Category: Facebook

Facebook is making a tiny tweak to display logos from publishers more visibly

"I saw it on Facebook" is a response uttered far too often by people that get their news via the social network. And while that may seem like an innocuous answer, it's a major problem for publishers, who are dissociated for the stories they write when someone assumes that their news just comes from "Facebook." But on Tuesday, Facebook is finally releasing a way to fix that. SEE ALSO: What Facebook's most 'meaningful' Groups tell us about Zuckerberg's grand vision The platform is now putting publishers' logos alongside articles in its Trending and Search sections, offering a bit of branding as context with the content on its platform. Read more...More about Facebook, Digital Media, Business, Media Industry, and Big Tech Companies

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Facebook could lose younger teens for the first time ever

Bad news for Facebook: American teens aren't interested anymore.  A new report from eMarketer released Monday predicted Facebook usage by 12-to-17-year-olds will decline this year — the first time it’s estimated a drop in Facebook usage for any age group, ever. The report also says audiences under 25 are using Facebook less. Meanwhile, they are flocking to Instagram and Snapchat more.  SEE ALSO: Facebook's AR glasses take center stage in newly published patent “Outside of the Facebook-cutters, teens and tweens remaining on Facebook seem to be less engaged – logging in less frequently and spending less time on the platform. At the same time, we now have Facebook-nevers, many children aging into the tween demographic that appear to be overlooking Facebook altogether, yet still engaging with Facebook-owned Instagram," eMarketer forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco said in a statement.  Read more...More about Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Business, and Consumer Tech

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WhatsApp adds colorful text-only updates to Status

WhatsApp's Snapchat Stories clone is getting a new text-only feature. Now, instead of just photos and videos, you can update your WhatsApp Status with colorful, meme-like text posts. SEE ALSO: Facebook's dumbest feature is coming to desktop now, too The feature, which is rolling out now, is a lot like Facebook's colorful status updates: write a snippet of text, pick a background color, and customize the font. You can also link out to other websites from within a text post. Image: whatsappThis feature is specifically for the Snapchat Stories-like version of Status, and is different from the old-school text-only statuses the app re-introduced earlier this year. Those text-only updates still only allow you to share simple messages like "busy" or "available." Read more...More about Tech, Facebook, Apps And Software, Whatsapp, and Tech

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A 55 and over Facebook group where friends are made

It’s not easy getting older: Joint pain, bad knees, trouble hearing — the kinds of problems that get more challenging when there’s no one in your life to help you out. Whether your family lives far away or you’ve made the choice to not have children, not everybody out there has access to a typical support system. One woman is hoping to change that.     Carol Marak, writer and editor for a website called SeniorCare.com, has built a community for childless or “unbefriended” adults to chat, share stories, and eventually become friends. And it’s all happening on Facebook.     The group is called Elder Orphans and is comprised of more than 6,000 men and women who are without a close family. While the rules to join are strict (“If you are a member and married, please bow out”) the group is meant to bring those together who have no one else to rely on. The need for the group came from Marak’s own experience caring for her parents and the notion that she might not have anyone to care for her if she were to get sick.  Read more...More about Facebook, Supported, Friendship, Afi 2017, and Culture

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Facebook is making it easier to see how people are using Safety Check

Facebook's Safety Check feature is getting a permanent presence on the social network. Beginning today, the feature will have its own dedicated section on Facebook's app and website where users can see friends' recent activity with Safety Check and learn about incidents happening elsewhere in the world. SEE ALSO: Facebook's 'Town Hall' is probably the best thing the social network has ever done When you head over to the new Safety Check section, you'll see a feed highlighting any recent interactions you or friends have had with Safety Check. There's also an "around the world" section that shows where the feature has been recently activates. Read more...More about Tech, Facebook, Safety Check, Apps And Software, and Tech

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Here’s all the cool stuff you can do on social media to celebrate the eclipse

The total solar eclipse will be streamed, grammed, snapped, and shared.  Monday's event is one of the biggest planetary events to take place during the social media age, and social networks are celebrating with new features.  SEE ALSO: 20 questions you're too embarrassed to ask about the solar eclipse So when you're not looking at the sun with solar eclipse glasses on, here's what to look at on a computer screen or smartphone:  Facebook Ahead of the eclipse, Facebook has been the place for sharing articles. On Monday, it's about video.  Facebook users will be greeted with a reminder that it's eclipse day on the top of the Facebook app and will be directed to NASA's livestream.  Read more...More about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Science, and Snapchat

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