Facebook Wants to Clean Up News Feed Spam

Facebook's cleaning up your News Feed a little, ripping out Like-baiting posts, repeated content, and spammy links. Read More >>

If American Artist Edward Hopper Used Instagram and Facebook

Edward Hopper, foremost chronicler of lonely American souls, would have found pathos in our modern world of FOMO. This clever series from Ukrainian artist Nastya Ptichek updates Hopper's work for a social media era, and the overlay of electronic icons makes his paintings even more depressing. Read More >>

This Real-Time Installation of Social Media Feeds is Insane

There's a kind of crazy headspace that's easy to fall into after staring at the unceasing scroll of your social media biz on a couple of screens at a time. But this? This is a wholly terrifying total immersion in the form of an installation of sights, sounds, and mind-melting mental stimulation. Read More >>

Twitter Now Lets You Tag People in Tweets Without Using Any Characters

Twitter is growing up, and the latest new feature set includes the ability to tag up to 10 people in a photo as well as the ability to add up to four photos to a tweet. But—and this is big—those tags won't count towards the total character limit. Suddenly, tweets seem kind of big. Read More >>

25+ Famous People's First Tweets That'll Make You Feel Better About Yours

Today is Twitter's 8th birthday and it got you a gift. With Twitter's new First Tweet tool you can look back at your (or anyone else's) first tweet without hours upon hours of scrolling. We took the liberty to round-up a few of the best and worst from some noteworthy tweeters. Read More >>

Twitter's @Replies Look Likely to be Phased Out

Not entirely, of course -- Twitter users will still need a method to communicate with each other. But Twitter's Vivian Schiller, Head of News, has hinted that hashtags and @replies will be pushed to the background of the service in order to make it more intuitive for newcomers. Read More >>

Facebook Might Actually be Good for Your Brain (if You're Dyslexic)

I'm not a kid anymore, but I can only assume today's parents are telling their kids "Facebook will rot yer brains". In fact, the opposite might be true, according to a teeny, tiny little study. Especially for kids with dyslexia. Read More >>

Social Media "Lie Detector" Will Know if Celebrity X Really is Dead or Under Arrest for 1970s Sex Crimes

Did a funny thing really happen on the train today? Did your precocious child really make that amusing observation about Star Wars? Was actor and comedian Gary Wilmot really found dead in a hotel wardrobe with his shoelaces around his neck and a slice of orange in his mouth last night? An internet lie detector may soon be able to provide reassurances either way. Read More >>

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This Man Pranks Strangers With Intimate Details He Found by Stalking Their Instagram Accounts

How much do you share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Maybe a snap of your oh-so-healthy lunch? Or a witticism about an over-bearing boss? That's fine -- so long as your posts are set to private. Make that snap of your dog public, or that flirty exchange with a waitress available for all to see, and you're opening yourself up for some seriously freaky pranks. Read More >>

Twitter Has Completely Changed its Layout

Twitter just flipped the switch on a redesign on the web and it looks totally different. Everything is flat, the font has changed, your profile picture shows up in the top left-hand corner, and overall, it looks a whole lot cleaner. Read More >>

Church of England Issues the Nine Commandments of Twitter Behaviour

We're not sure if these Twitter commandments have actually come from God via the CofE or are just the work of a social media intern, so take them with a tablet of salt. What the list of nine Social Media Guidelines does offer, though, is the church's take on how staff (and everyone else) can avoid getting outed on Newsnight for being stupid online. Read More >>

Facebook Now Shows You Personalised Trending Topics in Your Newsfeed

Facebook will start showing you trending topics personalised to your interests to the right of your News Feed, just under where you're used to seeing notifications about your friends' birthdays and upcoming events. Twitter has been showing trending topics for years, but Facebook's trends promise to be personalised to your interests, so maybe they'll be better? Read More >>

This Year's Top Instagram Trends are Exactly What You'd Expect

Instagram and its many filters may be responsible for the wave of faux nostalgia, but now that the year's winding down, it's time for some actual nostalgia. Today, Instagram released their year-end review, and, well, it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect. But it's also a great excuse to post some gorgeous shots. Read More >>

Facebook Considering a "Sympathise" Button For Your Attention-Seeking Status Updates

When a friend silently reaches out to their online pals with the quiet change from "In a relationship" to "It's complicated", Facebook's Like button just wont cut it. For normal people that's where the phone, or a pub and a pint, comes in. For Facebook addicts and grief mongering narcissists though that's not enough. A "Sympathise" button is needed, and Facebook may soon well oblige. Read More >>

Ever Had An Online Password Stolen?

This week, a website called haveibeenpwned launched to help folks find out whether their accounts were compromised in recent hacks on Adobe and Yahoo. The site claims to identify over 154 million hacked accounts. That's a lot of people affected by just a few hacks, of which there are more every day. Have you ever been a victim? Read More >>


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