Pope Francis was the most talked about topic on Facebook worldwide this year, according to new data from the company, which measured the number of posts mentioning a particular person or event, including related hashtags. The word “election,” broadly, was the second-most talked about topic followed by the royal baby.
Cyrus came in at No. 7 on the list, one spot behind another viral phenomenon, the Harlem Shake. More somber subjects like the Boston Marathon bombings and the deaths of Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela also ranked among the top 10 on Facebook’s list Read more…
Tumblr offers a large degree of flexibility. There are many different ways to use the social blogging platform. Some log on to Tumblr to socialize with others, to highlight their artistic endeavors or to document their adventures abroad.
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There is, of course, no one way to use Tumblr. Because the platform is open to different kinds of posts and interactions, the opportunities and flexibility are endless. Here are seven of the many ways people use Tumblr on a daily basis.
1. Finding Friends
Image: Tumblr, Chibird
Typically when a user first signs up for a social media site, he knows someone who already has an account. However, with Tumblr, there is no need to know anyone on the site before getting started. In fact, some people sign up because they don’t know anyone on the platform; therefore, they feel more freedom to post without fear of acquaintances reading along Read more…
The quickest way to get a book deal might be through social media
With the help of Twitter and Tumblr, aspiring literary and artistic impresarios now have the world at their keyboards and a digital audience waiting to discover their talents. It’s no surprise that in the past few years, publishers have taken note.
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Earlier this year, Tumblr founder David Karp said that at least 70 users had turned their blogs into book deals, and San Francisco publisher Chronicle Books instituted “The Great Tumblr Book Search” to scour the platform for the very best in creative fare Read more…
It’s been quite a year for the front page of the Internet.
Big or small, Reddit experienced a lot of change within the past twelve months. Now serving 6% of online adults and, according to internal reports, averaging 5.1 billion monthly page views, Reddit seems to keep grabbing the world’s attention, making the transition from a fringe network for the “Internet savvy” to a booming web metropolis.
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Through high-profile AMAs to unfavorable media reports following the Boston Bombing witch hunt, Reddit has seen its fair share of peaks and valleys this calendar year. Here, we take a look back at the site’s highest highs and lowest lows. Read more…
Former South African President Nelson Mandela died on Thursday, leaving behind a heartbroken global community and a legacy that will far outlive any of his mourners
Millions of people took to social media to honor the great political leader. On Twitter, users generated 7.2 million tweets about his death, including a peak of 95,000 tweets per minute, according to a Twitter spokesperson
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That total surpasses some busy Twitter moments from this year, but doesn’t set any Twitter records. For comparison, the Super Bowl in February between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens generated more than 24 million tweets, including more than 231,000 per minute during the game’s power outage Read more…
Maybe you too have had this experience: you’re browsing Facebook and see a sad status update from an acquaintance or friend you’ve lost touch with. They’ve been fired; they’ve had a death in the family; maybe they just had a bad day
You want to show that you care, but you don’t know them well enough to say anything that doesn’t sound trite. Then you see that someone has — perhaps accidentally — hit the Like buttonWhatever you do, you think, don’t be that guy.
One Facebook engineer has come up with a solution for such a situation: a Sympathize button. We learned this Thursday from Facebook’s annual Compassion Research Day — yes, the social network devotes a whole day to sharing various ways it’s trying to “build empathy and foster trust” with users. Engineer Dan Muriello revealed that one of his colleagues had designed the Sympathize button during a recent hackathon. Read more…
Seasons are changing around this time in each hemisphere across the globe. In some areas, the winter snow has already fallen and is now melting away. In others, beautiful palm trees are swaying under the summer sun and rain
We want you to show us a view from your window for this week’s round of the Mashable Photo Challenge. Take a peek out your bedroom window, your fogged-up car window or your floor-to-ceiling window at work and check out all there is to see. Is your lawn covered with golden leaves? Do you have a picturesque view of the whole city from your balcony? You can include the frame of the window in your photo or stick your head out to get a clearer shot of just the outside. Read more…
Twitter is partnering with U2opia, a Singapore-based mobile applications provider, to bring aspects of its Twitter service to users on phones that don’t have Internet capabilities. Users will need to type in a short code and will then have access to trending topics on Twitter from their respective areas.
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A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the partnership to Mashable but did not comment on how many international users will have access to the new service. According to Reuters, users will only have access to trending topics, meaning the majority of tweets will not be viewable. It does not appear users will be able to send tweets using U2opia’s application. Read more…
Facebook is the fourth — sometimes the fifth — social network I check during the day. It’s at the bottom of the list
Somewhere along the line, Facebook became a last resort, a platform I regretfully open when I’ve hit the depths of boredom. When my friend is running 20 minutes late for brunch, only after I’ve logged my weekly call with Grandma and checked every other app
I’d rather strike up a conversation with a stranger than browse Facebook — and I live in New York. Strangers are weird here
Don’t get me wrong. Facebook itself is not boring. On the contrary, I could and have spent hours exploring all the tools Facebook offers: Facebook Subscribe, Facebook Lists, Facebook Groups, Facebook Shared Photo Albums, Facebook Pages, Facebook Gifts, Facebook Graph Search. And I haven’t even mentioned the thousands of apps that “enrich” the Facebook experience. Read more…
Google has filed a patent for a software bot that would control your social media presence.
The software would first learn your voice by studying all of your social media accounts, then it would automatically suggest updates and replies it can make for future posts. The aim is for the bot to learn how you tweet and Facebook so it can gradually manage that for you — effectively outsourcing how you digitally socialize.
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Of course, you would first have to give Google permission to access your entire online presence, from social to email and everything in between. This limitless access has some cyber privacy experts concerned. Nick Pickles, the director of Big Brother Watch, an organization dedicated to protecting privacy, warned against the possible dangers. Pickles told the Daily Mail: Read more…