Ever wondered who influences the influencers? Developer Pierre-Jean Camillieri did, so he put together a tool that scrapes public Twitter and Angel List interactions to map inbound and outbound connections between technology investors, journalists and analysts to foreground influence networks. Read More
Facebook wants notifications to become much more than a perfunctory list of recent behavior, events and invitations.
Mashable has learned the social network is quietly testing a robust new notifications tab that pulls content from across the entire site and serves it up in one central place. Facebook, which confirmed the development to Mashable, plans to roll out the new tab to mobile users across the U.S. first, then worldwide, although it has yet to pin down exact timing.
“We are testing an updated Notifications tab that adds additional, relevant content about everything that might be helpful to know on a particular day,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. Read more…
Twitter wants to make sure you rarely miss a tweet
The social network rolled out a Highlights section on Thursday, which notifies users twice a day on their smartphones about content they may have missed.
English-speaking users can turn on the feature, which is only available on Android for now, by going to the app’s settings, selecting their account name, and checking off the Highlights box in the mobile notifications area.
You’ll then start receiving Highlights notifications. Tapping on one will take you back to the Twitter app, which will show cards with content curated based on various factors: Tweets from people you follow, trending topics, and people trending among those you follow. Swiping through the cards eventually takes you back to your main Twitter timeline. Read more…
If keeping up with all those tweets is starting to feel a little overwhelming, Twitter just announced a new feature that could help — at least if you own an Android phone. Earlier this year, it launched “While You Were Away,” which can put older, popular tweets at the top of your feed. The theme here is helping users find relevant content even if it’s not the most… Read More
Victorious is launching mobile apps today built for Internet video stars Ryan Higa and The Young Turks. I assume this is good news if you’re a fan of Higa or The Young Turks, but even if you’re not, it’s the first public launch of apps from Victorious, making it the first real glimpse of what the company can do. Basically, Victorious works with stars from video platforms… Read More
During the social network’s Q1 2015 earnings report on Wednesday, the company reported its user base is larger than ever on desktop and mobile. There are now 1.44 billion people who use Facebook every month, up from the 1.39 billion last quarter.
Of those users, nearly 1.25 billion folks also use their phone or tablets to crawl their News Feeds. Meanwhile, the number of users who peruse Facebook exclusively on mobile climbed from 526 million quarter-over-quarter to 581 million. Read more…
Facebook Messenger wants to replace the telephone, not just SMS, and its on its way. Messenger now makes up 10% of global Voice Over IP calls, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during today’s Q1 2015 earnings call. And Zuckerberg said that because VOIP can actually provide higher audio quality for calls than traditional phone calls, he expects that growth “is going to continue very… Read More
GetReal is an app that, paradoxically, wants users to spend more time in each others’ company, and less with messaging apps. Read More
Most people just want to be liked — even if that means a cursory thumbs up on Facebook.
But a News Feed update announced Tuesday, which will roll out over the coming weeks, will somewhat deemphasize the feature.
Posts highlighting what a friend Liked or commented on will either show up lower in your News Feed or not show up at all, according to Facebook. The move was made based on user feedback.
“Many people have told us they don’t enjoy seeing stories about their friends liking or commenting on a post,” Max Eulenstein, a Facebook product manager, and Lauren Scissors, a user experience researcher, wrote in a blog post. Read more…
Twitter has today announced some product and policy changes aimed at better tackling violent threats and abuse on its platform. The problem of the mainstream social network being misappropriated as an amplification medium for minority hate groups to — for instance — spread jihadist terrorist sentiments and propaganda, or harass and threaten women with messages of violent misogyny,… Read More