Social Networking

  • Women more addicted to their cellphones than men Yesterday

    Washington: Women are more likely to use cellphones for texting or emails to build relationships and have deeper conversations, while men prefer using their devices for entertainment purposes and accessing social networking sites, a new US study has found. Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on...
  • Facebook upgrades mobile search to let users look for friends' old posts 3 days ago

    San Francisco: Facebook on Friday said it is dabbling with letting members using smartphones or tablets search for past posts of friends at the leading online social network. Facebook is testing using keywords to find old posts, the California-based company said in an email response to an AFP inquiry. Search results remain...
  • 'What is this WTF your friends use on Facebook?' 16 questions your parents ask that make you wonder why you introduced them to social media 6 days ago

    Wow! Your parents are on Facebook. You have to add them. That fateful day when you added your parents as friends on Facebook was probably the last day you were happy about them joined the social networking site. Since then you have only been the IT guy of your house....
  • Twitter cheat sheet: Here's what to keep in mind while posting image, video tweets 6 days ago

    Did you know that the length of your tweet is restricted to 117 characters if you add an "https" link to it? Check out the infographic below to know even miniscule details about your Twitter profile and the tweets you send out. ...
  • Social media not a vehicle of debate, instead encourages self-censorship: Study 6 days ago

    Washington: People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view of social...
  • Twitter to remove images of deceased on families' request August 20, 2014

    Bangalore: Twitter said it will remove images or videos of deceased individuals at the request of family members. "In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances," according to a statement tweeted by Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler on Tuesday. Immediate family members...
  • 5 must-know tips for parents on what not to post on social networks August 20, 2014

    New York: Privacy-wary parents are increasingly pausing before they post photos, names and other information about their wee ones on social media. Some are choosing a complete blackout, while others opt for nicknames and a few carefully selected snapshots. Here are some social media tips for parents, relatives and friends. Limit audiences Facebook's...
  • Baby blackout: Why parents are opting to keep babies off Facebook August 20, 2014

    New York: Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-old in Mountain View, California, "a little uncomfortable." "I just have a vague discomfort having her photograph out there...
  • No child's play: Why online bullying is going from bad to worse August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Exposure to the cyber world may have helped children expand their mental horizons but it has many downsides, the latest being cyber bullying. A concerned government and industry stakeholders are now taking steps to spread awareness and educate people to stop this turning into another modern-age malaise. "Child bullying...
  • Presenting an authentic image on social networks includes elements of fakery August 16, 2014

    London: People fake parts of their online image in order to conform to social norms and expectations, a new study has found. Presenting an authentic image on social network sites (SNSs) includes an element of fakery, researchers said. Researchers at Aalto University in Finland discovered that being authentic is very important...
  • Your Facebook messages will soon disappear from the mobile app. Here's how you can retrieve them August 9, 2014

    New York: Smartphone users will soon see their messages disappear from the main Facebook app to the new Facebook messenger. The change will take place in coming weeks, Mashable reported. Users have already started noticing the change, but it will not affect all of Facebook's mobile users. Only iPhone and Android users...
  • Do you post photos on Facebook just to get noticed and earn likes? Here's what it tells about you August 9, 2014

    London: If you have the habit of uploading more photos on Facebook to feel noticed and earn more "likes", it is more likely that you may be a "neurotic" than an extrovert. According to a study that reveals your personality via Facebook, extroverts change their profile photos quite frequently while neurotics...
  • Facebook launches Mentions app for celebrities in India; makes it easy for public figures to interact with fans August 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook's Mentions app that made its debut last month is now available in India and over 40 other countries around the world. The Mentions app has been designed for Facebook-recognised or verified celebrities to help them manage their public figure pages. It makes it easy for public figures...
  • Foursquare kills check-in, launches revamped app August 7, 2014

    Washington: The location-based social network Foursquare unveiled its new local search and recommendation service Wednesday after splitting off its app enabling friends to keep track of each other. The "all-new Foursquare" debuts as a personalised tool that learns about users' tastes and interests through their smartphone habits. The new app now...
  • Collector bans inflammatory posts on social networking sites ahead of festive season August 7, 2014

    The district administration banned the inflammatory posts on social networking sites ahead of festive season, a precautionary measure after such posts led to communal tension in the neighbouring Khandwa town last month. "Due to the Khandwa incident and the festival season, the district administration has decided to ban inflammatory and objectionable...
  • Ahead of festive season, Collector bans inflammatory posts on social networking sites August 6, 2014

