Social Networking Software

Facebook Portal adds a web browser, new channels, and games

Facebook has decided to heed the calls of critics by adding a bevy of games, apps and a fresh new web browser to Portal, the smart display it unveiled this year. After a rough initial rollout of the video-chat device, Facebook is beefing up Portal's offerings while lowering prices during the holidays for both the small and large versions.

Specifically, Portal's latest software update will see the video chat device gain access to a fresh, Chromium-based web browser that basically... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Windows Software

Facebook reportedly cutting news show funding while growing its 'Watch' video platform

Facebook Watch, the social media giant's video platform, has gained immense popularity in its short life. Though the video service is not even two years old yet, 400 million people spend at least a minute watching one of the network's videos.

Shows like Jada Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk" and "Sorry for Your Loss," a drama starring Elizabeth Olsen, draw some of the largest audiences.

To help more creators and publishers generate revenue from their videos, Facebook just announced... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Video Publishing & Sharing , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Share your best Instagram posts with the Top Nine app to wrap up 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, it can be fun to take a look back at the year. Apps like Facebook (iOS, Android) and Spotify (iOS, Android) both have features that recap your year in a neat package and allow you to share those memories with your friends on those platforms.

Going into Memories on Facebook around December will show a personalized video from the social media site called "Your Year on Facebook." Spotify creates a playlist... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Can MeWe become the anti-Facebook of social media?

Nearly half of Facebook (iOS, Android) users age 18 to 29 years old deleted the app in the last year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social media site has been trying to regain favor as the fleeing user base moves to other platforms.

One social media site has risen to the top as the No. 1 Trending Social App in the Google Play Store and gained 300 percent growth this year: MeWe... Read More »

Topics: Privacy Software , Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Instagram testing new 'Creator' account with special tools for influencers

Instagram (iOS, Android) users with high follower counts could soon have access to a new type of "creator" account. The social media site is testing the accounts for high-profile users.

The creator accounts would allow users to access a suite of tools that would allow them to monitor growth insights like follower count, how many are unfollowing, and better direct messaging management.

Creators will get daily and weekly insights into follower counts alongside content recaps. Influencers can then... Read More »

Topics: Business Software , Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Over 70 percent don't trust social media to provide accurate information, says survey

People turn to the internet to get answers to their questions everyday. But where do you look on the internet when you no longer trust the information you find?

A leading mobile forum app Tapatalk (iOS, Android) released a consumer survey today detailing a growing disillusionment with information found on social media.

Nearly 74 percent of surveyed consumers told the company that they think the integrity of social media platforms like Twitter (iOS, Android) and Facebook... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

How 'Stupid Cancer' app connects patients and survivors to a community

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was about 10 years old. When I was older she told me that she'd decided to fight it and she attributes her attitude as part of the reason she recovered.

It seemed like even before she was in remission she was reaching out to other women with cancer. My mom knew that when faced with a challenge as large as cancer, you needed all the support you could get. If your support... Read More »

Topics: Health & Fitness Software , Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

How Facebook and Instagram became as addictive as painkillers

Although smartphone and social media addiction aren't included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, studies conducted over the last few months might suggest it probably should be.

In August, mobile market researcher BankMyCell found that US residents spend about four hours on smartphones per day. That's an hour longer than that global average.

A report released in May by smartphone insurance company Asurion said that Americans can't seem to put their devices down, even on... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Features , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Lifestyle Software

Tumblr to ban all pornographic content starting December 17

Tumblr users who liked the service's pornographic-oriented communities and images will now have to look elsewhere.

Tumblr will ban all pornographic content starting December 17, the company has announced in a blog post by CEO Jeff D'Onofrio. Citing a desire to make Tumblr a more comfortable place for its users, D'Onofrio said that posts containing adult content will no longer be allowed as of that date and that users with such material will be notified by Tumblr before the deadline.

SEE:... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Anti-social media photo app wants to capture the moments that don't go on Instagram

We generally try to put our best selves on social media. We like filtered photos, flattering angles, exotic destinations, pictures of food -- and exclude the messiness of reality.

The Minutiae app (iOS) calls itself an "anti-social media" app. Instead of cultivating specific moments for followers, the app wants you to take a closer look at the moments in between.

Over 1,440 days, or almost four years, Minutiae users will get a daily prompt to take a photo of... Read More »

Topics: Photo Sharing & Publishing , Social Networking Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software