Facebook testing Graph Search on mobile with ability to resurface old content by keyword

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2014

The social networking behemoth, Facebook, in a bid to help folks resurface content that may otherwise be buried is reportedly testing a new feature that would let people using its mobile apps search through old posts from friends by keyword, Bloomberg reported Friday.

There’s no word on when Facebook’s 1+ billion users who predominantly access the service on smartphones and tablets can expect to use Graph Search on mobile, though the report makes it clear the feature’s been in closed testing for quite some time now. Read More

 

Truth lets you send anonymous text messages to your contacts

By Lory Gil on Aug 20, 2014

You know that friend you’ve been hanging out with for the past few months? The one you are too shy to ask out? You’ve probably gone home alone after a group get-together, kicking yourself for not pulling that friend aside and asking for a date.

Truth – Just Say It is an anonymous way for you to tell that friend you are interested without having to expose your vulnerability. If you are rejected, your friend won’t even know it was you… Read More

 

Facebook testing the use of stickers in comments

By Cody Lee on Aug 18, 2014

Hope you like stickers, Facebook users, because it looks like you’re going to start seeing a lot more of them on the social network. The company has been spotted testing the use of sticker graphics in post and page comments with select users.

Stickers have become a popular element for a number of social networks and messaging services, but until now (and still for most people) they have only been available to Facebook users via mobile Messenger apps and Facebook Chat on the web… Read More

 

PHHHOTO lets you take moving pictures you can share with all your friends

By Lory Gil on Aug 4, 2014

By now, most people have an Instagram or Vine account. Even if you don’t, you probably use Facebook or Twitter to share pictures with friends and family. Frankly, I’m getting bored with all of these sedentary images. I want my pictures to move.

PHHHOTO might be called the next-generation of photography-based social networking. Instead of plain, non-moving snapshots of your trip to the fair, you can create one-second animated GIFs to share with the world. We took the app for a test spin and have a review of PHHHOTO for you today… Read More

 

The best dating apps for iPhone

By Lory Gil on Jul 27, 2014

Dating is a very important social event that practically every human being experiences, or at least hopes to experience, at least once in his or her lifetime. It is also incredibly difficult to meet people after the age of 18 when your social circles are blown away with your graduation caps. Those in their early 20s can still survive the dating game, but it doesn’t take long for our social options to dwindle.

Luckily, in the age of technology, it is easier than it was a decade ago to find that special someone. Whether you are looking for your life partner, want to send sweet nothings to your current love interest, or just want to hook up, we’ve got a list of what we think are the best dating apps for iPhoneRead More

 

Facebook releases Mentions, new iPhone app you probably can’t use

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

The social networking behemoth, Facebook, today launched a brand new iPhone application: Mentions.

Although you can download it – the app is currently rolling out to the U.S. App Store as we speak – chances are you probably won’t be able to use it.

That is, unless you’re a verified public figure such as an actor, athlete, musician or other influencer, in which case Mentions is right for you.

In a nutshell, Mentions allows celebrities to see what fans are saying, engage in conversations with people and influencers who are talking about them, tell their own story by sharing updates, photos and videos – and even host live Q&As directly from their iPhone… Read More

 

Apple acquires location recommendation service Spotsetter

By Cody Lee on Jun 6, 2014

Apple has quietly acquired location-based recommendation service ‘Spotsetter,’ according to TechCrunch. The site doesn’t offer any specifics on the deal, but does note that it’s hearing that investors in the company are “happy, so to speak.”

The buyout is said to be mainly about acquiring Spotsetter’s technology, and the talent of the two founders—one of which is an ex-Google Maps engineer. LinkedIn profiles show that the pair, and much of their team, are now working at Apple… Read More

 

Twitter to try the music thing again, this time by buying SoundCloud?

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2014

Twitter last month discontinued its poorly received Twitter #music app, but that doesn’t mean the micro-blogging giant has given up on music.

According to a report Monday by Re/code, Twitter is considering a deal to buy Berlin-based SoundCloud, the increasingly popular service enthusiasts use to upload, record, promote and share their originally-created sounds.

With a rather cool iOS app available in the App Store and installed user base of over 250 million people (as of October 2013) who turn to SoundCloud to listen to music and audio for free, the service/app has a lot to offer but can it possibly make Twitter relevant in the music space?

