The Obama administration has proposed that foreign visitors to the U.S. be asked to disclose their social media accounts and usernames as a way of spotting potential terrorist sympathizers. But leading tech companies have said the proposal could have an immense effect on social media use, and in the end, free speech.
For those of you who are still die-hard Pokémon fans, you’ll be happy to hear that you can now check the individual values (IV’s) of your pocket monsters directly within the app, adding a little more depth to the strategy needed to play your favorite augmented reality game.
As more sites are mobile-friendly, Google will be eliminating the mobile-friendly label that once appeared in search results. In the same vein, Google is aiming to improve the mobile user experience and will begin giving lower rankings to sites that make content less accessible because of pop up ads.
Up until this point Facebook videos have autoplayed sans sound, but now Facebook is toying with auto sound in video ads as well. Facebook prided itself for putting the user first when it kept ads from autoplaying sound, but as Snapchat becomes a bigger rival luring advertisers away, Facebook has to struggle with keeping the advertisers happy, too.
Many businesses have been hesitant to join the unfamiliar territory of Snapchat, but now that Instagram has created its own version of stories, it’s easier than ever to share in the moment video with your customers and audience. Click through for the scoop on how it works, and some clever ideas on how you can leverage the new feature for your business.
Thinking about a redesign for the most visible part of your business? Social Media Week gives some examples of redesign fails by major brands, and three common mistakes to avoid before you take the leap.
Pinterest recently acquired Instapaper, a service for saving online articles to read later. Instapaper will continue to function independently as their team also works to help Pinterest in developing new products and features.
If you’ve ever dug into the deep dark corners of your Messenger inbox, you may have noticed old messages from people you are not currently friends with, although you may want to be. Facebook is testing a new feature that allows you to send direct messages to people you aren’t currently connected with, which will show up in their main inbox instead.
Interested in livestreaming your life, but not so sure about letting all of your friends and the world see it? There’s a new app called Alively, created by former Facebook Live product manager, Vadim Lavrusik, which makes your live videos private by default.
Brick and mortar stores often have to compete with online shoppers for business, but retailers are using their online presence to their advantage to increase foot traffic–and sales.
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