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About a week ago we mentioned that Facebook had ran an experiment to see if it was able to change the emotional state of its users by showing them only positive or negative posts on their newsfeed. The experiment resulted in an ITC investigation in the UK. Many users of the site were understandably upset that Facebook had tried to manipulate their emotions.
Another result of that experiment is a new campaign that has launched in response that is challenging Facebook users to quit the site for 99 days. After the 99 days is up, the campaign wants you to come back and report on how it affected your mood.
Three months is a long time to go without access to Facebook for some people. For some extended families, Facebook is one of the few ways to keep in touch. The campaign asks participants to post a time-off image as their profile page and post a personal countdown so friends know what's up.
Brazil's crushing 7-1 FIFA World Cup defeat against Germany has broken Twitter records to become the most talked about sporting event of all time on the social network.
Out of 10 trending topics on Twitter, six were about the match, and the fifth goal of the match spurred 580,601 tweets in just one minute. 35.6 million tweets were sent total during the game. The previous record was held by another World Cup showdown - Brazil against Chile - at 389,000 tweets per minute, with the record before that held by 2014's Superbowl at 382,000 tweets per minute.
Some users pointed out Germany were scoring goals quicker than they could hash out their tweets, as the BBC points out, while mocking Photoshop pictures also quickly made the rounds. One tweet from user @tomcmmiller put a cheerful Angela Merkel in place of Brazil's famous Christ the Redeemer, and another showed the Redeemer weeping morosely, as pictured - credit to @WorldCupProbs.
Twitter has added buy now buttons to some tweets that are about products. This means that shopping on twitter appears ready to launch. The first evidence of the Buy Now buttons has surfaced on products via a shopping app called Fancy.
The Buy Now links in the tweets pictured above reportedly didn't work. You can also see that the prices on the products in the tweets are insane with a pair of shoes for $170 million. Clearly, these are placeholder products put there for testing.
It is presumed that these links, which leaked via the twitter mobile app, weren't meant to go live. Officials from twitter and Fancy didn't offer any comments on the leaks.
Facebook is the biggest social network out there and as such, it has the ability to reach a huge amount of people each day around the world. Facebook has reportedly run an experiment that saw it mess with the newsfeeds of hundreds of thousands of users on its network in an attempt to see if it could alter the emotional state of the users.
The experiment reportedly used 689,003 Facebook users without their knowledge. In the experiment, Facebook allegedly tweaked the newsfeed algorithms of the users in the experiment so that they saw an abnormally low number of positive or negative posts.
According to the team who ran the experiment, the people who saw more negative posts produced more negative posts themselves. The experiment also found that when the people saw more positive posts, made more positive posts themselves. Facebook says that this experiment was conducted for a single week in 2012 and none of the data use was associated with a specific person's Facebook account.
We all know that Facebook is in business to make money. It's easy to forget that the social network isn't there just to let you quote random saying from the web and let you keep in touch with people you probably don't want to see in the real-world. Yesterday Facebook was down for about half an hour, and for some it was the longest half hour of the day.
The short outage reportedly cost Facebook $500,000, which suggests that the site rakes in about a million dollars an hour during normal operation. That $500,000 figure came from Facebook's quarterly earnings report for Q1 that showed $2.5 billion made in ad revenue, working out to about $1.16 million an hour.
At one time Myspace was the most popular social network out there. It didn't take long after Facebook launched for that to change. Today many people have abandoned Myspace and the aging social network is trying to change that.
Myspace has been sending previous users old photos that they uploaded to the site in an effort to lure them back to the social network. Emails that previous users are receiving reportedly include one or two old photos accompanied by a tagline.
Privacy has always been a big concern when it comes to social networking, and Facebook has been at the frontlines of both sides of the privacy debate. Back in 2009 Facebook introduced a new default option to let the entire world see your post, but that lead to several outcries from privacy advocates. Today it appears as if those cries have been heard, and Facebook has made some adjustments to fix this issue.
Facebook now defaults all new users post and images to the "Friends Only" option which means that those pieces of content will only be visible to that users friends, and the public will not be able to read or see them. Existing users will see their settings remain the same, but Facebook is notifying them of their current privacy settings and asking them if they would like to change them. Facebook is calling this a Privacy Checkup, and the message will appear in the form of a popup when existing users post a new post.
Facebook has pulled the wraps off a new app that has the ability to identify the songs and TV shows you are listening to. Once the songs or TV shows are identified, the app will post them to your Facebook status. This new feature is available in the latest version of Facebook for iOS and Android.
The audio recognition feature will begin listening to what you are hearing as soon as you start typing a status. Facebook designed the new feature to help you identify what you are hearing or watching and to make it easy to update people on what you are doing.
Some people like to constantly update their relationship status on Facebook as a way to keep people updated on whom they are dating or seeing. Some folks don't like to put their relationship status on the social network. For the people who leave that status blank, Facebook has rolled out a new way for friends to ask.
A new Ask button has been added to the social network that will let friends inquire about your relationship status. When users click the Ask button, a popup that tells you to let the person know why you are asking about relationship status appears.
Facebook has released an updated version of its app for iOS users that brings the mobile app to version 10.0. The updated app brings with it contextual cards that go along with your posts. The feature will do things like offer photos of restaurants you have checked in at, list friends you have checked in with or mentioned in a post.
The contextual cards will also list friends that have listened to a song that you posted. With the updated app users can also preview a status update and then strip any unwanted links from the post that Facebook would add as cards.