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Facebook expanding its Craigslist-rival to include businesses

Facebook is planning a large expansion of its Marketplace feature that will see more kinds of product added to the tab. The company is positioning Marketplace as a rival to Craigslist. The changes will also bring it into closer rivalry with eBay.

Facebook Stories are forcing their way to your desktop

Facebook has begun testing its ephemeral Stories feature on its main desktop website. The company is including Stories as a box to the right of the central page content. However, it faces an uphill challenge as resistance to the feature remains very high.

Facebook's News Feed to penalise slow-loading websites

Facebook has announced it's tweaking its News Feed algorithms so faster loading webpages rank above slower alternatives. The company said it's based on research that users want content to appear quickly but the change could unduly penalise some sites.

Twitter tests $99 subscription to automatically boost your tweets

Twitter is testing a new monthly subscription that automatically promotes the tweets of members. The company is looking for new ways to increase revenue and user engagement as its platform becomes increasingly stagnant and fails to continue its growth.

Twitter shares collapse as social network's growth lies flat

Twitter's shares have fallen to their lowest value in nine months on the news the social network hasn't gained users during the second quarter of the year. Analysts are losing their optimism in the social network as it fails to remedy its growth problem.

Facebook reaches two billion users milestone

Facebook has announced it has passed the two billion user mark, affirming its status as the largest social network on the planet. The company said it's an "honour" to have reached the milestone and unveiled a personalised celebratory video for each user.

Facebook announces profile picture changes to help you stay safe

Facebook has announced a set of new safety features related to profile pictures that are designed to give users peace of mind over how their images are used. The options are based on feedback from Indian users and are currently limited to the country.

Twitter completely redesigns its app in attempt to stay relevant

Twitter has announced a complete overhaul of its mobile apps that introduce a new look and feel based on a "flatter" design. It reflects the company's growing desperation as it tries to attract new users and stay relevant amongst rival social networks.

Instagram launches face filters, the last big Snapchat feature

Instagram is rolling out support for face filters, an augmented reality feature that lets you overlay your selfies with masks and props. Predictably, the implementation strays little from Snapchat's original, completing Instagram's clone of its rival.

Facebook to cut down on 'shocking' and 'malicious' content

Facebook is adjusting the way it ranks posts in the News Feed to help filter out content that people may find offensive or abusive. The company is targeting links to websites that contain clickbait, misleading headlines and low-quality ads.

Instagram finally lets you upload images from your computer

Instagram is rolling out the ability to upload photos without using a smartphone. It's now possible to add new images from the company's website, a change that will please users who've wanted the ability for years. It expands the service's appeal.

Facebook approaches two billion users as profit spikes

Facebook has revealed it will soon pass the two billion user mark, its most significant milestone yet. The company has surprised analysts by announcing better than expected results in its first-quarter earnings call, caused by a rise in ad revenue.

Twitter returns to growth, surprising its investors

Twitter has unexpectedly returned to growth, causing its stock price to rise significantly. Although the company is still losing money, it has made large gains in user activity. Its losses have consequently been reduced even though ad revenue has fallen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Instagram's new swipeable 'carousels' divide long-time users

Instagram has announced a new feature that lets you share up to 10 photos and videos in one post. The images show up as a swipeable carousel in the feed. The feature, designed to let people share more often, has been given a mixed reception by users.

Facebook videos now play with sound by default

Facebook has announced a small but significant change to the way it delivers videos on mobile devices. Videos will now play with sound by default, leading to bursts of audio as you scroll through your news feed. The controversial change can be reversed.
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LinkedIn's new interface 19-01-2017
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LinkedIn's new interface 19-01-2017
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LinkedIn's new interface 19-01-2017
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