SOCIAL NETWORK

  • Twitter to update users 'while you were away' 2 days ago

    San Francisco: Twitter is updating its feeds to give users a recap of tweets missed while not connected to the messaging platform. "A lot can happen while you're on the go. To fill in some of those gaps, we will surface a few of the best tweets you probably wouldn't have...
  • Facebook not to be blamed for negative impact on grades: Study 4 days ago

    Washington: The negative relationship between Facebook use and grades has little to do with the social networking site Facebook, a new study has found. Helping college students balance social media use and schoolwork is better than disconnecting, researchers said. The study by Reynol Junco, an associate professor at Iowa State University, found...
  • Facebook says it adds more than $200 billion to global economy 5 days ago

    San Francisco: With 1.35 billion users of its Internet social network, Facebook would rank as the world's second-most populous nation if it were a country. While its users may populate only a virtual country, Facebook says it generates a lot of real economic activity - $227 billion worth of economic impact...
  • Facebook Messenger gets voice-to-text conversion feature 5 days ago

    New York: Social networking site Facebook has launched a new feature for its messenger app that automatically transcribes any file sent as a voice recording and lets the people send voice clips to each other. To send an audio clip, just tap the microphone icon, record the message and send. The tool...
  • ICICI Bank account holders can now use Twitter to transfer funds, recharge prepaid mobiles, check account balances 5 days ago

    Mumbai: Customers of ICICI Bank can use their Twitter account for real-time fund transfers, prepaid mobile recharges and to check bank balance. Private sector lender ICICI Bank today launched a facility which allows account-holders to transfer funds through Twitter. The user will have to subscribe ('follow') the bank's Twitter handle and register...
  • Facebook sharing boosts involvement with news and information 1 week ago

    Washington: Sharing and discussing news content on social media sites such as Facebook can drive greater involvement with news and information, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found. People who share news on social media sites may connect more with that information - and stay connected longer - than people who...
  • 'Facebook at Work' wants to make workplaces Facebook-friendly January 15, 2015

    New York: The social networking site has launched "Facebook at Work", a service that works like regular Facebook except you use it to connect to colleagues who may or may not be friends. The service is being tested ahead of its public launch scheduled later this year, wired.com reported. "Facebook at Work"...
  • Facebook 'likes' reveal your true personality January 13, 2015

    Miami: A computer program that analyses your Facebook "likes" may be a better judge of your personality than your closest friends and family, according to research out Monday. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was led by researchers at the University of Cambridge and Stanford University. Through...
  • Facebook most popular social network: Survey January 12, 2015

    Washington: Facebook is by far the most popular social media website with its large base of "very active" users visiting the site daily, a new survey of American internet users has found. The survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that while Facebook remains the most popular social media site,...
  • 'Avengers' star Jeremy Renner 'devastated' by divorce January 11, 2015

    Los Angeles: Actor Jeremy Renner is said to be "devastated" after his wife, Sonni Pacheco, filed for divorce from him. Pacheco has asked for legal separation from the 'Avengers' actor after just 10 months of marriage. Together, they have a 21-month-old daughter named Ava Berlin. Their relationship is said to have started...
  • Do you fabricate your profile on Facebook to impress friends, earn more likes? It may lead to feelings of shame and worthlessness later in life December 30, 2014

    London: Do you fabricate your profile on Facebook to earn more likes? Remember that this habit can lead to feelings of shame and worthlessness later in life. According to a new survey, almost two-thirds of social media users lie to "airbrush reality" and make their lives seem more interesting than they...
  • Facebook apologises after its 'Year in Review' app stirs up sad memories December 28, 2014

    New York: Facebook has apologised for the grief its "Year in Review" app caused some of its users while dishing out good memories along with the bad ones. The social working site compiled a "Year in Review" video for every user, allowing them to reminisce over the highlights of the past...
  • Tech in 2014: The year of nothing December 22, 2014

    2014 has been a happening year. In politics, in sports, in cinema and elsewhere. But not in consumer technology. The year has almost passed by, and we are still waiting for something that we can remember the year by. Though we saw a lot of new products coming, new categories emerging...
  • Facebook less popular among teenagers than last year December 21, 2014

    New York: Facebook is less popular among teenagers than last year, says a survey, adding that 88 percent of teenagers now use the social network against 94 per cent last year. The website is also losing popularity among all other age groups, CNET reported. The survey, conducted by market research firm Frank...
  • Tweets with images, hashtags get more retweets December 19, 2014

