Not every photo is worth exactly 1,000 words. That sweet pic of you skydiving is a lot more interesting than your lunch. So today Facebook profiles on iOS and Android apps are getting a new collage design for photos that enlarges your most-Liked pics, Facebook tells me. There’s also a new “Uploads” tab that shows all the photos you posted in one place so your friends don’t have to dig through pics scattered in different albums like before. And if they do want to explore your albums, they’ll see big cover photos for each rather than just a list of album names and tiny thumbnails.
LinkedIn — now with over 300 million users — has become the go-to platform for networking in the business world. Now, a new startup called Conspire is hoping to dig into that marketshare (and mindshare) with a new approach for how to meet people. It taps into your communications platforms — starting first with email and those who use Gmail or Google Apps email — and then uses big data analytics to find the most reliable chain of connections between you and the person you want to meet.
“Reliable” becomes the operative word here: the chain is based not on whom you know, but how well you know them, analysing things like frequency of contact, how recently you have interacted, the response time, and relationship length.
The event has been dubbed “the Snappening,” named after a previous nude photo hack called “The Fappening.” A month ago, a group of hackers found their way into several celebrity iCloud accounts, stole nude images found there, and posted them to 4chan. Most notable among the people targeted was actress Jennifer Lawrence, who called the incident a sex crime.
Brands are welcome to join Ello, but sponsored posts are out of the question, since the hottest new social network is adamantly against advertising.
Ello, the newest social media network on the block and the latest to offer an ad- and data-mining-free zone, promises to be the antithesis of Facebook. And with a manifesto that reads, "Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that's bought and sold," it certainly sells itself as just that.
But while Ello strives to be the antidote to Facebook, there are similarities between the two. For example, much like the early Facebook, Ello isn't accessible to the general public. Available only from current users or by submitting a request on the homepage - the platform is currently fielding 40,000 requests every hour — invitations are coveted enough that people are selling them on eBay for up to $50.
There’s no denying that there’s a glut of mobile messaging apps all vying for attention, even though the majority aren’t really that different from each other.
But ComiXchat, a mobile chat app launching today, has a unique spin: Instead of using those boring multi-colored chat bubbles, it displays conversations as sequential panels of artwork that tell a visual story. So you end up building a comic strip as you talk to friends, and it doesn’t require any more effort than a regular chat app.
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