Facebook Cracks Down on Clickbait, But Don't Expect Your News Feed to Change
Facebook's pitch on its News Feed rankings has been consistent: It wants you to be on Facebook, therefore it is in the company's best interest to make the content you see on the site as good as possible.
That is the general rationale that emerged after Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would begin to factor in time spent into its News Feed rankings. The social network openly admitted that the change has been made in an attempt to eliminate clickbait — stories that offer little information but entice users to click. The pages are sometimes misleading or outright spam.
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Posted on Tue, Aug 2014 08:01:29
20 Creative Hyperlapses From Instagram's New App
Instagram rolled out a new app on Tuesday, and users are putting selfies aside to try their hands at time-lapse-like magic.
The new app, called Hyperlapse speeds up and stabilizes long videos into short, time-lapsed clips. It is currently available for iPhone users in the Apple App Store
See also: Instagram Rolls Out Deeper Analytics for Advertisers
The creative Instagram community began to quickly test out the new feature, so we've rounded up a few of our favorites so far.
Posted on Tue, Aug 2014 06:30:53
Learning How to Score a Job Using Social Media, for Beginners
With 92% of companies using social media in their hiring efforts, job seekers can’t afford to overlook social as a vital resource in the job search. While you're busy job searching, employers are leveraging online resources to find candidates just like you.
That's why Mashable is collaborating with The Muse to bring you a free, email-based class series called How to Get a Job Using Social Media. The series features five different lessons with actionable tips on how to boost your job search strategy. Once you subscribe, content for the class will be delivered to your inbox each day. These beginner-level classes will teach you how to establish your social brand, network with people online, identify career opportunities through social media, and turn leads into job offers. The classes include homework assignments to give you a head start in the process. Read more...
Posted on Tue, Aug 2014 03:09:15
Jimmy Carter Talks Preventable Disease at Social Good Summit 2014
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will join the Social Good Summit this year via a special video message. Also the founder of The Carter Center, President Carter will speak about the ways social media is helping the eradication of six preventable diseases: guinea worm, river blindness, trachoma, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis and malaria.
Following the video message, two of Carter’s advisory scientists will take to the stage for a one-on-one discussionDr. Donald Hopkins, vice president of health programs at The Carter Center and Dr. Mark Siddall, curator and principal investigator at the American Museum of Natural History, will delve into the possibilities of achieving eradication over the next 15 years and what that will mean for our world by 2030. Read more...
Posted on Tue, Aug 2014 02:25:14
Is Social Media Causing Us to Self-Censor on Hot-Button Issues?
Hesitant to post that political link to Facebook? Worried about expressing your opinion on Twitter? It might be changing how you talk offline.
A survey by the Pew Research Center in conjunction with Rutgers University has found that social media doesn't encourage discussion on controversial subjects. It may, in fact, cause people to stay quiet.
See also: 12 Facebook Statuses You Need to Retire
The survey, conducted among 1,801 U.S. adults, asked people about their willingness to discuss the Edward Snowden leaks on social media and in person. Social media users demonstrated a particular hesitance to discuss the topic — 86% of those surveyed said they wold be willing to have an offline discussion on Snowden, while only 42% of Facebook and Twitter users said they would post about it online. Read more...
Posted on Tue, Aug 2014 02:00:50
Photo Challenge: Use Harsh Mid-Day Light to Your Advantage
Harsh mid-day light isn't the most ideal setting for photographers. Extreme contrast, blown-out highlights and hard shadows are frequent results of shooting in sunlight
The best way to succeed in this situation is to work with it, rather than against it. Think about what the light is doing to your subject, and use it
For this week's Mashable Photo Challenge, use harsh mid-day light to your advantage. Freelance photographer Jose Silva, who spends a lot of time #chasingharshlight, will guest-host.
See also: 11 Creative Portraits Without Faces
Silva was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and lived there until the age of 13, when he moved to New Jersey. Currently, he has two jobs — one as a freelance photographer, and the other as a high school special-services instructor. Due to his talent in photography, he's developed a huge presence on Instagram. Read more...
Posted on Sat, Aug 2014 09:00:59
Move Aside Twitter Timeline Haters, Business Wins
Twitter redefined its timeline Monday, officially acknowledging that the feature is for more than just those you follow and their retweets.
First, a quick recap. Earlier this month, Twitter started experimenting with what users see on their timeline. That included adding tweets from accounts users don't directly follow and has evolved to incorporate tweets users they follow favorite.
See also: How to Tame Twitter's Annoying Mobile Notifications
The second experiment, which treats favorites more like retweets, offers a significant change to the ways users interact with the service. As I wrote on Sunday, Twitter favorites have an entirely separate social dynamic and their meaning is much more nuanced and personal to the user. Read more...
Posted on Fri, Aug 2014 08:16:49
Vine Challenge: Capture Objects in 360 Degrees
The tech of our days is so advanced that it's fair to say we've got everything we need. From smartphones and tablets of all sizes to bendable TVs and Bluetooth padlocks, nearly every gadget has multiple things to show off, appearance- and function-wise
See also: 8 Vines of Transformations Happening Before Your Very Eyes
We partnered with Hewlett-Packard once again for this week's Mashable Vine Challenge. We want you to showcase technology operating in a 360 degree capacity
A panoramic image taken on a smartphone may not cover edge to edge of what you see. But on Vine, you have the flexibility of creating stop-motion animations to capture all angles in a single video. Read more...
Posted on Fri, Aug 2014 05:26:57