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Alternative Messaging Platforms for a Post-Cambridge Analytica World
3 free alternatives to Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp that take privacy seriously. Matters of data privacy and consent to the use of personal information on messaging and social media platforms have been very much in the news, lately, following the involvement of Facebook in the scandal with Cambridge Analytica.... Read more
Line Lets You Take Back That Text Message
Line app adds unsend for recalling missent messages. When the Drunk Mode app was launched, it was nothing short of remarkable. As it turns out, getting drunk and performing a pseudo-striptease at the office Christmas party is NOT the worst thing you can do… sending your jerk of a... Read more
What Do Users Really Think Of Facebook’s Reactions?
The public has spoken, and social media giant Facebook listened…sort of. Serious social media users and comedians alike have long quipped about the need for a different set of reaction points on their fellow users’ posts. After all, clicking “Like” when someone announces they’re going through a hard time... Read more
Adobe Launches Spark For Dynamic Web Content
Adobe’s latest creation, an app called Spark, allows the creation of three different kinds of web-optimized content: Posts, Pages, and Videos. As a whole, software or apps that claim to produce professional results with nothing more than a drag-and-drop skillset have not always proven themselves to be trustworthy. After... Read more
WhatsApp For Desktop. Better Than The Phone Version?
Last week I spent some time testing the new version of WhatsApp for desktop, and was pleasantly surprised by just how well it works. If you already use WhatsApp on your phone, or via the WebApp extension for either iOS or Windows, it’s pretty much more of the same.... Read more
Chrome Plugin, Focusbook, Helps You Avoid Social Media Drain
A new Chrome plugin helps you fight the urge to waste time on Facebook. We’ve all been there: “I gotta look up that guy’s phone number from my Facebook messages for this report.” Three hours and eighty-two cat videos later–along with a heated argument over the new Star Wars... Read more
Feedly: Lightweight, Fast, Easy To Use RSS Reader Worth Checking Out
Let’s just cut to the chase about Feedly, shall we? Feedly is an RSS reader that does exactly what it says it’s going to do, and doesn’t hold back on the features. If you want to follow your favorite news sites, gossip, eBay stuff, YouTube channels and shows, Tumblr... Read more
FotoJet Makes Digital Photo Sharing Easy
If you’re looking for an all-in-one tool for redesigning and sharing your digital photos–while still not requiring a degree in graphic design to work it…looking at you, expensive photo editing software–then look no further than FotoJet. This free tool gives you multiple options for creating collage, email headers, Instagram... Read more
Tor Messenger Beta Released: A Truly Anonymous Chat Service?
Tor has released the beta version of its new Tor Messenger anonymous instant messaging tool in the hope that it will improve the security and anonymity of online messaging. Utilizing the existing Tor network, Tor Messenger will allow its users to openly have IM conversations without having to worry... Read more
Facebook Launches Apps For Messenger & Business Features
Facebook has launched the next step on Messenger, its second largest messaging service behind WhatsApp. Instead of merging the two apps, Facebook intends to make Messenger a platform for more than just text chat. It has launched Messenger Platform, allowing third-party developers to create apps to run over-the-top of... Read more
Turn Instagram Photos Into Temp Tattoos With Picattoo
Everybody is a shutterbug! I receive stacks of pics from all my friends on a daily basis, mainly through Instagram. It’s great that you can share you artistic pictures in numerous ways these days; from social websites to email and app sharing. Now you can share your pictures in... Read more
Hashkey Makes Hashtags Easier than Ever in the UK!
If you haven’t noticed, hashtags (#hashtags) have become incredibly popular over the past few years. At first, I’d only see them on Twitter, but now, I seem to see them on Facebook and just about everywhere else I visit as well. Sometimes, they make sense, and sometimes, well, they... Read more
Twitter Buy Button to Launch Next Year‏
Twitter is looking to expand its revenue streams, with a new Buy button inside the microblogging site. This would allow users to buy products advertized right from Twitter, instead of clicking a link to a new webpage. This is not the first social network to embrace internal product sales.... Read more
Twitter Founders Launch Medium
Twitter co founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone have launched a joint publishing application called Medium, which allows multiple people to submit photos and text to Pinterest-style content hubs.  It has been launched, ironically enough, by the San Francisco based The Obvious Corporation founded by Williams and Stone. How... Read more
Share Your Secrets on Whisper
Whisper is an upcoming app that has already gained a large and steadily growing group of followers, along with favorable attention from a group of investors. A Series A funding from a group of partners led by Lightspeed Venture Partners have already raised $3 million for the start up.... Read more
Luvocracy: The Pinterest-like site for Shopaholics
Similar to Pinterest in layout and design, Luvocracy is a new San Francisco-based social network that launched into beta last fall. On Pinterest, users can pin any kind of inspirational content that interests them, such as clothing, recipes, vacations spots, and diy project, to share with friends and other... Read more
ShopInterest is the Pinterest for eCommerce
The e-commerce site for pinners has announced its intentions to prolong its beta testing period for 6 more months before release of the company’s SMB-focused sales plan. Additionally, the company has also launched “ShopInterest Sales Network”,  marketing programs that allows vendor’s items to be sold through third-parties. The idea... Read more
Pheed: The New Social Network for Teens
The upcoming social network, Pheed, which was launched last year, topped the App Store’s social networks in late February. The social platform allows users to share photos, texts, video and audio. The majority of the site’s users are teenagers with 81% of them between the ages of 14-25. Teensagers’... Read more