How to disable video auto-play in Facebook’s desktop interface

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2016

Are you annoyed by the fact that videos in Facebook’s desktop interface play automatically when you scroll through your News Feed? Auto-play videos are nice until they are not: they consume system resources, use a large amount of bandwidth and can be quite distracting.

And to some people like this author, auto-playing content constitutes a bad user experience. Facebook defaults to having videos play automatically in the News Feed because of advertisers: a video counts as a view if it plays in your News Feed for more than three seconds.

But what’s good for advertisers usually is not for end users. In this tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to switch a toggle that will prevent videos from playing automatically as you scroll through your News Feed. Read More

 

Twitter is testing a dedicated GIF button

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2016

Thursday, TechCrunch reported that some users of Twitter’s mobile application for Android had briefly seen a dedicated GIF button inside the app before it disappeared on its own. The new button gave them quick access to trending GIFs and was located between the camera and poll icons inside Twitter’s Android app.

According to user Phil Perlman, tapping the button lets you select trending GIFs, or tap through to choose a GIF reaction based on mood categories. Read More

 

How to annotate email attachments in iOS with Markup

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2016

One of the major features that shipped with iOS 9 was Markup, better known for the ability to draw on and annotate attachments of various file types that you receive in the Mail app and then send them back to the original sender, or someone else for that matter.

Despite how useful this feature is, few people actually use it, either because they don’t know it exists or they don’t know how to access it. In this tutorial, we’ll take you through how to access it and cover some of the features it provides. Read More

 

Browse viral memes and see posts that are blowing up on Vine’s new Trends page

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2016

Yesterday, Vine celebrated its third anniversary and launched a dedicated Trends webpage which collects all the clips that have gone viral on the service in one central place. Users can check out the original video that started the trend, see related Vines and select a growing trend.

In addition, they have collected 2015’s most entertaining Vines, remixes and collaborations at the website year3.vine.co, including stuff like the most-looped Vine of Year 3 and posts that sparked some of the biggest trends of the year, such as What are Those?, Why You Always Lying? and Duck Army. Read More

 

Facebook launches sports section

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2016

Yesterday, Facebook announced a brand new section on the service dedicated to sports fans and it gets its first big test during this weekend’s NFL playoffs.

The Facebook Sports Stadium, as they’re calling it because Facebook is “the world’s largest stadium,” is basically a dedicated place to experience sports in real-time with your friends and the world.

It brings all your game-related content on Facebook in one place, sorted chronologically and updated in real-time, including posts from your friends and their comments on plays, play-by-play information like where to find the game on TV, curated posts and commentary from experts, such as teams, leagues and journalists, and much more. Read More

 

How to download Facebook photos and videos

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2016

If you’ve been on Facebook for a few years now, chances are you’ve shared a bunch of photos and videos with your friends and family thus far, many of which might no longer be stored on your iOS device or Mac.

Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t make things any easier by not providing a straightforward way to download the photos and videos users have uploaded to the service.

But worry not, our loyal fans, the iDownloadBlog tutorial series comes to the rescue. In this detailed tutorial, you will learn about five different techniques that will help you get those Facebook photos and videos onto your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac without too much hassle. Read More

 

How to download entire archive of your Facebook account data

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2016

If you’re considering closing your Facebook account and leaving the service, you should store on your computer copies of the photos, videos, status updates, wall posts and other content you’ve published on Facebook thus far. Thankfully, this can be easily done by downloading your entire Facebook data as a ZIP file.

This gives you a permanent copy of a lot of the same information available to you in your Facebook account.

This includes stuff like your Timeline info, posts you have shared, messages, photos and more, as well as data you did not create yourself such as the ads you have clicked on, logged IP addresses and what not.

This step-by-step tutorial will guide you through the process of downloading an archive of your Facebook information to a computer, and exploring its contents. Read More

 

How to delete comments on Vine

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2016

I don’t know about you, but I’ve adopted a habit of diligently going through the comments other people publish on my social media posts. I do it on a regular basis because there’s nothing I hate more than seeing NSFW language or insults by other people on my posts.

Vine, a short-form video sharing service owned by Twitter, is especially notorious for attracting all sorts of commenters, many of whom just spew hate.

But worry not, ladies and gents, this quick tutorial will show you how easy it actually is to remove any offending comments from your post. Read More

 

How to disable auto-play videos on Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2016

Having videos play automatically as you scroll through your Twitter timeline is cool unless the convenience comes at the expense of your mobile service bill. If you’re on a metered data plan, auto-playing videos can quickly eat into your data allowance and incur unwanted overage charges.

In this post, you will learn how to adjust your auto-play settings for videos, animated GIF images and Vine posts on Twitter, including turning off the feature entirely across Twitter’s mobile and desktop interfaces. Read More

 

Twitter is allegedly considering a 10,000 character limit for tweets

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2016

Micro-blogging startup Twitter is considering ditching the 140-character limit for tweets, one of its defining features, Re/code reported Tuesday citing sources familiar with the company’s plans.

