Instagram will ‘fess up about paid ads
Instagram will ‘fess up about paid ads

Getting caught matters and, soon, Instagram will ‘fess up about paid ads on the enormously popular image sharing network. What’s become known as “influencer” marketing – historically called paid celebrity endorsements – has become a big deal on Instagram with well-known figures from pop culture and the entertainment industry routinely using their own Instagram accounts […]

Twitter is getting more all into you
Twitter is getting more all into you

Like most – nearly all – online companies and social media networks Twitter is getting more all into you with its updated privacy policy. Everyone’s favorite micro-blog announced two days ago it will start keeping more data about you and keep it longer in an effort to sell more advertising and try to salvage its […]

The social media are not television
The social media are not television

The social media are not television. At least they didn’t used to be. But that’s changing – and quickly – as some of the major social networks forget what brought them here and morph head-long into life as broadcast media. After flirting with it for nearly a year, Twitter announced last week it will soon […]

The news is mobile for most of us
The news is mobile for most of us

The news is mobile for most of us. To be precise, nearly 60 percent of us now get our news from our smartphones. The figures come from GlobalWebIndex and also suggest it’s internet users in the first half-century of their lives who tend to get the most news from their smartphones and more males than […]

Contact Congress through Facebook
Contact Congress through Facebook

Thanks to a new tool rolled out March 27 you can now contact Congress through Facebook. The tool, called Town Hall, makes it especially easy for the roughly 213.7 million Americans who regularly use Facebook to reach out directly to members of congress and, even, if you want, the president. And, yes, nearly all elected […]

Are trolls & bots going to destroy Twitter?
Are trolls & bots going to destroy Twitter?

Are trolls & bots going to destroy Twitter? Twitter is afraid they might and it’s imposing – yet again – new measures to keep them at bay. Everyone’s favorite micro-blog announced February 7 it is rolling out its toughest tools yet to limit the ability of trolls to abuse other Twitter users. Measures taken in […]

Search Twitter now and gain relevance
Search Twitter now and gain relevance

Be hip, search Twitter now and gain relevance. After months of testing, Twitter is rolling out an update to its search function which will alter results from chronological order to what its algorithm suggests are the most relevant tweets about the subject searched. Got that? Sure, users have long been able to see search results […]

Live stream video on Twitter now; save pix on Instagram
Live stream video on Twitter now; save pix on Instagram

Live stream video on Twitter now; save pix on Instagram while Insta’s own live stream is finally rolling out to users. Is this a great world or what? Okay, calm down. Yea, yea…we know: the live stream craze has now engulfed nearly all the major social media platforms. Let’s see: Facebook, check; YouTube, check; Snapchat, […]

Twitter goes high school: popular over relevant
Twitter goes high school: popular over relevant

Appearing to move further along a trend coming on for a while now on everyone’s favorite micro-blog, Twitter goes high school: popular over relevant. Twitter announced this week it will begin rolling out updates to its mobile apps which will rank comments and conversations around any user’s tweets according to popularity, not necessarily relevance to […]

Curbing trolls on Twitter…again…more
Curbing trolls on Twitter…again…more

Curbing trolls on Twitter…again…more. Twitter rolled out Nov. 15 yet another series of tools it says will help tamp trolls and give Twitter users a way to eliminate harassment, hate speech and other forms of online abuse. UPDATE: A report published Nov. 16 in The Week suggests the FBI is now monitoring all of Twitter. […]