Tag Archives: Social Media

Twitter will give you control over who can reply to tweets

by Jon Fingas, engadget

You might not have to worry about strangers hurling abuse.

Twitter has yet another way to reduce harassment in your mentions: Prevent ne’er-do-wells from replying in the first place. It’s developing a feature that lets you determine who’s allowed to participate in the conversation. In addition to the usual free-for-all (global), you can limit replies to people you follow and mention (group), only the people included in the conversation (panel) or no one at all (statement). You wouldn’t have to take your account private just to avoid strangers hurling toxic commentary in your direction.

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From Instagram to TikTok: How social media evolved this decade

by Kaya Yurieff, CNN Business

Shortly after midnight Pacific time on October 6, 2010, a new app built by a small team went live on Apple’s App Store. Right away, they noticed people abroad signing up for the app, called Instagram; by 6 a.m. the startup was so overwhelmed with traffic that its servers reportedly melted down.

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‘The Anti-Facebook’: Wikipedia co-founder launches ad-free social media platform

by Stephen Johnson, Big Think

WT:Social promises never to sell your data or run advertisements.

Fed up with Facebook and Twitter? If so, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales hopes you’ll join WT:Social, a new social media platform that promises not to run advertisements or sell user data.

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How people’s stance on a topic can be inferred from their online activity

by Ingrid Fadelli , Tech Xplore

As proven by some recent extreme, controversial incidents, such as the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, social media can be a real goldmine for user information. In fact, most social researchers and analytics companies perceive social media as one of the most valuable resources for understanding public opinion and how individuals react to specific events.

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