    New York: A study that analysed two million tweets has found images in a tweet increases chances of its re-tweet more than four times. The study by digital marketing agency Stone Temple Consulting from Framington, Massachusetts, found that using images, hashtags and links in a tweet had an even greater impact...
  • Facebook's India user base grows to 112 million December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Growing internet penetration and a large youth population has helped world's largest social network platform Facebook expand its user base in India to 112 million - the second largest after the US. US-based Facebook, which had about 100 million users in April this year, saw its monthly active users...
  • Excessive Facebook use could lead to poor impulse control December 15, 2014

    New York: Excessive online social networking is not only addictive but can be associated with other disorders involving poor impulse control that can lead to substance abuse, a new research shows. In a study involving 292 undergraduate students - 18 years and older, psychologist Julia Hormes from the University at Albany,...
  • Twitter makes it easier for users to report abuse, harassment December 3, 2014

    New York: Twitter is trying to make it easier for victims and witnesses of online harassment to report it. The short messaging service said Tuesday that the new tools will roll out to users over the coming weeks. It's available now for a small group of Twitter's 284 million members. Among...
  • A new social networking app that allows you to decide what posts should go viral November 30, 2014

    London: Not getting enough "likes" on your posts? Try this app. A new social networking app called Plague gives you power to decide what posts should go viral in your circle and beyond. Developed by Lithuania-based firm Deep Sea Marketing, the app "infects" four nearest friends who also have the app installed...
  • Facebook finalises its simplified privacy policy; to go into effect January 1, 2015 November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook, which invited users to comment on its new privacy policy until November 20, is now ready with the final version that will go into effect January 1, 2015. The company has already started sending out notifications informing users of the updated terms, data policy, and cookies policy...
  • Twitter Offers: Twitter now lets advertisers post deals and discounts in users' feeds November 26, 2014

    New York: Twitter is expanding its reach into commerce with a new tool called "Offers." Advertisers can post promotions and discounts in users' Twitter feeds, whether or not the users follow those merchants on the short-messaging service. To redeem an offer, customers enter their credit or debit card information. They then use...
  • Facebook to launch a professional social network in a few months; aims to take on LinkedIn November 18, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook's professional version of its social network aimed at businesses will launch in the next few months, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday. The world's No.1 Internet social network with 1.35 billion monthly users has been quietly testing a version of its website geared toward...
  • Facebook working on a professional social network 'Facebook at Work': Report November 17, 2014

    Bangalore: Facebook is secretly working on a new website called "Facebook at Work" that would allow users to keep their personal profile separate from their work profile, the Financial Times reported. The new website, that will look very much like Facebook, will compete with professional social network LinkedIn, Google, and Microsoft,...
  • Facebook attempts to simplify privacy policy again, invites user comments November 14, 2014

    New York: One more time, Facebook is trying to simplify its lengthy privacy policy - and make it much shorter - to explain how it targets advertisements to its 1.35 billion users. The world's largest online social network uses the information people share on its site, along with the apps they...
  • Why Mark Zuckerberg found 'The Social Network' hurtful November 10, 2014

    Los Angeles: Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg says parts of the movie 'The Social Network', inspired by his life and work, were "hurtful" as its makers took liberty with the story. Zuckerberg was involved in Facebook's first public questions and answers Thursday, when a fan questioned him about the accuracy of the...
  • Six types of killers on Facebook identified November 6, 2014

    Washington: Researchers have identified six different types of killers who turn to Facebook to lure their victim or otherwise use the social networking site in their crimes. The researchers analysed cases of homicide in which the social networking site Facebook had been reported by the media as a significant factor. The researchers...
  • Here's how to increase your popularity on Twitter November 2, 2014

    London: Having a large number of followers on Twitter is a more efficient strategy to gain popularity on the social networking site than increasing your number of tweets, said a study. Messages from influential people have much more impact and less popular users can gain popularity by increasing their activity and...
  • Harassment a common part of online life: Survey October 26, 2014

    New York: A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty per cent have experienced it...
  • 'Anti-Facebook' social network Ello gets fresh funding, promises to remain ad-free October 25, 2014

    San Francisco: Flush with a reported $5.5 million in fresh funding, upstart social network Ello on Thursday legally changed its corporate standing to back a promise to remain ad-free. Ello converted to a public benefit corporation, which it described as "a new kind of for-profit company in the USA that exists...
  • Twitter users will now see tweets from accounts they don't follow. Here's why October 18, 2014

    San Francisco: Twitter said Friday it would start reconfiguring its users' timelines with "relevant" messages from people they haven't bothered to follow at the service. Based on a positive response from its tests, the popular one-to-many messaging service is inching toward the Facebook model of using software to "curate" what users...