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Twitter is finally ending support for its unpopular Mac desktop app

On Friday, Twitter announced that it would be shutting down work on its Mac desktop app, to the dismay of, err, no one.

Users have 30 days, starting on Feb. 16, before the app will no longer be supported, Twitter said.

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“We’re focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms,” Twitter Support wrote in a tweet. “So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, and in 30 days will no longer be supported.”

The app hadn’t exactly been flourishing in recent years, scoring a dismal 1.7 out of 5 in the App Store. Twitter had outsourced the development of the app to a studio in Seattle called Black Pixel. Read more…

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Leaked Snapchat beta hints at new Stories section in redesign

Snapchat’s hated redesign may be here to stay, but that doesn’t mean Snap is ignoring all of the update’s issues.

The chief one being that Stories are far less visible now than ever before. But if you glimpse the latest beta version of the app, it suggests the company is at least considering adding a new section for Stories within the redesign.

SEE ALSO: Sorry haters, Evan Spiegel is not sorry about Snapchat’s redesign

Screenshots obtained by Mashable show a new look for the app’s Friends section that divides content into three tabs: Groups, Stories, and All. It appears that the “All” is the default section, which is basically the same as the algorithmic feed in the redesign. What’s new, though, are dedicated tabs for group chats and Stories. Read more…

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These ‘duh!’ features would make Instagram perfect

It’s been said, many times, but it’s worth repeating: Instagram’s algorithmic timeline is a steaming pile of nonsense.

SEE ALSO: Instagram is actively ruining my life with its inhumane algorithm

The photo-focused social network replaced its chronological feed with an algorithmic one back in 2016, meaning the content you see is ranked according to the likelihood you’ll “care about it.” What this feature denies is the ability for you to select what you actually care about and see it at a glance.

This “algorithm knows best” approach is common in online services many of us use every day, including Facebook, which owns Instagram. There’s no particular reason to examine this now, except that people seem newly agitated by the unseen forces determining what they see on social networks.  Read more…

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Why Facebook and Instagram should kill the Like button

The Like button must die. 

More than any other feature, the thumbs-up on Facebook — along with its cousins, the Instagram and Twitter hearts — encapsulate everything that’s wrong with social media. It’s time to start visualizing a world where it doesn’t exist.

The Like has become the currency of carelessness — a way to show we approve without being deeply invested. In many cases, it covers for a lack of attention. It helps fake news propagate, discourages meaningful conversations, encourages shallowness, and exacerbates the most psychologically damaging effects of social media. 

If social media addiction is the disease of our age, it’s difficult to think of a feature that feeds that addiction more than the thumbs up. Pressing it repeatedly, like a rat in an experiment, we feed our innate need to be noticed.  Read more…

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Vine’s been gone for a year, but we still think about these Vines every day

It’s been a year since Vine kicked the bucket, but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten our favorite six-second vids.

On Jan. 17, 2017, the Vine app became Vine Camera, and users were rendered unable to post new videos to the Vine community. But did this mean we stopped watching Vines? No! Thanks to YouTube and the Vine archive, which works only sometimes, we’ve been able to watch old classics like Peanut Butter Baby and Maple the Dog whenever our hearts desire. Mostly.

SEE ALSO: Bored girl made incredibly ornate sticky note doodles of her favorite Vine videos

Here are nine sweet, sweet Vines we still think about every day. Rest in peace, beautiful social network — we can’t wait for your next iteration. Read more…

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Weird Facebook glitch has ‘broken’ News Feed, but it’s actually kind of nice

Facebook’s News Feed is broken. No, that is’t a comment on the current state of social media or Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge to fix what’s broken about Facebook. 

I mean, it’s literally broken. Many users are reporting that they’re opening the Facebook app and website only to see a big, blank space that says “there are no more posts to show right now.”

SEE ALSO: I deleted Facebook off my phone and you should too

Though not affecting all users, the glitch appears to be fairly widespread, with a number of users reporting some variation of the “no posts” issue.

Facebook is broken right

— Meredith Guthrie (@meredithea) January 16, 2018 Read more…

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In ongoing battle against fake news, Facebook decides to get local

As Facebook continues to battle the scourge of “fake news,” it’s trying out a new feature that it hopes will connect users with local news, events, and announcements called “Today In.”

The new feature will push local content from publishers approved by the company’s News Partnership team, according to Recode. The feature is available on mobile in just six cities so far: New Orleans, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; Billings, Montana; Peoria, Illinois; Olympia, Washington; Binghamton, New York. 

By clicking the menu button and selecting “Today in,” users who identify themselves as living in those six cities will see a selection of content. According to a Facebook spokesperson, “Today In” is intended as a place on Facebook where users can find news from vetted local news sources, community events, and even alerts from local authorities. Read more…

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Facebook is the biggest social network. Now, it’s trying to become the best.

In Facebook’s perfect world, your News Feed might look something like this: 

There’s a post from a family member or close friend, ideally a tagged photo that is thoughtful and important to them but also to the people around them. The post causes a lot of people click on Facebook’s various reaction buttons and contribute reasoned comments that spur genuine discussion, in turn connecting people around common ideas and causes that they might not have otherwise found. This then keeps them on Facebook more and contributing stuff that makes other people stay on Facebook more. Eventually, that’s your entire feed. Read more…

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Your next news feed addiction could come from … Imgur?

Let’s be real: Social media as we know it is all about the followers. The more followers, the more likes, and we yearn for those double-digits on Instagram, triple-digits on Facebook, and the increasing follower count on Twitter and Snapchat.

Imgur (pronounced Image-ur) is trying to change that. Imgur, founded in 2009, began as a photo-hosting utility, but has been been pushing toward a new identity as a community-powered entertainment platform for awhile. It took a big step forward Wednesday when it unveiled new features like a news feed and its own spin on GIFs. It’s avoiding an essential part of other social media platforms, though: followers.  Read more…

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