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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.

Now, expiry dates for Facebook posts: Report

A report has revealed that Facebook has started to test a new feature, borrowed from Snapchat, which allows users to set their posts for deletion after a certain interval of time, anything from one hour to seven days.

Twitter to raise $1.3 billion through debt offerings

Twitter Inc said it plans to raise $1.3 billion by issuing convertible senior notes, its first debt offering since its market debut in November.

Social networking sites can help fight obesity

A new study has suggested that social networking programmes that are designed to help people lose weight might help fight against obesity globally.

Facebook's market value tops $200 bn

The market value of the social networking site Facebook has crossed the $200 billion mark, making it the 22nd largest company in the world.

Facebook targets advertisers as 100 million log on in Africa

One in 10 Africans are logging on to Facebook every month, the world's No.1 online social network said on Monday, presenting a new target audience for advertisers.

Twitter tests 'buy' button for posted ads

Twitter on Monday began testing "buy buttons" that let people make purchases directly from marketing posts fired off at the globally popular one-to-many messaging service.

Facebook addiction can leave you lonely, depressed

Do you often feel you have wasted time on Facebook or termed it as a meaningless activity but still cannot let your eyes move away from the screen? You are at the risk of developing depression.

Here's India's first gay brand ambassador and the app he endorses

Nakshatra Bagwe, a 23-year-old Mumbai actor, came out when he was 17. Recently, Bagwe signed up as the brand ambassador of a social networking platform exclusively for gay men known as Moovz.
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