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Some Instagrammers can make as much as $1,000 per post

Can you hack it making your living as an Instagram influencer? The money companies are pumping into it is steadily growing, too.

Mastodon is an open alternative to Twitter

Mastodon is a rapidly growing social network that's like a more open, less abusive version of Twitter. Open-source and decentralised, Mastodon gives you a say over how your data is used. It takes away the algorithms and returns to simple chronology.

Instagram takes on Pinterest with new 'Collections' feature

Instagram is rolling out a new feature that expands its recently-added "Save" button with the ability to create Collections of posts that you can look back on in the future. It allows Instagram to move closer to popular social network Pinterest.

Pokémon Go players are happier and friendlier

The strange psychological research story of the week looks into gamers, players of Pokémon Go in particular, and seeks to find out whether the character chasing adventurers are happier and friendlier than the general population.

The more you use Facebook the worse you feel: Study

Addicted to Facebook? Enjoy liking posts and making comments? Be warned, a new psychology study has found the more people use Facebook the lower their self-esteem becomes.

Burger King ad sabotaged

An advert for Burger King was sabotaged by someone altering the Wikipedia page for the hamburger chain. The ad has since been removed, but it caused a period of panic for the burger group across social media.

Facebook Messenger reaches another incredible milestone

Facebook Messenger is now used by over 1.2 billion people every month, making it one of the most successful apps ever created. Messenger is now twice as popular as Instagram, another Facebook property, having overcome initial scepticism at its launch.

Instagram Stories now more popular than Snapchat

Instagram has announced that over 200 million people now use its Stories feature every month. It raises concerns for Snapchat, the app on which Stories is based. Snapchat currently has 160 million users, a figure Instagram has surpassed in under a year.

Twitter tests new chatbot to handle support requests

Twitter is testing a new chatbot that will take responsibility for basic customer service exchanges, handling your feature requests and responding to complaints. The development comes as Twitter tries to make its platform a safer place.

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz makes a bad situation worse

Chicago - According to the CEO of United Airlines, the passenger who was forcibly removed from a Chicago to Louisville flight because of overbooking was “disruptive and belligerent.” Many are calling for a boycott of United and the firing of the CEO.

Facebook adds suggestions to its Messenger assistant

Facebook has updated M, the digital assistant inside its Messenger app, with the ability to make suggestions. The company is pitching the feature as a way to sustain conversations by suggesting relevant content that keeps messages flowing.

Boy, 11, hanged himself after 'horrific social media prank'

Marquette - The mother of Tysen Benz is speaking out after her 11-year-old son was taken off life support and passed away. She says her son hanged himself after a social media prank wherein his 13-year-old girlfriend pretended to kill herself.

Twitter Lite cuts back the bloat, launches 30% faster

Twitter has become the latest social network to offer a pared-back version of its app for people with sub-standard mobile connections. Twitter Lite is tailored towards the 2G networks used in many emerging regions of the world, improving user experiences.

Facebook uses photo-matching tech to address revenge porn issue

Facebook has announced a new community management tool that's meant to stop revenge porn spreading across its network. A photo-matching system will detect when an intimate image is being uploaded without permission and report the event.

Twitter explores paid subscription service for power users

Twitter is developing a paid subscription service that will offer more advanced features to demanding users. The company has confirmed the idea is currently still in the experimental stage. It could give Twitter a stable revenue stream for the future.

Facebook launches Messenger Reactions and Mentions

Facebook has announced it is bringing its Reactions feature to Messenger. Reactions let you respond to a message with an emoji that signifies your feeling. The company is also launching Mentions for Messenger to include other people in a chat.

LinkedIn tries to be a news site with new 'Trending Storylines'

LinkedIn has announced a new feature that's meant to make it easier to find interesting news. Trending Storylines expands the business-oriented social network's focus to include popular content, increasing its recently reignited rivalry with Facebook.

Facebook testing new comments design that looks like Messenger

Facebook is trialling a new design for its comments feed on mobile devices that closely resembles the current formatting of chat threads in Messenger. It suggests the company is trying to make comments more conversational to increase engagement.

Reddit to transform into a social network with new profile pages

Reddit has announced it has begun trialling a radical new profile page design that's reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter. It will evolve the discussion board site towards being a social network by enabling users to post directly to their new profile page.

'Clips' is a new video editing app built for your iPhone by Apple

Apple has announced a new iPhone app designed to make it easier to create and edit animated videos for social media. Clips includes a handful of features not available in other apps, including the ability to create animated captions from voice input.

Instagram now lets you save your livestreams forever

Instagram has announced a small but significant new feature that makes one of its headline capabilities more useful. It's now possible to download your live video streams to your phone's storage, letting you keep them after you've finished broadcasting.

Essential Science: Neuroscience insights into our online habits

Philadelphia - When we scan social media what triggers a reaction? How do we decide to share an article or a video? Why does a video of a cat chasing puppies appeal one week, whereas a video of another animal not? Neuroscientists have been investigating.

Facebook's 'Messenger Day' Snapchat clone launches worldwide

Facebook is rolling out a new Messenger feature that adds a carbon copy of Snapchat to the immensely popular messaging app. Messenger Day lets you share ephemeral images with your friends. Predictably, they scroll in a carousel and vanish after 24 hours.

Snapchat in trouble as stock flounders after IPO

Snapchat is suffering on the stock market in the days after its initial public offering. This week, shares tumbled 12 percent as analysts remain concerned about the platform's future. The company may never be profitable and growth is stalling.

Microsoft shuts down the social network you didn't know existed

Microsoft has announced it is shutting down its long-forgotten So.cl social network launched back in 2011. The site was created by the company's FUSE Labs research division and hasn’t been updated in years. It never attained widespread attention.

Op-Ed: Hashtivism has become the squeaky wheel that wants to be heard

A new word for activism on social media has been coined. "Hashtivism" is the use of hashtags on social media to express and promote someone's political or social position. And as a communications tool, it has sometimes proven to be useful.

Supreme Court to decide if social media ban is unconstitutional

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday about the constitutionality of a North Carolina law prohibiting registered sex offenders from accessing social media platforms children have access to. Many of the justices seemed troubled by the law.

Facebook's new AI helps spot suicidal users

Facebook has announced a new machine learning tool which it's using to offer advanced suicide prevention tools on its social network. The company noted that somebody commits suicide every 40 seconds, many of whom could be saved if helped early.

Social media use is linked with dieting success

Social media and dieting may not immediately come to mind when thinking about how likely a diet is to work. However new research has found a direct link between a person's attitude on social media and the chances that a diet will be a success.

Goldman Sachs and Bill Gates invest in scientist social network

ResearchGate, the social media network for scientists, announced on Tuesday that it quietly raised $52.6 million (£42.3 million) from a cohort of big name investors in November 2015 to help it scale its business.
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