With over 4.1 million people announcing their safety in the first 24 hours after the recent terrorist attacks in France, this meant that 360 million people globally were told that their family, friend or loved one was safe from harm.
Described by News.com.au as created initially for the Tokyo Tsumani and nuclear tragedy in 2011, this implementation of Safety Check marks the first time that it has been used for something other than a natural disaster.
While it has been misused in the past by people not from targeted areas somehow able to mark themselves as safe, this time around the system seemed to work quite well. While this check allowed for some peace of mind, Facebook's Alex Schultz reminded everyone that it isn't always perfect: "During an ongoing crisis, like war or epidemic, Safety Check in its current form is not that useful for people: because there isn't a clear start or end point and, unfortunately, it's impossible to know when someone is truly 'safe.'"
"How on earth is this a lipstick color?" asks verified Twitter user Parker Molloy, posting a photo of 'Underage Red' to a mildly annoyed audience.
While everybody was a little weirded-out at this naming scheme, articles by Business Insider, Forbes and more labeled followers as much more vocal, stating them to be in "outrage" and overall quite angry, explained on Gizmodo recently. This saw Molloy become flooded with Tweets from readers, saying that she was stupid be so angry about such a thing.
While Molloy mentioned on her Twitter that no apologies are needed because it's completely unnecessary, the makers of this lipstick even released a statement claiming they will not bow to community pressure. This is one small lesson on how something small taken out of context can really blow out of proportion quickly - don't mess with social media!
Just how powerful is Facebook? Well, how about over 1 billion daily active users? It's the first time the social network has reached this peak, with Q3 2015 being quite good indeed.
Back in Q2, Facebook sat at 968 million DAUs, and this time last year the social network had 864 million DAUs. Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg explained during the company's earnings statement: "we're focused on innovating and investing for the long term to serve our community and connect the entire world".
Zuckerberg also added that Facebook is pushing to become a big destination for video, where he believes the company will have users engaging more in the next few years with short form clips. Facebook is experiencing around 8 billion video views per day, so we can see the importance of videos for the social network. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg added that Facebook video targeting is beating other platforms such as YouTube.
Comcast customers then responded in kind, citing their dissatisfaction with their service with comments like, "Screw yourself, Xfinity. Google Fiber has failed once, and you are failing continuously", and, "But I'm still paying a high bill for Internet service that's slower than Google Fiber."
To their credit, various Comcast employees responded to specific concerns, asking for account information via private message to deal with them hands-on. Still, the incident does well to highlight the public perception of Comcast's service.
Facebook has updated its search functionality significantly, the basic aim of which is to encourage public conversation.
The jist of it is this: you can now search popular stories and what people are saying about them, both your friends and public figures. For example, if you search "Canada Election", an option to read 1,000+ posts about it pops up. Clicking it, you'll see a variety of news articles about it, and posts from public figures and your friends (if they're talking about it).
Facebook says this is a "first step" and it will continue to develop and improve on search functionality.
The Twitter app on Windows 10 gets better today courtesy of a new update that sports a few welcome feature additions and changes.
First is tweaks to conversations. These are said to be "easier to find and fun to join", thanks to a blue line in the home section that indicates conversations between people you know.
Next is video support -- no need to view videos outside of the app anymore. And finally, there is support for list creation and editing. These can even be pinned to the start menu. The app was pretty slick already, but these are nice touches to make the experience even more pleasant.
Facebook has rolled out its new feature "Reactions" today (pictured below) in Ireland and Spain. The idea behind is it to make Likes more expressive, offering what are essentially emoticons beside the tried and true Like button.
The company makes it clear they are testing Reactions in select regions for a reason: they want to take the feedback gained from this to iterate and improve on what they have.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden joined the world of Twitter a few days ago, and he was completely swamped instantly with followers, replies, DMs, and retweets.
I forgot to turn off notifications. Twitter sent me an email for each: Follow Favorite Retweet DM 47 gigs of notifications. #lessonlearned— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) October 1, 2015
Snowden received so much fanfare on Twitter that his inbox was filled with an insane 47GB of Twitter notifications. Snowden has over 1.29 million followers, and his most recent tweet has 33,000+ favorites, and 17,000+ retweets.
Facebook is finally moving into the world of immersive video content, announcing that 360-degree videos will begin rolling out to your News Feed in the very near future.
The social network announced that the Facebook website is the only place they'll appear for now, with the Android and iOS versions of the Facebook app to support 360-degree video "in the coming months". When you're on the web and on your News Feed with a 360-degree video, you can click your mouse on the video and move around the video, all from your desktop.
But what about content? This is next to useless without some good content, right? Well, various companies are already diving on the 360-degree content bandwagon, with Star Wars, Discovery, VICE, GoPro, Saturday Night Live and LeBron James & Interrupted. The Disney side of things has a 360-degree promotional video for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is super-awesome.
With numerous fan pages and change.org petitions launched over the years in order to bring a 'dislike' button to Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has finally confirmed that one is on the way. Reportedly in development for quite some time, a Q&A session saw Zuckerberg state that the delay in implementing this feature was based around concerns of like and dislike wars between members.
However, what happens if your friend posts a status confirming that a loved one has passed away, or that their car has been stolen? When 'likes' are no longer appropriate, Zuckerberg says that the dislike button shall be there in order to show empathy.
Set to launch 'in the near future', some people have concerns that this new roll out will allow further cyber bullying of at-risk individuals.