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“Coffee” was the most tweeted food in the continental U.S. between mid-2014 to mid-2015 followed by “beer” then “pizza”. Besides hinting at which foods are popular, scientists are finding that tweets reveal something about our health. Communities that tweeted more often about physical activities, or expressed positive sentiments about healthy…
As Iraqi and Kurdish forces launch a military operation to retake the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (Isis), broadcasters are streaming the battle live on Facebook. Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to IS in the summer of 2014. Weeks later the head of the extremist group,…
Be honest with me here: You have one or even multiple friends, who always post their gym activity to Facebook. Or maybe that person is you. “Ran 15 miles before work! Yeah” can be motivating to read in the morning, or incredibly annoying, depending on how much you hate that…
if you’ve been on Facebook in the past six months, you’ve likely seen Facebook Live in action. Social media works best when we’re in the moment, and the move towards live video is a direct result of this. While it can be exhausting to keep up with another digital medium,…
WhatsApp is closing in on its gap of being your primary mode of communication, be it text or voice. WhatsApp for both Android and iOS is officially getting a new update which adds voicemail and callback functionality. The latest version (2.16.229 for Android and 2.16.8 for iOS) will allow you…
Facebook is testing a new version of its flagship app that opens directly to a Snapchat-style camera, encouraging you to capture more photos and videos and adorn them with filters and stickers. The test, which begins today in Canada and Brazil, marks the first time Facebook has incorporated technology from MSQRD,…
It happens in many households. Kids are tapping on their cell phones or are preoccupied by their favorite TV show as their parents ask them a question or want them to do a chore. It’s not just teens caught up in electronic media, but also preschoolers. In fact, there is…
By Alex Peysakhovich, Research Scientist and Kristin Hendrix, User Experience Researcher Our goal with News Feed is to show people the stories most relevant to them — ranking stories so that what’s most important to each person shows up highest in their News Feeds. When we rank and make improvements…
Geostickers are special stickers available in some of the biggest cities around the world — send them in Chat or stick them on Snaps! Geostickers are available now in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Washington DC, Honolulu, London, Sydney, São Paulo, Paris, and Riyadh. You’ll need to have…
Facebook is further flexing its publishing muscles, changing its News Feed algorithm to reduce the amount of clickbait that users see.  The bottom line: Media companies, which have become increasingly dependent on Facebook in attracting readers, will have to comply with the site’s editorial values or face a fall-off in…
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