joined the company last August, replied to a blog post by chiptune musician Peter Berkman saying that he wasn't expecting Facebook to purchase the company.

The legendary game developer said that he wasn't personally involved in any of the negotiations, the Verge reported.

Carmack said that he spent an afternoon talking technology with Mark Zuckerberg , and the next week he found out that Zuckerberg had bought Oculus. (ANI)

Facebook to deliver internet from the sky!

Mark-ZuckerbergCalifornia, March 28 : As the popular social networking site Facebook goes on an acquisition spree, its founder Mark Zuckerberg now has plans to make it more sci-fi in the near future.

In the latest post, he has revealed that drones, satellites and lasers are being developed at Facebook's connectivity lab to deliver the internet to "the next 3 billion people" in underdeveloped countries.

Turkish court reverses Twitter ban after lawsuit over political freedom of speech challenged

Twitter banWashington, Mar 27  : Almost a week of ban in Turkey, microblogging site Twitter filed a lawsuit against the country's government for restricting political freedom of speech, compelling the court to stay execution of the ban.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had ruled the ban after evidences against him related to corruption popped on Twitter and were being shared widely.

However, Twitter presented shocking documents detailing the order to remove the account that accused the prime minister of corruption prompting the court to issue a stay of execution on the ban, PC World reports.

Facebook to buy virtual reality headset company Oculus in $2 bln deal

Facebook to buy virtual reality headset company Oculus in $2 bln dealWashington, Mar. 26 - Facebook is buying the maker of the virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift, for about two billion dollars in cash and stock.

The social networking company announced it has agreed to buy the virtual reality technology company Oculus VR.

According to CNET, Facebook said with the acquisition, it plans to extend Oculus' virtual reality capabilities beyond gaming into areas such as communications, media, entertainment and education.

Worldfloat challenges Facebook with 50 million users

New Delhi, March 26 - India's homegrown social networking site Worldfloat has said its user base has crossed 50 million, which will help it challenge the dominance of global giants like Facebook.

According to Worldfloat founder Pushkar Mahatta, the user base of the site has risen sharply in recent months on the back of several innovative features like free online movies and news and search engine facilities.

He said Worldfloat has users from across the world but the majority of them are from India.

Facebook has around 100 million users in India.

Mahatta said the Worldfloat user base has grown to 50 million in less than two years after its June 2012 launch.

Turkish government blocks access to Twitter

Turkish government blocks access to TwitterTurkish Prime Minister RecepTayyip Erdogan has said moved to block access to micro blogging site, Twitter in the country on Friday.

Following the move by the Prime Minister, millions of Turkish Twitter users used alternative ways to access the site and expressed anger over the move. The country's president was among the users who found ways to circumvent the restrictions and expressed anger over the move. The latest move has angered people, who see this as Erdogan's growing authoritarianism in the country.

Turkey blocks Twitter for not removing links to corruption evidence against PM

Turkey blocks Twitter for not removing links to corruption evidence against PMLondon, Mar. 21 - Microblogging website Twitter has been reportedly blocked in Turkey, following court order to apply 'protection measures' on the website.

Twitter users in the country who tried to access the website were redirected to a statement by the country's telecommunications regulator, citing the orders.

According to the BBC, this comes after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to 'wipe out Twitter' following damaging allegations of corruption in his inner circle.

Facebook introduces Messenger for Android beta testing program

Facebook-Messenger-BetaWashington, March 18 : Social network site Facebook has reportedly developed Facebook Messenger for Android beta program.

The Messenger beta program will provide an early access to a prerelease version of Messenger to anyone who wants to help bug-test the messaging app

The beta program will act as a defense against problematic bugs that find its way in through the app.

According to Cnet, while the company has promised its Messenger testers multiple updates per week and access to experimental features, it hinted that its Messenger for Android guinea pigs might get to test new types of sharing.

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