Musical.ly gets into original content with new shows from Viacom, NBCU & Hearst

 Lip-syncing social network Musical.ly is getting into original content, thanks to new deals with Viacom, NBCU and Hearst, which will bring short-form video series to the app. However, unlike the original videos found on Snapchat – an app that’s often the next step up for the tween-age Musical.ly audience – these shows are designed to be interactive. That is, the shows… Read More
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Snap taps its IPO price as it continues to crash

 Update: It happened! Snap fell down to its IPO price (for a few seconds) of $ 17 per share after its continued steady march south over the past several weeks. The company is now barely holding just above its IPO price. Snap’s last earnings report resulted in a disaster, and while the company still managed to stay above $ 20 for an extended period of time, a string of bad days for the… Read More
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Twitter totally solves all of its problems with new profile photos

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Twitter finally made it happen. With a simple redesign, the beloved social media giant has solved all of its problems. You heard it here firstEvery. Single. One. Of. Them

SEE ALSO: Why all the cool kids are migrating to Mastodon

The racism, sexism, harassment, bots, fake news, Donald Trump, and all of its other issues — they’re all taken care of now. 

How, you might ask? With groundbreaking changes to the platform, that’s how. The company explained its newly refreshed product in a shiny new blog post. In short, Twitter promises going forward things will be different

“Today, with lots of feedback and ideas from you, we’re refreshing our product too and making it feel lighter, faster, and easier to use,” Twitter said in a statement. “We listened closely and kept what you love. And for the things you didn’t, we took a new approach to fix and make better.” Read more…

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Twitter just changed almost every part of its iOS app

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Twitter just got a major facelift.

The company just unveiled a series of changes, including a major overhaul of its iOS app, as well as changes to the look and feel of some of its most important features, like the reply button.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s iOS 11 will take Facebook and Twitter down a notch

Among the most immediately noticeable changes: users’ profile photos now appear as round icons instead of squares, and the reply button has changed from an arrow to a chat bubble. (Twitter’s VP of User Research and Design Grace Kim says this was to make things less confusing for new users who often confused the reply button with a “back” or “delete” function.) Read more…

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Facebook rolls out the GIF button for comments to all users

 Reply threads on Facebook are about to get a lot more animated. To mark the 30th anniversary of the GIF format, all users will get the new GIF comment button that Facebook began testing three months ago. Facebook also announced that almost 13 billion GIFs were sent on Messenger over the past year, with 400 million GIFs sent just on New Year’s Day 2017. Read More
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Say goodbye to those fake likes: Huge click farm discovered in Thailand

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Click farms — where low-paid workers are paid to spend their days clicking on content — have become a problem across the globe. Sometimes these farms manifest as rooms with hundreds if not thousands of phones, all at the ready for when a company pays for traffic.

SEE ALSO: How to protect yourself when social media is harming your self-esteem

Click farms are very adaptable. Companies can use them for everything from acquiring LinkedIn connections to make themselves look better on the job market to influencing record labels on SoundCloud to simple web traffic. And they make millions doing so.

Motherboard reports a gigantic click farm in Thailand is latest to be caught. The click farm had over 500 cell phones and 350,000 SIM cards. The setup also included nine computers and 21 SIM card readers.  Read more…

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In honor of Trump’s birthday, we dug up his completely real MySpace profile

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To acknowledge Donald Trump’s 71st birthday, we decided the ultimate present would be to dig up his rarely seen and completely real* — honest — MySpace profile for everyone to enjoy.

Sure, America knows 2017 Trump as somewhat of a Twitter snob — only communicating with his followers through 140-character-long snippets and midnight rants — but his apparent lack of a MySpace leaves a glaring hole in his efforts to dominate social media.

SEE ALSO: Want Donald Trump’s voice on your GPS? It’s here anyway

We’ve recently uncovered the now 71-year-old president’s (very real, not fake, authentic) MySpace profile, which he appears to update regularly in an effort to Make MySpace Great Again. And boy, is it something. Read more…

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How to Repurpose Content for Your Blog and Beyond: A Plan for Creators

Do you struggle with publishing to your marketing channels on a regular basis? Looking for a way to streamline the process? In this article, you’ll discover how to use one content idea to produce video, audio, and blog posts that build a loyal and engaged fan base. Why Maintain a Blog, Podcast, and Video Channel? […]

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Instagram’s archive feature goes live, letting you hide photos indefinitely

 Last month we noted that Instagram was testing a new feature called “archive”, which lets users hide any of their posts from anyone else – either permanently or indefinitely. Today this will roll out to everyone on Instagram, meaning you can start hiding photos today. You can archive any photo or video on your profile by tapping the “…” three-dots button in… Read More
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Facebook’s AI crosses language barrier to assist in Spanish

 Any technology that only works in English neglects 75% of the world. That problem is especially severe for Facebook with its global userbase. Yet most languages are being left out by the advances in artificial intelligence centered around natural language processing led by researchers in the U.S. and China. But today marks a milestone for AI accessibility. Facebook Messenger’s… Read More
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