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China’s reportedly blocked Instagram due to Hong Kong protests

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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Diane ShipleyChina’s reportedly blocked Instagram due to Hong Kong protests
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Facebook adverts will follow you wherever you go online

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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Tom PritchardFacebook adverts will follow you wherever you go online
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Ello: Will the ‘anti-facebook’ social network really lure away the masses?

There's a new social network on the block and judging from the online chatter it's generated over the past few days, it may just have the power to do what every other app and platform has been hoping to do for a decade: knock Facebook off the top spot. Meet Ello. I'm not sure if…

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Becca CaddyEllo: Will the ‘anti-facebook’ social network really lure away the masses?
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Facebook and Twitter got the Scottish referendum all wrong

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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Diane ShipleyFacebook and Twitter got the Scottish referendum all wrong
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Facebook is changing the news feed to highlight relevant news

Facebook's news feature is little out of date, often showcasing news that is hours, or even days, old and totally irrelevant to what's going on in the world at the current point in time. Facebook is well aware of this, and is introducing a system that will highlight important news when it matters the most.…

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Tom PritchardFacebook is changing the news feed to highlight relevant news
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Facebook’s ‘Moments’ app is for private sharing

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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Tom PritchardFacebook’s ‘Moments’ app is for private sharing
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What we learned from London Fashion Week SS15: streaming, social media and fibre optic frocks

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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Lauren BravoWhat we learned from London Fashion Week SS15: streaming, social media and fibre optic frocks
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You should judge Facebook users by their profiles, says study

Ever looked at a friend of a friend’s Facebook profile, made a snap judgement about them, and then felt guilty because you can’t really tell what someone’s like without actually interacting with them? Well, it turns out you were right the first time. Researchers from the University of Kansas have found that looking at someone’s…

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Diane ShipleyYou should judge Facebook users by their profiles, says study
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Facebook wants to know why you don’t like adverts

Advertising is, for all intents and purposes, a necessary evil. Without out it the internet wouldn't exist in its current form because everyone would have to pay for everything they wanted to access. The thing is, they're only any use of people actually go ahead and click on them, and Facebook wants to know why…

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Tom PritchardFacebook wants to know why you don’t like adverts
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Facebook is testing a system that lets you schedule post deletion in advance

A number of people using the Facebook for iOS app have noticed something interesting lately, a features that allows them to set a timer that will delete a Facebook post once it expires. Essentially it's letting you schedule a post's deletion in advance, and a Facebook spokesperson confirmed that this feature was being tested as…

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Tom PritchardFacebook is testing a system that lets you schedule post deletion in advance
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Facebook videos in your News Feed will now have a view count

Facebook has never really been the go-to place for video uploads, that's what the likes of YouTube and Vimeo are for, but it seems the company is starting to focus more on video content with the announcement that videos on the news feed will actually have video counts now. According to Facebook 65 per cent of video…

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Tom PritchardFacebook videos in your News Feed will now have a view count
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10 social network ideas that might just make us rich

When Miranda July’s truly social new app Somebody launched last week, it inspired a vast spectrum of responses – ranging from ‘MY HEART IS WARMED AND HUMANITY IS SAVED’ to ‘strangers keep hugging me and now I hate the world more,’ with a lot of ‘but… why?’ in the middle. Meanwhile, we were thinking: what…

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Lauren Bravo10 social network ideas that might just make us rich
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Will Facebook getting rid of click-bait make your News Feed any better?

You may have heard at the weekend that Facebook is planning on reducing the amount of click-bait headlines on your News Feed, but will this really make any difference to our experience of the social network? In case you don’t know what click-bait is, it refers to those articles with really enticing headlines (usually involving…

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Hayley MinnWill Facebook getting rid of click-bait make your News Feed any better?
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Twitter confirms its (terrible) timeline changes are real

A couple of days ago, we speculated that Twitter might just be toying with us/playing a prank/having a momentary aberration in its decision to treat favourites like retweets for some users. But the company has now confirmed its new policy, which means we should all brace ourselves for the change. Their updated support page says…

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Diane ShipleyTwitter confirms its (terrible) timeline changes are real
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Our top 8 apps for photo sharing and storing #PhotoWeek: Instagram, Flickr, Path

It seems we're all so obsessed with editing our photos that we've forgotten where we should be sharing them. Here's our rundown of the top 8 apps to share, store and save your photos, whether you're looking to build followers, join a dedicated community or just keep everything in one organised spot. 1. Instagram This…

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Laura KiddOur top 8 apps for photo sharing and storing #PhotoWeek: Instagram, Flickr, Path
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Pouting, Paint & Contrast: an ode to Myspace selfies #PhotoWeek

Warning: this article features examples of extreme pretension and self-promotion. Readers of a weak disposition may wish to consult their GP before continuing. We know by now that selfies have been around for longer than we have. There’s Robert Cornelius’ first effort back in 1839, the Edwardian lady with her Kodak Brownie and at least…

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Lauren BravoPouting, Paint & Contrast: an ode to Myspace selfies #PhotoWeek
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Our top 8 apps for photo sharing and storing #PhotoWeek [part two]: Instagram, Flickr, Path

5. Path A viable alternative to the at-times screeching noise of Facebook TMI overload, Path offers an altogether calmer, more reflective social media space. A "private social network", it’s well suited to sharing photos and thoughts with close friends and family only, so if you want to share all 50 of those cute baby photos…

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Laura KiddOur top 8 apps for photo sharing and storing #PhotoWeek [part two]: Instagram, Flickr, Path
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Facebook has released new Mentions app, but you (probably) aren’t cool enough to get it

Facebook has released a new app called Mentions, but, unless we have some celebrity shinyshiny fans, you’re probably not a big enough deal to use it. Launched in July, the iPhone-only app was originally only available to musicians, actors, athletes and government officials in the US. However, as of today, it’s become accessible to 40…

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Hayley MinnFacebook has released new Mentions app, but you (probably) aren’t cool enough to get it