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10 Things We Learned About Social Media Users’ Charitable Habits

September 19, 2014
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As the #IceBucketChallenge campaign showed us, social media can be a powerful medium for charitable organizations. However, the precise nature of the relationship between social good and platforms like Facebook and Twitter can often be unclear. Do social media users really absorb the message? Do people use activism on a social platform instead of...

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Twitter Overhauls Profiles on iOS in the ‘Biggest Update to Date’

September 18, 2014
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Twitter updated its iPhone app with completely redesigned profiles on Thursday The new profiles emphasize users' bios, photos and favorited tweets — in addition to their own tweets See also: 25 Twitter Accounts to Make You Laugh "This is our biggest update to profiles to date," the company wrote in a blog post. "Featuring...

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Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Surface Fresher Content

September 18, 2014
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A new tweak to Facebook's News Feed aims to address the common problem of seeing days-old posts on the platform. In a blog post published Thursday, company software engineers Erich Owens and David Vickrey acknowledged that the News Feed often isn't as fresh as it could be: Our goal with News Feed is to...

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12 Years on, Meetup Still Envisions Powerful Communities

September 17, 2014
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Think about all the change and growth Meetup has witnessed in the social-media space, since the company's birth in 2002 That was the era of Friendster. One year later, in 2003, Meetup was just passing the 12-month mark when MySpace began its meteoric rise. The company had pulled together two years of connecting people...

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Facebook to Meet With LGBT Community Over ‘Real Names’ Policy

September 16, 2014
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Facebook has agreed to meet with San Francisco city officials and activists following criticism that its naming policy discriminates against the LGBT community. The social network's policy, which requires users use their legal name on profiles, is not new — but has recently come under new scrutiny after a number of transgender people and...

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Better Than Barbra Streisand on ‘The Tonight Show’: Her Instagram Feed

September 15, 2014
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Barbra Streisand will return to The Tonight Show on Monday after a more than 50-year absence. The last time she appeared on the show was in 1963 — back when Johnny Carson was the host. Streisand will be Jimmy Fallon's only guest for "a night of talk, comedy and performance," that will promote her...

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Tweet a Travel Innovation to Win a Trip to Austin

September 15, 2014
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Technology is changing the way we travel. Beyond introducing convenience and speed, it's made the entire experience of getting from one place to another more enjoyable. From wearable GPS and hands-free texting to share programs like CitiBike and Airbnb, there's an endless list of intriguing developments that make traveling easier, more cost-efficient and hopefully...

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15 Sticky Photos of Amsterdam’s Tomato Fest

September 14, 2014
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Food fights are certainly one way to get a point across Dutch people gathered in Amsterdam for Tomato Fest (or Tomatengevecht) on Sunday to protest Russia's embargo on foods imported from the European Union, according to CNN. Russia imposed the embargo in response to western sanctions against the country See also: The World's Largest...

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Golfer Greg Norman Injures Hand in Chainsaw Accident, Lives to Tweet About It

September 14, 2014
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Australian golfer Greg Norman nearly severed his left hand with a chainsaw on Saturday. Norman, the Hall of Fame golfer and entrepreneur, was cutting back trees in his South Florida home when the weight of a branch pulled his left hand toward the chainsaw. He said the blade hit him just below where a...

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6 Vines That Bring Stories and Doodles to Life

September 12, 2014
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Last week, we challenged you to give life to something on paper in a Vine. Canadian artist couple Daniel Lynds and Sundi Richard guest-hosted the contest, kicking it off with a few of their own examples. "Something about the #OffThePage theme may have been a bit daunting at first, but after a few submissions,...

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