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How The Internet Works (Infographic)

Have you ever wondered how the internet works? I don’t mean packets of information going from a server through a network to your computer. I mean how information actually moves across the internet. How does the cycle of information take us from a little incident to full-blown web outrage and back to no one caring in a matter of days? Fortunately, I have a handy little infographic that explains how the internet works.

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Twitter is Testing a New “Fave People” Timeline

Apparently Twitter is a firm believer in the old Red Green adage of “If it ain’t broke, you’re not trying.” The social media / microblogging (how long has it been since someone called it that?) is currently testing another change to the service. Some users of the Android app now have a “Fave People” feature added to the app that highlight tweets from specific accounts.

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Facebook Buys WhatsApp for $19 Billion

facebook-whatsappIt feels as though I’m talking a lot about money and tech this week so why not combine the two. Earlier this week, Facebook announced that they were buying popular cross-operating system instant messaging app WhatsApp for a jaw-dropping $19 billion.

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The Facebook Page Like is a Lie

Facebook has outlawed the use of clickfarms to increase the number of likes on a Facebook page. They’ve banned a number of fake accounts designed solely to like pages that pay for it. However, it’s these fake accounts that are generating millions of dollars in advertising revenue for Facebook.

Veritasium shows how Facebook advertising is based on a lie and how that actually hurts your page as a result.

Twitter Working on Tweet Editing Feature

twitter-bannerIf there is one feature that Twitter doesn’t currently have that we all wish would be added, it’s the edit button. A quick fix beats the heck out of deleting and tweeting again with the correct spelling, username, etc.

Matthew Keys of The Desk says that three Twitter employees say that the social network is currently developing an edit function and is working on fine-tuning the feature’s functionality.

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Snapchat Snaps Outnumber Facebook Photo Uploads

snapchat-headerA couple of weeks back, Facebook made a $3 billion offer to purchase Snapchat. The mobile phone app’s founders/owners rejected the offer from the social media giant feeling that their service was worth more despite not having any real revenue.

Well, it turns out that Snapchat may have had a good reason for turning down Facebook. Recently released statistics show that there are more Snaps uploaded daily on Snapchat than photos uploaded on Facebook.

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Social Media Explained with Cats

Admit it, the internet was created to share pictures and videos of cats. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you can enjoy all the wonders of the internet. To help you figure out what kinds of cat pictures and videos you can find around the internet or just to help you figure out what various social media sites are about, we have this comic that describes the internet using cats.

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What is Vine?

The world of social media has a new toy to play with to share short video snippets. Last Thursday, Twitter announced the launch of a video sharing service called Vine. This allows users to create and upload six-second long videos and share them on Twitter and Facebook.

The mainstream splash wasn’t big but it was noticeable. That’s likely because the Vine mobile app that allows you to create these videos is currently available for iOS only. If Apple’s share price is anything to go by, being all in on Apple isn’t quite the best business strategy. The developers haven’t officially announced any plans to launch the app on Android or the other major mobile operating systems.

However, Vinepeek has been profiled a couple of times by the mainstream media. BuzzFeed has already dubbed it the most addicting new website on the internet. Vinepeek is an unofficial/unassociated site that provides a steady stream of Vine videos for you to watch. Apparently it’s both entertaining and voyeuristically creepy.

Vine isn’t the first short-form video tool. Tout boasts 15-second video run times and has numerous high-profile users including various celebrities, news agencies and TV shows. Vine might be the new kid on the block but they’re not the only one and are certainly an underdog to the well-established Tout.

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CBS Turns to Social Media to Pick Ending of Hawaii Five-0

The fun of the whodunit capers of mystery shows, even if they’re one of CBS’ dime-a-dozen police procedurals, is trying to match wits with the detective to figure out who the guilty suspect is. For tonight’s episode of Hawaii Five-0, CBS letting viewers vote online and using Twitter hashtags to determine what the ending of the show will be. Read the rest of this entry

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