Posts Tagged ‘Social Networks’

For as long as Facebook has been using its famous ‘Like’ button, people have wondered when they would be able to click on something a little less jovial when the need arises. We’ve all been forced to ‘Like’ a friend’s status update on Facebook when the situation really demands something quite the opposite. With people posting about things ranging from bad days at the office and pets being ill to marriage breakups and loved ones dying, hitting that ‘Like’ button as a form of acknowledgement feels crass at best, and downright cruel at its worst. And it seems someone at Facebook would agree.

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Google has wrapped up its Morning with Google+ event, and the Internet is abuzz with news and reviews surrounding the announcements. Amongst several other features, Google’s social network is getting a slew of new photo and video enhancement features, that intend on not just making the sharing experience better, but put Google in a position where the Mountain View company can compete directly with dedicated filter and photo-enhancement apps that are available for Android and iOS. Let’s take a look at what they announced for Google+ today.

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Any Twitter user will be more than aware that the San Francisco based company isn’t shy when it comes to making changes. Historical amendments around their developer focused API caused more than its fair share of controversy when introduced earlier this year. The many millions of registered Twitter users have also been subjected to various changes over the company’s lifespan with the introduction of sponsored tweets showing up in timelines. After a period of public inactivity, the changes are happening again, but this time involving a relatively minor tweak on how direct messages currently work.

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When Microsoft launched a Web-based recreation of the Hover game that shipped with Windows 95, we felt our nostalgic heart strings being tugged with surprising veracity. The Windows 95 era was a simpler time, pre-social networks and long before smartphones were something we all take for granted.

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Facebook may have been around for what feels like forever, but the social network is still missing one or two features that some of us have been crying out for. One of those features is something that seems rather simple on the face of it, and today Facebook announced that we will soon be able to edit our own posts on the social network.

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Facebook only announced Facebook Home APK for Android recently, and the reviews are beginning to roll in alongside the first handset to fully support it our of the box, the HTC First, but the social network is not resting on its laurels. Instead, according to the company, it is currently working with two of the market’s biggest players about bringing Facebook Home to their platforms.

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When any company launches a new product, an ad campaign is just part of the process, so it should come as no surprise to see Facebook showcasing its new Facebook Home APK for Android launcher in an ad for exclusive carrier partner AT&T. What is rather surprising, however, is that the star of the “Launch Day” ad is none other than the social network’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who, in excitedly attempting to gee his employees up for the big launch, finds the workforce unresponsive, instead completely immersed in the experiences offered by Home. Check out the ad itself after the break.

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The blogosphere has been abuzz these past few hours in anticipation for Twitter Music, which was due to launch today, April 12th. We all, quite wrongly, presumed we’d be able to give Twitter’s new audio streaming service a tryout for the very first time today, but while the site has gone live and looks ready to go, we’ll have to sit through another week of drumroll before it officially opens its doors.

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It has been a rather busy past couple of months for Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. With the News Feed revamp last month followed-up swiftly by the announcement of the Facebook Home for Android launcher late last week, the social network has just begun rolling out a brand new emotion feature to some users in the United States. Having initially run some tests back in January for the feature, which makes it easy for users to divulge their feelings, it looks as though it is ready for the public’s consumption, and should begin to reach nations outside of The States before too long.

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It’s only been a couple of days since Mark Zuckerberg announced its new Facebook Home for Android home launcher, and with the feature set to roll out to the vast majority of handsets over the coming months, the Palo Alto-based company is already looking to raise awareness. The very first advertisement for Facebook Home has just been released via the company’s official page over on YouTube, and focuses on just how much more interesting those boring business trips can become with the fun and social prowess of Facebook Home for Android.

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As anticipated, Mark Zuckerberg has taken to the stage at Facebook’s Palo Alto HQ to announce Home, which touts deep integration with the Android infrastructure in order to revolutionize the way we interact with Facebook on our mobile devices. The social network’s CEO describes it as “a new category of experiences” which “sets the tone” for Facebook on Android. More details can be found right after the jump.

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We’re just a few moments away from discovering exactly what Facebook’s new home on Android actually entails, and if you want to watch a live stream of the event based at the social network’s California headquarters, we’ve got an embedded link coming up after the break as well as a quick run through of what we expect from the event itself.

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