Social Networking Software

Is the '10 Year Challenge' on social media a data scam?

There's always a new trend or gimmick on Facebook or Instagram. Users might remember the 7-day black and white photo challenge on Instagram, asking your friends to describe you in a gif, describing yourself in three fictional characters and most recently, the "How Hard Has Aging Hit You" challenge.

Also known as the 10 Year Challenge, users on Facebook or Instagram post the most recent picture of themselves next to a photo from 10 years ago.

Instead of jumping on the... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Twitter asks users to test colorful status updates and ice breaker tweets

Twitter (download for iOS or Android) is assembling a group of a few thousand users to beta test new conversation features. In a standalone tester app, users can experiment with organizational and context tools like status updates and ice breaker tweets.

Twitter is also testing color-coded replies, which are designed to make it easier to follow a conversation. Users could also soon see a more simplified user interface that hides engagement icons.

The social media site plans to... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Instagram now lets users 'regram' to multiple accounts

In September, Instagram (download for iOS or Android) said it would not add a sharing feature, or "regramming," over concerns that it could compromise the authenticity of the app.

Since then, the social media site bowed to pressure and enabled regramming on accounts controlled by the same user. For instance, if you have a personal Instagram and one for your business, you can share the same post simultaneously.

"We are rolling out this feature to provide... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software

Facebook app can't be deleted off of some Samsung phones

Last year, nearly half of Facebook (download for iOS or Android) users between the ages of 18 and 29 deleted the app from their phones. The company has seen an exodus of younger users in the last few years after the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Unfortunately for the owners of some Samsung devices, the social media app comes pre-installed. This means users can only disable the app, they can't delete it. Some users took... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

'Year of Colour' web app creates a mosaic out of the colors in your Instagram photos

In case you're burned out on the top nine photo recaps on Instagram (download for iOS or Android), you have another option to look back on 2018.

Makelight's Year of Colour web app generates a mosaic based on the colors in your Instagram photos. The result is a retro-minimalist aesthetic to set you apart from everyone else on social media.

To create yours, simply visit the Year of Colour website:

Tap Sign in with InstagramEnter your... Read More »

Topics: Entertainment , Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

WhatsApp's lack of moderators let child pornography slip through the cracks

It's been one month after Tumblr (download for iOS or Android) disappeared from the App Store after child pornography slipped through the sites filters. Today, the popular messaging platform WhatsApp (download for iOS or Android) is under fire for similar reasons.

The app's chat groups are being used to spread child pornography, according to reports. TechCrunch detailed a report released by two Israeli non-government organizations, NGOs, regarding how third-party apps advertise "adult" sections that... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Social Networking Software , Kids & Parenting Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

TikTok has a white supremacy problem, creating and sharing neo-Nazi propaganda

The lip-syncing music app TikTok (download for iOS or Android) merged with Musical.ly in August and its popularity quickly blossomed. App users can record a short music video to almost any song, add filters and stickers, and then share with other users.

Many TikTok users are attempting to recapture the magic of Vine, the video app that shut down last year. Others, however, are using TikTok as a platform to spread bigotry, hatred and violent rhetoric.

These accounts... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Instagram launches new music features, borrowing ideas from TikTok and other apps

Instagram (download for iOS or Android) has borrowed a few features from Snapchat (download for iOS or Android) and is starting to look for ideas elsewhere, according to AndroidPolice.

The social media service is planning to add new stickers that will allow users to share music recommendations in Live videos. Instagram also tweaked the question stickers so users can reply with a song.

To play a song, users need only tap a response to play the song.... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Facebook Messenger app adds Boomerang videos, portrait mode selfies, and AR stickers

Facebook (download for iOS or Android) is releasing a slew of new camera features to its Messenger app (download for iOS or Android).

Users can expect to see an option to create looping-videos with Boomerang, depth-editing in selfie mode and augmented reality stickers that you can drop into photos.

The new update gives Messenger a total of five camera modes: normal, video, text, Boomerang and selfie.

SEE: Facebook Messenger's new design goes for simple, uncluttered look

Boomerang, also... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

The 10 best-selling iPhone apps on the planet in 2018

The Apple App Store and the Google Play Store collectively earned $18.2 billion from global consumers in the third quarter of 2018, according to Sensor Towers research, which also said that Apple has the upper-hand when it comes to monetizing their apps, which is why the App Store outpaced Google Play revenue by 94 percent.

New data from Sensor Tower shows which iPhone apps generated the most revenue in 2018. Of the 10 iOS apps that earned the most... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Social Networking Software , Video Players , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software