If social media has taught us anything, it’s this: If you want to make some noise, all it takes is a tweet. Peers, a nonprofit devoted to educating people about the sharing economy, on Thursday launched a New York-centric Twitter advocacy campaign to encourage people to tweet at state legislators in support of home-sharing services like Airbnb. Peers created a “tweet your state senator” tool, which finds your state senator based on your home ad...
Beneath this world, full of mundane work and chores and ho-hum everyday things, lies another layer of existence chock-full of wonderful, borderline mystical excitement. This almost alternative reality isn’t secret, per se—it’s just that most people don’t know how to really see it. This is the premise of Ingress, an invite-only gaming app favored by Android geekorati. And this very “secret world” premise is seemingly built into the bones of Nian...
Instagram is becoming very, very skilled at watching social media trends and finding ways to tailor what’s popular to the app’s own purposes. So it was with video, and so it is now with Instagram Direct, a new private messaging component. The comparison between Direct and Snapchat is inevitable, because Instagram’s parent company Facebook has been so obvious in its pursuit of the popular ephemeral messaging app. But Instagram Direct adds a much-n...
Google boasted in October that its social network, Google+, now has 300 million monthly active users. It was a lofty claim, one to which many critics said: Uh, no way. Google has found sneaky ways to inflate its user numbers in the past, but even naysayers have to admit the company’s 2-year-old social network has some diehard fans. I’ve never encountered a person who uses Google+ exclusively—no one is fleeing Facebook and running straight into...
Valentine's Day is usually a chocolate-binging event of epic proportions, but Feb. 14, 2014 has a different kind of binge in store: House of Cards drops its second season on Netflix. But leave it to Netflix’s mysterious drama, House of Cards, to reveal its season two premiere date without saying anything at all. The award-winning show released a teaser video on Wednesday to announce its return on Feb. 14, but in typical House of Cards fashion, ...
It was the number that ricocheted across the Internet, a number so large it couldn’t be real: 3 billion. Dollars. In cash. Facebook reportedly offered that tidy sum for Snapchat, the disappearing-message app that has become tech’s most sought-after startup. Messaging apps are the future, or so the conventional wisdom goes. Facebook has a stand-alone Messenger service and tried to beat Snapchat at its own game with Poke (which went nowhere). Twi...
Terrorist attacks. Presidential elections. Celebrity deaths. When big news breaks, we turn to Twitter for up-to-the-second updates. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer knows that, which is why the Web company struck a partnership with Twitter to display newsy tweets on the site’s homepage. Yahoo didn’t say which publications or newsmakers would show up in their news feed, but gave ABC News as an example—obviously, because the two companies have been conten...
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