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Facebook Lite hits 200M users as low-bandwidth world revenue skyrockets

 Facebook’s stripped-down but speedy Lite app is growing fast and adding countries so it can keep connecting people and building the company’s business in the low-bandwidth world where revenue increased 52% this year. Facebook Lite launched in June 2015, it rocketed to 100 million monthly users by March 2016, and now it’s doubled in size to 200 million users, Mark Zuckerberg says. Read More Social – TechCrunch

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Facebook reports $8.81 billion in revenue as monthly users jump 17% to 1.86 billion

Facebook ($ FB) announced on Wednesday fourth quarter earnings, generating $ 8.81 billion in revenue and an earnings per share of $ 1.41. By comparison, Wall Street analysts had expected the social networking company to pull in $ 8.51 billion in revenue and an EPS of $ 1.31. “Our mission to connect the world is more important now than ever,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. “Our business did well in 2016, but we have a lot of work ahead to help bring people together.” Shares in Facebook closed the day up 2.23 percent at $ 133.23. It’s currently up more than 2 percent in after-hours trading after beating expectations. User numbers User numbers continue to rise for Facebook as there are now 1.86 billion monthly active users, a 17 percent increase from this time last year. 1.23 billion people use the site daily, up 18 percent annually. Mobile adoption also continues its upward…

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Twitter users finding hope in ‘badass’ national parks

In the first few days of the Donald Trump presidency, National Park Service Twitter accounts have emerged as small but shining spots of hope for the anti-Trump crowd.  Multiple parks accounts have deleted tweets since Trump became president, after having sent tweets into the world that were seemingly against the administration’s wishes.  SEE ALSO: The Badlands Twitter account is the ultimate climate rebel The main park service account retweeted crowd comparisons between former President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration crowd and the much smaller audience for Trump’s inauguration, before deleting the tweets, being temporarily banned from tweeting, and then apologizing.  Read more… More about Usda, Epa, Donald Trump, Twitter, and National Parks Social Media

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Jack Dorsey apologizes for Twitter glitch forcing some users to follow Trump’s @POTUS

 Twitter chief Jack Dorsey today apologized for what he says were technical problems causing some Twitter users to involuntarily follow the @POTUS account as it was handed over to Donald Trump. As Sarah Perez reported here yesterday, Twitter users were bewildered as to why they were forced to follow the Trump @POTUS account, and many accused Twitter of doing the new administration’s… Read More Social – TechCrunch

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How Instagram Users Shop for Tech Products

With CES 2017 firing on all cylinders, Instagram did some research on how its users discover, learn about and buy tech products. The Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network said in an Instagram for Business blog post that 66 percent of respondents to its survey indicated interest in shopping via their smartphones—1.7 times higher than the general U.S. population. Among that group, 69 percent said they use their smartphones to purchase products more frequently than they did in the past. Nearly one-half of respondents who bought electronics did so online, and one-quarter of that group did so via their smartphones. Instagram also found that: 56 percent of users who follow tech-related accounts are male, versus 44 percent female. The largest age group in this category is 25 through 34. “Tech-hungry Instagrammers” are active seven days per week and every day of the month, and the peak time for them is 8 a.m. to…

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These simple badges are helping social media users talk about mental illness

People living with mental illness and other invisible conditions are fighting stigma head-on, thanks to a new social media campaign. A collection of simple online badges, created by 28-year-old mental health advocate Kat Selwyn Layton from North Carolina, features declarative statements about mental health on colorful backgrounds. Called #EndTheStigma, the campaign lets users post the badges to their accounts, talk about living with invisible illnesses, conditions or disorders, and show others that they aren’t alone. SEE ALSO: 7 initial ways you can be a better mental health ally and advocate Read more… More about Social Media, Social Good, Mental Illness, Mental Health, and Stigma Social Media

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Prisma Now Lets Users Browse Photos in a Location-Based Feed

Prisma Labs released the latest update for Prisma on iOS and Android. The photo-editing application now allows users to browse photos created by other users in a location-based feed. With this update, users can access the feed by tapping on a button in the top-right corner of the app’s camera screen. From there, users can browse currently trending posts, as well as posts in a “most recent” feed. Users can tap on each picture to view the full image, the creator, the effect used on the photo and more. Users can also post likes on shared content. The more likes a post receives, the wider the post will spread within the app. In addition, the more likes a post receives, the more impressions the creator will receive on their next post. In addition to browsing photos based on their current locations, users can also browse photos based on trending locations, or search for specific locations within the…

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Evernote reverses course on opt-out privacy policy that would’ve exposed users’ content to employees

Evernote has withdrawn planned changes to its privacy policy that would have permitted some employees to view the content of users’ note, as the company works on new features that rely on machine-learning technology. The company caused an uproar earlier this week when news emerged of the pending changes, which were due to take effect on January 23. Even if users were to opt out of allowing their information to be viewed by employees, the planned changes drew attention to the company’s existing policy that permitted employees to look at users’ content “for other reasons stated in our Privacy Policy,” which included quite a few vague reasons, including “to maintain and improve the service.” Evernote CEO Chris O’Neill issued an apology of sorts yesterday for the company’s “poor communication” around the policy, and pointed out that users’ information would be anonymized. But today the company has gone one step further by…