    The district administration on Wednesday banned the inflammatory posts on social networking sites ahead of festive season, a precautionary measure after such posts led to communal tension in the neighbouring Khandwa town last month. "Due to the Khandwa incident and the festival season, the district administration has decided to ban inflammatory...
  • Google plans to separate its photos service from Google+: Report August 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Google is mulling over separating its photos service from its underperforming social network Google+, says a Bloomberg report citing people with knowledge of the matter. This move would make the photos service an independent product which will then be accessible to even users who don't have a Google+...
  • Social network challenges highlight idiocy in the Internet age August 2, 2014

    San Francisco: Online challenges daring people to set themselves ablaze or douse themselves in ice water are racking up casualties and fuelling wonder regarding idiocy in the Internet age. US media reported that a teenager was recovering on Friday from second-degree burns caused by pouring rubbing alcohol on himself and igniting...
  • When Facebook went down, panicked users even called police for help August 2, 2014

    Washington: A brief Facebook outage on Friday prompted a flurry of complaints and comments on Twitter less than two months after a similar incident affected users worldwide. According to the website downdetector.com, the disruption began around 1600 GMT and appeared to last less than an hour. "Earlier this morning, some people had...
  • India records highest social networking growth: Study July 27, 2014

    Bangalore: More Indians are logging into Facebook and Twitter accounts, as evident from a record growth of 37 per cent in social networking during 2013, according to a study by eMarketer. "Indians are increasingly logging into Facebook and Twitter accounts, with the country recording the highest social networking growth of 37.4...
  • Facebook revenue rises 61 per cent, stock hits record high July 24, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook fast-growing mobile advertising business helped drive a 61 per cent increase in revenue during the second quarter, beating Wall Street's financial targets and sending shares to a record-high in after-hours trading on Wednesday. The world's No 1 Internet social network said on Wednesday that it saw increased interest...
  • New social networking websites pay you for what you post July 24, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared - except the money those posts produce. At least two services are trying to change that. Bubblews, a social network that came out of out of an extended test phase last...
  • Is Facebook addiction pushing up divorce cases? July 23, 2014

    London: If you think excessive Facebook use by your spouse is behind your divorce, then you may be right, says a study. Researchers, however, said that their findings do not establish a "cause-and-effect relationship" and need further individual data. For the study, they looked at the rise of Facebook use and...
  • What happens to your online accounts when you die? July 17, 2014

    Washington: You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online? Grieving relatives might want access for sentimental reasons, or to settle financial issues. But do you want your mom reading...
  • Google+ no longer requires people to use their real names July 16, 2014

    San Francisco: Google+ apologised and stopped requiring people to use their real names while mingling in the online social network, as it looks to gain ground on market leader Facebook. "When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on...
  • New social network gives a penny to users everytime they post or share July 16, 2014

    Washington: A new social network says its goal is sharing among its users - including some of the profits. Bubblews, which is launching a new platform Wednesday, aims to bring together people by giving a small slice of ad revenues to users for each time they post or share. Founders Arvind Dixit...
  • Facebook may make people self-centred, less empathic: Study July 14, 2014

    Washington: Some features of Facebook, which allows us to stay connected, may be making us self-centred and less empathic towards others, a new study suggests. The study by Dr Tracy Alloway, from the University of North Florida, investigated the relationship among adult Facebook users, between ages 18 and 50, and found...
  • Are you ready to give up Facebook for 99 days? Here's why and how July 10, 2014

    London: What if you are asked to perform a different kind of fasting - to log out from Facebook for 99 days! Do not fret as this is a challenge set out by a Dutch creative agency Just. Called "99 Days of Freedom", the non-profit initiative asks whether people would be...
  • 68% of Instagram users are female: 10 interesting Instagram facts that you should know July 7, 2014

    After Facebook and Twitter, Instagram has become another popular social media tool for users. Here is an infographic that tells 10 little-known facts about the photo sharing app. ...
  • Facebook's mood manipulation experiment 'messed with people's minds' July 4, 2014

    WAshington: A controversial Facebook experiment on mood manipulation "messed with people's minds," privacy activists said in a formal complaint to US regulators on Thursday, seeking an urgent investigation. In its complaint to the US Federal Trade Commission, the Electronic Privacy Information Center said the study - which has been widely criticised...