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This afternoon Twitter went offline and has remained in "maintenance mode" for the last 20 minutes or so. TweakTown has confirmed that the outage is worldwide with users in the US, UK, Australia, and Asia not being able to connect. When visiting the desktop and mobile versions of the site users are presented with the image below.
At the moment the outage is unknown and no official word has been given as to why the outage is occurring. I have reached out to my contacts at Twitter and am awaiting a response. In the mean time the TweakTown news team will continue to search for reports of what is causing the outage and will update this posting with anything that we find.
Facebook has groups for just about any subject you can think of. Some of the most popular groups are those that are used rather like classified ads where people can go and post the items that they no longer want and sell them. Anyone who has visited these sites knows that many of the items for sale are guns.
Facebook is cracking down on who can see the guns posted for sale on its pages and taking steps to stop illegal gun sales from happening. Facebook says that from now on any page listing guns for sale will be shielded from minors.
Some gun control advocates feel that Facebook isn't dong enough. They want Facebook to ban any advertisement for the unlicensed sale or transfer of guns in the US. In most states, you are supposed to have a license to sell firearms. Currently Craigslist and eBay both prohibit the listing of weapons so Facebook is one of the few outlets that people have.
Twitter is currently showing off another user profile redesign in its test channels, with the redesign looking like the lovechild of Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest.
The new look features support for large header photos (up to 1500x1500 pixels), left-aligned profile images, and flat content cards to represent each tweet. It is a far cry from previous designs, where tweets can be be seen side by side, which is a massive change to how Twitter has worked up until now.
We don't know when this will be rolling out to the general public, but I would dare say it would be sooner, rather than later.
During Facebook's Q4 earnings report, we found out that there are over 1.23 billion monthly active users, 757 million daily active users, 945 million monthly active mobile users, and 556 million daily active mobile users.
These are some interesting numbers, but just how many of these Facebook accounts are fake? The social network says that at least 67.65 million fake accounts were used last month alone, with this number exploding out to as high as 137.76 million accounts, if its higher-end estimate is to be believed.
Facebook estimates that in 2013, between 5.5% and 11.2% of its total users, were fake. It's a huge number, but not totally surprising.
Facebook turned 10 years old today, and to celebrate, the social network has created a customized video for each of its users that chronicles their history on the site since joining. Titled "A Look Back" the video showcases everything from the users very first interactions with the site, all the way to their most liked post. You can can take a look back by watching your custom video at this custom page on Facebook's website.
Not surprisingly, my most liked photos are from my days as a professional photographer, and my most liked and most commented post are from both very high points and very low points in my life since joining Facebook back in 2008. While the 1 minute long video was a nice trip down memory lane, the technology behind generating a custom 1 minute video for every registered Facebook user is what interest me the most. Facebook as not released any information on how they did it, but I suspect that HTML 5 and the Open Graph API were used heavily.
It may not seem like that long ago for some of you, but Facebook has just turned 10 years old today. Back on Feburary 4th 2004, a young Mark Zuckerberg launched what was known as, TheFacebook, a social network designed to connect students at Harvard in one place instead of the schools individual dorm pages.
While many doubted that TheFacebook would ever take off, no one but Zuckerberg himself ever dreamed that it would become the dominant social media platform in the world. With more than 1.23 billion active monthly users, Facebook is a powerhouse like never before seen on the internet. More people use the service every day than any other social / profile website in the world, a trend that is projected to continue into the foreseeable future.
This morning Facebook announced that it has made changes to the algorithm that is used to determine which content to display on your news feed. The tweaks are designed to show users less text only post from pages they like but will increase the number of link-based and photo-based updates users see from their favorite pages.
Facebook says that while this will decrease engagement on page updates that are just plain text, pages that frequently share links, videos and images will see an boost in engagement. Facebook admits that it is quite hard to judge what its users really want to see more of on their news feed, but it added that "In general, we recommend that you use the story type that best fits the message that you want to tell - whether that's a status, photo, link or video."
This morning Facebook announced that it will be bringing video ads to its social networking service. This is a move that has been rumored for about a year now and was expected to launch earlier this year. Facebook says that the ads will incorporate an "auto play" feature as well, something that is sure to annoy all.
Fortunately, the videos will not feature sound when activated, and users must first click on the video to open it full screen before the audio will play. Facebook did win back points with me here as I simply hate video ads that start with the sound on. As someone who usually has 20-30 tabs open at any given point, it is a major hassle to track down which tab keeps playing the annoying commercial.
How long has it taken Facebook to get to this position? I don't understand how hard it is for the tens of thousands of coders, designers and employees at the world's largest social network to not have implemented a 'dislike' or what its rumored to be called, 'sympathize' button onto Facebook.
The Telegraph is reporting that Facebook is working on a 'sympathize' button that would be used to 'dislike' or not 'like' a post. The new sympathize button is thanks to a recent hackathon event, and will be tied to emotions tagged within updates to indicate your 'dislike' in the post, so it might not roll out in the way we think it will. Time will tell.
Facebook's Like buttons have become a cultural icon for the internet age, and today the company released updates to the iconic button. The like button is not alone though, as the Share button has been updated as well, with both now appearing more flat in appearance.
Gone is the heavy gradient and overly rounded corners which gives the buttons a more refined and elegant look. Additionally, less emphasis has been placed on the iconic "thumbs up" icon which now only appears in 2 of the button models. The new buttons employ the Helvetica typeface which is actually quite pleasing to the eye. What do you think about the new buttons? Let me know in the comments.