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BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27:  Fans react to The Wailers performing live on stage at the 2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest on March 27, 2016 in Byron Bay, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) It has never been worth it for celebrities to respond to their endless digital fan mail — until now. TipTalk lets them set a price for a private text, photo or video response. The idea is that in their downtime, they could forge deeper relationships with their audience while earning enough to warrant at least a few seconds of their attention. Considering how the public comment reels… Read More
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Tumblr brings back Replies, revamps Notes to encourage more conversations on its service

tumblr-messaging Yahoo-owned blogging platform Tumblr this morning announced two changes to its service designed to encourage more conversations and increase engagement around posts and other content. The company is bringing back its Replies feature, removed several months ago, and it’s rolling out an updated Notes design that makes it easier for the community to follow the commentary around a post.… Read More
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Badoo launches photo verification for safer, more efficient online dating

Photo verification Badoo is today launching photo-verification and verified profiles to make online dating safer.
Most folks don’t know that Badoo is the silent giant in online dating. Globally, the 10-year-old company is bigger than any other online dating platform, including OkCupid,, eHarmony, and yes, Tinder.
The service has 300 million registered users in over 190 countries, and President… Read More
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Snapchat reportedly acquires Bitmoji maker Bitstrips for $100 million

bitstrips-cake Fortune is reporting that Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging platform that has today become the number one free app on the App Store, has agreed to acquire Bitstrips, the folks behind popular emoji-creation service Bitmoji. Though we haven’t received confirmation from Bitstrips or Snapchat, Fortune’s sources say that the deal is “in the ballpark” of $ 100 million. The… Read More
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Facebook turns on Safety Check for Brussels attacks



Facebook has turned on its Safety Check feature for Brussels, where a series of explosions at the Brussels airport and a metro station left at least 13 dead and many more injured. 

The feature, available here, lets you check on your Facebook friends in or near Brussels, the capital of Belgium, and see whether they’re safe, or mark them as safe if you know where they are and how they’re doing. 

SEE ALSO: Zuckerberg: Facebook will use safety check for ‘more human disasters’

Originally used for natural disasters, the Safety Check site was turned on during the terrorist attacks in Paris in Nov. 2015, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to use the feature in “more human disasters.” Read more…

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6 ways Twitter has changed the world



After 10 years of documenting the world in 140 characters, Twitter now has more than 300m active users. This might be far fewer than Facebook’s 1.5 billion, but Twitter arguably has a disproportionate influence on the world, partly because it attracts a significant number of politicians, journalists, and celebrities. Our expert panel explain how their field has been changed by the little blue bird.


Sharon Coen, senior lecturer in media psychology, University of Salford

Twitter has obviously been used to raise awareness of political topics, spread political messages and coordinate collective action. This has often come through specific campaigns such as #blacklivesmatter (protesting violence against black people) and #JezWeCan (promoting the candidacy of British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn). Read more…

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The death of Instagram for brands

instagram generic Earlier this week Instagram updated its news feed algorithm. Posts will no longer appear in chronological order and instead be sorted “based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting, and the timeliness of the post.”
What this means is that Instagram will choose what to surface and when – essentially mirroring… Read More
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