According to the article, the company is considering a new 10,000-character limit which would basically allow users to post longer-form content in a single tweet, as opposed to spamming their followers’ feeds with a bunch of tweets. Read More

 

How to block strangers from messaging you on Vine

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 26, 2015

Some of our past tutorials have provided step-by-step instructions for saving Vine videos, hiding other people’s revines in your feed, deleting Vine accounts and blocking users. This how-to mini-series continues with the topic of preventing people you don’t follow from messaging you on the service.

Since Vine’s 2.0 update, the app has gained the ability to send instant messages to other Vine members. This has quickly generated an influx of unwanted messages that in many cases is classed as pure spam.

This tutorial will teach you about a toggle you can switch to tell Vine to block strangers from messaging you on the service. Read More

 

How to block users on Vine, report abuse and flag sensitive content

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2015

If you’re a Vine fan, chances are you have, or will encounter unwanted comments on the videos you post to the service. This can be especially worrisome if your vines are set to public, as anyone can read NSFW language in comments.

Of course, you can delete comments posted through Vine’s iPhone app at any time. But if someone is repeatedly showing abusive behavior toward your followers and spamming you in comments, you should block them.

Though this won’t block the user from commenting on your posts when they’re viewed through searches or hash tags, it will prevent them from following or messaging you on Vine. In this post, you are going to learn how to block a user on Vine, report abusive behavior and flag sensitive media. Read More

 

Facebook pulls Slingshot, Riff and Rooms apps from App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2015

Happy app removal day! After Dropbox announced plans to wind down its ill-fated Mailbox and Carousel apps, Facebook just pulled a Dropbox by confirming it, too, is shutting down a few apps of its own that have failed to gain much traction with users: Slingshot, Riff and Rooms.

In addition, the company will be closing down the Creative Labs shop, an initiative formed in January 2014 with the noble goal of giving its teams creative freedom to conceive and build apps outside the core Facebook experience. Read More

 

Facebook brings photo collages to iPhone app, starts testing Periscope-like video broadcasts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2015

Facebook today announced that its main iPhone client in the App Store has been updated with two new features: Live Video and Collages.

Collages, automatically created from the photos and videos taken together, are presented as a moving carousel within the app and on the web.

More important than that, implementing live video broadcasting on Facebook has been prioritized in the wake of the Periscope phenomenon. Starting today, a small percentage of people in the United States can begin testing the live video feature on their iPhones. Read More

 

Twitter announces Digits-based logins coming to Apple TV apps

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2015

Hot on the heels of Facebook’s release of an SDK for tvOS which lets developers create apps with Facebook Login based on eight-digit security codes, Twitter today announced bringing a similar feature of its own to the set-top box.

Digits, Twitter’s own login and verification system based on phone numbers and verification codes, is coming to tvOS. This means that developers can now start writing Apple TV apps that users can log into by entering a short alphanumeric code in Safari on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Read More

 

How to hide revines from users you follow

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2015

If you use Vine, sooner than later your feed will become polluted with reposts (revines, in Vine talk) from those you follow on the service. Besides, it’s really annoying having to scroll through a hundred or more revines from a user before getting to one of their own clips.

Thankfully, reducing information overload on Vine isn’t as hard as it sounds as the app lets you block revines from a person and show only their original posts.

In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to hide revines from anyone you follow on the service with just a few taps. This should help make your Vine experience a little more focused and less cluttered. Read More

 

Facebook to let you hide posts from your ex, without blocking or unfriending them

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Most of us have been there before. You break up with your girlfriend or boyfriend, and maybe choose to unfriend or even block them on the service, but traces of your relationship are still all over the place on your Timeline, for everyone to see. So, what do you do? Do you block them outright, which will remove all their posts and also hurt their feelings?

There’s got to be a better way to handle this first-world problem, don’t you agree? Facebook though about that, too, and it seems they’ve come up with an interesting solution. Read More

 

Google+ for iOS gets a facelift and new features in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Following yesterday’s overhaul of Google+ Communities and Collections on the web, today Google+ for iOS gets bumped to version 5.0 and thoroughly redesigned.

The new-look Communities and Collections are now accessible through the new Google+ 5.0 for iOS app. This edition of the software includes other improvements, too, including switching between multiple accounts and expanded options for sharing with folks outside Google+. Read More

 

Google+ looks a little different today…

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

Google’s ailing Google+ platfom is getting a major facelift today as the Internet company continues to struggle for relevancy in social. Today, a brand new Google+ design went live and it puts the Communities and Collections features front and center.

You should see a prompt to try out the redesigned interface when visiting your Google+ profile through a browser. Revamped Google+ mobile apps for iOS and Android devices will hit in the coming days. Read More

 
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