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For election night, social media will be the hangout and support group

On election night, voters won’t just curl up on the couch and turn on the TV. In the last hurrah of a contentious election season, they’ll fire up laptops, tablets and smartphones — and sometimes all three — to spend the evening in the company of election-obsessed friends and followers around the country.

Together, they’ll fact-check statements, trade barbs, guffaw over the latest Internet memes and nervously chew on what remains of their fingernails.

“In the pre-internet age, these used to be consumer experiences. People consumed stuff coming out of their TV or radio,” said Lee Raine, director of Internet, science and technology research at the Pew Research Center. “Now it’s very much a participatory experience. People want to talk to others who are doing the same thing or observing the same thing or they want to yell at other people doing the same thing or observing the same thing.”

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What the 2016 Election Cycle Is Teaching Us About Social Media

We will remember this election cycle for a long time. We’ll also remember it for what it’s taught us about social media.

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you probably haven’t seen anything quite like the 2016 election cycle. Technology has created an unprecedented level of transparency among the candidates – whether they want it to or not. Hillary Clinton’s emails and Donald Trump’s tweeting habits come to mind right away. Social media, in particular, is driving conversations, clarifying facts, and adding another layer of complexity to the process.

The Role of Social Media Has Changed this Election Cycle.

Social media played a major role in the 2012 election, but much is different in 2016. More users are comfortable interacting on popular platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram, and they’d be hard pressed to identify two more contentious candidates than Clinton and Trump.

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How to Survive the Election on Social Media

Congratulations! Other than a painstaking few more weeks, you’ve almost survived Election 2016 on social media.

After a video of Donald Trump making lewd comments was released on Friday, some people also reported this election had triggered unpleasant old memories and caused more stress.

Here are a few easy tricks to help you survive this election season.

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Yahoo Brings Iconic San Francisco Billboard Back!

Yahoo's Billboard Then and Now

As part of Yahoo’s 20th anniversary, they reclaimed the iconic billboard along San Francisco’s stretch of Interstate 80. The Yahoo billboard is back to surprise and delight Bay Area commuters with fun messages from the company and its employees.

If you are wondering about Yahoo’s decision to take the billboard down, it was perhaps mostly a cost-cutting measure. The company was suffering with layoffs and struggling to remain relevant. The rent for the space, following Yahoo’s departure, was $65,000 a month, or $80,000 if the neon lighting was used. That’s a lot of dollars!

The billboard will continue to reach commuters with different topical messages tied to Yahoo products, properties and local events that touch their lives.

Is this the continued force to bring Yahoo back to its glory days? It’s another step in the right direction that’s for sure.

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Facebook’s Pursuit Of Ad Revenues Is Getting Ugly; It’s Missing A Chance To Make Users’ Lives Better

If you were a Facebook employee, Friday was a big day for you. If you were a developer outside of the platform looking in, not so much.

On Friday Facebook announced the launch of its new live streaming function, called simply, “Live”. The service allows celebrities to broadcast live-streamed footage to their fans via the social networking platform.

So how is this different from Periscope, or Meerkat, who have been doing the exact same things for months, I hear you ask?

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MySpace – The rise, greed, and fall of a social media giant.

In 2015, Sean Percival is a partner at Silicon Valley seed accelerator 500 Startups, but from 2009 to 2011, he was working at MySpace as its vice president of online marketing – just as the social network lost its crown to Facebook.

In a speech at the By:Larm conference in Oslo this week, Percival gave an insider’s view of what went wrong at MySpace, from the “massive spaghetti-ball mess” of its website and the “politics, greed” of parent company News Corporation to a doomed attempt to acquire music streaming service Spotify.

His talk was aimed at startups looking to learn the lessons from MySpace’s decline, but it seemed as relevant for the largest internet companies today, such as Facebook, as they seek to avoid a similar fate. Continue reading

A wanted man who taunted police on their own Facebook page, saying “catch me if you can”, has been arrested.

Logan Rhys James, 19, from Caerphilly, South Wales UK, had been on the run, a week after being released early from his prison sentence for street knife attack.

Gwent Police posted his mug shot on social media with an appeal for any information about his whereabouts.

But underneath James wrote a comment saying: “Haha catch me if you can wont see me slipping”.

Police said James was arrested in Caerphilly at about 17:50 GMT and was being held in police custody. Continue reading

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To Death, and Beyond with Facebook

Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their Facebook pages after they die.

Users should see a new option pop up in their security settings that will let them choose whether they want to pass their information and account management over to someone else when the time comes.

This is not something that people like to talk about. But the truth is that what happens to your data after death is as big a question now as what happens to your physical property. Continue reading

Facebook Messenger App Creates Massive Controversy

First off, lets face it, no one reads the terms of service on anything. If you did, every app would scare you.

Second, the majority of the concerns are related to Android. Apple doesn’t let apps make phone calls or text people without your intervention.

Third, Messenger can do a lot of things like make phone calls and send text messages, so it needs your permission to do that. It’s not a one trick pony.

Fourth… just stop bitching about Facebook privacy. Either deal with it and use it, or close your account and use something else.

You give Facebook the power it needs to do whatever it wants by using it all the time. Without you, they’re nothing.
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The WORST Twitter Fails Blamed On Interns And Aides

Turns out that if you outsource your Twitter and Facebook status updates to people you pay very little to, and probably treat like crap, they’ll eventually turn on you. Who could see that coming?! Seriously, social media is an extension of your PR or marketing department. It’s not for some intern.

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