Instagram Down For ‘Everyone’ [Update: It Is Back]

[Update: At around 3pm EST Instagram came can online and remains so at this time. Instagram also removed its Tweet about the outage from Twitter] No, it is not just you. Instagram is down for everyone. Instagram’s issues began this Saturday morning. Instagram has confirmed the outage on its Twitter account. According to isitdownrightnow Instagram […]

Internet Ad Revenues Surpass Broadcast TV For The First Time

Internet advertising revenues have surpassed broadcast television for the first time. The figures release by IAB show that U.S. interactive advertising (internet) revenues for 2013 hit an new of $42.8 billion, exceeding broadcast television advertising revenues of $40.1 billion. The report providex a breakdown of online figures which stated: mobile achieved triple-digit growth year-over-year, rising […]

Facebook Received 28,147 Goverment Data Requests In Second Half Of 2013

Facebook was served with 28,147 government data requests against 38,256 accounts in the second half of 2013. Facebook didn’t release its first public data request report until August 2013. During the first half of the year the massive social network received 25,607 requests affecting 37,954 user accounts. Combined the social network accounted for 53,754 government […]

Facebook Taking On ‘Like-Baiting’ In The News Feed

Facebook regularly rolls out updates to the News Feed, and in its latest change, is further combating spam and an epidemic called “like-baiting.” Like-baiting is defined as “when a post explicitly asks News Feed readers to like, comment or share the post in order to get additional distribution beyond what the post would normally receive.” […]

FTC To Facebook: WhatsApp Must Uphold Privacy Promises

When Facebook acquired messaging app WhatsApp in February, CEO Mark Zuckerberg swore to not interfere with how the app currently handles user data. Today, the FTC cleared the acquisition, publishing a letter addressing both companies, and reminding them that privacy promises must be upheld. From Jennifer Rich, Director of Consumer Protection: “WhatsApp has made a number […]

Paycheck Fairness Act Filibustered By GOP, Democrats Take To Facebook

One of the biggest trending terms on Facebook Trends this morning is the “Paycheck Fairness Act.” The bill, which was filibustered by Republicans for a third time, would have guaranteed equal pay for women and men. The Senate fell just six votes short of guaranteeing equal pay for women. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Barbara […]

Facebook Video Prompts Child Abuse Investigation By Michigan Authorities

Flint, MI – A difficult to watch Facebook shared video depicting child abuse prompted Michigan authorities to investigate. A Facebook posted video, filmed in an attempt to discipline and humiliate an 11-year-old boy over his grades and poor behavior, has led to the arrest of the adults involved – including the child’s mother who was […]

Instagram Surpasses Facebook And Twitter Usage Among Teens [Study]

According to a spending assessment study titled “Taking Stock with Teens” from Piper Jaffray, a full-service investment bank and asset management firm, Instagram has surpassed the social media networks Facebook and Twitter in usage among teens. With advertising becoming more commonplace on social media, marketing research is important in order to hone demographic interest. For […]

Facebook Will Require Messenger If You Want To Chat On Mobile

The Facebook app has chat functionality built in, but soon the social network will require users to install Messenger if they want to keep conversations going. A spokesperson confirmed the controversial move, saying the change will eventually roll out worldwide to Android and iOS with a few exceptions. For example, older Android smartphones with lower […]

EMA’s Album Is About A Social Media Dystopia

Erika M. Anderson, better known as EMA, has just released her new album, something she cautiously describes as a “West Coast noise and sci-fi record.” It deals a lot with social media. The Future’s Void isn’t vapid like #Selfie, it’s the antithesis to that  (even if you argue #Selfie is vapid on purpose and therefore self-aware, being self-aware […]

Facebook Photos Still Receiving Most Engagement For Brand Pages

Having a hard time gaining engagement on your Facebook page? You might want to consider using more photo posts. A new study by SocialBakers finds that Facebook photos still receive the highest level of engagement among all forms of posting on the network. To conduct its survey SocialBakers looked at three different Facebook page sizes […]

Facebook Sidebar Ads Are About To Get A Whole Lot Bigger

Advertising is where Facebook makes its bank. While the social network was once famous for not having ads, that now seems like a distant memory. Ads, and selling information to advertisers is what makes Facebook large enough to make multi billion dollar purchases whenever they feel the need. So, it should come as no surprise that […]

Facebook App Blamed For iPhone Battery Woes, But The Fix Is Easy

The Facebook app appears to be the cause of some user’s complaints about the iPhone’s seemingly shrinking battery life. Two different developers, working independently and across the world from each other, have come to the same conclusion about the iPhone battery, Facebook is usually the cause of a short battery life. Scott Loveless is an […]

Chris Roberts Says Star Citizen Doesn’t Need Facebook’s Money

Apparently Notch wasn’t the only developer who took notice of Facebook’s acquisition of the Oculus Rift. Chris Roberts of Wing Commander and Star Citizen fame, took to his website to respond to the deal, writing: Now to answer the myriad forum threads that popped up worrying about the possibility of Cloud Imperium being acquired by another, […]

FTC Says Napster Co-Founder’s Jerk.com Decieved Users Using Facebook Data

I’ve been reading Jerk.com for the past half hour, attempting to figure out what it is before writing this story. From the look of it now, it’s just a blog wordpress blog that has short, badly edited stories about people who are jerks in other people’s lives. Then, I checked it out through Archive.org, and […]

The 2014 NCAA Tournament Saw 46 Million Posts On Facebook

The 2014 NCAA Tournament came to a grinding halt last night after the UConn Huskies brought home the win against Kentucky’s Wildcats in a 60 to 54 victory. Today, Facebook published stats from this year’s March Madness, including the most popular moments and athletes sharing their thoughts. From March 16 to April 7, the social […]

Twitter’s New Three Column Design Is Striking, Familiar

We told you before that Twitter was testing a new design. Now we are starting to see the fruits of that labor as they have officially announced it on their blog and are officially bringing it to every Twitter user, eventually. I’m not the first to say it looks a lot like Facebook and I […]

Facebook Lottery Promotion Is A Scam [Hoaxed]

Have you just been notified about a large sum of money you won via a Facebook lottery message? Sorry to inform you but that promotion, lottery, or award is nothing but another hoax. The notices are being sent to Facebook users in the form of various “winnings” that don’t actually exist. Some users are being […]

Kickstarter Game Will Refund Your Pledge If Facebook Buys For $2 Billion

Kickstarter averaged over $1.2 million in pledges per day during the first quarter of 2014, and a new game called Terribands hopes to get in on the action. Terribands is a party game involving headbands, and its creator Eric Calisto isn’t selling the game short, calling it “A Terrible Game with a Terrible Name.” A twist […]