Social Media

Google Wants You to be a Google+ Beta Tester

Google+ is scouting potential beta testers, not just for the Android app, but for the platform itself. If you become a beta tester, Google says you’ll be testing out new features, chatting with the G+ product team, and providing many details about how you use the service. Here is what Google+ is looking for in a potential beta tester. Active poster ... Read More »

Google+: The Very Few People Still Using It Really Love It, Says ACSI

  HIGHLIGHTS Google+ topped the American Consumer Satisfaction Index’s 2017 list It was a largely failed attempt by Google to challenge Facebook, Twitter Google+ has an estimated 111 million users Google+ has topped the American Consumer Satisfaction Index’s 2017 list evaluating how users feel about Internet social media companies. Yes, Google+. We’ll let that sink in for another moment. The results ... Read More »

Twitter is now testing out Night Mode on its desktop website

Last July, Twitter finally released Night Mode for its mobile app, which brings a much darker UI when scrolling through your timeline. There’s been a Chrome extension since last September that brought similar functionality to Twitter on your desktop/laptop, but it now looks like Twitter is officially testing out its Night Mode directly… Sigma 18-35mm Lens Night Mode for Twitter on the desktop doesn’t ... Read More »

Artist takes revenge on Twitter in very public way over ‘unanswered’ hateful tweets

Shahak Shapira claims Twitter failed to delete hateful tweets  CREDIT: YOUTUBE / SHAHAK SHAPIRA 8 AUGUST 2017 • 4:10PM An artist has taken revenge on Twitter in a very public manner for the company’s alleged failure to delete racist and abusive tweets. Shahak Shapira spray-painted a collection of hateful tweets outside the social media company’s offices in Hamburg, Germany, that he says the company ... Read More »

Q&A With Joey Graceffa: YouTube Showman, Dystopian Novelist, Nail Polish Thought-Leader

YouTube star Joey Graceffa, with his upswept mane, arched eyebrows — and just a glint of madness in his eyes — was a natural choice to play the enigmatic host of YouTube Red original series “Escape the Night,” a mega-collab in which a famous cast member gets killed off each week. Now in the middle of the season 2 run, Graceffa said he had ... Read More »

YouTube roll out in-app video sharing and messaging to users worldwide

YouTube today is launching a new sharing feature in its mobile app, previously in testing with users in select markets. The feature allows YouTube users to send their friends videos and chat from within a new tab in the mobile app – effectively turning YouTube into a mobile messenger of sorts. The feature has been in testing since the middle of last year, ... Read More »

Twitter is having a very bad day

Twitter reported its second-quarter earnings today, and it did not go over well. As a result, the stock is down more than 12% in trading today — which is a very Twitter thing to happen, so to speak. Here’s the chart, which could pretty much be summed up with a 😐: Today also wiped out most of the gains that it accrued ... Read More »

Facebook flush with advertising money

Facebook revenues and profits soared in the most recent quarter, as advertising dollars poured into the social media company and users continued to flock to the site. More than two billion people – more than a quarter of the world’s population – log into the site every month, a powerful draw for advertisers. The firm said revenues hit $9.3bn (£7.09bn) ... Read More »

Twitter no longer at ‘death’s door’ as earnings report approaches

FILE PHOTO: People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken September 27, 2013.Kacper Pempel/Illustration//File Photo SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc heads toward its quarterly earnings report on Thursday with a stock that has risen more than 40 percent since April when much of Wall Street was ready to ... Read More »

YouTube stars are blurring the lines between content and ads

Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jennerare just some of the celebrities under the microscope for using social media to shamelessly plug sponsored products. Advertising without proper disclosures has become a growing problem with influencers that have thousands or millions of followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And it’s happening on YouTube as well, where it’s often hard to tell whether videos from ... Read More »