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Is Facebook’s explanation for its News Feed psychology experiment good enough?

Over the past few days, the Internet has exploded with heavy criticism of Facebook for an experiment it conducted on nearly 700,000 unsuspecting users in January 2012. The experiment, conducted by Facebook “data scientists” and researchers from Cornell University and the University of California, altered the content these users saw from their friends to determine [...]

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Awesome Idea: IKEA Builds the First Website Inside Instagram

The idea of eCommerce brands using social networks to promote products to their customers is nothing new, but really great, outside the box approaches are harder to come by. Here’s one we haven’t seen before: IKEA built a functional store within Instagram, using profiles as landing pages and individual photos for categories and specific products. [...]

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Instagram Update for iOS and Android Adds a Myriad of Editing Controls

While there are hundreds of photo editing apps on the App Store for both iPhone and iPad, Instagram wants to be your one stop shop for taking, editing, and sharing photos. The latest update for both Android and iOS include a suite of new editing tools aimed at those who take mobile photography a bit [...]

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Foursquare Launches ‘Swarm’ and Gets Ready to Battle Yelp

Back in 2009, a small group of entrepreneurs had a wild idea: let’s create an app that lets you “check in” to your current location and then share that location with your circle of friends. It’d be a standalone social network in its own right, but would integrate with the other social networks (namely Twitter [...]

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Facebook’s Next Effort To Keep You Always Connected: GPS Location Sharing With “Nearby Friends”

Within the “coming weeks,” Facebook will be rolling out a new feature that’s sure to send privacy activists through the roof: Nearby Friends. We’ve seen them experiment with geolocation services before, but nothing has yet to really stick. Their purchase of Gowalla didn’t get them anywhere, as they shut the service down four months after [...]

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Facebook Removing Chat And Messages From Apps; Forces You To Download ‘Messenger’

If you’re using an iPhone, this is old news, but something you probably noticed a few weeks ago. If you’re using an Android phone, your time is coming. Facebook, in its ongoing quest to dominate your smartphone home screen, is removing the chat and messaging functions from its main app and instead, will require you [...]

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Surprise: Study Finds That Too Much Facebook Use Causes Depression

You can’t say you didn’t see this one coming. Maybe you’ve already noticed it about yourself or other people in your life. It seems like every day, someone I know is “taking a break” from Facebook and deleting their account for a while. A new study published by two psychologists at the University of Innsbruck [...]

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Instagram Passes 200 Million Active Monthly Users

In a blog post Tuesday, Instagram announced they’d crossed the 200 million active users mark, which is quite the figure for a company just three and a half years old. 50 million users have joined in the last six months alone. If you recall, the Internet nearly exploded when news broke that Facebook was buying [...]

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‘Secret’: This App Let’s You Social Network Anonymously

We’ve all had something to say at one time or another that just didn’t seem appropriate to say out loud or to post publicly on our social media profiles. Yet, the emotional side can get the best of us and we end up looking like fools later. Other times, we just wish for a way [...]

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Twitter Does A 180, Removes Option To Receive DMs From Anyone

Last month, Twitter gave all users the ability to decide whether they wanted to receive DMs from all their followers, even the ones they didn’t follow back. Twitter has experimented with this since at least December 2012, when some users first found the option in their account settings. This update was pushed out quietly, as [...]

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