The most popular photo-sharing app celebrates its 6th birthday. In its six years of existence, Instagram has grown into an independent social network.
Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and launched in October 2010 as a free mobile app. The service rapidly gained popularity, with over 100 million active users as of April 2012 and over 300 million as of December 2014. The latest numbers show that Instagram has more than 400 million active users, more than Twitter.
Facebook has introduced Marketplace, an online destination where you can buy and sell items with people in your community, on Monday. However, it didn't take long for the users to start exploiting this tool.
Drugs, animals, sexual favors, weapons and a whole range of forbidden items were listed on Facebook's Marketplace. Those items clearly violate the terms of service.
Mary Ku, Director of Product Management, apologized to the users stating that the technical problem prevented them from recognizing and removing posts that violate the rules.
Facebook is shifting in a new direction with its introduction of Marketplace, a new place where Facebook users can buy and sell goods in their local communities. The social network says that 450 million people usually utilize buying or selling groups in order to buy stuff.
Marketplace is an easy-to-use extension of Facebook through a simple shop icon in the bottom of the tab of Facebook, this tab will display the items that people are selling, near to where you live. You can also run a search for a specific item that you're after, with the items sorted in various categories like Household, Electronics, and more.
Tapping a listing of a product will display more details on it, with photos and a description from the seller. If you want to keep an eye on a product, you can save it for later, but you'll need to personally contact the seller for payment details. You'll also need to work out the delivery of the item yourself, too.
Announced in May, Twitter has finally implemented changes to its 140 character limit.
The limit still remains, of course, but in modified form: now photos, quoted tweets, polls, GIFs, and basically anything that isn't original, raw text will no longer count toward it. The result: a much more convenient experience when tweeting anything but text or in addition to text.
Posting images or videos not uploaded to Twitter directly will still count, however, which has the inadvertent benefit of encouraging users to employ Twitter's side services.
Facebook's handy news feed isn't perfect, sometimes offering up misleading and/or clickbait article titles. Well, the people have spoken and as a result, the company is cracking down.
"We've heard from people that they specifically want to see fewer stories with clickbait headlines or link titles," it writes in a blog post. "These are headlines that intentionally leave out crucial information, or mislead people, forcing people to click to find out the answer. For example: "When She Looked Under Her Couch Cushions And Saw THIS... I Was SHOCKED!"; "He Put Garlic In His Shoes Before Going To Bed And What Happens Next Is Hard To Believe"; or "The Dog Barked At The Deliveryman And His Reaction Was Priceless.""
"To address this feedback from our community, we're making an update to News Feed ranking to further reduce clickbait headlines in the coming weeks. With this update, people will see fewer clickbait stories and more of the stories they want to see higher up in their feeds."
Facebook has somehow continued its growth into 2016, with the company reporting its second quarter earnings, where we now know just how many people use Facebook daily, and monthly.
Facebook is now home to over 1.7 billion monthly active users (MAUs), which is a nice increase of 15% year-over-year, while we have 1.57 billion monthly active users on mobile. Facebook has also hit another milestone, where the social network is now home to over 1 billion mobile daily active users (DAUs).
The company defines MAUs as "Mobile-only MAUs are defined as users who accessed Facebook solely through mobile apps or mobile versions of our website, or used our Messenger app, in the last 30 days of the given quarter. The number of mobile-only MAUs do not include Instagram users unless they would otherwise qualify as such users based on their other activities on Facebook".
Twitter, in its perpetual quest to loosen up its restrictions, has increased its GIF size limit to 15MB from 5MB for web users; mobile users will still enjoy the 5MB limit, and photo uploads are still limited to 5MB on the web.
Also, if you haven't noticed, Twitter now supports GIF searching à la Facebook Messenger.
In recent times, the service has stopped including images, videos, and usernames in its 140 character limit, abandoned the character limit altogether for direct messages, and increased its video length limit from 30 seconds to 140 seconds.
Yesterday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted an image celebrating 500 million users on Instagram, and if you look closely - Zuckerberg is a paranoid guy.
He has tape not only on the webcam of his MacBook Pro, but the audio jacks and microphone are also taped up.
FBI Director James Comey said back in April that he also has tape over his webcam, after he said someone "smarter than" he is say on TV they had tape over their webcam. The desk behind Zuckerberg in the photo is indeed his, with the same books, wooden Facebook sign and sunscreen on the desk.
Earlier this year Facebook Messenger saw its Google Material design roll out on Android, and now Twitter is following suit.
Available for everyone starting today, a new update brings you a fresh, cleaner look with practical functionality. Among the changes: a new tab bar that allows you to swipe between your timeline, messages, and so on, a navigation bar for menus that slides out at will, and a floating action button that makes tweeting as easy as pie.
Update the app now through the Play Store if it hasn't been downloaded already to try out the new look and features.
We all remember the days of MySpace, and if you don't... well, you're probably too young. The social network has been hacked, with over 360 million passwords taken.
The 360 million passwords are being sold, of course, with the hacker being the same one who was selling the data of the 160 million users that were hacked on LinkedIn recently. The data was taken by a hacker called Peace, as well as LeakedSource, a search engine of hacked data.
The credentials haven't been shared just yet, but to verify the data, Motherboard gave the email addresses of five MySpace users and LeakedSource "was able to send back" passwords on all five accounts. The database has 427,484,128 passwords, but only 360 million emails that had a second password attached. Each of the 360 million records contain "an email address, a username, one password and in some cases a second password".
The hacker has thrown the data up for six Bitcoins, or around $2,800 on the dark web market, The Real Deal.