Reddit To Transform Into a Social Network With New Profile Pages

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Journal: Reddit has announced it has begun trialling a radical new profile page design that’s reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter. It will evolve the discussion board site towards being a social network …

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Journal: Reddit has announced it has begun trialling a radical new profile page design that’s reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter. It will evolve the discussion board site towards being a social network by enabling users to post directly to their new profile page. At present, posts on Reddit have to be directed into a specific sub-Reddit community. You can’t simply write a post and have it appear across the network which can make it difficult to get your voice heard. Unless you’ve got some reputation in a relevant sub-Reddit, your posts may end up going unnoticed. That could soon change. Last night, Reddit announced it’s working on a drastic revision of its user profile page experience. The site has commenced testing of an early version of the design. According to a report from Reuters, just three “high-profile” users currently have access to the feature. When the new pages are eventually opened up to all, they’ll showcase the user’s profile picture and description. Below the header, posts from the user will be publicly displayed. The user will be able to add new posts to their page, without submitting to a sub-Reddit. Users will be able to follow each other to stay informed of new posts, effectively creating a social network atmosphere above the discussion boards.

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The Last Days of Club Penguin

Club Penguin, a decade-old tween-focused social network by Disney is shutting down. From a report on The Outline: Club Penguin, which launched in 2005, will shutter on March 29, ending an 11-year run that at its peak drew 200 million users to the site….

Club Penguin, a decade-old tween-focused social network by Disney is shutting down. From a report on The Outline: Club Penguin, which launched in 2005, will shutter on March 29, ending an 11-year run that at its peak drew 200 million users to the site. While the traffic has reportedly been in decline over the past few years — the OG Club Penguin kids have mostly aged out (most of the site’s user are 8-13), and there’s growing competition from other social networking games, like the new LEGO Life — fans both young and old are reacting to the news with emotions that run the Kubler-Ross gamut. Some have been reduced to shell-like human embodiments of the Loudly Crying Face emoji. James Charles, the beauty-obsessed 17-year-old Instagram star who was recently announced as the first male face of CoverGirl, tweeted, “my entire childhood is going down the drain wow I’m gonna cry RIP greendude50.” Others are lashing out, attempting speedruns or willfully disobeying chat rules in the hopes of getting booted in an act of you-can’t-fire-me-I-quit defiance. And of course, plenty are soaking up the last days, taking part in the community-wide “Waddle On” celebration that’s essentially a G-rated version of an end-of-days rager.

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Facebook Admits Flaw in Image Moderation After BBC Report

From a report on BBC: A Facebook executive has admitted to MPs its moderating process “was not working” following a BBC investigation. BBC News reported 100 posts featuring sexualised images and comments about children, but 82 were deemed not to “breac…

From a report on BBC: A Facebook executive has admitted to MPs its moderating process “was not working” following a BBC investigation. BBC News reported 100 posts featuring sexualised images and comments about children, but 82 were deemed not to “breach community standards.” Facebook UK director Simon Milner told MPs the problem was now fixed. He was speaking to the Commons Home Affairs committee alongside bosses from Twitter and Google as part of an investigation into online hate crime. The BBC investigation reported dozens of posts through the website tool, including images from groups where users were discussing swapping what appeared to be child abuse material. When journalists went back to Facebook with the images that had not been taken down, the company reported them to the police and cancelled an interview, saying in a statement: “It is against the law for anyone to distribute images of child exploitation.”

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Report: Up To 15% Of Twitter Accounts Are Bots

A team of researchers claim they can identify Twitter account activity that’s posted by bots through their new web portal — “Bot or Not?” — leveraging “more than a thousand features extracted from public data and meta-data.” And it turns out there ar…

A team of researchers claim they can identify Twitter account activity that’s posted by bots through their new web portal — “Bot or Not?” — leveraging “more than a thousand features extracted from public data and meta-data.” And it turns out there are a lot of bots. An anonymous reader writes:

“A study released by the University of Southern California reports that roughly nine to 15 percent of Twitter accounts…are so-called bots controlled by software instead of humans,” according to CBS News. “Twitter boasts 319 monthly active users meaning that this recent revelation equates to nearly 48 million bot accounts, according the university’s high-end figure.” CNBC adds that “The research could be troubling news for Twitter, which has struggled to grow its user base in the face of growing competition from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and others.” In a 2014 SEC filing Twitter admitted that between 5 and 8% of their users were bots. Twitter’s response to this new report? “Many bot accounts are extremely beneficial, like those that automatically alert people of natural disasters … or from customer service points of view.”

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How Many Snapchat Clones Does It Take For Facebook To Lose Its Self-Respect?

Alex Hern, writing for The Guardian: Over the past year, Facebook has shown an almost monomaniacal dedication to taking on Snapchat by importing its defining features wholesale into the company’s own apps. Facebook Live has “masks” now (think Snapchat’…

Alex Hern, writing for The Guardian: Over the past year, Facebook has shown an almost monomaniacal dedication to taking on Snapchat by importing its defining features wholesale into the company’s own apps. Facebook Live has “masks” now (think Snapchat’s Lenses). Instagram has geostickers (like Snapchat’s location-aware stickers.) WhatsApp has “Status” (think Snapchat Stories). Instagram has “Stories” (think … Snapchat stories). The latest fruit of Facebook’s labours is Messenger Day — “a way for you to share these photos and videos — as they happen — by adding to your Messenger Day, where many of your friends can view and reply to them”. It’s Snapchat Stories. Again. […] Facebook has seen potential threats on the horizon before, but its chequebook has always been enough to ward off real danger: that’s why it bought Instagram, that’s why it bought WhatsApp, and that’s why it tried to buy Snapchat. But it couldn’t get the company’s fiercely independent co-founder, Evan Spiegel, to sell. And now it’s in uncharted waters, with a competitor stealing advertising revenue, desirable millennial users, and industry credibility, and with no obvious way to reverse that trend. Facebook’s time at the top probably isn’t up. But its self-respect deficit is going to take years to pay off.