Read on for the full reveal… Read More

 

Vine’s gorgeous web UI redesign includes search, curated sections, your feed and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 1, 2014

It must have been quite a while since you last gave Vine’s web interface a visit, I take it? If so, I’m in the same boat as you. And rightfully so, as the spartan web interface only lets us see short Vine videos and get our embed codes.

Starting today, vine.co has become a lot more useful as the team rolls out what files as likely the most substantial facelift to Vine’s web interface since the service’s inception.

Not only does the new web UI allows users to browse popular and trending clips grouped in curated sections, they can also search Vine’s database of content by person, tag or even location to find what they’re looking for… Read More

 

Twitter testing mute feature in iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on May 1, 2014

We’ve all been there: someone – maybe your ex or your biggest fan – is stalking you on Twitter and populating your timeline with stuff you don’t want to see.

Or worse, if you’ve made a few enemies along the way you can bet they’ll take to Twitter to post crazy stuff about you on an everyday basis. If you only use Twitter’s official app, right now you have two options at your disposal to deal with the situation.

You can either A) unfollow your ex and risk turning him or her into an enemy, or B) block an account that’s been harassing you online. According to a new report, there will soon be a new way to stop receiving updates from accounts: the mute feature.

I know muting is currently available in third-party apps like Tweetbot so the newsworthy part here is that Twitter is finally testing this long overdue feature in its own iPhone and iPad appRead More

 

Facebook unveils: Anonymous Login, ad network, mobile Like and much more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 30, 2014

Facebook is holding its f8 developer conference in San Francisco today, with the CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg having taken the stage to share a whole bunch of interesting feature and platform announcements meant to empower programmers to build more engaging apps and help take the platform to the next level.

The social networking behemoth has recently entered fitness-tracking space by acquiring the popular Moves app and now claims 1.3 billion monthly active users.

Although the figure eclipses Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter monthly actives combined – Instagram crossed 200 million monthly users and WhatsApp has half a billion monthly actives – Facebook remains laser-focused on reducing friction when it comes to sharing data between apps, liking stuff on mobile, jumping between mobile apps and the web, serving more relevant advertising in way more places than before and more… Read More

 

Real-time web notifications go live on Twitter.com

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2014

Twitter is on a roll lately. After enabling photo tagging in mobile apps recently and introducing prettier user profile pages on the web yesterday (the design is reminiscent of Facebook profiles), the company Thursday started rolling out another new feature: real-time web notifications on Twitter.com.

That’s right, those notifications you get from Twitter on your phone are now popping up in the web interface as well.

These in-browser alerts are optional and can be disabled for retweets, favorites, follows, replies, mentions and more. The notifications are actionable so you’re able to reply, favorite, retweet and follow right from the alert. It’s a staggered roll-out over the coming weeks so be patient if you don’t yet see web notifications on Twitter.com… Read More

 

Facebook removing messaging feature from iOS app in favor of Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2014

Feeling chatty? Love Facebook? Good, get ready to embrace Facebook’s polished Messenger app if you haven’t already.

That’s because the social networking giant is reportedly gearing up to kill chatting in its main iPhone and iPad application (available free in the App Store) and force users to download the nicely done Messenger software, also a free download.

The writing has been on the wall ever since Facebook revamped the Messenger app and rechristened the full-featured messaging tab in its mobile client as ‘Messenger’. Instead of showing your messages, tapping that tab yanks you out of the Facebook app to launch Messenger… Read More

 

Twitterrific 5 for iOS enhanced with several usability improvements, bug fixes

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2014

If you’ve been reluctant to purchase Iconfactory’s excellent Twitter client for iOS, Twitterrific, there’s no longer any reason not to give it a whirl as the team last month took the freemium route by making the app free with ads.

Of course, in-app purchases are available to unlock specific advanced features such as push notifications, ad removal and tweet translation. Now available free in the App Store, the freshly updated Twitterrific version 5.7.1 brings out several improvements and bug fixes, detailed after the jump… Read More

 

Twitter rolls out revamped web profiles, coming to mobile in a few months

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2014

Micro-blogging service Twitter today started gradually rolling out redesigned profile pages on the web to its 241 million strong user base. The redesign looks much better than the old profile pages that weren’t very functional.

You can now express yourself better by uploading a larger profile photo, customizing your header image, showing off your best tweets, pinning one of your tweets to the top of your page and more.

In addition to bigger photos and tweet positioning, other enhancements include filtered tweets and other goodies allowing your visitors and followers to learn everything you deem important about yourself… Read More

 
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