Social Network

  • Gujarat: 50 per cent LS poll nominees 'unsocial' on net 13-04-2014 04:47 PM

    Poll fever has caught up big time on social media but surprisingly 50 per cent of Lok Sabha nominees from three major parties in Gujarat either don't prefer it for canvassing or stick to 'old school' techniques rather than logging on Facebook or Twitter. As per the affidavits filed by...
  • India tops list of requests for blocking content on Facebook 13-04-2014 12:22 PM

    New Delhi: Indian law enforcement agencies requested Facebook to block content in 4,765 instances citing local laws between July and December last year, the largest by any country. The social networking giant said it blocked content after government officials and the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (ICERT) reported that such...
  • Addicted to Twitter? You may be causing harm to your relationship and killing romance in your life 12-04-2014 11:20 AM

    New York: Are 140 characters coming between you and romance in your life? You are not alone. A study contends that those addicted to Twitter are likely to have problems with their partners than those who are not. The more time you spend on Twitter, the more harm you are...
  • Facebook to require separate mobile app for sending and receiving messages 10-04-2014 12:17 PM

    San Francisco: Facebook Inc will no longer let users send and receive private messages within its main smartphone app, and will require that users install a separate messaging app, the Internet company said on Wednesday. Facebook began notifying users in France, England and several other European countries on Wednesday that...
  • Facebook users in India cross the 100 million mark 09-04-2014 10:30 AM

    New Delhi: Social media giant Facebook has crossed 100 million active users in India, its largest base outside the US. "Today, we have more than 100 million people who access Facebook actively in India each month," Facebook India Head of Growth & Mobile Partnerships Kevin D'Souza told PTI. Facebook's mission...
  • A new tool that predicts which photos will go viral on Facebook 06-04-2014 02:55 PM

    Washington: Scientists have developed a computer algorithm that predicts whether a photo will go viral on Facebook by watching how fast it is shared. Stanford researchers said the clues to predicting which of the many millions of photos on Facebook will spring from obscurity and go viral lie in 'cascades'....
  • LS polls: Facebook cracking down on fake 'likes' 31-03-2014 12:19 PM

    With politicians boosting their social media presence in the poll season using fake online followers, Facebook has started cracking down on fraudulent accounts showing suspicious high number of 'likes'. Data from the Facebook team show that close to 52,000 pages exist for politicians and political parties in India. Of them...
  • Cloak: An 'anti-social' network that helps you avoid meeting people 24-03-2014 10:57 AM

    New Delhi: This is an app that many secretly desire. In this age of social networks, when you are connected with people you like and also those you wouldn't want to bump into in real life, the Cloak app is designed to keep you away from unwanted real-life meetings. The...
  • Furious reaction, political split after Turkey bans Twitter 22-03-2014 12:55 PM

    Turkey's ban on Twitter ahead of bitterly contested elections brought a furious reaction at home and abroad on Friday, with users of the social networking service denouncing the move as a "digital coup" and the president expressing his disapproval. A court blocked access to Twitter after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's...
  • CPM goes online to court young voters 18-03-2014 05:33 PM

    The CPM on Tuesday went online by logging into its Facebook account and Twitter handle, a move aimed at wooing young electors, a sizeable number of whom would be first-time voters in the coming Lok Sabha elections. "As the new generation is more comfortable in these form of social media,...
  • Man arrested over Twitter threat to shoot random pedestrian 16-03-2014 03:07 PM

    Los Angeles: A 20-year-old man has been arrested in Los Angeles after writing on Twitter that he would shoot a random pedestrian if people retweeted his message 100 times on the social media website, police said. Dakkari Dijon McAnuff posted a photo on his Twitter account earlier this week of...
  • Facebook can create an epidemic of wellbeing 13-03-2014 12:27 PM

    You may be worried about airborne virus that can bring cold or flu but what about emotional contagion spreading fast via online social networks? According to a new research, Facebook feelings are contagious. Positive posts beget positive posts and negative posts beget negative ones - with the positive posts being...
  • Facebook lets your past catch up on you, allows you to see your search history buried in its settings 01-03-2014 02:40 PM

    New Delhi: Quite like Google, Facebook also keeps a track of what all your search for on the social networking site. It keeps your search history private, which means means that you need to be signed in to Facebook to view your history. You can view your past searches in...
  • Facebook set to buy Whatsapp for a whopping $ 19 billion 20-02-2014 10:11 AM

    Social networking website Facebook is all set to buy popular mobile messaging service Whatsapp for a whopping $ 19 billion in cash and stocks. Whatsapp Co-founder and CEO Jan Koum will now join the Board of Directors of Facebook. Whatsapp will, however, continue to work independent of Facebook's existing messaging...
  • More users to log in to Facebook through mobile devices in coming years 16-02-2014 01:14 PM

    New Delhi: Facebook expects a decline in number of users logging on the social networking website through PCs globally, especially from the US and other developed markets of Europe and Asia. The California-headquartered firm projects that the future growth will come from mobile, helped by more and more users in...
  • Facebook adds 56 new gender options in new profile feature 14-02-2014 06:55 AM