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Microsoft Is Closing the Social Network You Forgot It Ever Launched

So.cl, the little-known and probably much-forgotten social network project from Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs division, is closing down. From a report on TechCrunch: The service was launched in late 2011 as a social community where the objective was “…

So.cl, the little-known and probably much-forgotten social network project from Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs division, is closing down. From a report on TechCrunch: The service was launched in late 2011 as a social community where the objective was “collaborative consumption, not communication.” Initially for students, So.cl opened up to anyone once it had gotten going and subsequently added support for mobile devices, too. When word of the project first leaked out prior to its launch, many had assumed that Microsoft was building a social network to compete directly with Facebook — this was a time when companies might be inclined to do that, remember Google Buzz launching in 2010? But Facebook this wasn’t. It actually used Facebook log-in for user sign-up so if anything it is/was a Facebook app. If you’re looking for a comparison, the focus on image collages and video made So.cl a little like a Pinterest-style service for visual content.

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Social Media ‘Increases Loneliness’, Says Study

An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are causing more people to feel alone, according to US psychologists. A report suggests that more than two hours of social media use a day doubled the chan…

An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are causing more people to feel alone, according to US psychologists. A report suggests that more than two hours of social media use a day doubled the chances of a person experiencing social isolation. It claims exposure to idealised representations of other people’s lives may cause feelings of envy. The study also looked at those using Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr. “We do not yet know which came first – the social media use or the perceived social isolation,” co-author Elizabeth Miller, professor of paediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh, said. “It’s possible that young adults who initially felt socially isolated turned to social media. Or it could be that their increased use of social media somehow led to feeling isolated from the real world.” Theories in the report suggest the more time a person spends online, the less time they have for real-world interactions.

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Social Media ‘Increases Loneliness’, Says Study

An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are causing more people to feel alone, according to US psychologists. A report suggests that more than two hours of social media use a day doubled the chan…

An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are causing more people to feel alone, according to US psychologists. A report suggests that more than two hours of social media use a day doubled the chances of a person experiencing social isolation. It claims exposure to idealised representations of other people’s lives may cause feelings of envy. The study also looked at those using Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr. “We do not yet know which came first – the social media use or the perceived social isolation,” co-author Elizabeth Miller, professor of paediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh, said. “It’s possible that young adults who initially felt socially isolated turned to social media. Or it could be that their increased use of social media somehow led to feeling isolated from the real world.” Theories in the report suggest the more time a person spends online, the less time they have for real-world interactions.

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Twitter To Get Even Harsher On Trolls

Twitter is cracking down even harder against trolls, including temporarily barring accounts that are harassing other users. From a report: In a blog posted Wednesday, Twitter’s vice president of engineering, Ed Ho, announced more safety measures to sto…

Twitter is cracking down even harder against trolls, including temporarily barring accounts that are harassing other users. From a report: In a blog posted Wednesday, Twitter’s vice president of engineering, Ed Ho, announced more safety measures to stop abuse on its platform. One of the methods includes using the company’s internal algorithms to identify problematic accounts and limiting certain account functions — such as only allowing the aggressor to see their followers — for a set period of time if they engaged in troublesome behavior. Twitter said it was also open to further action if the harassment continued. Other anti-trolling tools include new filters to let users see what kinds of content they want to view from certain accounts and well as allowing people to “mute” tweets based on keywords, phrases or entire conversations.

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Are Your Slack Conversations Really Private and Secure?

An anonymous reader writes:
“Chats that seem to be more ephemeral than email are still being recorded on a server somewhere,” reports Fast Company, noting that Slack’s Data Request Policy says the company will turn over data from customers when “it is …

An anonymous reader writes:
“Chats that seem to be more ephemeral than email are still being recorded on a server somewhere,” reports Fast Company, noting that Slack’s Data Request Policy says the company will turn over data from customers when “it is compelled by law to do so or is subject to a valid and binding order of a governmental or regulatory body…or in cases of emergency to avoid death or physical harm to individuals.” Slack will notify customers before disclosure “unless Slack is prohibited from doing so,” or if the data is associated with “illegal conduct or risk of harm to people or property.”

The article also warns that like HipChat and Campfire, Slack “is encrypted only at rest and in transit,” though a Slack spokesperson says they “may evaluate” end-to-end encryption at some point in the future. Slack has no plans to offer local hosting of Slack data, but if employers pay for a Plus Plan, they’re able to access private conversations.

Though Slack has 4 million users, the article points out that there’s other alternatives like Semaphor and open source choices like Wickr and Mattermost. I’d be curious to hear what Slashdot readers are using at their own workplaces — and how they feel about the privacy and security of Slack?

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