SOCIAL NETWORK

  • Facebook's Messenger app evolving into a multitasking tool that mixes business with more pleasure 19 hours 57 minutes ago

    San Francisco: Facebook's Messenger app is evolving into a multitasking tool equipped to send an animated fist bump to a friend at one moment and then get a little business done in the next. In an effort to pull off the transformation, Facebook is opening Messenger so outside programmers can build...
  • What is Section 66A? 2 days ago

    Full text of the controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000:Punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc.66A. Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device,-(a) any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or(b) any information which he...
  • Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on validity of Section 66A of IT Act 2 days ago

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on Tuesday on a batch of petitions challenging constitutional validity of certain sections of the cyber law including a provision under which a person can be arrested for allegedly posting "offensive" contents on websites. A bench of justices J Chelameswar...
  • Facebook rolls out new targeting feature to help marketers connect with millions of expats on site 1 week ago

    New Delhi: To help businesses reach people living abroad, Facebook has launched a new targeting feature that enables advertisers to reach the 92 million-odd expats on the social networking site, a company statement said here on Wednesday. "People living abroad use Facebook to connect with friends and family back home, sharing...
  • India tops list of requests for blocking content on Facebook in the second half of 2014 March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Facebook blocked 5,832 pieces of content, including anti-religious matter and hate speeches, during July-December 2014 on orders of Indian government, the highest by any country on the social networking giant's platform. In its Global Government Requests Report for July to December 2014, the California-based firm said it has "restricted"...
  • Photo sharing on social media killing real-life enjoyment March 16, 2015

    New York: Is your penchant for sharing photos on social networking sites preventing you from enjoying real life experiences? May be, suggests a new study. The study has found that 58 percent of people believe that "posting the perfect picture has prevented them from enjoying life's experiences". The study was conducted by...
  • Facebook may help maintain long-distance relationships March 13, 2015

    London: Social networking sites such as Facebook can help maintain romantic relationships, whether individuals involved are geographically close or in a long-distance relationship, a new study has found. The study compared the relative importance of social networks and explores the role they play in helping to maintain a close-by versus a...
  • Twitter helps smokers get rid of the habit March 4, 2015

    New York: When people in a smoking cessation programme tweet each other regularly, they are more successful at kicking the habit, says a study. Specifically, daily "auto-messages" that encourage and direct the social media exchanges may be more effective than traditional social media interventions for quitting smoking. "Our results indicate that incorporating...
  • German consumer groups warn Facebook over data protection February 27, 2015

    Berlin: German consumer groups say they will file a lawsuit against Facebook unless the social network changes its terms of service. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations said it has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Facebook's European headquarters in Ireland. The letter cites 19 clauses in the company's terms of service and...
  • Reddit, Google crack down on nudity; ban explicit photos, videos on their sites February 25, 2015

    San Francisco: Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows. Social-networking and news site Reddit says it will remove photos, videos and links with explicit content if the person in the image hasn't given permission for it to be...
  • Twitter can help doctors understand patients better: Study February 15, 2015

    Toronto: Using Twitter can help physicians answer health queries from their patients in a better way, say researchers from University of British Columbia (UBC). The study found that more and more health care professionals are embracing social media. This challenges common opinion that physicians are reluctant to jump on the social media...
  • Addicted to social networking sites? You could be insecure in relationships, says a new study February 11, 2015

    New York: People who are generally insecure in their relationships are more actively engaged on the social media site - frequently posting on walls, commenting, updating their status or "liking" something - in the hope of getting attention, researchers said. The study suggests that there are at least two kinds of...
  • Twitter CFO Anthony Noto's account hacked; fires off spam posts February 11, 2015

    San Francisco: An official Twitter account for the company's chief financial officer unleashed a barrage of spam posts on Tuesday in what may have been a hack or a glitch. Anthony Noto's account @anthonynoto for a brief time fired off terse, slangy missives inviting people to click on a link that...
  • Indian epic Mahabharata to be retold on Twitter from villain's viewpoint February 10, 2015

    New Delhi: A lecturer based in Britain has reimagined the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata for Twitter audiences, spawning a book and spurring a second attempt, this time from the perspective of the main villain. Chindu Sreedharan began retelling the Mahabharata on the microblogging service in 2009, taking more than four years...
  • Does Facebook trigger feelings of envy in you? You could go into depression February 4, 2015

    Washington: Facebook use can lead to symptoms of depression if the social networking site triggers feelings of envy among its users, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Missouri said the way in which Facebook users use the site makes a difference in how they respond to it. "Facebook...
  • Twitter says its promoted tweets will now appear on third-party mobile apps, websites February 4, 2015

    San Francisco: Twitter's stock jumped more than 6 per cent on Tuesday after the social media company said its promoted tweets will appear on third-party mobile apps and websites under a new advertising distribution program. The syndication program will broaden the reach of Twitter's ads beyond the 284 million monthly users...
  • Tweeting can help women cope with sexism: Study February 1, 2015

    Toronto: Tweeting publicly about sexism could improve a woman's wellbeing as it has the potential to let them express themselves in ways they feel can make a difference, a new study suggests. The study examined whether using Twitter to respond to sexism could be done in a public way without any...
  • Facebook Place Tips: Facebook adds 'tips' about places in potential Yelp challenge January 30, 2015

    San Francisco Facebook on Thursday launched a new feature that automatically provides tips about places where members of the social network might be, potentially challenging review websites like Yelp. "Place tips will show you fun, useful and relevant info about the place you're at," Facebook product manager Mike LeBeau said of...
  • Twitter launches new group chat and video features January 28, 2015

    San Francisco: Twitter on Tuesday began rolling out new group chat and video features as it worked to ramp up use of the one-to-many messaging service. "Private conversations on Twitter are a great complement to the largely public experience on the platform," product director Jinen Kamdar, whose handle is @jinen, said...
  • Facebook, Instagram services restored after brief outage January 27, 2015

    New Delhi: After roughly 40 minute outage, Facebook and Instagram services are again accessible in US, Asia and other regions. Both services suffered a widespread outage lasting roughly 40 minutes on Tuesday affecting users in the United States, Asia, the UK and Australia. The social media giant's Instagram service was also briefly...
  • Twitter to update users 'while you were away' January 23, 2015

    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 January 21, 2015

    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 January 20, 2015

    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 January 20, 2015

    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 January 20, 2015

    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 January 18, 2015

    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...