The Surprising Reason You Can’t Stop Checking Facebook


Restful sleep and heavy social media use don’t make good bedfellows, according to new research. Do you struggle to resist the siren song of that little red Facebook notification? If so, it could mean that you’re sleep-deprived. A new study from researchers at the University of California, Irvine finds that poor sleep can lead to compulsive Facebook […]

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Facebook Livestreaming Opens Up To Everyone With An iPhone


Last August, Facebook opened up a new live streaming feature—think Periscope, but in your News Feed—to a select group of VIP accounts. Today, the velvet rope has been lifted. You no longer need to be famous to broadcast your life to all your friends and casual acquaintances. You just need an iPhone. The feature, which […]

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How Do You Measure Passion? Figuring The Value Of Social Media Followers


“Look at someone like this guy right here,” Alex Taub says, intently peering at his laptop screen. We’re in Taub’s office right off Union Square in New York City. It’s the headquarters of SocialRank, the startup he co-founded. SocialRank shows companies and public figures with brands to promote which of their followers on Twitter and Instagram […]

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80 Per Cent Of Facebook Q4 Revenues Were From Mobile


Facebook has revealed its Q4 2015 results, with the news that 80 per cent of the company’s record breaking $5.6bn (£3.9bn) ad revenue came from mobile advertising during this period, with Facebook earning more in a single quarter than Yahoo now generates in a year. During the same period, Facebook’s profits also doubled year-on-year to […]

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India And Egypt Turn Down Free Internet From Facebook


Connecting people to the Internet is not easy in this impoverished farming district of wheat and millet fields, where working camels can be glimpsed along roads that curve through the low-slung Aravalli Hills. So when Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg helicoptered in about a year ago to visit a small computer lab and tout Internet […]

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Twitter ‘Confuses’ Iyad El-Baghdadi With Islamic State Leader

An Arab Spring activist says his Twitter account was suspended after administrators mistook him for the leader of the so-called Islamic State. Iyad El-Baghdadi said his account was suspended for about half an hour. Mr El-Baghdadi had been misidentified as IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Indonesian newspaper Republika and the New York Post. He […]

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Twitter Changes Its Policy On Violent Posts


Twitter is taking steps to identify people who tweet hateful and violent speech and kick them off the social network. It did not specifically name the attacks in Paris and San Bernadino in its post, but the statement comes amid growing outrage that terrorists use social media to post hate speech and recruit. In a […]

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Rise Of A Tech Giant: The History Of Instagram

Chart the rise of the phenomenally popular app which sees 80 million photos shared every day Mobile photo and video sharing app Instagram has revolutionised the way we share photos, growing from a small startup in 2010 to a hugely popular service used by over 400 million people worldwide. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched […]

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Tinder Wants You To Donate Your Organs

The NHS has teamed up with Tinder and celebrities including Jamie Laing and Jade Jones to get young people to sign up to the organ donor register Tinder has teamed up with the NHS in a drive to get more people onto the organ donor register. In a UK campaign that will target 18- to […]

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