HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014

Social Media

Adieu Orkut, you will be missed

Orkut, the original social network, was special to many since it was the first of its kind. It was social currency then, just like the suave Instagram is now. On its last day, a fan reminisces on those good ol days of scraps, testimonials and fraandships.

Facebook to win EU approval for $19 billion WhatsApp bid: sources

Facebook, the world's leading social network, will win unconditional EU approval for its $19 billion offer for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp in a deal pitting it against telecoms operators, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Twitter set to display targeted ads for movie lovers

Your filmy conversations on Twitter are set to give the micro-blogging site a new way to display targeted ads.

'Ad free' Ello your new social networking address?

A new social networking site Ello - described by some people as “anti-Facebook” - that has created quite a buzz claims to end the “real name” policy by keeping itself simple, beautiful and ad-free.

Facebook to introduce new advertising platform: Report

Facebook Inc is set to unveil a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Are YouTube, Facebook, Twitter hiding female abuse data?

Are YouTube, Facebook and Twitter hiding responses related to female harassment? If we believe a new study, the social media firms are not faring well on publishing abuse-reporting data.

Is Facebook Messenger app tracking your privacy?

The new Facebook Messenger app, that has been downloaded over 500 million times on Android-based devices, may have spyware that keeps an eye on your chats and other information, claims an internet security specialist.

Twitpic to stay alive with new owner

It is a stark reversal in fortunes after Twitpic said in a blog post early this month that it would be shutting down on September 25 because its bid to trademark its name was being opposed by San Francisco-based Twitter.

Facebook dressed down over 'real names' policy

Facebook says it temporarily restored hundreds of deleted profiles of self-described drag queens and others, but declined to change a policy requiring account holders to use their real names rather than drag names such as Lil Ms. Hot Mess and Sister Roma.

Think Before You Post, says Facebook to Indian teens

With growing instances of online abuse and bullying, Facebook launched the 'Think Before You Share' campaign to make teenagers think carefully before they post information, ideas or photos online.

Habitual Facebook users prone to phishing attacks

If you are perpetually online on Facebook and do respond to anonymous friends' requests without considering how they are connected with those sending the requests, beware of phishing attacks.

Netizens take a walk down scraps lane as Orkut shuts shop Sept 30

Google has announced that it will be shutting down it's social networking site Orkut on September 30. Orkut marked the dawn of social-networking for an entire generation in India, years before the netizens caught onto the Facebook fever.

Say hello to Blake Boston, the face of the 'Scumbag Steve' memes

We spoke to Boston aka ‘Scumbag Steve’, a resident of a Massachusetts town in the US, on how he feels about being the butt of millions of jokes. Read his full interview, where he tells us whether he is remotely like the neighbourhood scumbag we have all once been a victim of.

Why Facebook posts can't reveal personality traits anymore

The privacy changes in the recent past on the social networking site Facebook have made it difficult to reveal personalities of people peeping into your profile or 'liking' your posts, say researchers.

Facebook tries to take on YouTube, allows users to upload videos directly

Until recently, much of the video content on Facebook was YouTube videos, but Facebook now allows users to upload videos directly to its site. This enables the site to sell ads with the videos, the report said.
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