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Will Facebook finally let us ‘dislike’ things?

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In a live Facebook Q&A yesterday, founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the company is looking into the idea of letting us dislike stuff – or at least have more of a range of human emotions. According to The Next Web, a ‘dislike’ button is still off the table, because Facebook’s not about negativity. (Just manipulating…

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How not to be a knob on social media at Christmas

Lauren Bravo Premium, Trending 2 Comments

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, every creature was tweeting – via touchscreen or mouse... Social media has entrenched itself in Christmas as firmly as sprouts or Michael Bublè, but that doesn't mean it always comes in peace. Here are the most common festive pitfalls to avoid being the knob everyone unfollows…

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Social network gaming helps keep families close

Diane Shipley Gadgets & Apps 2 Comments

You might think that those constant Facebook updates from family members about what they’re ‘planting’ in FarmVille are annoying, but you should probably pay them some attention. A new study has discovered that social network gaming is a great way for families to keep in touch. Colleagues Mia Consalvo and Kelly Boudreau from the Technoculture…

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Using social media affects our work performance (probably)

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Hey! You’re not reading this when you should be working, are you? No, I didn’t think so. When you’re supposed to be working you’re probably on Twitter, or Facebook, or Instagram or Pinterest, right? Let’s face it; most of us have looked at social media once or twice during work hours. (Not me of course,…

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Parents are scared of their kids’ social media use

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A new survey from digital safety non-profit the Family Online Safety Institute has found that parents are more concerned about their children’s social media use than any other online activity. (Has no one told them about p-o-r-n? Or the dark web? Or Reddit?) Anyway, as The Guardian reports, the US-based organisation found that only 26%…

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How to turn followers into IRL friendships (without it being horribly awkward)

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One third of 15 to 18-year-olds have met up with someone they met online in real life, according to a recent survey by BBC Newsbeat. It’s the kind of research probably intended to make parents shudder and double lock the front door, but for some of us a decade older (hello) and just as tech-crazed,…

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Words that have whole new meanings, thanks to social media

Lauren Bravo Fun Stuff, Trending Leave a Comment

'On a cold winter's evening, the whole family would gather round the wireless... because Virgin Media broadband was down to 2Mbps again.' For as long as it has existed, the internet has been taking words and claiming them as its own. Post, thread, status; all terms that would have entirely different meanings on Downton Abbey than they…

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How Instagram made me a better person

Lauren Bravo Gadgets & Apps, Must read 4 Comments

We’re all narcissists now, had you heard? But of course you had. The news is everywhere. Self-promotion is the opiate of our masses, and vanity the virus that will eventually cause our slick, buzzy, digitally-enhanced lives to short circuit and blow a fuse. For every selfie and belfie and knelfie (that’s a photo of your…

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Facebook’s anonymous app might not be so anonymous after all

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A little while ago, rumours were spreading about how Facebook was planning on launching an 'anonymous app' -- one that would allow people to chat without revealing their real identity. Now it seems that there's a bit of a catch. Other people won't know who you are, but Facebook might. Essentially, if the system is…

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JustGiving hits 10 million users, becomes social platform

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Fundraising website JustGiving has just signed up its 10 millionth registered user. That makes charitable donations officially more popular in the UK than Spotify, Pinterest or Airbnb and means JustGiving is one of the country’s fastest-growing technology companies. To celebrate, the site’s re-launching as a social platform, partnering with Facebook to enhance the reach of…

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Facebook, Pinterest, Box to launch mentorship program for women in tech

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Facebook, Pinterest and Box have teamed up to announce a one-on-one mentorship scheme to help women break into the technical industry. With the pilot scheme due to begin in early 2015, the aptly-named Women Entering and Staying in Tech (WEST) will offer help to early through mid-career women who are in roles such as Engineering,…

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Facebook to enter field of healthcare with apps and support services

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Facebook is to take its first steps into the world of healthcare by creating health tracking platforms, support groups and medical apps. The social networking giant is to follow in the footsteps of fellow Silicon Valley companies Google and Apple, exploring plans to devise 'support communities' which will connect people suffering from the same chronic illnesses, as well as…

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China’s reportedly blocked Instagram due to Hong Kong protests

Diane Shipley Trending 1 Comment

What do we want? #democracy! When do we want it? [Censored]. Yep, it looks like everyone's favourite photo-sharing service is now blocked in China. Boo. As filled with other people's shoes, food, and engagement rings as Instagram can be, it's also a great way for people to record what's happening, especially when huge global events…

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Facebook adverts will follow you wherever you go online

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There was a big kerfuffle a few years back when it became clear that logging into Facebook installed cookies on your computer that were capable of viewing your browser history, even when you weren't logged into Facebook. People were rightly annoyed. Now it looks like that programme is expanding somewhat. The new system will see…

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Facebook and Twitter got the Scottish referendum all wrong

Diane Shipley Trending 1 Comment

Just after 6 AM today, the results were in: Scotland had voted to stay in the United Kingdom by 55% to 45%. Whether it was because of Gordon Brown’s unexpectedly rousing speech, the Better Together campaign’s uninspiring ad, or just because people tend to stick with what they know, the final result was 2,001,926 votes…

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Facebook’s ‘Moments’ app is for private sharing

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Reports indicate that Facebook is developing a new app that will allow its users to share content with small groups of people. According to TechCrunch, this app is to be called 'Moments' and is designed to address the issue with user privacy on the social network. Apparently the app is currently being tested by Facebook…

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What we learned from London Fashion Week SS15: streaming, social media and fibre optic frocks

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If your name's not down, you're still coming in With 90 per cent of LFW shows being streamed live online this season, actually being there isn’t nearly as on-trend as it used to be. Which means your new excuse is 'oh of course I was invited – but who needs the hassle of the crowds…

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