    New Delhi: For the first time, Facebook is letting its users identify themselves as a gender other than male and female. The social media giant has added a customisable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him,...
  • Facebook turns 10 today. What was your first Facebook status update? 04-02-2014 11:10 AM

    If you want it to be featured on IBNLive, then set the privacy setting of the post to public and send us the link to the post in the comment box. To start this off, here's our first status update on November 3, 2008. ...
  • Facebook's 10th birthday: Milestones in the history of the social networking leader 04-02-2014 10:22 AM

    New Delhi: Facebook - with more than 1.2 billion users worldwide - is celebrating its 10th birthday amidst challenges of keeping its original base of young users with new innovative social networks coming to the fore. The company was launched by Mark Zuckerberg on February 4, 2004, from Harvard University....
  • Facebook turns 10 03-02-2014 02:23 PM

    Washington: Facebook - with more than 1.2 billion users worldwide - is celebrating its 10th birthday amidst challenges of keeping its original base of young users with new innovative social networks coming to the fore. The company was launched by Mark Zuckerberg on February 4, 2004, from Harvard University. The...
  • Man inadvertently posts his wanted photo on Facebook, arrested 26-01-2014 05:39 PM

    Washington: A wanted man in the US who unwittingly shared a police department's mugshot of himself on Facebook was nabbed less than an hour later. Anthony James Lescowitch Jr had been evading arrest in Pennsylvania since November last year. The Freeland Police Department posted a photo of Lescowitch on its...
  • Bitstrips: How a profane 'Peanuts' spoof turned into a viral comic phenomenon 25-01-2014 01:37 PM

    San Francisco: Bitstrips may seem like a sudden sensation now that the app maker's comic vignettes are all over Facebook and other social networks. But the Toronto startup's success was a drawn-out process. The concept for a mobile application that lets people turn their lives into comic strips took shape...
  • Girl puts up unborn baby for sale on Facebook for $113, arrested 21-01-2014 04:48 PM

    New York: An 18-year-old Chilean girl has been arrested for selling her baby on Facebook for $113. The teen, Veronica Carrera Chaparro, from Maipu, Chile, was arrested alongside her mother and sister who are accused of helping her with the sale. Chaparro found out she was two months pregnant in...
  • Nine Bollywood celebrities that you should follow on Instagram 14-01-2014 03:07 PM

    If Facebook, Twitter and magazines aren't enough to satiate your Bollywood celeb dose, you can stalk them on Instagram too.The online photo, video social networking website is buzzing with Bollywood celebrities who are more than eager to share their lives with us. Whether it's the places they are travelling to,...
  • Facebook acquires social startup Branch, to focus on online forums 14-01-2014 12:21 PM

    New Delhi: Facebook has acquired Branch, a New York-based social network that hosts and publishes invite-only conversations. Branch focuses on providing online forums for in-depth conversations. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed yet, but the acquisition is estimated to be worth around $15 million. The deal was announced...
  • Google links Google+ contacts to Gmail, raises concerns 10-01-2014 01:17 PM

    San Francisco: A new feature in Google's Gmail will result in some users receiving messages from people with whom they have not shared their email addresses, raising concerns among some privacy advocates. The change, which Google announced on Thursday, broadens the list of contacts available to Gmail users so it...
  • Posting on friend's Facebook wall may bring you closer 06-01-2014 10:43 AM

    Washington: Using Facebook to post on a friend's wall or to share condolences or congratulations can make you feel closer to your pal and more satisfied with your friendship, according to a new study. New social networking research by Western Illinois University investigates how individuals use Facebook to maintain their...
  • Facebook in 2013: The dud of the year 31-12-2013 04:55 PM

    New Delhi: Choosing the winner in a year that has just gone past isn't as difficult as identifying the loser. While the winner for me was a clear choice, the battle of the laggards has a few contenders. To begin Samsung was leading in the race in my mind, but...
  • LinkedIn, Pinterest more popular than Twitter: Study 31-12-2013 10:46 AM

    San Francisco: More US adults use LinkedIn and Pinterest than Twitter, but that website attracts a greater proportion of blacks and young adults than do its social media peers, a Pew Research Centre study released on Monday showed. Photo pin-up site Pinterest spiked in popularity over the past year, according...
  • Highlights: Facebook in 2013 30-12-2013 04:12 PM

    With the year coming to an end, here are some interesting facts about the world's most popular social networking website in the year 2013. It is believed that now every 3 out of 10 people are using Facebook. Take a look to know how Facebook has thrived throughout this year....
  • Airtel offers free Facebook access in 9 Indian languages 27-12-2013 01:01 PM

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel announced that it will now offer free Facebook access in 9 Indian languages to its prepaid customers across India. Airtel mobile customers who are Facebook users on the Mobile (browser or app) will be able to view or upload photos, post status updates, comment and write...