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Obama Says Social Media Magnifies the Dangers of a ‘Messy’ World

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Islamic State militants making gains in Iraq and Syria, raising fears of terror attacks in the west. A tense truce between Israel and Hamas after weeks of bloodshed. Russian forces entering Ukraine in a throwback to the Cold War.

U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday that the world’s challenges can seem “pretty frightening” to Americans. But he argued that they pose no greater threat than in previous decades — it’s just that social media makes the dangers seem closer to home.

“The world has always been messy,” Obama said, speaking at a barbecue for Democratic donors in Purchase, New York. “In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through.” Read more…

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29 High Contrast Photos That Use Harsh Mid-Day Light

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Light is arguably the most important factor in photography. Knowing when to avoid it, when to use it and to what extent — these are skills sought by many and mastered by few

Last week, we challenged you to implement harsh mid-day light in your photographs. Though it’s a difficult situation to tackle, we were incredibly impressed with what we saw

“The submissions for the challenge left me in absolute awe of the vast talent that is out there,” guest host and freelance photographer Jose Silva said. “It’s not always easy to shoot in harsh light but many of the talented artists that submitted work seem to have mastered the art form.” Read more…

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8 Vines That Will Make Your Head Spin 360 Degrees

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Why look only at what’s in front of you, when you can see the world in 360 degrees?

We took that thought and made it a challenge this week. Partnered with Hewlett-Packard, we asked you to showcase objects and scenes in 360 degrees on Vine.

From dizzying videos in fisheye effect to creative motion-graphics animations uploaded using Vine’s newest feature, we saw tons of head-spinning submissions

Take a look at the videos shared using the hashtag #HPBendTheRules. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Moonset x sunrise

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2. Turn that virus into a cure

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Mashies Late-Entry Deadline Extended to September 5

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Last year’s Mashies awards program saw the most creative Vine videos and GIFs to the most innovative uses of YouTube channels and branded content series. The bar was set high in 2013, but we are expecting this year’s submissions to exceed expectations.

We are now accepting late-entry submissions until Friday, Sept. 5.

Categories for this year’s awards are expansive, including “Best Branded App,” “Best Interactive Ad Execution,” “Best Social Media Campaign,” among many others. Submissions will then be judged by a panel of experts within the industry, and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in New York City. Read more…

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Twitter Now Lets Anyone Check How Many People Saw Their Tweets

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Twitter analytics are now available to all users.

In June, Twitter began experimenting with opening its analytics dashboard to users outside of its advertisers.

Then, last month, Twitter rolled out an updated analytic dashboard to marketers, verified users and Twitter Card publishers

The dashboard lets users see how many impressions each tweet has received (how many times users saw the tweet on Twitter), the number of favorites their tweet has received, how many times others have clicked on their profiles, and the number of retweets and replies on a certain tweet. It also shows how many times users engaged with a tweet and what that engagement was. Read more…

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Facebook Cracks Down on Clickbait, But Don’t Expect Your News Feed to Change

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Facebook’s pitch on its News Feed rankings has been consistent: It wants you to be on Facebook, therefore it is in the company’s best interest to make the content you see on the site as good as possible.

That is the general rationale that emerged after Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would begin to factor in time spent into its News Feed rankings. The social network openly admitted that the change has been made in an attempt to eliminate clickbait — stories that offer little information but entice users to click. The pages are sometimes misleading or outright spam.

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20 Creative Hyperlapses From Instagram’s New App

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Instagram rolled out a new app on Tuesday, and users are putting selfies aside to try their hands at time-lapse-like magic.

The new app, called Hyperlapse speeds up and stabilizes long videos into short, time-lapsed clips. It is currently available for iPhone users in the Apple App Store

The creative Instagram community began to quickly test out the new feature, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites so far.

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Social Media Is Silencing Personal Opinion – Even In The Offline World

facebook-sign-89 Social media is not living up to its promise of being an online outlet for discussion that mirrors our communications and conversations that take place in the offline world. In fact, people are less willing to discuss important issues on social media, than they are in real life, a new report from Pew Research Center has found. It may seem like an obvious conclusion: of course, people are… Read More

Learning How to Score a Job Using Social Media, for Beginners

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With 92% of companies using social media in their hiring efforts, job seekers can’t afford to overlook social as a vital resource in the job search. While you’re busy job searching, employers are leveraging online resources to find candidates just like you.

That’s why Mashable is collaborating with The Muse to bring you a free, email-based class series called How to Get a Job Using Social Media. The series features five different lessons with actionable tips on how to boost your job search strategy. Once you subscribe, content for the class will be delivered to your inbox each day.

These beginner-level classes will teach you how to establish your social brand, network with people online, identify career opportunities through social media, and turn leads into job offers. The classes include homework assignments to give you a head start in the process. Read more…

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Berlin-Based Social Media Marketing Startup Brandnew Gets $1.9M In Seed Funding

Brandnew Brandnew, a Berlin-based startup that helps brands create native ad campaigns for Instagram and Pinterest, announced that it has raised a total of $1.9 million in seed funding. This includes a $1.1 million grant from the city of Berlin, as well as $845,000 from investors including PubliGroupe, Berlin Ventures, and Lukas Kirche. Brandnew plans to use the funding for technology development… Read More